Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Old Fort Mountain Music

Jan 1, The Rockett Building, downtown Old Fort NC. Every Friday evening for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody's paid everyone's welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter! Friday evenings. http://www.mcdowellnc.org/towns/old_fort.php

New Year's Eve Country Style

Dec 31, Mountain Music Jamboree, Glendale Springs NC. Enjoy the Blue Country Band, a great country music band for a grand New Year's Eve Celebration. Make your reservations today.  http://www.mountainmusicjamboree.com/

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year's at RagApple Lassie

January 1 - 2, RagApple Lassie Vineyards, Mount Airy NC. Begin the New Year at RagApple Lassie on January 1 with the introduction of Walt's Wine Down Fridays! Come, meet and/or be entertained by the famous 'Big Walt' McMillan, get your own FREE herd starter kit, enjoy special 'by the glass' wine prices, and Friday only discounts on wine purchases!

Or come January 2, and spend the afternoon recovering from the hustle and bustle of the holidays while immersing your spirit in the wines of RagApple Lassie and your mind in the smooth Jazz of Bill Mann on his special saxophones. http://www.ragapplelassie.com/

Friday, December 18, 2009

Classic Car show in a Classic Town

Dec 20, 1PM-5PM downtown Old Fort. Classic Car Show - Bring your car, truck, or motorcycle. Downtown Old Fort, 1-5 p.m.; free. Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers. For more information, call 828-442-5135 or http://www.mcdowellnc.org/

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Skull Camp Blending Party

December 19, 4PM-7PM, Round Peak Vineyards, Mount Airy NC.  Skull Camp Wines is hosting its first ever blending party! We are planning to introduce three blends in early 2010, and want you to help us create them...our next "anticipation", and two more that you will help us name!Come be part of our team!  (336) 352-5595  http:// www.roundpeak.com

Over Easy with Kris Kringle

19, 9AM-11AM, Valley Cultural Arts Center,  Robbinsville NC.  Breakfast with Santa -  Kids of all ages eat breakfast with Santa; pictures with Santa will be offered to those interested. Reservations required. Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road, 828-479-3364  http://www.stecoahvalleycenter.com

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas on the Farm

Dec 19-20, 10AM - 8PM, Lytle Farm, Marion NC. Experience life on the farm at Christmas! Christmas on the Farm is fun for the entire family. Santa Claus, hay rides, petting zoo, pony rides and refreshments - hot chocolate & cider. Pick out the perfect Christmas tree together with wreaths and garland. Local heritage craft artisans will demonstrate and sell their crafts. Evening bonfire, Christmas caroling and toasting marshmallows on the fire. No admission for the farm - individual activities priced separately. Call ahead to schedule groups of 10 or more. Email: christmasonthefarm@yahoo.com

Old Fort and Old Time Mountain Music

Dec 18, 7PM - until, The Rockett Building, Main Street, Old Fort, NC. Every Friday evening for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobodys paid, everyones welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter! For more information call 1-888-233-6111.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tweetsie Season Passes at Preseason Discount

Tweetsie Railroad 2010 Season Tickets are now available online at a pre-season discount:
2010 GOLDEN RAIL SEASON PASS PRICES - available now at a savings of $15 off the regular Adult price and $10 off the regular Childens price.
Regular                               Pre-Season
Adult                 $80                $65
Children 3-12     $55                $45
Children age 2 and under Free Free
Visit the site for details or purchase

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cherokee Christmas Parade

Dec 12, 5:30PM - 6:30PM, Begin at Big Bear Exxon, end at Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, Cherokee NC. A Christmas procession with special Cherokee flair. Just the thing to get you in the holiday mood. Floats, bands, clowns, and more. This year’s parade theme is “The Gift.” Cash prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place floats that best demonstrate the holiday theme http://www.cherokee-nc.com/

Celebrate Christmas Old Toxaway Style

Dec 12,  4PM - 7PM, The Ray House, Lake Toxaway NC. The Ray House, a craftsman-style home filled with antiques will be decorated with twelve Christmas trees and open for all to enjoy .  Hors-d'oeuvres with hot cider will be served. Tickets and directions are available at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, 40 W. Jordan St., Brevard, or reserve at 884-2347. $10/single, $15/couple, $20/family. Come enjoy and also support your local Museum in "Keeping History Alive."  Website: http://www.transylvaniaheritage.org

Music, Lights and Refreshments Highlight Saluda's Hometown Christmas

Dec 11, 6:30PM-8PM, Downtown Saluda NC. The town of Saluda celebrates the holidays with a Hometown Christmas in charming downtown Saluda. Refreshments and music will flow along Main Street, Across the Bridge, and up Greenville Street.A variety of musical offerings include dulcimer, Celtic Ensemble, Keyboard, Saluda School Chorus, Classical Strings and more located at different merchants and restaurants throughout the downtown area. Following the events at 8:15 an ecumenical service will be held at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Carson House Christmas Candlelight Tour

Dec 12-13, 6PM, 7PM, Historic Carson House, 805 Highway 70 West, Marion NC. Experience the holiday season as it was in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Candlelight tours with music, entertainment and Christmas shopping on the porch for unique gifts and decorations. Admission is $5.00 with no fee for children under the age of 12.

Built as a walnut log cabin in 1793, the home once served as a stagecoach inn and the seat of county government until the courthouse was constructed. This historic home and private, nonprofit museum is currently filled with unusual household and plantation artifacts. Don't miss the QUILT COLLECTION!  http://www.historiccarsonhouse.com/

Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries a Sight to See

Dec 11-12, 5PM-9PM, Downtown Dillosboro NC. The annual event begins at dusk the first two weekends in December. Dillsboro is aglow with thousands of Luminaires and twinkling lights adorning every business. The stores serve goodies and Santa has set up shop as well. The streets are alive with music, entertainment, and Christmas Cheer. Website: http://www.visitdillsboro.org

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Charles Dickens Dinner at The Orchard Inn in Saluda

Dec 10, 12, 15, 17,18,  7PM, The Orchard Inn, Saluda NC. A magical holiday evening at the Orchard Inn's 20-acre mountaintop retreat. Enjoy the chef's memorable five-course dinner with readings from A Christmas Carol.Seating is at 7 PM and will end in candlelight by the roaring fire. The Inn offers wine and beer and suggests jackets for gentlemen. Cost for the evening is $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. After dinner, treat yourself to an overnight at a $99 discounted rate. http://www.orchardinn.com/

Christmas at The Mill

Dec 11-13, Patriots Theater at Mitchell Mill, North Wilkesboro NC. Tours led by colonial costumed guides inside 3 floors of the 100-year-old Mitchell Mill, now home of the Dixon family. Mitchell Mill will be decorated in traditional Old English holiday splendor. Seasonal refreshments served. Friday 6 - 9pm enjoy a tour by candlelight! Saturday 2 - 7pm. Sunday 2 - 5pm. Tickets available at the door. Reservations requested for groups of 10 or more. http://www.foundingquotes.com/

Saturday, December 5, 2009


December 11 at 7:30 and December 12 at 3:00 at the Carolina Theatre in Spruce Pine.
December 17-19 at 7:30 pm at Mountain Heritage High School Auditorium in Burnsville. Parkway Playhouse presents its production of THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER featuring a talented cast of young performers who will bring the holiday family treat to life. . Purchase tickets or get more info...

"Blind Side" in Flat Rock

Dec 4th - Dec 10th,  Weekdays 4, 7; Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7 at the Flat Rock Cinema, 2700 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock NC. "The Bland Side" with Sandra Bullock. PG-13, Drama, 120 Minutes. A poor, oversized and under-educated teenager is recruited by a major college football program where he is groomed into an athletically and academically successful NFL prospect. Based on Michael Lewis' book, "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game." All tickets are $6. Enjoy lunch or dinner with us. We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes prior to show time if you plan to eat with us or have a group of four or more. Website: http://flatrockcinema.com/

Winter with Wines Holiday Art Market

December 12, 12PM-6PM, Round Peak Vineyards, 765 Round Peak Church Road, Mt. Airy NC. Enjoy stress-free holiday shopping while warming up with hot spiced wine and enjoying tasty refreshments surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Participating Wineries Include: Round Peak Vineyards, Old North State Wines, McRitchie Winery, Stony Knoll Vineyard and Surry Cellar - all offering wine and wine related gifts.

Artists include: Lylou - Handbags; Buffalo Creek Farm - Handmade Goat's Milk Soap; Bryn Chapman - Photography; Dawn Sadler - Aprons/Wine Bags; Anne Owens - Copper Water Features; Yadkin Art Guild;  Lill -Jewelry; Jan Atkins - Painter. Website: https://www.roundpeak.com/

Grove Arcade offers Unique Holiday Shopping

For the fourth year, the Grove Arcade and the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa have partnered to display entries from the annual National Gingerbread House Competition. Through January 3, the Arcade is displaying 35 of the whimsical entries. The houses are arranged together in Suite 115 on the O. Henry side of the building in a winter wonderland setting. The public is invited to view the houses Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday noon to 5 PM.

The Arcade is a spectacular setting to see the gingerbread, shop and enjoy the holidays. The building has made a substantial investment in new holiday décor and has been transformed by a volunteer team of merchants led by designer Beth Hohensee of Studio Flora Diva. Enormous glittering wreaths, twinkling trees, holiday chandeliers and more welcome visitors. The merchants are also hosting free holiday performances and concerts. Website: http://www.grovearcade.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Annual Christmas Esquestrian Tour

Nov 28   9:00AM - 4:00PM  TRYON NC.   FENCE Barn Tour - Visit some of the most beautiful equestrian sites in the foothills area, all especially decorated for the holidays! All proceeds benefit FENCEs nature education and outdoor recreation programs. This self-guided tour is a great way to welcome in the holiday season! 

Mr & Mrs. Santa Claus arrive in Franklin

Nov  29   DOWNTOWN FRANKLIN NC   Annual Franklin Christmas Parade  Franklin Business and Organizations participate to bring Franklin Annual Christmas Parade through Downtown Franklin. The parade ends with the entrance of Mr & Mrs. Santa Claus.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Old Fort Mountain Music

Nov 20, 7PM - until, The Rockett Building, Main Street, Old Fort NC. Every Friday evening for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody pays, everyone is welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter! For more information call 1-888-233-6111. Website: http://www.oldfort.org/

"The Lion in Winter" in Hendersonville

Nov 20 - Dec 6, Hendersonville Little Theatre, Hendersonville NC. "The Lion in Winter" is set in 1183 based on historical people and events, Fri. & Sat. 8:00PM, Sun. 2:00PM, Adults $12, Under 18 $8,  828-692-1082.  Website: http://www.hendersonvillelittletheatre.org/

Bluegrass Music Jam in Marion

Nov 19, 7PM-9PM, Downtown Marion NC. Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors (weather permitting), bring chairs or blankets. Free; 7-9pm, Marion Depot, Marion. For more information, call 828-652-2215. Website: http://www.downtownmarion.org.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Fly Tying Classes in Boone

Nov 21 - Foscoe Fishing Co and Outfitters begins FREE Saturday Fishing Classes. Space is limited so call for a reservation - Advanced classes are booking now. 828-963-6556. Winter is here and many people start to think about activities other than fishing - Jack Frost may nip at your nose, but the big fish are just waiting to bite your fly. This is a great time of year in the High Country to hit the river with many of the summer vacationers gone, the rivers are much less crowded and often you will find that you are the only person out that day. Website: http://www.foscoefishing.com/

Christmas Boutique in Rutherfordton

Nov 21 - Dec 24, the Visual Arts Center, 173 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton NC. Members of the Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild are sponsoring their first Christmas Boutique sale of one-of-a-kind, handmade art and fine craft items. On display and available for purchase are paintings in all mediums, ceramics, wood crafts, sculpture, fused and stained glass, metal work, hand-made furniture, fiber art, and other creations of talented Rutherford County Guild members. Website: http://www.rcvag.com/

Friday, November 13, 2009

Studio Stroll this Weekedn in Asheville

Nov 14 - 15, 10AM-6PM, ASHEVILLE  NC.  River Arts District Studio Stroll. The Bi-Annual Studio Stroll is your chance to tour the studios, meet with the artists and purchase artwork. Within just a few blocks you will find an eclectic mix of creative artists - from traditional to cutting-edge. Near downtown Asheville. Free. Visit the site for a map. Website: http://www.riverdistrictartists.com/

Asheville Historic Trolley Tours provides FREE shuttle service during the  Studio Stroll! Strollers can catch the trolley at any stop along the route and ride between studio buildings. Hop on and off and visit all of the studios. Trolley drivers provide narrative history of the River District during rides.

Saluda Mountain Jamboree

Nov 14   8PM-11PM at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree, SALUDA NC.   The Saturday night "Party With A Beat" - Kelly Road.   Everything from country music, beach music, oldies rock'n roll, top hits, southern rock and other great party music will fill the air for listening and dancing enjoyment. If you don't dance, that is OK. We are kind of a "Social Club". We have folks that just come each week to listen and have a good time!
Website: http://saludamountainjamboree.com

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Nov 13, noon. at Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area. Hike into the world of mushrooms and discover how the forest is renewed and recycled by these strange living things. Hike is for all ages, meet at the picnic area. Website: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/moje/main.php

Lion's Club Holiday Parade

Nov 14, noon, Downtown West Jefferson NC. The theme this year is "An Attitude of Gratitude," encouraging parade watchers to pause and give thanks for the things we have and the community we live in. Website: http://www.ashechamber.com/

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Saturday Shindig

Nov 14, noon-6PM, RagApple Lassie Vineyards, Mount Airy NC. Saturday Shindigs continue with great wine, music and fun for all. Gourmet Burgers and Grilled Chicken with all the homemade trimmings will be available for purchase from the Applachian Braves Little League Baseball Team benefitting their trek to Cooperstown! Website: http://www.ragapplelassie.com/main.html

Main Course Dining Kickoff

Nov 19, 7PM – 9 PM,  The Venue, Market St., Asheville NC. Main Course Dining is back and this is the "kick-off" party. The evening includes food from each of the 18 restaurants participating in the Main Course Dining program and complimentary beer and wine. A cash bar for liquor drinks will also be available.Tickets for the evening are $50 and come with a free Main Course Dining booklet, additional tickets can be purchased for $25 each. Purchase tickets online. Website: http://airasheville.org

Monday, November 9, 2009

Holiday Wine Tour in Yadkin Valley

Nov 15 - December. Sponsored by five of the Yadkin River Wine Trail Wineries the Tour includes a sampling of up to five award winning wines AT EACH WINERY.  One handcrafted grapevine wreath per single or couple ticket, and one limited edition signature ornament for your wreath from each winery. The Tour can be spread out over as many weeks as you choose or completed in one weekend. Ticket prices are $50.00 for a single ticket or $65.00 for a couple. Website: http://www.ragapplelassie.com/

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Contra Dance at the Folk School

Nov 14, 8:00-11:00 pm, Keith House, John C Campbell Folk School, Brasstown NC. Bob Thompson from Asheville will be calling with music by our own Dog Branch Cats featuring Jan Davidson and Bob Dalsemer, fiddles, Martha Owen, banjo and David Liden, guitar. Beginners, singles and couples welcome. Beginners should come promptly at 8 pm, since we start with easier dances and more teaching. Webstie: https://www.folkschool.org

Benefit Concert for Ashe County Free Medical Clinic

Nov 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ashe County High School Auditorium, Jefferson NC. Come enjoy the Benefit Concert featuring the music of Jeff Little and Wayne Henderson. During intermission, a "Laura Nan" Sweater will be raffled off; proceeds will go to support the Clinic. The ticket price is $15.00. Tickets can be purchased at Blue Moon Guitars and the Ashe County Arts Council in West Jefferson, North Carolina.Website: http://www.acfmc.org

Home Sweet Home is for the Birds

Learn How to Build Your Own Nest Box! If you enjoy watching all of the different types of birds that fly in and out of your yard, you might enjoy learning how to keep them around even longer.  Now on the WNC Nature Center website, under Education, you can learn about various birds, their habitats and how to build a nest box to suit their needs. Check it out at www.wildwnc.org/education/nest-box.

Air Supply in WIlkesboro

Nov 13, The Walker Center, WILKESBORO NC.   Air Supply Concert  The trademark sounds of Russell Hitchcocks soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply. It was, however, their live shows that held audiences around the world captive. Website: http://www.walkercenteronline.org/index_ie.html

7th Annual Asheville Film Festival

Nov 12 - 15 at various locations in ASHEVILLE NC.  The Film Festival presents independent films from across the world competing for awards and recognition in this year's event. The winning filmmaker in each category - Feature Fiction, Short Fiction, Documentary, Student and Animation - will receive $500. There will also be a screenplay competition! Up-and-coming writers across the country are competing for a chance to win $500.Website: http://www.ashevillefilmfestival.com/

Friday, November 6, 2009

Old Time Bluegrass on a Saturday Night

Nov 7, 4PM,  Mountain Music Jamboree in Glendale Springs.7th Annual Larry Pennington Memorial Old Time Bluegrass Festival. Featuring Big Country Bluegrass Band, Whitetop Mountain Band and the Carolina Travelers! Tickets are $12. Food will be available. Website: http://www.mountainmusicjamboree.com

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Snuffy James Festival this Weekend

Nov  7, Isothermal Community College , Spindale NC (near Rutherfordton)    Snuffy James Festival   Rutherford County Arts Council and Isothermal Community College have partnered to revive the famous Snuffy Jenkins Festival, beginning with the Snuffy Jenkins Festival Reunion. Bluegrass and old-time music will be featured including performances by Doc Watson and David Holt, and NC Banjo legend Raymond Fairchild. Food and craft vendors will be on hand, and an open jam area will be provided for musicians who want to play as well as listen.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Free lessons at Cataloochee

NEW this year - Intro to Skiing Lesson FREE with All Ski and Snowboard Rentals any non-holiday Monday through Thursday! Cataloochee goes one step further to make sure your first on-snow experience is a great one! Cataloochee will be offering an introduction to skiing or snowboarding lesson FREE when you rent your equipment at Cataloochee! Lessons times will be offered at the top of the hour every hour from 9am until 7pm, Monday through Thursday throughout the season!
Website: http://www.cataloochee.com/

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

All Aboard for the North Pole!

Nov 6-Dec 23 BRYSON CITY NC -  The Polar Express comes to life as the train departs Bryson City. Read along with the story as the train makes its round trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, and a treat. For those who believe - a special memento for each child. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Begin a great holiday tradition with your family! Ticket prices include admission to the Smoky Mountains Model Trains Museum.
Website: http://www.gsmr.com

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Oyster Roast Bonfire

Nov 7, 5PM-9PM   Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure, Lake Lure NC. During our absolute peak leaf season! Menu with fire roasted oysters, steamed clams, split roasted chickens, special order Maine lobsters & filling side items like baked potatoes & corn on the cob served 5-7 pm. Cash bar with beer & wine, & free marshmallow roast 7-8 pm. Arrive early to see the Blue Ridge Autumn-Mobile Classic, Custom, & Antique Car Show at the Wellness Center 1-5 pm. Website: http://rumblingbald.com/

Foothills Highland Games

Nov 7, 9AM-4:40PM, Jackson Park, Hendersonville NC. The Celtic heritage is alive and well at the Foothills Highland Games. The Event features Scottish athletics competition (caber toss, tugs of war and other feats of strength) Highland dancers, sheep herding demonstrations, bagpipe bands, children's games, parade of tartons, women's athletics, Scottish music & entertainment, food and much more. Sponsored by Scottish Clans of the South (SCOTS). Website: http://www.kiltsnquilts.com/foothills3/

Annual Blacksmith Auction

Nov 7, 2PM-5PM, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown NC. The Auction is held at the John C. Campbell Folk School from 2-5pm. Preview will begin at 1pm. Features some of the finest artists' blacksmith work as well as other unique, hand-crafted items for sale. John C Campbell is a on-profit folk school offering weeklong and weekend classes; free, self-directed studio tours (craft, art, music, etc.) allowed during daylight hours. Free History Center. Free weekly concert series,

Friday, October 30, 2009

Weekend Specials to Haunt Your Tastebuds from Chef Reaux' Cauldron

Thirteen Moons Restaurant Halloween Weekend Specials:
October 30th
Appetizer :Ghostly Sundried Tomato and Crab Alfredo Dip Served with Grilled Basil French Bread
Chef’s Special Entrée: Tombstone Cashew Crusted Atlantic Cod with Black Bean and Shrimp Fritter and Parsley Lime Butter
The Pastry Chef’s Creation: Goblin Cinnamon Apple Mousse Served in a Toasted Pecan Spiced Tart Shell and Maple Whipped Cream

October 31st
Appetizer: Haunted Beer Battered Crab Stuffed Gulf Shrimp with Pommery Dijonaise Dipping Sauce
Chef’s Special Entrée: Trick or Treat Steak Oscar 14 oz Rib Eye Steak Topped with Lump Crab, Asparagus and a Curry Hollandaise Sauce
The Pastry Chef’s Creation: Goblin Cinnamon Apple Mousse Served in a Toasted Pecan Spiced Tart Shell and Maple Whipped Cream

828-488-2826 Website: http://www.nvnc.com

Halloween Events in Burnsville

Oct 31 - Trick or Treat on Main  5 PM to 7 PM in downtown Burnsville
Oct 31 - Dance  and Concert with Distant Gold Band  Halloween night at the Burnsville Town Center.enjoy some good oldies music played by Doug Gragg & The Distant Gold Band. The dance floor will be open. Come in costume if you like. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 682-7209 for info.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween in Bryson City

Oct 30   Downtown Trick or Treat  This annual event is a real treat for kids of all ages! All of Downtown is tricked out in Halloween finery to welcome the crowds as they scurry from business to business with their bags held at the ready. Don't miss the newest addition to this year's event - the costume contest! Conducted in a safe, fun, family atmosphere, Downtown Trick or Treat is your ticket to a great Halloween experience!

Oct 31    Spooky Carnival free "Spooky Carnival" in the auditorium on Halloween night, Saturday, October 31 from 5:50 to 8:30 pm. Games and prizes, crafts, candy and refreshments, apple bobbing, fortune telling and more! "Spooky Story Time" will begin at 6:30. Costume contest.   Music in the Mountains   Halloween brings in Bryson City's very own Elvis impersonator, Chris Monteith. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. 6:30-8:00

First Quilt Trail Road Rally

Nov 7,  8 AM at Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville NC. Thread Through the Mountains. The First-ever Rally is full of fun, challenge, prizes and fundraising for Habitat for Humanity. Contestants will be given a list of 15 quilt blocks to find, along with maps. The goal is to find the blocks by driving the fewest miles. There will be three different itineraries, and first, second and third prizes will be awarded for each itinerary, along with a grand prize. All prizes have been made by local artists and are something useful...such as a bird house, a mirror, a hurricane lamp, etc. The grand prize was made by Rolf Holmquist and is a large, yard-art birdhouse made from old barn wood and contains a quilt block on the front of it. The Rally will take place rain or shine. Register online (www.quilttrailswnc.org) for $25 until October 30. After that date the cost is $35. 25% of the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. For further information visit www.quilttrailswnc.org or call 828-682-7331.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rag Apple Lassie Halloween Party

Oct 31 noon-6PM, Rag Apple Lassie Vineyards, Booneville NC. The witch's Brew will be flowing along with some truly awesome wines.  'Patsy Cline' (aka Darlene Caudle) will be singing,  and Ghoulishly Good Gourmet Burgers will be available for purchase from the Appalachian Braves Little League Baseball Team. Website: http://www.RagAppleLassie.com

Weekend Treat and Trick at The Back Room

Oct 30-31, The Back Room at the Flat Rock Wine Shoppe, Flat Rock NC. The Treat: Wine tasting Friday night 4PM-7PM with Alli's great Hors d'ouevres and entertainment with Ellen Trnka. The Trick: Saturday night's 4th Annual Costume Party. 9PM with cash prizes and the Shane Pruitt Band - freaky good fun! Website: http://www.flatrockwineshop.com/index.html

Horse Show with the Clemson Collegiate Team

Oct 31 - Nov 1, Harmon Field, 1 Harmon Field Rd., Tryon NC. Hunter/Jumper show presented  by the students of the Clemson University equestrian program. Fence is a 300 acre nature education and recreation center, offering 6 miles of hiking and riding trails. (864) 895-5245

North Wilkesboro Trail of Treats

Oct 31, 4PM-8PM, Yadkin River Greenway, Wellness West Park Trailhead, North Wilkesboro NC. Get your costume on and Trick or Treat safely with family and friends on the Yadkin River Greenway beginning at the West Park trail head. Local churches and businesses will be set up to give away candy galore! Sponsored by the NWPD. (336) 838-8662

Sunday, October 25, 2009

10th Annual Fall Rod Run

Oct 30 - Nov 1   CHEROKEE  The 10th annual Cruise the Smokies Cherokee Fall Rod Run   breathtaking drive through the world’s oldest mountain range. Thousands of car enthusiasts from across the Southeast descend on Cherokee to drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and country roads to enjoy the sweeping mountain views and the colorful sights.More than 500 classic and customized automobiles from pre-1972 bucket Ts to ’32 Fords are expected to participate in this year’s family-friendly Rod Run.

Friday, October 23, 2009

ET go home? How about the mountains instead!

To do: ET, the Extraterrestrial
When/Where: Oct 27
, 3:30 PM, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City NC. Steven Spielberg's 1982 hit about a stranded alien and his loving relationship with a fatherless boy struck a chord with audiences everywhere, and it furthered Spielberg's reputation as a director of equally strong commercial sensibilities and classical leanings. Popcorn, provided by the Friends of the Marianna Black Library, will be served in the library auditorium starting at 3:20 PM.
Contact: 828-488-3030 or visit www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity

"Bell, Book and Candle" in Brevard

To do: Brevard Little Theatre presents Bell, Book and Candle
When/Where: Oct 23 - Nov 1
, Brevard Little Theatre, Brevard NC. The Broadway play that inspired a Golden-Globe nominated movie and the TV series, "Bewitched"! One of the few modern-day witches who can actually cast a spell, throws one over an attractive man to keep him away from a rival. He falls head over heels in love with her, but since witches cannot fall in love, this leads to delightful difficulties. Friday/Saturdays: 8:00 pm and Sunday Matinees: 3:00 pm at the American Legion Hall, 55 E. Jordan Street in Brevard.
Website: http://www.brevardlittletheatre.com/

Who Ya gonna Call? Ghost Hunters!

To do: Ghost Hunting in a Haunted House
When/Where: Oct 23
, Brevard, NC. Joshua Warren will lead fifty guests through a night of ghost hunting in one of Brevard's historic, haunted homes. Members of the performance troupe, Guerilla Divas, will appear as the Three Migraines to lend an extra ghostly aura to this one-of-a-kind fall fundraiser for TC Arts. Ever seen something peculiar in a dark room? Felt a chill in the night? Did you ever suspect there was someone watching, even when you were the only one in the house? According to Joshua P. Warren, you might have run into a ghost. Author of nine books and internationally recognized paranormal expert, Warren has been tracking down ghosts and explaining the unexplainable for over fifteen years.Website: http://www.artsofbrevard.org

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Take a Hike

To do: Fall Hike
When/Where: Oct. 24
, 2PM, NEW RIVER STATE PARK.  Meet a Park Ranger and travel to the Alleghany Access for a 1.3 mile hike to view the river and explore the forest surrounding New River State Park’s Alleghany Access. Call the park office to sign up for this program, 336-982-2587. Open to the public and free of charge.

Thirteen Moons Chef’s Weekend Specials

To do: Enjoy this weekend's palate pleasers from Chef Reaux
When/Where: Oct 23-24
, Thirteen moons Restaurant at the Village, Bryson City NC.
Friday, 23rd
Appetizer :  Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Bacon wrapped Gulf Shrimp
Chef’s Special Entrée :  Potato Crusted North Atlantic Salmon with Brie Cheese and Lump Crab Meat Fondue, Sour Cream and Chives
The Pastry Chef’s Creation :  Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Saturday,  24th
Appetizer :  Deep Fried Crab and Mild Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, Tomato Basil Alfredo
Chef’s Special Entrée :  Shrimp and Porcini Mushroom filled 8 oz Beef Tenderloin , White Truffle Rosemary Demi Glaze
The Pastry Chef’s Creation : Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
For reservations: 828-835-3287 Website: http://www.nvnc.com/

Sunday Afternoon Music and Fun

To do: Live music, dancing and more
When/Where:  Oct 25
, Historic Orchard at Altapass, between Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland, NC.
Live music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more. Free; The Orchard at Altapass, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 328.3. Website: http://www.altapassorchard.com/

Hysterical, Historical Ghost Tours

To do: Candlelight Ghost Tour
When/Where:  Oct 24
, &PM-9PM, Wilkes Heritage Museum, Wilkesboro NC. They're back.....An historical tour of Old Wilkes by candlelight with an excellent storyteller in period costume describing tales of ghostly happenings such as the infamous Tom Dooley who spent time in the Old Wilkes jail, and the Smithey family that still haunts the old Smithey Hotel (now Tory Oak Restaurant). Read more...

Fall Cider Festival

To do: Hard Cider Tasting
When/Where: Oct 24
, noon-5PM, McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks, Thurmond (Mount Airy) NC. If you've never tasted hard cider before, you're in for a treat. Attend the Fall Cider Festival at McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks featuring release our new Hard Cider, apple and fresh cider tasting, music, food and fun. Tours and information about producing hard cider from fresh North Carolina apples.
Website: http://www.mcritchiewine.com/

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Barefoot Movement in Bryson City

To do: Music in the Mountains Evening Concert Series
When/Where:  Oct 24
, 6:3-PM-8PM, Train Depot, Bryson City NC. The great acoustic band, The Barefoot Movement, features an original sound drawn from bluegrass, folk, Americana, and
good ol’ rock and roll! Bring the chairs and blankets for this free concert.
Website: http://www.greatsmokies.com/

HOWL-O-WEEN in Asheville

To do: Have a Howling good time with Creepy Crawlers and Creatures of the Night
When/Where:  Oct 24
, 1PM-8PM, WNC Nature Center, Asheville NC. Slide your way through our Creepy Crawler Cabin where creatures of darkness will be on display. The Southern Appalachian Herpetological Society members will have pythons, boas, lizards and other hair-raising animals for you to enjoy, and presentations on bats, skulls and nocturnal creatures will take place on the hour starting at 2:00 p.m.

Arts & crafts, hot dogs, soda, hot cider and chocolate, baked goods, and treats for the kids will be available, as well as two performances by the Mountain Marionettes at 7:00 and 7:40 p.m. Our costume contest for all ages will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the barn, so come dressed for the occasion! Admission: $6 per person - Members of the Friends of the WNC Nature Center receive $1.00 off
Website: http://www.wildwnc.org/

NC Leaves + Maine Lobster= perfection in Rutherfordton

To do: Enjoy Maine Lobster at a great price
When/Where: Oct 22-23, M Squared Restaurant, Rutherfordton NC. Thursday night is Lobster Night! One Maine Lobster with all the Fixings for only $17.95! Reservations Recommended! Can't make it Thursday? On Friday and Saturday Enjoy the New Menu along with Lobster and NC Flounder Specials! Alex Thompson On Keyboard Friday Night. Mike Rogers and Friends will be Playing Saturday Night. Website: http://www.msquaredrestaurant.com/

Iron Horse in Eaglenest

To do: Hear great bluegrass Music
When/Where:  Oct 23, 7:30PM, Eaglenest Entertainment, Maggie Valley NC. Iron Horse and Whitewater Bluegrass company perform their blend of Bluegrass music, country ballads, mountain swing and down-home humor. With Whitewater, mountain culture is a celebration of music, song and dance. For tickets and reservations...

Reservations Recommended

To do: Make Reservations for the 6th Annual Grateful Palate Wine Dinner
When/Where: Nov 11, The Classic Wineseller, Waynesville NC. Share a bit of  Australia in the NC mountains at the 6th Annual Grateful Palate Dinner. 5 great courses from Chef Josh paired with 5 great wines. $49.95 per person (+tax, gratuity). For reservations call: 828-452-6000 or read more...

It's Showtime in Flat Rock

To do: Go to the Movies
When Where: Oct 23 - 29, Flat Rock Bistro Cinema. This week's feature is "Adam", "A touching and engaging film about a likable and attractive young man who suffers from Asperger's syndrome." Adam is a handsome but intriguing young man who has all his life led a sheltered existence -- until he meets his new neighbor, Beth, a beautiful, cosmopolitan young woman who pulls him into the outside world, with funny, touching and entirely unexpected results. All tickets are $6. Enjoy lunch or dinner available. Read more...
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Call of the Wild

To do: Listen to the bull elk bugle during mating season

When/Where: Now in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The fall rut is in full swing and there has been plenty of excitement within GSMNP herd so far! The attraction of watching, and listening to, the elk has brought more visitors into the park, says the ranger. While there are elk both in the Cataloochee Valley, and the Oconaluftee areas, it sounds like Cataloochee is the place to head if elk are on your wildlife checklist. The Elk were re-introduced into the park in 2001 and with 16 surviving calves this year the herd total now is 110 with 55 female and 45 male. There is potential for elk-human conflicts that could result in serious injury to humans or contribute to the demise of an elk so visits to the area should always follow Park guidelines. Read more...

LA Theatre Works in Asheville, 2 nights only

To do: live theatre double-feature sci-fi performances
When/Where: Oct 20-21, 8PM, Dianne Wortham Theatre, Asheville NC
Tonight and tomorrow night only, L.A. Theatre Works returns to Asheville with an outstanding cast to present two Sci-Fi thrillers: The War of the Worlds and The Lost World. The cast for this double-feature includes well-known faces from television, movie, and stage. To enhance patrons' understanding and enjoyment of L.A. Theatre Works' Asheville performances, informal conversations with members of the L.A. Theatreworks cast are held in The Forum at Pack Place, 7:20pm - 7:40pm each evening prior to the performances. Seating is limited. Doors will close at 7:25pm; latecomers cannot be permitted. Admission is free for ticket holders. Wine and beer will be available for purchase in the lobby from the New French Bar. Website: http://www.dwtheatre.com/

This Week's Music at The Back Room

To do: Dinner and entertainment at the Back Room
When/Where: Oct 21-24, The Back Room at the Flat Rock Wine Shoppe, Flat Rock NC. 

October 20: Steven Whiteside 6:30pm  - Our Tuesday dinner music continues with Back Room favorite Steve
October 21: Open Mic 9:00pm - Come and join Heath Patrick for some great jamming!
October 22: The Corduroy Road Band 8:30pm - Let's welcome back this fine high energy band to our stage!
 October 23: Pond Water Experiment 9:00pm - Hailing from Florida, this band is taking Western North Carolina by storm!
October 24: Mark Bumgarner 9:00pm - Let's welcome Mark's singer songwriter talent to our stage for the first time.
Website: http://www.flatrockwineshoppe.com/

Monday, October 19, 2009

Foot Stompin' Good Mountain Music

To do: Join the fun with Friday Nights' Old Fort Mountain Music
When/Where:  Oct 23, 7PM - until, The Rockett Building, Main Street, Old Fort NC
. Every Friday evening for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobodys paid, everyones welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter! For more information call 1-888-233-6111.

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair

To do: Get Warm and Fuzzy at the Animal Fiber Fair
When/Where:  Oct 23-25, Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Fletcher (Asheville) NC.  The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair provides exceptional educational workshops and demonstrations, hands-on opportunities, a variety of livestock shows, and a large assortment of terrific vendors. In addition to the great teachers  every year, Kathleen Taylor and Rita Buchanan will be at the fair as featured artists this year. There will also be book signings and more. Read the details...

13th Annual Pumpkin Fest

To do: Celebrate Fall at the Pumkin Fest
When/Where: Oct 23-24, Downtown Franklin NC
. Hayrides from East Franklin Shopping Center and 3pm - 5pm Trick or Treating for kids on the Highlands Road. Saturday,  9am to 5pm Street Festival along Main Street including:  Crafters, Famous Pumpkin Roll, Live Music all day, Pie Eating Contest, Games, Costume Contest and Parade, Food. Sponsored by the Town of Franklin, Franklin Main Street Program and Franklin Tourism Development Committee. Read more...

Wine and All that Jazz

To do: Enjoy Saturday Wine and Music
When/Where:  Oct 24, noon-6PM, Rag Apple Lassie Vinyards, Mount Airy NC. Bill Mann will be playing Lenna's favorite music: smooth jazz - on the tenor, alto or soprano saxophones - all afternoon - noon to six! Divine jazz and good wine -what a combo! Read more...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pet-Friendly Bryson City Cabin

STONEWOOD CABIN  BRYSON CITY.   Stonewood Cabin is filled with character, convenience and charm. Equally suitable for couples, family or friends. PET FRIENDLY & kid friendly. Great location nestled on the side of a mountain only 2 miles to the Nantahala River and close to area attractions. 2BD 2BA plus sleeping loft - can accommodate 8 people. $100 - $150 night, $700-$875 week

Peanuts TM Last chance this weekend!

To do: Ride The Great Pumpkin Patch Express
When/Where:  Oct 23-25, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City NC. Meet Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy, and select your own pumpkin. Enjoy hayrides, live musical entertainment, story telling, hay bale maze, bouncy horse, apple cider, peanuts gift shop, face painting, petting zoo and trick or treating! Kids, don't forget to wear your costumes! Departure times are 3:00 p.m. on Fridays and 11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays. Make reservations...

Stomppin' in Maggie Valley

To do:  Watch the Clogging Hall of Fame Competition
When/Where:  Oct 23-25, Stompin Grounds, Maggie Valley NC. Clogging competitors come to Maggie Valley & the Stompin Ground from all over the USA. This competition includes National clogging teams and individual competitions. (304) 872-5803

Marion's Bluegrass Music Jam

To do: Bluegrass Music Jam
When/Where:  Oct 22
, 7PM-9PM, Historic Marion Depot, Marion NC.  Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors (weather permitting), bring chairs or blankets. Free; 7-9pm, Marion Depot, Marion. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit www.downtownmarion.org.

Fall Harvest Days in Fetcher

To do: Fall Harvest Days-Antique Engine & Tractor Show
When/Where: Oct 22-25
, 9AM-5PM, Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Fletcher NC. The largest show in Western North Carolina featuring crafters, demonstrations, farm tools, antique engines, antique tractor pulls & swap meet. The Western North Carolina Agricultural Center is one of the finest multi-use facilities in America.
Webstie:  http://www.applecountry.org/

Natural Perspectives

To do:  Natural Perspectives Photographic Exhibit
When/Where:  Oct 21 - Nov 14
, Gallery 86 located at 86 N Main St, Waynesville NC. The Haywood County Arts Councils Gallery 86 is proud to present Natural Perspectives, an exhibition of photographic work by Vietnam Veteran, George Schober. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The artists reception with Mr. Schober will be held on Friday, November 6, 2009 from 6:00pm-9:00pm. In celebration of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Voices in the Laurel Childrens Choir will perform a selection of patriotic songs at the reception beginning at 6:00pm.
Website: http://www.haywoodarts.org/

Saturday, October 17, 2009

"The Woman In Black" at The Flat Rock

To do: Flat Rock Playhouse presentation of "The Woman In Black"
When/Where:  Oct 21-Nov1
, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock NC. A keen young solicitor is sent to wind up the affairs of a recently deceased woman who lived a strange reclusive life alone in a remote and mysterious house. Performances are Wed.-Sun. 8:15pm & 2:15pm. Flat Rock Playhouse, The State Theatre of North Carolina, is considered one of the "Top Ten Theaters in the Country". The Playhouse produces Broadway quality plays. Read more...

Octoberfest at NOC in Bryson City

To do: Octoberfest featuring Tour de Nantahala

When/Where:  Oct  23-25,  NANTAHALA OUTDOOR CENTER. The Octoberfest  feature the Tour de Nantahala Road Ride. This fall festival will keep you entertained with a 5k trail run, special German cuisine featured at the NOC family of restaurants, pumpkin games, and more!
Contact: 800-232-7238
Website: http://www.noc.com

Ghost Train Halloween Festival

To do: Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train Halloween Festival
When/Where: Oct 16-17, 23-24, 30-31, Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock NC. Advanced tickets recommended. Full Scream Ahead on the Tweetsie Railroad! Safe, scarey fun including: Ghost Train rides, Haunted House, Halloween Shows, 3-D maze, trick or treating and NEW THIS YEAR - Freaky Forest. Read more and purchase tickets...

Live Music Tonight at the Knife and Fork

To do: Live music and great food
When/Where:  Oct 17
, 6PM-9PM, Knife and Fork, Spruce Pine NC. Enjoy a great dinner along with the music of Bob Early & Paul Feldman. For reservations call 828-765