NC Blue Ridge

Fall Leaf Peeping

 
Witness Western NC’s legendary fall colors from high atop Chimney Rock with up to 75-mile panoramic views overlooking Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills. Some of the region’s most stunning autumn foliage appears here from late-October to early-Nov. due to the lower elevation. A premier…

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Someone Else

 
Dave’s wife is ready to have a baby. Dave is not so sure. While Dave navigates the complex waters of family, career and fidelity, he finds himself in a motel room with a curt New York escort who may or may not be the answer to his problems. A candid glimpse at a regular guy searching to…

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Defiant Destination Dining

 
Defiant Whisky invites you to bring friends and loved ones to enjoy four-course gourmet meals featuring some of the region’s top catering chefs every Friday evening through Nov. 20. The dinners include passed hors d’oeuvres, a starter course, main entrée and dessert, as well as…

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Fall Girl Scout Day

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Chimney Rock’s Fall Scout Days are among the Park’s most popular annual events. Fall is a beautiful time to seek adventure outdoors and learn more about our natural world. With ever-changing programs…

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Defiant Destination Dining

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Defiant Whisky invites you to bring friends and loved ones to enjoy four-course gourmet meals featuring some of the region’s top catering chefs every Friday evening through Nov. 20. The dinners include…

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Fall Boy Scout Day

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Chimney Rock’s Fall Scout Days are among the Park’s most popular annual events. Fall is a beautiful time to seek adventure outdoors and learn more about our natural world. With ever-changing programs…

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Defiant Destination Dining

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Defiant Whisky invites you to bring friends and loved ones to enjoy four-course gourmet meals featuring some of the region’s top catering chefs every Friday evening through Nov. 20. The dinners include…

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Santa on the Chimney

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How is Santa able to climb down millions of chimneys around the world in a single night? He practices, of course. Witness Santa’s daring stunt as he practices on one of the world’s largest chimneys with…

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A Winter’s Tail

It’s time for the Nature Center’s holiday celebration! There will be festive crafts, face painting and of course, wild encounters. Make sure to stop by from 12 – 4 PM to take a photo with Santa! The festival runs from 10 AM – 4 PM. Regular admission rates apply. Friends members get in…

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Jeeves Intervenes

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High society playboy Bertie Wooster and his school chum, Eustace, hatch a plan to save Bertie from an undesirable marriage and Eustace from a faraway job in India. Will the ever-faithful manservant…

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Burnsville Wedding Expo

See a variety of exhibitors and learn how to make your mountain wedding day special. The event includes door prizes, raffles, goodie bags and free…

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“Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters”

The Carpenters classic love songs return to the stage through spot-on renditions performed by singer Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band. Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation. Playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the…

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Bostic Lincoln Center Spring Festival

Join us for a heritage festival celebrating what many claim to be the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. Enjoy a full day of entertainment, food, crafts, exhibits and antiques at the historic Bostic Lincoln…

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Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival

Fire on the Mountain is an annual celebration of the art of the blacksmith, held the last Saturday in April in downtown Spruce Pine, NC. The event is a partnership between Spruce Pine Main Street, Penland School of Crafts, and the Toe River Arts Council. Each year, the festival contains:- A month…

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The Burnsville Metric

Registration, 7:15 a.m.-8:45 a.m.; Ride begins, 9 a.m.
The 22nd annual Burnsville Metric takes place on the scenic roads of Yancey and Mitchell counties. The ride is 60.7 miles and has three well-supplied rest stops….

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Weaverville Art Safari

Spring into Weaverville for our bi-annual Art Safari this May 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is a chance to experience the creativity that is part of Asheville’s renowned art scene.
The free event is an immersive experience within the local art community, and has been rated one of the top…

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Gears and Gables

This year’s Gears and Gables event is looking to be one for the books. New routes, a new look, and a new experience for all involved. The bike ride will feature a 24-mile, 41-mile and 62-mile route through the scenic back roads of Rutherford County and the Blue Ridge…

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MayFest

Stroll downtown Main Street to find one-of-a-kind arts and crafts vendors, exhibits, and interactive booths. Try our local flavor at the food tents and check out the dance presentations, live bands and old fashion dunking booths. The kids will have tons of fun inside Play Land, an activity center…

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Garden Day

Attend a program about our lawn-to-meadow conversion, visit with interpreters at our National Wildlife Federation certified backyard habitat or monarch waystation, and lend a hand planting seeds in our vegetable heritage…

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Mining Sluice Grand Opening at the WNC Nature Center

Join the WNC Nature Center, with special guests from Colburn Earth Science Museum, soon to be Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS), to celebrate the official grand opening of a new mining sluice at the Explorer’s Outpost area at the Center.
1pm: Short presentation on gems and the history of gem…

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Space POP!

An exuberant visual celebration of pop culture’s love affair with space. ZaPow artists have created over seventy new parodies of famous movies, tv shows, and cultural icons. Opening Reception, May 7th, 7-9:00pm Prizes for best Space inspired Costumes *Costumes Not Required Live Music TBA Free Beer…

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Live Music & Fun, Food & More

Live music, food, gift shop, hayrides through the orchard, storytelling, plus awesome views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Orchard is open Mon., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and Sun 12-5:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays. The Lunch Wagon is open weekends. Musicians change weekly. For more information and…

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Spring LEAF Festival – Featuring MarchFourth

Catch MarchFourth! at the Spring LEAF Festival – theLEAF.org/tickets! MarchFourth is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of entertainment — a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world,…

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Marion Mountain Music

Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors, bring chairs or blankets (held inside the Depot in inclement weather). Free; 7-9pm, Marion Depot, Marion. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit…

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Centennial S’mores and Amphibians

Meet Ranger Kevin Bischof in the Paddy’s Creek Campground for a campfire program on amphibians, complete with the NC State Park Centennial S’mores theme. Bring your camp chairs and prepare to learn about amphibians. The program begins at 7 p.m. near the…

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Live Music & More

Live music, food, gift shop, hayrides through the orchard, storytelling, plus awesome views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Orchard is open Mon., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and Sun 12-5:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays. The Lunch Wagon is open weekends. Musicians change weekly. For more information and…

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Marion Mountain Music

Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors, bring chairs or blankets (held inside the Depot in inclement weather). Free; 7-9pm, Marion Depot, Marion. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit…

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How the West Was Won

The exhibit, entitled “How the West was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina,” is being loaned to the City by the Rural Heritage Museum of Mars Hills University. The exhibit will be displayed in Marion at the former Laughridge Furniture Building at 125 West Henderson…

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Carolina Donut Festival

Come out for food and fun in downtown Marion with the 1st Annual Carolina Donut Festival, hosted by our own Mr. Bob’s Donuts. Enjoy a variety of “doughy” goodness, games, music and…

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South Creek Winery Deck Series – Jerry Collins – Sax & Wine

His motto is “Life’s too short to play the same solo twice.. Improvise!” A master of five woodwind instruments, Jerry brings the world of jazz to his audience, from Big Band standards to familiar pop tunes and modern smooth jazz. Tasting room opens at 11 a.m.; music begins at 1 p.m. provided to…

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Mopars@McDowell Car Show

19th annual Mopars@ McDowell Car Show in celebrating Armed Forces Day, 25 judged show classes,including a veterans choice,door prizes,car port&custom mailbox raffles,50/50, food provided by Dysartsville…

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2016 Saluda Arts Festival

Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter your work in the 13th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 21, 2016. Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring…

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Forest Plants ID Hike

Ever wondered what the different types of vegetation were as you hiked the trails at Lake James State Park? Armed with field guides and curiosity, Park Ranger Jamie Cameron leads a hike along the Fox Den Loop trail to learn about identifying native plants (and a few trees). The trail is a moderate,…

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Informal Jam on the Porch

Almost every Sunday, Harold and Carol Harless and a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday…

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Live Music & More

Live music, food, gift shop, hayrides through the orchard, storytelling, plus awesome views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Orchard is open Mon., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and Sun 12-5:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays. The Lunch Wagon is open weekends. Musicians change weekly. For more information and…

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Marion Mountain Music

Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors, bring chairs or blankets (held inside the Depot in inclement weather). Free; 7-9pm, Marion Depot, Marion. For more information, call 828-652-2215 or visit…

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How the West Was Won

The exhibit, entitled “How the West was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina,” is being loaned to the City by the Rural Heritage Museum of Mars Hills University. The exhibit will be displayed in Marion at the former Laughridge Furniture Building at 125 West Henderson…

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Canoe Excursion

The tranquility of paddling a canoe on a quiet morning is one of life’s simple pleasures. Discover the beauty of Lake James State Park from the water with Park Ranger Jamie Cameron. Whether you’re an expert paddler or you don’t know the difference between starboard and port, we’ll provide the…

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Eagle/Osprey Nest Tour

Park Rangers Earl Weaver and Clay Veasey are captains and guides aboard the park patrol boat to search for loons, ospreys, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather could be blustery or it could be sultry, so dress appropriately for the day (remember it’s always cooler on the water). Registration…

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Marion Cruise-In

The Marion Cruise-In takes place six times in 2016, at Marion’s Historic Tailgate Market Shelter. ALL vehicles are welcome, this event is not a contest, there are no judges. Enjoy the variety of vehicles, talk with owners to learn more about them and join us for games, themed events and more….

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MineFest

Celebrate the start of summer at historic mines in a spectacular setting! Enjoy 2 days of free live music with 8 great original groups featuring authentic mountain bluegrass, acoustic, country and gospel. Good food from the Switzerland Cafe will be available. Hear the incredible geologic history of…

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South Creek Winery Deck Series – Lee Lindsey Music

Back from Nashville, Lee is an International artist who brings her quirky blend of folk, pop and a country twist. Both Saturday and Sunday, military veterans receive 2 for 1 wine tastings and 10% of bottle purchases as a salute to our past and present veterans. Tasting room opens at 11 a.m.; music…

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Bear Den Memorial Weekend

Join us Saturday Memorial Day weekend for Barbeque and Music. We have the Famoius BBQ of Tom Freeman’s Paw Paw’s Woodshed BBQ from Spruce Pine.Music By Terry McKinney and the Country Heritage Band. Come Join the…

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Toe-riffic River Weekend

Join us for some free river discovery activities and a plant identification hike. The plant id hike must be signed up for in advance. Pre-registration is required by Thursday 5/26 at Read More

“Bogs, Bugs and Beavers” Guided Walks

Guided walks along the Pink Beds Trail interpret the natural history of beavers, theirwetland-creating activities and the changing habitats they initiate. Programs begin in the Forest Discovery Center with a talk about beavers. Duration of each program is approximately 90 minutes, with a total…

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Black Light Nighttime Underground Mine Tour

Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world to visit an underground mine at night and see brightly…

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Military Appreciation Day

This day is open to any member, guest, and especially any Military to enjoy a day of golf with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation.The course is open to anyone who is willing to make a contribution.
Active or Retired Military Guest: $25 per player (must show…

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Memorial Day Barbecue & Covered Dish Dinner

Free music from 11:00-4:30. Admission for the meal is a dish to share, large enough for your party with some extra for the musicians who will be entertaining all day. In place of the covered dish, guests may pay $12 per meal (cost could change annually). The Orchard provides fresh barbecue, water,…

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Live Music & More

Live music, food, gift shop, hayrides through the orchard, storytelling, plus awesome views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Orchard is open Mon., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and Sun 12-5:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays. The Lunch Wagon is open weekends. Musicians change weekly. For more information and…

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“Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film”

Biltmore has been a location for weddings and romantic getaways since George and Edith Vanderbilt married in 1898. To celebrate this history, the estate will host “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film,” a costume exhibition of wedding dresses and attire from major motion pictures. The…

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How the West Was Won

The exhibit, entitled “How the West was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina,” is being loaned to the City by the Rural Heritage Museum of Mars Hills University. The exhibit will be displayed in Marion at the former Laughridge Furniture Building at 125 West Henderson…

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Toe River Studio Tour

Meet the artists of the Toe River Valley during this free, self-guided studio tour. Follow the back roads of Yancey and Mitchell counties to see the artists at galleries and studios where they work. The tour includes approximately 100 artists in a variety of media, such as clay, fiber, glass,…

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First Friday Concert & Annual Livermush Festival

Marion’s 8th Annual Liver Mush Festival, 6:30-9:00 PM. Celebrating liver mush and the liver mush heritage of Marion and McDowell County! This year – Best Dressed Pig!! Bring your most beautiful or your ugliest pig in a spectacular costume. A farmer pig, a princess pig or a Harley pig…We want to…

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TOE RIVER JUNE STUDIO TOUR

The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants.FREE, self-guided, this adventure will lead you to some unique places…

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Spring Arts & Crafts Market

The Artisan League of Little Switzerland presents a show and sale of distinctive works of art including cards, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, literary works, marbled paper, mixed media, painting, photography, woodwork and more. For more information email: artisanleague@gmail.com. Sponsored by…

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Astronomy for Everyone

Lake James State Park Superintendent Nora Coffey will be co?hosting with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club for a night of star gazing. Learn some basic star gazing tips and take home your own star chart. There will be telescopes and binoculars set up for viewing the night sky, but feel free to…

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Eagle/Osprey Nest Tour

Park Rangers Earl Weaver and Clay Veasey are captains and guides aboard the park patrol boat to search for loons, ospreys, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather could be blustery or it could be sultry, so dress appropriately for the day (remember it’s always cooler on the water). Registration…

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Pisgah Enduro Race

The fastest growing form of mountain bike racing is returning to the Pisgah National Forest! Pisgah Productions is excited to announce the third annual Pisgah Enduro. Individuals will test their downhill skills on seven different timed sections over TWO DAYS of racing. The rides in-between the…

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Bear Den 1st Annual Trails Day

We will have a guided hike of our Cascade Trail that has a 50 foot water fall at Noon. We will be having a guided Bird watching and identification hike at 8am. Our trail maintenance hike will offer camping discounts to all…

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NC Gold Festival

Annual event, featuring gold exhibits, gold mining techniques and demonstrations, treasure and scavenger hunts, geo-caching, gold panning, numerous vendors including arts and crafts, raffles, Friday night kicks off the festival. Held on the grounds of Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort. For more…

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Fishing 101

One of the main attractions to Lake James State Park is the quality fishing opportunities that can be found in the lake. Have you ever wanted to fish, but don’t know where to start? Here is a great opportunity. Meet Park Ranger Kevin Bischof at the Paddy’s Creek Area office and be prepared to wet…

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So Great the Devastation: The 1916 Flood

The great flood of 1916 was one of the worst ever experienced in the Tar Heel state. To commemorate the event, the North Carolina Office of Archives and History has developed a traveling exhibit that tells us the history of this tragic…

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Live Music & More

Live music, food, gift shop, hayrides through the orchard, storytelling, plus awesome views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Orchard is open Mon., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and Sun 12-5:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays. The Lunch Wagon is open weekends. Musicians change weekly. For more information and…

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How the West Was Won

The exhibit, entitled “How the West was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina,” is being loaned to the City by the Rural Heritage Museum of Mars Hills University. The exhibit will be displayed in Marion at the former Laughridge Furniture Building at 125 West Henderson…

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A Night of Bluegrass & BBQ

Please join us for this exciting evening of Music, Dinner and Beverages on Thursday, June 9, 5:30-9:30. We will begin with appetizers and conversation around the Cooker to listen to Jim Tabb’s advice on how to create masterful dishes on the Barbeque. This will be followed with Music, Dinner, and…

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Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival

Located in beautiful Harmon Field nestled in the foothills and only a mile away from historic downtown Tryon; visitors can have two days of fantastic food, continuous music, arts and crafts, kids rides and games, car show and much more. Admission is FREE for everyone on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2…

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Artists Reception Gaylene Briggs and Gail Leadenham

Maples, OOAK Art Gallery, and Hang It Up Frame Shop in Micaville invite you to their first Art Show inside Maples Coffeehouse. Artists Gail Leadenham and Gaylene Briggs are exhibiting paintings through the end of June.
Gail Leadenham was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on November 21, 1961. She was…

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Canoe Excursion

The tranquility of paddling a canoe on a quiet morning is one of life’s simple pleasures. Discover the beauty of Lake James State Park from the water with Park Ranger Kevin Bischof. Whether you’re an expert paddler or you don’t know the difference between starboard and port, we’ll provide the…

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Creek Sampling

Aquatic life in our creeks and rivers go far beyond the fish and crawdads you see with a casual glance. The ecosystem of moving water can be incredibly diverse, depending on water quality and other factors. At Lake James State Park, we are lucky to have a waterway of fantastic biological diversity…

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South Creek Winery Deck Series – Mood SwingZ

Mood SwingZ trio – Bob and Elizabeth Spencer and Mary Riddell perform beach music, pop tunes, golden oldies and more. Food available from Poor Man’s BBQ. Tasting room opens at 11 a.m.; music begins at 1 p.m. provided to South Creek customers at no charge. Call 828-652-5729 or visit…

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National Get Outdoors Day Celebration

The Cradle of Forestry celebrates National Get Outdoors Day, established in 2008 bythe USDA Forest Service to encourage Americans, especially youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lifestyles, connect with nature, and embrace public lands. The day includes skill teaching and demonstrations by…

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Historic Carson House Car Show

Join members of the Route 70 Cruisers and Mountain Gateway Mopar Association for this benefit car show, on the grounds of Historic Carson House. Carson House, c. 1793, is a museum, operated by a non-profit organization, situated on the bucolic banks of Buck Creek. Tour the museum, enjoy the grounds…

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Canoe Excusion

The tranquility of paddling a canoe on a quiet morning is one of life’s simple pleasures. Discover the beauty of Lake James State Park from the water with Park Ranger Kevin Bischof. Whether you’re an expert paddler or you don’t know the difference between starboard and port, we’ll provide the…

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Stop, Sip, Savor Wine Hop

Enjoy a wine tasting event at four Unique & Boutique wineries! Purchase a ticket online and begin the journey. Sip as you collect stamps on a Hop card at each winery. At the fourth winery visit, enter a drawing for a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates. Patrons also receive a…

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Live Music & More

Live music, food, gift shop, hayrides through the orchard, storytelling, plus awesome views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Orchard is open Mon., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and Sun 12-5:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays. The Lunch Wagon is open weekends. Musicians change weekly. For more information and…

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Eagle/Osprey Nest Tour

Park Rangers Earl Weaver and Clay Veasey are captains and guides aboard the park patrol boat to search for loons, ospreys, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather could be blustery or it could be sultry, so dress appropriately for the day (remember it’s always cooler on the water). Registration…

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Cooking, Wine & Dinner Experience

The Mediterranean Corner invite youto join us in a private villa for a
Cooking, Wine & Dinner Experience
featuring special guest chef
Alba Sunyer Olle,The Mediterranean Corner

We bring the Mediterranean way of life to you, creating an entire meal experience around
a series of dishes that…

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South Creek Winery Deck Series – Sorella Jack

There’s no place like home and these three talented singer/songwriters began their winery performances here at South Creek! Melody Cox, Patty M and Leah Wahl make up this trio performing originals and covers. Help us welcome them home! Tasting room opens at 11 a.m.; music begins at 1 p.m. provided…

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Firefly Twilight Tour

? Enjoy the magical evening forest and learn about the natural history of fascinatingfireflies.

? This wheelchair accessible program beings in the Cradle of Forestry’s amphitheater by
the Forest Festival Trail with a talk interpreting fireflies’ life cycle and unique features, and a craft for…

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Father’s Day Barrel Tasting

Bring Dad for a special day or treat yourself. Have a seat in the barrel room and join the wine­maker and owners for exclusive tastings of unreleased vintages right out of the barrel! Get a flavor sensory lesson, lite bites with wine tasting & tour the vineyard. Tickets are $25.00 per person….

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Snakes Magnified

Come join Ranger Kevin Bischof as he leads a group along the trails of Lake James to seek the snake species of the forest at a different level. Bring the kids and a sense of exploration. Magnifying loupes provided. Magnification will turn a walk in the woods into a whole new experience….

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Black Light Nighttime Underground Mine Tour

Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world to visit an underground mine at night and see brightly…

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Live Music & More

Live music, food, gift shop, hayrides through the orchard, storytelling, plus awesome views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Orchard is open Mon., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and Sun 12-5:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays. The Lunch Wagon is open weekends. Musicians change weekly. For more information and…

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Lucky Streak Band

OOAK Art Gallery and Maples present the Lucky Streak Band, Thursday June 23, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 in the Gallery.
Ron and Minnie Powell have been together for almost 40 years, and for much of that time have been performing, both as a duo and with various local bands. Ron began playing guitar and…

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