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Eighth annual Colorfest brightens up Dillsboro Oct. 1
Photo by Kelly Donaldson/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
As the blazing colors of autumn fall on the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Dillsboro, N.C., once again will host the annual ColorFest, now eight years old. This popular Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair will be held on October 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The setting for the fair is the walk-about, old railroad town of Dillsboro, which flourishes with authentic works of the hand in studios and galleries—pottery, weaving, painting, sewing and more. Drawn by the town’s old-fashioned charm and gracious hospitality, visitors are many times surprised by not only the art, but by the skill tucked away in these mountains. Thus, this 128-year-old town, located just a few miles off of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is a perfect place to showcase authentic works of the hand in the fair appropriately named, ColorFest.
Over 40 selected artisans will gather on Front Street (the street closest to the railroad tracks of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad), where they will be demonstrating their techniques and skills, displaying and selling their works of art. This juried show will also include the 2015 Best of Show winner, Gina Thompson from Black Mountain, offering her fused glass and copper art.
Entertainment, mixed with the aroma of exceptional food, will liven the festive environment of the day. The entertainment stage will be centrally located at the foot of Church Street. Most musicians have a need to perform/compose through their strong love of music, and this certainly shows with the fine array of local performers lined up for daylong entertainment at ColorFest. Entertainers include Twelfth Fret (husband and wife duo), the fabulous J. Creek Cloggers, Appalachian singer Betty Brown, and singer of Vintage show songs, Kim Shuler.
Besides the festival food offered, exceptionally fine food can be found spread throughout Dillsboro's restaurants.
For more information visit www.visitdillsboro.com.
Celebrate Octoberfest in downtown Sylva Oct. 10-15
Come experience a week long Octoberfest Sylva style between Oct 10th and Oct 15th. A variety of downtown merchants will be offering up Octoberfest themed foods, drinks, products and activities.
We encourage you to check out all the businesses listed above (many of whom are chamber members) to partake in their unique seasonal offerings and keep your receipt because it will get you 10 percent off at any of the other participating retailers (alcohol excluded).
Enjoy the festivities!!
Located in the North Carolina Mountains and right in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains, Jackson County is the ideal location for your next mountain getaway. Whatever it is you are looking for in your trip, we have it, from great accommodations, including cabin rentals, to wonderful activities, including rafting, hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, and camping.
Once you’ve found the right place to stay, whether it is a quaint Great Smoky Mountain cabin, or a friendly bed & breakfast, you will be ready to start you adventure in the North Carolina Mountains. If you enjoy fishing, the Tuckasegee River and many lakes and streams offer superb options, or you can take in the mountain scenery and wildlife on one of the area’s many hiking trails. Maybe you want to test your golf game and you can do just that on one of Jackson County’s many classic mountain golf courses.
Journey back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.
When you plan your next mountain vacation to Jackson County and the Great Smoky Mountains, you will want to be sure that you select just the right accommodations for your visit. The options here in the North Carolina Mountains are certainly diverse and offer something for everyone and every budget. There’s so much just waiting for you to enjoy in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains.