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Chamber's inaugural "Just the Girls" event is March 31
Calling all girls! We are less than two weeks away from the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce's inaugural “Just the Girls” event on Friday, March 31, starting at 4:30 p.m., in downtown Sylva. The event is open to girls of all ages, so bring your mother, grandmother, your daughter(s), granddaughter(s), and your best friends!
Register and pick up your "To Do List" of participating businesses at Fusions Spa between 4:30-6 p.m. Make your way around downtown, visit the businesses, get your "To Do List" stamped and completed, and have fun! No purchase necessary.
Business owners will stamp your "To Do List" as you visit. Return your completed "To Do List" to Fusions Spa by 8:30 p.m., to be eligible to win door prizes from the businesses. You do not have to be present to win - the chamber will contact you. Check the Facebook page often for a list of participating downtown Sylva shops and restaurants at www.facebook.com/JustTheGirlsSylva/.
Participating businesses are offering special sales and freebies, ranging from free appetizers, to discounts up to 90 percent off.
Child care is available! First Baptist Church Explorers Ministry is offering child care for only $15! Enjoy Just the Girls with your children safely taken care of on Main Street! Parents Night Out details are available at http://
Following is a list of participating businesses:
B&B Gifts and Interiors
Blackrock Outdoor Company
Blue Ridge Inn
City Lights Bookstore
City Lights Café
The Cut Cocktail Lounge
Dixie Mae Vintage Market
End of Main
Friends of the Library
Fusions Spa & Wellness
In Your Ear Music Emporium
It’s By Nature- A Gallery of Southern Crafts
Jackson County Visual Arts
Jackson’s General Store
Lulu’s on Main
Mad Batter Food & Film
Motion Makers Bicycle Shop
“We are so excited to kick off this event for our many wonderful and eclectic downtown merchants,” said Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and event coordinator Julie Hooper Spiro. “It’s going to be a fun night of camaraderie for girls of all ages from our local community and those visiting from other areas as well.”
The Chamber is providing a free shopping tote to the first 75 Girls in line at Fusions Spa, so be there to pick up your 'To Do' list containing all the participating businesses and make your way around town and take advantage of the fantastic deals!
For more information, call the chamber at 828-586-2155 or e-mail Spiro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
20th annual Greening Up the Mountains accepting vendor applications
The Greening Up the Mountains Festival is now inviting artists, mountain crafters, environmental and food vendors to apply for a booth in its 20th year as the premiere spring festival for Western North Carolina.
On April 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the festival sponsored by the Town of Sylva will once again take place in downtown Sylva, where demonstrating visual artists and traditional crafters will be joined by a mountain community that honors its artisans & natural environment.
Day-long events will be held on Main Street and in the Bridge Park, beginning with a 5K race sponsored by the Jackson County Recreation/Parks Department. Children’s activities, demonstrations, a youth talent contest and live performances by a wide variety of Jackson County musicians will be featured throughout the day.
Applications can be downloaded from the website, www.greeningupthemountains.com, and will be accepted through April 1, 2017. Those interested in participating in the 5K can register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Sylva/GreeningUptheMountains through April 19.
For more information, call 828-631-4587.
Inaugural Hook, Line and Drinker Festival is May 20
The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will present the inaugural Hook, Line and Drinker Festival on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The event will be held from noon until 4:30 p.m., at the Bridge Park Pavilion in Sylva, N.C.
The festival will feature at least 10 craft beer vendors, three food trucks, 17 fishing guides and/or fishing industry vendors, and a farmers market from 9 a.m. until noon. Admission to the family friendly event is free with donations encouraged.
There will be live music from 12:30 until 4:30 p.m. by two of the region's most popular bands. Unspoken Tradition will perform hard core bluegrass from 12:30-2:15 p.m., followed by Terri Lynn Queen and the Stingers, who will perform classic rock hits from 2:45-4:30 p.m.
Jackson County is the proud home of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail and the NC Trout Capital. In 2016, the N.C. General Assembly proclaimed Jackson County as the state's "Premier Fly Fishing Destination." The WNC Fly Fishing Trail features 15 hot fishing spots that run from the northern end of the county to the southern end of the county along the Tuckaseigee River. Jackson County is stocked with more trout than any other county in the state.
The chamber will partner with the Tuckaseigee chapter of Trout Unlimited to organize the inaugural Scott's Creek Cleanup in the fall of 2017. Festival goers can sign up to volunteer.
For more information, please visit www.mountainlovers.com or call 828-586-2155.
Jackson County a premier spot for viewing 2017 solar eclipse
At 2:35 p.m. on August 21, 2017, Jackson County residents and visitors will have the chance to watch as the moon moves fully in front of the sun for the first time in 26 years.
Jackson County, North Carolina, is one of the few areas in North Carolina where visitors and residents can experience next year’s extremely rare celestial phenomenon, a total solar eclipse. All of the county’s towns, including Sylva, Dillsboro, Cullowhee and Cashiers, are in the direct path of The Great American Solar Eclipse. On August 21, 2017, the towns will have a stellar view of one of nature’s most visual displays followed by a couple minutes of complete darkness.
For cities inside the 70-mile-wide path of the solar eclipse, the sky will turn pitch black, the air will cool, and stars will be visible in the middle of the day. This is the first time in 26 years that America has seen a total solar eclipse, and it is one of the few that will sweep the nation from Atlantic to Pacific coasts. (View 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in the U.S.)
Jackson County is working to develop events, specific viewing locations, public safety, and accommodation promotions specifically for the eclipse event. The times of total darkness for Jackson County cities are as follows:
Sylva: 1 minute, 45 seconds
Dillsboro: 1 minute, 50 seconds
Cullowhee: 1 minute, 55 seconds
Cashiers: 2 minutes, 23 seconds.
Learn more: www.ncsolareclipse.com.
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.