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Greening Up the Mountains festival is April 28
Artists, mountain crafters, environmental and food vendors, and musicians will highlight the 21st annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Greening Up The Mountains is the premiere spring festival for Western North Carolina. The festival, sponsored by the Town of Sylva, will once again take place in historical downtown Sylva, where demonstrating visual artists and traditional crafters will be joined by a mountain community to celebrate a new spring season in the mountains.
Daylong events will be held on Main Street and Bridge Park, beginning with a 5K race sponsored by the Jackson County Recreation and 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.
For more information, visit the website, www.greeningupthemountains.com, call 828-554-1035 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuck Trout Trot is May 18; Hook, Line & Drinker Festival is May 19
The inaugural Tuck Trout Trot will be held at 8:30 p.m., on Friday, May 18 at the Jackson County Greenway in between Sylva and Cullowhee, N.C. This is a self-timed 2.2-mile fun run/walk on the greenway.
To pre-register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Cullowhee/TuckTroutTrot. Cost is $18 plus a $2.50 processing fee which includes a T-shirt and free glow in the dark bracelet or necklace. You may pre-register in person at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce in Sylva and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department in Cullowhee. Day of registration will take place at 7:30 p.m. with the run/walk beginning at 8:30 p.m. T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registered while supplies last. Day of registration cost is $20, which includes a T-shirt and glow in the dark necklace or bracelet. A portion of net proceeds from the Tuck Trout Trot will benefit Jackson County Parks & Recreation's Outdoor programming, including the annual “Fishing With Kids Day.”
This is a precursor to the second annual Hook, Line and Drinker Festival the following day on Saturday, May 19 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Bridge Park Pavilion in downtown Sylva, N.C. The festival will host two bands, "A Social Function" from 12:30-2:15 p.m., (classic hits) and "Fireside Collective," (progressive bluegrass) from 2:45-4:30 p.m. There will be multiple trout fishing vendors, food trucks, craft beer vendors, and children's activities at Saturday's festival.
Admission to the family friendly festival on Saturday, May 19 is FREE with donations encouraged. Reusable Hook, Line & Drinker souvenir cups will be available for $5. Souvenir cups are required for beer purchases. A portion of net proceeds from souvenir cup sales will benefit Trout Unlimited's “Trout in the Classroom” programming for 2018-2019.
Jackson County is the proud home of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail® and the N.C. Trout Capital®. The WNC Fly Fishing Trail® features 15 hot fishing spots that run from the northern end of the county to the southern end along the beautiful Tuckaseigee River. Jackson County is stocked with more trout than any other county in the state and is home to the state record for the largest rainbow trout ever caught.
For more information or to register in person contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 828-586-2155 or visit them at 773 West Main Street in Sylva, NC. 28779 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the festival, contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 828-586-2155, e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.hooklinedrinkerfest.com or the festival Facebook page.
Ninth season of Concerts on the Creek starts Memorial Day weekend
These mountains are known as much for the music that comes out of them as they are for their picturesque vistas, cascading waterfalls and alluring trails.
Some of the world’s finest musicians have come from Western North Carolina and that rich tradition carries on today.
Here in Jackson County, the Town of Sylva, Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce team up to produce the Concerts on the Creek series at the Bridge Park gazebo in Sylva every Friday from 7-9 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Concerts on the Creek events are free and open to the public with donations encouraged. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the shows. Occasionally, these events will feature food truck vendors as well.
Following are the scheduled dates for the ninth annual Concerts on the Creek in 2018.
May 25: Ian Ridenhour (Alternative Rock/Pop)
June 1: Train (Classic Hits)
June 8: Dirty Soul Revival (Blues/Rock)
June 15: Robertson Boys (Bluegrass)
June 22: Tuxedo Junction (Classic Hits)
June 29: Carolina Soulband (Soul/R&B/Beach/Classic Hits)
* Wednesday, July 4: Fireworks Festivities, 6:30-9:30 p.m.- Concert, Crocodile Smile, (Classic Hits/Rock/Soul/R&B) fireworks at dark.
July 6: Darren Nicholson Band (Americana/Country/Bluegrass)
July 13: The Super 60s Band (Classic Hits of the 1960s)
July 20: Andalyn (Rock/Country)
July 27: Mountain Faith (Bluegrass/Gospel)
Aug. 3: Lance & Lea (Americana/Pop/Folk)
Aug. 10: The Get Right Band (Funk/Soul/R&B)
Aug. 17: Colby Deitz Band (Rock/Americana)
Aug. 24: Geoff McBride (Pop/R&B/Soul)
Aug. 31: Dashboard Blue (Classic Hits)
(Check www.mountainlovers.com or Facebook for updates.)
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.