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Hollywood comes to Jackson County
The silver screen will soon look like a familiar place to many people acquainted with the sights and sounds of Jackson County. In February of 2016, producers of the film, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," announced they will be filming parts of the movie on the streets of Sylva, N.C. The movie stars Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage. Preparation began on April 4 and continues through May 2 when filming begins. The movie is scheduled to be shot in Sylva from May 2-20. The movie is being directed by the acclaimed Martin McDonagh.
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Just a short drive to the southern end of the county, producers of ABC's three-hour televised remake of 1987's "Dirty Dancing," will also be filming at the historic High Hampton Inn and Country Club in Cashiers. The film will star Abigail Breslin as Baby, Colt Prattes as Johnny and Debra Messing as Baby's mother. Nicole Scherzinger (lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls) will play the dance instructor Penny, Sarah Hyland of ABC's popular television comedy "Modern Family," will play Baby's sister, Lisa Houseman, Katey Sagal will play the seductive Vivian Pressman, Billy Dee Williams will portray the resort's bandleader, J. Quinton Johnson will play Marco the lead singer and guitarist in the resort's band, Beau "Casper" Smart will be Johnny's cousin Billy, Shane Harper will be the womanizing waiter Robbie, and respected actor Bruce Greenwood will be portraying Baby's father Dr. Jake Houseman, according to media reports.
The remake is being adapted for television by American Horror Story’s Jessica Sharzer and will be directed by Wayne Blaire.
Filming for Dirty Dancing is scheduled in Cashiers from April through June.
Seventh annual Concerts on the Creek return May 27
For the seventh season, the Town of Sylva, Jackson County Parks and Recreation and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to produce the Concerts on the Creek music series at the Bridge Park gazebo.
These events are held every Friday from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 7-9 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public with donations encouraged. Please bring a chair or blanket.
Visit our website at www.mountainlovers.com or our Facebook pages for the Chamber and the Concerts on the Creek for updates and more information.
Concerts on the Creek is a proud Blue Ridge Music Trail partner.
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.