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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 WNC craft beer vendors, food trucks, fishing guides and 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 and American Waters 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.
Eighth season of Concerts on the Creek begins May 26
For the eight season, the Town of Sylva, Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will 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 throughout the season, these events will feature food truck and craft beer vendors as well.
Following are the scheduled dates for the eighth annual Concerts on the Creek in 2017.
May 26: Robertson Boys (Bluegrass)
June 2: Grandpa’s Cough Medicine (Bluegrass)
June 9: Darren and the Buttered Toast (Funk/Soul/R&B/Rock)
June 16: Topper Voices of Rock (Rock)
June 23: Buchanan Boys (Rock)
June 30: Dashboard Blue (Rock/Rhythm & Blues/Beach)
* Tuesday, July 4: Fireworks Festivities, 6:30-9:30 p.m.- Concert by The Business
(soul/R&B/funk), fireworks at dark.
July 7: Darren Nicholson Band (Americana/Country/Bluegrass)
July 14: Ol’ Dirty Bathtub (Americana/Country/Bluegrass
July 21: Colby Deitz Band (Americana/Rock)
July 28: Mountain Faith (Bluegrass/Gospel)
Aug. 4: PMA (Reggae/Fusion)
Aug. 11: Tuxedo Junction (Classic Hits)
Aug. 18: Porch 40 (Rock/Funk)
Aug. 25: Geoff McBride (Pop/R&B/Soul)
Sept. 1: Sundown Band (Classic Pop/Rock/Country)
Concerts on the Creek is a Blue Ridge Music Trail partner.
For more information and updates, call 828-586-2155, visit www.mountainlovers.com or visit the Concerts on the Creek Facebook page.
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.