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Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries Festival extended to Sat., Dec. 16
The annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries festival will continue Saturday, Dec. 16 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Come experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2,500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides are available each night. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There is a live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church and free shuttle service from Monteith Park.
For more information, call the Town of Dillsboro at 828-586-1439. Watch a video of the event HERE.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri film is in theaters now
The movie "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," a film partially shot around the Sylva area during the summer of 2016, has been released to a worldwide audience.
The Martin McDonagh film features such stars as Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Peter Dinklage. It has already received high praise and Oscar buzz at several international showings. On Monday, Dec. 11 the movie picked up six Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director - Martin McDonagh, Best Actress - Frances McDormand, Best Supporting Actor - Sam Rockwell, Best Screenplay, and Best Score.
For up to date listings of where and when the movie is playing across the country, visit the website http://tickets.threebillboardsthemovie.com/.
Harris Regional Hospital opens state of the art Emergency Department
The community had its first look at the new emergency department at Harris Regional Hospital during an open house from 3 to 5 p.m., on Monday, October 30. The new facility began serving patients in mid-November. The open house featured tours, a ribbon-cutting, and light refreshments.
Construction on the project began in October 2015. The facility is positioned on the east end of the hospital and features nearly 17,000 sq. ft., more than quadrupling the size of the current emergency department. The new space will have 15 private treatment rooms. Four of the rooms can be used for patients with psychiatric illnesses awaiting transfer to behavioral health facilities. All of the rooms are designed to become easily expandable to accommodate procedures requiring additional space. One of the rooms is dedicated to receiving patients arriving by ambulance.
“We’re excited to be completing our new emergency department and thrilled to invite the community in to see it before it opens,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. “Our state-of-the-art emergency department represents our continued commitment to taking care of our community during emergent situations and beyond with acute, post-acute, primary and subspecialty care.”
Plans for a new emergency department have been in existence for more than a decade. Prior to the acquisition of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital by Duke LifePoint Healthcare in 2014, the hospitals’ foundation raised funds generously donated by the community to develop plans for the project. The agreement with Duke LifePoint included $11 million to kick-off construction and complete the emergency department.
“It was very important to our Board that we build a new emergency department for our community. We had simply outgrown the space we had been using for nearly 30 years. What we have now is what our community deserves, and we are grateful to so many who kept this vision central to our hospitals’ development,” Heatherly said.
The emergency department opening is part of an overall expansion for Harris Regional Hospital which includes the purchase of five new ambulances to serve Jackson County, the completion of the New Generations Family Birthing Center in November, diagnostic cardiac catheterization which began in August, a new CT scanner for Swain Community Hospital, and the addition of 15 physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners serving patients in a number of specialties.
For more information visit www.myharrisregional.com or call 828-586-7000.
Dwight Yoakam to bring rockabilly sound to Cherokee Jan. 13
Country music icon Dwight Yoakam brings his unique blend of country, rockabilly and bluegrass music to Harrah's Cherokee Casino on Saturday, Jan. 13 for a 7:30 p.m. show at the event center.
Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard's Country Albums chart, and another 14 landing in the Top 10. Nearly 40 of Yoakam's singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10.
He received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization. In September of 2016, Yoakam released his first ever bluegrass album Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... on Sugar Hill Records. Featuring a band of bluegrass luminaries, this album boasts a collection of reinterpreted favorites from his catalogue, as well as a cover of Prince's "Purple Rain." This new album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter.
For tickets, visit https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-cherokee/shows.
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.