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Mountains and Jackson County, North Carolina
Seventh annual Concerts on the Creek season underway
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 in downtown Sylva, N.C.
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. This year, we have wonderful food vendors on site as well for each concert.
Visit our website at www.mountainlovers.com or our Facebook pages for the Chamber and the Concerts on the Creek for updates.
Concerts on the Creek is a proud Blue Ridge Music Trail partner. For more about the Blue Ridge Music Trails, click HERE.
Call 828-586-2155 for more information.
Dillsboro’s Summer Arts & Crafts Market is Saturday, August 20
Located adjacent to the Tuckaseigee River, the historic town of Dillsboro's Summer Arts and Crafts Market will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The festival features food, music and many arts and crafts vendors. Coupled with the town merchants’ offerings, this festival makes for a great summer activity.
On Front Street by the railroad tracks, over 40 vendors will be displaying and demonstrating their arts and crafts, while live entertainment will ring through the streets, including music and clogging. Festival foods with an array of children’s activities will be along Church Street.
Dillsboro is five square blocks of century-old stores, restaurants, galleries and inns.
Dillsboro is located in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina at the intersection of US Highways 19/74 and 441— 45 minutes west of Asheville and just 20 minutes from Franklin, Cherokee, Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
For more information, call Connie Hogan at (828) 586-3511, or go to www.visitdillsboro.org.
WCU's free Summer Concert Series planned every Wednesday in July
Balsam Range performs a free show at WCU on Wednesday, July 27 at 7 p.m.
Western Carolina University’s 2016 Summer Concert Series will continue Wednesday, July 13, with a performance by the Southern Experience Band on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center. All the concerts in WCU’s summer series begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Upcoming shows include Mangas Colorado, July 20; and Balsam Range, July 27.
The concerts are free and those planning to attend are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for seating.
The Southern Experience Band (July 13) is a North Carolina-based southern/country rock ensemble that includes lead singer and guitarist Scott Sanders, drummer Nikao Wallace, guitarist J.T. Fitch and bass player Ron Humphries. The group has performed at numerous festivals ranging from Columbia, South Carolina, to Nashville, Tennessee, and is known for its tight four-part harmonies. The late Bob Burns, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer of legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, once said of the Southern Experience Band: “In the true spirit of southern rock, these guys capture the down-home sound through great lyrics and awesome guitar licks…a band to keep an eye out for as they move forward."
Mangas Colorado (July 20) is a rough and tumble string band with hearts of gold. The band cites a broad range of influences, drawing from a unique blend of sounds rooted in rock, outlaw country, bluegrass, folk, and singer-songwriter music. Mangas Colorado’s unrelenting performance will leave you either on the verge of tears or on the edge of your seat. They released their EP, “Call You Home,” in October 2013 and their debut album “Dawn,” in January 2014.
Balsam Range (July 27) is based in Haywood County, North Carolina, and consists of five men native to this region “where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge.” Bluegrass says a lot of what this band is about, but equally important are the aspects of Gospel and Country Music. All the guys in the band grew up in the rich musical heritage of the Appalachian South, surrounded by culture and heritage steeped in traditions of The Grand Ole Opry…as well as the important influences of the Scotch-Irish settlers of the Southern Mountains, English ballads, Western songs…and tunes written by the band members themselves.
For more information about the WCU Summer Concert Series, contact Stephanie Sue Rowell, associate director for campus programs, at 828-227-3751.
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.