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May 2017

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics

May 29 - November 10
WCU Fine Art Museum, 199 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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The pottery of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians originated in Western North Carolina nearly 3,000 years ago. Pottery techniques have changed and altered over time, from initial constructions of large, thin-walled pots with stamped geometric designs to blackware from the early 20th century. Using contemporary techniques, Cherokee potters often incorporate Cherokee syllabary and other popular Cherokee symbols and forms into their work. This exhibition features the work of 11 Cherokee artists, such as Joel Queen and Davey Arch, and brings together both historic and contemporary pottery techniques. Ancient Forms, Modern Minds was organized by the Asheville Art Museum and made possible through the generous support of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. The WCU Fine Art Museum is the last venue to host this important touring exhibition. Please visit http://www.wcu.edu/bardo-arts-center/ for more information.

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August 2017

Return From Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art

August 21 - December 8
WCU Fine Art Museum, 199 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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The WCU Fine Art Museum hosts the national travelling exhibition Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art, curated by Tony A. Tiger, Bobby C. Martin, and Jace Weaver. The exhibition features more than thirty contemporary Southeastern Native American artists working in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, basketry, sculpture, and pottery. Return from Exile is one of the first major exhibitions to focus on contemporary artists from tribal nations with an historical connection to the Southeastern United States. These include the so-called Five Civilized Tribes, the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, and Muscogee (or Creek), and Seminole, all of whom were forcibly removed in the 1830s to present-day Oklahoma as a result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The title of the exhibition represents the return of these artists to their ancestral homelands.

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October 2017

Cherokee ‘Treat or Treat’ & Haunted Island Experience

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - October 28 @ 11:00 pm
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Oconaluftee Island Park, US 441
Cherokee, NC 28719 United States
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There will be fun for the entire family as we deck out the Island as a haunted “carn-evil”. At the Cherokee Bonfire, the troupe will be sharing haunting stories of the Cherokee. There will be an intense haunted cane experience on the Island for those who dare; Friday beginning at 6 pm and ending at 11 pm; Saturday beginning at 6 pm and ending at midnight.  On October 28, the CHA brings back the Zombie Run. See more details of that event here.

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Spirit of the Smokies Car Show

October 28 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dillsboro Dillsboro, NC 28725 United States + Google Map
Free

The 19th annual Spirit of the Smokies Car Show will take place Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Front Street in Dillsboro. The show is sponsored by the Sylva Rotary Club with the Smoky Mountain Cruisers and all proceeds will benefit local non-profit organizations. Last year’s event had more than 100 participants, with vehicles coming from Western North Carolina, North Georgia, and East Tennessee. Categories include: Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Special Interest Vehicles, Modified Street Machines, Trucks, Street Rods and Farm Equipment. Trophies will be awarded to each category winner. Registration on Oct. 28 begins at 9 a.m. For information on how to register, you can visit the Sylva Rotary Club’s website.

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Cherokee Zombie Run

October 28 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Oconaluftee Island Park, US 441
Cherokee, NC 28719 United States
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$20 - $30

Saturday, October 28, 2017 4:30-6:00pm Cherokee Cultural District Start/Finish Line: Near Oconaluftee Island Park Runner Information Register on www.imathlete.com Early Registration until Oct 7: $20 Registration (Oct 8-Oct 27): $25 Day of Registration 2PM-4PM: $30 Registration Includes: • Flag belt with 2 flags attached • Cherokee Zombie Run T-shirt (guaranteed if signed up before Oct. 20) • Swag Bag with a variety of goodies in it. • Custom pottery stamped medal. What to bring: •Photo ID. •Parent/legal guardian signed waiver (only if you are under 18). •You will be covered in mud, blood, and other apocalyptic liquids after the race, so bring a towel and a change of clothing (especially socks and clean shoes to change into). •Your speed and agility. For more information: 2017 Zombie Run

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Cherokee ‘Treat or Treat’ & Haunted Island Experience

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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One event on 10.28.2017 at 6:00pm

Oconaluftee Island Park, US 441
Cherokee, NC 28719 United States
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There will be fun for the entire family as we deck out the Island as a haunted “carn-evil”. At the Cherokee Bonfire, the troupe will be sharing haunting stories of the Cherokee. There will be an intense haunted cane experience on the Island for those who dare; Friday beginning at 6 pm and ending at 11 pm; Saturday beginning at 6 pm and ending at midnight.  On October 28, the CHA brings back the Zombie Run. See more details of that event here.

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November 2017

WNC Pottery Festival

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dillsboro, NC United States + Google Map

Showcasing the work of more than 40 master potters from 13 states. A variety of clay art styles will be presented. Pre-show events - including the Clay Olympics - will be held on Friday. The event is juried and the lineup of potters is impressive. $5 ticket includes a chance in a raffle; kids under 12 admitted free. Click here for more information.

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A Tribe Called Red

November 10 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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45 years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying complete respect to its creators.   Performance Series Rates: General Public: $25 Seniors/WCU Faulty/Staff: $20 Students: $5 Group Rates: Available for selected shows for groups of 20 or more Please visit http://www.wcu.edu/bardo-arts-center/ for more information.

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Mountain Artisans Hard Candy Christmas

November 24 @ 10:00 am - November 25 @ 5:00 pm
Ramsey Activity Center, 92 Catamount Rd
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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$5.00

Mountain Artisans "Hard Candy" Christmas show turns 30 this year Over a hundred regional artisans have their handmade on display for sale in this folk and heritage craft show. The show has everything from quilters to soap makers, basket makers, leather craftsmen, master jewelers and more. Started in 1987, the event has grown every year and now takes place at Western Carolina University's Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Children under 12 free & free parking

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December 2017

Festival of Lights and Luminaries

December 1 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dillsboro Dillsboro, NC 28725 United States + Google Map

Journey back to the days of yesteryear. 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. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. Free shuttle service from Monteith Park. Click here for more information.

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Sylva Christmas Parade

December 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Downtown Sylva, 773 W. Main Street
Sylva, NC 28779 United States
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Downtown Sylva's annual Christmas parade draws hundreds to Historic Main Street for celebration, cheer and a chance to see Santa. The themed parade, featuring 50+ floats usually starts at and ends at Mark Watson Park after a loop through town. The start time is 3 p.m., and the parade  lasts 45 minutes to an hour. For more information please call 828-586-2719 or click here.

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Festival of Lights and Luminaries

December 2 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dillsboro Dillsboro, NC 28725 United States + Google Map

Journey back to the days of yesteryear. 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. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. Free shuttle service from Monteith Park. Click here for more information.

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Rhythmic Circus: Red and Green

December 5 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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  Rhythmic Circus’ performance of Red and Green combines their signature style of rapid-fire tap with a live seven-piece band playing the holiday music you know and love. Red and Green is a song and dance filled celebration of the holiday season the entire family can enjoy.   Performance Series Rates: General Public: $25 Seniors/WCU Faulty/Staff: $20 Students: $5 Group Rates: Available for selected shows for groups of 20 or more

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Festival of Lights and Luminaries

December 8 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on 12.02.2017 at 5:00pm

One event on 12.08.2017 at 5:00pm

One event on 12.09.2017 at 5:00pm

Dillsboro Dillsboro, NC 28725 United States + Google Map

Journey back to the days of yesteryear. 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. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. Free shuttle service from Monteith Park. Click here for more information.

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43rd Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade

December 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cashiers, NC United States + Google Map
Free

Come out and Enjoy the 43rd Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade at noon! The parade route starts at Old Cashiers School Road and proceeds on 107 North towards the Crossroads where attendees can enjoy live commentary of the parade on the amplifier system. The parade continues down Hwy 64 West ending at the Cashiers Community Center and Cashiers/Glenville Volunteer Fire Department Watch a live streaming broadcast of the parade at www.sapphirevalley.com and use #CashiersNCChristmasParade with your own photos and videos. See you then!

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Festival of Lights and Luminaries

December 9 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on 12.02.2017 at 5:00pm

One event on 12.08.2017 at 5:00pm

One event on 12.09.2017 at 5:00pm

Dillsboro Dillsboro, NC 28725 United States + Google Map

Journey back to the days of yesteryear. 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. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. Free shuttle service from Monteith Park. Click here for more information.

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February 2018

Urban Bush Women

02.06.2018 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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Renowned NYC based dance company, Urban Bush Women brings their new work Hair & Other Stories to the Bardo Arts Center Stage. Hair & Other Stories is a multidisciplinary performance that addresses matters of race, gender identity, and economic inequality through the lens of hair, primarily that of African American women.   Performance Series Rates: General Public: $25 Seniors/WCU Faulty/Staff: $20 Students: $5 Group Rates: Available for selected shows for groups of 20 or more Please visit http://www.wcu.edu/bardo-arts-center/ for more information.

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Outhouse Races

02.17.2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sapphire Valley Resort, 100 Cherokee Trail
Sapphire, NC 28774 United States
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Join us for the exciting Outhouse Races, taking place on February 17, 2018 from 11am-3pm in Sapphire. WHAT ARE OUTHOUSE RACES? Your Homemade Outhouses can be made of wood, cardboard, plastic, or any other homemade items. There are three people to a team and outhouses are secured on a set of skis, which can be provided to you by the Sapphire Valley Ski Area. These skis are pushed by two team members, while one team member 'sits' inside. Outhouses are equipped with a seat with at least one (1) hole, and a roll of toilet paper, or alternative wiping source. The race course is a two-lane track on packed snow (or on ice), with two teams racing each other head to head over a length of approximately 120 feet (40 yards), the first 30 feet being propelled by the pushers and the last 90 feet under its own gravitational power. This event is as exciting as 'Drag Racing' if you use your imagination. Outhouses can be very simple, or as elaborate as anyone wants them to be. RACES: Race teams consist of three people: 2 team members "PUSH' the outhouse 30 feet, while one 'Sits inside the entire 120 feet. The front (doorway) of the Outhouse will be used for Starting Line alignment and to determine the winner at the Finish line.

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TAO: Drum Heart

02.24.2018 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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TAO: Drum Heart is the latest production from TAO, internationally-acclaimed percussion artists. TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers of TAO: Drum Heart create an energetic and unforgettable production.   Performance Series Rates: General Public: $25 Seniors/WCU Faulty/Staff: $20 Students: $5 Group Rates: Available for selected shows for groups of 20 or more Please visit http://www.wcu.edu/bardo-arts-center/ for more information.

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April 2018

An Evening with Tony Kushner

04.05.2018 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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Join us for an engaging evening with an on-stage discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author of Angels in America and Caroline, or Change. Tony Kushner gives voice to characters who have been rendered powerless by the forces of circumstances – a drag queen dying of AIDS, an uneducated Southern maid, contemporary Afghans – and his attempt to see all sides of their predicament has a sly subversiveness. He forces the audience to identify with the marginalized – a humanizing act of the imagination.   Performance Series Rates: General Public: $25 Seniors/WCU Faulty/Staff: $20 Students: $5 Group Rates: Available for selected shows for groups of 20 or more Please visit http://www.wcu.edu/bardo-arts-center/ for more information.

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Tour de Cashiers

04.28.2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tour de Cashiers, photo by Icon Media Asheville Cyclists follow one of three routes of up to 100 miles across Jackson, Macon and Transylvania Counties riding steep climbs and fast descents over 10,500 feet-plus of elevation changes. The event offers adventurous athletic challenges suitable for the seasoned to beginner rider. And for all, it’s great outdoor recreation amid breathtaking natural scenery featuring granite-faced mountains, flowering valleys and running rivers. Friday – 5:00pm-10:00pm  – Sign-in and registration open at the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center. Saturday – 5:30am-7:30am – Sign-in and registration open. Saturday – 8:00am – CENTURY ride start. Saturday – 8:30am – METRIC ride start. Saturday – 9:00am – QUARTER ride start This year, the CENTURY RIDE will kick off at 8:00 a.m. (NOTE: NEW TIME) from the Cashiers/Genville Recreation Center on Frank Allen Road. METRIC RIDERS will depart at 8:30 a.m. and QUARTER CENTURY riders will begin at 9 a.m. sharp. Returning riders will be welcomed back at the finish line with a hearty meal, and even a hot shower at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center. Community volunteers will be on hand to help ensure the ride’s success. Among those will be a 95-year old, Clark Moore, who gathered a few riders together in front of the Chamber more than two decades ago for the initial ride that would become a yearly tradition. Support and Gear (SAG) trackers will follow riders throughout the day to promote their safety and comfort. There will be four rest stops stocked with food and water…

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