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Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

Date(s): Oct 30, 2015 - Nov 01, 2015

Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

A two-person team fly-fishing competition held on the 2.2 miles of trophy, catch-and-release waters in Cherokee. $10,000 in prizes divided among top teams. $225 team entry fee includes lunch and dinner. More info

Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $225 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section known simply as Raven Fork, here in Cherokee, NC. This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. Your entry fee also includes lunch and dinner. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/rumble-in-the-rhododendron/#sthash.EccGpz9R.dpuf
Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $225 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section known simply as Raven Fork, here in Cherokee, NC. This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. Your entry fee also includes lunch and dinner. - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/rumble-in-the-rhododendron/#sthash.EccGpz9R.dpuf

Community Music Jam

Date(s): Nov 05, 2015

When: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, or just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett a musical mainstay in Bryson City. The jams are every month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. The library is located at the corner of Academy & Rector Streets up the hill above the police station. 828-488-3030.

Community Wellness Clinic - Nurture Wellness Studio

Date(s): Nov 05, 2015

When: 2:30 pm -7:00 pm

Where: Nurture Wellness Studio, 50 Academy St., Bryson City, NC

Come join us on Thursdays 2:30 -7:00 pm as Nurture brings together Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Chiropractic practitioners to offer short , but attentive treatments. Sessions with each practitioner are $20. A sign-in sheet is posted in the lobby and guests are treated on a first-come-first-assisted basis.

For more information regarding this event and other services provided by Nurture Wellness Studio, click here or call 828-400-9616.

The Addams Family: The Musical

Date(s): Nov 06, 2015 - Nov 07, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

The Addams Family: The Musical

The Addams Family Musical features a brand new original story based on the beloved comic strip created by Charles Addams and includes appearanaces by Gomez, his lovely Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Wednesday, Pugsly, Grandma Addams and more. Kooky, spooky and just plain fun! Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company. More info

Ron White

Date(s): Nov 06, 2015

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Ron White

Grammy-nominated comedian Ron White has been unleashing his Scotch-soaked worldview on fans of off-color humor since the mid-'80s, but it was his performances on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour from 2000-2003 that firmly planted him on stand-up comedy's A-list. More info

Blacksmith and Fine Craft Auction

Date(s): Nov 07, 2015

When: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

Our annual Blacksmith Auction features some of the finest artist - blacksmith work, as well as a wide selection of other fine craft items made by Folk School students and instructors. Proceeds benefit the craft programs at the School and admission is free.

For more information click here or call 800-FOLK-SCH

Cruise The Smokies Rod Run

Date(s): Nov 07, 2015 - Nov 08, 2015

When: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Acquoni Expo Center

What do you get when you combine the most scenic drive in North Carolina and 200 to 300 of the nation’s hottest looking classic cars? The highly anticipated, “Cruise the Smokies” Spring Cherokee Rod Run. More than 3,000 car enthusiasts will turn out to compete for cash prizes, feast on local BBQ and cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway and country roads surrounding Cherokee, N.C. Admission fee. More info

WNC Pottery Festival & Clay Olympics

Date(s): Nov 07, 2015

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Downtown Dillsboro

This juried event showcases more than 40 master potters, with many demonstrations in a variety of techniques. Come see why it's become a top arts event in the mountains, attended annually by a few thousand aficionados of pottery. Admission is $5 per person and includes a ticket for a day-long raffle. Kids under 12 admitted free!

The fun actually begins a day earlier (Friday) with the WNC Clay Olympics and the lighting of a wood-fired kiln. The kiln is opened on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Come see different artisans compete and display their skills with clay. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Nov 07, 2015

When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and Third Saturdays, all year. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in on this old-time jam. Or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds as others play traditional Appalachian Music. On the covered porch at the visitor center. More info

Community Wellness Clinic - Nurture Wellness Studio

Date(s): Nov 12, 2015

When: 2:30 pm -7:00 pm

Where: Nurture Wellness Studio, 50 Academy St., Bryson City, NC

Come join us on Thursdays 2:30 -7:00 pm as Nurture brings together Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Chiropractic practitioners to offer short , but attentive treatments. Sessions with each practitioner are $20. A sign-in sheet is posted in the lobby and guests are treated on a first-come-first-assisted basis.

For more information regarding this event and other services provided by Nurture Wellness Studio, click here or call 828-400-9616.

The Polar Express

Date(s): Nov 13, 2015 - Nov 14, 2015

When: Multiple departures

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

The Polar Express

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City for a special visit at the "North Pole." Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.

The train arrives to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa boards the train greeting each child and presenting them with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. Call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

The Addams Family: The Musical

Date(s): Nov 13, 2015 - Nov 14, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

The Addams Family: The Musical

The Addams Family Musical features a brand new original story based on the beloved comic strip created by Charles Addams and includes appearanaces by Gomez, his lovely Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Wednesday, Pugsly, Grandma Addams and more. Kooky, spooky and just plain fun! Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company. More info

Gary Allan

Date(s): Nov 13, 2015

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Gary Allan

Unhesitatingly frank, mercilessly guitar-crazed, it's the rocked-out country confession of a smart guy drawn to what the rest of the world calls wrong roads and long shots, or complains of as aching bones and stubbornness, or — as Allan sings in a spectacular stretch of drawn-out soulful vowels — underestimates as dark horses.  More info

Heritage Arts Holiday Festival

Date(s): Nov 14, 2015

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Southwestern Community College Swain Center, Hwy 74 W

Just in time for Christmas! Shop from a large selection of handcrafted items including pottery, holiday decorations, knitted items, jewelry and more! Free admission.

Website

Community Music Jam

Date(s): Nov 19, 2015

When: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: Marianna Black Library, Bryson City

Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, or just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett a musical mainstay in Bryson City. The jams are every month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. The library is located at the corner of Academy & Rector Streets up the hill above the police station. 828-488-3030.

Community Wellness Clinic - Nurture Wellness Studio

Date(s): Nov 19, 2015

When: 2:30 pm -7:00 pm

Where: Nurture Wellness Studio, 50 Academy St., Bryson City, NC

Come join us on Thursdays 2:30 -7:00 pm as Nurture brings together Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Chiropractic practitioners to offer short , but attentive treatments. Sessions with each practitioner are $20. A sign-in sheet is posted in the lobby and guests are treated on a first-come-first-assisted basis.

For more information regarding this event and other services provided by Nurture Wellness Studio, click here or call 828-400-9616.

Lysa TerKeurst: Leading Women in the Adventure of Faith

Date(s): Nov 20, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Lysa TerKeurst: Leading Women in the Adventure of Faith

Lysa Terkeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. President of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa's amazing story has led to appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The 700 Club, USA Today newspaper, Woman's Day magazine, and Focus on the Family radio. More info

The Polar Express

Date(s): Nov 20, 2015 - Nov 22, 2015

When: Multiple departures

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

The Polar Express

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City for a special visit at the "North Pole." Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.

The train arrives to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa boards the train greeting each child and presenting them with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. Call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Nov 21, 2015

When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Cherokee

First and Third Saturdays, all year. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in on this old-time jam. Or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds as others play traditional Appalachian Music. On the covered porch at the visitor center. More info

The Polar Express

Date(s): Nov 24, 2015 - Nov 25, 2015

When: Multiple departures

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

The Polar Express

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City for a special visit at the "North Pole." Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.

The train arrives to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa boards the train greeting each child and presenting them with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. Call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Date(s): Nov 25, 2015 - Nov 28, 2015

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Bring the family to the Smokies for endless fun, entertainment and a classic Thanksgiving feast at the Mountview Restaurant. Enjoy guided hikes, square dancing and much more! Call 800-849-2258 or click here.

The Polar Express

Date(s): Nov 27, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015

When: Multiple departures

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

The Polar Express

The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad comes to life as the train departs Bryson City for a special visit at the "North Pole." Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.

The train arrives to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa boards the train greeting each child and presenting them with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. Call 800-872-4681 or visit the website.

Stecoah Artisans Drive About Tour

Date(s): Nov 27, 2015 - Nov 28, 2015

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Where: Multiple Locations

Enjoy the works of local artisans by visiting different studios and galleries, meeting the artisans and watching them work. Stecoah, Robbinsville & Bryson City areas. Bee Global Studio, Stecoah Valley Artisans Gallery, Yellow Branch Pottery, Pincu Pottery and others are all stops on this driving tour. More info

 

 

Rail Line Wine Experience: The MacNeill Uncorked

Date(s): Nov 28, 2015

When: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Rail Line Wine Experience: The MacNeill Uncorked

A 3.5 hour Tuckasegee River specialty train experience featuring wines selected by French Broad Vignerons to pair with your meal. Full service all-adult first class ride in the McNeill car. Narrator onboard to discuss the 6 wines selected to accompany an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made entree and a chef-selected dessert. All passengers receive souvenir stemless wine glass and tote bag. The Cottage Craftsman, located across from the depot will have all of the sampled wines available for purchase. Age 21 and over only. More info

Bryson City Spirit Of Christmas

Date(s): Nov 28, 2015

When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Downtown Bryson City

Bryson City Spirit Of Christmas

Meet at the Chamber Caboose on the corner of Mitchell and Everett Streets in Bryson City. as we carol from the caboose to the town square for the town Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Afterwards enjoy a Chistmas concert in front of the Visitor Center or stop inside the Center for hot cocoa and cookies, letter writing to Santa, and a visit with St. Nick himself! In the true Spirit of Christmas bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry or a new unwrapped gift for for the local toy drive! 

Sponsors: Platinum: Duke Energy, Bryson City Cabin Rentals, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Swain Community Hospital, Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Gold: Town of Bryson City. Silver: ConMet.