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Winter Craft Series

Date(s): Feb 07, 2015

When: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Wild Fern Studios, Bryson City

Karen Taylor, Crafter and Owner of Taylor's Greenhouse in Robbinsville, NC will be your instructor through this series.

Pressed Flowers - We will learn to harvest, press, preserve and make cards and photo frames for keepsakes.

Classes are limited to 8 people. Class fee is required with sign up. $20 is the class/materials fee. Call Debbie @ 828-736-1605. Website

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Feb 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

Celtic Concert & Artist Reception

Date(s): Feb 08, 2015

When: 3:00 pm

Where: Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City

Celtic Concert & Artist Reception

Free Celtic music concert featuring harper and singer Ann-Adèle Lloyd and flutist Milissa Ellison, both of Asheville, who will perform a wide range of selections of Celtic music for harp and flutes from medieval to modern times. Lloyd will be performing on Celtic harps, while Ellison will perform on various modern and historical instruments, including a flute made in London in the early 1800’s.  The Center is located at Swain County High Schooll 1415 Fontana Rd., Bryson City.

Immediately following the concert there will be a meet and greet reception for the musicians and two artists - oil and watercolor painter Elizabeth Ellison of Bryson City and papermaker Ann Smith of Asheville, whose artwork will be on display at the Center for the Arts through mid-March.

Frankie Avalon in Concert

Date(s): Feb 13, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Frankie Avalon in Concert

Frankie Avalon has had a career that spans three generations of music, television and motion pictures, including an iconic cameo as the Teen Angel in the motion picture musical, Grease. With a long string of Gold Record Million-Seller singles and albums, Frankie was honored with an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. More info

Peanuts Valentine Express Train Event

Date(s): Feb 14, 2015

When: 11:00 am

Where: Bryson City Train Depot

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is pleased to announce the Peanuts Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Excursion and Valentine Sweetheart Train. The train will travel along the Tuckasegee River to Dillsboro for a 1 ½ layover. Enjoy special Valentine’s activities as well as a relaxing afternoon in the quaint town of Dillsboro. Call 800-872-4681 or click here.

Valentine's Day Sweetheart Dinner

Date(s): Feb 14, 2015

When: 5:00 pm to close

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Enjoy a delicious four course meal with your sweetheart at the Mountview Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains at Fontana Village Resort. For a complete menu or reservations call 828-498-2115 or click here

Winter Craft Series: Bonsai Trees

Date(s): Feb 14, 2015

When: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Wild Fern Studios, Bryson City

Karen Taylor, Crafter and Owner of Taylor's Greenhouse in Robbinsville, NC will be your instructor through this series.

Bonsai the Japanese art of miniature tree forms, excellent opportunity to learn and explore this art form. Trees and containers will be provided.

Classes are limited to 8 people. Class fee is required with sign up. $20 is the class/materials fee. Debbie @ 828-736-1605. Website

Annual Sweetheart Breakfast

Date(s): Feb 14, 2015

When: 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Where: Bryson City Presbyterian Church, 311 Everett St., Bryson City

Bryson City Woman's Club Annual Sweetheart Breakfast will be help at the Bryson City Presbyterian Church. Local chef, Julia Hunt, will create the perfect morning surprise for your special one, featuring her famous cheese grits.

$6 per plate with carry out available, tickets can be purchased at the door.

There will also be a raffle for a Sweetheart Gift Basket filled with Valentine themed goodies - $1 per chance

All proceeds benefit the Carrie Abbott Scholarship fund that goes to a Swain County High Senior for college expenses.

Heart in Concert

Date(s): Feb 21, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Heart in Concert

Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, stormed the charts in the '70's with hits like "Crazy on You," "Magic Man," "Barracuda," "Straight On," and so many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments too, making them the first women in rock to do so. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Feb 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

Man 1 Bank 0

Date(s): Feb 28, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Western Carolina University Performing Arts Center, Cullowhee

Man 1 Bank 0

A true story of luck, danger, dilemma and one man's epic, $95,000 battle with his bank. Patrick Combs tells the amazing-but-true story of how he deposited a junk-mail check marked 'non-nogotiable' - hoping to spread a little banking cheer to tellers - and how it erupted into a staggering and funny David vs. Goliath-like adventure that still continues today. More info

NRC Glacier Breaker

Date(s): Feb 28, 2015 - Mar 01, 2015

When: 11:30 am

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NRC Glacier Breaker

Presented by the Nantahala Racing Club, the Glacier Breaker is a family-friendly slalom and downriver event on the Nantahala River. This fun community event is a great introduction for first-time racers. Participants can use racing or plastic boats. More info

Willie Nelson in Concert

Date(s): Feb 28, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Willie Nelson in Concert

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. More info

Mark Wills in Concert

Date(s): Feb 28, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Mark Wills in Concert

Mark Wills is a multi-platinum selling country music star with eight top 10 hits to his name including "19 Something," "Wish You Were Here" and "Don't Laugh At Me." Wills won the Academy of Country Music 's award for Top New Male Vocalist in 1998. In 2002, his single "19 Something" was Billboard's top country hit of the year and was the second most-played song of the decade in 2009. More info