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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

Demo of Alla Prima Oil Painting Technique

Date(s): Mar 03, 2015

When: 6:15 pm

Where: Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City

Demo of Alla Prima Oil Painting Technique

Oil painter, Jeff Marley of Cherokee, NC, will give a free demonstration of his Alla Prima (wet on wet) technique for creating quick, fluid oil paintings for the Art League of the Smokies.  He will include the use of palette knives, mediums, and thick paint texturing as he demonstrates the painting of birds and a landscape.  Marley will also discuss how this technique can be used in Plein Air Painting (painting outdoors) and will provide a list of all the tools and accessories he uses. Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Road. 828-488-7843.

Josh Goforth in Concert & Open Jam

Date(s): Mar 05, 2015

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina Univ.

Josh Goforth in Concert & Open Jam

First Thursday concert series. Goforth comes from a long line of mountain bluegrass pickers. The concert will last 1 hour and will be followed by an open jam session. Bring an instrument and join in. More info

Mark Lowry & The Martins in Concert

Date(s): Mar 06, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Mark Lowry & The Martins in Concert

Gospel music legends Mark Lowry and The Martins will hit the road together with their Music & Madness tour. More than 20 years ago Mark and fellow Gaither Vocal Band-mate Michael English insisted Gloria Gaither listen to an impromptu audition of Joyce, Jonathan & Judy Martin. The rest is history as the Gaithers helped introduce The Martins to the world. More info

Wade Hayes in Concert

Date(s): Mar 07, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Wade Hayes in Concert

Beginning with his signature #1 song Old Enough to Know Better he's cut a path through the country music landscape with top tunes I'm Still Dancin' With You, What I Meant to Say, Don't Stop, The Day That She Left Tulsa, and others. He was named Billboard Magazine's Top New Country Artist in 1995, and in 1997 was chosen the Male Star of Tomorrow by TNN Music City News. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Mar 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

Classic Hike of the Smokies: Smokemont

Date(s): Mar 10, 2015

Where: Smokemont, Cherokee entrance to GSMNP

Classic Hike of the Smokies: Smokemont

Explore the history of the Smokies on the March hike to Smokemont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just 3 miles north of the Park Visitor Center. Join Friends of the Smokies on this guided 6.2-mile round trip hike which is moderate in difficulty and has a total elevation gain of 1,400 feet. This Classic Hike features Friends’ support for the treatment of ash trees against the Emerald Ash Borer. A $10 donation for Friends members and $35 for non-members is requested to benefit the Smokies Trails Forever fund. More info on all hikes & registration

Styx in Concert

Date(s): Mar 13, 2015

When: 9:00 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Styx in Concert

Tommy Shaw, James "JY" Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips, & occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo, have performed more live since '99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company, two more studio albums and no end in sight. More info

Empty Bowls: Local Potters Event for Food Banks

Date(s): Mar 14, 2015

When: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown

First, select a handcrafted bowl from a collection donated by area potters. Next, fill your bowl with a hearts meal of soup, salad, bread, and dessert prepared by Executive Chef Steve Cipriano. Stay for live music, and finally, take your bowl home with you to keep as a reminder of hunger in our local and global communities. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Clay and Cherokee County Food Banks. More info

Fontana Classic Bass Tournament

Date(s): Mar 14, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Fontana Classic Bass Tournament

Presented in partnership with the Daniel Boone Council, Boy Scouts of America, the 2015 Fontana Classic will be held on beautiful Fontana Lake. Win big cash prizes and have a great time in the Smokies!

To register, click here. To make a room reservation, call 800-849-2258 or click here. For an event flyer with more information and special room rates, click here.

The DuPont Brothers in Concert

Date(s): Mar 14, 2015

When: 8:30 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

The DuPont Brothers in Concert

The brothers have recently shared the stage with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Ben Sollee, Gin Wigmore, Chris Thomas King, Langhorne Slim, Howie Day and The Lone Bellow to name a few. Lush finger-style guitar work is complimented by elegant prose and vocal blend. The sound is Vermont made Folk-Americana. More info

7th Annual Celtic Concert featuring Bean Sidhe

Date(s): Mar 14, 2015

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Bryson City

Bean Sidhe (pronouced Banshee) plays traditional Celtic tunes and ballads from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales using a variety of acoustic instruments. For more information: Toby Allman, 828-488-8103.

The Freeway Revival in Concert

Date(s): Mar 20, 2015

When: 8:30 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

The Freeway Revival in Concert

The Freeway Revival’s blend of classic rock, blues, country, and soul incorporates lyrics that are an expression of life on the road. Tasteful guitar harmonies, vocal harmonies, and an assortment of piano and organ melodies provide an all-encompassing, familiar sound. More info

Rodney Carrington Here Comes The Truth Tour

Date(s): Mar 21, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

Rodney Carrington Here Comes The Truth Tour

Rodney Carrington is a multi-talented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums, which have sold millions of copies. Rodney starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney, and he also co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses. More info

Joe Diffie in Concert

Date(s): Mar 21, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Joe Diffie in Concert

With chart-toppers like Pickup Man, Third Rock From the Sun, and John Deere Green, and 13 albums and over 20 Top 10 singles to his credit, Joe Diffie has yet to quench the desire to make good country music. Joe has written hits for artists like Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, Jo Dee Messina and many more. More info

Back Porch Old Time Music Jam

Date(s): Mar 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

Fritz Beer & the Crooked Beat in Concert

Date(s): Mar 21, 2015

When: 8:30 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Fritz Beer & the Crooked Beat in Concert

Fritz Beer writes and sings down-to-earth, spirited, songs about
good-hearted people who sometimes go astray. Not only are the original songs real, but the guys themselves are as down to earth as they come. More info

Craft Series: Wet Felting

Date(s): Mar 21, 2015

When: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Wild Fern Studios, Bryson City

Your instructor Karen Taylor, crafter and qwner of Taylor's Greenhouse in Robbinsville, NC, will bring her astounding collection of wool fiber (some from her own sheep) and teach her technique for layering colors and textures to create a fabric that can then be turned into a variety of pieces, like jewelry, flowers, etc.

Wool fiber will also be for sale after class. No experience required. $20 per student. All supplies included. Call Debbie at 828-736-1605 or private message on Facebook/Wild Fern Studios to reserve your seat.

Smoky Mountain Roller Girls Doubleheader

Date(s): Mar 21, 2015

When: 4:30 pm

Where: Swain County Recreation Center, Bryson City

Smoky Mountain Roller Girls Doubleheader

The Smoky Mountain Rollergirls and their junior league The Lil' Nemesisters will open their 2015 season with a doubleheader.  Fundraiser for PAWS Animal Shelter. Tickets are $7 at the door; please also bring bags of animal food donations.  Ages 7 and under are free. Afterparty at Nantahala Brewing Company.

Hiker Haze

Date(s): Mar 25, 2015 - Mar 26, 2015

Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Attention AT hikers and weekend trail adventurers: Whether you're coming in off the trail for a couple of "Zero Days" or visiting the Smokies for a weekend in the forest, plan on being at Fontana Village Resort for its second annual Hiker Haze Event. There will be plenty of fun and entertainment scheduled. Click here for more information or call 800-849-2258.

Cherokee's Cast Into Spring Trout Tournament

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

Where: Cherokee Indian Reservation

This tournament requires just an $11 entry fee to compete for $20,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500. Prizes can be redeemed at Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 516 Tsali Blvd (Hwy 441N across from the fairgrounds). Times for redemption are listed on your entry fee paperwork. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register to redeem cash prizes anywhere fishing licenses are sold. More info

Ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger & Comedian Glenn Singer

Date(s): Mar 27, 2015

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Western Carolina University Performing Arts Center, Cullowhee

Ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger & Comedian Glenn Singer

Audiences are treated to Lynn's vocal illusion talents, when they may meet a drunken and lovable camel, a grumpy old man, a feisty litttle girl, and audience members who are brought up for the action! Glenn Singer: a man who rides a horse-of-a-different-color on stage. More info

Disney's The AristoCats Musical

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

When: 7:30 pm

Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

Disney's The AristoCats Musical

In Disney's The Aristocats, Madame's jealous butler Edgar cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and abandons them in the Parisian countryside. Luckily, a rag-tag bunch of alley cats come to their rescue! This feline adventure has an upbeat, jazzy score that includes "The Aristocats," "Scales and Arpeggios" and "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat." Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company. More info

NRC Whitewater US Open

Date(s): Mar 28, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015

When: 10:00 am

Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

NRC Whitewater US Open

Slalom and downriver racers converge on Bryson City for this national-level event hosted by Nantahala Racing Club. All ages.  More info

Rye Baby in Concert

Date(s): Mar 28, 2015

When: 8:30 pm

Where: Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City

Rye Baby in Concert

Rye Baby is sure to have your toes tapping with their own high-energy brand of folk and Americana music. Bringing back everything that was good about country and blues music, just like a couple from Chattanooga, TN should. More info

Craft Series: Foundations of Medicine Utilizing Herbs & Flowers

Date(s): Mar 28, 2015

When: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Wild Fern Studios, Bryson City

Instructor: Karen Taylor, crafter and qwner of Taylor's Greenhouse in Robbinsville, NC. Learn to make basic tinctures, rubs and poultices from herbs. This class is a continuation of her class on making salves and oils.

No experience required. $20 per student. All supplies included. Call Debbie at 828-736-1605 or private message on Facebook/Wild Fern Studios to reserve your seat.

Creative Watercolor Technique Demonstration

Date(s): Mar 31, 2015

When: 6:15 pm

Where: Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City

Creative Watercolor Technique Demonstration

Contemporary artist and instructor in painting, drawing and mixed media, Billie Shelburn will demonstrate creative watercolor techniques for the Art League of the Smokies. The public is invited free of charge.

A full-time studio artist, Shelburn is currently the Resident Artist in Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media for John C. Campbell Folk School.

The SC Center for the Arts is located at 1415 Fontana Rd in Bryson City at the Swain County High School.