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May
1
Fri
Fontana Village A Time to Remember
May 1 – May 30 all-day
Fontana Village A Time to Remember

Our fifth annual celebration to honor the people of Western North Carolina who gave up their homes, land and way of life so that World War II could be won. Hosted by Fontana Village Resort, The Proctor Revival  the GREAT organization.
For more information, visit http://FontanaVillage.com

May
29
Fri
Snowbird Lodge Night Walking and Synchronous Fireflies with Wanda DeWaard
May 29 – Jun 3 all-day

Come to the mountains and join outdoor educator Wanda DeWaard. She will show you around our amazing forest trails at night! Learn to be more comfortable in the forest after dark by using your senses to move safely and with awareness. These walks will begin in the evening just before dark and will discuss bioluminescence and the natural history of synchronous fireflies as the hikes lead to an area suitable for viewing these amazing creatures!

Wanda DeWaard is an outdoor educator who has shared Earth Kinship and environmental awareness with people of all ages and a wide variety of backgrounds in community groups, schools, colleges, camps, environmental centers and teacher conferences since 1974. She holds a Masters degree in Recreation and Environmental Education and has directed youth and family programs all over the United States as well as in Canada and Germany. Currently, Wanda works as an outdoor program consultant and freelance outdoor educator in the Great Smoky Mountains area. Anything and everything in the natural world brings out her enthusiasm and contagious sense of fun.

May
30
Sat
Cheoah River Release
May 30 – May 31 all-day
Cheoah River Release @ North Carolina | United States

Western NC offers some of the best whitewater rafting and kayaking east of the Mississippi. The recently unleashed Cheoah isn’t for the faint of heart.  The river has many Class IV/IV+ rapids and lots of residual vegetation that require a high skill level to negotiate. With the exception of two or three half-mile or so sections, the Cheoah is unusually continuous with a gradient that is consistently steep for a river it’s size. The 9+ mile run can be broken into three sections and represents a whitewater experience not often found in the Southeast!

Cheoah River is located 8 miles North of Robbinsville on Hwy 129. River pass bracelets can be purchased at O’Henry’s, Outland Expeditions 800-827-1442 or Cheoah Ranger Station 828-479-6431.

For more information, click here!

May 30 1000cfs from 9am to 5pm
May 31 850cfs from 9am to 5pm

Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Annual One Day World Famous Joyce Kilmer Yard Art Tour and Sale.
May 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Annual One Day World Famous Joyce Kilmer Yard Art Tour and Sale. @ Robbinsville | North Carolina | United States

“Is it Art, or is it Junk?” At the home of the Findleys on Franks Creek Rd. near Robbinsville. Bring your friends, family and money to join the fun – this was a GREAT fundraiser for the Partners of Joyce Kilmer.
Donations or memberships to Partners of JK are greatly appreciated but not required to join any of the hikes. Memberships are $25. The general public is invited free-of-charge.

Participation by any Partners of JK member on 10 or more of these sponsored hikes will win a free Partners of JK t-shirt.

Hike leaders: Joe Bonnette 828-479-3855 or [email protected], Rick Davis 828-479-6177, Dick Evans 828-479-2503, Frank Findley 828-479-6487, Jim Kriner or Kim Hainge 828-479-1255, and Marshall McClung 828-479-8630.

For more information, visit http://joycekilmerslickrock.org

May
31
Sun
2015 XTERRA Tsali Triathlon
May 31 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
2015 XTERRA Tsali Triathlon @ Tsali Recreation Area, Robbinsville NC  | Robbinsville | North Carolina | United States

Held on the famous Tsali trail system near Robbinsville in Western NC.  This park is a perfect venue for an off-road Triathlon as it has some of the areas best lakes, a fun and fast trail system and a quiet comfortable setting.

The ½ mile lake swim will start off the event as athletes will begin on East shore and swim out to a point in the lake marked with buoys and then back to the beach. After exiting the water the racers will face a short run to the transition area to begin the 5 mile run course on the “right loop alternate” trail.  The mountain bike leg, which consists of a 10 mile loop will take the riders around the popular “left loop” to the finish in the Transition area. Trail maintenance and parking volunteers thanks to Nantahala Area Sorba.

USAT membership required, one day memberships are available onsite for $12.
Races start: 8am
Awards Presentation: approx 11:30 am
Awards available for the following groups:
Men 15-29 / Men 30-34 / Men 35-39 / Men 40-44  / Men 45-49/ Men 50-59 / Men 60+
Women 15-29 / Women 30-34 / Women 35-39 / Women 40-49 / Women 50-99 / Physically Challenged.
Registration & pickup:
Pre-entry deadline of 10pm Eastern time on Friday before event
Saturday from 3pm to 5pm at TBA
Sunday from 7am to 8am at the race site
T-shirt provided for the first 100 riders!!
  • USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
  • USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.
  • Water temperature will be tested on race morning.
Located on National Forest Lands. Gone Riding, Corp is an equal opportunity service provider and employer.  Gone Riding, Corp operates under a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, Nantahala National Forest.  
Click here to search for lodging in the Tsali/Almond or Stecoah Areas (search one area at a time).
Jun
8
Mon
Snowbird Lodge Paddle Sport Week with Chris Tilghman
Jun 8 – Jun 10 all-day

Inspired by a lifetime of water sports enjoyment, Chris Tilghman has brought the first stand up paddle company to the North Georgia Mountains. Chris has over twenty-five years experience surfing some of the world’s best waves, including Kauai’s North Shore where he lived for five years. He brings his expertise to Snowbird for four days on the water with guests who would like to spend warm summer days learning this fun new sport. Paddleboards are now available for use to guests on Lake Santeetlah, along with canoes and kayaks.

Websites: http://www.surfblueridge-sup.com

Jun
12
Fri
Chasing the Dragon HillClimb – Spring 2015
Jun 12 @ 2:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm
Chasing the Dragon HillClimb - Spring 2015 @ Maple Springs Overlook Area | Robbinsville | North Carolina | United States

Chasing The Dragon Hillclimb is a Sports Car Club of America Time Trial event – competition licensed drivers in prepared sports cars race one at a time up a 2-mile mountain road in class competition. The course is located north of the Cherohala Skyway & Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in beautiful Robbinsville, the county-seat of Graham County, NC. The road race is on the edge of the Nantahala Forest, where spectators, course workers and drivers enjoy some of North Carolina’s most beautiful mountain scenery!

We invite you to join us as a driver, a worker, event staff or as a spectator for a true Southern tradition that began in the ’50s: HILLCLIMB! There is nothing like it!

There are transportation buses running from the parking area to three designated drop off stations; the starting line, go-fast in the middle of the race course and the finish line.  Bathrooms are located at all 3 stations.  Food vendors will be available for lunch and drinks throughout the day.  If you are media, please contact us for a press pass so you can have access to other portions of the race course.

This race is sanctioned by the Central Carolina Region and the Southeast Division of Sports Car Club of America.

Jun
13
Sat
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Whigg Meadows via Benton-MacKaye Trail from Mud Gap
Jun 13 all-day

3.5 miles, moderately difficult, led by Dick Evans & Jim Kriner. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station 10 am. Bring sack lunch. Contact Dick.
Donations or memberships to Partners of JK are greatly appreciated but not required to join any of the hikes. Memberships are $25. The general public is invited free-of-charge.

Participation by any Partners of JK member on 10 or more of these sponsored hikes will win a free Partners of JK t-shirt.

Hike leaders: Joe Bonnette 828-479-3855 or [email protected], Rick Davis 828-479-6177, Dick Evans 828-479-2503, Frank Findley 828-479-6487, Jim Kriner or Kim Hainge 828-479-1255, and Marshall McClung 828-479-8630.

For more information, visit http://joycekilmerslickrock.org

Jun
16
Tue
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Sunset Hike to Old Quarry from Mud Gap
Jun 16 all-day

Easy 2 mile round-trip hike. Meet at Mud Gap on Cherohala Skyway at 6 pm. Contact Dick.

Donations or memberships to Partners of JK are greatly appreciated but not required to join any of the hikes. Memberships are $25. The general public is invited free-of-charge.

Participation by any Partners of JK member on 10 or more of these sponsored hikes will win a free Partners of JK t-shirt.

Hike leaders: Joe Bonnette 828-479-3855 or [email protected], Rick Davis 828-479-6177, Dick Evans 828-479-2503, Frank Findley 828-479-6487, Jim Kriner or Kim Hainge 828-479-1255, and Marshall McClung 828-479-8630.

For more information, visit http://joycekilmerslickrock.org

Mud Gap on Cherohala Skyway at 6 pm. Contact Dick.

Jun
19
Fri
Blue Waters Mountain Lodge Father’s Day Appreciation Weekend
Jun 19 – Jun 21 all-day

Pops is Tops!!! Bring him away for a few days of hiking, biking, fishing or maybe just nothing at all. Includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts and a dinner at the Lodge. For more info visit BlueWatersMtnL.com

“Happy Arrr” Music & Magic Show at Fontana Village Resort
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 20 @ 9:00 pm
"Happy Arrr" Music & Magic Show at Fontana Village Resort @ Fontana Village Resort | Fontana Dam | North Carolina | United States

The “Happy Arrr” Concert Tour will be full of Caribbean songs, pirate tales, and non-stop audience fun. Michael Beans is part musician, part showman, part sailor, and pure entertain-arrr.  He’s made a life out of pirate lore, sailor’s tales, and songs of the islands.  His unique and lively show is aptly named “Happy Arrr”: a two-hour performance that turns an ordinary happy hour into a social gathering, complete with stories, jokes, sing-a-longs, audience interaction and musical participation.

Anchor South, the new management team for the resort stated “Our main goal for bringing this one-of-a-kind concert tour to our properties this summer is to provide an experience that will be fun for the whole family, to celebrate our local communities, and to share our abroad support for Captain Michael Beans’ non-profit organization, Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti,” says Jones. Proceeds of the Concert Tour’s merchandise will support the organization’s work on the island to advance the education, welfare, and health of the underprivileged children in Haiti.

Come and Enjoy the Fun!!

Jun
20
Sat
Cherohala Challenge Bicycle Ride
Jun 20 all-day

Join the Smoky Mountain Wheelmen on June 20, 2015 as we present the 15th Annual Cherohala Challenge. The event offers four distinctive rides that almost anyone can find a ride that will fit their skill level. The traditional rides are back this year along with a new 53 mile ride in memory of Charles Hall that was a big supporter of the Cherohala Challenge from it’s inception. Rides of 35, 53, 62 and 115 miles, will be fully SAG supported with well-stocked rest stops. Free post-ride meal. Start and Finish at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains TN.

The 115 mile Century Ride includes a scenic road tour of Graham County. This ride is not for everyone. This is a ride for those who are up to the challenge, for those whose bucket list includes doing the most challenging rides, and those who want the thrill and satisfaction of conquering the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway all in the same day. A full day of long sweeping corners, majestic views with challenging climbs and amazing descents as you ride from Tellico Plains Visitor Center to the mighty Tail of The Dragon where you will snake your way through 318 curves over an 11 mile stretch. After the Dragon you will climb through the Nantahala and Cherokee National Forest as you merge onto the Cherohala Skyway for some amazing descents, but before you are finished you will have one last climb as the Cherohala Skyway takes you back to the Tellico Plains Visitor Center.

Jun
24
Wed
Dragon Events: Miatas at the Gap XIX
Jun 24 – Jun 25 all-day

For more information, visit Event Calendar at http://TailoftheDragon.com

Jun
27
Sat
Cheoah River Release
Jun 27 – Jun 28 all-day
Cheoah River Release @ North Carolina | United States

Western NC offers some of the best whitewater rafting and kayaking east of the Mississippi. The recently unleashed Cheoah isn’t for the faint of heart.  The river has many Class IV/IV+ rapids and lots of residual vegetation that require a high skill level to negotiate. With the exception of two or three half-mile or so sections, the Cheoah is unusually continuous with a gradient that is consistently steep for a river it’s size. The 9+ mile run can be broken into three sections and represents a whitewater experience not often found in the Southeast!

Cheoah River is located 8 miles North of Robbinsville on Hwy 129. River pass bracelets can be purchased at O’Henry’s, Outland Expeditions 800-827-1442 or Cheoah Ranger Station 828-479-6431.

For more information, click here!

June 27 1000cfs from 9am to 5pm
June 28 850cfs from 9am to 5pm

Jul
1
Wed
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Full Moon Hike
Jul 1 all-day

Easy hike to Huckleberry Bald, Graham County’s highest elevation, to view rise of full moon. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station at 4:30 pm. Bring food & drink. Contact Dick.
Donations or memberships to Partners of JK are greatly appreciated but not required to join any of the hikes. Memberships are $25. The general public is invited free-of-charge.

Participation by any Partners of JK member on 10 or more of these sponsored hikes will win a free Partners of JK t-shirt.

Hike leaders: Joe Bonnette 828-479-3855 or [email protected], Rick Davis 828-479-6177, Dick Evans 828-479-2503, Frank Findley 828-479-6487, Jim Kriner or Kim Hainge 828-479-1255, and Marshall McClung 828-479-8630.

For more information, visit http://joycekilmerslickrock.org

Jul
3
Fri
Fontana Village Fourth of July Celebration
Jul 3 – Jul 4 all-day

Join us in celebrating everything that made America the great nation that she is. There will field & water games, hometown parade, boating, BBQ cookouts and much, much more. Experience the best fireworks ever on the Village Green. Live entertainment throughout the weekend! Fireworks will begin on the 4th at 10:00 pm.
For more information, visit http://FontanaVillage.com

Snowbird Lodge July 4th weekend BBQ
Jul 3 – Jul 4 all-day

For more information visit http://SnowbirdLodge.com

Jul
4
Sat
Snowbird Lodge Music with Lynn and Lou Wamp
Jul 4 all-day

Music with Lynn and Lou Wamp Join us for an evening featuring the acoustical duo Lou and Lynn Wamp. Lou is an acclaimed resonator guitar player, instructor and recording artist. Lou and Lynn have arranged and composed a variety of music for duet, played on a variety of instruments including guitars, mandolins, fiddle, dobro and bass. They live and work in Chattanooga, TN and perform across the southeast.

Jul
12
Sun
Snowbird Lodge Painting with Nan Cunningham
Jul 12 – Jul 15 all-day

Nan Cunningham has been teaching people to paint for over 40 years, and now she is back at Snowbird! Her workshops are fun-filled, information-packed, lively adventures into creating your own artwork. All levels welcome from true beginners to the most experienced painters. Bring your favorite materials and join in the fun of painting, collaging and printing the beauty of Snowbird. Nan Cunningham is an Auburn University graduate and a faculty member of Arrowmont School and Armory Learning Center. She is a teacher/painter in high demand for her workshops and expressive presentations. Her personal presence and uncanny ability to translate emotion through light, color, form and story give voice and feeling to her paintings and teaching. This will not be a workshop to miss!

Websites:
http://www.nancunningham.com

Jul
18
Sat
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Bob Stratton Bald from Wolf Laurel
Jul 18 all-day

Cool off on mile high mountain bald. 3 miles moderately difficult round-trip hike. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station at 9 am to carpool. Bring lunch.
Donations or memberships to Partners of JK are greatly appreciated but not required to join any of the hikes. Memberships are $25. The general public is invited free-of-charge.

Participation by any Partners of JK member on 10 or more of these sponsored hikes will win a free Partners of JK t-shirt.

Hike leaders: Joe Bonnette 828-479-3855 or [email protected], Rick Davis 828-479-6177, Dick Evans 828-479-2503, Frank Findley 828-479-6487, Jim Kriner or Kim Hainge 828-479-1255, and Marshall McClung 828-479-8630.

For more information, visit http://joycekilmerslickrock.org

Contact Dick or Joe.

Snowbird Lodge HotWax!-Encaustic Art with Kat Fitzpatrick
Jul 18 – Jul 21 all-day

Join Gulf Coast artist Kat Fitzpatrick, M.A.Ed. in exploring the ancient(1800 year old) medium of encaustic. Beeswax melted with damar crystals and colorful pigment produces an ideal art medium that can be painted, carved or layered, creating collage with photo transfers, cool papers, personal artifacts. Complete beginners as well as experienced artists are gently guided to find ways to create encaustic images of deep beauty and mystery. Come with a playful attitude and some small high contrast black and white photocopies…maybe you as a child, your grandchild, a favorite tree or pet? Join us for a day or a week.

Websites:
http://www.katfitzpatrick.com

Aug
10
Mon
Snowbird Lodge Photography with Mark Dauber
Aug 10 – Aug 12 all-day

I have a great camera, have taken thousands of pictures and still can’t seem to capture the images I see. If this sounds familiar, then perhaps you should join us for this fabulous workshop. Mark Dauber has had numerous exhibits throughout the US and has led workshops across the globe. He is renowned for his easy ability to communicate and coach a wide variety of students, from beginners to professionals. Mark can show you how to capture the images you see and give you the tools necessary to shoot the images you’ve always wanted. Mark Dauber is a fine art photographer born in Birmingham, Alabama. He has had numerous exhibits throughout the United States, and his work is included in various private and institutional collections. Mark has led his own workshops in various international locations, including Guatemala. In 1991, he produced the architectural photography for the highly praised exhibit and catalogue, “Palladio In Alabama”. Mark’s work is primarily influenced by his friend and teacher, Paul Caponigro, universally regarded as one of the great maters of fine art photography. Mark has served as a teaching assistant to Mr. Caponigro both in Ireland and in Maine in the acclaimed Maine Photographic Workshops, and now is teaching workshops at The Dauber Gallery.

Websites: http://www.markdauber.com

Aug
15
Sat
Snowbird Lodge Wine Dinner with Nick Demos
Aug 15 all-day

Sommelier Nick Demos will join us at Snowbird for another wine dinner where he will provide guests with the perfect blend of entertainment and information. This dinner will feature a single vintner’s series of wines paired with a five-course menu from our chefs, and these special wines will be available for purchase at the conclusion of your stay.

Wines of Kermit Lynch Presented by Nick Demos

First Course
Rabbit Tortellini in Tomato Consommé with Crème Fraische and Summer Vegetables

Second Course
Snowbird Roast Beef Napoleon
Layered with Herbed Chevre, Pickled Carrot, Grilled Garden Zucchini and Garlic Sabayon

Intermezzo
Proseco Granite

Main Course
Grilled Swordfish Provencal
Over Citrus Risotto, Haricots Verts, and Tomato Conficture

Fourth Course
Frisee and Grape Salad
Topped with Pickled Onions, Candied Cashews, Parmeggiano-Reggiano, and Chardonnay Vinaigrette

Dessert
Dark Chocolate Terrine
Strawberry Ganache, Pistachios, Orange Crème Anglaise

Aug
17
Mon
Snowbird Lodge Yoga with Anne Kennedy
Aug 17 – Aug 19 all-day

Ann Smiley Kennedy, B.A., LMBT, CYT, is currently in her third career life as a licensed massage therapist, reike practitioner, yoga instructor and entrepreneur. In previous ‘career lives’, she was a sports marketer and social worker. While Ann has been practicing massage for over fifteen years, she opened her own studio in Blue Ridge GA (Higher Ground Massage) almost five years ago. She began yoga as a young woman and revived her practice recently while experiencing a life transition. Her yoga teaching certification was earned from Asheville Yoga Center in 2013.

Her yoga practice offers a fun, comfortable place for those willing to try something new, step out of their comfort zone and be themselves! Curvy girl (and guy) yoga is her specialty, an opportunity for all of us to get comfy in our own skin! For more information visit http://SnowbirdLodge.com

Aug
18
Tue
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Dog Day JK Memorial Loop Trail
Aug 18 all-day

2 mile moderately difficult walk in the wonderful humidity of the virgin cove hardwood forest. Meet at the Cheoah Ranger Station at 10 am and bring a lunch. Contact Joe.
Donations or memberships to Partners of JK are greatly appreciated but not required to join any of the hikes. Memberships are $25. The general public is invited free-of-charge.

Participation by any Partners of JK member on 10 or more of these sponsored hikes will win a free Partners of JK t-shirt.

Hike leaders: Joe Bonnette 828-479-3855 or [email protected], Rick Davis 828-479-6177, Dick Evans 828-479-2503, Frank Findley 828-479-6487, Jim Kriner or Kim Hainge 828-479-1255, and Marshall McClung 828-479-8630.

For more information, visit http://joycekilmerslickrock.org

Aug
20
Thu
Dragon Events: OutSMARTing the Dragon 2015
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day

For more information, visit Event Calendar at http://TailoftheDragon.com

Aug
29
Sat
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Hangover-Haoe from Wolf Laurel Trailhead
Aug 29 all-day

8+ miles, strenuous difficulty, led by Dick Evans. Meet @ Cheoah Ranger Station @ 9:00 am. on Saturday, 8/29. Bring lunch, snacks, and lots of water. Max. group limit. Call Dick @ 479-2503 for required reservations and chance for overnight camp on Hangover.
Donations or memberships to Partners of JK are greatly appreciated but not required to join any of the hikes. Memberships are $25. The general public is invited free-of-charge.

Participation by any Partners of JK member on 10 or more of these sponsored hikes will win a free Partners of JK t-shirt.

Hike leaders: Joe Bonnette 828-479-3855 or [email protected], Rick Davis 828-479-6177, Dick Evans 828-479-2503, Frank Findley 828-479-6487, Jim Kriner or Kim Hainge 828-479-1255, and Marshall McClung 828-479-8630.

For more information, visit http://joycekilmerslickrock.org

Sep
4
Fri
Fontana Village Labor Day Lake-A-Looza
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Live music, lake games, cookouts and fireworks in this Labor Day Weekend blowout!
For more information, visit http://FontanaVillage.com

Snowbird Lodge Labor Day Weekend BBQ with Lynn and Lou Wamp
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

For more information visit http://SnowbirdLodge.com

Sep
7
Mon
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Labor Day Winding Stair Accessible Bike Trail Trek
Sep 7 all-day

2.0 miles, paved trail walk along the Nantahala River. Led by Frank Findley. Meet at Winding Stair trail head just off US129 in Nantahala Gorge at 3 pm. Early dinner at NOC following walk. Contact Frank or Joe
Donations or memberships to Partners of JK are greatly appreciated but not required to join any of the hikes. Memberships are $25. The general public is invited free-of-charge.

Participation by any Partners of JK member on 10 or more of these sponsored hikes will win a free Partners of JK t-shirt.

Hike leaders: Joe Bonnette 828-479-3855 or [email protected], Rick Davis 828-479-6177, Dick Evans 828-479-2503, Frank Findley 828-479-6487, Jim Kriner or Kim Hainge 828-479-1255, and Marshall McClung 828-479-8630.

For more information, visit http://joycekilmerslickrock.org