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Mar
28
Sat
Snowbird Lodge Hiking with Joel and Kathy Zachry
Mar 28 – Apr 2 all-day

The Zachrys’ continue to entertain and enlighten Snowbird’s guests on informative and enjoyable hikes in our area. Having completed the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2005, Joel and Kathy return eager to share their experiences by leading investigative walks and narrative hikes through local mountain scenery. Joel is a retired college biology professor and Kathy is a retired medical company executive who brings to Snowbird more than 50 years of collective outdoor experience.

Joel and Kathy are program managers and the longest-serving naturalist couple for the award-winning Smoky Mountain Field School. They also lead backcountry trips to Alaska through their Great Outdoors! Adventure Travel company. The Zachrys are also the authors of Bears We’ve Met, short stories of close encounters, available at the Lodge gift shop. For more information visit http://SnowbirdLodge.com

Apr
1
Wed
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Fools Day Hike to a suprise location
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 am
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Fools Day Hike to a suprise location

**CHANGE IN TIME**

Fools Day Hike – Ok Partners and hikers, we plan to meet at the Cheoah Ranger Station (Massey Branch Rd/Hwy 143) on Wednesday, April 1st at 10 am to carpool to Tapoco Lodge for our hike.  This 10 am time is a change.  We plan to hike a loop trail to Bear Creek Falls (it’s about 2 miles) a loop trail – mostly easy walking with one section of maybe a few hunded feet that is steep and rather difficult. We will return back to the Lodge to have lunch about noon.

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

Apr
3
Fri
Blue Waters Mountain Lodge Easter Hop
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day

Start a new family tradition and join us for an Easter Celebration Includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts and a dinner at the Lodge. Starting at $400.00 per couple (not including tax & gratuity) For more info visit BlueWatersMtnL.com

Snowbird Lodge Wildflower Walks with Scott Dean
Apr 3 – Apr 10 all-day

Scott Dean joins the Snowbird family for the second time in this 2013 season. Scott will be leading wildlife and wildflower walks in the areas surrounding the Lodge.

Scott was born and raised in the mountains of southern Appalachia, and Asheville has been his home since 1992. He attended UNC-Asheville, earning a degree in biology, with a focus on the flora and fauna of the southern Appalachians.

For the last nineteen years he’s been a walk leader for UNC-Asheville’s annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. He’s also led wildlife and wildflower walks at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, where he worked for a year building the cougar and bobcat habitats, and served as First Vice President of the Friends of the Nature Center as well as serving on the Town of Weaverville Tree Board. He developed the curricula, and teaches field classes for the Blue Ridge Naturalist program offered at the N. C. Arboretum.

Scott lives in East Asheville with Zoot (the wonder dog) and Sushi (the spastic cat). When not leading natural history programs in the region, he enjoys gardening, hiking, backpacking, and playing around with various stringed, wind, and percussion instruments. For more information visit http://SnowbirdLodge.com

Fontana Village Easter Weekend
Apr 3 @ 6:57 pm – Apr 5 @ 7:57 pm
Fontana Village Easter Weekend

Bring the family to the Smokies for endless fun, entertainment and a classic Easter feast at the Mountview Restaurant. Activities include scenic lake tours, an easter egg hunt, guided nature hikes, and much more! Click here for a list of activities! 

Apr
10
Fri
Dragon Events: FIAT on the Dragon
Apr 10 – Apr 11 all-day

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Apr
11
Sat
Cheoah River Release
Apr 11 – Apr 12 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!

April 11 1000cfs from 8am to 4pm
April 12 850cfs from 8am to 4pm

Dragon Events: Spring Prelude Meet on the Dragon
Apr 11 all-day

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Snowbird Lodge Wildflower Walks with Liz Domingue
Apr 11 – Apr 16 all-day

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the flowers is. You need not fret, you need not worry, as we leave their finding up to Liz! She’ll lead you here, she’ll lead you there pointing out the natural wonders while you’ll be, for sure, without a care. You’ll see flowers a-blooming, beautiful vistas and critters too, so that during your stay you’ll need not wonder what to do. From Naturalist rambles and longer walks, to night time strolls and evening talks, she’ll share her passion and enthusiasm to, so you’ll enjoy nature and your Snowbird experience through and through. You may ask… will I have fun, will it be thrilling, will I feel adventurous, will it be fulfilling? The answer is ”yes” to all of the above. So, sign up, join Liz and spend some time in the mountains that you’ll just love. Join us for a wonderful week of natural discovery in the Southern Appalachians.

Just Get Outdoors!

Exploring the Smokies with Liz Domingue of Just Get Outdoors! is hardly just another hike. Where other outfitters are content to show you the scenery and give you the opportunity to get some great exercise, Liz is loathe to limit you to that. As a top-notch naturalist guide who has a master’s degree in wildlife ecology and conservation biology (she was formerly a research scientist at Cornell University), she introduces you to all sorts of fascinating aspects of the natural world that most hikers just tramp right on past. You’ll return with a greater appreciation for the intricate interconnectedness of the Smokies’ rich flora and fauna, as well as a deeper understanding of your own intimate relationship with nature.

Domingue, a regular hiking leader for Great Smoky Mountains Association outings as well as for the Smoky Mountain Field School, offers both a menu of several standard programs as well as custom adventures tailor-made to your specific interests, whether you’re into spring wildflowers, birding, fall colors, salamanders, elk, waterfalls, or nature photography. Popular summer offerings include hikes to see the azaleas blooming on the balds and nighttime programs during synchronous firefly season. If you’re up for a longer adventure, you can sign up for overnight wilderness treks of varying lengths—or even one of Liz’s naturalist adventure tours in other national parks and public lands throughout the United States. For more information visit http://SnowbirdLodge.com


Liz’s website

Apr
12
Sun
Fontana Village Spring Hike Week
Apr 12 – Apr 16 all-day

Whether you are a returning Spring Hike Week participant, or if this is your first time here at the Village, we welcome you and hope you have a wonderful time enjoying Fontana Village Resort. Join us for guided hikes and educational programs, there are many scheduled activities that will be available for you to participate in!
For more information, visit http://FontanaVillage.com

Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Fontana Village Spring Wildflower Hikes
Apr 12 – Apr 15 all-day

Contact Fontana Village at 828-498-2211 or visit http://fontanavillage.com

Apr
16
Thu
Dragon Events: Deals Gap Rotary Rally 11
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day

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Dragon Events: Wookies in the Woods VW R32 Group
Apr 16 – Apr 17 all-day

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Apr
17
Fri
Dragon Events: 15th Annual Spyders on the Dragon, SADAS XV, MR2 Spyder
Apr 17 – Apr 18 all-day

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Apr
18
Sat
Spring Bike Day with Graham County Recreation Director Jason Sawyer
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Spring Bike Day with Graham County Recreation Director Jason Sawyer @ Stanley Furniture | Robbinsville | North Carolina | United States

The recreation department has teamed up with ‘Active Routes to School’ and we have planned a Spring Bike Day at the Stanley Ballfield on April 18th from 10am-12pm.  Come win some prizes!!!

Apr
19
Sun
Snowbird Lodge Dulcimer Workshop with Paul and Dee Andry
Apr 19 – Apr 22 all-day

For the past twenty years Paul Andry has been teaching our mountain dulcimer workshop. Daily classes will consist of beginner’s workshops, followed by group classes for more experienced players. Paul will also offer one-on-one lessons geared to the individual’s interests; new and loaner instruments will be available for first time attendees. Guests are invited to participate in evening “jam” sessions.

Paul is Louisiana’s premier mountain dulcimer player and has done much for the dulcimer’s presence in his home state. His lyrical touch on the dulcimer enables him to interpret a diversity of styles of music: Mardi Gras, ragtime, classical, Celtic, pop and traditional American folk music his introduction to the dulcimer was on vacation in Mountain View, AR. He later won and placed in several dulcimer contests there, culminating in the 1994 Texas State Championship. He founded the Bayou Dulcimer Club and is credited as the creator of the highly successful Mardi Gras Dulcimer Festival in Covington, LA. An author of three dulcimer books and a CD entitled “Dixieland Dulcimer Favorites,” Paul teaches and performs at festivals throughout the South. For more information visit http://SnowbirdLodge.com

Apr
22
Wed
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Loop Trail Spring Wildflower Walk
Apr 22 all-day

2 miles, easy to moderate difficulty, led by Kim & Jim. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station on Massey Branch Rd. @ Noon following Partners of JK bi-monthly meeting. Special spring wildflower walk. Contact Kim Hainge or Jim Kriner
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

Apr
23
Thu
Dragon Events: Buell/Dragon VIII
Apr 23 – Apr 25 all-day

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

Apr
25
Sat
Cheoah River Release
Apr 25 – Apr 27 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!

April 25 1000cfs from 8am to 4pm
April 26 850cfs from 8am to 4pm
April 27 <850cfs

Snowbird Lodge Birding with Simon Thompson
Apr 25 – Apr 30 all-day

Nationally recognized ornithologist Simon Thompson joins us during the spring migration to help us locate and identify the birds that surround the Lodge. Simon has led trips throughout the world for birders and naturalists, and is very active in conservation and birding organizations in Western North Carolina.

Simon Thompson owns and operates his own bird watching and natural history tour company, Ventures, Inc., based in Asheville, NC. The company leads small groups of naturalists and birders both within North America and to many locations throughout the world.

In western North Carolina, he is also the ornithologist at Chimney Rock Park and is active with both the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society and the Henderson County Bird Club. Since moving permanently to the US in 1987, Simon has been the ornithologist and nature director at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) in Tryon, NC. He has been active in various conservations activities, is a member of the American Birding Association and the Carolina Bird Club, and plans many bird watching talks and programs throughout western NC.

Simon and his partner, Chris, own the Asheville, NC Wild Birds Unlimited Store. As well as selling a great line of top quality bird seed and feeders, they also stock an excellent selection of bird houses, books, binoculars and a unique line of North Carolina nature gifts. For more information visit http://SnowbirdLodge.com

Apr
29
Wed
Dragon Events: Minis on the Dragon
Apr 29 – May 2 all-day
Apr
30
Thu
Dragon Events: Quattro de Mayo 2015
Apr 30 – May 2 all-day

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May
1
Fri
Dragon Events: 5th Annual Subaru Forester Deal’s Gap Meet
May 1 – May 2 all-day

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Dragon Events: 7th Annual New Beetles on the Dragon
May 1 – May 2 all-day

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

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, GREAT.
For more information, visit http://FontanaVillage.com

Partners of Joyce Kilmer Hiking Event: Wright Creek Falls
May 1 all-day

Visit seldom seen Wright Creek Falls. Moderately difficult 1+ mile round-trip hike. Meet at 9:30 am at Cheoah Ranger Station. Contact Marshall 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

May
2
Sat
Snowbird Lodge Wildflower Walks with John and Nancy Rennie
May 2 – May 7 all-day

Nancy and John Rennie return this spring and fall for another season of leading hikes and presenting evening programs. Longtime Snowbird guests, they bring a professional interest in nature and much experience in hiking. Nancy studied botany and horticulture at the University of Tennessee before starting her own business, Natural Designs, a native-plant based landscape design company. She has been a leader with the Gatlinburg Wildflower Pilgrimage for over 35 years and has extensive knowledge of the local flora. John is retired from the University of Tennessee where he taught forestry for more than 30 years. They particularly enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of nature on hikes to many locations near Snowbird. Their evening slide presentations include programs on their travels in the US and abroad, and on various aspects of nature in the southern Appalachians. Please join us for this delightful week of hiking and exploring nature at Snowbird. For more information visit http://SnowbirdLodge.com

May
6
Wed
Dragon Events: Spring Hayabusa Bash
May 6 – May 9 all-day

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May
8
Fri
Blue Waters Mountain Lodge Mother’s Day Getaway
May 8 – May 10 all-day

Looking for the perfect Mom’s getaway? Come to our mountain top where Mom can relax in a rocking chair with a cup of tea or glass of wine while gazing at beautiful Lake Santeetlah. Includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts and a dinner at the Lodge. For more info visit BlueWatersMtnL.com

Fontana Village Mother’s Day Weekend
May 8 – May 9 all-day

Treat Mom and the family to a wonderful weekend of fun in the mountains! Call the Resort today at 828-498-2211 to book your lodging. Then join us for Mother’s Day Dinner at the Mountview Restaurant on Sunday, May 10th from 5:00 – 9:00pm. The Mountview Restaurant offers a savory menu featuring many locally inspired dishes that will surely leave Mom full and relaxed! Call the Mountview today at 828-498-2115 to make your reservation!
For more information, visit http://FontanaVillage.com