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Local residents are invited to enter their honey and home food products in “A Gathering In,” the traditional foods competition held annually at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day.

The 37th annual festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, will feature contests for canned goods, baked goods and “heritage foods,” the Best in the West Berry Recipe contest, and a competition for extracted honey with categories in light, dark, and comb.


There is a new type of arts and music festival coming to Western North Carolina—and it isn’t just another hoedown.

Dubbed WHEE! Fest, local musician and event organizer Ian Brown has booked the festival for Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. - Aug. 28 at 12 p.m. at the Avant Garden organic farm on Tracer Lane in Cullowhee.

In essence, WHEE! Fest is a weekend outdoor festival with local and national underground musical performances, entertainers and regional vendors and artists. Festivalgoers may set up a campsite on Aug. 26.


Underhill Rose will be performing as a part of Matt Stillwell’s Shinefest on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Fontana Village Resort. The band has just released their self-titled, debut CD featuring a powerful fusion of Americana, blue grass, R&B, and roots music.

Spotlighting unique fusion the Asheville, N.C. band has become known for, the album exhibits an impressive blend of Americana, blue grass, R&B, and roots music. Underhill Rose features compositions from Eleanor Underhill, a banjo picker with a sultry, smoky voice and Molly Rose, the group’s southern belle with a soaring vocal range and a masterful poetic design. The new album features bass player Gary Oliver and drummer Tim Haney, with guest appearances from Aaron “Woody” Wood, Ryan Burns, Spencer Taylor, Amy Lovinger, Melissa Hyman, among others.


John Treacy Egan’s stay on Broadway has been extended.

“We are happy for him,” says Mary Adair Leslie, director of the Performing Arts Center, (PAC) “but we are sad that he won’t be able to perform here in Highlands.

The good news is Robert Cucciolli will take his place at PAC on Saturday, Oct. 8.

We are very excited to have Mr. Cucciolli coming to PAC.”

Robert Cuccioli made his Broadway debut as Inspector Javert in “Les Miserables,” and is best known for his critically acclaimed performance as the duel title roles in the Broadway hit “Jekyll & Hyde,” for which he received a Tony nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award.



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