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Friends and neighbors in the Cashiers area will be on stage at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library on Thursday, Aug. 25, to read their favorite poems and to share their reasons for enjoying them. The Second Annual Cashiers Favorite Poem Readings, sponsored by Friends of the Library, will begin at 7:30 and be followed by a reception in the library’s Friendship Garden.

“I know the word ‘poetry’ makes some folks yawn,” said Marilyn Staats, coordinator of the event. “Most of us were raised by parents who read us Mother Goose poems and, if we were lucky, we had teachers who introduced us to everything from Winnie the Pooh to Robert Frost to Shakespeare to nonsense verse.


With his first poetry book in nearly ten years Ron Rash will visit City Lights Bookstore, to read from his new collection, “Waking,” Sunday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m.

Rooted in places like Watauga County, Goshen Creek, and Dismal Mountain, the poems in Ron Rash's fourth collection, Waking, electrify dry counties and tobacco fields until they sparkle with the rituals and traditions of Southerners in the stir of their lives.


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.


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