17th Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival

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The Taste of Scotland is back again this year in downtown Franklin NC!  Officially in it’s 17th year of operation, this great cultural festival is always held on Father’s Day weekend.  The events start on Thursday, June 12th, and run through Sunday, June 15th.

Unlike many of the other regional/national Scottish Festivals, the Taste of Scotland is, and always will be, FREE to the public!

What to expect.  (For a full schedule of events, please click here)

Authentic Scottish foods, Live Music (2 locations downtown), Parades, Highland Game Demonstrations, Crafters, Cherokee/Scottish Heritage Demonstrations, and even a “Ceilidh” (Scottish for “Party”) with local food & craft beer can all be enjoyed over this multi-day festival.  The main day of attractions will be held on Saturday, June 14th.

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Family & Kid-Friedly.

As always, the TOS is a family and kid-friendly event!  Bring the entire family to this historic and cultural event in the cozy little North Carolina mountain town of Franklin NC this Father’s Day weekend 2014!

kids having fun with their dad at a festival

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Franklin Folk Festival – Downtown Franklin NC – A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage

The 9th Annual Franklin Folk Festival, a “Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC), will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in downtown Franklin NC.  This FREE Folk Festival features many talented demonstrators proudly displaying heritage skills and a way of life from the turn of the century with hands-on participation, musicians playing and singing mountain songs, civil war re-enactors, kids’activities/games plus much more!

Over 100 volunteer artisans will be taking part in live demonstrations and exhibits featuring quilting, wood carving, basket making, fly tying, tatting, shingle splitting, early farm tools/equipment, spinning, weaving, moon-shining, and a host of other entertaining and informative offerings all connected to our cultural, environmental and natural heritage (on Main Street, Phillips Street, Iotla Street, Town grounds around the Gazebo and Town Hall, Rankin Square and County Courthouse).

New this year – the Main Street will be closed to allow plenty of space for authentic Appalachian artisans selling heritage-type items and the event will partner with the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Franklin Fire Department.

Western Carolina University’s new Chancellor | Dillsboro, NC new Mobile App

Dillsboro, NC’s mobile app ‘Launch Party’ helps introduce David Belcher as Western North Carolina University’s new Chancellor.

As part of a week-long celebration for David Belcher’s installation as the new Chancellor to Western North Carolina University, the town of Dillsboro, NC was kicking the week off with a ‘Launch Party’ for their brand new Mobile App for smartphones set for 5pm at the historic ‘Jarrett House.’

Pulling into Dillsboro, NC this Monday afternoon (I was driving in from Franklin, NC) I couldn’t help but become overwhelmed by the welcoming shade of PURPLE!  Wow.  The students and faculty of WCU have really outdone themselves with the decor throughout the towns of Dillsboro & Sylva.  What a fantastic partnership between University and Community that has, what looks to be, rejuvenated ‘purple pride’ in Jackson County.  Both towns (Dillsboro & Sylva – I went on into Sylva after driving through Dillsboro) are completely decorated in purple from street corner to store front, including the Jarret House and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.  Impressive to say the least.  I must say… well done.

After chatting with local owner John Bubacz and grabbing a tasty cup of joe at his ‘Signature Brew Coffee Co.’ in downtown Sylva, 5pm was approaching rapidly so back to Dillsboro I go.  I met my friend and colleague Emily Breedlove at the entrance to the Jarret House and in we went.
We were immediately met with smiling faces and ‘hello, how are you’ greetings from students at WCU.  A great start.  Moving down the hall towards the back of the restaurant portion of the Jarret House, Emily and I enter the back dining room where the presentation for the mobile app was set up.  I turn and say to her, ‘looks like we’re in the right place’.  As I said that, I see a sharped dressed fellow walking towards us with a smile on his face.  He looks at us and says ‘I sure hope this is the right place, or I’m in trouble!’  Of course, it was the man-of-the-week himself, Chancellor David Belcher.  Emily and I continued on with introductions and began to network a little bit by sharing what we do with the Chancellor.  As we were chatting, I couldn’t help but notice what a pleasant guy David Belcher was.

Next, was the unveiling of the mobile app!  After a brief presentation by the development team, the Chancellor and his wife were the first two folks to download the mobile app via QR code.  Directly following the presentation, the large group that had gathered around were invited to hang around and enjoy some yummy refreshments, supplied by the town of Dillsboro Merchants Association.

It was a great ‘Launch Party’ indeed!  And I would like offer my congratulations to David Belcher,  Western Carolina University and to the town of Dillsboro, NC!  You have a beautiful partnership in the works, and I’m excited to see where it takes you both!

Western Carolina University's Chancellor David Belcher stands in front of the Dillsboro NC mobile app launch party

Nantahala Gorge – 2013 ICF World Freestyle Kayak Championships

Kayaking. Have you ever been? If so, have you been to Nantahala Gorge to experience the Nantahala River’s class II & III rapids? If not, you certainly should.
Well, now there is even more reason to visit the Wesser campus of the Nantahala Outdoor Center, or the “NOC”, on the Nantahala River. Recently, the NOC played a large role in attracting the ICF (International Canoe Federation) and their World Freestyle Kayaking Championships, along with the Smoky Mountain Host, Swain County TDA & Chamber of Commerce and a grant via the “Golden Leaf Foundation”.
Being named the host location for the 2013 ICF Championships isn’t the only great news for the Nantahala River. The river recently received somewhat of a face-lift; or should we say “bed-lift”?
At the end of 2011, a new “Wave Feature” was constructed on the river bed that will allow the world class kayakers, competing in the upcoming championships, to tweak and adjust the main rapid where the main attraction will be located for maximum performance conditions.
The Western North Carolina area will look to capitalize off of this event that hopes to attract upwards of 10,000 spectators.
For us, we will be throwing our support behind this event as much as possible. We feel that our unique location in the Southern Appalachians makes us attractive as an outdoor destination for enthusiasts coming from all over to enjoy their time in nature.
What do you think? Will you attend?