Smoky Mountain Blog
2nd Annual Wild About Game! - Outdoor Sportsmen’s Day
Mountain folks have survived on wild game in Graham County for over 150 years. This event recognizes and shares that tradition. Outdoor sportsmen are plentiful in Robbinsville and activities will highlight skills that have been handed down through generations.
PEANUTS™ Pumpkin Patch Express
The leaves are turning this October and the pumpkins are ready to be carved! The PEANUTS gang returns to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch this October. Ready for some family fun? PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2014! The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz’s classic story “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will be departing from the Bryson City Depot in October of 2014! Keep checking back for more details. Booking for this event is now available!
Visit www.gsmr.com to learn more.
41st Annual Fall Colors Hike Week At Fontana Village Resort
Hikers and Nature Lovers will be gathering at Fontana Village Resort for the 41st annual Fall Colors Hike Week. A full schedule of events has been planned that will be suited for everyone in the family.
Soar the Nantahala River Gorge and GSM
Soar high about the Nantahala River Gorge and the North Carolina mountains. Enjoy the stunning fall colors. And save 15% Tuesdays thru Thursdays.
Visit NOC.com for more information
Wine Around the Square in Downtown Hayesville
Taste wine with 10 area vineyards while strolling inside and around the Square to visit with local artisans and businesses. Specialty foods will be available for purchase to enjoy with a variety of wines.
The event takes place on Friday, October 3, 2014. Cost is $20 per person, and the event runs from 5 PM - 9 PM. More information and tickets: www.cccra-nc.org or call 828-389-2121 for more details.
Kellie Pickler to Headline Cherokee Indian Fair
Tue., Oct. 7 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wed. - Fri., Oct. 8 - 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
In keeping with this year’s theme “Cherokee People: Our Legends and Tales,” “Elder’s Day” will be held Oct. 9. Fairgoers 59 years of age or older will be admitted free and treated to lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Activities for the elders will include bingo, square dancing, concerts by Robert Wolfe and Soco Creek and a corn hole tournament.
The fair’s exhibit halls will be teeming with displays from agricultural, the local community, foods and crafts, veterans’ remembrance groups and Qualla Arts and Crafts Cooperative contest entries. In addition to nonstop carnival rides. There will be a fireworks show on Sat. Oct.11. Two men’s stickball games are on tap Oct. 9, along with the Junior Miss Cherokee pageant and the second round of Cherokee Idol hosted by Chris Watty.
For further information, visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/cherokee-indian-fair/
In addition to the fair, the 8th Annual Trail of Tears Memorial Walk takes place Sat. Oct. 11 at 9:30 a.m. Hosted by the Cherokee Historical Association, the walk will begin at the Cherokee Historical Association building, 564 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee. Registration fee is $10. Walkers 12 and under are free. For information: (828) 497-2111.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign nation with more than 14,000 enrolled members and is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in North Carolina. The Eastern Band of Cherokee makes its home on the 56,600-acre Qualla Boundary in five Western North Carolina counties about an hour west of Asheville, NC and at the southern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Park Cautions Visitors on How to Safely View Elk
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials remind park visitors to exercise caution as they view and photograph elk so that both the animals and themselves are protected. Elk are currently entering the fall breeding season, known as the rut. During this time period, from September 1 through October 31, fields in Cataloochee and Oconaluftee are closed to all use. Even if the elk are not present, people are not allowed to walk into the fields.
During the rut, male elk make bugling calls to challenge other bulls and attract cows. Dominant bulls use the fields to gather and breed with harems of up to 20 cows. Bull elk actively defend their territory by charging and sparring with competitors using their antlers to intimidate and spar with other males. Encroaching too close may lead a bull to perceive you or your vehicle as a threat causing them to charge.
Labor Day LakeAlooza & Fireworks Celebration
August 29th – 31st
Guests and local residents are booking accommodations and putting the boat on the trailer as they prepare to head to Fontana Village Resort for this Summer’s send-off festivities featuring Fontana Village Resort’s fifth annual Labor Day Weekend LakeAlooza celebration.
On Saturday, August 30th from 3:00pm - 7:00 pm the LakeALooza Lake Celebration will be in full swing. Come join the fun at the Fontana Village Marina located on beautiful Fontana Lake! Enjoy live music straight out of WNC that will bring the lake to life. The Josh Fields Band will be performing a blend of southern rock, classic and contemporary country, and bluegrass. They pride themselves on very tight three part harmonies and high energy live shows. So if you like real music, strong harmonies, tight arrangements and talented musicians you'll love the Josh Fields Band. Come ready to have fun and cool off in the water!
Although the event is being held at the marina, you don’t need a boat to enjoy the festivities. Fontana Marina accommodates those who want to remain on shore with great food, dancing, music, and entertainment. Enjoy lake games, paddleboard & kayak races, and even a frozen T-shirt contest! Come have fun on the lake with the entire family this Labor Day Holiday weekend!
For your evening entertainment, be sure to stop by and enjoy music from local band Fastgear, who will be performing from 7:00pm – 10:00pm on the Wildwood Sundeck. Guests will also be treated to Fontana’s famous fireworks starting at 9:30pm in front of the Wildwood Grill on the Village Green. Guests coming for the fireworks and evening entertainment are advised to arrive early for parking and seating at the Wildwood Grill. The resort is also offering free admission to the Stone Creek Pool & Lazy River on Saturday and Sunday for guests wanting to cool off or to lounge poolside.
For additional information and the full event schedule visit our events page at www.fontanavillage.com or call 800.849.2258.
Evening Elk Eco-Tours
Cataloochee Valley Tours