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to the Best the Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains have to offer

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Visit the Highlander Gallery
Located in Historic Downtown Murphy NC


Enter for a Chance to Win John Mac Kah's John C. Campbell Folk School Framed Giclee Series, a $475 value.
All proceeds go to support the local food bank

John Mac Kah - John C. Campbell Folk School Giclee Series

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Highlander GalleryMurphy North Carolina
Highlander Galley
33 Valley River Ave • Murphy
June 3rd ~ 5 pm - 8 pm

Join us at the Highlander Gallery during Murphy Artwalk and enjoy Mike LaLone will be demonstrating pottery art for you to enjoy and ask questions.

This will be the last Artwalk, the Highlander Gallery will be participating in...We are moving to the Historic Creamery in Brasstown, NC...Join us for a great time....

Come see us and discover the great plans we have...

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Chimney Rock Family Animal EncountersChimney Rock, NC
Family Animal Encounters
June 1st, thru June 30th
2 pm

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog's woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at our daily 2pm Family Animal Encounters! A Park naturalist will explain each animal's role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.

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Art, River and Music FestivalMurphy North Carolina
Art, River and Music Festival
June 4th ~ 9 am - 4 pm

The 6th Annual Art, River and Music Festival will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 9am to 4pm in downtown Murphy, NC on the beautiful River Walk trail located at the Historic L & N Depot. The Farmers Market will take place at the Depot, and the Art, River and Music Festival will stretch back in the cool shade along the River Walk trail. Arts activities for kids are available during the day, as well as other fun diversions!

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Scottish Festival & Highland GameBlairsville, GA
Scottish Festival & Highland Games
June 11th & 12th

Discover your "clan" and hang out with locals and visitors enjoying traditional games. Highland music, dancing and food with a Scottish flair. Watch border collies herd sheep and falcons swoop down on "prey" or check your roots at the Heritage Tent. Children can compete in their own Highland games. For the "wee ones" there's face painting, train rides. The weekend includes a Kilted golf classic, Ceilidh party, Kilted Mile Run, Clan Tug of War, Bonniest Knees Contest.

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Chimney Rock The Last of the MohicansChimney Rock, NC
Movie on the Meadows
The Last of the Mohicans
June 11th ~ 7:30 pm

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with a day of family-friendly outdoor activities, then join us for America's favorite pastime to watch The Last of the Mohicans on a giant outdoor movie screen surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and under a canopy of stars.   Don't forget to pack a blanket or camping chair and a flashlight.

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John C. Campbell Folk School Gala & Benefit AuctionBrasstown, NC
John C. Campbell Folk School Gala & Benefit Auction
June 11th ~ 5pm - 8pm

Please join us for an exciting evening of lively entertainment, delicious food, and traditional craft and fine art. Proceeds will benefit the Folk School's craft programs.

Admission: $25 (includes food and drink). Please call Reed Caldwell, Development Manager (800-365-5724) for more information

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Appalachian Wine and Jazz FestivalHiawassee, GA
Appalachian Wine and Jazz Festival
June 11th ~ 11 am - 8pm

Join us for the 3rd annual Appalachian Wine & Jazz Festival located in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Enjoy two complete days of the finest wine, jazz, food and artists. Thirteen Wineries Represented.

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Village Square Arts and Craft ShowHighlands, NC
Village Square Arts and Craft Show
June 18th & 19th
10 am ~ 5 pm
New Location...Highlands Plaza on the Hwy. 106, just 2 blocks from Main Street

There are plenty of reasons to make a trip to the charming mountain town of Highlands, NC, but especially the unrivalled natural beauty and great shopping. At 4118' Highlands is the perfect place to escape the summer heat.

Sponsored by the Macon County Art Association, the shows feature many fine artists with originals and reproductions, as well as an interesting assortment of crafters. The hand-made crafted items include rustic furniture and wood accessories; fused glass; rustic brooms; canvas hats & bags; weaving; whiskey barrels; knives; blacksmithing, and baskets. Of course there is pottery, lots of jewelry and more.

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Phase I of the "new" Blue Ridge Highlander...

The Highlander has been on-line for over 18 years, and has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years.  This update was the most challenging to date, due to the advanced technology of our times. 

Due to the shear volume of valuable information that the Highlander contains, this new update has been in the making for a while.  We have a lot of it completed and are anticipating having the entire "Phase I" completed by the end of January.

We would love your input as to the improvements as well as any suggestions as to what you would like to see in Phase II.

Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy...

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