Rabbit Creek Pottery Offering Classes to Community

When you step into Rabbit Creek Pottery, it feels like you are stepping into another world filled with fairies and fanciful designs. Locals and tourists alike gravitate to the warm environment of Annie Burrell’s cozy shop that she owns and operates with the help of her sister, Jenny Patton. Quirky works of art including illustrations, pottery, and fairy houses line the walls of the shop, waiting to be brought home.

“We really do what makes us happy. If it doesn’t make us happy, we won’t do it! That’s the philosophy,” said Burrell when describing what items she and her family choose to make for her store.

Burrell has now opened up her whimsical world for guests to share in her artistry and make their own treasures to take home. She offers drop-in classes, in which each participant is guided through a unique design, such as fairy houses, or more functional pieces like sugar and cream sets or casserole dishes.


Classes cost $40 per participant, which covers the cost of supplies and materials that are needed for each project. These relaxing, two-hour sessions allow guests to express themselves and create memories to last a lifetime. No experience is needed, but as these are primarily adult classes, Burrell invites guests to bring a bottle of wine and have a great time.

As an extra treat, Burrell and Patton make art pieces alongside class participants that they raffle off via a video on their Facebook page.

Burrell and Patton are very active on Facebook, posting new creations at least once a week. They advertise their drop-in classes one week in advance on their page. Customers can also sign up for updates on the email sign-up sheet at the register in Rabbit Creek. Private classes are available per request with one-week notice.

For more information on Rabbit Creek Pottery drop-in classes, or private class requests, visit their Facebook page at, or see Annie Burrell in person at the shop on 27 Church Street, in the heart of downtown Dillsboro. Customers may also call the shop to inquire about items and classes at (828)-371-3808.

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WCU students to release Dillsboro book published by local press

Dillsboro–Western Carolina University communication and public relations students will release a new book, A Guide to Historic Dillsboro, in celebration of the town’s 125th anniversary during Dillsboro’s Heritage Day event on Saturday, Sept. 6.

A Guide to Historic Dillsboro highlights the town’s unique history, profiles its award-winning artisans and crafts people, features current businesses, and showcases the wide variety of events and attractions in Dillsboro.

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Dillsboro leaders wants to know what locals and visitors envision for the future of Dillsboro

Although Dillsboro wishes to grow new businesses,
leaders still wish to maintain its historic and small-town charm.

The survey below is the perfect opportunity to share what you love about

Dillsboros' lovely street

Charming Dillsboro

Dillsboro, as well as any additions you think would benefit this lovely

Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey by clicking on the
following URL:

Or scan the following QR code:

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Thank you for your help making Dillsboro the best it can be!

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Country Traditions to hold wine tasting fundraiser for the Appalachian Women’s Museum

Country Traditions will be hosting a wine tasting fundraiser for the Appalachian Women’s Museum Friday, July 25th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Country Traditions

Country Traditions


Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the event. Ticket holders will receive samples of wine, gourmet food and a souvenir wine glass.

All of the profits from the tickets sales will go directly to the Appalachian Women’s Museum.

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Heinzelmӓnnchen to be featured on GSMR BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s (GSMR) BBQ and Brews Dinner Train was such a great success last year, it is back again, but with a new Dillsboro flavor.

This popular GSMR event provides a unique experience for participants to not only enjoy locally brewed beers and a fantastic BBQ dinner, but to witness the marvelous view of the sun setting at Fontana Trestle.

Heinzelmӓnnchen Brewery, which is planning to expand its operation to Dillsboro, is one of the breweries providing beer for the event.

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Heinzelmӓnnchen Brewery to expand into new Dillsboro location

Heinzelmӓnnchen Brewery, currently located on Mill Street in Downtown Sylva, is planning to move to the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad’s warehouse at 119 Front Street in Dillsboro.

The move was officially announced at Heinzelmӓnnchen’s tenth anniversary celebration on Thursday, April 24, which was held at the future location in Dillsboro. Nearly 500 people attended the event over a four-hour period.

Guests at the anniversary event were able to view architectural renderings of the new location, tour the warehouse, and give feedback on what they would like to see at the future location.

Rendering by O'dell architects.

Rendering by O’dell architects.

Dillsboro leaders welcome the brewery’s move. “We’ve never had a brewery before. I think Heinzelmӓnnchen is going to be good for the town,” said Mayor of Dillsboro, Mike Fitzgerald.

Owned by Dieter Kuhn and Sheryl Rudd, Heinzelmӓnnchen Brewery specializes in old style German beers made with purity, freshness and tradition. They also brew root and birch beer for customers who prefer non-alcoholic beverages.

“Dieter and Sheryl want to be really involved with the town. They are already getting involved before they officially get here. I think Heinzelmӓnnchen will give a new energy to Dillsboro,” said Lisa Potts, co-president of the Dillsboro Merchants Association and co-owner of Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop.

As part of the tenth anniversary celebration, Heinzelmӓnnchen Brewery launched the ‘Gnome Gnation’ Founders Club, a crowdfunding campaign.  This campaign allows supporters to donate funds to this expansion project.

Image taken by Terri Clark photography.

Image taken by Terri Clark photography.

Heinzelmӓnnchen Brewery began in 2004 as the only brewery west of Asheville and remained the only one until 2010.  Today there are seven breweries west of Asheville and four in the planning stages.

After the move to Dillsboro, Heinzelmӓnnchen will have more space to distribute beer across the South, bottle and can their beer.

For more information about the expansion, ‘Gnome Gnation,’ or to give suggestions for the interior design, contact Sheryl Rudd at 828-631-4466 or email

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Burrell of Rabbit Creek Pottery wins town of Dillsboro Business Plan Competition

As part of the Dillsboro Business Plan Competition, roughly a half-dozen aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners transformed their ideas into business plans over the past four month while regularly attending free weekly seminars through Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center.

Annie Burrell claimed the $5,000 grand prize during an awards banquet last month at SCC, but organizers said the town of Dillsboro will ultimately be the big winner as several viable business ideas emerged from the competition.

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Dillsboro artisans win awards for their artistic contributions to western North Carolina

Owner Brenda Anders outside Dogwood Crafters.


Two Dillsboro artisans, Susan Leveille and Brenda Anders, have been recognized for their contributions to preserving Western North Carolina cultural heritage and positively impacting the Dillsboro community.
Susan Leveille, a native of Jackson County, comes from a family of weavers and craftspeople. She has been weaving since she was a young girl and is honored to have such an incredible heritage that is an Integral part of the history of these mountains. Susan will receive the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award in May, an award that recognizes excellence for musical traditions, artistry and craft work.
In a North Carolina Arts Council article, Governor Pat McCrory said, “I want to congratulate this year’s winners and thank them for helping preserve our cultural heritage. Our artistic history is the foundation of the quality of life that attracts so many people to North Carolina.”

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Dillsboro River Co. supports United Christian Ministries on 6th annual Can Day

The Dillsboro River Company helped obtain over 600 non-perishable necessities such as canned food or soap for United Christian Ministries of Jackson County during its sixth annual Can Day on June 2.

United Christian Ministries is a non-profit organization that has been assisting locals in need since 1989. Throughout the last 25 years they have provided food, furniture, financial help, and various other necessities.

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Appalachian Women’s Museum calls for community involvement

ImageThe Appalachian Women’s Museum has big plans reaching farther than simply educating visitors, but telling the stories of those who made the area what it is today.

“The Mission of the Appalachian Women’s Museum is to gather, preserve, and share the stories of the women of Southern Appalachia,” said Tim Osment, former president and continuing board member of the Appalachian Women’s Museum.

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