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Dillsboro Fourth of July celebration
UPDATE: The fireworks display has been cancelled due to rain and will be rescheduled to Dec. 14. The Porch 40 concert will be on Sept. 20.
Come celebrate Independence Day in Dillsboro for a night filled with live music, fireworks and great food. The festivities kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Main Street.
Highlights of the evening will include the singing of the National Anthem by Susan Belcher, wife of Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher, a live concert by popular rock band “Porch 40” and a spectacular fireworks display. The concert and recital of the National Anthem will both take place at the train depot. The fireworks will be shot off from Harrison Quarry around 10 p.m. and are visible from anywhere in Dillsboro.
The fireworks display typically lasts about 30 minutes following the firing of three test shots to measure wind, weather and darkness. In the event of rain, the display will be postponed to Dec. 14, during the second weekend of the annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries Festival.
Games will be available for the whole family to enjoy including horseshoes, checkers and corn hole. Treehouse Pottery will be selling lemonade, Country Traditions will have kettle corn and John Faulk will be selling hot dogs from his “weenie wagon.”
The Fourth of July celebration is sponsored by the Dillsboro Merchants Association, the Town of Dillsboro, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Jackson County Board of Commissioners, Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department and Harrison Construction.
Parking is available at Montieth Park, in Dillsboro Court by Ray’s Florist and along the Jarrett House. For more information, call 1-800-962-1911.
Dillsboro River Company offers family fun
With such beautiful landscapes as the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains, floating down the Tuckaseegee is a great way to relax with the family and share an adventure you’ll be talking about for years. With average water temperatures in the 70’s, the Tuckaseegee River is the ideal location for fun on the water.
Owned and operated by Shane Williams and his family, the DRC was founded in 2001 and continues to serve tourists and locals alike as they embark on new adventures everyday on the Tuckaseegee River.
Shane is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation Management with major emphasis in Outdoor Education. His water adventures have included leading programs in southeast and Central America. Before opening the DRC Shane worked for his alma mater as the Outdoor Programs Coordinator in the Student Affairs Division. After leaving WCU, Shane opened the DRC to accomplish a lifelong dream of balancing his work and family life.
“I couldn’t imagine my life any different working and playing with my family on the river,” said Williams.
The Dillsboro River Company is open seven days a week May-September from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and reservations are available by calling 1-866-586-3797. The Dillsboro River Company is located at 18 Macktown Road in Dillsboro. To learn more about the DRC, click here.
Mural exhibit at the Jackson County Courthouse
Titled “On Hallowed Ground”, the exhibit is free to the public and features the original pastel sketch of a new historical Dillsboro mural. The mural will depict some of who lived in Dillsboro in the 1880’s including the third Principal Chief Nimrod Jarrett Smith of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. In addition, detail sketches of the mural and other colorful pastel art work of heritage, landscape, townscape, flora and fauna will be available for viewing.
The exhibit will be on display through July 31 at the Historic Jackson County Courthouse, Jackson County’s most photographed building, overlooking Sylva’s Main Street.
“On Hallowed Ground” is being produced through the support of the community and arts grant from the Jackson County Arts Council and the Asheville Area Arts Council. To learn more about the exhibit, view her video on Kickstarter, visit this link for additional information or go to Doreyl’s blog here.
Hopberry comes to Dillsboro
Hopberry is a primitive home accessories store offering everything from beeswax candles to handmade soap to small pieces of furniture. There are many handmade items for any home décor from local artisans such as handmade quilts from Waynesville.
Hopberry is the newest addition to downtown Dillsboro, after relocating from Dillsboro Court in May. Dillsboro is well known for its tradition of arts and crafts oriented shops. “Dillsboro is a fabulous location for our store,” said Amy Albury, owner of Hopberry.
Hopberry is located at 78 Front Street, in Dillsboro next to the Town Hall. The hours of operation are from Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about the store, you can visit their new website, check out their Facebook or call (828) 734-3254.