May 2013

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Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival comes to WCU

Festival-Logo1The 2013 Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival is coming to Western Carolina University this year. Many families will be coming to this event, and there is something for everyone- even if you are not a sportsman.

Dillsboro is hosting a number of events and promotions to go along with the festival. Click this link for a full list of events and promotions available in Dillsboro during the fly fishing festival.

The two-day event, May 17-18, takes place in the Ramsey Center arena at Western Carolina University. The Ramsey Center is centrally located in Jackson County, a popular destination for fly fishing enthusiasts and home to the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail.

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Register for the festival here!

The festival is designed to attract both experienced and beginning anglers. There’s an extensive lineup of guest speakers, fly-tying experts and industry exhibitors, as well as a strong educational component for novices who wish to learn more about the sport.

“If you’ve ever been to fly fishing shows, they’re more commercialized and do not have nearly as much instruction,” says Marvin Cash, president of the FFF’s Southeastern Council. “Conserving resources and teaching people to fish is really what we’re all about.”

Headlining presenters at the festival include: expert guides Ian and Charity Rutter from Townsend, Tenn.; Bryson City native Jim Casada, a noted author and outdoorsman; and two-handed fly rod guru Al Buhr of Welches, Ore.

There’s also a Friday barbecue dinner, in conjunction with Trout Unlimited, to support brook trout restoration in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The evening includes a screening of this year’s Fly Fishing Film Tour, a contest for short films about fly fishing.

Opportunities to fish the WNC Fly Fishing Trail will be available all weekend long.

“We intentionally scheduled the show on a Friday and Saturday to let people have the opportunity to fish on Sunday. That’s a big draw, particularly for fishing clubs,” Cash says. “The great thing about being in Jackson County at that time of year is the fishing will be good.”

The festival moves to Cullowhee this year after taking place in Helen, Ga., last year.

Festival hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Daily admission price is $5 for individuals and $10 for families. Admission price includes free presentations and programs, along with the opportunity to sign up for paid instruction in casting and fly-tying.

Complete details and registration info are available online at:

Lodging info is available at:, or by calling (800) 962-1911.

Below is a preview of  a video that will be showing at the Ramsey Center on May 17 following the barbecue dinner.

Dillsboro Chocolate Factory wins award

Dillsboro chocolate awardThe Dillsboro Chocolate Factory recently won an award for one of its custom creations.

The award winning chocolate is called “A Shot in the Dark” truffle. The truffle has a blend of espresso and caramel that is dipped in dark gourmet chocolate and is topped with their own homemade toffee.

The truffle won first place at the “Taste of Chocolate” competition in Maggie Valley.

This was the second year in a row that the Dillsboro Chocolate Factory has won first place at this annual competition.

In 2012, the Dillsboro Chocolate Factory won first place in the competition for another custom truffle named the “Wild Turkey” DSC00675shooter. The Wild Turkey Shooter is an open faced truffle made with chocolate, cream and Wild Turkey liquor.

The Dillsboro Chocolate Factory is owned by Bob and Tonya Williams and has been a staple in Dillsboro since 1998.  The owners opened a new location in Pigeon Forge, TN in 2012 and also offer online sales of their tasty treats. Please follow this link for an overview of some of their products.

The Dillsboro Chocolate Factory is located in Dillsboro, NC and offers a wide variety of hand-dipped chocolates, home-made fudge, gourmet coffees from around the world, Jelly-Bellies, handmade truffles and more. To place an order or to find out more information, call (828) 631-0156 or send an email using their custom form here.

Jackson County Green Energy Park to host classes

classesThe Jackson County Green Energy Park is hosting a series of glass classes this month. These classes are open to the public.

There are two classes available on May 11: Glass flowers with Julie Boisseau and glass bowl with Carla Camasso. These classes are both available from 10 am-4pm and preregistration is required. The cost is $30 and $50 for the respective classes.

These classes do not require any previous experience and children between the ages of 13-18 may take part if accompanied by a parent.

The Jackson County Green Energy Park is a unique asset to Western NC. It is located in Dillsboro and features a series of artisan studios and greenhouses powered by captured methane gas from the old town landfill.

To register for a class, call (828) 631-0271 or email and for additional information visit this link.

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