September 2013

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Bradley’s General Store to celebrate 125th anniversary 

Bradley's General Store has served Dillsboro since 1888.

Bradley’s General Store has served Dillsboro since 1888.

Bradley’s General Store will be celebrating its 125th year in business on Saturday, Sept. 21. The celebration will take place at the General Store from 10 a.m until 7 p.m.

During the celebration, Bradley’s will be having a prize drawing, with the winner being awarded a $125 gift certificate usable at the General Store. The winning contestant will be the one who is closest to correctly guessing the amount of buttons in the displayed jar. Enter the contest at the store any day or time during business hours before 5 p.m, on Sept. 21, which is when the drawing will end.  Spending at least $5.20 at the store gives customers a chance to win the drawing.

Along with the prize drawing, the store will be selling ice cream at a discounted price. Also, just like any party, there will be cake and balloons, so bring the family down for the celebration of a historic day at Bradley’s General Store.

Bradley’s General Store first opened in 1888 and is going stronger than ever 125 years later. With its wide variety of merchandise, ranging from local antiques to children’s toys, it’s easy to see why the store is a mainstay in Dillsboro.

“It’s truly amazing that this store has been around for 125 years,” said Rose Anne Johnson, owner of Bradley’s General Store.

“The town of Dillsboro has been great to the store and me, so we want to recognize them and the history of this store,” said Johnson.

Bradley’s General Store is located at 52 Front Street, Dillsboro, NC 28725. To learn more about the store, visit this link or call (828) 586-1888

Youth Arts Festival to display local talent

Kids can create their own art at the Youth Arts Festival

Kids can create their own art at the Youth Arts Festival

The Jackson County Green Energy Park is hosting its annual Youth Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m until 3 p.m. The festival will showcase local and regional artists as they demonstrate their skills.

Guests can expect to see weaving, painting and pottery making demonstrations, among many others. Also, this year, professional glass artists and blacksmiths will be demonstrating their skills.

Along with the demonstrations, the festival will have hands-on activities for kids, such as pottery and print making. Other family-friendly activities will be in abundance, such as face painting, chalk art and weaving. The festival is free to all, which includes admission, activities and demonstrations.

“The Youth Arts Festival provides the best time a family will have, and it’s completely free,” said Timm Muth, director of the Green Energy Park.

While the festival is an opportunity to showcase local artists, it’s also a great time to teach the community about renewable energy.

The festival will be held at the Green Energy Park, which is located at 100 Green Energy Park Road, Dillsboro, NC 28725. For more information, click this link or call (828) 631-0271.

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia Inc. presents ColorFest in Dillsboro


Discover local artistry at Colorfest

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc. is sponsoring the 5th annual ColorFest, Art & Food of Appalachia event, beginning Thursday, September 5 on the streets of Dillsboro.

ColorFest features skilled Western North Carolina artists and raises community awareness of the talented artists in the region.

Beginning Sept. 5, each participating artist is able to display art inside the shops of downtown Dillsboro.

ColorFest activites take place on the streets of Dillsboro on Saturday,  Oct. 5. from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The new downtown mural will unveiled at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Artists have the opportunity to display their art creations on the streets of Dillsboro and interact with the visitors to the festival.

“We expect the annual Colorfest to be hugely successful based on past year’s attendance,” said Dillsboro Merchant Association President Lisa Potts. “It’s an awesome fit for Dillsboro. It makes Dillsboro a fine art destination.”

ColorFest, Art & Food of Appalachia is produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc. with support from the Dillsboro Merchants Association, Jackson County Visual Arts Association, the Jackson County Arts Council and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the displays, artists will demonstrate how to craft art and will also include how to make various foods. Mountain music and clogging will also be on display.

More information can be found on the event website at

Welcome home

photo (1)“Welcome Home.”  This is what the new sign next to the Jarrett House, on the corner of Highway 441 and E. Haywood Road, reads.

“This sign was made to display to visitors that Dillsboro is about making people feel at home,” said Jean Hartbarger, co-owner of the Jarrett House.  “This sign encompasses the ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ atmosphere here in Dillsboro.”

The “Welcome Home” theme is the product of a design contest on Facebook that the owners of the Jarrett House held this past summer.  The sign’s design includes a Carolina Lily quilt pattern to complement the theme.

Tom Frazier, manager of the Western Carolina University Print Shop, helped to design and print the new sign.  It took the Jarrett House and Dogwood Crafters coming together to erect the large sign.

Family and music

Porch 40 will be performing on Friday, Sept. 20 as a free concert for Family Weekend at the train depot on Front Street in Dillsboro from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Porch 40 is a band that was formed in Cullowhee, N.C. and combines various genres from jazz and funk to rock and electronic, influences that can be heard in their original music. To check out Porch 40 visit their Facebook page at


2 thoughts on “September 2013

  1. Lee Wansor

    Please take us off your email lists.
    Thank you

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