The Laurel of Asheville‘s Community Events Calendar

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June 2017
$5.00

Shady Ladies Quilt Show

June 2 @ 10:00 am - June 4 @ 5:00 pm
Folkmoot Center, 112 Virginia Ave
Waynesville, NC 28786 United States
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An exhibition of 100 quilts ranging from artistic wall hangings to traditional bed quilts, as well as hangings created in response to the 2017 challenge: HAYWOOD MANMADE ANGLES. Admission is $5.00, donated to Folkmoot. A quilt created by the Shady Ladies will be raffled at the end of the show with proceeds going to three Haywood County charities: Hospice, Meals on Wheels and Pigeon St. Community Senter.

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WNC Flyer

June 4 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Oskar Blues Brewery, 342 Mountain Industrial Drive
Brevard, NC 28712 United States
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The 14th annual WNC Flyer (formerly called Fletcher Flyer) will be held in the “Cycling Capital of the South”, Brevard, NC. The start/finish will be at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard, NC. What better way to spend the day than with a Bike Ride, Bluegrass, BBQ and a complimentary first Brew! Riders will have their choice of a full century, metric century, half century, and half metric rides which wind through the valleys south of Asheville, NC. Although it is…

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$15

Pictures at an Exhibition

June 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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Renowned concert pianist John Cobb and The Red Herring Puppets collaborate on a unique blend of sound and sight.  They will present an original shadow puppet play to Mussorgsky’s masterwork.  Poetic animated imagery enhances the delicate and powerful musical score.   The program will also include “Dialogues” and “Recycled Wheels”, original pieces performed by composer and pianist Alexander Schwarzkopf.

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Free

Monday Night Live!

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - June 26 @ 9:00 pm
Henderson County Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St.
Hendersonville, 28792
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Monday Night Live! features a diverse line-up of Latin, folk, country, salsa, jazz, and blues artists. Concerts are held every Monday night in June at the Visitor Center stage at 201 South Main Street, bring a chair. No pets, alcoholic beverages, backpacks or coolers allowed; seating area opens after 5:30pm / early admission is prohibited, an event of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, Hendersonville, NC 828.693.9708 or 800.828.4244

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Free

Sierra Club June 7: Preventing Duke Energy’s 3rd Gas-Powered Electric Plant

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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On Wednesday, June 7, the Sierra Club will present an update from Asheville’s Energy Innovation Task Force about reducing energy use in Buncombe County so as to avoid construction of a new, natural gas peaking unit. Julie Mayfield, Asheville City Council; Brownie Newman, Buncombe County Commission; and Jason Walls, Duke Energy, will report on how the three-way partnership – Buncombe County, Asheville, and Duke Energy – is progressing. The Energy Innovation Task force has been working for just over a…

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Pint & Pretzels Open House!

June 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies, 36 Montford Ave
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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You're invited to mix and mingle with Lenoir-Rhyne University graduate students, faculty, and staff at an informal Pints & Pretzels Open House! The event will kick off with a brief presentation on programs, cost, financial aid options, and the application process. We also look forward to answering your unique questions about graduate school at LR and taking you on a tour of our downtown Asheville Center for Graduate Studies!

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Free

Music on Main Street

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - August 18 @ 9:00 pm
Henderson County Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St.
Hendersonville, 28792
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Music On Main Street showcases oldies, rock n’ roll, and beach music every Friday night from June - August. Bring a chair, no pets, alcoholic beverages, backpacks or coolers allowed; seating area opens after 5:30pm / early admission is prohibited, an event of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, Visitor Center 201 South Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 828.693.9708 or 800.828.4244

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$6400

Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion

June 10 @ 10:00 am - August 11 @ 2:00 pm
Earthaven Ecovillage, 5 Consensus Circle
Black Mountain, 28711
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The Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion is a 2-month residency at Earthaven Ecovillage, a 22-year old, permaculture-based community on 329 acres in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Learn what’s needed and how to make informed and responsible choices for your basic needs in applied Permaculture design and ecological living; forge deep, authentic relationships with yourself, others, and the Earth; and ultimately contribute to a more sustainable and just world for all. This program offers practical, real-life skills while fostering personal…

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Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events

June 11 - June 14
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Each of these three-day youth group events offers morning and evening sessions with high energy worship, guest preachers, mission components, and a focus on giving! Events are led by a team of college students, guest speakers, and worship bands. Afternoons are free for groups to plan additional service projects, rafting trips, or to enjoy the swimming pool or boats at Lake Junaluska. The program is geared towards 6th through 12th graders. Program Dates are as follows: June 11 - June…

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$1800

Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) Course

June 12 @ 1:00 pm - June 30 @ 3:00 pm
Earthaven Ecovillage, 5 Consensus Circle
Black Mountain, 28711
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Gain experience in systems-thinking and practical tools that deepen your leadership and strengthen your ability to help address the complex bio-cultural challenges facing the world. The Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) course at Earthaven Ecovillage is a residential intensive. This course will provide a unique exploration of regenerative, nature-based design, grounded in the 22-year community-scale permaculture experiment and living demonstration site that is Earthaven. Permaculture design principles train us to design any kind of system- land use, business, personal…

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Free

48th Annual AAUW Book Sale

June 17 @ 9:00 am - June 22 @ 7:00 pm
Boshamer Gym, Brevard College, 1 college row
Brevard, NC United States
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20,000 books in every topic for sale. Proceeds go to scholarships and support for young women.  Any books left are made available to non-profits, churches, camps, home schools and other organizations.Wednesday -- all books 1/2 price.Thursday: fill-a-box for $5.00.

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$15

My Grandfather’s Prayers

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Asheville Jewish Community Center, 256 Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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MY GRANDFATHER’S PRAYERS is a theatrical production based on the life of Cantor Izso Glickstein (1890-1947), an Eastern European musical prodigy. His golden voice expresses the passion and determination of people holding on to faith and tradition through the violent diaspora of the twentieth century. In America, his soulful singing inspires refugee families including the young Leonard Bernstein. Lisa Sturz combines music, shadow puppetry, marionettes, scrolling backgrounds, and poetry to connect with her renowned grandfather.

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$30

ASAP’s 2017 Farm Tour

June 24 @ 12:00 pm - June 25 @ 5:00 pm

On June 24 and 25, Western North Carolina farms will open their barn doors to the public. ASAP’s Farm Tour is your chance to experience how food is grown and raised in the Southern Appalachians, taste farm-fresh products, see farm animals, and connect with the community’s local food producers. Discover some of Western North Carolina’s unique and beautiful working farms through tours, demonstrations, and family-friendly activities. Learn more and purchase your Farm Tour pass at asapconnections.org.

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Music & Worship Arts Week

June 25 - June 30
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Music & Worship Arts Week is an event highlighting education, worship, the arts and renewal in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina at Lake Junaluska. It is designed for worship leaders of all ages: musicians, artists, dancers, actors and pastors.

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Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Retreat with J. Philip Newell

June 30 - July 2
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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John Philip Newell is a poet, peacemaker, and scholar from Edinburgh who has written over 15 books and is a leading expert on Celtic Spirituality. The weekend will include 4 sessions with John Philip, Taize Worship, and creative workshops. Lodging and meals are available at Lake Junaluska for this event.

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July 2017

Lake Junaluska’s Independence Day Celebration

July 2 - July 4
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Join us at Lake Junaluska for July 4th! Don’t miss an incredible weekend of music and fun, which includes three concerts, a parade, special meals, and fireworks! Lodging and meals packages will be available.

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Balsam Range at Lake Junaluska

July 2 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Balsam Range will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 2 in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. The concert is part of Lake Junaluska’s Independence Day Celebrations, which will include more concerts, a BBQ picnic, parade, family-friendly games and activities and, of course, fireworks!

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Lake Junaluska Singers in Concert

July 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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The Lake Junaluska Singers will perform on Tuesday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Stuart Auditorium. This performance is part of the Lake Junaluska Independence Day Celebrations which will include two other concerts, a BBQ picnic, parade, family-friendly games and activities and, of course, fireworks!

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Free

Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series

July 9
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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The summer worship series includes a spirited traditional worship service on Sunday mornings in Stuart Auditorium at 10:45 a.m. and a contemplative Taize service of prayer and song on Monday evenings. Join us for transformative worship and fellowship! Schedule of Speakers July 2 - J. Phillip Newell July 9 - Bob Bowling July 16 - Mary Beth Blinn July 23 - Sharma Lewis July 30 - Tim McClendon August 6 - John Ed Mathison

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LPC Triathlon

July 9 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lelia Patterson Center, 1111 Howard Gap Road
Fletcher, NC 28732 United States
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The 5th annual Hunter Subaru LPC Throwback Triathlon is the perfect event to challenge one’s self, regardless of competition experience or athletic prowess. It features a 200-yard outdoor pool swim, a 17.5 mile bike on quiet country roads, and a rolling 5k run with an on-track finale to summon your mighty kick to the tape! The Kid’s Splash N’ Dash, which begins at 10:30, means even budding athletes can participate in the throwback thrills without adults towering overhead!

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Free

Street Dances

July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Henderson County Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St.
Hendersonville, 28792
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Street Dances features mountain heritage music, clogging and square dancing every Monday night from July - August. Bring a chair, no pets, alcoholic beverages, backpacks or coolers allowed; seating area opens after 5:30pm / early admission is prohibited, an event of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, Visitor Center, 201 South Main Street. Hendersonville, NC 828.693.9708 or 800.828.4244

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Oskar Blues presents Burning CAN (not justa) Beerfest

July 21 @ 3:00 pm - July 22 @ 12:00 pm
Oskar Blues REEB Ranch, 315 Shoals Falls Road
Hendersonville, NC 28739 United States
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TICKETS on sale NOW! www.burningcan.com/nc Burning CAN North Carolina celebrates canned craft beer in all it’s glory. Cans of craft beer were meant to be brought along and cracked open wherever you needed them – at a music festival, after a killer ride, on an epic paddle trip, or camping in the backcountry. Burning CAN NC condenses what’s best about the craft can lifestyle into a multi-day, outdoor festival with nationally touring bands, some of the best canning breweries from…

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$750

Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure

July 23 - July 29
StoryWindow Productions, Asheville, 28805 + Google Map

Join in Connie’s 12th Annual Storytelling Retreat & Adventure – 7 days of practice and performance, feedback, and discovery. Every gardener knows that plants need two things: time and sunlight. The same is true for stories. Come to this week-long storytelling workshop in picturesque Asheville, NC and encourage your stories to come out of the shadows. Enjoy a whole-life approach to being a teller, one in which “telling” is as much about listening to yourself and the world around you…

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Ashwville Triathlon

July 23 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Asheville Recreational Park, 65 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28805 United States
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iDaph Events is excited to once again bring this popular fast & fun sprint triathlon to Asheville, NC! The race consists of a beautiful outdoor pool swim in a 50 meter pool, rolling bike course and a flat and fast run course which is super event for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. Novice + Beginner tri-athletes love this race! The pool swim is great for new swimmers & the run is a flat, ‘easy’ course to navigate.…

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Native American Summer Conference

July 28 - July 30
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Come to Lake Junaluska ready to renew yourself! Challenge yourself to participate in a Spiritual Walk around the lake. Learn about substance abuse, historical trauma and health issues. Participate in the talent show and ice cream social. Lodging and meals are available through Lake Junaluska.

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August 2017

Lake Junaluska Singers in Concert

August 4 - August 5
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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The Lake Junaluska Singers will perform two concerts during Junaluska Associates weekend. The Lake Junaluska Associates is an organization of individuals from across the jurisdiction and beyond, who love Lake Junaluska and want to serve in partnership with the Lake Junaluska Assembly. All are welcome to attend the Lake Junaluska Singers concerts and individual tickets will be available online and in the Bethea Welcome Center.

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Festival of Wisdom & Grace

August 7 - August 10
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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This year’s theme, Living with Grace, will carry throughout the weekend of worship, workshops, professional training, and fellowship geared toward those in the second half of life. Designed for individuals, couples, small groups or church leaders. Sponsored by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Association of Older Adults, it is an experience of inspiration and renewal.

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$1 - $750

Ecological and Natural Building

August 16 @ 9:00 am - August 20 @ 5:00 pm
Earthaven Ecovillage, 5 Consensus Circle
Black Mountain, 28711
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Learn about the most common natural materials and techniques for designing an ecologically sound building. Experience natural building techniques such as cob, earthen plasters and paints with your own hands. Tour natural buildings that were built using a variety of techniques to get first hand experience of what is possible from foundations, roofs and wall systems to site selection and passive solar design. This introductory course to natural building will provide you with a foundation to build upon, empowering you…

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Blue Ridge Breakaway

August 19
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Cyclists come from across the country to participate in this adrenaline-pumping ride through the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The event begins and ends at beautiful Lake Junaluska surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Four routes specifically designed for all skill levels, offer cyclists an opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of Haywood County’s country lanes, scenic byways and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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September 2017

Smoky Mountain Folk Festival

September 1 - September 2
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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The 47th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will offer two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region. The main shows begin at 6:15 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, on the grand stage of Stuart Auditorium overlooking beautiful Lake Junaluska. Lodging and meal packages are available for those wishing to stay at Lake Junaluska.

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Free

Henderson County Open Studio Tour

September 23 @ 10:00 am - September 24 @ 5:00 pm
Henderson County Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St.
Hendersonville, 28792
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The Henderson County Open Studio Tour is one of the largest open studio events in the Carolinas with more than 50 artists in 30+ fine art and fine craft studios participating. The annual event, sponsored by the Art League of Henderson County, showcases the work of local artists in painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber and metal arts, woodworking, and glass. The free annual self-guided and self-driving tour takes visitors into the gorgeous nooks and crannies of our Western North Carolina…

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$20 - $50

Asheville BARNAROO

September 29 - October 1
Franny’s Farm, 22 Franny’s Farm Road
Leicester, 28748
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AVL BARNAROO -33 acres of non-stop music and fun at Franny's Farm. The festival was started by Andrew Scotchie and friends in 2009. It's purpose is to showcase, promote and celebrate local and regional singer songwriters and bands in the rock & roll, folk, americana, bluegrass and funk genres. Barnaroo's goal is to give back to the youth music community through Asheville Music School. The Festival is an ALL WEEKEND event at Franny's Farm with optional camping and Sunday wake-up…

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October 2017
$150

Carl Sandburg Heritage Golf Tournament

October 16 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Kenmure Country Club, 110 Clubhouse Road
Flat Rock, NC 28731 United States
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The first golf in Henderson County was played at Connemara Farms that would become the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Carl was no slouch at the game either, having helped teach Mark McCormack, Arnold Palmer's long-time friend and agent, the game. Find out more about the history of golf in Henderson County and Carl Sandburg's game at sandburggolf.com. Benefiting the Friends of Carl Sandburg National Historic Site, the first annual The Carl Sandburg Heritage Golf Tournament at Kenmure Country…

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Choir Music Weekend

October 20 - October 22
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Enjoy the incredible beauty of fall at Lake Junaluska along with others small and medium sized church choirs as we gather for a weekend of music and worship. Come learn and perform eight anthems, attend workshops and celebrate the colors of autumn at the Lake. Lodging and meal packages are available.

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Trick or Trail 5-Mile & 1-Mile Spooky Sprint

October 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
DupontState Forest, Hendersonville
Hendersonville, NC 28739 United States
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The only race of its kind in the region, participants will strap on headlamps and light up the night as they duke it out in the dusk. The twists and turns of DuPont’s famous trail system will dare them to push forward, not knowing what bogies and specters might lurk around each corner! The One Mile Spooky Sprint will be Halloween themed, and a great chance for kids and kids-at-heart to break in their costumes a day early, without stressing…

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November 2017

Interfaith Peace Conference

November 16 - November 19
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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The Interfaith Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska is an ongoing response to God’s call to peacemaking and reconciliation. Affirming the community of Abrahamic faiths, the Interfaith Peace Conference seeks to work in partnership with Christians, Jews, Muslims, and members of other religious traditions to advance the work of reconciliation and peace. Lodging and meal packages are available at Lake Junaluska.

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December 2017

Balsam Range Art of Music Festival

December 1 - December 2
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Balsam Range is a bluegrass and acoustic music group founded in 2007 in Haywood County, N.C. The two-day Art of Music festival will feature some of the top bluegrass and acoustic musicians in the nation. In addition to two nights of performances by a variety of artists, the event will also include workshops on traditional music, instrument-building and dance. Lodging and meal packages are available.

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Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

December 7 - December 10
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season. Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry. Festivities include a performance of Handel’s Messiah, the Lake Junaluska Singers Christmas concert, a matinee performance by The Cockman Family and the Appalachian Christmas Craft Show. Lodging and meal packages are available for those attending this event through Lake Junaluska.

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Handel’s Messiah Performance

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season. Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry. Festivities include a performance of Handel’s Messiah to open the weekend on Friday, December 8th, other concerts and the Appalachian Christmas Craft Show showcasing dozens of local artisans. Lodging and meal packages are available for those attending the full event at Lake Junaluska.

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Appalachian Christmas Craft Show

December 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season. Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry. The Appalachian Christmas craft show brings together vendors from all over the Appalachian region to sell their unique and beautiful crafts. Lodging and meal packages are available for those participating wishing to stay at Lake Junaluska.

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The Cockman Family at Lake Junaluska

December 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season. Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry. Festivities include a matinee performance by the Cockman Family on Saturday, December 9th, other concerts and the Appalachian Christmas Craft Show showcasing dozens of local artisans. Lodging and meal packages are available for those attending the full event at Lake Junaluska.

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Lake Junaluska Singers in Concert

December 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lake Junaluska, 759 N Lakeshore Dr
Lake Junaluska, 28745 United States
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Let the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality warm you this holiday season. Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry. The Lake Junaluska Singers will perform a Christmas concert on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Lake Junaluska’s Appalachian Christmas event.

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