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Weekend Plans in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties!


The Friday edition of our weekly newsletter will be dedicated to letting YOU know what is happening in and around Western North Carolina. For FREE businesses, churches, and organizations can send us their sales, operating hours, events, worship services, yard sales, you name it. If it is happening Friday-Sunday in WNC, send it to with the who, what, where, and when details and I will publish it in the Friday newsletter!



Come shop one place for your Christmas shopping. Please local
Vendors that will be there

****SANTA ****

* Sweetpea Crafts

* Charlie Doodles 

* Mildred's bake goodies

* Scentsy

* Fiber and Fabric Arts

* Hometown Crafts

* Magnolia Design Co.

* Origami Owl

* Robbinsville High School Band

* Robbinsville High School Chorus

* Avon

* Your Skin First With Whitney - Nuking

* Karz Kreationz

* Spirit Fairy Creations


Christmas Parades:
November 28th:
 The Franklin Chamber of Commerce will hold the Annual Christmas Parade at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28. The theme will be “A Season for Giving.” Entry forms can be picked up and returned at the Chamber office, deadline for entry is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24. For additional information, contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce by calling 828-524-3161.

December 5th:
Sylva Christmas Parade 3pm-5pm
Join us for Sylva's Annual Christmas Parade! Even better, apply to be IN the parade! This year's theme is "Down-home Christmas". Applications are due by November 30. Go to for an application.

December 11th: 
Cherokee Christmas Parade - When we get more information we will post

Weekend Events and Activities:

Darnell Farm- Santa's Pop-up Shop Saturday, November 27th, 10-4- Come out and enjoy some shopping at our local small business pop-up shop, Christmas Wonderland Hayride & Farm Festivities! Can't wait to see you all there!!

Friday, December 3rd Sylva Nc- The Sylva Christmas Tree Lighting and Concert with Wonderworks Vocalise Children's Choir and other performers from the Wonderworks Studio. 

The Annual ‘Hard Candy Christmas’ Art and Crafts Show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27, inside and outside the WCU Ramsey Center. Admission in $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. Free parking and concessions are available. For more info or contact Doris Hunter at

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Road. Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling (800)733-2767.  Donate Nov. 1-23 will receive a $10 Gift Card by email. Those who give Nov. 24-28, will receive a pair of Red Cross socks, while supplies last.

Come on out and get some last-minute Christmas shopping done at our Winter Wonderland Market. Nothing says I love you like a present purchased from a small business. Don't shop big brand name stores this year when our small business owners have every unique gift there is and could really use the support. Something for everyone here. FOOD ONSITE to enjoy a whole day of shopping till you drop! Hope to see y'all there!! ❄❄
To be a vendor, apply here 👇👇 

Christmas Wonderland Hayride & Farm Festivities-Christmas is amazing at Darnell Farms! 
🎅 🎄 🤶 🎅🏾 ❄️ 🎅 🦌 🤶🏼
Come join us for an outdoor hayride through a majestic Christmas light forest, the lit reindeer barn, amazing Christmas photo ops, farm playground, as well as our fruit stand full of amazing Christmas gifts to bring back the taste of the mountain.
Hayrides through the lights (approx 20min) is $12 per person and includes your choice* of hot coffee, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, or bottled water. Under two years of age, are free to ride as a lap rider only, but no hot drink will be provided. **Limited Seating available; Reservations are a priority with limited walkins**
Order tickets at click Book Hayride. 


Dillsboro After Five” will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in downtown Dillsboro. Start with a visit to the Jackson County Farmers Market located in the Innovation Station parking lot.

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Road. Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling (800)733-2767.  Donate Nov. 1-23 will receive a $10 Gift Card by email. Those who give Nov. 24-28, will receive a pair of Red Cross socks, while supplies last.

Jackson Arts Market- Saturdays 1:00-5:00 PM

533 West Main St Sylva, NC
Free outdoor art experience with LIVE MUSIC, 20+ artists, and demos sharing their artistic process of creating handmade pieces. Saturdays in 2021, the Jackson Arts Market is coming to our gardens with beautiful, handcrafted items! Order a breakfast sandwich and a cocktail or beer at our service window, then Sip-N-Shop craftsman showcases, vendors booths with everything from craft jewelry to canned goods and bread, all the while enjoying the sounds of local musical artists! ALL OUTSIDE!! 

Smoky Mountain Farmers & Artisans Market- Farmer’s Market (with artisans) will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through October at 117 Island Street in Bryson City. Stop by the old barn by the river for local, homegrown produce, as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, authentic crafts, and more. Food truck, picnic tables, and a strolling musician

Local Pubs in the area:


Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host  Shane Meade (singer-songwriter) Nov. 27 and Natti Love Joys (reggae/soul) on Dec. 11.. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free and open to the public. 828.349.2337 or


Unplugged Pub (Bryson City) will host Tricia Ann Band Nov. 26, Mile High Band Nov. 27, Blackjack Country Dec. 2, Explore The Myth Dec. 3 and The UpBeats Dec. 4.  All shows begin at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. 828.538.2488. 

Mountain Layers Brewing (Bryson City) will host A Shane Meade (singer-songwriter) Nov. 26 and Wyatt Espalin (singer-songwriter) Nov. 27 All shows begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free and open to the public. 828.538.0115 or

There will be a free wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m every Saturday at The Wine Bar & Cellar in Sylva. 828.631.3075.

Bryson City Wine Market offers a glass of wine and a Market Plate Monday through Saturday as well as special flight tastings from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday


 Lazy Hiker Brewing (Sylva) will host Sylva Grateful Dead night  Friday, December 3rd for
Aimlessly Dead will be bringing a night of Grateful Dead music to the stage, filled with lively fun, and engaging jams inspired by the legends.

 All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click on

Nantahala Brewing (Sylva) will Host 

Balsam Falls Brewing (Sylva) will host an open mic from 8 to 10 p.m. every Thursday. Free and open to the public.

 Innovation Station (Dillsboro) - The first two weekends of December the town of Dillsboro will be hosting the Lights & Luminaries celebration. In addition to the more than 2,500 candles in white bags lining the streets, Innovation Station will be hosting some holiday events. Join us on the first two Fridays for an indoor holiday market featuring local vendors. The first two Saturdays will feature The Loopy Gnome Succulent vendor along with festive live music.
Dec. 3rd A Holiday Market From 5-9 Pm, December 4th 6-9 Pm Loopy Gnome Succulent vendor and 7-9 pm Live Music, Dec. 10Th  A Holiday Market From 5-9 Pm, December 11 th 6-9 Pm Loopy Gnome Succulent vendor and 7-9 pm Live Music,

The Paper Mill Lounge is excited to present Natasha Noir Nightly's The Paper Doll Cabaret, a show filled with Drag and Shenanigans, every first Saturday of the month! This is a 21+yo, first come first serve show! December 4th from 9 pm -11:30 pm


Friends of Panthertown is hosting a series of trail workdays this fall, and all are invited to come pitch in. Scheduled workdays are Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 18. No previous trail work experience is necessary. Workdays typically run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with about 5 miles of hiking on moderate trails while doing trail corridor clearing, pruning, and some tread and drain work. To sign up, email Learn more at

Historic TM Rickman Store is RE- Opened 
Historic T M Rickman Store is open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at   259 Cowee Creek Rd. Dulcimer music in the morning and music jams begin at noon.

Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter Telephone Support Group for Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia is designed to provide caregivers opportunities for sharing, education, and support through a telephone conference. Support group participants and a support group facilitator connect each month for one-hour confidential sessions. For more information, call (800)272-3900.

Volunteer drivers needed at Macon County Senior Services. Mileage will be reimbursed. For more information, call (828) 349-0211.

Macon County CareNet is in need of volunteers. Positions open are food pantry, soup kitchen and file room. If interested stop by for an application at 130 Bidwell St., or call (828)369-2642.

Appalachian Animal Rescue Center is looking for volunteers to help at the thrift store. Call for information about the store (828)369-3046 or the shelter (828)524-4588 if you are interested in volunteering.

Macon Medication Assistance Program  located at the back of the First Baptist Church is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (828)524-5258.

Men’s Teen Challenge Needs Good Quality Lumber for its woodworking Shop. Pick up in Franklin area. To donate, call (828)369-1177. 

Gem & Mineral Museum, located in the Old Jail on Phillips Street in downtown Franklin is now open Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m., featuring gems and artifacts from North Carolina as well as all over the world.

Winding Stair Farm and Nursery. Not to Miss: New Retail Center with house plants, giftware and pottery and outside, our range of diverse and healthy plants for your garden.
Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. Call 828-369-9778 with questions.

Holly Springs Baptist Church, 2nd Mile Ministry is open 10 to Noon Mondays providing a food pantry, children's clothes and financial aid (rent and utilities) for families and seniors in need. 

Friends of the Greenway  FROG Quarters is now open Wednesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to  2 p.m.,  at 573 E. Main in Franklin. Stop by for coffee or a soft drink and a snack, use our free internet.  You can also reserve the shelters for your events there.

Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Centers in Cullowhee and Franklin have an educational parenting program to earn “points” to use to obtain free items for your family. The centers carry formula, diapers, wipes, baby items and clothing up to size 6, as well as strollers, car seats, high chairs, pack n’ plays, etc. Donations are always welcome. Services are free and confidential. For more information or an appointment, call (828)349-3200, (828)293-3600 or

CareNet on Bidwell Street will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A box of food may be picked up once a week.

Uptown Gallery on Main Street's new hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Five Fire Departments in Macon County – Nantahala, Cullasaja, Sky Valley, Clarks Chapel, and Burningtown – are open Monday thru Friday for drive-up food deliveries from 1 to 4 p.m. for anyone who needs food.

Employment assistance is offered by NC Works Career Center from 1:30-4 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. 488.3030 or



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All Saints Episcopal Church, Franklin  Services are held Rite I, 8 a.m. without music and Rite II,  10:15 a.m. with music, every Sunday. First and third Sundays at St. Agnes Chapel, 66 Church St. and second and fourth Sundays at St. Cyprian’s Chapel, 216 Roller Mill Rd. Sunday 10:15 a.m. services can be viewed live on the website: and past Sundays can be viewed on YouTube by searching “All Saints Franklin” to find our YouTube page.

 The First United Methodist Church of Franklin is currently worshiping online and in person at 9:00 am and  In-person only at 11:00 am.  Sunday School is at 10:00 am.
Due to the rise in COVID cases, we are requesting all attendees to please wear a face mask and follow the recommended W's.

Central Baptist Church one day only “Farm Fresh Faith” Vacation Bible School will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7, 8:30 a.m.   Classes are available for all ages. Bible School kickoff Cookout and preregistration, Saturday, July 31. Waterplay starts at 4 p.m., cookout at 6 p.m. The church is located at 392 Belleview Rd.

Grace Baptist Church Services are held on Sunday,  11 a.m.  Frank Rodriguez is the pastor. All are welcome to attend. The church is located at 130 Setser Branch Rd. 

Celebrate Recovery at Discover Church every Monday night at 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain, or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life. Free childcare up to five years old for attending parents. Discover Church is located at 47 Macon Center Dr (behind Bojangles). For more information, email for questions.

Prentiss Church of God is holding a Sunday worship service in its sanctuary beginning at 10:30 a.m. Social distancing is observed and safety measures are in place.  Services are also streamed online on the Prentiss Church of God Facebook page. The church is located at  59 Church Hill Lane, off Addington Bridge Road. Phone: (828)369-3885.

Memorial United Methodist Church has joyful worship services in person and on Facebook at 11 a.m. every Sunday.  Masks are required for indoor services.  We have communion the first Sunday of each month.  The church is located at 4668 Old Murphy Rd. (across from Loafers Glory).  The pastor is Evan W. Hill.  For more information,  call (828)369-5834.

Tellico Baptist Church is now having in-person Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. inside the church building with the Reverend L. E. Angel. Everyone is welcome.

Now Hiring Drake Software -  The Online Tax Product (OLTP) Customer Support Representative evaluates and answers incoming email and live chat requests from users requesting assistance with our online tax product.

The position is Temporary with Full time / Part-time hours start Date: November 29, 2021.   End Date:  Approximately April 22, 2022.  
The ideal candidates are responsible for evaluating and answering incoming email and live chat requests from users requesting assistance with our online tax product. 


  • Must have the ability to provide courteous support at all times.  
  • Excellent written communication is required.
  • Must be willing to become an expert user of our online software. 
  • Educates users on the basic use of our online tax product. 
  • Consults with department manager and other team members when needed to resolve issues
  • Takes on the responsibility of gaining more advanced knowledge in specific subjects as assigned.
  • Must be computer literate and be comfortable interacting with websites.

PRN Nursing Services is Now Hiring!
Join our Amazing team of healthcare workers! We are currently accepting applications for RNs, LPNs, and In-Home Aides! RNs and LPNs needed in Jackson Swain and Haywood counties. Enjoy a fulfilling career working one-on-one with clients in their homes. Contact our office today for more information or begin the application process online. Office 828-631-4838 Office 828-226-4191 
County Road Farms Nursery-
Seeking Full Time GreenHouse Assistant 
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to Customer Service, Plant Care & Maintenance, Ground Maintenance, Some Lifting, and Loading. Apply in person and for more information call 828-586-5515

Macon County Public Library 

The Macon County Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic candidate to fill the part-time position of Library Assistant I/Courier driver. Macon County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library, a public library system with six-member libraries providing service in Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties. The ideal candidate for the Library Assistant I will be a team player who can provide library services to meet the needs of the public. If you thrive in a rapidly changing environment while maintaining a friendly and helpful attitude, this may be the job for you. Job posting here
Macon County Dept. of Social Services 
Child Welfare Social Workers needed.  Advanced, professional-level casework providing protective and ongoing case management services.  Details at
To Apply – Complete State of NC Application PD-107 submitted to NC Works at 5 West Main St. Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Citizens Habilities, Inc
Macon Group Home - Franklin
39 Hour Shift: Mon, Thurs, Fri (5PM-10PM) Sat, Sun (7AM-7PM) Iotla Group Home - Franklin

37.5 Hour Split ShiF: Mon-Fri (7AM-10AM, 5PM-9PM)

40 Hour ShiF: Mon-Thurs (11PM-9AM)

Jackson County-

Smoky Group Home - Sylva

32 Hour Shift: Fri (5PM-9PM) Sat and Sun (7AM-9PM)

34 Hour Shift: Thurs (5PM-9PM) Fri, Sat, Sun (11PM-9AM)

36 Hour Shift: Mon-Fri (6AM-11AM) Mon-Wed (5PM-9PM)

60 Hour Shift (7 on 7 off): Mon-Fri (4PM-9PM) Sat and Sun (7AM-10PM)

60 Hour Shitf (7 on 7 off): Mon-Fri (4PM-9PM) Sat and Sun (7AM-10PM)

Webster Group Home - Sylva (Webster Community)

19 Hour Shift: Mon (4p-9P) Sat and Sun (7A-2P)

19 Hour Shift: Tues (4p-9P) Sat and Sun (2P-9P)

22.5 Hour Shift: Mon-Fri (630AM-11AM)

35 Hour Shift: Fri (4P-9P) Sat and Sun (7A-10P)

Visit our Facebook Page "Macon Citizen HabliBes, Inc" for Benefits and Requirements.


Grandview Manor Care Center

We are looking to hire two individuals to join our personal care team! Both positions will work directly with our residents to ensure all of their needs are met. 

We have an opening on our second shift (3PM-11PM) and an opening on our third shift (11PM-7AM). Both positions can be full or part-time and come with flexible scheduling, educational opportunities, and a great team to work with. Please apply on here, or send us a direct message with any questions. 


Marketing Administrative Assistant (PT), Graphic Design & Layout Professional, Marketer, Catering Manager, Assistant F&B Manager, Banquet Captain, Banquet Supervisor, Restaurant Reservationist, Host, Server, Breakfast Server, Server Assistant, Bartender, AM Sous Chef, Breakfast Cook, Cook, Assistant Pastry Chef, Pastry Sous-Chef, Pastry & Bread Cook, Dishwasher, Reservations Specialist, Front Desk Supervisor, Front Desk Agent, Bellman, Room Attendant, Houseman, 2nd Shift Laundry, Retail Associate, Fitness Manager, Spa Concierge, Massage Therapist, Spin Instructor. Special Retention Bonus, $1000 Full-time / $500 Part-time, For these Licensed Positions: Cosmetologist, Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist, Nail Tech. Benefits and PTO for Full-time Apply online:


Hampton Inn Franklin

 Front Desk Person Fri thru Sunday 8am-4pm $9.45 Personable & Reliable, Housekeepers full and part-time $9.25. Applications at front desk 244 Cunningham Rd., No phone calls.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina,

a nonprofit mentoring organization is searching for a part-time (20 hours a week) Program Coordinator of its Swain County branch. Under the supervision of the Executive and Assistant Director, the Program Coordinator proactively performs the leadership role in the program team approach in the areas of enrollment and matching. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related human services field. Experience in the related field is desired, but not required. The ability to travel within the service area and to work flexible hours, including weekends, is required. To learn more, including job responsibilities and how to apply, visit


Jackson County Parks and Recreation

Is recruiting for a Seasonal Park Worker (weekends) to clean and perform daily trash pick-up of the parks and restrooms. This employee will also perform general duties such as basic plumbing, general repair, painting, landscaping, mowing, and other duties as needed. Work Period is March - October. Work Schedule: Friday through Monday, 32 hours per weekend. High School Diploma or GED required and possess a valid NC Driver license. Prefer at least one year of landscaping or general maintenance experience. To apply, submit an Application for Employment to the Sylva branch of the NCWorks Career Center or the Jackson County Human Resources Office. Closing Date: 2/12/2021.

Habitat for Humanity of Macon/Jackson County
Habitat needs volunteers to share some of their skills or gain some experience learning new ones. From carpentry to cleaning, marketing to moral support, computer skills, planning and organizing or just plain common sense, the greatest gift you could ever give is your time. Any amount is good. Some great times, lasting friendships and rewarding experiences await.  Call (828)369-3716 or (828)371-5442.

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