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October 19, 2017

Greening Up the Mountains Event will Full Schedule

The 20th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival will fill the streets of downtown Sylva, N.C., on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This historic Jackson County town’s largest festival of the year typically draws thousands of visitors to this free family-friendly event in the mountains of western N.C.
Organized by the Town of Sylva, Greening Up the Mountains features 220 vendors, representing arts, crafts, demonstrators, local schools, business, community, environmental, health, safety, children’s activities, and more. The festival will also provide many tasty food options and a plethora of regional musical acts performing on two stages.
Greening up the Mountains began as an Earth Day celebration, and continues to keep its focus on environmental protection, sustainability, and promotion of local businesses and civic groups.
Before the festival officially begins at 10 a.m., there is a 5K Run and Walk starting at 9 a.m., at Mark Watson Park, this Jackson County Parks & Recreation event has a $15 pre-registration fee through April 16. The cost to enter the event is $15 plus a $2.50 sign up fee. Online registration ended April 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Those interested in participating can register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Sylva/GreeningUptheMountains. Race participants should arrive to check-in to the event for registration at 8 a.m.
Also at 9 a.m. will be a Cub-mobile Downhill Race, hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Cataloochee District. The race will be at Schulman Street, in Sylva. Open to all registered Cub Scouts. Registration at 8am.
Music will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the Mountain Youth Talent Contest at the Sun Trust Lot on Main Street. To enter the contest, contact  heather_gordon@ncsu.edu  about this 20-year-old talent contest now led by the Jackson County 4-H.  Music will be held throughout the day at both the Main Street stage and at the Bridge Park gazebo on Railroad Avenue. Here is the schedule of performers:
    Main Street Stage
Emcee: Neal Hearn
9:30 – 11 a.m., Mountain Youth Talent Show
11 – 11:45 a.m., Kim Shuler (classics)
Noon – 12:45 p.m., Ashley Heath (country, blues, Americana, folk)
1-1:45 p.m., Andalyn (country/rock)
2-2:45 p.m., The Log Noggins (blues/rock)
3–3:45 p.m., Bird In Hand (Appalachian folk)
    Bridge Park Stage
Emcee: Kelly Donaldson
10–10:45 a.m., Karen Barnes (acoustic originals and classic covers)
10:45 -10:55 a.m., Encore Dance
11-11:45 a.m., The Maggie Valley Band (folk/Americana/bluegrass)
11:45–11:55 a.m., Encore Dance
Noon-12:45 p.m., PMA (Reggae/Fusion)
12:45-12:55 p.m., Triple Threat (dance)
1-1:45 p.m., Kick the Robot (rock)
1:45-1:55 p.m., Triple Threat (dance)
2-2:45 p.m., Ol’ Dirty Bathtub (country, bluegrass, Americana)
3–4 p.m., Colby Deitz Band (country, rock, Americana)
Over 100 arts, crafts, demonstrators and community booths will line Main Street, with 80 more on Railroad Avenue, plus a full Farmer’s Market. On Railroad Avenue, families can visit the “Kid’s Zone” where children can enjoy an inflatable slide, the “Balloon Coon,” face painting, with many kid-friendly booths featuring fun games, arts & crafts and much more. Law Enforcement of Jackson County will be out to meet the public, along with the Jackson County Fire Department with the “Safety Zone.”
The Traditional Heritage Walk, hosted by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia and Dogwood Crafters, will be located at the southern end of Main Street in a parking lot next to the Sylva Herald newspaper’s offices. At least 12 featured demonstrators and vendors will be participating, including wood carvers, cane chair makers, corn shuck  doll crafters, basket makers, crochet artists, knitters, and more. There will be traditionally-made mixed pickles and old fashioned ice cream as well. An open mic will also be offered for those wishing to share their musical talents on the southern end of the festival.
“Greening Up the Mountains focuses on local community connections and shines a beautiful light on all of the great things that make living in Western North Carolina a truly unique experience,” said Festival Coordinator Amy Ammons Garza.
For more information, call 828-631-4587, e-mail greeningupthemountains@gmail.com, visit the website at www.greeningupthemountains.com, like the event on Facebook or call the Town of Sylva at 828-586-2719.
Below is a complete schedule for the festival:

8:00am        Registration for Cub-Mobile Downhill Race
A Cub-mobile Downhill Race is hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Cataloochee District. The race will be begin at 9am at Schulman Street, in Sylva. Open to all registered Cub Scouts.

8:30am     Shuttle from the Justice Center & Jackson Plaza
Shuttle service will be available from the Justice Center during the hours of 8:30am to 5:30pm, by the Jackson County Transit Service. Cost is $1 per boarding, including children.

9am        5K-Run
Before the festival officially begins at 10 a.m., there is a 5K Run and Walk starting at 9 a.m., at Mark Watson Park. The cost to enter the event is $15 plus a $2.50 sign up fee. Online registration ends April 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Those interested in participating can register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Sylva/GreeningUptheMountains. Race participants should arrive to check-in to the event for registration at 8 a.m.

9:30am        Mountain Youth Talent Contest
To showcase the musical and vocal talents of our children, 4-H in association with Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will again produce the Mountain Youth Talent Contest on the Main Street Stage. Contest time is 9:30 a.m. Emcee: Heather Gordon

10am        Main Street and Railroad Avenue Booths Open, including Farmers Market
Over 100 booths will be on Main Street, plus over 100 arts and crafts booths and displays will be on Railroad Avenue as well, including a full Farmer’s Market.

10am             “Green Thumb” Raffle for Earth Day
This 20th year, in conjunction with it’s overall focus of the “greening” of spring and earth-friendly family learning experiences, the town is offering an “Earth Day” raffle featuring scrubs—Rhododendron and Azalea—and flowering trees—Dogwood— as prizes for replanting (Tickets are only $1). Sponsored by Country Road Farms in Sylva, these scrubs and trees will add year-round beauty to any landscape. Tickets are on sale at our two information booths. Winners announced on both stages.

10am        “Kid’s Zone” and “Safety Zone” Sections
Families can visit the “Kid’s Zone” on Railroad Avenue where children can enjoy an inflatable slide, balloons, a candle-making workshop, arts & crafts workshop, and much more. Law Enforcement of Jackson County will be out to meet the public, and more in the “Safety Zone.”  A play area will be provided for the very young children.

10am        Two Music Stages—Main Street Stage and Bridge Park Gazebo Stage
From folk, rock, bluegrass, blues, country and Americana, some of Western North Carolina’s most talented musicians will perform on two stages.

    Main Street Stage—(Neal Hearn, Emcee):
9:30 – 11 a.m., Mountain Youth Talent Show
    11 – 11:45 a.m., Kim Shuler (classics)
    Noon – 12:45 p.m., Ashley Heath (country, blues, Americana, folk)
    1-1:45 p.m., Andalyn (country/rock)
    2-2:45 p.m., The Log Noggins (blues/rock)
    3–4 p.m., Bird In Hand (Appalachian folk)

    Bridge Park Stage—(Kelly Donaldson, Emcee)
10–10:45 a.m., Karen Barnes (acoustic originals and classic covers)
10:45 -10:55 a.m., Encore Dance
    11-11:45 a.m.    The Maggie Valley Band (folk/Americana/bluegrass)
    11:45–11:55 a.m., Encore Dance
    Noon-12:45 p.m., PMA (Reggae/Fusion)
    12:45-12:55 p.m., Triple Threat (dance)
    1-1:45 p.m., Kick the Robot (rock)
    1:45-1:55 p.m., Triple Threat (dance)
    2-2:45 p.m., Ol’ Dirty Bathtub (country, bluegrass, Americana)
    3–4 p.m., Colby Deitz Band (country, rock, Americana)

10am        Traditional Heritage Walk
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia Inc. and Dogwood Crafters are hosting a Traditional Heritage Walk in the Sylva Herald parking lot. All of the crafters will be demonstrating and selling their traditional arts. Here you will find crafters in vintage clothing sharing arts and crafts that have been passed down through the years:  chair caning, wood carving, weaving, spinning, crocheting, forging, quilting, needle crafts galore, sewing, corn shuck dolls, and old fashioned churned ice cream!

10am        Food spread throughout festival
There will be much more to enjoy at this year’s festival. For the second year, there will be a crawfish boil featuring traditional dirty rice, corn on the cob, boiled potatoes and crawfish on Back Street (in between Dixie Mae’s and Fitzgerald’s). Heinzelmannchen Brewery will also be providing beer and root beer for the event.
Festival foods will be strewn throughout both areas, including funnel cakes, peanuts, pork rinds, kettle corn, cotton candy, pop corn, snow cone and ice cream. All this plus great food in our many restaurants.

10am        Photo Booth—FREE “Mother’s Day photo cards for Children
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, with photographer Etheree Chancellor, is offering FREE “Mother’s Day” photo-cards for children. Located in the Traditional Heritage Walk, the booth offers a photo taken and then transformed into a Mother’s Day card. 10am until 3:30pm.

10:30am    “Open Mic”
An open mic will also be offered for those wishing to share their musical talents on the southern end of the festival on Main Street in the Traditional Heritage Walk (Sylva Herald Parking lot). The open mic will be led by musician Ron Brown and assisted by Appalachian singer Betty Brown. It will run from 10:30am to 3:30pm.

Noon —Record Store Day/Fly By Night Rounders
On Main Street, In Your Ear Music Emporium is hosting a Record Store Day celebration, which is a multinational event highlighting independently owned record stores with vinyl exclusives.  In Your Ear will have the Fly By Night Rounders, a high energy acoustic folk/bluegrass band from Asheville, playing from noon until 2 p.m., in the store, as well as giveaways and special offers all day.

4pm        Festival ends
For more information, call 828-631-4587, e-mail greeningupthemountains@gmail.com, visit the website at www.greeningupthemountains.com, like the event on Facebook or call the Town of Sylva at 828-586-2719.

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