100-plus vendors will line Sylva’s streets for Greening Up

April 7, 2015 - garden totes

Downtown Sylva’s Apr 25 Greening Up a Mountains festival will underline some-more than 100 vendors from Main Street to Bridge Park. The annual Earth Day celebration, now in a 18th year, will underline all-day food and music, crafts, excellent artists and birthright demonstrations as good as a morning 5K feet race.

Some 10,000-12,000 typically fill Sylva’s streets for a town’s open festival.

In further to food and qualification vendors, this year’s eventuality will embody exhibitors from internal schools, environmental organizations, and sustainability and wellness representatives.

Children’s activities will embody dance performances, storytelling, face-painting, an inflatable slide, a towering girl talent competition (call 586-4009 to pointer up) and a Cub Scouts’ “cubmobile” downhill competition (call 226-6419 for some-more information). Each internal propagandize will be represented, with many activities designed generally for a festival and a children who attend.

The annual Greening Up a Mountains 5K Run is sponsored by a Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. For some-more information on a competition and to register, call 293-3053.

This year’s art and crafts lineup includes dawn beading, excellent art and photography, walking sticks, birdhouses, artistic bottle art, goat divert soap, mouth balms, internal honey, valuables and leather handbags. Demonstrations will embody chair caning, quilting and more.

One of a craftsmen will be Bob Nichols, who represents his family’s fourth era of carpenters, craftsmen and woodworkers. His great-grandfather was a builder and blacksmith who done seat when it was too cold to build houses. When Nichols was 8, he began operative alongside his father, building structures, homes and furniture. Now 66, Nichols has spent his lifetime building, remodeling and formulating with wood.

Written adult in Southern Living magazine, Nichols designs and builds Country French cabinetry, curly maple Windsor chairs, party centers in walnut and mantels, doors, cabinets, tables, desks and more.

One of a many hand-produced healthy products that will be found during Greening Up is called “Spread a Love Lip Balm,” that is a collaborative journey with Elizabeth Lilley and Danny Henderson.

“We are both endangered with what goes in and on a bodies,” pronounced Lilley. “Common mouth balms enclose many fake and damaging products. Spread a Love Lip Balm is combined in tiny batches regulating usually natural, protected ingredients.”

Chair caning is quick apropos a mislaid art. Linda Vinson, chair caner, says she schooled to adore a qualification since her grandfather done a chair for her when she was around 3 years old. When she saw her cousin David Ammons start to move a art of caning behind into a family, she remembered how she desired that chair and wanted to learn to shaft so she could pass it on to her children. She asked Ammons to learn her. He can’t attend a festival this year and asked her to paint him.

“The opposite patterns intruigued me, though a one I’m prejudiced to is a separate ash in a herringbone pattern,” pronounced Vinson. “It’s a many common process of caning in a Appalachian Mountains, so that is what we will be demonstrating during a festival.”

Cori Cole of Sylva will be offered her weave wear underneath a name “The Knittin’ Kitten”. She’ll also have handspun chronicle and homemade needlework needles.

Cole, daughter of Jack and Gail Debnam of Cullowhee, began needlework about 4 years ago though only recently started offered her work. She’s had success with an online store and pronounced she wants to offer her products locally and thinks Greening Up will be a ideal place.

Together with dual other moms, Cole filled some-more than 250 orders for weave wear in October, she said. At Greening Up, she’ll offer towels, lightweight open wear, gloves, and accessories.

Sharing a counter with Cole will be Megan Hokanson, daughter of Allen and Joyce Moore of Tuckasegee, who will sell her possess line of all-natural herbal products. Hokanson is meddlesome in healthy recovering and has devised her possess remedies for common ailments.

She was during Greening Up final year and will have a incomparable charity of essential oils, bath soaps, lotions, salves and ointments. Hokanson pronounced she grows her possess spices and uses organic products whenever she can.

New during this year’s festival will be insatiable plants. Sylva’s Darwin Thomas will have venus fly traps, pitcher plants and sundews for sale. This is Thomas’ initial Greening Up. He pronounced he’s wanted to attend in a past though was already committed to another annual eventuality in Asheville. Thomas has been flourishing insatiable plants for about 25 years and says they are renouned during festivals.

“Most people are really preoccupied with them. They’re good to locate bugs, yellow jackets and blow bees,” he said.

Amanda Gaebel of Cullowhee, will be in a Appalachian Art Farm booth, using a recycled valuables seminar in creation paper beads from aged magazines.

The AAF was founded in Jan as a non-profit ancillary particular and artistic expansion and village wellness by programs in a arts, birthright skills and outside recreation.

In further to those mentioned above, a following vendors and information booths will be partial of this year’s festival:

Angela J. Koehler, featuring “redneck” booze eyeglasses and mugs; Ashley Houston featuring palm embellished T-shirts; Aura Beauty Bodywork’s Deena Sumner with chair massages; Ayusa International, with information about hosting sell students; 2 Sew and Sew; 5-Points Studio with Paul Harris, featuring stained glass; 8 to 8 Designs, featuring sewing and leather bags/totes; AMVETS Post 441, with a raffle fundraiser; Carole Lilly Massage; Catch a Spirit of Appalachia, chair-caning proof and area books published by CSA; and Claudia Ring, showcasing straight flourishing complement for vegetables.

Also, Creative Instincts’ Shannon Rock; DancinSun K Wolf Design Pottery; Democratic Women of Jackson County; Dixie Mae, charity handmade soaps and jewelry; Donna Matthews/Gigi’s Jangles, jewelry; Doreyl Cain, excellent art and art prints; Doyle Thomas; Encore Dance Ministries, charity a Create-a-candle kids seminar and a Knot Kidding Around booth; and Fairview School, a Relay of Life raffle;

Also, Fran Flowers will pointer books; Friends of Panthertown information booth; Friends of a Jackson County Public Library, books; Gail Patrick/Paradise Home Improvements; Goodwill Industries, framed art and nod cards and a corn hole game; and Green Thumb Pottery.

Also, Harold Sims/Catman2 Shelter; Herbal Ridge/Kim Rayburn, soaps and salves; Jackson County Readiness Team; Jackson County Transit; Jackson County Amateur Radio Service; Jackson County Public Library; and a Jackson County Swim Team.

Also, James E. Milli/the Village Angler; Jaqueline Hatch/American Life Jewelry; Jason Rizzo, excellent art and photography; Jackson County NAACP; Jim Fawn Grunte, mill carvings/paintings; Jim Clayton, excellent art photography; Joan Stocker, dawn beading; Joyful Basket Co./Ruth King, handmade woven baskets; and Karen Walston/The Bug Lady of WNC.

Also, Kathy Jarosz, valuables and engineer valuables boxes; Lamar Ledford, wood-turned bowls; Laura Craig, goat divert soap and mouth balms; Laurel Crest Landscapes, section paver arrangement and plants; Lindsi Cauley, Mary Kay; Lisa Kolk, domestic jewelry; Magnolia Jewelry; and Meadowlark Design/Jennifer Kelly, embroidery.

Also, Melanie Antweiler/the prosthetics hospital will have literature; Melznie Micale/Clayworks, folk art and tiny paintings; Mountain Joy Crafts, handmade timber decorations; Nancy Mackoviak, jewelry; Nancy Pressley, beaded jewelry; Cooperative Extension; Neal and Nanci Hearn, potion boxes and jewelry, Pam Criss, domestic healthy gemstones; Patricia Cowen and Leeanne McCoy, tradition leather craft; and Rainer Kuschel, walking sticks/birdhouses.

Also, Rare Elegance/Jane Payne, beadweaving; Razorfly Studios, cars; Red Hands Co-op, churned media antler and timber items; SCC Foundation/New Century Scholars program; Shira Forge/ Matthew Shirey, banjo raffle; Smoky Mountain Quilters, quilting, piecing, hand-quilting, cookbooks and other items; and Sunflower Fibers/Theresa Foti, tie-dye clothing.

Also, Swarm Southwest Area Resort, puppets and balloons; Sylva Garden Club, plants; Canary Coalition, appetite audits and solar projects; Lions Gate Kung Fu/Justin Novgrod; Therapeutic Massage; Therese Cowen/Nellieknit, hand-knit items; Tim Schoonard, artistic bottle art; Tonic Delivers, qualification drink education; and Townecraft Sales/ Esco and Ginger Cantwell.

Also, Tricia Burwell/Faerie Made, hand-made Upcycled clothing; Trout Unlimited, information; Vecinos Farmworker Health Program, mobile clinic; Ward Plumbing Heating, plumbing, heating and atmosphere conditioning; Watershed Association of a Tuckaseigee River/Roger Clapp, information; and Western Carolina University, sports and information booth.


Food vendors on daub for a festival include: Caribbean Grill More will have many kinds of food; Cherokee Memorial Post 8013 Veterans will have a bake sale; Chick-Fil-A; Duane Singletary will sell Kettlecorn, soda, bottled water; Ginny’s Concessions will sell flue cakes drinks; Glamham Pork Rinds will sell pig rinds and lemonade; McLeod Concession will have grill and most more; Riverview Farms will sell out-of-date ice cream; Signature Brew will have food equipment and coffee; Smoky Mountain Honey will sell internal honey; Smoky Mountain girl football group will sell hamburgers, prohibited dogs and drinks and Steven Rich and David Walker will underline Goobers’ Boiled Peanuts.


The Farmers Market, located beside Bridge Park, will be open during a festival for a initial time this year. Vendors participating include: Backwoods Bakery-Kathy and Keith Cirka; Balltown Bee Farm-Kelley Penn; Chinese Healing Arts-Andrea Ford; Dawson Green-Neil Dawson; D’s Bees-Diane Ammons; Family Tradition Farm-Laird O’Neill; Full Spectrum-Norman West; Graceland Garden- Lindy McClure; Herbal Ridge-Kerri Rayburn; Kathy’s Garden Herbals-Kathy Calabrese; Lady Bug Farms Pottery-Vallyn Johnson; Local Art by Jane-Jane McClure; Moonshine Mtn. Candlz-Lori Wright; Pineapple Sage Herb Farm-Walter and Joanne Meyer; Registered Nursery-Barb Connell; Tilley Creek Chicks-Cindy and Van Anthony; and Vegenui Garden-Ron and Cathy Arps.

For some-more information about a festival, call Paige Dowling, Sylva’s city manager, during 586-2719.

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