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The 14th Annual Gourd Artists’ Gathering in Cherokee

For the last fourteen years, artists and gourd enthusiasts have traveled to Cherokee for the annual Cherokee Gourd Artists' Gathering. Attendees come from all over the United States and Canada for this popular event featuring an array of gourd art classes and workshops that sell out quickly. Master gourd artists teach classes from beginner to advanced levels, exploring techniques including coloring, painting, wood burning or pyrography, relief carving, weaving, and more to create one-of-a-kind functional and decorative gourd art. Whether you attend as a spectator or come to learn, you'll be amazed at all the creativity on display! 

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Come to the 2016 Cherokee Bluegrass Music Festival June 2 - 4

Learn all about the 2016 Cherokee Bluegrass Festival, a fun weekend of live bluegrass music that will take place June 2 – 4 in Cherokee, NC. This event will feature some of the finest bluegrass musicians found anywhere today, including Rhonda Vincent, Larry Sparks, Grand Ole Opry star Mike Snider, and International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year winners The Gibson Brothers and Balsam Range.

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May Season Openings and Events in Cherokee, NC

May is a great month to plan a trip to Cherokee, North Carolina. The fish are biting, wildflowers are blooming, and some of the most popular attractions in Cherokee are opening for the season. Here is a list of season openings, festivals, and events happening in Cherokee this May.

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Race Roundup: See Cherokee on Foot

Lace up your sneakers! Whether you're running or walking, there's no better way to see Cherokee up close and in person than on foot. You might even pass a (painted) bear, or two! Check out these upcoming walks and races for the 2016 season. There's something for every fitness level. 

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Keeping Tradition Alive: An Interview with Cherokee Potter Tara McCoy

Tara McCoy began learning the art of traditional Cherokee pottery in school on the Qualla Boundary. Over the years she honed her techniques through classes at the Cherokee Pottery Guild and by talking to other potters. We spoke with Tara just before the festival about the development of her craft, her process for pit firing pottery, and the pride she takes in being part of the tradition of Cherokee crafters.

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