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The Transformation from Ordinary to Artistry at The Gourd Gathering in Cherokee, NC

(Artist, Suzi Nonn of Naturally Yours)

In 2002, beloved gourd artist Jerry Lewis of California founded the first Gourd Gathering in Cherokee, NC, as an opportunity for fellow craftspeople to meet and share their methods. Over the years, it became known as a “reunion” among guests. When Jerry passed away, new coordinators stepped up to ensure that the event carried on and was successful.

Today, the annual Gourd Gathering at Cherokee continues to bring people from all over the country together. The next event will take place Thursday through Sunday, June 1–4, 2017. Entry is free, while classes vary in costs.

Artists and enthusiasts alike may see gourds in a whole new light. Gourd artists meet for four days to exchange ideas...

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Unto These Hills: A Return to the Beginning

“Unto These Hills” is one of the oldest outdoor dramas in the United States. In 2006, the script was rewritten, but this year, for the first time in over a decade, the original Kermit Hunter production is back, in a highly anticipated show with some updates. The new season runs from June 3 to August 19. See it under the stars with your loved ones this summer and witness the history, heartbreak, and triumph of the Cherokee people. 

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2017 Memorial Day Trout Tournament: The Heat is On!

Within the 30 miles of Cherokee’s privately stocked freestone streams, participants in the 2017 Memorial Day Trout Tournament will be able to compete for cash prizes. The competition will take place from Friday, May 26, to Sunday, May 28.

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Discover Kituwah Mound, Cherokee Mother Town, at Two Upcoming Run/Walk Events

Seven miles outside of downtown Cherokee is Kituwah, the original Cherokee settlement, also known as the “Cherokee Mother Town.” Kituwah is considered by all three of the federally recognized Cherokee tribes as the place of origin for the Cherokee people. Archeologists date the site back to nearly 10,000 years ago. Kituwah Mound was the center of the village, according to Cherokee legend. Originally, the mound was 15 to 20 feet tall, and one of the places of the “eternal flame.” Experience it for yourself at two upcoming run/walk events: the Mother's Day 5K and the Turkey Trot.

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Experience 18th-Century Cherokee: The Oconaluftee Indian Village Opens for the Season on April 18

A special cultural attraction in Cherokee, NC, makes such time traveling possible! At the Oconaluftee Indian Village, guests can explore an historical Cherokee village, watch award-winning artists in action, and learn about traditional dance through living exhibit demonstrations.

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