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Saturday, July 14, 2018 (4 events)

Blueberry Festival

Saturday, July 14 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), the Blueberry Festival features fresh berries, delicious recipes, blueberry products, and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public. Vendor space is available.

Entertainment/Event Schedule:
9 a.m.
Opening ceremony
Concession stand opens
Bluberry Legends: adult and youth

10 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Children’s activities

11 a.m.
Community entertainment, cultural demonstrations, and talent show

1 p.m.
Adult and youth contests
Concession stand closes

2 p.m.
Prizes awarded          

Cherokee Heritage Day

Saturday, July 14 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

One Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers a family-friendly fun day of free cultural activities including traditional dancing, storytelling, cultural arts demonstrations, genealogy workshops, hands-on craft workshops and more. Traditional food is available on-site, weather permitting. The Cherokee Friends offer workshops on traditional dancing and cultural arts demonstrations including wampum belt making, moccasin making, stickball stick making, wood carving, fire making, and more. Hands-on workshops are taught by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and often include making a clay medallion or a traditional Cherokee pot stamped with wooden paddles carved with designs. Different members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians share stories and flute music. Every month includes activities related to that month’s theme. 

Activities are sponsored by the Museum, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Regular prices apply to food and to admission to Museum exhibits.

Monthly Themes
May 12 - Anisgvti (Planting Month) 
June 9 - Cherokee Voices Festival
July 14 - Guyegwoni (Corn in Tassel Month)
August 11 - Galoni (End of Fruit Month)
September 8 - Dulisdini (Nut Month)
October 13 -  Duninvdi (Harvest Month)
November 10 - Nvdadegwa (Hunter Month/Big Moon)
December 8 - Vsgiyi (Snow Month)

Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, July 14 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 5:00–7:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Fridays & Saturdays, May 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from July 1–7, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.

Music on the River

Saturday, July 14 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.

Entertainment Schedule:
May 25: AM Superstars (Alternative)
May 26: Trippin' Hardie (‘60s to present)
June 1: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
June 2: Al Lossiah Band
June 8: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
June 9: AM Superstars (Alternative)
June 15: Stereospread (Indie Tronica)
June 16: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
June 22: AM Superstars (Alternative)
June 23: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
June 29: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
June 30: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
July 6: AM Superstars (Alternative)
July 7: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
July 13: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
July 14: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
July 20: Stereospread (Indie Tronica)
July 21: AM Superstars (Alternative)
July 27: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
July 28: Professor Whizzpop (Family Magic Show)
August 3: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
August 4: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
August 10: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
August 11: AM Superstars (Alternative)
August 17: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
August 18: Second Time Around Band (‘60s–‘80s)
August 24: Stereospread (Indie Tronica)
August 25: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
August 31: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
September 1: Professor Whizzpop (Family Magic Show)

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