The Joey Parker Memorial Ride | Cherokee, NC

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The Joey Parker Memorial Ride

Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Whether you knew our friend Joey Parker or not, you’ll enjoy helping us pay tribute with this annual memorial ride on UTVs, ATVs, and dirt bikes. The Joey Parker Memorial Ride doubles as a bit of fundraising for Cherokee, even while we have fun putting the wind in our hair and opening up the throttle. We’ll leave from the Old Cherokee High School, travel through downtown Cherokee and Tribal Reserve Land to the top of Balsam Mountain and the Mile High Campground. On the way back, we’ll stop at River Valley Campground for some great food and door prizes. 

Schedule:
Friday, May 3rd, 5-7 PM: goody bags and fees
Saturday, May 4th, 10 AM: the ride begins

Admission:
Pre-registration is available now through April 27.
$20 per adult; children under 12 ride free (but must register).

Register and purchase tickets online here.


Location:

Old Cherokee High School

1501 Acquoni Road
Cherokee, NC 28719

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Cherokee Bonfire

Wednesday, July 28 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 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 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 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, May 22–September 29, 2021.


Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering

Thursday, July 29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering presents the opportunity for gourd artists from across the United States and Canada to meet for one long weekend a year to exchange ideas and collaborate on gourd art. Classes provided at this event include wood burning, carving, painting and sculpting, and range from beginner to advanced levels. Other activities include silent auction, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists’ Gathering is free to the public. Class sizes and fees vary; classes often fill up quickly.

Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and theme contest. On Sunday, there will still be plenty of opportunities to shop, but our large displays will be dismantled as the display gourds will have been given to the various activity winners.


Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering

Friday, July 30 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering presents the opportunity for gourd artists from across the United States and Canada to meet for one long weekend a year to exchange ideas and collaborate on gourd art. Classes provided at this event include wood burning, carving, painting and sculpting, and range from beginner to advanced levels. Other activities include silent auction, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists’ Gathering is free to the public. Class sizes and fees vary; classes often fill up quickly.

Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and theme contest. On Sunday, there will still be plenty of opportunities to shop, but our large displays will be dismantled as the display gourds will have been given to the various activity winners.


Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering

Saturday, July 31 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering presents the opportunity for gourd artists from across the United States and Canada to meet for one long weekend a year to exchange ideas and collaborate on gourd art. Classes provided at this event include wood burning, carving, painting and sculpting, and range from beginner to advanced levels. Other activities include silent auction, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists’ Gathering is free to the public. Class sizes and fees vary; classes often fill up quickly.

Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and theme contest. On Sunday, there will still be plenty of opportunities to shop, but our large displays will be dismantled as the display gourds will have been given to the various activity winners.


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