October 2016
Fall Color Map and Forecasts
Keep NC Blue Ridge Waterfalls with You Year-Round
Fly Fishing Museum Reopens in Bryson City
On Stage in Western NC
Celebrate Doughton Park Day on the Parkway
Fall Color Map and Forecasts
Every fall park rangers and visitor center desks are asked, "When are the leaves going to be at their peak?" The answer is...depends where in the mountains you are located. The higher the elevation, the earlier the color appears.
To help travelers find the peak color in Western North Carolina during the month of October, the Biology Department at Appalachian State University has developed a color coded map showing when during the month leaves should be their showiest, week by week. The map estimates the timing of fall color peaks based on both elevation and latitude. Click here or on the map image to see it in greater detail.
Western Carolina University's Department of Biology has been forecasting fall foliage for 11 years. This year they say the quality of fall colors in Western North Carolina’s mountains will depend on the temperatures in September and October because of this summer's generally warmer-than-normal conditions. Read more.
RomanticAsheville.com keeps close tabs on fall color, lists festivals and events, and offers helpful tips to make your leaf-looking a gratifying and memorable experience in and around Asheville and beyond.
Click here to see some cool time-lapse photography and fly-overs compiled by the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as some thoughts on the science behind leaf color changes.
Grandfather Mountain is such a popular destination at this time of year, they offer tips to help you have the best experience there.  Leaf peeping is also breathtaking from high atop Chimney Rock.
Other places to learn more and see the kind of color that awaits you are VisitNC.com, blueridgeparkway.org, and the NPS site for Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Keep NC Blue Ridge Waterfalls with You Year-Round
Visitors and locals alike are awestruck by the many beautiful waterfalls that abound in the North Carolina mountains and foothills. From the magnificent Whitewater Falls, highest east of the Mississippi, to the more gentle, trickling falls that are found in virtually every mountain stream, waterfalls beckon.
Now, some of this beauty is captured in a limited edition wall calendar for 2017!
Thanks to the generous support of RomanticAsheville.com, Diamond Brand Outdoors, and the Frugal Backpacker, these beautiful calendars, ideal for holiday and business giving, are available now, and 100% of the proceeds will go to support the work of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.
Photographed and produced by Mark File, owner of RomanticAsheville.com, each month features a seasonal waterfall photo, plus there are 365 things to do in the North Carolina mountains and foothills, one for every day of the year! 
Calendars are $10, and are now available at both Diamond Brand Outdoors locations and the Frugal Backpacker in Asheville, and online at the BRNHA Heritage Retail Shop. For quantity orders or to purchase directly from the BRNHA, please contact Amy Hollifield, 828-298-5330, ext. 303, or email amy@bllueridgeheritage.com.

These calendars are perfect for holiday gifts and business end-of-year gifts! Get yours today!

Fly Fishing Museum Reopens in Bryson City
The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians, which opened in 2015 in Cherokee, NC, has moved to Bryson City. It is located just off the town square in the Swain County Chamber of Commerce building at 210 Main Street across from the Visitor Center. 
The museum is filled with exhibits and videos showcasing profiles of legendary "Stream Blazers,"  the evolution of rods and reels, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of gamefish, regional fishing waters, and the history of fly fishing in the Southeast. There is also a gift shop with logoed jackets, caps, shirts, umbrellas and more.
"All the miles of streams we have including the delayed harvest section of the Tuckasegee River bring a large number of anglers to town each year," said Chamber Director Karen Wilmot. “The Chamber is pleased to provide the space for the museum here in Bryson City. This is a wonderful attraction for visitors and locals alike."
The museum is open Monday - Saturday, from 9 am - 6 pm. Admission is free. The museum's website,  FlyFishingMuseum.org, provides exhibit descriptions, directions, membership information, Hall of Fame inductees, and upcoming events.
On Stage in Western NC

October in the NC mountains and foothills rings with music and drama on stages and at the many festivals throughout the region. 
Here's just a sampler of the many events awaiting you in October:
  • Oct. 7-8, The Great Gatsby, Parkway Playhouse, Burnsville. Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this play depicts opulent parties, passionate affairs, jealousy, and murder in the Roaring Twenties.
  • Oct. 7-9, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ashe County Little Theater, West Jefferson. Adaptation of the classic novel, this is a story about innocence, friendship, racism and courage. 
  • Oct. 7-30, Sweeney Todd, Asheville Community Theatre, Asheville. A barber who was unjustly imprisoned for years by a corrupt judge returns to England bent on revenge — a revenge that turns indiscriminately murderous.
  • Oct. 14-16, 21-23, Dial M for Murder, Peacock Performing Arts Theater, Hayesville, NC. The suspense-filled play that Alfred Hitchcock made into a classic film. Evening performances at 7:30, Sunday matinee at 2:30.
  • Oct. 21-22, The Legend of Tommy Hodges outdoor drama, Cradle of Forestry, near Brevard, NC. It was Halloween night in 1906 when one of the students from the Biltmore Forest School disappeared. His name was Tommy Hodges….  
  • Oct. 21-23, The Bad Seed, Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, Yadkinville. All is not as it seems in a small Southern town where sweet, charming little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story.
Music & Seasonal Events
  • Weekends Oct. 1-30, Pumpkin Patch Express, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City.
  • Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, Ghost Train Halloween Festival, Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock.
  • Oct. 8, 34th Annual Molasses Festival, Sims Country Barbecue, Granite Falls. Experience southern Appalachian culture at its best with clogging and traditional agricultural techniques of the past, such as molasses boiling. 
  • Oct. 14-15, Autumn Leaves Festival, Mt. Airy, NC, showcasing the rich musical heritage of the region, performed by local musicians on the downtown stage.
  • Oct. 14-16, Harvest Festival, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Stecoah, featuring the award-winning Claire Lynch Band on Saturday night.
  • Oct. 20-23, Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, US Cellular Center, Asheville. Bi-annual exhibit and sale of fine crafts made by members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild.
  • Oct. 29, Scary Beary Halloween, Grandfather Mountain. Crafts, nature programs, trick-or-treating and a costume contest.
Celebrate Doughton Park Day on the Parkway
On October 15, from 11 am to 4 pm, join the fun at this free public event to celebrate the first steps in restoring service to the historic Bluffs concession area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which has been closed for several years.
Bring a picnic, chairs or blankets, and enjoy regional music performances throughout the day. Among the featured musicians are the Elkville String Band and Wayne Henderson. The Historic Bluffs Lodge, Parkway milepost 241.1, was built ca. 1949.
For more information, contact the Alleghany County Chamber of Commerce.
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