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Celebrating Our Appalachian Traditions
Hayesville Reopens Historic Courthouse
Hayesville celebrated the reopening of the renovated Historic Clay County Courthouse on July 21, bringing new life and more business to the heart of this small town on the move.  
The Courthouse, located on the Square in downtown Hayesville, was built in 1888 by local craftsman Captain J. S. Anderson in the Italianate Vernacular style. The price tag was $7,800. 
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, the courthouse was used for official business until 2007 when a new facility was built on the outskirts of town. The Clay County Communities Revitalization Association and others raised funds and won grants to restore the iconic building to the simplicity and beauty of its early roots. 
Rechristened the Beal Center, the historic courthouse is available for meetings and events including weddings, family gatherings or celebrations of life, trade expos and cultural events, as well as concerts, dances, community events and children's programs.  Visit for more details.
Grants Available for Inclusive Public Art Projects
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is investing in inclusive public art to share stories of diversity, equality, inclusion and equity as they relate to the people and places of North Carolina. ZSR will invest in up to 10 projects with awards of as much as $50,000 each.
The Foundation is seeking communities that will authentically engage a cross-section of their residents in telling, discussing and perhaps even producing the stories in the art. Visual art installations should focus on one of the following:
  • Contributions or achievements of a North Carolina person or group, especially women and people of color, whose story in a particular part of the state has not been or is not often told;
  • Ways in which the racial and ethnic diversity of our communities makes our communities better; and/or
  • Ways in which cultural differences strengthen our communities.
 Please contact Project Coordinator Brenda Miller Holmes (brenda@brendamillerholmes.comwith questions.
Letters of intent are due Oct. 8. Due to the number of inquiries, the foundation will hold a webinar noon-1 p.m. Aug. 22 to explain how communities can apply.  
Folk School Cookbook Features Favorites
John C. Campbell Folk School has published its first comprehensive cookbook in over 25 years. In "The Folk School Cookbook," Nanette Davidson, the Folk School Resident Artist in Cooking, meticulously collected and curated over 200 recipes including some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall over the decades.

Divided seasonally, the cookbook is a comprehensive culinary exploration of regional ingredients, flavors, techniques and traditions. The book focuses on the importance of community and place, using the Folk School as an epicenter to examine food and community traditions in the Southern Appalachians.
Folk School regulars will recognize dining hall favorites, Fall Festival fare, holiday treats and Appalachian classics including Sorghum Pecan Pie, Blackberry Jam Cake and Persimmon Pudding.
"Included are recipes for the way we want to eat today as well as the traditional foods our families grew up with and loved. This collection is a little bit mountain, a little bit Southern, and a little bit international, too," Davidson says. 
The book at $29.95 is on sale in the Craft Shop at John C. Campbell Folk School and online here. The cookbook is available for distribution for area gift shops. Contact Keather Gougler at for details.
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