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What's Happening in Burnsville/Yancey County, Week of Dec. 12th


We are gathering information for our 2018 Calendar of Events.  If you or your organization have any information about an event in 2018 please provide the event name, location, and date to me so that I can include the same on our calendar.  Email info to ginger@yanceychamber.com.  This will be included in the calendar rack card that is distributed throughout the State, handed out here in the Visitors Center, and also on several other tourism calendars throughout the State.  We will need this information as soon as possible as we would like to start distributing these cards in January.  Please let me know of any event you would like included in the calendar.  Thanks for your help!

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day.  Don’t clean it up too quickly.”  ~ Andy Rooney

THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  1800 – Washington, D.C., established as the capital of the United States of America.

And now for the news……




Christmas Bird Count

It’s time, it’s time, for the High Peaks Audubon Christmas Bird Count!  The date is Saturday December 16th.  Teams are forming now, so if you’re able to, you can join us either in the field counting with one of the teams; or at home from your feeder(s) if you live within the count circle.  The CBC is an all day event. However, if you can only commit to a half day, you're still welcome to join us.  Please contact Russ ASAP at 828/682-4199.

The areas within the circle are Celo, Double Island, Jack’s Creek and downtown Burnsville, Price’s Creek, Pensacola, and Burnsville Elementary School.  If you have a preference of what part of the circle you’d like to count, let Russ know when you contact him.  We’ll do our best to place you there.

If it’s your first time participating in the CBC know that all skill levels and ages are welcome and we’ll match you up so you’ll have fun, learn and share skills.  Bring your binoculars, water, snack/lunch and if you’re handy with a camera you might bring it too. Dress for the weather, we count rain or shine. 

High Peaks Leads Two Appalachian Trail Hikes Dec. 16

Join High Peaks for our final hikes of 2017 on Saturday December 16 when the club concludes our sequential hikes along the Appalachian Trail that started near Banner Elk in February.  The more strenuous hike will start at Big Bald and descend over 1,700 feet in elevation to Sam’s Gap over a distance of 6.5 miles. The less strenuous hike will begin and end at Sam’s Gap and follow the AT north to a meadow with views of Big Bald and Wolf Laurel, climbing and then descending about 1,000 feet over a 4.4-mile hike.

Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided in a Yancey County van for a suggested donation of $5, reservations required. All hikers on the longer hike must ride on the van because the group must enter private property to begin the hike and personal vehicles are prohibited. This means no dogs on the longer hike because animals are not allowed on the vans, with the exception of service dogs.

Hikers on the shorter hike may bring leashed dogs but they will have to provide their own transportation to Sam’s Gap. In that case you will need to meet the group riding the van at the parking area on U.S. Highway 23 just before it passes under I-26 around 9:15 a.m. Bring warm clothes, rain gear, plenty of water, snacks and hiking poles if you use them. A brightly-colored cap or clothing is also recommended because deer hunting season is underway.

Please make your van reservations by Thursday, Dec. 7. For the long hike, contact Hike Leader Dennis Smith at dennissmith4141@gmail.com or 284-4000. For the short hike, contact Hike Leader John Whitehouse at trails@nchighpeaks.orm or 682-3217.

Burnsville Little Theatre

Burnsville Classic Movie Club has selected the all-time favorite Christmas Classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” to get everyone into the spirit of the season.  Join us on Monday, December 18th at 7:00 pm at the Yancey Theatre.

As always there are no ticket sales but your donations are greatly appreciated.  Everyone is invited to join the Classic Movie Club.  To be added to our email list and be informed of future showings call 682-2609 or email your information to neldabobwilson@gmail.com.




Dec. 17         Roc Robinson & Friends  @ 6:00 pm

Feb. 17         Burnsville Wedding Expo  11am – 3pm


Three BRAG members, Judy Larkin, Rhea Ormond, and Anne Sabri, are currently showing pieces of their work in the upper room of Appalachian Java.  These pieces are for sale and will be shown through mid-January.  This is part of a program to exhibit the work of local BRAG members and expose the pubic to the many talented artists in the community.


OOAK:         Fine, Folk, Funky Local Art!! Monday - Saturday 10:00am – 5:30pm;

                    Sunday 12:00 (Noon) – 5:00 pm

MAPLES:     The Sweet Spot Next Door serving fine coffee, tea and bakery items.

                    Mon-Fri 8:00am – 3:00 pm, Sat. 9am – 3pm



Thursday 12/14:  “Open Mic with David Wiseman” starts at 7:00 pm

Micaville Music Jam at 10:00 am every Saturday



Burnsville Wine Banner

Time for Thirsty Thursday at Burnsville Wine on December 14, from 4-7 pm.  This month I am featuring The Unknown Brewing Co. The Beaver Lager and Blake’s Hard Cider, Snapdragon, hard cider crafted with rum soaked sun-dried Michigan grapes.  Our tastings are free, but you must be 21 to attend.  Big Guys Bar-B-Q will be back with his yummy bar-b-q.  You can purchase a plate, which includes slaw and beans or just a sandwich.  It’s really good and supper is ready!!  We are here to help you with your Christmas giving and adult beverage needs.  We have wines and beers you’ll only find at Burnsville Wine, and some awesome accessories.  We also have gift certificates, gift baskets already made or you can select what you want in a basket and we add the finishing touches.  We also ship wine.  Shop hours and 11-7 Tuesday-Friday and 11-6 Saturday. We are located at 525 West Main, across from TD Bank.  You can park in the bank parking lot or behind the shop.  Like and share us on Facebook, check our webpage, call 682-3456 or email joyce@burnsvillewine.com for more information.


TRACTOR is busy wrapping up for the season. We wanted to offer the following products as an end of season sale. Orders must be placed by noon Thursday December 14 and are first come first serve. To place an order email becca@tractorfoodandfarms.com or call TRACTOR at 828-536-0126. Orders will be available for pick up at the TRACTOR office anytime from 8-5 Friday December 15.

Spaghetti Squash - 35 lb. box $18
Red Kuri Squash - 25 lb. sack $15

Kennebec Potatoes - 50 lb. box $21  - 25 lb. sack $12.50

Adirondack Blue Potatoes (Round to oblong, slightly flattened tubers have glistening blue skin enclosing deep blue flesh without the white vascular ring. The moist, flavorful flesh is superb for mashing or salads; it's a favorite in taste tests. Flesh color holds well, especially when roasted)
50 lb. box - $30
25 lb sack - $16

Thanks for supporting small family farms.

Located at 54 Ferguson Hill in Burnsville.  For information or to place order call Robin Smith at (828) 536-0126 or email robin.smith@tractorfoodandfarms.com.




The Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild will hold its monthly meeting on the evening of December 18th at 6:30 pm at the Town Center in Burnsville.  For information visit our website at www.bragwnc.com or email susan@susangarriques.com.

Toe River Arts Council

BURNSVILLE GALLERY: Conversions by Mary Ruth Webb

SPRUCE PINE GALLERY:  Studio Tour Participant Show

For more information visit us at 102 West Main Street, Burnsville, call 682-7215, or visit www.toeriverarts.org.



High Country Ceramic Arts

Come check out the fun!  We are a unique, fully equipped ceramic studio that is home to many ceramic artists in the Toe River Valley. There are several membership options available and new students can be introduced to our classes at almost any time... No experience needed!  Host a party or see our unique pieces available for sale!  We'd love to meet you!!!  See us on Facebook, call 828-284-5760 or email linda@vfmountain.com for more information.



The Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet Tuesday, December 12th at 6:30 pm at the Burnsville Town Center for their monthly meeting and presentations.  For more information call 828-691-0449.



Butch 1


Adopt – A – Pet

Meet Butch!!!!  He is an older gentleman who is incredibly sweet-tempered.  He is a softie at heart and would love a home for the holidays and will definitely give you cuddles for Christmas.

Yancey County Humane Society, 962 Cane River School Road, Burnsville, NC 28714  -  Phone: 828-682-9510.



ORGANIZATION                       DATE              TIME              LOCATION


Rotary Club                                Thursday        Noon              Western Sizzlin'

Toe River Model Railroaders      Wednesday   2:00 pm          Spruce Pine Library                                                 

Al-Anon                                       Monday         7:30 pm          1st Presbyterian Church

Women’s Club of Burnsville        2nd Thurs.      2:00 pm         Call 682-3581 for location


Would you like us to forward your business items of interest to other chamber members?  Submit your items weekly via email no later than 8:00 am each Tuesday for email transmittal to members each Tuesday morning.

Email to Ginger@YanceyChamber.com.

Normally, submissions will be included two weeks out from the date of event. Chamber Office Telephone 828-682-7413.

Note:  We reserve the right to modify or exclude content.

Please check our website for other calendar events.


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