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The Bascom in Highlands held a Gingerbread House Workshop in November in anticipation of the holiday season. Gingerbread designers were given all the sweets and confections they needed to create their own imaginative gingerbread house.

Participants were invited to enter their creations in a contest, to be judged by a popular vote Nov. 8- Dec. 9. The winners were announced Saturday, Dec. 10. First place went to six-year-old Victoria Gentry and second place went to nine-year-old Freda Olalde.

The Bascom is open year-round - Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Workshops, exhibitions, special events and quality programs are offered throughout the year at The Bascom.


Bob Dalsemer, Music & Dance Coordinator at the John C. Campbell Folk School since 1991, has been awarded the high honor of Lifetime Contribution Award from Country Dance and Song Society at an awards ceremony Saturday, Dec. 10. A dance caller and musician for over 40 years, Dalsemer’s distinguished contributions to the world of folk dance and music include co-founding the Baltimore Folk Music Society, serving as Country Dance and Song Society president from 1990-1996, authoring West Virginia Square Dances, and calling and teaching dances nationally and internationally. Dalsemer is a well-known caller of traditional American contra, square, and circle dances and has composed many original dances. Also a talented musician, Dalsemer deftly plays accordion, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. He is part of the band for the Folk School Morris and Garland Dancers, and a member of the Dog Branch Cats band.


through New Year’s Day

Old Edwards Inn and Spa has scheduled holiday activities for the whole family through New Year’s Day by bringing back all of the favorites including daily festivities, food demos, wine tastings, “Elf Tuck-Ins” and more. Guests will be treated to their own copy of the Comfort and Joy Magazine with holiday styles, recipes and gift guides. Many activities are complimentary and open to the public.

Take advantage of our Comfort and Joy Holiday Package to enjoy memorable holidays at a valuable price.


Ricky Skaggs, The White Family, and their children will make a stop at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts during their “A Skaggs Family Christmas” tour. They’ll perform both traditional and contemporary Christmas favorites filled with beautiful instrumental work and outstanding harmonies. Join them Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 each.

Ricky Skaggs is no stranger to great country and bluegrass music. He’s a 14-time Grammy award winner. He has performed alongside great artists such as Emmylou Harris, the late Keith Whitley, Dolly Parton, and Travis Tritt, to name a few.


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