25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Outdoors

On a drizzling Sept. 12, Bill and Sharon Van Horn completed their eight-year section hike journey of the Appalachian Trail (AT). Their last section of about 220 miles started in Rangeley, Me., and ended at the northern terminus at Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park. It included 100 miles in the Maine wilderness (no towns, no place to resupply). Some hikers elect to complete the 2,189.5 mile AT in one calendar year and are known as thru-hikers. Others hike the trail in sections over any number of years, as long as it takes.

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The film “Appalachian Impressions” will be hitting theaters this fall as part of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)’s 2013 membership drive. Special programs will take place in 15 cities along the east coast from Connecticut to Florida, with four showings occurring in North Carolina: Franklin, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Hot Springs.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to present this film on the big screen,” stated Javier Folgar, director of marketing and communications of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. “This event provides the public an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Appalachian Trail and how to get involved with the Conservancy through our membership and volunteer programs. Every dollar raised will help preserve and manage the A.T. – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.”

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Members and guests of The Bartram Trail conference will meet at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center on Scaly Mountain on Oct. 11-13 to learn more of the mountains that William Bartram, in his 1775 exploration, called "The Cherokee Mountains."

On the evening of Friday, Oct. 11, three Cherokee artists will demonstrate traditional crafts. Ramona Lossie will show river cane basket making, Mary Thompson will display the art of stamped pottery, and Sonny Ledford will demonstrate moccasin making and the use of the blowgun.

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The Nantahala Gorge was filled with spectators and competitors of the ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships Sept.2-8. The ultimate whitewater event took place at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) and featured top freestyle athletes from around the world, as well as a slate of activities, competitions and events for spectators and fans. More than 300 of the world’s best paddling athletes competed for the title of world champion in front of an estimated 10,000 spectators per day. Live music, arts and crafts, and a festival atmosphere with Appalachian flair rounded out the weekend.

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