Nov. 29 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Poker night at the VFW

VFW Post 9157 is hosting Wednesday night poker night. The weekly tournaments are open to the public, with the first one beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. tournament. 

Lou the Commander will cook dinner plates and dinner is $5. A $5 credit will be awarded to the winner of each tournament. 

Shop, Sip & Save with The Red House Studio artists

Shop, Sip & Save with The Red House Studio Artists. From 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, paintings, prints, cards, fiber art, glass art, jewelry and sculpture are being offered at 10 percent off. This is a great chance to shop local, meet artists and buy artful hand crafted gifts.

Light refreshments will be served, including hot apple cider.

The Red House is located at 310 West State Street, next to the Monte Vista Hotel. For more information call 669-0351 or check out

Christmas concert in Old Fort 

The Old Fort Community Chorus will present their Christmas concert, "Gloria in Excelsis Deo," at Greenlee Baptist Church, 5967 US 70 West, Old Fort, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. The chorus includes members from Marion, Old Fort, and Black Mountain. For more information call 669-0008.

'Drop Your Trouble' at BMCA 

Internationally renowned storytelling Connie Regan-Blake will be at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts performing her show, "Drop Your Troubles" at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. She will be joined by “Singer of Stories,” Donna Marie Todd.

Tickets for this extremely popular event are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and selling fast! Call the BMCA at 669-0930 or visit for tickets.

Haywood Community Chorus Christmas Concert

The Haywood Community Chorus, directed by Kathy Geyer McNeil, will present its 2018 Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. This season’s concert features “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi. In addition, the 102-member chorus will perform traditional and contemporary seasonal works by John Rutter, Dan Forrest, Paul Halley, David Willcocks, Bob Chilcott, and P.D.Q. Bach.

Come join us as we celebrate in song at the Waynesville First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., downtown Waynesville. Admission is free, donations are welcomed. For more info, call (828) 557 9187.

And coming up...

Billy Edd Wheeler at Holly Jolly

Famed singer, songwriter and author Billy Edd Wheeler will sign copies of his memoir, "Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout," at Black Mountain Books during Holly Jolly, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.  

Each person who buys a book will receive a free copy of his CD, "Appalachian Tapestry" that evening, courtesy of Mr. Wheeler.

Sign up for the annual Black Mountain Christmas Parade

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Black Mountain Christmas Parade, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8. This year's theme is "Christmas: Then and Now" and the grand marshal is Edd Buchanan. 

Apply online at or in person at the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Applications are $20 per entry and the deadline is Dec. 3. 

Get your miniature schnauzer in the Christmas Parade

People with interest in participating in the 2018 Black Mountain town parade the day after Holly Jolly to march as a group with their miniature schnauzers should contact Dan Tanner at 828-775-7892 or There is no cost. Just participate and have a good time.