Since 1944, Smokey Bear has been a symbol of safety and fire prevention. Tomorrow, in celebration of Smokey’s 67 birthday, the Cradel of Forestry is hosting a birthday party from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a full schedule of activities including music, fire fighting equipment demonstrations, prize drawings and birthday cake. At 1:30 the party moves indoors for a live animal program presented by Carolina Mountain Naturalists. Meet native amphibians, reptiles, and birds and learn about their lives in Smokey’s woods.
The Cradel of Forestry is located in the Pisgah National Forest about an hours drive from The Swag, which would make it the perfect day trip for any Swagger looking to get out and explore western NC.
This photo is located upstairs in the Swag House photo gallery.
Did you know?..The concept of Smokey Bear was created by Dan’s uncle Richard Hammatt, how’s that for a little Swag history.
On Saturday, July 31, two more Swag staffers were married. Over the past 30 years, there have been several Swag employees who have met and married at The Swag. The first was Bobbie Jean Rathbone and Kenny Haney (Bobbie Jean was a waitress and Kenny a dishwasher). They met when The Statler Brothers were @ The Swag for a week doing an hour-long television special. Next, Bobbie Jean’s uncle, Roger Rathbone — our caretaker for 30 years — married Barbara, a Swag housekeeper. The next Swag joining came when Dan officiated at the wedding of longtime assistant innkeeper, Mindy Cole to Terry Wood. They were married in the Great Room of the Swag House.
The most recent wedding took place last Saturday. Amy Farrington and Kevin Rowsey have been working at The Swag for three+ years — Kevin first in our front office, then as a waiter and houseman, and Amy as a housekeeper. The word is that it all got started when they were seated together at the Swag’s end of season dinner celebration at The Old Stone Inn last November! The wedding took place at 4:00 in the afternoon on a crystal-clear Swag day in the Gazebo on Gooseberry Knob. It was a team affair. Our new gardener, McRae, made the nosegay out of Swag garden flowers and Ginger, our executive housekeeper, made the boutonierre for Kevin. The couple shared this special event with parents and Amy’s two children. Mark Higdon and Angie Leatherwood made it all work smoothly, with drives up to the Knob in the Land Rover for both families.
Interested in having a Swag wedding of your own here at 5,000 feet? Visit our website for all the details and wedding package information.