The Swag

August 21, 2011

Special Event Leaders Return to The Swag

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After somewhat of a hiatus during the month of July, The Swag welcomes back several special event leaders over the next several weeks to educate, lead hikes, and entertain.  Renowned storyteller Donald Davis concludes his week of “Walks and Talks” tonight (8/21) with stories after dinner.  Donald returns for his final week of storytelling this season beginning September 25th.  If you’re interested in bird watching, you don’t want to miss the return of Dr. Bob Collier who arrives tomorrow (8/22) for a week of “Birding on the Lawn” each morning and then daily nature hikes.  Bob will be with us through the 26th and will return on September 12th for his final visit of the season.

Bill Harley

Grammy winning storyteller Bill Harley arrives at The Swag on August 29th for fun filled evenings of music and imagination that’s great for the entire family.  Bill will take us into the month of September departing on the 6th.

The following week it’s “Songs from the Hearth” with Doug Peters.  Doug, and his wife Kathy, are passionate outdoor enthusiasts and will be leading daily hikes.  After dinner, Swaggers will gather in the Great Room as Doug plays and sings some of his original songs about life, love and adventure.For more information on these and other Swag special events, visit our Special Event Calendar on our website or check the Eventson our facebook page.

Doug Peters w/daughters Analise & Madison out hiking on the AT come across another "Swag".

August 11, 2011

Hummingbirds @ The Swag

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Photo by Glasscock.

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is by far the most common species that breeds in the eastern half of North America.  Ruby-throats are intensely inquisitive and thus easily attracted to feeders, where males in particular typically display aggressive territoriality toward rival hummers, other birds, and even insects such as bees, and butterflies.  They quickly become accustomed to human presence, and as many Swagges can attest, will swoop down to investigate red articles of clothing, possibly as potential food sources.

Did you know?..The Swag currently has four hummingbird feeders out on the front porch which Swag staffers fill twice daily.  That equals 384 oz. of necter a day, WOW!

Speaking of hummers, don’t forget our birding expert Bob Collier returns later this month for Birding on the Lawn and daily hikes.  Check out our Special Event Calendar for more information.

August 8, 2011

Smokies License Plate Provide Boost to Wildlife

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The license plate with the distinct black bear image is benefiting wildlife throughout Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer, thanks to strong plate sales and numerous projects to support black bears, trout, elk, and other wildlife.  The North Carolina “black bear” license plate, which benefits Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, brought in $102,900 in the last quarter, an increase of more than seven percent over the same period in 2010.

Of the extra $30 annual fee for each specialty tag, $20 goes to Friends of the Smokies to support projects and programs on the North Carolina side of the park. Launched in 1999, the North Carolina Smokies license plate has now raised more than $2.4 million.

“The Smokies are a true refuge for black bears, brook trout, salamanders, elk, and thousands of other species,” said Dan Matthews, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Friends of the Smokies and co-owner of  The Swag Country Inn in Waynesville. “We are very glad for the opportunity to help protect these wild creatures and to have so much support from drivers all across North Carolina. They are the ones who make these important projects possible.”

Deener has hers, do you have yours?

More information on the license plate for both NC and TN can be found by visiting the Friends of the Smokies.

August 5, 2011

Celebrate Heritiage & Community on “America’s Favorite Drive”

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The Blue Ridge Parkway will Celebrate Heritage & Community this Saturday, August 6, at Waterrock Knob.  The celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. running until 3:00 p.m. with ongoing craft demonstrations throughout the day as well as Cherokee dancers, Appalachian storytellers, old-time and bluegrass music, and clogging.  The day will end with a naturalist lead hike through the knob.

Waterrock Knob, located at Milepost 451 on the Blue Ridge Parkway is about 21 miles from The Swag and a visit there tomorrow would be another great way for Swaggers to experience the history and heritage of the region.

For more information on the parkway or the days events, visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Association or Asheville Citizen-Times.

Smokey Bear Turns 67

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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.

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