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Smokey Bear Turns 67

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 … Read More

Another Pair of Swag Staffers Wed

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 … Read More

Hill Country Band to Join The Swag on Select Thursdays

Local musicians, and a Swag favorite, The Hill Country Band, will become a regular fixture here on the mountain beginning on July 28th and will return to The Swag on the first Thursday of each month the remainder of the 2011 season.   This bluegrass group which has performed at The Swag over the past several years, most noteably during our … Read More

NC Arboretum Celebrates 25 years!

The North Carolina Arboretum, located in Asheville, will kick off it’s 25th Anniversary celebration this Friday, July 1st.  The festivities at the Arboretum, located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway(mile post 393) and NC Hwy. 191, will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day ending at 9:00 p.m. Activities and entertainment for all ages … Read More

Black Bear Sightings @ The Swag

Both the National Park Service in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as the U.S. Forest Service, have recently reported black bear encounters in both the Smokies, Pisgah National Forest, and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  These reports always get The Swag team, as well as our guests, excited with the posibility of seeing bears here at … Read More