Lake Days

There’s something therapeutic about days spent on the lake. Lazily floating with the mountains surrounding you and the sun reflecting off the water is truly good for the soul. We’re blessed to have Lake Hiwassee, Lake Appalachia, and Cherokee Lake right here in our county, not to mention more than 100,000 acres of Forest Service Land.

We have 3 marinas on Lake Hiwassee that offer slip rentals, both long and short term, as well as:

  • Pontoon Boat Rentals
  • Paddle Board Rentals
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Pedal Boat Rentals
  • Fishing/ Power Boat Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Gasoline
  • Bait, Boating Supplies, Snacks, and Drinks

So if you own a boat, or simply want to rent for a day, you can live your best life right here where NC begins! So tell us, what’s your favorite thing about a lake day?

Heritage Partners Along the River Walk

The Heritage Partners is an active organization throughout our community and best know for their work on the Murphy River Walk. It’s only fitting that we take in the natural beauty of our community during this last month of Summer.

We’ll see you Thursday August 15th from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Pavilion near the Rock Gym and Murphy Health & Fitness. Click here to watch our WKRK Wednesday Facebook Live video with Elo-ly and Corey Bailey of Heritage Partners as they share details about this Networking event.

Congratulations to our Door Prize Winners at last month’s AfterHours! Elo-ly Bailey, Barbara Hughes, and Corey Bailey were the lucky table at Bojangles’ in Murphy!

We celebrated the first anniversary of Bojangles’ in Murphy with a Ribbon Cutting and AfterHours networking event Thursday July 18th. Bojangles’ provided true Southern hospitality and an impressive spread, including their new pimento cheese that wowed all in attendance. Pictures center with scissors are owner, Crystal and general manager, Kristi. Holding the ribbon at the left is marketing director, Regina and on the right, catering manager, Ronda. For information and catering, contact Bojangles’ at 828-516-2105 and visit their location at 1563 Andrews Road in Murphy.

Joining us were WKRKMcNabb PropertiesCherokee ScoutREACHCherokee County Arts CouncilCherokee County Master GardenersFriends of Harshaw Chapel, Miller Well Drilling, America’s Homeplace, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital, AirMedcare Network, and Appalachian Land.

Many thanks to our Chamber Ambassadors: Elo-Ly & Corey Bailey, Barbara Hughes, Tim Radford, and Sherry Palmer. We’ll see you Thursday August 15th with Heritage Partners!

Leading Ladies & A Plate Full O’ Blues

The Peacock Performing Arts Center is a community favorite in the far western counties of North Carolina. Providing a venue for musicians, aspiring actors, and all who appreciate the arts, this community theater has a steady lineup that always entertains.

The month of August offers a little comic relief with the Leading Ladies performance August 9-11; 16-18 and the legendary Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues concert on August 24th.

The Peacock has quite the calendar with four productions in the Theatrical Season, year-round Main Stage Events, and the Song Writer Showcase concert series from April through September. With such an intimate venue, there truly is no bad seat. The talent that takes the stage is always amazing and the camps that are offered to foster a love of the arts in our community is priceless.

For more photos & info about Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, click here.

Get your tickets for one of these performances and remember… experiences such as this make great gifts. So what will it be, theatre… concert… or both? Let us know your favorite and we’ll see you at the Peacock!

Two-For-One Special!

Our July Ambassador is the best two-for-one… Elo-ly Bailey is always out and about with her husband, Corey, volunteering with Cherokee County Master Gardeners, Arts Council, Heritage Partners, and our Chamber of Commerce. Logging 1,000 volunteer hours in just the Master Gardeners alone, they have also served on the Friends of Murphy Library and Valley River Humane Society.

We are beyond grateful to have Elo-ly and Corey supporting this community that they have called home for the past 15 years. With the experience from their career in Claims and Risk Management, they have been an asset to the boards on which they serve. While they love to be a part of our community with such diverse interests, they moved to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren in Marietta. We honestly don’t know how they keep up with it all, but we’re so grateful!

In their free time, Elo-ly and Corey enjoy the quiet beauty around their house. Sharing their 5 acres with deer, turkeys, wood ducks, fish, 8 cats, and 1 dog certainly helps them recharge to go right back out and serve in this beautiful mountain community.

If you haven’t met the Baileys yet, we would love to introduce you at our August 15th AfterHours with Heritage Partners on the Murphy River Walk. They’re always fun to chat with, so grab a glass of wine and they can tell you about some great ways to experience the whole county: from the rivers to the mountains, the fun of small town shopping, and some delicious local restaurants. Just remember to let us know… what’s your favorite way to enjoy Cherokee County?

For location details check out the Facebook event!

Goldhagen Glass

People are always impressed by the number of artists living in and around Cherokee County. From live music at local establishments to our very own Goldhagen Art Glass Studio, we’re an experience that simply can’t be replicated.

While you can find David Goldhagen’s art glass in places like New York and Philadelphia, it’s all created in his studio right here in Hayesville, North Carolina. To watch this process is truly amazing…

David Goldhagen presenting the process of his Art Glass at the Folk School. Visit his own studio just up the road in Hayesville, North Carolina.

You can schedule a time to tour his studio and watch from the viewing balcony as he creates, just give him a call to schedule a tour. BUT… I highly recommend his Hot Summer Nights concert series. Get to know locals and visitors as you enjoy live music and truly experience David’s time-honored techniques as he produces bold, vibrant sculptures along the shores of Lake Chatuge.

You’ll definitely want to take home a souvenir so be sure to explore the Goldhagen Gallery during your visit. David’s sculptures, fused glass, ornaments, platters, and all of his creations make a truly one-of-a-kind gift that is sure to be a conversation piece. If you’re traveling, no worries! Goldhagen Art Glass Studio will happily ship your items for you.

August 10th – Troy Underwood
August 31st – Monica Spears
September 28th – Wyatt Espalin

Summer Art Around Town

School may be out…but The MAC Summer Art Program is in! Throughout July, art classes are offered to kids in downtown Murphy. An exhibition featuring these young artists and their work will be Friday August 2, 5:00-8:00 pm during the Murphy Art Walk.

Student Art Exhibit Saturday August 2nd, 5:00-8:00pm in Murphy

The kids aren’t the only ones to enjoy art, the Valley River Arts Guild hosts a variety of classes for adults at The MAC throughout the year. From guitar lessons to watercolor, the opportunities to express yourself creatively are endless. Just across the street at Trudy’s Creations, you can also enjoy acrylic pouring classes or purchase one of many handcrafted designs. If you’re looking for a unique conversation piece for your home or that one-of-a-kind gift, be sure to explore our locally owned shops at the August 2nd Art Walk.

Black & White Market is a picker’s dream come true with vintage and locally crafted pieces that are unique to Murphy. Just a few doors down you’ll find impressive wooden creations, local photography, jewelry, and pottery at Gallery 26. Around the corner, Marketplace Antiques and Lotsa Memories Antiques & More have an eclectic mix of collectibles and vintage finds.

You’ll find local art for sale on the walls of Bistro 29, Daily Grind and Wine, and The BakeShop… not to mention all the artists set up at Rumors Clothing, Curiosity Shop, Simply Sweet Baby Boutique, and Serenity Mountain Gift Shop. So put a reminder in your calendar for First Friday Art Walk and enjoy this amazing community’s creativity on display for the Murphy Art Walk. We’ll see you August 2nd from 5:00-8:00 pm!

Movers and Shakers

Economic development is alive and well in Cherokee County thanks to folks like….

Paul Worley; Director of Economic And Workforce Development at Tri-County Community College Center for Applied Technology

Aaron Patton; Director of Customized Training at Tri-County Community College Center of Applied Technology.

Kathryn Jenkins; Director of Small Business Center at Tri-County Community College.

Paul and Aaron concentrate much of their efforts on assisting in the expansion of established businesses and fostering new business growth in the region. Kathryn is the go-to person for business planning, marketing strategies, training, small business loan preparation and sound advice. The SBC offers a wide array of classes to the public that are free of charge and aimed to provide a foundation for entrepreneurs both large and small. 

After meeting with Paul, Aaron, and Kathryn areas for needed growth were outlined as housing, expanded broadband, and continued workforce development. Opportunities are plentiful in an area that has as 20% base in manufacturing, a major medical center, tourism, and a variety of healthy income opportunities from major employers such as: Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, Murphy Electric Power Board, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital, The Cable Company, Snap-on, IOI and MOOG, Inc.