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Breaking News: Smoky Mt. Eclipse

leah kirk

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On Monday August 21, millions of Americans will gather along the 70-mile-wide path of the nation’s first total solar eclipse since the 1970s. The 2017 total solar eclipse will pass through the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Bryson City, Swain County and much of the Great Smoky Mountains sit squarely in that path of totality. The entire solar experience will last about 3 hours, from 1:06 pm to 4 pm (EDT), gradually changing from daylight to dark and back to daylight, with total darkness in Bryson City at 2:35:17 pm, lasting 1 min, 57 seconds. Recommended by TravelChannel.com as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.
    Bryson City has scheduled a great line up of event (I recommend fly fishermen be on the water during the eclipse so they can tell how it affected trout behavior). The Bryson City Eclipse Week schedule  of events. The Visitor Center in the old courthouse is 'eclipse central'. Drop by for information and to purchase eclipse glasses (while supplies last). Open daily.
ALL WEEKEND LONG - Take the 'Eclipse Crawl'. Visit participating merchants with eclipse-themed food and drink offerings.
FRIDAY
7-9 pm. Free, live music at Riverfront Park, which has a large, grassy lawn in front of an outdoor stage. Enjoy sitting at one of the picnic tables or bring a lawn chair or blanket for the grass. 101 Mitchell St. across from train parking and turntable.
SATURDAY
10 am - 4 pm. Enjoy a free, full-dome planetarium experience at the Fire Department on Main Street. Experience the universe (digital video projections in inflatable dome). Sponsored by Marianna Black Library. (donations welcomed)
10 am - 10 pm. Swain County Agricultural Fair – County Fair complete with judged entries, agricultural demos, petting zoo, bounce house, craft vendors, food trucks and bands. Darnell Farms (US 19 east of Bryson City). IMBA Award-winning Balsam Range plays from 8 - 10 pm.
7-9 pm. Free, live music at Riverfront Park, which has a large, grassy lawn in front of an outdoor stage. Enjoy sitting at one of the picnic tables or bring a lawn chair or blanket for the grass. 101 Mitchell St. across from train parking and turntable.
SUNDAY
10 am - 10 pm. Appalachian Festival – County Fair style festival complete with petting zoo, bounce house, agricultural demos, craft vendors, food trucks and bands. Darnell Farms (US 19 east of Bryson City).
Noon - 4 pm. Enjoy a free, full-dome planetarium experience at the Fire Department on Main Street. Experience the universe (digital video projections in inflatable dome). Sponsored by Marianna Black Library. 

1 - 5 pm. Sand & Sauce 2017 – Live music, games, water inflatables, volleyball tournament, cornhole tournament, pig roast, BBQ sauce contest. Free event. The Grove Church, 1127 Franklin Grove Church Road.
7-9 pm. Free, live music at Riverfront Park, which has a large, grassy lawn in front of an outdoor stage. Enjoy sitting at one of the picnic tables or bring a lawn chair or blanket for the grass. 101 Mitchell St. across from train parking and turntable.
MONDAY Eclipse Day
11 am - 3 pm. Bryson City offers a number of excellent open viewing locations, such as:
RR DEPOT - Block party with live music featuring Grandpa's Cough Medicine, blazing bluegrass tempos (11 - 1 pm) and The Company Stores, modern Appalachian rock and blues band (1 - 3 pm). Restrooms & portable toilets.
IMPORTANT – If you plan on observing the eclipse from downtown Bryson City, please note that all downtown roads will remain open for motorist traffic. There are no planned events on Everett Street and there will be NO street closures with the exception of Frye Street. Please observe the eclipse at the designated event site on Frye Street or from the safety of a pedestrian-friendly sidewalk.