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Mountain getaway: Bryson City offers relaxation & fun

By Corinna Workman
Times-News correspondent 


View from “Mountain Muse” Cabin in Bryson City. [Corinna Workman / Times-News correspondent

Bustling downtown shops, breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains, pleasant train rides and exhilarating white water rafting are all wonderful potential components of a vacation in Bryson City.
One of the city’s most popular attractions is the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, which allows visitors to tour the scenic countryside of western North Carolina in relaxation from the comfort of a train car.
The railroad is best known for its “Polar Express” train ride during the holiday season. Guests are served hot cocoa while the soundtrack from the motion picture plays. The train takes a 75-minute journey from Bryson City all they way to the North Pole, where Santa Claus waits for its arrival. This year, the excursion begins Nov. 8 and runs until Dec. 31.
It also hosts an array of other special events, ranging from “BBQ & Brew” on varying dates throughout the year to “PEANUTS: The Great Pumpkin Patch Express” in October.
The Nantahala River flows through the downtown area, offering many family friendly activities.
Strolls and picnics along the river, boating, white water rafting, zip lining, even mountain biking by the water are just several outings for families or friends.
At the end of the day, lounge above the treetops in one of the many cabins available for rent in the Great Smoky Mountains. With remote locations, these cabins are the perfect opportunity for a getaway from the rest of the world.
There’s no better way to relax than with a hot cup of coffee and fresh mountain air.

Corinna Workman is a sophomore at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.


Poll: What parents wish their teens knew

By Emily Clark
Times-News correspondent 

   Teens & 20s recently asked five parents of teens and twenty-somethings — “What do you wish your teenagers understood?”
“I wish kids knew that parents are really in tune with them. Parents are a generation of experiences ahead and really similar to their kids in more ways than they are aware. We have all the old tests, we’ve almost always been where they are going. We have dealt with the same drama or lack of, and are painfully honest about what kids think they are doing or going through that we don’t already know about.
“I didn’t learn about my parent’s ‘x-ray vision’ and ‘crystal ball’ until well into my 20s, I didn’t know about my parents’ trials and difficulties, their sacrifices and their frustrations, and their vault of endless wisdom, just ripe for the picking. If I had only asked. I wish I had realized how much they knew, how much they had to offer, and the depth of their love for me. I wish I had known to what lengths they would go to make sure I never knew, that they were right behind me, pushing me forward, catching me when I slipped and clapping when I crushed it. I wish this generation of kids knew all that about their folks. Being a teenager would be a little easier, and so much more fun for them.” — Chad Huffine, father of two teenagers, 15 and 19 years old.
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UNCG looking for ushers


   GREENSBORO — The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s (UNCG) School of Theatre department is looking for ushers.
Volunteer ushers are required to sign up via email, remain at the theater until dismissed by the house manager, arrive one hour before the performance is scheduled to begin and they must wear a white shirt and black pants.
If interested in volunteering, contact
Those who serve as ushers get to see the shows for free. This year’s season includes “Pippin, the Musical”; “The Wolves”: “The Normal Heart”; Roald Dahl’s “The Witches”; William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”; “Tales of the Arabian Nights”; “Flyin’ West” and “Urine Town, the Musical.”

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