Christmas in Murphy, North Carolina

We know it is Fall and we have some other holidays to celebrate, but planning has begun and we want you to Save the Date for your small town Christmas in Murphy, North Carolina! “A Very Murphy Christmas” Saturday, December 1st, 2018

New this year… an evening parade at 6:00pm with tree lighting to follow. That’s right! All of the parade floats will be lit up with Christmas lights and we are super excited as Murphy Gets Lit!

  • VOLUNTEERSAs with any community event, we simply can’t be successful without the help of neighbors who are willing to lend a helping hand. If you are interested in volunteering on December 1st, please join our volunteer list!


  • Parade Entry This is a simple online application with some information to help you prepare for Murphy’s first evening parade.


  • Vendor Application: We are fortunate to have so many local artists and crafters. As we encourage our neighbors in the community to shop local stores, this is the perfect opportunity for artists to offer locally hand-crafted gifts.


  • Christmas Performance: We are excited to showcase the Local Talent of School & Church Choirs, as well as local dance studios and groups. Please submit this online application to be scheduled at our Christmas Festival on December 1st before the Murphy Gets Lit Parade!

If you have any questions, please feel free to message Becca McNabb at McNabb!

2018 Business Summit

I tend to pay attention when I hear “free coffee and lunch“. Throw in free business training and networking… you get the 2018 Business Summit. This is an awesome networking opportunity with topnotch speakers created by 3 organizations focused on collaboration.




All you have to do is register here so they can be sure to have enough of that free coffee and lunch.  Registration is literally the easiest thing you’ll do all day… Type in your name and email, then click “REGISTER FOR FREE” and we’ll see you on Thursday!


Festival Season

Many of you know that Autumn is better known as Leaf Season. The mountains are stunning when the leaves change and color fills the trees. With at least 160,000 acres of national Forest, you can drive for miles and see the undeveloped beauty of the Nantahala National Forest. The weather is perfect and the sky is spectacular as the sun rises and sets each day.

Fun fact: Leaf Season is also Festival Season, and if you haven’t devoured a fried apple pie, you’re simply not living your best life. Cherokee County is home to the 44th Annual John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival and more recently, Oktoberfest Andrews.

North Carolina has a growing Craft Beer movement and we are home to local breweries and wineries that will exceed your expectations. An added bonus: a new festival tradition in its third year. The Oktoberfest Andrews is fun for all ages with bouncy houses for the kids, a Photo Contest, local food, beer, wine, and live music. You can even try your luck in the Corn Hole Tournament.

You may be surprised by the amount of wineries and breweries in our quaint mountain town, but we know you expect delicious, diet-busting food in the South.  The Fall Festival does not disappoint! Better still, the food is near the Festival Barn stage where you will be entertained by dance groups and musicians. Plan to spend hours strolling the beautiful grounds and explore vendor tents boasting the local talent of our own Cherokee County Arts Council and the Valley River Arts Guild, among other regional artists. It is truly impressive to watch everything from blacksmithing and woodcarving to weaving on a loom or jewelry making.

So mark your calendars!

This Saturday, 9/29: Oktoberfest Andrews

Saturday & Sunday, 10/6-7: John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival

This is just the beginning, check out the Cherokee County Chamber’s Calendar and visit us soon!

The Journey Begins

You hear of those small towns where people have a connection with almost everyone. Murphy is one of those towns, nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina. On our wedding day, we had friends and family from all over the Southeast and Midwest, even some from the West Coast. At the reception, they all had one thing in common, they immediately said, “Everywhere we went in town knew that today we were in town for Lawrence and Becca’s wedding. It’s like you live in Mayberry!”

I won’t lie, it was a bit of culture shocking coming from the city where convenience is king and you have everything at your fingertips. The traffic was easy to leave behind, so were those Ohio winters, but I missed that 24-hour take out food! With the change of pace came the realization that genuine connections were being made. We became involved in our community, in our church, and eventually in our schools. We have friends that will happily meet us for live music at a local vineyard or drive the carpool to dance one night while we watch another child’s soccer game. If we ever need a city fix, we can be to Atlanta, Asheville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, or even Greenville, South Carolina within 2 hours, but we always appreciate our mountains when we return.

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