Newsletter April 2017

Welcome Members & Friends of CCCRA.
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Clay County Communities Revitalization Association

CCCRA is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization devoted to preserving and improving Clay County NC for its residents and visitors. Powered by a 100% volunteer engine, CCCRA is funded through memberships, donations and grants.
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Historic Courthouse Preservation

2017 restoration work is underway!  The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is getting a face-lift with new wood trim, roof and paint.  For more photos of the current work, visit:

CCCRA Awarded CNEF Grant

The small grant program of The Conservation Fund, Creating New Economies Fund (CNEF), recently awarded CCCRA $15,000 to enhance its marketing strategies.  These much-needed funds are already being put to good use to: purchase and upgrade signage for the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, Cherokee Heritage Festival, Jackrabbit Mountain Trail, Spikebuck Mound, and the Summer Concerts; update the CCCRA website and adopt a professional newsletter format; revise printed membership forms and CCCRA brochures; and to fund Solar Eclipse souvenir items which will be for sale all summer long.  CCCRA 's Board is very appreciative of CNEF's confidence in our organization.

Solar Fest - Monday, August 21st

For the first time since 1506, a Total Eclipse will occur over Clay County! 

Get Your Solar Eclipse Souvenirs!

511 years is a long time. To commemorate this rare celestial event, CCCRA is selling T-shirts, hats and memorabilia (including the all-important viewing goggles), every Saturday from 10am-2pm in front of the Nantahala Bank (102 Hwy 64E), starting Saturday, April 15th.  Get yours early, and enjoy them all summer long!  

Solar Feast on the Square - August 19th

CCCRA planning continues in full swing for SOLAR FEAST on the Square on Saturday the 19th, two days prior to the big event, the Total Eclipse! Food and Festivities for everyone!

If your non-profit group is interested in providing a menu item or activity at Solar Feast, contact us by email: CCCRA.

Coming Soon!  2017 Friday Summer Concerts

This year's concert series kicks off May 26th with the Holman Autry Band.  

Food and beverages by 
The Copper Door will be available for purchase, and as in years past, the American Legion will be on-site selling your traditional favorites.

Come early, stake out a good spot, and stock up on fresh fruits and veggies at the
Hayesville Farmers Market (operating Fridays from 2-6pm!)

Hayesville Students Take the Quanassee Path to Good Health

On April 7th, over 120 sixth-grade students and staff, braved winds and cool temperatures to walk along the Quanassee Path, calling attention to the health benefits of walking.  The date coincided with the grade's Health Day, chaired by school nurse (and CCCRA Director), Joanna Atkisson.  A banner carried by the students was provided by Active Routes to School, and the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation sponsored bookmarks noting the event, in its second year.

Kudos to their teachers, and to Shaughn Bannon, Ron Guggisberg, Sally Gordon, Howard Platz, Kathy Zarefoss and other community members who made sure the walkers crossed the downtown streets safely. 

Elementary Students will "Take the Quanassee Path to Good Health on Friday, April 21st. 


Your Vote Counts!

Hayesville/Clay County is on the Appalachian Mural Trail!

New Appalachian Mural Trail—New for 2017

(Credit - BRNHA Newsletter April 5, 2017) Many murals are telling the stories of communities large and small throughout the mountains and foothills of Western North Carolina, and the new Appalachian Mural Trail (AMT) aims to link them together and provide information and access to these outdoor artworks.
The goal is to bring visitors to participating communities, thus not only enhancing the interpretation of history and culture to be found there, but also to support local economies. The website,, will be an interactive resource to guide visitors to all murals on the trail. 
Presently, there are murals in twelve counties, all located in communities near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Trail organizers intend to inspire other small Appalachian communities to create their own high quality outdoor heritage murals, with paintings of folk tales, Cherokee legends, mountain music, and the beauty of the land.

Vote for Appalachian Mural Trail and Support Grant Application
To support the new trail and also communities needing funding for a mural, trail organizers have been approved for a USA Today ‘Communities Thrive’ grant. The next step is an online popular vote at between April 12 and May 12. One vote per person per day is allowed, so you can vote every day for the mural trail. At the end of the voting period, those receiving the highest number of votes will become finalists and advance to the judging.


Thank you to all CCCRA Members for your financial and volunteer support.  Your contributions ensure that we can continue our Mission to stimulate economic growth, promote the assets, and preserve the heritage of Clay County.

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Coming Events
April 21:  "Take the Quanassee Path to Good Health"
April 22:  Hayesville Community Yard Sale (CCCRA Fundraiser)
May 26:  Concert on the Square - Holman Autry Band
September 16:  Cherokee Heritage Festival

For more events, visit our website:

Many Thanks to our Business Members








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