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Spring is here to stay — enjoy the outdoors this weekend

By Kyle Perrotti | Mar 29, 2017
Photo by: File photo TURKEY SEASON — Hunting season is practically here! The turkey hunting season will open up for all licensed hunters from April 8 through May 6.

The Earth seems hesitant to allow spring to hit Western North Carolina.

Winter has been mild, but every time it seems we are done with it, sub-freezing temperatures creep back into the forecast, causing anyone attempting to grow anything some serious issues.

Cataloochee has finally closed down after a topsy-turvy winter and even bears aren’t quite sure what to do. Since December, because temperatures have fluctuated so drastically, there have been over a dozen sightings in Western North Carolina of the animals breaking out of hibernation in search of food.

But now it seems like spring is here to stay. As I look at the extended forecast, I see highs edging into the 70s and I don’t see a single low below 40. So what does that mean, aside from flowers and trees bursting into bloom? Well, it really varies from person to person.

For those who love the unique outdoors opportunities our mountains provide, it may be time to dust off those hiking pants and hit the trails. If you’re growing some plants or gardening, you can finally breathe easily and work under the assumption that a devastating frost won't hit. And, if you love a good long drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway has opened back up.

Love to hunt? I know the wait has been long, but turkey season is upon us. From April 1 through April 7, take your kids out for the youth-only week, then the season will open up for all licensed hunters from April 8 through May 6. Considering how high the turkey population is right now, there should be plenty to go around.

And let’s not forget the craft beer fanatics out there. April is North Carolina Beer Month, so why not usher it in properly by trying a local spring beer, such as Tipping Point Tavern’s “Birds and Bees,” the brewery’s springtime pale ale or Highlands Brewing Co.'s "Big Briar Tart Raspberry Ale," which is a light, refreshing beer perfect for a warm spring evening.

With the turning of the seasons also comes our local high schools’ spring performances. Last weekend, Tuscola High School's Summit Choir put on its 35th Annual Country Western Show, and you can catch Pisgah’s “Dirt on the Dancefloor,” this weekend. The show will feature performances from The Pisgah Choral Department with a live band playing for the soloists. Shows are March 30-31 and April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Pisgah's auditorium.

Despite all the weather wavering, it seems like spring is finally here to say. Enjoy it!

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