Chamber News May 2022

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

For Cherokee County Chamber Members



These are strange times. Seems like every business is hiring, and at the same time, it seems like no one wants to work. That is the repeated expression we hear at the Chamber. But this scenario is playing out across the country. Staffing shortages have lead many offices, restaurants, and all types of businesses to implement adjusted hours, or had to limit available services.

If you are a chamber member and are looking for staffing, why not post your employment opportunity in the JOBS section of the Chamber website. It is one of the most trafficked pages on the site. And why is that? Look at our region! It offers so much in the way of beauty, change from the hectic and busy pace, whether as a place to retire or a place to raise a family, Cherokee County and surrounding areas have so much to offer and people are moving here in droves - and looking for work, as well as a living accommodations.

Want to learn how to create a job posting that can reach thousands? Check out this months video on the BENEFITTING FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIP series featuring JOB POSTING using your MEMBER INFORMATION CENTER.

After you get logged in, click on the RESOURCES button. If you do not have a login contact Sherry at or call 828-837-2242.

Speaking of Job Postings ...

PNC Bank in Murphy is seeking a HEAD TELLER

For more information, contact Lisa Roe at 828-837-2141


You Asked For It!

You Got It Cherokee County


Making Mountain Memories



May Events Overview



You are cordially invited to Rose Insurance's Customer Appreciation Day. Come enjoy free hot dogs with all the trimmings, door prizes, and giveaways. The Humana Van will also be there providing information.

For 34 years Anne Rose has been providing quality insurance plans and advice to this community. She wants you to know how much she appreciates your trust and loyalty.

620 Hill St, Murphy, NC 28906-3531


2022 Murphy Spring Festival in Murphy, NC
Welcome spring back to the mountains at the Murphy Spring Festival. The Murphy Business Association sponsors this event welcoming vendors, food trucks, family activities, and live music. And let's not forget the Beer Garden sponsored by McNabb Properties featuring regional brewers and wineries. The Murphy Business association is thankful for the support of the Cherokee County Tourism and Development Authority, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Harrah's Cherokee Casinos, John C. Campbell Folk School, Farley Insurance Services, Carolina Farm Credit,and Nantahala Bank & Trust Co.


Mountain Harbour

Wednesday, May 11th, 8am

1665 Mountain Harbour Drive

Hayesville, NC

Held annually in May, the Annual Golf Classic attracts participants from all over the South Eastern united States. The Mountain Harbor Golf Club in Clay County will host the event this year, May 7th. Follow the link for more information.

Thank you to our Sponsors!


Presented by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

Forks and Corks - Local Savor 2022 happens June 2, 2022! Come out and taste our local cuisine. This event gives the community a chance to experience offerings from our area restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries and much more. Vendors who are members of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce will have vendor fees waived. Tickets for the event may be purchased online at the Chamber office starting April 1, 2022. Online purchaser's tickets will be held at "will call" to be picked up upon entry to the event. Attendees will be asked to select a reservation time of 5:00 pm or 6:30 pm at the time of ticket purchase. We are offering 225 tickets this year and attendance is by reservation only.


Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Bridges to Learning Tutoring Center

Thursday, May 12, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Please welcome Bridges to Learning Tutoring Center to the Cherokee County Chamber network. Bridges to Learning Tutoring Center offers educational instruction to students in grades K-8 who require specialized instruction in the areas of reading, math and written language.

For more information on this organization and its efforts to eliminate obstacles to learning by creating bridges, please follow this link to their directory listing.


The Return of the John C. Campbell Folk Festival

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Only a few more days! Fall Festival Craft and Food Vendor applications are due Monday, May 2 at 5 p.m. Learn more and apply today on our SlideRoom site.

Craft vendors

Food vendors

Our annual Fall Festival will return Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2022. For 45 years, the Folk School has celebrated the Appalachians’ rich cultural heritage. Our annual Fall Festival features hundreds of craftspeople, continuous live music and dance on two stages, and craft demonstrations. Visitors will enjoy tasty food, kids’ activities, and much more. Fall Festival is an outdoor event open to the general public. All are welcome if they feel comfortable participating.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Events Calendar

To find out what's going on this month (or this year) be sure to check out the EVENTS CALENDAR on our website. It is regularly updated with member and community sponsored events. It's THE PLACE to look for what's happening in Western North Carolina and the surrounding region.



Thousands of people look forward to the Murphy Farmer's Market opening up every spring. This year is no different. From the old favorites to the new comers, there are vendors that have quality goods to satisfy your needs ... and wants.

Check the out every Saturday from April - October from 9AM-1PM at the L&N Depot. Featuring 100% locally sourced crafts and produce. On any given market day you'll find over 40 vendors featuring fresh veggies, fruits, livestock, bedding plants, native & landscaping plants, jams, jellies, goats milk & cheese, meats, chicken, baked goods, honey, live music and much more.


Only in Western North Carolina - sort of

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The Photinus Carolinus - better known as the Synchronized Firefly

Of the thousands of firefly species in the world, and the 19 varieties found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, only one is known for its unique lightshow - the photinus carolinus.

During a short window of opportunity that occurs between the middle of May and June, these synchronized fireflies will create a blanket of gorgeous light along the forest floors.

It was once thought that these fireflies were unique to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but populations of this species has shown up in a handful of other locations in the country, and as far as Asia.

The Elkmont Campground has been designated the ideal spot for "local" viewing, but vehicle passes (allotted by lottery) are required to get choice “seating.” Sorry - the deadline for those passes is TODAY (Monday, May 2). The application process starts in April - so bookmark this page if you want to toss your hat in for next year.

Nonetheless, if you’re in the Appalachian region during this time, you can still enjoy the beautiful lightshow (synchronized or not) of these fascinating creatures.

For more information check out the following links:

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Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is an organization to foster, nurture and promote our members, to represent Cherokee County to the world, and to enhance the economic climate for businesses to thrive within.

Our members make up an elite business community!