Chamber News November 2022

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

Come by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Office and grab a copy!

Murphy is featured on page 10 Article in Appalachian Country Living

Sunday November 6th from 1pm to 3pm

In the south west corner of North Carolina lies the sweetest, little mountain town. ‘Two hours from anywhere’ and nestled at the base of the magnificent Appalachian mountain range,
Murphy embodies the charm of an old-time downtown.

Christmas is coming early to Historic Downtown Murphy with an auspicious special event. Each year a different National Forest is selected to provide the tree that lights up the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn. This year, the National Forests in North Carolina, in partnership with the nonprofit Choose Outdoors, have selected a tree from the Pisgah National Forest.

Our national tree will embark on the “Mountains to Sea Tour” traveling through North Carolina to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, with the very first stop on the tour being Murphy, NC!

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree arrives in town at 1pm on November 6th. Historic Downtown Murphy will be rolling out the red carpet with an Old-Fashioned Christmas event. Everyone will have the opportunity to sign a Christmas Card to the tree, take photos in front of the tree, and learn more about the history and significance of our Nation’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

Streets will be closed, vendors will be selling cocoa, sweets, coffee and other tasty treats that are sure to please. Local shops, art galleries, restaurants, and breweries will be open for all ages to enjoy. Photos with Santa, fun for families, games for kids, caroling, music, Christmas character sightings, and downtown shopping for all will make even the grumpiest Grinch smile.

Festivities culminate with the lighting of Murphy’s own Christmas Tree at 6pm. Best of all, the event is free and open to the public.

By AC LIving Magazine on October 7, 2022

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You can support Toys for Tots in Cherokee County, NC with your donation. They accept new, unwrapped toys or money. A donation site will be available at the U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree Event in Downtown Murphy, NC on November 6th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.


Trick or Treat

Downtown Murphy will be hosting a "Trick or Treat" Fest on Monday, October 31st from 4pm to 7pm. Area businesses will be handing out treats all over the downtown square. Bring the kids for a fun and safe Halloween and be sure to dress up!


New Member - We Welcome

One Dozen Who Care Inc, sponsors the 2023 Multicultural Women's Development Conference

One Dozen Who Care, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) empowers, educates, and

encourages economic development for women, youth, and elders in far Western

North Carolina, in order to bridge cultures and create community bonds. The

organization achieves this mission through its four main programs listed below:

● Multicultural Women’s Development Conference

● ODWC Prescott Scholarship for Higher Education

● Purell Miller African American Book Collection & Reading Challenge

● Elder Dinner

Click here for a summary of all programs, past and present.

ODWC, Inc was founded in 1999 by Ann Miller Woodford, and 11 other women

from Cherokee, Clay and surrounding counties. At an historic April 26th meeting

the previous year, 22 women gathered to discuss how to help their communities

by extending a “hand up, rather than seeking a hand out.” Of the 22 women, 12

demonstrated a financial commitment and established an organization that was

to be part of the solution to economic challenges that have been historically

daunting for women and minorities.

Its flagship program,the annual Multicultural Women’s Development Conference,

will be held April 14th and 15th, 2023 at the beautiful Hinton Rural Life Center in

Hayesville, NC. This program brings together a diverse group of women

representing a wide range of ages, socioeconomic, and educational

backgrounds. Two days of engaging programs will be led by presenters on

entrepreneurship, health and well-being, education, and empowerment topics. All

programs will point to the common theme for the 2023 conference - Feed My

Soul. SOUL is being used as an acronym for Self-Care, Opportunity, Unity, and

Leadership. See the screen grab from the website below for more details on how

the program lectures and activities lend itself to the theme.

Conference lectures and breakout sessions will echo the theme.

Early-bird registration begins on December 15th, 2022. For information on how to

participate in, or take advantage of sponsorship and advertising opportunities for

the Multicultural Women’s Development Conference, please visit:

For more information on this dynamic non-profit organization, please visit, or email us:



Exciting News for Downtown Murphy!

Please attend our Grand Opening on November 4th to enjoy our expansive gallery, chock-full of all types of local Appalachian art by our members: wood crafts, glass art, fabric crafts and quilts, all types of jewelry, paintings and photography of all kinds, stained glass, Christmas ornaments, wood furniture, baskets, souvenirs, and hand-crafted gifts, just to name a few.

Meet the artists, sign up for an art class, enjoy the ambiance of our beautiful gallery, and share a toast with us! We hope you will spend the evening at First Friday Art Walk and especially at the new MAC.

We will be serving refreshments all evening. Look for the pennant flags, the MAX Project Murphy Art Xplosion outdoor art gallery panels, and the live music on the Square in front of our new MAC. The G.A.S. Musical Trio of George, Andy, and Steve will be rocking the classics of the ‘60’s, ‘70’s and ‘80’s all evening.

If you miss our Grand Opening Celebration, stop in anytime. The Murphy Art Center is open every day, 10AM-5PM, including Sundays 10-4, and every Friday evening until 8PM. Our 60 artist members volunteer to run the gallery and coordinate the art classes, serving the community with our arts programs. We hope that you will support us in our endeavors in creating an arts destination for ourarea. It takes a community, and we can’t do it without you!

Debra Vanderlaan, President of Valley River Arts Guild

d/b/a The MAC, Murphy Art Center

12 Peachtree Street, on the Square, Murphy, NC


561-601-6484 (Debra Cell)

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CHEROKEE COUNTY – In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Cherokee County announced that county buildings would be illuminated green November 7th through the 13th as part of Operation Green Light, a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) tosupport military veterans, as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and the resources that are available at the county, state, and federal level to assist veterans and their families.

The new national collaborative is spearheaded by the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers, building upon the successful efforts of the New York State Association of Counties and the NYS County Veteran Service Officers’ Association in 2021.

“Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, our nation’s voluntary military force members, and their families, have made immense sacrifices for our safety and security over a two-decade period,” said Danna Pash, Cherokee County Veteran Service Officer. “Similar to the sacrifices of previous generations of our armed forces, this service to country also often results in significant stress to many of the veterans who served in times of war and conflict. We want to make sure our veterans and their families know that their service mattered, that we are grateful for their sacrifices, and that it is now our turn to make sure they are served by their county government and our community.”

In addition to lighting county buildings, residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by simply changing one light bulb in their house to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends. By shining a green light, we let our veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported.

While this event is focused around the week of Veterans Day (November 7th -13th), participants are encouraged to continue shining the light year-round. Residents can share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.

“Operation Green Light is a simple way to express our collective appreciation for the public service of our veterans,” said NACo President Denise Winfrey. “We encourage everyone to join us in displaying a green light for our veterans and to also reflect on how we, as a nation and at the county level, assist our military service personal back into civilian life upon completion of their service to our country.”

Visit for more information and links to resources available to veterans, or call the Cherokee County Veteran Services Office at 828-835-8663 ext 1899.




Over 130 vendors set up on Main Street, Locust Street, and Chestnut Street! The event opens with the Carillion Bells from Andrews United Methodist Church, then opening Ceremonies at the Church steps. Throughout the day we'll have 3 Stages with live entertainment. Victorian Carolers all day long. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Grab some fantastic food from local food trucks, and take a seat at a picnic table with friends. Chairs will be available to sit and listen to the music...or you might even want to dance! Download the FULL SCHEDULE.


Thanksgiving is Just Around the Corner! Who's Cooking?






Contact Murphy's Chophouse for their To Go Menu. 828-835-3287


Tale as old as time...Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical begins this Friday, October 28 at 7pm. You don't want to miss this classic fairytale presented by the Overlook Theatre Company!

October 28, 29, November 4, 5, 11, 12 at 7pm


The Petty Hearts (The Nat’l Tom Petty Tribute Show)

NOV 11, 2022
Tickets: Adult $39/ Student $35

The Petty Hearts are a nationally touring Tom Petty tribute band celebrating the life and musical legacy of Tom Petty’s amazing 40-year career in rock and roll. The Petty Hearts perform faithful renditions of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ extensive catalog including dozens of his best known Top 40 hits along with some deeper album cuts Petty rarely played live. The Petty Hearts have performed across the country before thousands of music fans at festivals, performing arts theaters, amphitheaters and nightclubs.


Local Dining Series

If you haven't ventured out to the Freight Yard Grill you are definitely missing some yummy vittles. Personally we are in love with the burgers, especially "The Broiler". But really everything hitting the table is fresh and tasty. Be sure and check their menu options depending on the day you are visiting. Sunday's specialty of wings comes in so many varieties you are sure to find a fav. And lets not forget "Taco Tuesday's" and "Thirsty Thursday". Again check out their Facebook to see what is happening because there are too many specials and activities to cover here.






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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.

What Did You Miss in Our October Newsletter?

Our monthly newsletter is seeing unprecedented attention. We have consistently experienced a better than 200% open rate and mulitple re-visits throughout 2022. Contact us about member discounts to place an ad.

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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!