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  Spring is here and oh boy, do we have a fun year of events coming up! Please consult the “EVENTS” tab for full descriptions and reservation information for those limited attendance events. Check back often. New events are being added. Join us for an Earth Day nature walk on April 22. Afterwards we will have a tree planting at our headquarters, The Cove, followed by light refreshments. On Thursday, May 16 we will have Blue Ghosts & Bubbles at The Cove, a celebration of our ethereal spring fireflies. Eights days later on May 24, Ernie Mills will bring the sage author, Mark Twain, back to life. Still to be scheduled are movie nights at The Cove and a Cedar Mountain bog walk. Stay tuned. Our Summer Series in August promises to be one of the best ever. Our focus this year will be on mountain culture and we will…

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Lot D-30, Cardinal Road In July 2017 a group of eighteen residents joined together to create Tarheel Lake Partners LLC with the express purpose of purchasing the half-acre Lot D-30 on Cardinal Road in Sherwood Forest. They donated $41,000 of their own money to purchase this strategic piece of property. The lot was recently appraised at $62,000. In October 2018 the partners transferred title to Sherwood Forest Friends with three stipulations: • The lot will remain permanently undeveloped. • Foot trails will be permitted. • SFHA can have access to the Tarheel Lake/Dam provided that the temporary roadbed is restored with native plant material following completion of the project. Lot D-30 is important to Sherwood Forest because it offers the only access to Tarheel Lake and Tarheel Dam in the event that repair or desilting becomes necessary.Sherwood Forest Friends (SFF) voted on November 5, 2018, to offer Lot D-30 to…

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On October 23, twenty-five “friends” headed out for a day of Cherokee culture. We met Lianna Costantino, our guide for the day, in Sylva. Our first stop was the Judaculla Rock in Jackson County. This ancient soapstone rock is covered with drawings thought to predate modern Cherokee culture. While Lianna told us the story behind the legend of Juthcullah we all pondered what the drawings actually mean. Some thought they were a recording of history while a few thought the rock could be a map.   Our next stop was the pavilion at Mark Watson park where we enjoyed a deeeelishous picnic lunch prepared by Cathy Nell and Kathy Figiel. Everything was prepared and packaged with love!               On our short drive to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Lianna told us stories of the Cherokee and explained their language. In the museum she…

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By all accounts, the 2018 Summer Series of programs was a success. The series of four lectures focused on an environmental theme. Beginning with the original environmentalists of our area, the Cherokee, we traveled through the the environmental movement of the mid-twentieth century and into the the future as Dr. Suresh Muthukrishnan, Ph.D explained how graphic mapping of global data can show us things we might not have noticed. Lianna Elizabeta Costantino sat in front of a campfire and told us Cherokee stories that gave us rich insight into their culture and relationship to mother earth. The following week, Caroline McIntyre brought Rachel Carson to life in dramatic fashion as she explained the social climate of the 60’s and her battle against chemical pollution. A simple but evocative interior set on the stage gave a warm, encompassing feeling to the evening. Jim Stokely, whose mother Wilma Dyckeman, is credited with…

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The 2018 Summer Series is less than a week away and bound to provide stimulating discussion. Don’t miss any of it! 7:00pm, August 17 One With the Earth: Cherokee and the Environment Before Europeans came to this continent indigenous peoples lived off the land. The Cherokee of the Appalachians were the original environmentalists. They lived with the land. Join Lianna Elizabeta Costantino as she tells us about Cherokee ideas regarding health, well-being and healing, medicine and forestry. 7:00pm, August 23 Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring In the summer of 1962, Silent Spring was published and raised America’s awareness to the future of the planet and all life on Earth. She called for humans to act responsibly as stewards of the living earth. Her book became the drumbeat for a generation of environmentalists. Step into the past as Caroline McIntyre recreates Carson and discusses the monumental work. 7:00pm, August 30 Wilma Dykeman,…

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Welcome to Sherwood Forest Friends. This website is the source of information on SFF activities and membership. We have many things planned for our first year as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and you can help us reach our goals. Stay tuned!

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