John Muir in Waynesville



“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

See John Muir Live in Waynesville

OK. It’s not John Muir – he died a while back. But watching Lee Stetson, reprising John Muir, is a fantastic experience.
Muir’s words will echo again during “The Spirit of John Muir” performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Haywood Community College Beall Auditorium in Waynesville. This is hosted by Friends of the Smokies. Advanced tickets are recommended as the performance date draws near.

Muir, portrayed by actor/storyteller Lee Stetson, will thrill nature enthusiasts and story-lovers alike with hair-raising tales of Muir’s adventures riding a snow avalanche, freezing in a howling blizzard and being caught in a mighty Yosemite earthquake, all liberally laced with Muir’s love of the natural world.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson will be on hand to greet guests.
And that is worth the price of admission by itself even if they didn’t have a dessert reception during intermission.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit Trails Forever and other Great Smoky Mountains National Park projects.
Tickets for the October 15th event at Haywood Community College’s Beall Auditorium are: advance $23, door $27, Friends of the Smokies members $20, and students $15. Tickets may be purchased in Waynesville at Mast General Store or Blue Ridge Books; by calling 828-452-0720; or online at

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