Balsam Range to play Franklin 

Acclaimed bluegrass/gospel group Balsam Range will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Cowee School Celebration in Franklin.

Built in 1943 on the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the school served thousands of students until it was closed as a school in 2012. Efforts are now underway to preserve and reuse the historic school as a community and heritage center. The dinner, prepared by chef Lindsey Kent of the Cottage, is sold out, but there is still plenty of space and parking left for the free performance. Food vendors will also be on-site.

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