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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:00

StreetFest in Franklin held July 13

The first StreetFest of 2012 will be held from 6-9 p.m. July 13 in historic downtown Franklin. Venture Local Franklin has teamed with local merchants to host the fest. The schedule of events includes: local bands and music on the…
REACH of Haywood will celebrate its resale store’s 10th anniversary with a fashion show and luncheon at noon July 16 at the Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale Restaurant on Hazelwood Avenue in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:57

Folkmoot begins July 18

Dancers and musicians in colorful traditional costumes from the countries of New Zealand, France, Belgium, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Puerto Rico, Ukraine and Hawaii are expected to appear in more than 70 performances during the 29th Folkmoot Festival, July 18-29.
The second Sylva Art Stroll, sponsored by the Jackson County Visual Arts Association (JCVAA), is scheduled for 5 p.m. July 13 in downtown Sylva. Most businesses will stay open later than 5 p.m. to welcome visitors, shoppers and diners before…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:55

Folkways come to life at Franklin festival

The 9th annual Franklin Folk Festival celebrating Appalachian Heritage will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, in downtown Franklin.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:54

The Boxcars to perform July 14 in Stecoah

The eclectic band The Boxcars will take the stage at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. July 14. The Boxcars, which includes members Adam Steffy, Ron Stewart, John Bowman, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon, have deep bluegrass…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:53

Gibson Brothers bring bluegrass to Franklin

The Gibson Brothers, a traditional bluegrass band, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. July 20. The Gibson Brothers are widely recognized as among the finest brother duet in bluegrass music today. Eric…
Gospel quartet Gold City will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:51

A capella singers to perform in Sylva

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a performance by Ubuntu Dillsboro, an a capella community chorus, at 7 p.m. July 17. “Ubuntu Dillsboro is a group of people who love to sing in harmony,” said Tom Tyre,…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:50

Free music workshop for kids July 14

The Macon County Arts Council is holding its free monthly ARTSaturday workshop for elementary school-aged children and their families from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 14, in the Macon County Public Library children’s area. Activities include harmony and…
Visitors to Cherokee can witness the powerful, authentic culture of Comanche, Totonac, Seminole, Cree, Polynesian and Cherokee July 13-14 as indigenous tribes gather for the eighth annual Festival of Native Peoples at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds in Cherokee.
For the first time in its 62-year history, the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee has added a new play to its repertoire.
By Michael Beadle Sara Tramper can take you to the powwow at end of the world.
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

In the studio...

You start a band. The band writes material, rehearses, and plays some shows. What’s the next step? Merchandising? A world tour? Possibly a big fat record deal and huge cash advance from the label? Wait a minute; the record industry…
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 00:00

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A Continual Feast Evelyn Vitz’s cookbook offers a fine array of rituals and recipes from the Christian calendar. Greek lamb soup, baked Easter ham, and Russian Easter bread, for example, are only a few of the recipes offered for the…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Henderson pours some hot sauce on it

By Chris Cooper In guitar circles, certain names are spoken in hushed, respectful tones. Players like Mike Stern, Allan Holdsworth and Scott Henderson — among others, of course — represent the best of the best in regards to the modern…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

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“Juno” The little movie that could is this year’s “Little Miss Sunshine,” another quirky comedy that broke out of its expected art house niche and into the Cineplexes. Former exotic dancer Diablo Cody just won the Academy Award for best…
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:00

Saddle up for song and dance

By Michael Beadle Mamas, it’s OK to let your sons grow up to be cowboys — especially if they end up singin’ and dancin’ in the Summit choir at Tuscola High School.
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

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EcoBuilders This Asheville area green building company co-owned by former Haywood County Environmental Science teacher Rob Moody and organic farmer turned Realtor Jack Bebber has just announced that it has been selected to be a part of a special edition…
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

This one's for Rob

By Chris Cooper Last summer I wrote an article titled “I Played In A Classic Rock Cover Band And Lived To Tell About It.” It was a semi-humorous account of some friends getting together under the moniker of Alpine Taxi,…
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:00

Painting over Bureaucracy

By Michael Beadle Phyllis Jarvinen was tired of all the paperwork, the endless forms and bureaucratic red tape that clogged up her job as a therapist working with children.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:00

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Poems from Guantanamo They’re supposed to be the worst of the worst from al-Qaeda and the Taliban, evildoers locked up for plotting unspeakable crimes of terror under the twisted doctrines of Islamo-fascism.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Owners of Plott Hounds will say that the hound is unlike any other.
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

Bluegrass’ contemporary class

The term “contemporary bluegrass” is open to a ridiculous amount of interpretation. For some it signifies anything that strays even a little beyond the template set by Ralph Stanley, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs — which means that damn near…
Wednesday, 06 February 2008 00:00

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Kindle In case you don’t know, the Kindle is Amazon’s answer to the paperless book. It’s a wireless, portable electronic tablet, I guess, and its advocates say it is the first electronic device that comes close to replicating a book.…
By Michael Beadle Watch out Broadway. Get Carnegie Hall ready.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

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“No Country For Old Men” There’s a whole list of movies (films?) I’ve seen that I respected, on many levels enjoyed, and don’t have an overwhelming urge to see again. This isn’t a comment on the quality of the films,…
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:00

Jim and Rhonda do it different

Jim Lauderdale: The Bluegrass Diaries If you recognize the name, little more needs to be said. Long one of the first-call songwriters in Nashville, Jim Lauderdale is probably the guy responsible for penning some of your favorite country tunes.
For nature photographer Bill Lea, Cades Cove is heaven on earth.
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 00:00

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“3:10 To Yuma” Russell Crowe as vicious murder Ben Wade and Christian Bale as Dan Evans, a farmer hired to help deliver the captured Wade to the train in Yuma, give outstanding performances in this new version of a previous…
Reverend Horton Heat: Reverend Organdrum Maybe all that needs to be said is that somewhere around three and a half minutes into Booker T’s “Can’t Be Still” you realize the Reverend and company have slipped a little snippet of Black…
By Michael Beadle What would New York City be without its Statue of Liberty? Picture St. Louis without its Gateway Arch. What would towns and cities be without their signature sculptures and eye-catching murals?
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Recommended diversions

Since in this age of home video, I seldom get to see many of the best movies of any given year until the following year — when they are finally released on DVD — please consider the following list of…
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 00:00

Shine on you crazy Miners

By Chris Cooper A few years ago there was this gangly guy with a mop of shaggy blonde hair sitting on a bench reading Beneath The Wheel by Herman Hesse. I recognized the book because a friend of mine had…
By Michael Beadle Brad Ulrich was 10 years old when he began playing the trumpet. He’d started with the guitar but picked up his brother’s trumpet to sneak a few notes here and there.
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Stew recipes

Upcountry Carolina Beef Hash 5 lbs lean beef, cut up for stew 1 1/2 lbs large onions diced 1 lb butter 1-2 tbsp salt pepper for taste — York County, S.C., recipe Brunswick Stew of Brunswick Co., Va. 6 hens…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

‘Rainbows’ plays as Radiohead should

There was an interesting coincidence on July 11, 2006. Thom Yorke released Eraser to mixed reviews, and the same day a band that still desperately wants to be Radiohead (that would be Muse) dropped their newest, Black Holes And Revelations.
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

Southern Comfort Food

By Michael Beadle Long before the days of microwaves and fast food meals, there was the slow-cooked stew, a Southern standard prepared in vast pots over an open fire. These stews included tender meats, fresh vegetables, secret seasonings and a…
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 00:00

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Skinny Dip, Carl Hiaasen This 512-page novel is a fast read that unfolds like a movie, painting a vivid picture of crime and adventure in South Florida. The story itself isn’t deep — Chaz Perrone offs his wife in an…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

HART opens 2008 Studio Season with ‘Demons’

By Michael Beadle A lawyer battling personal demons returns to a small town near Pittsburgh where a sensational crime forces him to face up to following the letter of the law — even if that means letting a dangerous criminal…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

A few notes on 2007

By Chris Cooper Looking back on the albums and/or shows (be they local, regional or major label offerings) I’ve had the opportunity to write about over the last year, two things struck me: 1) that I was lucky enough to…
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:00

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Kinky Boots Start the year off on the right foot with this 2005 Brit flick starring Joel Edgerton as Charlie Price, the hapless inheritor of a shoe factory, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Lola, the charming drag queen who sets Charlie’s…
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 00:00

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Christmas Eve dinner Not the particular food, per se, but the tradition. In our home it’s Lori’s homemade lasagna, and one pan probably weighs 10 pounds because it has so much cheese, meat and pasta. My pasta-loving children get all…
By Chris Cooper Before getting started, let me say that I completely missed Grace Potter’s performance at the Christmas Jam. Heard she was fantastic. Didn’t see Jackson Browne either — heard he was a little depressing. In fact, once I…
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:00

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Flight Of The Conchords on DVD Two discs of complete silliness from Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, New Zealand’s “not quite best but pretty good” digi-folk satire band, Flight Of The Conchords. It’s an oddball blend of sitcom and musical…
By Michael Beadle Terry Painter and his wife Anita love collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree each year, but they found that fewer and fewer ornaments bore any connection to the actual holiday.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

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Into Great Silence The Carthusian monks of Grande Chartreuse, regarded as one of the most austere monasteries in the world, considered German director Philip Groning’s request to film their lives for nearly 16 years before granting permission. The result of…
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

It’s Grammy season ... do you care?

We’re rapidly approaching that part of the year referred to endearingly as “Grammy Season.” This is the time when we all gather round our televisions, going through post-Christmas/New Year’s holiday withdrawal, ready for another up close and personal reminder that,…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Sounds like Christmas ...

By Chris Cooper There are folks that get into full holiday mode, displaying their favorite snowman and fir tree embroidered sweater with aplomb while decorating the house with enough twinkling Christmas lights to make it visible from Venus.
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

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Before The Devil Knows Your Dead I’m a little surprised that this gem of a movie is not getting more attention, but I was able to catch it last week at the Fine Arts theater in Asheville, and it is…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer It’s almost as though one can hear the creaking sighs of the old, hand-hammered barn boards in Craig Forrest’s paintings. His brush strokes evoke the weathered wood with its gentle warps, many knotholes, and…
By Michael Beadle So many of us have what Waynesville librarian Kathy Olsen calls “thing stories.”
The award-winning instructors from Western Carolina University’s summer dulcimer conference will be featured in a concert, “Dulcimers in the Round,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The group of 10…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Jazz programs offered for children

MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts in Waynesville will offer a new jazz music program on July 26. The “School of Jazz” will be under the direction of Bonnie Rossa, who has been performing and teaching in South Florida for 20…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Randy Flack slated for Fontana July 19

Singer-songwriter Randy Flack will perform from 8-11 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, and Saturday, July 21, at Fontana Village as part of the resort’s Sumer Concert Series.   Flack covers everything from country, classic rock, Motown, gospel, blue grass, and…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Songcatchers series continues July 22

Laura Boosinger will perform at 4 p.m. on July 22 at the Cradle of Forestry amphitheater as part of the 2012 Songcatchers Music Series. Boosinger’s primary focus is the interpretation of traditional music from the southern mountains. She plays old-time…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Hone your drawing skills in Waynesville

The next session of the Inspired Art Ministry (Iam) classes begins the week of July 23 with drawing classes on Mondays from 1-4 p.m. and painting classes on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. at the Waynesville First Baptist Church. Sessions run…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Mentalist Erik Dobell will see you July 25

“Mentalist” Erik Dobel, who uses psychology and trickery to create the illusion of psychic ability, will be the featured guest at a special program for teens ages 12 and up at 6:30 p.m. on July 25 in the Community Room…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Horse show fundraiser planned in Haywood

The Waynesville Lions Club will hold its 60th annual horse show at 3 p.m. on July 21 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.  
The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre will present its summer production, “Greater Tuna,” with special arrangements with Samuel French.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Weaver offering classes in Dillsboro

Susan Morgan Leveille, a professional weaver and teacher in Dillsboro for more than 35 years, has day and evening classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students at her studio. The studio has ongoing classes for adults and is offering “stand-alone”…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Belly dancing workshop set at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs will offer a free belly dancing workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center. The workshop will be led by performer, choreographer and instructor…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Contra dance in Waynesville July 22

A Waynesville Contra Dance will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. on July 22 at the Gateway Club ballroom at 37 Church St. AnneMarie Walter will call the dance and the band is Out of the Woodwork. All dances done to…
The Liars Bench, a troupe of award-winning storytellers and musicians, bring “Tall Tales, Mountain Myths, & Flat-Out Lies” to the Franklin Folk Festival from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. The Liars Bench is…
More than 40 historic photographs of Canton are on display at the Canton library from now through Aug. 31, and a public reception of the exhibit will be held at the library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.…
The Glenville Historical Society’s second annual Historical Tour featuring sites in the Norton Community will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. The tour begins at the Norton Community Center where tour-goers will be given…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Island Park also gets a quilt square

The second quilt square hanging — part of the Quilt Trail Project — will be held at Island Park in Bryson City at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 20.  The double wedding ring design chosen by Tee Angel of Angel…
The Haywood County Arts Council will dedicated “Four Little Birds,” the first quilt block at a Haywood County bed and breakfast, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at The Windover Inn.
By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville will bring the French Rivera to life with its blockbuster summer musical “La Cage aux Folles.” HART is taking a gamble with this play, which is among the…
By Chris Cooper It hardly needs to be said that the banjo has taken major leaps in the hands of certain talented players over the years. It’s job as the “rhythmic glue” in traditional bluegrass continues, but has also evolved…
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 00:00

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“The Santaland Diaries” If you’re reading this, you may already be too late — get thee right now to a phone and call the Asheville Community Theater to reserve tickets for David Sedaris’ short story turned play, “The Santaland Diaries.”…
By Michael Beadle For the longest time, Buffy Queen and John Buckley wanted to share their love of movies with other people. As avid film fans, they’d see an amazing documentary and say to themselves, “People need to see this.”
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

Surreptitious sounds

By Chris Cooper Every so often a few releases slip beneath the radar, or at least my radar. Massachusetts based Rounder Records released a few (honestly, more than a few) fine recordings over the last year, notably those by endearingly…
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:00

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Omnivore’s Dilemma What should we eat for dinner? Do we buy organic? Do we grow our own food? Should we eat fewer carbs or curb our protein? The basic idea of what to eat now fraught with unprecedented choice and…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

Krauss and Plant deliver no less than expected

By Chris Cooper It’s not such an odd pairing when you think about it; two voices as recognizable as these, weaving and twisting around each other, using their considerable interpretive skills on a set of songs written by the likes…
By Michael Beadle When nurse Josie Ellis set out to take pictures of Hispanic migrant families several years ago, she had no intention of creating an art exhibit. It was simply an attempt to share photographs of children with their…
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 00:00

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Ski season Count me among those who continue to be like a kid at Christmas when it’s the beginning of ski season. It’s a freeing feeling, strapping on skis and just flying down a hill with gravity as your motor.
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

Ever-evolving, always surprising

By Chris Cooper Mountain Heart released a fantastic album last year with Wide Open, demonstrating a remarkable ability to make modern, crossover friendly bluegrass without sacrificing one bit of musicality and soul.
By Michael Beadle A few days before Halloween, strange sounds were coming from room 451 in the Coulter Building on the campus of Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:00

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Going to the movies Every now a then a great batch of movies is released, calling me to the movie theater to spend too much on an overpriced ticket, popcorn and a soda. This month you can refer to your…
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

Halloween Ramblings, 2007

There’s a connection between being a musician and Halloween that goes beyond the obvious skulls/pumpkins/fake blood/heavy metal stereotype, at least for me. It’s a holiday where you can be as nutty as you want; roll yourself in tinfoil and carry…
By Michael Beadle Indulge in a seven-course meal that includes roasted pheasant, foie gras and braised wild boar. Sip award-winning wines from Tuscany. Savor sushi, soft-shell crab and sake. Tempt your tongue with rich chocolates.
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 00:00

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Brian Regan Live! Whether you purchase this CD or simply Google Brian Regan on your computer, you will find yourself listening to one of the funniest comedians to arrive on the scene in years. Brian Regan performs riffs on everything…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

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“Away From Her” Based on the great short story “The Bear Came Over The Mountain” by the ever-amazing Alice Munro, “Away From Her,” adapted for the screen and directed by 28-year-old Sarah Polley, chronicles the devastation of Alzheimer’s without flinching…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Something Pumpkin this way rolls ...

By Michael Beadle Carve ‘em. Cook ‘em. Turn ‘em into glowing faces. There’s plenty you can do with this year’s bounty of pumpkins.
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Halloween recipes

Pumpkin Nut Bread 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon each salt and baking soda 1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon each baking powder, browned allspice and cloves 1/2 cup of softened butter 1 cup packed dark brown…
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 00:00

Sharon Jones conjures up the heart of soul

By Chris Cooper Sharon Jones and her amazing band of funk/soul revivalists were responsible for one of the happiest musical misunderstandings I’ve ever experienced. Having seen her previous CD filed in the blues section of the local record shop, with…
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

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Rock On: An Office Power Ballad Written by Dan Kennedy, this venture into life in the corporate music business isn’t available to the general public until Feb. 12, 2008. But that’s OK. That just means that you can go ahead…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Bright yellow sunflowers ring the edges of Skipper Russell’s Cold Mountain Corn Maize in Canton, a memorial to his wife, Frances, who lost her battle with renal cell and thyroid cancer this February.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 00:00

Ex Tempore: Impromptu excellence

By Chris Cooper I first heard Johnny Irion years ago at a little venue in Charlotte. He was performing with his then quite pregnant wife Sarah Lee Guthrie, and the two of them exemplified everything that’s good about smart, latter…
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:00

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The Green Book Looking for more ways to help save energy costs and be more environmentally responsible? Check out this helpful book from Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen. It’s chock full of easy-to-follow tips for helping save the planet…
By Michael Beadle Making a mess never looked so fun. It’s Friday morning at Studio 598 in downtown Sylva, and art instructor Norma Smith is guiding several young students through a fresco workshop. These Jackson County home-schoolers range in age…
By Chris Cooper David Holt is a happy guy. In a recent phone (cell phone, no less) conversation as he strolled down the streets of San Francisco, he let me know one of the reasons why. “I just played the…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:47

Audition for upcoming HART production

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its October production of the hit Broadway musical “The Light in the Piazza” at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 5-6. The production is being directed by Charles Mills and opens on Oct.…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:47

Kathy Griffin slated for Harrah’s Aug. 11

Two-time Emmy winning comedian, Grammy nominee and best-selling author Kathy Griffin will appear at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11. Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with rapid-fire wit. She has been making audiences laugh for years discussing…
Local actress Barbara Bates Smith will star in a one-woman benefit performance titled “Go, Granny,Go: A Walk to Washington to Set’em Straight,” at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the HART Theater. The play is the memoir of Doris “Granny…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:45

Macon County Gemboree opens July 26

Gem and mineral dealers and rock hounds from across the country will converge on Franklin for the 47th Annual Macon County Gemboree July 26-29.
The hour-long radio show “Stories of Mountain Folk” airs every Saturday at 9 a.m. on Jackson County’s WRGC Radio at 540 AM.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:42

Learn more about modern roller derby

Krista Robb of the Smoky Mountain Roller Girls will give a program and slide show presentation on modern Roller Derby at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, in the community room of the Jackson County Public Library.