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Haywood County Rev. Lamont Foster still remembers the day he learned what it meant to be black. It was the early 1960s; Foster was five years old at the time, living on a military base in North Carolina. His best…
Western Carolina University will be hosting a week of events from Jan. 21 to 26 celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

One-man comedy show at HART in January

The comedy “21A” will be hitting the stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19 and 3 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Feichter Studio Theater at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Folk duo comes to Sylva

Bryson City husband/wife singer-songwriters Liz and AJ Nance will be performing at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and Friday, Feb. 22, at City Lights Café in Sylva. Both shows are free and open to the public. www.citylightscafe.com or 828.587.2233.
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

All friends were strangers at one time

John Driskell Hopkins was driving in his truck when it struck him. It was a song. Radiating from his satellite radio, it sounded like a fond memory he once knew. The voices and melody were familiar, but he hadn’t ever…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

More A&E briefs

Decorate your cake, and eat it, too A basic cake decorating class will be offered every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 28 through March 4, at the Southwestern Community College campus in Franklin. The basic cake decorating…
“Once in awhile you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right…”– Grateful Dead “Scarlet Begonias” If the Grateful Dead taught us anything through their music, it would be the mere fact that…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

Blues-rock spills into WNC

Blues guitarist Husky Burnette will be performing at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the No Name Sports Pub in Sylva and at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Water’n Hole in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

Calling all chocoholics to Bryson City

Cooks of all things chocolate will square off at the “Sixth Annual Chocolate Cook-Off” from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23, in Bryson City to raise money for the Swain County library.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

Rising country group to play Franklin

Rising country music group Eden’s Edge will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

A Man, A Can, A Plan My youngest son and I have gotten a kick out of using this cookbook this summer. Subtitled “50 Great Guy Meals Even You Can Make,” this durable, stain-resistant cookbook should be in every guy’s…
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 00:00

Women to watch

By Chris Cooper In the mid 90’s it would’ve been nearly impossible to write about “new to the scene” female artists without mentioning Paula Cole. You know, “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” and all that.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Traveling Wilburys Re-release On June 12 the Traveling Wilburys re-released the supergroup’s two albums along with (depending on whether you buy the deluxe or standard edition) bonus DVD content and 40-page collectible book with photos, original liner notes, new liner…
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 00:00

The rhythm method weekend

By Chris Cooper It’s been a year at least since I did a live show review, and it’s likely that that last review involved Sylva’s one bright hope for a live music venue, Guadalupe Café. I’m also pretty certain that…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

“John From Cincinnati” Call this a leap of faith, but with “The Sopranos” now gone for good, HBO’s new series, ostensibly about a family of surfers, may possibly help soften the blow. HBO has lost “Six Feet Under,” “Deadwood,” and…
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 00:00

A voyage beyond new age

By Chris Cooper Sometimes your ears want something different. Maybe they need to hear that which steps beyond traditional form into something at once simpler and more complex; where pure, unadulterated melody and soulfulness carry the music to places unfamiliar…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

The guiltiest of guilty pleasures

By Chris Cooper OK, yes, it’s a widely held opinion that the Reagan years doled out its fair share of really, really awful music, clothes and other cultural oddities. Geometrically impossible haircuts, weirdo shoulder pads, ridiculously pointy, paint splattered guitars…
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Wislawa Szymborska One of the best poets I’ve read in quite a while, this Polish Nobel Laureate has a wonderful collection, Poems New and Collected, which includes some of her best work over the past half century. She turns a…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

HCC craft student wins national award

Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Fiber student Rebecca Porche is the recipient of the Handweavers Guild of America’s Dendel Scholarship for 2012.
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

HART makes big leaps in theater fundraising

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville has raised $160,000 since last summer in a capital campaign to build a second theater. The total price tag of the second facility is $950,000. The second theater, which is only in preliminary conception…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

Fire & Ice gallery show opens

Onlooker John Highsmith takes a gander at “Blue Heron,” the latest metal sculpture from Grace Cathey at the “Fire & Ice: Pottery, Glass and Metalwork” gallery reception on Jan. 27 at the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville.
Theatrical productions of “Struggle for Freedom” and “George Washington Carver and Friends” will be put on for local school students at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina…
Times may change, but stereotypes tend to linger. Venturing into the off-color humor and often offensive images of Southern culture portrayed by cartoonists throughout American history, Western Carolina University will address the issue head-on in its newest exhibit opening next…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer With vigorous hip pops and shimmies, members of the Sidra bellydancing group are sending small metal coins and beads flying. The costume decor rolls and bounces across the hardwood floor and the dancers smile,…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

Good music for nice people

By Chris Cooper John Prine and Mac Wiseman: Standard Songs For Average People John Prine just sounds like a nice guy. You can almost hear the side of his mouth curl into a grin as he finishes a line, even…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Memorial Day with a soldier He’s just a kid, 23 year old I think, dating one of my young cousins. My brother, a veteran who is 51, and I stood against the privacy fence at a weekend cookout in Fayetteville…
By Michael Beadle There’s a dance of light in a work of glass. Move around the piece and it changes color as if it were alive.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Taking steps in the right direction

By Chris Cooper If a band stays together long enough, it’ll probably morph into something a little beyond its starting point. At least, that’s the idea. With King Wilkie, this evolution involved letting the straight bluegrass roots of their beginnings…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

A Homecoming, Of Sorts (whilst never leaving Main Street) I’ve lived in WNC for nearly four years now. I’ve written about the musicians and venues around here. I’ve poked a little fun at Sylva and Cullowhee but taken an outsider’s…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Stecoah Valley bluegrass series tickets on sale

Season tickets are now on sale for the “2013 Appalachian Evening Concert Series” in at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center outside Robbinsville.
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Want to learn to do pottery?

There will be a variety of pottery classes offered at Pincu Pottery in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Guitar virtuoso hits WCU stage

Guitarist Frank Vignola will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Innovation through tradition

Rhiannon Giddens is an old soul, but one that embraces modernity. Vocalist/fiddler of renowned Americana string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens is a jack-of-all-trades in not only her instrumentation but also her exploration of the history and evolution of…
With her hands fluttering like a hummingbird, Dana Claire loops skeins of colored yarn around a large pegboard. Claire has been interested in fiber crafts her entire life and now, in her retirement years, has she decided to pursue her…
The Fine Art Museum will host a “Third Thursday” reception for a new exhibit, “Critology,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Western Carolina University.
The fundraising race is on among several business and civic leaders in Haywood County who are competing for the title of Mardis Gras King and Queen in the annual Haywood County Schools Foundation benefit.
Stage and screen students from Western Carolina University will perform the classic drama “Rashomon” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Hoey Auditorium.
The Broadway Musical “I Do, I Do” is coming to the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 16, and 3 p.m. Feb. 17.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:56

Sample chocolate, support Bryson City’s library

Cooks of all things chocolate will square off at the “Sixth Annual Chocolate Cook-Off” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23, at the Bryson City Presbyterian Church. Don’t miss the chance to weigh in on the “People’s Choice Award.” The…
Whimzik will be having a DVD release performance at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:53

Is your pet Haywood’s next top model?

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation has launched its annual pet photography contest.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:52

WNC flipping for pancakes

• The 56th annual “Pancake Day” will be from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Volunteers will be serving unlimited buttermilk/buckwheat pancakes alongside prize-winning sausage, bacon and freshly brewed coffee.…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:52

Artists/vendors sought for regional festivals

Several festivals around Western North Carolina are encouraging local artists and vendors to sign up for celebrations and events throughout 2013. • The 16th Annual Greening Up the Mountains festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:48

Jungle king swings into WCU

A cold wind howls through the campus of Western Carolina University as the screams of a young woman echo from a nearby building. The voice is Stefani Cronley and her attackers are a gang of apes.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Age is but a number on your dance card

Darkness enveloped the vehicle as soon as it exited Interstate 40. Cruising around sharp S-curves in the mountain community of Fines Creek in the remote northern reaches of Haywood County, headlights peered across vast fields and by quiet farmhouses where…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Watch a portrait master in action

Multimedia artist and teacher Mark Menendez will demonstrate oil portrait painting techniques for the Art League of the Smokies at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Little Big Town hits the stage in Cherokee

Country group Little Big Town will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

The twists and turns of wood bending

The exhibit “Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today” will be running through March 22 at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Potters unite to help feed the hungry

The annual “Empty Bowl” fundraiser will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at The Open Door Soup Kitchen in Waynesville. Local potters donate handcrafted bowls, which guests can then buy — filled with soup — for…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:00

Getting the 'word' out

It’s a sunny, crisp afternoon in the high hills of Tuckasegee and Thomas Rain Crowe throws another log into the woodstove. Unwinding into a nearby seat, the renowned Western North Carolina poet is all smiles. As owner/founder of New Native…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:50

Angelina Ballerina comes to Franklin

The musical “Angelina Ballerina” will be onstage at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, brought by the award-winning Vital Theatre Company of New York. The musical follows 8-year-old Angelina as…
Smoky Mountain Roller Girls “Spring Fling’Her” bout against G-Force (Gastonia) is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Swain County Recreation Center in Bryson City. Proceeds from the bout will benefit the Big Brother and Big Sister Program…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:15

Magic in a bottle

If you build it, they will come.  If you brew it, they will come and party. Celebrating the fourth release in their “Trail Magic Ale” series, Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City will host a weekend of music and craft…
Wheels Through Time Museum, one of America’s most famous motorcycling destinations located in Maggie Valley, will be featured on the show “Small Town Big Deal,” which airs on RFD-TV at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14.
Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band will be highlighted next week at the national convention of the College Band Directors National Association in Greensboro.
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:45

Textile art exhibit opens in Waynesville

The exhibit “Textures” featuring the work of nine textile artists will open next week at the Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, in downtown Waynesville.
A seemingly endless array of mountain music and dance will be showcased at the Dr. Ann R. Wilke Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Waynesville. Entertainment will be provided…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:27

Celebrate Easter in WNC

Communities across the mountains are rolling out the green carpet for the Easter bunny over the next two weekends. Check out the “Easter Events” section of the calendar for a full lineup Easter egg hunts, Easter services and even breakfast…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:25

Alicia Keys hits Harrah’s

With her unmistakable blend of soul, hip-hop, jazz and classical music, superstar Alicia Keys will be performing at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:24

Liars Bench to host Sheila Kay Adams

The Liars Bench will present storyteller/musician Sheila Kay Adams at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Mountain Heritage Center auditorium at Western Carolina University.
It was a decade in the making, but its origins are hundreds of years old. Partnering with the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the North Carolina Arts Council recently launched its latest initiative – the Blue Ridge Music Trails of…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

April activities on tap at Heinzelmännchen

April is the first-ever “North Carolina Beer Month” and Heinzelmännchen Brewery in Sylva taps into the fun with four initiatives for beer lovers. Specializing in alternative beer made in the warmer regions of Germany, the brewery will offer the following…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Trout and ramp festival in Cherokee March 30

Mountain trout and wild ramps take center stage at the annual Rainbow and Ramps Festival from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds.  Hosted by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the public is…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

'The Medium' comes to HART

Western Carolina University’s School of Music, in collaboration with the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera “The Medium” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at HART in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Vince Gill comes to Franklin

Country music star Vince Gill will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
The 2012-13 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will conclude with Phil and Gaye Johnson at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Woodcarving demo held in Clyde

Artisan in the Mountains will host a woodcarving demonstration featuring the Pigeon River Woodcarvers Club from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at 99 Depot Street in Clyde.  Pigeon River Woodcarvers Club was founded in 1997 by Frank Burchfield…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Taking matters into his own hands

When he didn’t have the money to purchase a banjo, Joshua Grant took matters into his own hands. “I couldn’t afford what I wanted, so I decided to build one,” he said. A native of the Nantahala Gorge, the 31-year-old…
DigiX, a digital media and arts event, will bring technology demonstrations, exhibits, workshops and a competition showcasing digital masterpieces to Western Carolina University Thursday, April 11. DigiX grew out of an interest in sharing with the WCU campus and community…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:42

WCU dance students to honor the Rockettes

Western Carolina University students will perform “A Salute to Rockette History” on 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Niggli Theatre at WCU. The show is choreographed and produced in part by Karyn Tomczak, director of WCU’s dance program and…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:41

Taste the culinary treats of Haywood

Once again gracing Western North Carolina with an array of culinary delights from chefs around Haywood County, Melange of the Mountains will be taking place from April 11-13. The weekend of events around Waynesville will kickoff with a culinary gala…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:40

Folklorist to discuss Cherokee heritage

A free program on Cherokee Indian heritage by folklorist Dr. Barbara Duncan will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville.
The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, the quintet-in-residence at Western Carolina University, will present its final concert of the spring semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on campus.
“The Drowsy Chaperone,” a playful take on classic musicals of Broadway, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 11-13, and 3 p.m. April 14, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. 
Haywood County Arts Council will exhibit works by the Blue Ridge Watermedia Society from April 10 through April 27, at Gallery 86 in Waynesville. The artist reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 12 at the…
Showcasing the finest in Southern Appalachian and national writing talent, the Western Carolina University Spring Literary Festival comes into its 20th year with bevy of events, author appearances, readings and talks from April 8-11.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:39

Serving up a taste of Appalachia

When Doug Weaver looks around Haywood County, he sees potential.  “We’re on the fence, right in the middle of where it’s almost a scene,” he said. Head chef and co-owner at The Sweet Onion in Waynesville, Weaver is at the…
All five Western North Carolina microbreweries west of Asheville collaborated on a craft beer that will be simultaneously released at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, at each establishment. Bear Waters Brewing (Waynesville), Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville), Heinzelmannchen Brewery (Sylva), Nantahala…
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate will be delight partakers in the 14th annual Taste of Chocolate from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20 at the Maggie Valley Club. Bakers from professional, bed and breakfast and amateur categories will be serving up…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

Folk, then jazz, at the Classic Wineseller

The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville will showcase live music from singer-songwriter Ben Wilson at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, and a jazz dinner featuring Eve Haslam & Satin Steel Jazz at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20. 
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

Songwriters series returns to Balsam

The popular Songwriters in the Round series will return to the Balsam Mountain Inn at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, with nationally acclaimed songwriters Casey Kelly, Leslie Ellis and Angela Kaset.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

Sarge’s hosts annual pet photo competition

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s Annual Pet Photo Contest award ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Bocelli’s Italian Eatery in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

The finer points of candlewicking unveiled

A candlewicking workshop will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 18, at the Jackson County Extension Office in Sylva. Candlewicking is an old form of embroidery technique that used the soft-spun thread that was also used for…
The Gathering Table is providing fresh, nutritious dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday evening at the Cashiers Community Center to all members of the community regardless of one’s ability to pay. 
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:38

Empty Bowl: a meal and music with a cause

The Empty Bowl fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at The Community Table in Sylva. For a $20 donation to the soup kitchen, you get a handcrafted ceramic bowls by a local potter to…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:37

‘Greening Up the Mountains’ in Sylva

 The 16th annual Greening Up the Mountains street festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in downtown Sylva.  The spring festival is named for the way spring creeps up the mountainsides — a wave of…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:37

Dramatic comedy embraces small town life

Haywood Arts Regional Theater in Waynesville will kick off its 29th main stage season this month with a stage adaptation of the popular series of novels “Welcome to Mitford.” Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. April 19, 20, 26 and…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:36

Mom’s Music Fest returns to Waynesville

The outdoor Mom’s Music Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in Waynesville, featuring a line-up of bands and activities to celebrate moms. Put on by WOW, the Women of Waynesville, in conjunction with…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:36

Celebrate ‘Record Store Day’ in Sylva

A “Record Store Day Celebration” will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at In Your Ear Music Emporium in Sylva. On this day, independent record stores across the United States collaborate with artists to give the public exclusive releases…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:35

Liars Bench to showcase Carolina Dusk

The Liars Bench presents music group Carolina Dusk at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Mountain Heritage Center auditorium at Western Carolina University. Performances will also include musician Paul Larussi, storyteller Lloyd Arneach and writer Gary Carden who will…
Renowned Appalachian writer Gary Carden will perform “Madison,” a monologue about the life of Dr. Robert Lee Madison, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. In the 1880s, Madison promoted the idea of a…
The work of Linda Anderson, a prolific artist whose pieces depict her life in rural North Georgia, will be on display from April 20 through July 28, at The Bascom in Highlands.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:31

‘Dead Man Walking’ opera hits Cullowhee

A concert production of “Dead Man Walking” will come to the stage at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.
The 2013 Jazz Festival will take place from April 27 and 29 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, featuring jazz classes, concerts and open dress rehearsals.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:29

Mélange puts culinary excellence on display

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce held their annual “Melange of the Mountains” culinary gala at Laurel Ridge Country Club on April 11. Winners included The Waynesville Inn (soup, fowl), Frogs Leap Public House (Culinary Excellence, salad, seafood, dessert), The Gateway…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:28

The luck of the draw

All bets are on in Cherokee. The first major poker tournament held at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort has lured crowds of card sharks from the southeast and beyond, surpassing attendance expectations, and even breaking records. The 12-day event, organized…
Haywood County Public Library announces the addition of Zinio to its system. Zinio is an online service that allows you to download digital copies of popular magazines to your computer, tablet or mobile device for free. You can view Zinio…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:31

WNC Ecofest comes to Haywood

WNC Ecofest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Haywood Community College. The festival put on by the Haywood Chamber of Commerce will share practical ways to embrace a sustainable lifestyle and environmentally friendly…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:30

Folkmoot festival holds Canton fundraiser

Folkmoot USA will kick off its 30th anniversary year with the “BIG 30” from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Sid’s on Main in Canton. It will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, cash bar and live and silent…