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Arts & Entertainment Friday Mountain Music Concert series benefit Relay For Life of Highlands

The eighth annual Mountain Music Concert series to benefit Relay For Life of Highlands begins next Friday, July 1, at Highlands School. Sponsored by the Just for You team, the concerts provide free summer entertainment for locals, seasonal residents and summer visitors while preserving mountain music and dance. Several Franklin residents, dancers as well as bands, will perform most of the Friday nights of July,

The High Mountain Squares, The Dendy Family, the JW Band, and members of other performing bands will travel to Highlands to bring some of the best in mountain music. The Dendy Family will perform on July 1; JW Band on July 8; Shades of Blue on July 15; High Mountain Blue Grass and Gospel on July 22; and Appalachian Blue Grass on July 29.

Beginning at 6:45 p.m. each Friday night in July, square dancing or clogging will feature local dancers demonstrating their skills and inviting the audience to learn a few basics of each style of dance. The concerts by the area’s best gospel groups and bluegrass and country bands will begin at 7:30 in Highlands School old gym.

Kicking off this summer’s series will be the High Mountain Squares and Highlands Drifters performing modern western style square dance. The Dendy Family of Gold Mine will provide some of the best in Southern Gospel music. Taught by their uncle to sing as children, twin sisters Dale and Gale sing along with their brother Jack and Dale’s husband John Roper. The third sister, Carolyn, sings as well as accompanies the group on keyboard. Childhood friend Bill Bowman accompanies on guitar and sings while Bobby Jenkins plays electric bass guitar.

At each concert the audience has an opportunity to learn more about cancer awareness while donating toward research, local services, education and advocacy for the cure. Weekly raffle items will be distributed at the 8:30 drawings. Guests may purchase purple ribbons and luminaries to remember a loved one afflicted by cancer, or simply donate to the American Cancer Society. Every dollar the team collects goes for the fight for the cure.

Other activities performed by Just for You team members include securing corporate sponsorships, contributing to the auction at Scudder’s, drawing for 15 major raffle items for August 19 Relay For Life of Highlands Event, hosting a flea market on Saturday, August 6, and assisting with the Survivor Dinner to be held on Tuesday, August 2 at First Presbyterian Church.

Highlands School is located on Pierson Drive just beyond the Peggy Crosby Center. Turn right at the Main and Fifth St. traffic light, proceed around the curves and down the hill to the school where you may park in front of or behind the building closer to the gymnatorium.

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