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Arts & Entertainment

Appalachian poets Barbara Duncan, Brent Martin and Thomas Rain Crowe hosted a thought-provoking evening featuring their recently published book of poems, “Every Breath Sings Mountains,” at the Rickman Store in Cowee last Friday.

The joint project rejoices in the landscape and heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains, intended to inspire readers to cherish and protect these ancient lands from unwarranted development. “Every Breath Sings Mountains” is the the seventh chapbook from the more extensive Voices from the American Land, a project founded in 2008 by a group of writers, graphic designers and editors who had worked together for several years on on a series of local poetry readings which featured environmental concerns in different sites of the nation. The mission of Voices from the American Land is to bring the prestige and imaginative power of contemporary poetry, both spoken and in print, to raise awareness and aid in the defense of significant lands and landscapes of North America. “Every Breath Sings Mountains” is the third book of the second volume in the series.


Motorheads and food lovers got their fill last Saturday at Southwestern Community College’s annual Car and Bike Show, held at its Jackson County campus.

Between the Indian fry bread, hotdogs and chili on sale by SCC culinary students, or the sixty classic cars, trucks or motorcycles on display, visitors of the event got their fill at the Oct. 15 car and bike show.

All in all, there were 5 motorcycles and 55 cars or trucks on display at the event. The vehicles were judged by peers, and not by scoring entity.

“We had a really good turnout,” said SCC Public Information Officer Rose Garrett, explaining that between the entrant fees and food concessions, the funds raised at the event would pay for educational trips of the two departments. “There were some beautiful cars and trucks and the culinary arts department sold a lot of fry bread,” she laughed.


With fall in full swing, crafters of all kinds gathered last weekend to showcase their handiwork at the three-day Autumn Leaves Craft Show at the Macon County Fairgrounds. There was no shortage of attendance either, with more than 1,000 people reportedly attending the event throughout Oct. 13-15.

Artists from around the region were readily available to discuss or even demonstrate their craft, while outside food vendors sold funnel cakes, lemonade, corn dogs and hot chocolate to good-spirited visitors. The sounds of the Nikwasi Dulcimer Players augmented the rustic atmosphere.


This year marks The 19th Annual Smoky Mountain Fall Art & Craft Festival to be held Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Macon County Fair Grounds on 441S, in Franklin.

If you are headed to or driving around the mountains of Western North Carolina to view the Autumn foliage, then you'll want to stop in and enjoy some good ol’ homespun fun at this 19th Annual event. It is THE event that everyone looks forward to and shoppers and crafters alike love coming to this festive fine art and craft show in Franklin at this most beautiful time of year.

The fair grounds will be festively decorated to enhance the season, the artists and crafters booths will be filled to the brim with the most unique handmade crafts you’ll find anywhere. The air will be filled with the sweet sounds of live music and the great smells of all your favorite festival foods which you can take home or enjoy in our covered pavilion.


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