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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, an award winning American countryfolk- rock band, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 each.

With multiple platinum and gold records, many top ten hits, and multiple Grammy, IBMA, and CMA awards, it’s no mystery why the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been pleasing audiences for more than 40 years. Notable hits for this dynamic band include “Fishing in the Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles.” Their groundbreaking album, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” was inducted into the US Library of Congress and the Grammy Hall of Fame. And last year, their recording of “Mr. Bojangles” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as well.


On Saturday, Oct. 15, Blind Faith Productions will be presenting Phil Keaggy, a multi-Dove Award winner, Grammy nominee and world renowned guitar virtuoso in a fund raising concert for the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center. This event will be held at Franklin Covenant Church in Franklin. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30. In addition to the concert there will be a silent auction, desserts and drinks as well as Phil Keaggy merchandise and CDs.

Phil Keaggy won his very first Dove award in 1988 for his instrumental album “The Wind and the Wheat. Keaggy’s second Dove Award came in 1992 for his Celtic-influenced, “Beyond Nature.” Each year from 1998 to 2001, Keaggy has dominated the “Instrumental Record” category at the Doves, winning for “Invention,” “Acoustic Sketches,” “Majesty and Wonder,” and most recently “Lights of Madrid.” Today, Keaggy continues to be one of the most sought after studio guitarists and sells out concerts all over the United States, with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions.


Looking for great fall color? This October will find the mountains of southwestern North Carolina alive with more than autumn color as the 22nd Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree opens at the Macon County Community Building just south of Franklin off U.S. Highway 441. Gem and mineral dealers from across the country will be on hand displaying and selling fine jewelry, gems, minerals, and more against the backdrop of spectacular fall color beginning Friday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 16.

The Leaf Lookers Gemboree will feature a wide variety of items including fine finished jewelry, rough and cut gems, lapidary equipment, beads, minerals, fossils and collectibles. Dealers will also be available to custom make that special piece of jewelry you’ve always dreamed of or for the upcoming holiday season.


Carden hosts for program on Appalachian ‘Jack Tales’ and their origins

The Jackson County Public Library will host renowned storyteller and playwright Gary Carden on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. for a program on Appalachian Jack Tales and their origins. The program will be held in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex.

Jack Tales are a particular variety of Appalachian folk tale, but their reach extends far beyond our region and stretches far back in time. “Jack and the Beanstalk” may be the bestknown of the Jack Tales, but there are variations on many other familiar tales, including “Cinderella” and “Snow White.” As far back as any English-language folktale can be traced, there are stories about Jack, often a trickster or sometimes just a simple, shy boy, or even a mute. So what makes a story a Jack Tale? Where do they come from? Carden will explore these questions and the many origins of Jack Tales, from the Brother Grimm to Shakespeare, and in the process will tell a few of his favorite tales.


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