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Hunter Coleman likes to quote St. Francis who once said, “Preach often and use words as necessary.” Coleman, who retired as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands in 2007, once preached some of the most meaningful sermons in the area, according to his former parishioners. Today, he still preaches beautiful sermons, but without words, using his camera.

Coleman’s career as pastor with a camera began to take shape in 2000, seven years before he retired.

“My wife Trudie, who could always see ahead better than I could, said to me one day, ‘Hunter, you need a hobby. The church has been your entire life. You need to have something to do when you retire.’”


SYLVA, N.C. – John-Luke Carter, a promising singersongwriter in the mold of John Mayer and Dave Matthews, takes the stage Friday, June 3, as part of the Concerts on the Creek summer series.

The 20-year-old Carter already has two albums under his belt and is gaining a steady following for his easy, alternative sounds and soulful voice. He moved to Sylva from Virginia four years ago and is majoring in English and professional writing at Western Carolina.



Artisans fill the streets while music fills the air during the 27th annual Dillsboro Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, June 11.

The free festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the historic walkabout village of Dillsboro.

Featured will be two dozen juried artisans from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Attendees can browse and purchase a variety of crafts, including: pottery, paintings, metal works, gourde art, hand-made jewelry, wood carvings, basket weaving, quilts and homemade soaps.


Balladeers Anne and Rob Lough will present a concert of traditional music on Sunday, June 5, at 4 p.m., on the Macon County Courthouse Plaza, Main Street in downtown Franklin.

The program includes folk songs that reflect the musical heritage of our region and nation, from lilting mountain ballads and songs of the American Frontier, such as “Shenandoah,” to “Barbara Ellen” and other traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, with some tall tales thrown in.

The Loughs are talented and versatile performers who have been making music together for more than 40 years.


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