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Arts & Entertainment

The Town of Franklin received a piece of local art last Thursday from the Macon County Art Association, after the Town had granted the Association $1,500 to fund the project last November.

By last spring, the Association completed the piece, a mural of various mediums depicting the 16 waterfalls of Macon County. The piece was displayed at the Uptown Gallery in Downtown Franklin, and then displayed near the fireplace of the public library until last week, where it found its final home at Town Hall.



The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts’ own resident theatre troupe, The Overlook Players, will present “Narnia” Aug. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday, Aug. 7 matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$13.

Based on the beloved classic “Chronicles of Narnia” written by C.S. Lewis, this faithful two-act adaptation for the stage tells the tale of four young children who stumble through a wardrobe and into a mysterious world. Told here with a mix of live actors and puppets, Narnia will transport you to the most magical place you have ever been.

Narnia is directed by Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Artistic Director, Scotty Corbin, who also performs as the vicious wolf, Fenris Ulf. The production stars Franklin favorites Samuel Crabtreee as Aslan the brave lion; Heather Lenox as the chilling White Witch with Rachel Alford as her Dwarf sidekick; Doug Egge and Nikki Corbin as Mr. and Mrs. Beaver; and T.J. Hanson, Kaley Davis, Sam McQuitty, and Sarah Talley as the four Pevensie children who enter the mysterious land of Narnia through an enchanted wardrobe.


The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association (GCAMA) activities are keeping Cashiers Valley residents, visitors and tourists busy and entertained. The Summer 2011 Shoppers Guide Map, available in the shops of all GCAMA member merchants, allows visitors to check out all of the places to play, shop, eat and stay throughout the Valley.

Groovin’ on the Green, now a concert-lovers favorite during the season, continues on Friday evenings, 6:30 p.m. (rain or shine) through September on stage at the Cashiers Commons accessed off of Frank Allen Road or through the Village Green. July into September featured bands are July 29: Velvet Truckstop; Aug. 12: Les Freres Michot; Aug. 26: The Fishsticks; Sept. 16: The Carol Strickland Band; Sept. 2: Angela Reign and Band. On Sept. 9 local favorite Hurricane Creek completes the regular Groovin’ season. Food is available for purchase from a featured local restaurant at every concert or concertgoers may of course bring their own picnic- fare, beverages and snacks along with blankets or chairs.


The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will host an evening of unforgettable American music with superstars Lee Greenwood and Louise Mandrell on Saturday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45.

Few artists have ever written a song that has become more a part of America’s cultural landscape than Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” If he’d never written or recorded another hit, Greenwood would have secured his place in music history with that powerful, inspiring ballad.

But it is only one of the many hits that have propelled Greenwood’s successful career. With his distinctive voice, insightful songwriting and unparalleled showmanship, Greenwood has been captivating audiences for decades.


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