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Arts & Entertainment

John Treacy Egan’s stay on Broadway has been extended.

“We are happy for him,” says Mary Adair Leslie, director of the Performing Arts Center, (PAC) “but we are sad that he won’t be able to perform here in Highlands.

The good news is Robert Cucciolli will take his place at PAC on Saturday, Oct. 8.

We are very excited to have Mr. Cucciolli coming to PAC.”

Robert Cuccioli made his Broadway debut as Inspector Javert in “Les Miserables,” and is best known for his critically acclaimed performance as the duel title roles in the Broadway hit “Jekyll & Hyde,” for which he received a Tony nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award.



The smell of barbecue was in the air for the third annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show held Friday and Saturday, at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located on Highway 441 South.

The two-day event was hosted by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and was sanctioned by the Official Kansas City Barbeque Society. This year, events included the famous BBQ contest, the “tastin’ tent,” a beauty pageant, a car show, live entertainment, and various vendors, including wares of all kinds from canned BBQ sauce to homemade totes, wood carvings, and candles.


Stop at the Shop at The Bascom and take care of some early holiday shopping. From hand created pottery, textiles, jewelry, wood, glass and basketry to Bascom wine and wine glasses to art books, The Bascom has something for everyone on your list. All the art work is produced by regional artists and currently featured are the ceramics of resident potter, Frank Vickery. Everything is unique and one-of-a-kind.

The Center for Life Enrichment presents “Faces of the Fallen: A Tribute to Those Who Gave Their Lives in Afghanistan and Iran” on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at The Bascom.


Those odiferous gases being produced by the old Dillsboro landfill are starting to smell a little sweeter now that they are being used as a renewable energy source at the Jackson County Green Energy Park (JCGEP).

The JCGEP is a landfill recovery program located in Dillsboro, North Carolina. The JCGEP website shares the program’s mission statement - “to offer environmental protection, educational opportunities, and increased economic development to the community through the utilization of landfill gas (LFG) and other clean, renewable energy resources.”


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