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Arts & Entertainment

Macon County took a step back in time last Saturday, with the first annual Blackberry Jam — an event aiming to preserve the history and heritage of the area.

The day-long festival was held at the Macon County Fairgrounds and was a fundraiser for the Historical Society. The Jam featured traditional performances by local musicians, story tellers and dancers. Nearly a dozen vendor tables of arts, crafts and local goods were set up throughout the event, along with demonstrations of traditional Appalachian crafts.

“The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was the song of choice to kick off the event, performed by musical troupe Carolina Brass.


Group performs last concert of the school year

The Franklin High School Band and the Macon Middle School put on their Spring concert and Senior Dedication Show this past Tuesday.

Special break out performances were presented by the FHS Jazz Ensemble and the Percussion Ensemble.

On Monday, the annual awards banquet was held with awards given to the following students: Brian Sterling - FHS Band Citizenship; Brandon Andreu, Jonathan Watson - Outstanding Spirit; Angela Deetz, Alysia Stewart, Jennifer Williams, Dakota Fountain, Bradley Parrish, Caleb Moore - Outstanding Dedication; Jennifer Williams - John Huckabee Memorial; Brandon Andreu - Carrie Sellers Memorial, Woody Herman Jazz; Rachael Cook - Director’s Assistant; Jonathan Watson - Patrick Gilmore Marching Band; Lance Rehkopf - National School Marching Band; Parker Byrd - Louis Armstong Jazz Band; Brittany Green - John Phillip Sousa Award.


Licklog Players will present a production of the comedy “Dearly Departed,” a play about the beleaguered Turpin family who prove that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious.

The play will be staged Friday through Sunday, May 27-29 and June 3-5, at the Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday.


The Brevard-based Hogtown Squealers Band will present a concert of traditional string band music and more on Sunday, May 22, at 4 p.m., on Franklin’s Town Square Gazebo.

Over their 20-year collaboration, the Squealers have incorporated honky-tonk, ragtime, and other traditions into their lively music, sharing an approach to their craft reminiscent of the early Red Clay Ramblers and other greats of recorded Southern string band music.

Band members are fiddler Tom Anderson, guitarist Rob Olrech, accordionist John Von Stein, mandolinist Gary Wells, and a guest bassist.


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