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Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education is offering workshops in glass creation this summer in cooperation with the Jackson County Green Energy Park (JCGEP) in the month of July.

— “Fundamentals of Glassblowing” workshop, students can learn that skill through demonstrations, exercises and one-on-one instruction. Classes will cover topics such as safety in the studio, proper use of glass tools, and hot-shop etiquette. The cost is $350.

— “Glass Goblets” class will focus on assembling the three parts of the goblet – body, stem and foot – and the instruction will cover various types of goblets, including martini, champagne, red and white wine, and bowls. The cost is $430.

Author Barbara Dumas Ballew will be signing her books July 1 and 2, at the Smoky Mountain Firecracker Fest in the Franklin Plaza, 441S. Ballew is a resident of Franklin and has written a novel entitled “George’s Creek to Georgia.”

When Elijah Barnett traveled to visit his brother, Luke, at George’s Creek, he didn't realize he was at the start of a legacy. From this visit began the journey from George’s Creek to Georgia, a journey through four generations of Barbara Dumas Ballew’s family.


The eighth annual Mountain Music Concert series to benefit Relay For Life of Highlands begins next Friday, July 1, at Highlands School. Sponsored by the Just for You team, the concerts provide free summer entertainment for locals, seasonal residents and summer visitors while preserving mountain music and dance. Several Franklin residents, dancers as well as bands, will perform most of the Friday nights of July,

The High Mountain Squares, The Dendy Family, the JW Band, and members of other performing bands will travel to Highlands to bring some of the best in mountain music. The Dendy Family will perform on July 1; JW Band on July 8; Shades of Blue on July 15; High Mountain Blue Grass and Gospel on July 22; and Appalachian Blue Grass on July 29.

Beginning at 6:45 p.m. each Friday night in July, square dancing or clogging will feature local dancers demonstrating their skills and inviting the audience to learn a few basics of each style of dance. The concerts by the area’s best gospel groups and bluegrass and country bands will begin at 7:30 in Highlands School old gym.


A dazzling display of beauty and color awaits at The Bascom’s 2011 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival, July 7-10.

The 13th annual Mountains in Bloom is a multi-day garden festival in the mountain resort community of Highlands, N.C. More than 1,200 people attended last year’s event.

Mountains in Bloom features a tour of stunning mountain gardens, a flower show, a preview party, a lecture by Suzanne Rheinstein, a Benefactor Tour of the “Southern Highlands Reserve” in Lake Toxaway and the “Some Enchanted Evening” Benefactor Party. Proceeds benefit The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center occupying a six-acre, $13 million campus.


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