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Arts & Entertainment

Old time tatting, caning, quilting and spinning offered at Patchwork Folk & Fabric Festival

The 6th annual Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, inside the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“I remember as a child when my aunts would drop a quilt from the quilting rack on the ceiling,” says Amy Ammons Garza, co-organizer, “and quilt for days on end until the quilt was completed. Well, this year, we will once more have some special local quilts hanging from the ceiling on display ... hand pieced quilts with written descriptive stories attached to each quilt.”


The exploration of urban versus rural environments is the focus of an upcoming exhibit at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.

“Rough and Tumble: Landscapes and Cityscapes” runs through Friday, Aug. 5. The exhibit, comprising pieces in WCU’s permanent collection, features works in a variety of media that depict the natural and unnatural. Artists include Fumio Fujita, Quita Brodhead, Richard Florsheim, Martha Armstrong, Louis Finkelstein and more.

“This exhibit celebrates a dichotomy that we all experience,” said Denise Drury, interim director of WCU’s Fine Art Museum. “One might say you can’t be in two places at once, but you will get a taste of both urban and rural at this exhibition.”


Poet, author speaks of the strength of human spirit

While medicine may have the power to heal the body, the spirit takes a stronger tonic. During the keynote address last weekend at a women’s health expo in Cherokee, Dr. Maya Angelou talked about the power of poetry to heal and redeem the spirit.

The slogan of Saturday’s Flourish, a health expo presented by MedWest Health System, was “Mind, Body, Spirit,” and during Angelou’s talk which wound up the day-long event in the Event Center at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, it was obvious which element she was speaking to.



The 15th Annual Taste of Scotland festival in the town of Franklin, is occurring on Father’s Day weekend, June 17, 18 and 19. A weekend of Scottish flavored entertainment and flair is planned to benefit the Scottish Tartans Museum. Preparations are currently under way and include signing musical entertainment of various genres, food and craft vendors, museum tours, and a parade.

The Scottish Tartans Museum has sponsored an annual festival to celebrate Scottish culture and heritage every year in Franklin, over Father’s Day weekend for the last 14 years. Both the museum and the festival are nonprofit entities whose purpose is to entertain, educate, and enhance a sense of Scottish heritage for both residents and visitors.


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