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Arts & Entertainment

A benefit concert featuring the “Best of the Best” will be presented on Friday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Groups participating are the Rye Holler Boys, Dueling Piano Players, WestSound, and Sherri Lynn and the Mountain Friends Band. Special emcee for the evening will be Franklin’s own Ms. Patti.

The Rye Holler Boys are slated to perform gospel and bluegrass favorites. This award winning group has played at various venues and festivals all over Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee and opened for The Issacs and the legendary Earl Scruggs in Cashiers.


Several local musicians are scheduled to perform in a show that might just “melt your face” – in the best way possible – say organizers.

Western North Carolina-based bands Total War, The Unawarewulves and Crow vs. Hawk will take the stage with their signature sounds at the Carl Slagle Memorial Building on March 19. A fourth act to be determined is slated for the event.



Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library will have hundreds of books, DVDs, CDs and other media on sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.

Items for sale will include fiction and nonfiction popular reading materials, reference materials such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, children’s books, maps, and more. The sale is made up of materials that are no longer needed in library collections. Prices will be 25 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hard copies. Only cash purchases will be allowed.


The Macon County Quilt Trail will hold its first annual “Airing of the Quilts” on May 7, Mother’s Day weekend. Downtown merchants and Quilt Trail block owners have been asked to “air” quilts on the weekend of the event by hanging them on porches, benches, fences or other visible locations outside.

Deb Heatherly, owner of Deb’s Cats & Quilts, explained that the airing of quilts and bed linings done traditionally during spring cleanings has recently been given new significance in several small communities around the country which now hold festival-type events for the colorful quilt airings. The largest airing of the quilts festival takes place in Sisters, Ore., each July. In 2010, the Sisters festival celebrated its 35th year, attracting more than 26,000 visitors.


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