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The hills were alive with music... and heritage. “Heritage is the living part of us,” said Shirley Ridge, a former resident of Macon County. “More than just reading or learning, it is a part of who we are.

Main Street in Franklin was bursting with activity Saturday, July 16, for the 8th annual Franklin Folk Festival. The entertainment began at 9 a.m. and continued all day long. The thrum of an oldtime dulcimer, the twang of bluegrass and old fashioned harmony gospel resonated in the air of the warm summer day.


For the second year in a row, the rain poured as this year’s Highlands Motoring Festival opened at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 16, at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street in Highlands. And for the second year in a row, the rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the automobile aficionados who came to see the classics on display at the fourth annual Festival.

By noon, the rain had stopped. While there was no accurate way to measure attendance at the festival—admission was free—officials estimate at least 1,000 people braved the rain, drizzle and late afternoon clouds to view the vehicles. And they were certainly not disappointed. One official told Macon County News, “We’ve had great cars at each one of our Highlands Motoring Festivals, but this year we had more ‘over the top’ vehicles than ever before.”


The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will host Folkmoot USA, an international folk festival, on Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $20-$25, and students are half price.

Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, a parade and workshops by up to 350 performers from a dozen countries.

Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and traditional music. Four different groups will be performing at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, and audience members are sure to be both entertained and educated by this production.


Susan Cano, a teacher of the Sogetsu School will demonstrate The ikebana no kenzan design technique on Tuesday, July 26, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

For more information on our programs, teachers and workshops, contact Patti Quinn Hill, Chapter President, (828)645-6633; pattiquinnhill@ or

Sogetsu teacher Susan Cano demonstrates an ikebana no kenzan design suitable for public display.

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