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The John C. Campbell Folk School will hold its annual Gala & Benefit Auction Saturday, June 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Keith House. This special evening will give attendees the opportunity to support the Folk School by bidding on pieces of art and craft of the highest quality. Attendees will also enjoy delicious Southern fare, drinks, and live music, as they peruse the sundry items available for the bidding. A silent auction will kick off the evening, followed by local auctioneer, Bob Grove, leading the spirited bidding during the live auction.

Pieces represented in the auction include works of pottery, basketry, woodturning, metalwork, textiles, jewelry, painting, woodcarving, and more. Talented local and national artists generously donated some of their finest pieces for this year’s auction. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will benefit general programming at the Folk School.


The Return, the world’s premier Beatles tribute band, will rock the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to this evening of rock and roll nostalgia are only $15.

The Return has meticulously recreated the complete Beatles experience onstage, and its members are dedicated to ensuring authenticity in their performances. Their attention to detail has been rewarded, and they are considered by many critics to be the most realistic cast paying tribute to the “Fab Four.”



Western Carolina University, in cooperation with the Jackson County Green Energy Park, will offer three series of introductory glassblowing classes that teach participants to create simple blown and solid forms.

Participants may choose to attend classes from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays beginning June 3; 6-9 p.m. Mondays beginning June 6; and 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning June 7. Classes meet four times and cost $270, with the option of two additional meetings for a total of $390. All classes will be held at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.


Western Carolina University has announced the lineup for its 2011 Summer Concert Series.

The concerts, sponsored by A.K. Hinds University Center, will be held on the University Center lawn at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in June and July. The events are free and open to the public.

A full schedule follows:

• June 2, Katharine Whalen and Chimney Choir. Whalen and her current band, The Fascinators, combine jazz with modern electronic effects and percolating rhythms. Also, musicians of the Colorado-based band Chimney Choir, who play instruments including mandolin, harmonica, accordion, guitar, flute, piano and banjo, will combine vocal harmonies, epic arrangements and imaginative lyrics.


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