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Arts & Entertainment

Hot off the heels of advancing to the third round of NBC’s television show “America’s Got Talent,” the Sylva-based bluegrass/gospel group Mountain Faith will perform in front of their hometown crowd on Friday, Aug. 14.

The performance is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., at Sylva’s Bridge Park Pavilion as part of the Concerts on the Creek summer music series. The free show will be the last one before they perform live in the third round of America’s Got Talent at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The Mountain Faith band has been singing and traveling together for 14 years. Members include Summer McMahan (fiddle/vocals), Brayden McMahan (banjo/vocals), Sam McMahan (bass), Cory Piatt (mandolin), and Luke Dotson (guitar/vocals).


The Jackson County Public Library is hosting a musical concert featuring singersongwriter Hunter Grigg on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room.

Just 20 years old, Hunter Grigg is an up-and-comer on the Western North Carolina music scene. Grigg now lives in Asheville and plays quite a lot in Sylva and Waynesville. He is an amazing guitarist and singer and is becoming an accomplished songwriter as well.

This program is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

For more information, please call the library at (828) 586-2016.

The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (

To showcase the musical and vocal talents of area youth, 4-H in association with Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will again produce the Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest during the Great Smoky Mountain Railway RailFest, Sept. 5. Contest time is 10 a.m. until noon.

Participants in this contest must exhibit a talent that will reflect heritage and old Appalachian ways of our region and adhere to the qualifications and rules set up by the organizers of the talent contest and festival. This competition will be held on the main stage and will be part of the “heritage” entertainment provided during the Festival.

Prizes are offered for first, second, and third place winners. First Place Best of Show winner will have the opportunity of playing on the Heritage Stage at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.



Last Saturday, Aug. 1, The historic Rickman Store began a series of events featuring ”hidden gems” of artists, craftsmen, and authors from Cowee.

Westley Benton opened the series with a demonstration on the art of wood turning. Benton has been sculpting wood on the lathe for a number of years. He was a member of The American Association of Woodturners while living in Florida, and he is currently a member of the Highlands and Cashiers Art League. His work can be seen at the Rickman Store located on 259 Cowee Creek Rd. seven miles north of Franklin by highway 28, next to the Macon County Heritage Center in the old Cowee School.


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