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Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Byer and Richard Krawiec will be reading from their new collections of poetry on Sunday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Byer’s new chapbook from Jacar Press, “The Vishnu Bird,” is both a memorial and memoir in lyric poetry. This clean-spoken, deeply-felt chapbook remembers the poet’s dear friend by tracing his vocation of anthropology, and honoring his spiritual depth through vignettes from the speaker’s own past.

Krawiec will read from “Women Who Love Me Despite.” Krawiec is the author of two other collections of poetry, two novels, short story collection and four plays. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and twice with the North Carolina Arts Council.

To reserve copies, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

A new art museum gift shop, FAMShop, has opened in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Western Carolina University campus, close to the Fine Art Museum galleries.

Denise Drury, museum director, said the shop offers a wide variety of works created by students, faculty, staff members, alumni and friends of the university. “It is also operated by work-study students, staff members and volunteers,” she said.

FAMShop hours during the summer are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, overlapping most of the museum’s regular hours at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (and until 7 p.m. Thursdays).

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Singer, songwriter, comedian, and allaround great guy Ray Stevens will be performing at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 12. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $42.

As a child, Stevens was exposed to a wide range of musical influences. He listened to every style of music on the radio and learned to play the piano. To him, music just made sense. As a teen Stevens formed his first band and recorded his first demo, which led to his first record deal.

When Stevens emerged in the music industry, he started working with other artists. He played several instruments in back up bands, arranged musical scores, and performed background vocals. It was when he signed his second record deal that Stevens’ talent for comedy began to shine.

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Plans finalized for events on Father’s Day Weekend.

Prepare for a spectacular Father’s Day Weekend in Franklin June 18-21. The Taste of Scotland is a festival that showcases the Scottish heritage of this area – dress, music, food, crafts, demonstrations, children’s games, and ancestry. A group of dedicated volunteers, led by Doug Morton, work all year long to offer the best of Scot and Celtic entertainment.

On Thursday, June 18, at 6 p.m., the Clan Dinner will be held at Tartan Hall at the Presbyterian Church. Scott Eichelberger, a local piper, will lead the “Calling of the Clans.” A catered buffet will be provided by Martha’s Kitchen. The buffet style meal will feature pot roast & gravy, mashed potatoes w/ rutabagas, peas, salad, soup, scones, and apple crisp. Caledonia Swing will provide the entertainment. Tickets can be obtained at the Scottish Tartans Museum, Life’s Bounty, and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

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