61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Arts & Entertainment

Jeremy Jones explores the culture and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains through song and reading at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Performing old-time banjo tunes and reading excerpts from his book “Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland,” Jones presents the sounds and stories of his native Appalachian mountains in a blending of personal narrative and folklore.

In “Bearwallow,” his first book, Jones turns his attention to the complex and rich world of his Appalachian past and to understanding how this landscape shaped his own identity. Jones and his wife move into a small house above the creek where his family had settled 200 years prior, and he takes a job alongside his former teachers in the local elementary school. But living at the foot of Bearwallow Mountain after a year in Gracias, Honduras, makes Jones realize he has lost touch with his Appalachian-crafted voice. Thus, he sets out on a search that sends him burrowing into the past and pondering the future.


Sculptor John Tolmay is the guest presenter at the Macon County Art Association monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Macon County Regional Library.

Tolmay was raised in the “bush” of South Africa, worked as a cowboy in Nebraska, taught himself to paint and make sculpture, and made a life for himself as an artist. He now lives in Franklin.

The public is invited to come and hear about how this wild game hunter made the transition from ranching to making works of art. There is no charge for the public meeting.

Visitors came from all over to browse through the dozens of tables and booths to view not only cut stones, unique jewelry and finished pieces but they were also able to see uncut gems in the rough.



More info and pictures after the jump!




The Whitewater Bluegrass Company will bring a traditional brand of hardcore bluegrass music to Sylva’s Bridge Park from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., this Friday, Aug. 1, as part of the Concerts on the Creek series.

For more than 30 years The Whitewater Bluegrass Co. has captivated audiences throughout the Southeast with their blend of bluegrass music, country ballads, mountain swing and downhome humor. With Whitewater, mountain culture is a celebration of music, song and dance.

Whitewater Bluegrass Company always delivers a performance to make the occasion special.


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