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Arts & Entertainment

Steve Waldroop and the Heartland Band play every Saturday all year long at the Carson Community Building on the Old Murphy Road in Franklin beginning at 7 p.m.

Country and gospel music, clogging, and dancing, too. Music, coffee and cookies, refreshments and indoor plumbing.

Photos by Betsey Gooder



The Town of Dillsboro celebrated its 125th anniversay last weekend. Visitors from all around were invited to take part in the event.

Attendees were able to enjoy entertainment, crafts, history, vendors, demostrators, children’s games, and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

Dillsboro was founded by William Allen Dills and upon his election to the North Carolina General Assembly, was incorporated in 1889. The historic town attracts thousands of visitors each year.



view more pictures of the event after the jump!


The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts has welcomed many great artists to its stage. Each brought a series of songs written to touch the audience in some way. Those songs were written by songwriters with a story to tell, and the talent to put it on paper. When paired with the perfect score, that story becomes a song. And those songs become hits. Songwriters are artists too, and they deserve to be celebrated.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome arguably three of the best songwriters in the music industry: James Castro, Victoria Banks, and Tony Arata in a round concert event titled “Home By Dark.” These talented songwriters will join together to share the stories behind their songs and offer powerful performances as authentic as they come. They will be accompanied by some of the best instrumentalists in the industry, and will offer a look into how a simple idea can touch people all over the world. “Home By Dark” will make it easy to see why artists like Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, and many more have turned to master songwriters to write the songs that help keep them famous.


Phillips, Craig, and Dean, an award-winning contemporary Christian music trio, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 19. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $15 each.

Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean have been performing together since 1991. The group has released 13 albums and 21 number one singles, and has sold more than three million records and earned multiple Dove Awards in categories such as Inspiration Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and many more. They have performed at many conventions, including several Promise Keepers rallies, and have recorded music for the National Day of Prayer. Group hits include, “Here I Am to Worship,” “Your Grace Still Amazes Me,” and “Crucified with Christ.”


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