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Former N.C. Poet Laureate Fred Chappell and poet Dana Wildsmith will offer a joint reading on Friday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Chappell will present his new poetry collection, “Familiars,” a salute to literary cats including cats that have appeared in his own work. Fred Chappell is an award-winning author of 26 books of poetry, fiction, and critical commentary. His most recent collection was “Shadow Box.” A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1964 to 2004 and was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. He and his wife, Susan, live in Greensboro.

Dana Wildsmith will share poems from her book, “Christmas in Bethlehem.” This collection brings the reader back once more to Wildsmith’s family farm in Bethlehem, Ga., a farm introduced through Wildsmith’s earlier poetry collection, “One Good Hand,” and her environmental memoir, “Back to Abnormal.” Wildsmith is the author of four collections of poetry and a novel. She teaches English Literacy through Lanier Technical College. For more information or to reserve copies, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.



The Jackson County Public Library is hosting Gregg Clark and his Where the Shadows Walk: Local Historical Ghost Stories presentation on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Parents can bring their kids, who can attend the children's Halloween Party during the presentation.

Clark will regale the audience with local ghost stories, the history of those stories, and some physical and visual evidence of those stories. He will end the presentation with a Q&A from the audience.

Clark, a Franklin, North Carolina native, has been fascinated by the world of the paranormal and the rich history such anomalies accompany since he was old enough to sit on laps and listen to tales of wandering spirits, headless soldiers and growls in the night.


Update: Due to NC ABC regulations, there will not be a beer tasting tent available.

“Hiker Jam Octoberfest” is on tap Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Cashiers, N.C.

The all-day music festival will feature 10 bands on two stages.

Utilizing the entire 12.5 acre site of The Village Green, the Hiker Jam will feature two music stages, food vendors and retail vendors. Food will be provided by local restaurants. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.


A night of contemporary Christian music is in store at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Oct. 31.

The Beautiful Offerings Tour featuring Big Daddy Weave and special guests Chris August, Dara Maclean, and Group 1 Crew, is making a tour stop in Franklin. But this is not a typical tour as Big Daddy Weave will not only perform their hit music, but will also perform alongside August, Maclean, and Group 1 Crew. All are very spirited and talented musicians with a desire to praise and worship through song. This dynamic show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15 each. Guests are even encouraged to wear family-friendly costumes.


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