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Country music singer John Berry has achieved great success throughout his career. He has received many awards and honors, including a Grammy nomination. He has recently embarked on his 16th annual Christmas tour, Christmas in America.

This show is filled with childhood stories, warm holiday memories, and traditional Christmas songs, including a showstopping a cappella version of “O Holy Night.”

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is very excited to welcome Berry on his holiday tour Friday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20 each.



The Manhattan Transfer is a Grammy award-winning jazz fusion band that has been making beautiful music together for several decades. The group concludes a world-wide tour later this month in Osaka, Japan, and will immediately begin their holiday tour in December. One of their first stops will be at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 each.

Tim Hauser was the founding member of The Manhattan Transfer. He loved music as far back as he could remember and began singing professionally at the age of 15. He produced an album when he was 19 and spent his college years fine-tuning his musical talents. He then spent time serving our country in the Air Force and National Guard before beginning a career in marketing. He became a marketing manager for Nabisco and was well on his way to a lucrative career in business.


The 2014-15 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, Dec. 4, with a concert featuring the Deitz Family.

The family’s 7 p.m. performance of bluegrass and old-time music will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

The Deitz Family has been a mainstay of the Jackson County music scene for generations. The group’s musical style varies from country to bluegrass and also includes some old-time fiddle tunes. WCU presented its Mountain Heritage Award to the family in 2006 in recognition of its outstanding contributions to the preservation of the history and culture of the Southern Appalachians.


Zeata Ruff will be a special guest for storytime on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. She will read from her book, “The Gumdrop Tree: A Christmas Story.”

During the early 1930s through the 1970s, it was tradition in the Southern Appalachian Mountains for families to find a thorn bush when they went into the mountains to cut their Christmas tree. They would decorate the sharp spires with colorful gumdrops for the children to enjoy.

“The Gumdrop Tree” is written for children from the age of 4 to 13. It teaches that sometimes it does not take the tallest, fattest, most beautifully decorated Christmas tree to be special.

To reserve a copy, call City Lights at (828)586-9499.

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