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Western Carolina University is accepting nominations for the 2014 Mountain Heritage Awards, honors bestowed annually on one individual and one organization that have played a prominent role in the preservation or interpretation of Southern Appalachian history and culture. Nominations for the awards will be accepted through Monday, June 30.

The awards are presented at Mountain Heritage Day, the university’s celebration of traditional Appalachian culture that takes place on the last Saturday each September. The festival will be held on Sept. 27 and celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center is unveiling new exhibits that highlight two big milestones that are happening this year – the 125th anniversary of the university’s founding and the 40th anniversary of WCU’s fall celebration of mountain culture, Mountain Heritage Day.

An exhibit titled “The Dearest Spot of All: Western Carolina University’s 125th Anniversary” showcases the development and growth of the university over the decades, with artifacts and memorabilia that tell the stories of the many dedicated individuals who shaped the institution into the multifaceted regional university that it is today.

The exhibit examines WCU’s relationship with surrounding communities and the development of its athletics program. On the lighter side, it also traces changes in student life with artifacts such as May Day costumes and vintage cheerleader and mascot uniforms. Other items on display include an array of athletics championship rings and the 2009 Sudler Trophy that was won by the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.

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Dinners, parades, contests and more begin Thursday.

Get ready for a day of Scottish fun, food, music and culture for the whole family as Franklin’s Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival takes to the streets Saturday, June 14. This event celebrates Franklin’s deep Scottish heritage from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“North Carolina has more residents of Scottish heritage than any other state in the union,” said Doug Morton, event chairman. “In fact, North Carolina has more Scots than Scotland. This festival and supporting events is a sampler of everything Scottish. We have a great weekend planned sure to be enjoyed by every member of the family.”

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The Franklin High School Music and Theatre Department’s performance of “Grease: School Version” at the Fine Arts Center last Friday and Saturday was well attended.

The timeless romance of Sandy and Danny played to favorite tunes like “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightning,” “We Go Together,” and “You’re the One That I Want.”

The production was supported by the Arts Council and the Macon County Academic Foundaton.

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published: 10/18/2013
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