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Arts & Entertainment

Children ages 8 and above have an opportunity to get muddy and learn about pottery in two workshops sponsored by the Macon County Art Association. Scheduled at the Association’s Uptown Gallery at 30 East Main Street in Franklin from 9 a.m. to noon, the workshops are being presented on Saturdays July 14 and July 21.

The focus of the workshop on July14 is to make critters. Ultimately the critters can become ice cream bowls, rattles, paperweights or pencil holders. The critters will be fired in the instructor’s kiln and then be available for the children to paint glaze on them during the second workshop on July 21. After the second firing, the pieces will be water tight, food safe, and reasonably durable.

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The Arts Council holds its free monthly ARTSaturday workshop for elementary school-aged children and their families on Saturday July 14, 10 a.m. till noon, in the Macon County Public Library children’s area. Activities include harmony and round singing, an American history lesson in song, and some musical sign language. Ice cream treats will be served. There’s no pre-registration; children should wear play clothes and come for any part of the session. Adults are encouraged to stay and participate with their children.

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Plenty of things to do throughout the year in Franklin

As part of the Venture Local Franklin (VLF) initiative, Macon County News is teaming up with VLF to highlight local businesses throughout Franklin. Each week, MCN selects locally owned and operated businesses in a different industry. It is our goal at MCN to work with VLF to encourage residents to shop locally and utilize the resources Franklin has to offer. To learn more about VLF, visit the VLF Facebook page.

It may not be Hollywood or Broadway, but Franklin has its fair share of entertainment venues that have been serving residents of Macon County for decades. From Pickin' on the Square to a different bowling league for most any night of the week, there is always something to do in Franklin.

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Curtis Blackwell’s band performs 12-show tour last month

In a breath, he confessed his love for the music he has played for nearly his entire life.

“I’ve always done traditional bluegrass, and I will do it till I die,” Otto resident Curtis Blackwell said matter-of-factly on Monday. “I’ll do it until I’m gone.”

Aside from guitar, Blackwell not only sings tenor, he picks the mandolin and dabbles on the fiddle—instruments that bleed the sounds of bluegrass; the music of Appalachian folk heritage.

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