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Get ready for a celebration 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 20, 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 for sure and we invite everyone to come and enjoy.”

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The public is invited to enter their best “Taste of Scotland” scones this year during the 2015 Taste of Scotland event on Saturday, June 20, in Franklin. Bakers will be competing for prizes, including a $75 first place award and $25 runner up. Judges will score the scones on taste (45%), texture (45%), and presentation (10). Entrants will need to drop off a serving plate with at least four scones and a copy of their recipe to Rosebud Cottage on Main Street in Franklin between 9:30 and 9:50 a.m. Judging will begin at 10 sharp. Winners will be announced from the Gazebo Stage at 10:55 a.m. or immediately following the parade.

Scots love scones They think of them like New Yorkers think of bagels, but even more often. They can eat scones for breakfast, at lunch, for snacks, and even after dinner. There’s even a controversy about the scone name. In Scotland, there are museums dedicated to the history of the scone. Scones can be savory or sweet, plain or with fruit or spices, as long as it can be eaten with jam and butter. They should be moist and flaky, not grainy or crumbly.

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The Celts is a lively group whose performances include traditional Irish music and outstanding instrumentation. They frequently perform everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to The Lincoln Center to the Las Vegas strip, and the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome them to the stage on Friday, June 26. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $25 each.

Ric Blair founded what was then called The Nashville Celts when he was a jazz major at the University of Cincinnati just over 15 years ago. He was inspired when he went to see an Irish group in concert.

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PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) will be in concert Thursday, June 18, at the Jackson County PUblic Library.The Jackson County Library is hosting a musical concert featuring local band PMA on Thursday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

PMA, Positive Mental Attitude, was formed in Charlotte during the summer of 2008 by long time friends Kyle Coleman, Matthew Yelen, and Phil Thomas and was later joined by Miller Watson in September 2013. Gathering influences from Dub Reggae, Roots Reggae, and Alternative/Psychedelic sounds, PMA offers a unique style of music that is sure to lift your spirits.

This program is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, call the library at (828)586-2016. The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (www.fontanalib.org).

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