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The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild based in Franklin will host the North Carolina Quilting Symposium this year. The guild is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and members want to share the love of quilting with the area. The Symposium event, “Stars Over The Smokies,” takes place June 7-10, on the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee. Activities include a quilt show with more than 340 quilts, classes, lectures, vendors, a craft boutique stocked with member items, and a small quilt silent auction. Several guilds will be on the grounds to sell raffle tickets for opportunity quilts. The quilt show, boutique and vendors will be in the Hinds University Center. Other activities take place in different classroom buildings. Directional signs will be posted.


Vinyl Brothers Big Band promises to fill the air with classic rock and soulful hits when it takes the stage Friday, June 1, for the Concerts on the Creek series.

The Asheville-based ensemble of 10 friends has a fondness for the hits of their younger days - a time when vinyl records were still king. And the band sets itself apart with an impressive five-member brass section.

Sylva native and trumpet player Tim Gillespie says the group performs songs people are used to hearing, but it's probably been a while since they've heard them backed by horns.


SKY VBS is being offered to all children 12 years old and under at First Christian Church of Franklin every Wednesday evening from June 6 to July 25.

Friends and family are invited for this free event as kids discover that everything is possible and the “Sky is the limit.”

Vacation Bible School activities start at 6:45 p.m. and continue to 8:30 p.m. The fun-filled night will include songs, activities, adventures, games and snacks. Come early at 6 p.m. for a free dinner. Parents, guardians and teens are also welcome.


Licklog Players is looking for several men and women of all ages and boys and girls over the age of eight years old to audition for "Annie Get Your Gun” directed by Nancy Davis on Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m. and Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m.

The play opens July 26 and runs through July 29. Annie Oakley is a backwoods gal with a sure shot and a quick wit, as she challenges striking marksman Frank Butler to be the star of of Buffalo Bill's traveling show. Sparks fly faster than bullets as the competition and romance heat up.


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