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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.


The Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva will host a live birds of prey educational program as part of the library’s ongoing Summer Reading Program for children and teens Tuesday, July 10, at 11 a.m. The program is appropriate for children ages four and up and will be held in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva.

The program will feature live birds of prey (a category that includes hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons) under the care of wildlife educator Blair Ogburn of Balsam Mountain Trust. The birds that are in the Trust's care can no longer live in the wild and were acquired through individual or institutional wildlife rehabilitators who have determined the birds can no longer effectively hunt and thus survive in the wild.

Blair Ogburn is a senior naturalist for the Balsam Mountain Trust and is a certified environmental educator for the state of North Carolina. She is an experienced birder and ecologist with a specialty in teaching elementary school-aged children.


The Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University will open its eighth season this fall with a lineup featuring musicianship, comedy, magic and a command performance.

The only professional entertainment series in Jackson County, the Galaxy of Stars Series debuted in 2005, with all performances taking place in the 900-seat John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.


Young Artist's Harp Seminar and Competition 2012, in its tenth year, will host talented harp students from around the world at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School this month.

Virtuosic, classical harp music, solos and ensembles, will be presented on July 14, 21, 27 at 7:00 pm, July 15 at 3:00 pm and July 28 at 2:00 pm.


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