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Voices in the Laurel’s Summer Voice Music Camp will expand this year to become the Voices in the Laurel Summer Music Quest with funding from the Young Singers Foundation Grant from Sweet Adelines International. The grant’s purpose is to support worthy projects which inspire children and youth to sing in harmony with approved, highly qualified music instructors.

The camp will take place July 30 – Aug. 3, from 8:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Waynesville. Summer Music Quest is open to singers first through ninth grades in the fall. They will be divided into age groups to participate in a variety of musical experiences. Campers will learn to sing with proper vocal technique and in two and three part harmony.


On Saturday, May 26, Allstar Weekend, a young American pop band, will take the stage at the Great Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27.

Allstar Weekend gained its popularity from the Disney Channel television network when they competed on Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing.” The group came in second place but signed a contract with Hollywood Records a few months later. Their debut single, “A Different Side of Me,” peaked at the top of Radio Disney singles chart and jumpstarted their career. When they released their debut album in 2010, “Suddenly Yours,” they emerged as one of the most promising young bands around. Their performances tell a story and maintain an element of fun that entertains music lovers of all ages.


Sue and Pete Joiner, Friends of the Greenway from Florida, are set to serve up a gourmet meal at the upcoming FROG Hop.

The dinner/auction will be held Saturday, May 19, at Tartan Hall.

Lionel Caynon will entertain on his keyboard. Tickets may be purchased at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main St.

All proceeds benefit The Little Tennessee Greenway.


Mother’s Day weekend will be a busy time in Franklin as the 11th Annual Mother’s Day Gemboree opens its doors on May 11. The event will be held at the Macon County Community Building located just off Highway 441 south of Franklin. This show, sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, complements two other well known gem and mineral shows held here in July and October. Franklin continues to earn its name as “The Gem Capital of the World.”

This year’s Mother’s Day Gemboree will be held Friday through Sunday, May 11 to 13, with doors open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Some of the nation’s finest gem and mineral dealers will display and sell everything from fine jewelry to rough and cut gems and minerals.” said Linda Harbuck, Executive Director of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce.


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