11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

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Robert Holquist, professor emeritus in the Western Carolina University School of Music, will present the annual Last Lecture on Friday, Oct. 21. Holquist’s address, titled “Teaching Music: A Rewarding Career Combining My Passion for Music, and the Desire to Lead Others to Experience the Joy of Musical Accomplishment,” will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Coulter Recital Hall.

The annual Last Lecture event, which is free and open to the public, honors a faculty member who teaches with passion and enthusiasm.

 

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The Liars Bench will presents southern Appalachian fright tales at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center Thursday, Oc. 20, at 7 p.m. The Liars Bench presents “Haints, Boogers, and Belled Buzzards” at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium. Member artists Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Barbara Duncan, Paul Iarussi; guest artist William Ritter; and at least one mystery guest perform Southern Appalachian “scary” in story and song on one stage.

Carden said “I saw the culture and tradition of my people, the people of the Southern Appalachians dying. I started The Liars Bench to showcase this unique piece of Americana, to keep it alive, and show newcomers to the mountains what our culture was, and is really like.”

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A drumming circle for all ages will be held Sunday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m., on the Macon County Courthouse plaza, Main Street in downtown Franklin. Mary Eileen Ferrick is the circle leader. People may bring drums and rhythm instruments, or choose from the wide assortment provided, including African djembes, guiros, shakers, and buffalo drums.

Large take-home “can” drums will be provided for the children. Bring a lawn chair. In case of inclement weather the program will be held in the Rathskeller Coffee Haus, 58 Stewart Street, a block from the Courthouse.

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On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Macon County Public Library will host a book signing with nature photographer James Valentine in the Program Room from 5 to 7 p.m.

James Valentine-Valentine is a naturalist, photographer, artist, and filmmaker whose work, including more than ten books, has helped to preserve millions of wild acres.

He donated his properties to the Highland Biological Station as a tribute to preserving one of the most biodiverse mountainous regions of the planet. His new book is “Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forest, & Wilderness.” Part of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the library.

 

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