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Director Edie Kleinpeter, has her play, “Moonlight and Magnolias” ready to go. This raucus comedy opens Friday, June 8, and runs through June 17 with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Although the name of the play might not be familiar, its subject matter will be familiar to everyone. “Gone With The Wind” was in trouble three weeks into the filming. The script wasn’t working. Producer David O. Selznick was looking at a disaster. In order to save the film and to minimize the days he had to shut down the set (at $50,000 a day), he hired script doctor Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming and kept them in his office for five days and nights to fix things.


Steve Waldroop and the Heartland Band plays every Saturday night at Carson Community Center from 7 to 9 p.m.

Music ranges from country to bluegrass to gospel.

No admission is charged. The public is welcome.

Photo by Betsey Gooder



Rafe Hollister is coming to Sylva on Friday, June 8, and we're not talking about the character from The Andy Griffith Show.

This Rafe Hollister is a fivemember band from Haywood County which specializes in a brand of music it calls “mountain rock.”

“We use bluegrass instruments and drums and mix it with rock-and-roll,” says lead singer Sam Brinkley of Maggie Valley. "Our sound is inspired by Doc Watson, Johnny Cash and The Rolling Stones. If you mix those three together, that's kind of what we sound like.”


Reception and unveiling planned for Friday at Creative Framing on Depot Street

It is no secret that Macon County is filled with gorgeous scenery in every valley or hamlet and from the top of each hill. It’s no wonder that Macon County has a large number of artists drawing and painting their impressions of this beauty.

This year, the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) has asked local artist John Sill to paint an original piece of art for its Franklin Folk Festival, held annually on the third Saturday of July (July 21). Carolina Wrens: Bucket Brigade is the name of the completed work, which is being auctioned to raise funds for the festival. Museum quality prints are also being presented to this year’s $100 and $200 festival sponsors at a reception given in John Sill’s honor. The reception will be held at Creative Framing, 482 Depot Street in Franklin, on Friday, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.


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