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Where's Waldo? In Franklin, of course. He's turning 25 this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 20 different local businesses all through the month of July. Those who spot him can win prizes, Including buttons, books and more.

From Books Unlimited to Karen and Company to Outdoor 76 to Primrose Lane, Waldo figures are showing up in public areas of local establishments.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo in Franklin” search list with the names of all the businesses, and collect an “I Found Waldo at _______” card for each Waldo they spot.


The combined Franklin and Dillsboro Ubuntu Choirs, directed by Tom Tyre, will perform a concert of music from around the world and here at home on Sunday, June 24, at 3 p.m., in the historic chapel of Franklin’s First Presbyterian Church.

More than two-dozen voices strong, the choir is comprised of men and women from many foreign countries who now live in Macon, Jackson, and Rabun counties, as well as area natives, all sharing a love of harmony singing. The program features songs from diverse traditions and lands, sung a cappella in several languages, including. "Ateh Malkuth" in Hebraic, the South African "Sana Sananina," and the American Spiritual, "Let Your Little Light Shine,” among others. Light refreshments will be served.


The Overlook Theatre Company’s “Peter Pan” will be staged June 21-24 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

Michael (Emmaline Talley) Wendy (Abigail Roper) and John (Brett Schultz) Darling watch as Peter Pan (Samuel Crabtree) flies with a pinch of pixie dust.


more information after the jump!



One of the hottest bands in the bluegrass nation comes to Sylva on Friday, June 15, for an appearance in the Concerts on the Creek series.

Balsam Range will play a free show from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the downtown Bridge Park Pavillion beside Scott Creek.

Based in Haywood County, Balsam Range has garnered international acclaim for its rich bluegrass sound. In 2011, the band received the International Bluegrass Music Association's Song of the Year award for “Trains I Missed,” the title track from its third CD.


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