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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a free concert by the Waynesville-based Lorraine Conard Band on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m.

Influenced by a vast and varied mix of artists, Lorraine Conard's songwriting style ranges from toe-tapping, country-fried Americana to earthy, folk-tinged blues. All her songs, regardless of their patchwork roots, are anchored by rich, earthy vocals that are equally capable of soothing and electrifying.

Band members are Conard on vocals and rhythm guitar; Ed Kelly on mandolin and dobro; and Greg Kidd on bass.


Shows in the 2012 Summer Concert Series, presented by Western Carolina University’s Arts and Cultural Events, or ACE, happen at 7 p.m. each Thursday through June and July on the lawn of the A.K. Hinds University Center.

The concerts are free and the audience is invited to bring blankets, chairs and snacks.

Rain location is inside the University Center.

For more information, contact Lori Davis, assistant director for campus activities, at 828-227-3622 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is hosting its first Summer Visual ARTS Series, held in Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design.

Beginning June 24 and running through Aug. 3, art workshops are offered in painting, printmaking, book arts, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics and digital photography. Nationally and internationally recognized instructors will teach these five-day workshops in the state-of-the-art studios at WCU. Workshops offered for every level of artist and housing is available.

“The long range goal with the Summer Visual ARTS Series is that it will become an inclusive ARTS series,” said Norma Hendrix, director. “Next year creative writing workshops will be added and eventually music and film will be part of the program, too.”


On Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m., the historic Rickman Store will become the stage for one of the most accomplished monologues written by Appalachian playwright Gary Carden. Lara Chew, will be performing a one-woman play about prominent labor and community organizer Mary Harris who at the end of the 19th century was considered by the government and the robber barons to be “the most dangerous woman in America” but who was much loved and revered by the workers who named her “Mother Jones.”

Five years ago, Carden wrote the play “Mother Jones” to ensure that the voice that brought many civil liberties to benefit working Americans will not be ignored or silenced. Harris was an organizer of mill and coal mine workers who took special concern for the women and children who were forced to labor in poor conditions with unhealthy living sites and without government protection.


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