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Collective Spirits, the largest annual fundraiser for The Bascom, A Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands, is announcing the weekend itinerary that includes a new dance party and series of six exclusive in-home dinners. Atlantans Jack Sawyer and Dr. William E. Torres, co-chairs for the 2012 spring benefit, have been busy confirming details for the upcoming May events. The three-day long festival (May 17-19) will culminate in a live auction and gala dinner at The Bascom.

On Thursday evening, May 17, six gracious Highlands/ Cashiers hosts will welcome Collective Spirits Benefactors in their homes for winemaker dinners.

On Friday evening, May 18, guests will be experience a mountain casual walk-around Wine Tasting & Market from 5 to 7 p.m. Then, at 7 p.m., the Sensational Sounds of Motown will take center stage on the Terrace at The Bascom for a night of dancing with a buffet supper.


For his senior project, Franklin High student Garrett Woods chose to write and and record a country song. The song title is “Old Cowboys Never Die, They Just Ride Away” and has been broadcast over 850 WKVL country radio located in Tennessee. Woods expressed a special thanks to Randy Rogers (local gospel music writer/singer and mentor), Buddy Driggers (guitar instructor), and Donnie Clay (recording studio operator).

When Clay heard the song he was impressed with the style and presented it to some friends in Nashville who recorded a professional demo of the single.

A music video is currently in the planning stages.

Arts and crafts vendors and demonstrators are being sought to participate in 9th annual Franklin Folk Festival, a celebration of Appalachian Heritage in historic downtown Franklin. The Franklin Folk Festival will be held Saturday, July 21, from 9 p.m. to 4 p.m. New this year, Main Street will be closed to traffic and filled with Appalachian artisans who will be selling their authentic heritage items. The cost to participate in this juried event will be $50 for a 10 x 10 space.

The Franklin Folk Festival features more than 100 living exhibits and demonstrations to allow visitors to experience what mountain life was like way back when. Things like woodcarving, moonshinin’, basket making, weaving and spinning, and all the many other things. A full schedule of mountain music is planned and plenty of “heritage” food will be available.


The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host Ben Steere for a discussion of Cherokee pre-history and archaeology on Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

Steere’s presentation will focus on the archaeology of Western North Carolina, and specifically how Jackson County fits in to the story in Western North Carolina over the past 1500 years. “Our new research shows us that there were many more prehistoric mound sites in Western North Carolina than previously thought,” says Steere, “and sites in Jackson County were especially important central places for these communities.”


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