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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.”


This upcoming Mother’s Day Weekend the artistry of quilting will be showcased with the second annual Airing of the Quilts in Franklin will be held on Saturday, May 12, and all throughout Historic Downtown Franklin and throughout Macon County.

While the downtown area will be the focus of the event, everyone is invited to join in to create a countywide display of quilts.

Organizers of Airing of the Quilts will have a handout that can be picked up in Downtown Franklin that will list locations of where quilts will be airing. Anyone that would like the public to see their quilts airing can have their location added to the list by calling Linda Schlott at (828)524-2516.

Deadline to submit your name and location for the list is Monday, May 7.

Jackson County Green Energy Park's Director Timm Muth announced the opening of the new art gallery with an “Art + Energy” group show featuring examples of blown glass, forge-hammered metals, and wood-fired kiln ceramics by local artists.

The new GEP gallery has its grand opening Thursday, April 26, with a public reception from 5 until 7 p.m.

Fine pieces created by Tadashi Torii, Aaron Shufelt, Judy McManus, Tracy Kirchman, Clayton Hufford, John Burtner, Brock Martin, and Preston Tolbert will be on display.


Multi-Grammy and Dove award-winning recording artist, Bill Gaither will present his legendary Gaither Vocal Band at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The multi-award-winning group will present the very best in Christian music. The Gaither Vocal Band, founded by Gaither in 1981, will bring powerhouse vocals, innovative harmonies, and a life-altering message.

Bill Gaither, Michael English, Mark Lowry, David Phelps, and Wes Hampton make up the Gaither Vocal Band.


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