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Arts & Entertainment

There is much to see and do at The Bascom in December. The Bascom’s “Hot Chocolate Events” will warm your heart. On Saturdy, Dec. 10 and 17, from 3-5 p.m., visitors can come out and view the exhibitions, enjoy free hot chocolate or coffee, holiday storytelling and music from Sarah Harkins and Bryan Heller.

With 29 participating local non-profits, The Bascom’s Giving Trees exhibition will amaze visitors with a stunning showcase of festive holiday trees. Best of all, donations made for the Giving Trees, at The Bascom through Jan. 3, will benefit the participating non-profit organizations.


The south’s hottest chef, Hugh Acheson, will host a wine dinner and book signing at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn on Friday, Dec. 16. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous feast from his upcoming cookbook prepared by Madison’s culinary team with wine pairings by Sommelier Curt Christiansen. They will also receive a personal signed copy of his new cookbook, “A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen” just released. The evening will take place in the southern mountain ambiance of wood, stone and cozy fires at the new Farm Pavilion at Old Edwards.


At WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center

On the evening of Friday, Dec. 8, begining at 7:30 p.m., on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, a special event will be held in conjunction with and sponsored by The Mountain Heritage Center. A concert of poets, musicians, songwriters and historians will focus on the evening’s headliner of “The New Appalachia.” The subtitle for the poster and publicity for the evening metaphorically explains the meaning of “The New Appalachia”: “No more moonshine, Li’l Abners and Daisy Maes (People ‘from here,’ not from here, and far out.)”




The 24th annual “Hard Candy Christmas” craft show drew large crowds of artists and shoppers to Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center last Friday and Saturday. More than 100 artists from all over the southeast set up booths around the arena and displayed an array of wares ranging from nature photography to recycled art, to glass blown jewelry, and art made out of horse shoes.

The events promoter, Doris Hunter, an artist and Macon County native, worked to create a Christmas craft show in Franklin to highlight the area's best artisans. The Friday and Saturday after each Thanksgiving was selected for the event in hopes that as the biggest shopping weekend of the year would help promote business for the event. “This year’s event was our largest yet,” said Hunter, “We had 114 exhibitors, who all had a wide variety of crafts.”


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