18th Annual PUMPKINFEST :: Saturday, October 25 from 9am - 4pm * Downtown Franklin :: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

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Arts & Entertainment

Members of the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club have a deserved reputation for knowing their way around a kitchen. It is never more in evidence than the second Saturday in October – this year October 8 — when the creative cooking of the cook is showcased at the Chocolate Fantasy booth.

As part of the Highland’s Women’s Club popular Arts and Crafts Show, the booth resonates with a happy buzz of chocoholics on a dream trip.

Chocolate creations to please all palates range from blissful bites of chewy brownies to glorious triple chocolate pound cakes, perfect for tucking back in the freezer to please weekend company. Hundreds of homemade chocolate baked goods will be for sale during the festival, which is free and open to the public.

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“I Hate Hamlet,” the story of an actor in career limbo, will kick off the 2011-12 University Theatre Mainstage season at Western Carolina University.

Show dates for “I Hate Hamlet” are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 5-8, in WCU’s Hoey Auditorium.

“I Hate Hamlet” is the story of hot, young television star Andrew Rally, who finds his career derailed when his series is canceled. After relocating to New York, Rally is offered the role of Hamlet on stage. His life gets more complicated after meeting his roommate, the drunken ghost of John Barrymore, the legendary actor known for his groundbreaking portrayal of Hamlet.

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Songwriter and singer Angela Faye Martin will be hosting again an evening of Music and Poetry at the Rickman Store on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.

Among previous performers who will return to the store are Laurence Holden, Steve Brady and Kathrine Cays. Poet Laurence Holden is a prolific painter, cove-dwelling artist who has been published widely. “I live here because these mountains sustain me and my art - light, dark, the seasons, the time of deep past, deep present and deep future, all mix here in alchemic mists ...” said Holden who is grateful to have the opportunity to present at the store.

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Oktoberfest returns “Old Edwards Style” to Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Escape to autumn in the mountains of North Carolina and the Culinary Prowess of Executive German Chef Johannes Klapdohr with Bavarian wine, beer, cocktail and dinner specials throughout the month of October.

The Spa at Old Edwards will be offering a “Fall into Bliss” Pumpkin Apple Peel. The fall pumpkin-apple peel will help combat summer sun damage and congestion while gently giving skin the deep exfoliation it desires. A rich hydrating mask will nourish the skin with minerals as it receives a full body dry exfoliation, an application of nourishing shea butter and is wrapped in a cocoon to fully experience the “Fall into Bliss.”

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