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The town of Dillsboro will host its 24th annual Easter Hat Parade on Saturday, April 7.

The parade, a Dillsboro tradition the Saturday before Easter, begins at 2 p.m. and showcases a variety of interesting hats atop participants of all ages, including pets.

Judges select the best hats in more than 20 categories, including: biggest, smallest, funniest, best-smelling, “poofy-est,” most creative, most spring-like and most outrageous. Last year, there were nearly 250 entrants in the contest.


At the Macon County Public Library - March 26 - April 5

The Macon County Library, in collaboration with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Nantahala Hiking Club, present ‘Walking with Spring’, a two-week series of programs in conjunction with Historic Franklin’s April Fools Trail Days festival.

All programs are free and open to the public.

Additional programs and dates after the jump!


A musical Passion Play

Lamb of God is a musical Passion Play which will open tonight at 7:30 p.m. and will run Friday, March 23, Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m., at the Smoky Mountain Center for The Performing Arts.

Pictured are scenes of the life of Jesus Christ performed by The Overlook Theatre Company as told from the view point of the prophets.



The African Dance & Drum Ensemble will perform a program of traditional African dance and music Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m., in the Franklin High School gym.

The program features dances and songs that reflect West African life and culture, such as the harvest dances “Kakilambe” and “Sunu,” which are performed with colorful scarves from Mali. This is an authentic, interactive, and highly entertaining cultural experience for all ages.

The Asheville-based company is comprised of African Dance instructor Jada Bryson, dancers Kanydah Bellamy and Jesse Willig, and master drummers Ian Cunningham and Imohtep Dlanod. Jada Bryson is a Franklin native with 24 years of dance experience in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and West African forms.


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