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Arts & Entertainment

The Jackson County Green Energy Park is offering a new round of blacksmithing courses this summer. The courses are being taught by blacksmith Brock Martin, and are taking place during the weekends, through the weekend of June 25. The course offerings are as follows:

— Parent/Child Blacksmith Class Saturday & Sunday, June 18-19, 1-6 p.m.

A course designed as a cooperative learning experience, participants will learn basic blacksmithing through the creation of a simple object. From there, they will apply those skills to create larger tools, such as a grill set. Come with ideas for a project, as well.

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Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel is offering free concerts in the Entertainment Lounge Friday, June 17, and Friday, June 24 for two shows, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Tone Loc is the artist for the June 17 show. He is a rapper and actor with hit single “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina.”

On June 24, Shock G, the mastermind behind the Digital Underground, will be performing, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Jackson County's quilting heritage will be showcased during the Airing of the Quilts, June 24-25 at the Jackson County Public Library and Historic Courthouse.

An exhibit of 100 quilts will be displayed both days at the newly-renovated courthouse overlooking Main Street, and there will be quilting demonstrations both days.

Friday's activities also include the official presentation of a Library Quilt to library officials at noon. The quilt is a gift from Tuesday Quilters, a local quilt guild.

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Cultural museum made possible by community support

Pull up a chair and listen to the old timers talk about their lives in the valleys and hollers of the Smokies. See a taxidermied scalded pig. Read about how the early Cherokee hunted. The new cultural museum in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s Oconaluftee Visitor Center, located at the entrance of the park near Cherokee, North Carolina, preserves the area’s cultural heritage in a very personal and dramatic way.

This long envisioned project has become a reality thanks to private donations. “The park is humbled by the continual support from individuals, the nearby communities, and those from afar,” said Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson. “To the Friends of the Smokies license plate holders, donation box contributors, and foundations alike, thank you for your support.”

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