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The Poetry Alive! team of two professional actors (Jesse Hastel and Wendi Looms) performed for Macon County students this week.

The group interacted with students through dozens of poems from classics to popular and contemporary and performed them through dynamic, physical theatrical style, transforming verse into script.

Poetry Alive!, an Asheville based company, was founded in 1984 and performs for more than 600,000 students each year. They have appeared in all 50 states.


The Balaton Chamber Brass, an instrumental duo comprised of the husband-and-wife team of Dan and Amy Cherry, will present a free concert Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Western Carolina University.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building.

With Amy Cherry on trumpet and Dan Cherry on trombone, the couple presented their first concert as the Balaton Chamber Brass last fall. They will be accompanied during the Valentine’s Day performance by pianist Brad Martin. All three musicians are members of WCU’s music faculty.


Edie Kleinpeter of Hiawassee and Steven Jones of Blairsville are looking forward to presenting a Valentine’s treat. They will be doing a fund raiser, a readers theater production of “Love Letters” on Sunday, February 12 at the Hinton Center. This award-winning, touchingly funny play follows the relationship of two people who remain close to each other through life long letters. The play takes place in a time before e-mail and texting, when people actually took time to write a letter. The play is often presented in New York with various actors taking part.


Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop and Valentine party on Saturday February 11, 10:00 till noon, in the Macon County Public Library children’s wing. Make-and-take projects include 3-D valentine cards and decorations, with music by keyboardist Lionel Caynon. The event is dedicated to the memory of long-time ARTSaturday volunteer Jeanie Whitehead. There’s no pre-registration; children should wear play clothes and come as close to 10:00 as possible. The Library’s Valentine party starts at 11 :00. Adults stay with their children.


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