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Blue Ridge and the Holly Springs Baptist Church 60-voice adult choir presented “A Blue Ridge Christmas” last Sunday and Monday night.

Youth and Children’s drama group and choirs were also featured.

Blue Ridge members Kevin Corbin, Kelly Corbin, Neil Moore and Dwight Vinson gave a full concert with favorites like “White Christmas,” “Mary Did You Know,” “Thank God for Kids,” and “Winter Wonderland,” with a little “snow” added for effect.


The Macon County Schools music departments presented Christmas concerts in the last weeks before the holidays, presenting traditional Christmas tunes like “Holly, Jolly Christmas,” “Deck the Halls,” and “Carol of the Bells,” and more contemporary songs like “Christmas Rock,” “Jingle Bell Jam,” and “A Jazzy Band Christmas.”

The Macon Middle School 7th and 8th grade bands performed with the Franklin High School Band along with selections from the high school jazz band. The middle school bands are under the direction of Jennifer Speier and the high school bands are led by Buddy Huckabee.


The Bascom in Highlands held a Gingerbread House Workshop in November in anticipation of the holiday season. Gingerbread designers were given all the sweets and confections they needed to create their own imaginative gingerbread house.

Participants were invited to enter their creations in a contest, to be judged by a popular vote Nov. 8- Dec. 9. The winners were announced Saturday, Dec. 10. First place went to six-year-old Victoria Gentry and second place went to nine-year-old Freda Olalde.

The Bascom is open year-round - Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Workshops, exhibitions, special events and quality programs are offered throughout the year at The Bascom.


Bob Dalsemer, Music & Dance Coordinator at the John C. Campbell Folk School since 1991, has been awarded the high honor of Lifetime Contribution Award from Country Dance and Song Society at an awards ceremony Saturday, Dec. 10. A dance caller and musician for over 40 years, Dalsemer’s distinguished contributions to the world of folk dance and music include co-founding the Baltimore Folk Music Society, serving as Country Dance and Song Society president from 1990-1996, authoring West Virginia Square Dances, and calling and teaching dances nationally and internationally. Dalsemer is a well-known caller of traditional American contra, square, and circle dances and has composed many original dances. Also a talented musician, Dalsemer deftly plays accordion, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. He is part of the band for the Folk School Morris and Garland Dancers, and a member of the Dog Branch Cats band.


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