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Arts & Entertainment

The 24th annual “Hard Candy Christmas” craft show drew large crowds of artists and shoppers to Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center last Friday and Saturday. More than 100 artists from all over the southeast set up booths around the arena and displayed an array of wares ranging from nature photography to recycled art, to glass blown jewelry, and art made out of horse shoes.

The events promoter, Doris Hunter, an artist and Macon County native, worked to create a Christmas craft show in Franklin to highlight the area's best artisans. The Friday and Saturday after each Thanksgiving was selected for the event in hopes that as the biggest shopping weekend of the year would help promote business for the event. “This year’s event was our largest yet,” said Hunter, “We had 114 exhibitors, who all had a wide variety of crafts.”


Popular Nashville recording artist and Jackson County native Matt Stillwell, is returning home to the mountains of Western North Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 3, for a concert at his alma mater, Smoky Mountain High School.

Stillwell is teaming up with his former high school to host a benefit concert for the school. The country music singer’s fans will be treated to a full concert all for only $10 per person. A BBQ dinner is also available for $8 per person, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain High School Cafeteria. For fans that want extra time with the country music star, Matt and the band have offered a personal Meet & Greet VIP Dinner and VIP seating for $40 per person.


Macon County singer/songwriter Angela-Faye Martin will perform at the Jackson County Public Library Complex in downtown Sylva on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

Martin calls her haunting songs “mountain folk-rock.” Her latest album is entitled “Pictures from Home” and came out in 2009. It was produced by the late Mark Linkous a.k.a, Sparklehorse (a collaborator of Dangermouse, David Lynch, and Daniel Johnston) and was his last album before his untimely death. Martin derives her inspiration from the Western North Carolina mountains, where she lives with her poet and conservationist husband, Brent Martin.


To feature local artists and unique gifts

The Jackson County Green Energy Park has marked Sunday, Dec. 11, for a “Season to be Green” holiday open house. Numerous local artists will be giving demonstrations and offering locally made holiday gifts at local, low prices.

“This is a chance for folks to watch handcrafted glass and metal art being made up close, to interact with the artisans, and purchase a locally-made gift or ornament that will be treasured for years,” said Timm Muth, director of the Green Energy Park.


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