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The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will continue at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Thursday, Jan. 5, with a concert featuring Ric Ledford and Reems Creek Incident.

The 7 p.m. performance by the Buncombe County band will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

The Mountain Heritage Center is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call the museum at (828)227-7129.

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.


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