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The Cowee Pottery School, a non-profit school located in the Macon County Heritage Center, has three workshops coming up soon. All tools and supplies will be provided. Students may want to bring an apron to keep their clothing clean.

On Friday morning, Sept. 19, Carmen Holland and Maria Greene will be teaching Fall Leaves in Clay. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the workshop is designed for ladies. Participants in this class take home a variety of leaf themed trays and bowls built from clay slabs. Student work can be picked up on Friday morning between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sept. 26 at a morning tea party. Registration fee is $20.

On Saturday morning, Sept. 20, Julie Taylor and Sandy Gladden will be teaching Fall Fun in Clay for Kids from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids from ages 6 to 16 can create functional and non-functional pottery pieces themed around Fall in Macon County. Registration is only $20 and the children can pick up their fired pieces on Saturday morning, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.as cookies and punch are served.

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The Franklin Ubuntu Choir under the direction of Tom Tyre, presented a program of uplifting a capella music from around the world at a Sunday concert at the First Presbyterian Chapel in downtown Franklin.

The concert was supported by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and the Arts Council of Macon County.

Photo by Betsey Gooder

Due to the many requests received from Franklin and surrounding communities, the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild has extended the deadline for its 2014 quilt show entries. The deadline for entry forms is now Sept. 10. The form needs to be accompanied by a picture of the quilt and a $5 entry fee. Quilts do not need to be finished by Sept. 10 but an accurate identification picture needs to be attached to the entry form. Entry forms can be found at the Guild's quilt show website www.smokymtnquilters.org/page3/page17/index.html. For questions about the entry forms or rules, call the Registrar at (828)293-5004 or (828)508-7916.

Both guild members and non-members are invited to enter their quilts and wearable items, which use the quilting technique, into this show. The quilts must have been completed on or after January 2011 and not been entered in a SMQG show before. Rules and registration guidelines are on the website.

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Franklin Covenant Church pastor, John Makinson brought a message to the September meeting of the Franklin Lions Club Monday, Aug. 25, about a growing multi-denominational movement in Macon County churches to lead an aggressive offensive against the declining family unit structure. Pastor Makinson briefly recounted some of the issues and statistics surrounding the decline of the family unit during the past five or six decades. He was there, neither to bemoan the decadence of society nor dwell on all the problems, but to share a vision for the possible transformation of Macon County families.

This movement has its roots in the early part of 2014 following a presentation of Kirk Cameron’s “Love Worth Fighting For.” After this event, pastors and lay people alike were awakened to the possible role the churches were to take. A rather diverse group of Christian people gathered to seek answers to this question: “What are the next steps for Macon County to strengthen families and marriages?” At this stage, the core group involved John Makinson, Franklin Covenant Church; Jason Smith, Cowee Baptist; Rick Holmes, Grace Presbyterian; Scott Eichelberger, First Alliance; Brandon Breedlove, Holly Springs; and Bruce Ferguson, Cowee Baptist. Currently, about 12 churches are involved in the group’s expanding vision.

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