25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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A dazzling display of beauty and color awaits at The Bascom’s 2011 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival, July 7-10.

The 13th annual Mountains in Bloom is a multi-day garden festival in the mountain resort community of Highlands, N.C. More than 1,200 people attended last year’s event.

Mountains in Bloom features a tour of stunning mountain gardens, a flower show, a preview party, a lecture by Suzanne Rheinstein, a Benefactor Tour of the “Southern Highlands Reserve” in Lake Toxaway and the “Some Enchanted Evening” Benefactor Party. Proceeds benefit The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center occupying a six-acre, $13 million campus.

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Beckoning to its Scottish roots last weekend, downtown Franklin came to life with the sound of bagpipes, the smell of shortbread and the flare of clan Tartans. The hot summer weather kept no one from evoking the Celtic spirit, during the 15th annual Taste of Scotland Festival. The festival, held annually during Father’s Day weekend in downtown Franklin, celebrates the music and culture of Scotland and the British Isles. The several hundred festival-goers were sure to be looking for shade throughout Saturday’s festivities, with temperatures reaching into the upper 80s.

The first event scheduled to kick off the event was the first annual Braveheart 5K run—a new addition to the festival lineup.

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The Border Collie demonstration behind Town Hall brought crowds attending the 15th annual Franklin Scottish Tartans Festival tot their feet. Bill Coburn, of Windy Knolls Farm, said that he loves working with the dogs. Border Collies are a special breed and are workaholics. He explained that he can usually get 14 to 15 good working years out of one of his dogs. Coburn jokingly added that “Border Collies work well with all kinds of livestock — even children.”

Franklin’s Scottish Tartan’s Festival was the first event that he demonstrated the dog’s ability outside of trials and he has been coming to the festival for almost 10 years. Now he travels up and down the east coast doing both demos and trials.

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One hundred quilts will be showcased during the Airing of the Quilts, June 24-25 at the Jackson County Public Library and Historic Courthouse.

The "Library Quilt" above will be officially presented to library officials Friday at noon. It will hang permanently in the new library in the restored historic courthouse in Sylva. It was created by Tuesday Quilters, a Sylva guild.

Saturday's highlight is a fashion show and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the courthouse.

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