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Looking for great fall color? This October will find the mountains of southwestern North Carolina alive with more than autumn color as the 22nd Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree opens at the Macon County Community Building just south of Franklin off U.S. Highway 441. Gem and mineral dealers from across the country will be on hand displaying and selling fine jewelry, gems, minerals, and more against the backdrop of spectacular fall color beginning Friday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 16.

The Leaf Lookers Gemboree will feature a wide variety of items including fine finished jewelry, rough and cut gems, lapidary equipment, beads, minerals, fossils and collectibles. Dealers will also be available to custom make that special piece of jewelry you’ve always dreamed of or for the upcoming holiday season.


Carden hosts for program on Appalachian ‘Jack Tales’ and their origins

The Jackson County Public Library will host renowned storyteller and playwright Gary Carden on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. for a program on Appalachian Jack Tales and their origins. The program will be held in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex.

Jack Tales are a particular variety of Appalachian folk tale, but their reach extends far beyond our region and stretches far back in time. “Jack and the Beanstalk” may be the bestknown of the Jack Tales, but there are variations on many other familiar tales, including “Cinderella” and “Snow White.” As far back as any English-language folktale can be traced, there are stories about Jack, often a trickster or sometimes just a simple, shy boy, or even a mute. So what makes a story a Jack Tale? Where do they come from? Carden will explore these questions and the many origins of Jack Tales, from the Brother Grimm to Shakespeare, and in the process will tell a few of his favorite tales.


Anna Fariello, associate research professor at Hunter Library at Western Carolina University, will speak about the identity of American craft as part of American Craft Week in October.

Fariello will speak on the collective identity of craft at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Charles Beall Auditorium on the campus of Haywood Community College. The event is free and open to the public.

Fariello directed Hunter Library’s online Craft Revival Project and now oversees the library’s digital collections. The talk, derived from “Objects and Meaning,” a book Fariello co-edited and to which she contributed two chapters, will address how academic disciplines and cultural institutions have assigned meaning to expressive objects over time. Fariello argues that it is not effective to examine craft using the language and system of evaluation for art history and that craft must have its own discipline-specific vocabulary.


Grammy-nominated bluegrass musicians the Grascals will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The show, “Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin,’” is a musical tribute to 1960s sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show.” The Grascals’ performance is part of the 2011-12 Galaxy of Stars Series at WCU.

Since the band’s formation in 2004, the Grascals have received many honors and awards throughout the musical community. In 2006 and 2007, the Grascals were named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers of the Year after receiving that organization’s Emerging Artist of the Year honors in 2005.


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