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Tickets are still available for the Nov. 10 concert at Western Carolina University’s Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center featuring country music breakout stars Justin Moore and Thompson Square.

Moore has topped the country charts with the hit “Small Town USA” and reached the top 10 with “Backwoods” from his self-titled debut CD. Other singles from his album include “Back That Thing Up” and “How I Got to Be This Way.” His second album, “Outlaws like Me,” was released this summer, with the single “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” recently reaching No. 1 on the country music charts. His latest single, “Bait a Hook,” is currently climbing the charts.


On Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., the Macon County Public Library will host a “Sing for the Fun of It” songfest featuring familiar favorites from bygone days, including “Bicycle Built For Two,” “Goodnight, Irene,” “Red River Valley,” “Shine On, Harvest Moon,” and many more.

Song sheets will be provided. Everyone is welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite song for the group to enjoy.

The Library is on Siler Farm Road, off Siler Road on the south side of Franklin, next to Southwestern Community College. The event will be held in the Meeting Room. Contact the Arts Council for information, at (828)524-7683.

The Jackson County Public Library will host a performance by the Frog Level Philharmonic on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

The group plays Dixieland Jazz, with a mountain flavor. Founded by Charles Alley, in 2005, over the years the band has featured many members of the Haywood Community Band. Playing with the Philharmonic are Mark Raines on trombone, Charles Alley on the clarinet, Jim Boyer on drums, Pat Stone on piano, Otis Sizemore on cornet, Jim Juhnke on tuba, and Mike Pilgrim on banjo.


Organizers of Franklin’s Pumpkinfest continue to raise the bar for autumn celebrations in the region, as Saturday’s event obviously demonstrated. Community residents and visitors could not have asked for better weather for the 15th annual Pumpkinfest, and there was certainly no shortage of entertainment for people who attended. Some people, locals and visitors alike, were taken aback by the large audience that assembled in the historic downtown Franklin area last Saturday afternoon.

Franklin’s Main Street Program coordinated the event, and hosted 61 vendors, the most ever. “I think it was the best we have ever done,” said Franklin Main Street Director Linda Schlott.


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