61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Arts & Entertainment

The Highlands Playhouse, the second oldest professional theater in North Carolina, is gearing up to open their 73rd Season on June 16 with the show “Suds: The Rocking ’60s Musical Soap Opera.” At the helm of the Playhouse this year is DV Caitlyn, the theatre’s new artistic director. Caitlyn, an Assistant Professor of Theater at Western Carolina University, is excited to tackle his new role.

Born and raised in California, Caitlyn earned a BA. in Theatre Arts from CSU Fresno and an MFA from U.C. San Diego. He began his professional acting career by performing King John at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, also known as Shakespeare in the Park.

 

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To showcase the musical and vocal talents of the youth in this area, 4-H, in association with Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, will again produce the Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest during the Franklin Folk Festival, July 16, on the Main Stage in downtown Franklin. Contest time is 1:30 until 2:30. Once again, Joe Deitz of the Deitz Family Band will emcee the contest.

Participants in this contest must exhibit a talent that will reflect heritage and old Appalachian ways of our region and adhere to the qualifications and rules set up by the organizers of the the talent contest and the Franklin Folk Festival. This competition will be held on the main stage and will be part of the “heritage” entertainment provided during the festival.

  

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A group known as The Return recreated the complete Beatles experience onstage this past Friday at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

Considered by many to be the most realistic cast paying tribute to the “Fab Four,” The Return treated the Franklin audience to a lineup of Beatles rock and roll hits from the early ’60s to the last Beatles tour in 1966.

 

 

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Pickin’ on the Square in downtown Franklin provides free entertainment every Saturday night.

Last weekend, Monty Milliken, (right) talented singer/songwriter and sometime comedian entertained those that gathered.

 

 

 

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