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Arts & Entertainment

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin's Performance Series, "An Event For All Seasons", will feature internationally acclaimed harpist, Valerie Von Pechy-Whitcup, her student Margaret McCalister and UUFF member Bonnie Gramlich.

Von Pechy-Whitcup has been called a musical diamond, sparkling from many facets as a chamber musician, symphony harpist, soloist, composer, studio musician and gifted teacher.

On Friday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m., Von Pechy-Whitcup and one of her students, Margaret McCalister, will perform as a duo on the sanctuary stage of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. Joining them will be Bonnie Gramlich reading from a collection of seasonal poetry and prose.


Starting on Sept. 2, City Lights Café in Sylva will display a 9/11 Memorial Exhibit containing replica banners sent by school children to the volunteers, police, firefighters and EMS at Ground Zero In New York City. The banners are on permanent display in St. Paul’s Church (home church of Pres. George Washington) which served as the triage and rest area during the early days of rescue and recovery efforts.

Rick "Sharky" Gorton was the only photographer given permission to record these banners. He has partnered with the Jackson County Arts Council and Gallery 1 to bring this Commemorative Exhibit to Sylva.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce announces the line-up of entertainment for the 3rd Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show being held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center on 441 South.

Friday, August 12
1:00 pm Dallas Reese
5:00 pm Michelle Hallman
5:45 pm Eric Haggart
6:30 pm The Hoss Howard Band
8:00 pm The Dallas Reese Band

More after the jump!


Big House Radio returns to Sylva’s Concerts on the Creek on Aug. 12, and this year, they’re bringing some major recognition with them.

The Bryson City-based quintet won WNC Magazine’s Last Band Standing competition in 2010, emerging from a field of 32 bands to capture the coveted award. The victory garnered prominence across the region and was a coup for the band, which has three members hailing from Bryson City, one from Sylva and one from Waynesville.

Big House Radio’s free performance runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m., and is the 12th in a 15- week series of Friday concerts at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva.


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