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Arts & Entertainment

Licklog Players will present a production of the comedy “Dearly Departed,” a play about the beleaguered Turpin family who prove that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious.

The play will be staged Friday through Sunday, May 27-29 and June 3-5, at the Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday.


The Brevard-based Hogtown Squealers Band will present a concert of traditional string band music and more on Sunday, May 22, at 4 p.m., on Franklin’s Town Square Gazebo.

Over their 20-year collaboration, the Squealers have incorporated honky-tonk, ragtime, and other traditions into their lively music, sharing an approach to their craft reminiscent of the early Red Clay Ramblers and other greats of recorded Southern string band music.

Band members are fiddler Tom Anderson, guitarist Rob Olrech, accordionist John Von Stein, mandolinist Gary Wells, and a guest bassist.


The first annual “Airing of the Quilts” festival made its debut last Saturday in downtown Franklin and throughout Macon County.

More than 300 brightly colored quilts were hung out for display by businesses and locals for the Mother’s Day weekend event, according to Main Street Program Director Linda Schlott. “This has been a great opportunity and a fun experience to see so many quilts,” she said. “The work that goes into these is just amazing. This turnout has exceeded my expectations.”

Among the quilts adorning Rankin Square in Franklin were children’s quilts provided by the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild. The quilts were donated to Head Start, an endeavor the organization performs every year.


“Sandra Brannan is able to take the subjects she knows and turn them into an exciting, non-stop action mystery. Liv is amazing!” Suzanne Harrouff of Franklin’s Books Unlimited said of Brannan’s Liv Bergen mystery series.

Brannan is launching Book No. 2 of the series in Franklin on Wednesday, June 1. Books Unlimited invites locals out for this event, featuring a meet and greet with the author at 5:30 p.m., a reading at 6 p.m. and signing until 7:30 p.m.

“Lot’s Return to Sodom” lets readers delve a little deeper into the dangerous yet exciting life of Liv Bergen, the Colorado mining manager turned crime solver whom author Sandra Brannan introduced in her debut novel “In the Belly of Jonah” (Sept. 1, 2010, Greenleaf). The second installment of the series brings readers on a wild ride to the infamous annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. There are gangs, there are murders … and there is most certainly the return of the admirable Agent Streeter Pierce, who saved Bergen’s life in Brannan’s debut.


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