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Arts & Entertainment

Underhill Rose will be performing as a part of Matt Stillwell’s Shinefest on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Fontana Village Resort. The band has just released their self-titled, debut CD featuring a powerful fusion of Americana, blue grass, R&B, and roots music.

Spotlighting unique fusion the Asheville, N.C. band has become known for, the album exhibits an impressive blend of Americana, blue grass, R&B, and roots music. Underhill Rose features compositions from Eleanor Underhill, a banjo picker with a sultry, smoky voice and Molly Rose, the group’s southern belle with a soaring vocal range and a masterful poetic design. The new album features bass player Gary Oliver and drummer Tim Haney, with guest appearances from Aaron “Woody” Wood, Ryan Burns, Spencer Taylor, Amy Lovinger, Melissa Hyman, among others.


John Treacy Egan’s stay on Broadway has been extended.

“We are happy for him,” says Mary Adair Leslie, director of the Performing Arts Center, (PAC) “but we are sad that he won’t be able to perform here in Highlands.

The good news is Robert Cucciolli will take his place at PAC on Saturday, Oct. 8.

We are very excited to have Mr. Cucciolli coming to PAC.”

Robert Cuccioli made his Broadway debut as Inspector Javert in “Les Miserables,” and is best known for his critically acclaimed performance as the duel title roles in the Broadway hit “Jekyll & Hyde,” for which he received a Tony nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award.



The smell of barbecue was in the air for the third annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show held Friday and Saturday, at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located on Highway 441 South.

The two-day event was hosted by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and was sanctioned by the Official Kansas City Barbeque Society. This year, events included the famous BBQ contest, the “tastin’ tent,” a beauty pageant, a car show, live entertainment, and various vendors, including wares of all kinds from canned BBQ sauce to homemade totes, wood carvings, and candles.


Stop at the Shop at The Bascom and take care of some early holiday shopping. From hand created pottery, textiles, jewelry, wood, glass and basketry to Bascom wine and wine glasses to art books, The Bascom has something for everyone on your list. All the art work is produced by regional artists and currently featured are the ceramics of resident potter, Frank Vickery. Everything is unique and one-of-a-kind.

The Center for Life Enrichment presents “Faces of the Fallen: A Tribute to Those Who Gave Their Lives in Afghanistan and Iran” on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at The Bascom.


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