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The Friends of the Rickman Store invite the community to the re-opening of the historic Rickman Store in Cowee this Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Different activities will be offered as part of the Quilt Trail Festival that will be taking place that day in different points of Macon County.

Author, songwriter and singer Barbara Duncan will perform at the Store at 2 p.m. offering songs from her first CD “Music Says Go.” Duncan received the Brown Hudson Folklore Award in 2008 for contributions to the study of North Carolina folklore. Her first book of poetry, Crossing Cowee Mountain, was published by New Native Press, Tuckaseegee, N.C. Currently, Duncan works as education director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee

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On May 3, more than 50 artists and writers from Macon, Jackson and Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary packed the downstairs conference room of Bradford Hall at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson campus. It was a special occasion for the Western North Carolina artists, as it honored the entries submitted for SCC’s periodical Milestone.

Last September, SCC began accepting submissions for the 2010-11 edition of Milestone, a biennial art and literary review published by SCC. This year marks the publication’s 12th anniversary.

“It’s been a long, strange journey. But all of the smiling faces make it worthwhile,” said SCC faculty advisor Owen Gibby to the room of artists. “This celebration is about you.”

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The internationally acclaimed Golden Dragon Acrobats will grace the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20.

Widely recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today, the Golden Dragon Acrobats feature performers who have been trained in the rigorous art of acrobatics since early youth. The Golden Dragon Acrobats debuted in 1985 and are the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States.

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The 14th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival took place Saturday, April 23, in downtown Sylva.

This free festival celebrated the arrival of spring in the mountains, when the greening leaves work their way up the Great Smokies. It also celebrated the greening of the environment, with information about sustainable living and presentations by environmental groups.

Festival-goers participated in a full day of activities, including a parade, live music on two stages, 5K road race, displays from local artisans, a variety of food vendors, plus a children’s area with face-painting, a giant inflatable slide and other activities.

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