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Arts & Entertainment

The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association’s popular concert series, now in its third year, opens Friday, June 10, and will continue on selected Friday evenings into October. There is really nothing more enjoyable than a cool and starry mountain summer evening in Cashiers listening to bands, vocalists and entertainers from blue grass to blues, rock and even Cajun.

The 2011 concert season promises to be the best ever according to Groovin’ on the Green Chair Pat Grady owner of Midnight Farms in Cashiers. Moonshine Babies return for opening night June 10. Moonshine Babies is a popular group with concert goers.


“Who’s Got Talent,” Franklin’s answer to “American Idol,” hit the stage Tuesday night at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

Audience members voted for their favorites and prize money was awarded for first, second and third place winners.

The evening was aptly emceed by veterans Patti McClure and Scotty Corbin.




The John C. Campbell Folk School will hold its annual Gala & Benefit Auction Saturday, June 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Keith House. This special evening will give attendees the opportunity to support the Folk School by bidding on pieces of art and craft of the highest quality. Attendees will also enjoy delicious Southern fare, drinks, and live music, as they peruse the sundry items available for the bidding. A silent auction will kick off the evening, followed by local auctioneer, Bob Grove, leading the spirited bidding during the live auction.

Pieces represented in the auction include works of pottery, basketry, woodturning, metalwork, textiles, jewelry, painting, woodcarving, and more. Talented local and national artists generously donated some of their finest pieces for this year’s auction. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will benefit general programming at the Folk School.


The Return, the world’s premier Beatles tribute band, will rock the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to this evening of rock and roll nostalgia are only $15.

The Return has meticulously recreated the complete Beatles experience onstage, and its members are dedicated to ensuring authenticity in their performances. Their attention to detail has been rewarded, and they are considered by many critics to be the most realistic cast paying tribute to the “Fab Four.”



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