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Balladeers Anne and Rob Lough will present a concert of traditional music on Sunday, June 5, at 4 p.m., on the Macon County Courthouse Plaza, Main Street in downtown Franklin.

The program includes folk songs that reflect the musical heritage of our region and nation, from lilting mountain ballads and songs of the American Frontier, such as “Shenandoah,” to “Barbara Ellen” and other traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, with some tall tales thrown in.

The Loughs are talented and versatile performers who have been making music together for more than 40 years.


Sylva’s free summer music series – Concerts on the Creek – returns for its third season in 2011 with performances every Friday evening from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

The outdoor shows take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva.

This year’s lineup is the strongest yet, with a heavy concentration of local and regional mountain music. Concert-goers will hear some of the best bluegrass, newgrass, rockabilly and traditional country sounds in Western North Carolina. 


Old time tatting, caning, quilting and spinning offered at Patchwork Folk & Fabric Festival

The 6th annual Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, inside the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“I remember as a child when my aunts would drop a quilt from the quilting rack on the ceiling,” says Amy Ammons Garza, co-organizer, “and quilt for days on end until the quilt was completed. Well, this year, we will once more have some special local quilts hanging from the ceiling on display ... hand pieced quilts with written descriptive stories attached to each quilt.”


The exploration of urban versus rural environments is the focus of an upcoming exhibit at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.

“Rough and Tumble: Landscapes and Cityscapes” runs through Friday, Aug. 5. The exhibit, comprising pieces in WCU’s permanent collection, features works in a variety of media that depict the natural and unnatural. Artists include Fumio Fujita, Quita Brodhead, Richard Florsheim, Martha Armstrong, Louis Finkelstein and more.

“This exhibit celebrates a dichotomy that we all experience,” said Denise Drury, interim director of WCU’s Fine Art Museum. “One might say you can’t be in two places at once, but you will get a taste of both urban and rural at this exhibition.”


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