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Arts & Entertainment

The Smoky Mountain Firecracker Fest will be held Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Franklin Plaza. This event is a free juried show featuring some of the southeast’s most unique arts and crafts which include fiber art, Native American art and flutes, jellies and baskets, hand-carved knives, jewelry and magnetic therapy jewelry, soaps and lotions, honey, scrolled wood, yard art, recycled bottle lights, watercolor paintings, pottery, spinning and so much more.

Three-time world champion tree carver R.K. Harnihan or “Tree” will be demonstrating at the show. He has been cutting figures out of wood for 43 years. His work includes a four-story, 48-ton sculpture of Sir Walter Raleigh, carved from a 500-year-old cypress that stands on the site of The Lost Colony in Manteo. He has duplicated the four presidential faces of Mt. Rushmore from a 38-ton trunk of a 250- year old oak that sits in the West Park Mall in Charlotte.


The Highlands Playhouse is gearing up for the return of its annual Children’s Theater camp which runs from July 5- July 16. The two week camp is divided into two age groups; ages 5-10, which meets from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and ages 11 and up which meets from 1PM-4PM. The camp will again be led by Bill Patti and Brieanna Bailey, the theater and dance instructors from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School.

The theater has taken steps to raise the level of education and entertainment for the students enrolled in the program.


For tickets for any of these events, call The Highlands Playhouse for information or reservations at (828)526-2695.

— July 13 - Dress Rehearsal performance of “Harvey” starring Frank Collision at 8 p.m. at The Highlands Playhouse. “Your Pay What you Can” donation to REACH of Highlands.

— July 14 - “Harvey” starring Frank Collision runs through July 24 at 8 p.m. nightly at The Highlands Playhouse. Enjoy pre-show bistro dining and Full bar from Oak Street Cafe at The Playhouse. “Harvey” tickets $25.


Pictured are the members of Lady and the Old Timers who will be performing at the Macon County Public Library Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m., (Front row, L-R) Jim Brown, Robert Bradley, Roy Ramsey, Fred Kirkland; (back row) Jim Hite, Wild Bill Jackson, Delia Sears and Carl Sears.

Lady and the Old Timers performs regularly at the Macon County Public Library the first and third Thursdays of the month.

The next performance is July 7 beginning at 11 am.

Photo by Henry Fichner

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