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The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will host Folkmoot USA, an international folk festival, on Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $20-$25, and students are half price.

Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, a parade and workshops by up to 350 performers from a dozen countries.

Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and traditional music. Four different groups will be performing at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, and audience members are sure to be both entertained and educated by this production.


Susan Cano, a teacher of the Sogetsu School will demonstrate The ikebana no kenzan design technique on Tuesday, July 26, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

For more information on our programs, teachers and workshops, contact Patti Quinn Hill, Chapter President, (828)645-6633; pattiquinnhill@ or

Sogetsu teacher Susan Cano demonstrates an ikebana no kenzan design suitable for public display.

Last Friday, Doug Hubbs, of Cave Creek Pottery, gave a public demonstration on making wheel pottery at the Macon County Public Library.

Hubbs, who teaches the craft at Southwestern Community College, has been making pottery for more than a decade.




It’s Franklin Folk Festival time again, and a host of volunteers, both new and old, are going to be present on July 16 from 9 to 4 helping make this year’s “Tales, Trails and Settlements” theme come to life.

The festival will take place along the streets in historic downtown Franklin, the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church and at the Macon County Community Facilities Buildingon 441S.

As usual there will be a lot going on around the Town Hall, including old-fashioned hominy making by Fred Bulgin.


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