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It is the beginning of harvest time and that means that the corn will be coming in. The smell of fresh corn was in the air Saturday afternoon, July 9, for Franklin’s annual Sweet Corn Festival. The festival was held at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church.

There were sights and activities of all kinds. On one side there was face painting and various activities for the kids. Along the other side there were vendors and displays, including Barbara White with a display of local churches and a demonstration of leather artwork by Ron Sullivan and Ken Smith.


The 2011 Folkmoot Festival will take place July 21 – 31 throughout 12 counties in Western North Carolina with new performances in Hickory, and Jonesborough, Tenn. (Home of the National Storytelling Festival).

Festival director Karen Babcock explains, “It has long been a Folkmoot organization goal to expand performances into as many communities as possible, although most occur in Haywood County.” Folkmoot performances can be seen in 16 cities, including Asheville, Hendersonville, Franklin, Burnsville, Maggie Valley and Waynesville.


The recent filming of mask-and-music theater group Whimzik marked the first production on a Western Carolina University’s new motion picture stage in Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

“The Whimzik production allowed us to get a sense of the space and how to use the new equipment,” said Arledge Armenaki, associate professor of cinematography.


The Bascom’s outstanding workshops and programs for the summer of 2011 continue with Frank Vickery’s Ceramics – Advanced Techniques, Tuesday through Saturday, July 19-23. This five-day class will concentrate on advanced wheel throwing techniques such as making lids, handles and multiple forms fit together.

— From Tuesday to Friday, July 26-29, Hayne Bayless leads Learning to Work with the Extruder. This workshop pays attention to the many facets of hand-building pottery with a special focus on the creative use of the sometimes undervalued tool – the extruder.


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