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Arts & Entertainment

Artisans fill the streets while music fills the air during the 27th annual Dillsboro Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, June 11.

The free festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the historic walkabout village of Dillsboro.

Featured will be two dozen juried artisans from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Attendees can browse and purchase a variety of crafts, including: pottery, paintings, metal works, gourde art, hand-made jewelry, wood carvings, basket weaving, quilts and homemade soaps.


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.”


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