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Arts & Entertainment

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

This 22nd Mountain Artisans Summertime Art & Crafts Show is July 2-3 in the Ramsey Center arena on the campus of Western Carolina University.

The arena provides a top-notch venue for some of the most respected and distinct artisans in the Appalachian Mountains. This year’s event has 115 exhibitors showcasing contemporary and heritage art and crafts.

An array of items will be displayed for sale, including: fine art, woodworking, pottery, weavings, paintings and gourd art. Heritage crafts such as shaker brooms, pine needle baskets and folk dolls will be available, along with heirloom fabric items.


Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education is offering workshops in glass creation this summer in cooperation with the Jackson County Green Energy Park (JCGEP) in the month of July.

— “Fundamentals of Glassblowing” workshop, students can learn that skill through demonstrations, exercises and one-on-one instruction. Classes will cover topics such as safety in the studio, proper use of glass tools, and hot-shop etiquette. The cost is $350.

— “Glass Goblets” class will focus on assembling the three parts of the goblet – body, stem and foot – and the instruction will cover various types of goblets, including martini, champagne, red and white wine, and bowls. The cost is $430.

Author Barbara Dumas Ballew will be signing her books July 1 and 2, at the Smoky Mountain Firecracker Fest in the Franklin Plaza, 441S. Ballew is a resident of Franklin and has written a novel entitled “George’s Creek to Georgia.”

When Elijah Barnett traveled to visit his brother, Luke, at George’s Creek, he didn't realize he was at the start of a legacy. From this visit began the journey from George’s Creek to Georgia, a journey through four generations of Barbara Dumas Ballew’s family.


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