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Arts & Entertainment

The Silver Arts Follies portion of the Macon County Senior Games was held Friday, May 13, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

The winners of the competition were Phil Myers, first place for “Home With the Girls on the Mountain,” an instrumental on the dulcimer; David Dennis Sr., second place for “The Hero,” an original composition; and tied for third were Mary K. Sullivan with “Jealous Hearted Me,” and Mary Ann Kinsey with “Freedom,” a drama written by Kinsey.


Macon County took a step back in time last Saturday, with the first annual Blackberry Jam — an event aiming to preserve the history and heritage of the area.

The day-long festival was held at the Macon County Fairgrounds and was a fundraiser for the Historical Society. The Jam featured traditional performances by local musicians, story tellers and dancers. Nearly a dozen vendor tables of arts, crafts and local goods were set up throughout the event, along with demonstrations of traditional Appalachian crafts.

“The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was the song of choice to kick off the event, performed by musical troupe Carolina Brass.


Group performs last concert of the school year

The Franklin High School Band and the Macon Middle School put on their Spring concert and Senior Dedication Show this past Tuesday.

Special break out performances were presented by the FHS Jazz Ensemble and the Percussion Ensemble.

On Monday, the annual awards banquet was held with awards given to the following students: Brian Sterling - FHS Band Citizenship; Brandon Andreu, Jonathan Watson - Outstanding Spirit; Angela Deetz, Alysia Stewart, Jennifer Williams, Dakota Fountain, Bradley Parrish, Caleb Moore - Outstanding Dedication; Jennifer Williams - John Huckabee Memorial; Brandon Andreu - Carrie Sellers Memorial, Woody Herman Jazz; Rachael Cook - Director’s Assistant; Jonathan Watson - Patrick Gilmore Marching Band; Lance Rehkopf - National School Marching Band; Parker Byrd - Louis Armstong Jazz Band; Brittany Green - John Phillip Sousa Award.


Licklog Players will present a production of the comedy “Dearly Departed,” a play about the beleaguered Turpin family who prove that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious.

The play will be staged Friday through Sunday, May 27-29 and June 3-5, at the Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday.


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