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Local artists contribute their skills to illustrate traditional children’s stories

The Kituwah Preservation & Education Program [KPEP] is taking measures to preserve the ancient language of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, with colorful children’s books written in the native Cherokee language and illustrated by local artists.

By commissioning artists throughout the region to illustrate the children’s books, KPEP hopes to keep the near-extinct language alive by catching the interest of Cherokee youth at an early age and introducing them to their native tongue.



Three Eagles Outfitters opened its doors 17 years ago on April 1, 1994. This Saturday, Three Eagles will be hosting an anniversary celebration, “Hike Your Dream Fest 2011.”

Three Eagles is celebrating the love of the outdoors, its loyal customers and the Appalachian thru-hikers. Since 1994, more than 8,000 AT thru hikers have passed through its doors.

On Saturday, April 2, from noon till 2 p.m., recording artist Jenna Lindbo will entertain with her guitar and 5-string banjo.




The Arts Council’s Artists-in-the-Schools Program recently provided week long residencies in African Dance in Cartoogechaye and East Franklin Elementary Schools. Franklin native Jada Bryson developed and conducted the dance program for the schools’ physical education classes.

Teaching children to express themselves through dance is Bryson’s passion, and students were clearly excited and engaged by the experience. They learned the Kakilambe dance, which tells the story of planting and harvesting. On March 2, Bryson brought in five guest artists from Asheville to perform at both schools - dancers Kelly Davis, Jesse Willig, and Efia, and drummers Imhotep Dlanod and Ian. Some of Bryson’s advanced students also assisted in the program. The Arts Council plans to extend this project to other schools.


Franklin’s own Overlook Players have announced the cast for this spring’s large scale performance of Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. The play will be presented April 14-17 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts and will be directed by the Center’s Artistic Director, Scotty Corbin. This show is sponsored by The Christian Training Center International in Franklin.

This beloved musical set in Austria during World War II, tells the story of a young woman, Maria (played by Heather Lenox), who is struggling to find her way as a nun.


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