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Not so long ago, when women wanted to freshen their quilts they would put them outside in the sunlight to air them instead of washing them, hence the term “airing of the quilts.” In remembrance of this tradition, the Quilter’s Guild organized the Airing of the Quilts exhibit. It was held June 24-25 at the Jackson County Public Library & Historic Courthouse. More than100 quilts were displayed.

Pat Warren commented that this exhibit was just a reminder of a country tradition as well as a showcase the talents of the quilters. And according to Warren, quilting is making a comeback as a hobby, even among young people.

Some of the quilts on display were antiques that had been passed down from generation to generation. One was a six pointed blue star pattern on a white back ground that was made in 1864.


The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) will hold the 8th Annual Franklin Folk Festival Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Franklin. This free Folk Festival features many talented craftspeople displaying heritage skills, musicians playing and singing mountain songs, square dancers willing to dance for and teach spectators, vendors supplying delicious food, and games and contests for all ages. All of this helps the Folk Heritage Association carry out its mission “to provide living history experiences and to preserve the folk heritage of Macon County for generations to come.” Activities and exhibits will be focused in the downtown area in addition to special exhibits at the Community Facilities Building and grounds on US441 south.


The 2011 Blue Ridge Gospel Music Weekend was held last weekend at Holly Springs Baptist Church with such notable guests as Blue Ridge group, Rob Mills Band, Balsam Range, Aaron Wilburn, Mountain Faith and Archie Watkins and Smoky Mountain Reunion. The church has hosted the event the past 7 years, as part of the limited Blue Ridge tour.

On Saturday, Aaron Wilburn wowed the crowd with his usual humorous and refreshing, perspective on life.

Next, Mountain Faith, a local gospel group from Sylva headed by Sam McMahan performed a number of favorites. Every summer the group hosts the Old Mater Farm bluegrass concert series on their farm.


Looking for some fun and fellowship this Independence Day Weekend? The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts has just the ticket with four days of fantastic Southern Gospel music beginning Friday, July 1. All “Singing in the Smokies” performances begin at 7 p.m., excluding the July 4 show, which begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 per show for adults, and children ages six and under are $10.

The Friday, July 1 “Singing in the Smokies” show will feature acclaimed Southern Gospel group, The Triumphant Quartet, along with The Hayes Family. This performance will also star the award-winning Inspirations, who have sold well over a million records and charted more than 60 hit songs.

The Saturday, July 2 performance will feature The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, one of the best known quartets in the history of gospel music, along with the enduring Whisnants, and The Inspirations.


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