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The eighth annual Mountain Music Concert series to benefit Relay For Life of Highlands begins next Friday, July 1, at Highlands School. Sponsored by the Just for You team, the concerts provide free summer entertainment for locals, seasonal residents and summer visitors while preserving mountain music and dance. Several Franklin residents, dancers as well as bands, will perform most of the Friday nights of July,

The High Mountain Squares, The Dendy Family, the JW Band, and members of other performing bands will travel to Highlands to bring some of the best in mountain music. The Dendy Family will perform on July 1; JW Band on July 8; Shades of Blue on July 15; High Mountain Blue Grass and Gospel on July 22; and Appalachian Blue Grass on July 29.

Beginning at 6:45 p.m. each Friday night in July, square dancing or clogging will feature local dancers demonstrating their skills and inviting the audience to learn a few basics of each style of dance. The concerts by the area’s best gospel groups and bluegrass and country bands will begin at 7:30 in Highlands School old gym.


A dazzling display of beauty and color awaits at The Bascom’s 2011 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival, July 7-10.

The 13th annual Mountains in Bloom is a multi-day garden festival in the mountain resort community of Highlands, N.C. More than 1,200 people attended last year’s event.

Mountains in Bloom features a tour of stunning mountain gardens, a flower show, a preview party, a lecture by Suzanne Rheinstein, a Benefactor Tour of the “Southern Highlands Reserve” in Lake Toxaway and the “Some Enchanted Evening” Benefactor Party. Proceeds benefit The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center occupying a six-acre, $13 million campus.


Beckoning to its Scottish roots last weekend, downtown Franklin came to life with the sound of bagpipes, the smell of shortbread and the flare of clan Tartans. The hot summer weather kept no one from evoking the Celtic spirit, during the 15th annual Taste of Scotland Festival. The festival, held annually during Father’s Day weekend in downtown Franklin, celebrates the music and culture of Scotland and the British Isles. The several hundred festival-goers were sure to be looking for shade throughout Saturday’s festivities, with temperatures reaching into the upper 80s.

The first event scheduled to kick off the event was the first annual Braveheart 5K run—a new addition to the festival lineup.


The Border Collie demonstration behind Town Hall brought crowds attending the 15th annual Franklin Scottish Tartans Festival tot their feet. Bill Coburn, of Windy Knolls Farm, said that he loves working with the dogs. Border Collies are a special breed and are workaholics. He explained that he can usually get 14 to 15 good working years out of one of his dogs. Coburn jokingly added that “Border Collies work well with all kinds of livestock — even children.”

Franklin’s Scottish Tartan’s Festival was the first event that he demonstrated the dog’s ability outside of trials and he has been coming to the festival for almost 10 years. Now he travels up and down the east coast doing both demos and trials.


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