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“Rock the Square,” an outdoor concert and street dance, will be held Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., on Franklin’s Town Square Gazebo, weather permitting. The award-winning CSquare performs vintage hits recorded by Motown music legends Ray Charles, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and others, along with golden oldies dating from Elvis and The Everly Brothers to Billy Joel and The Doobie Brothers, plus a little classic country. Band members are keyboardist Lionel Caynon, vocalist Bobbie Contino, and vocalist/ percussionist Mike Contino.

The gazebo is on the corner of Main and Iotla Streets, across from the Macon County Courthouse. Attendees should bring a lawn chair. This event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, with support from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For details contact the Macon Arts Council, (828)524-ARTS or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Travis Tritt, a country music artist whose style has been described as mainstream country with southern rock influences, will return to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Oct. 2. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $35 each.

Tritt fell in love with music as a child. He taught himself how to play the guitar when he was eight years old and began writing songs at 14. When he first decided he would like to pursue a career in music, his parents were reluctant to support his decision. His mom was okay with him performing but wanted him to be a gospel musician. His dad feared there was no money to be made as a performer. During his 20s, Tritt worked various jobs, one of which was for an air conditioning company. The company’s vice president was a guitarist who had always dreamed of a career in music. He provided Tritt with the encouragement he needed to quit his job and began pursuing a full-time music career.


The fascinating and realistic story of five little wild young orphan raccoons will be the topic of conversation at the Rickman Store next Saturday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m., when local author Roy Owenby presents his new book “Blue Ridge Mountain Bandits.” Visitors are invited to enjoy chili and cornbread afterwards to celebrate the arrival of fall.

Born in Nantahala, N.C., author Roy Owenby has also published, “The Owl Knows,” an Appalachian Trail Mystery, and “Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage, A Caricature of Southern Appalachian Mountain Life.” He is currently writing a novel of his American travels and a book of short stories about military life.

The Friends of the Rickman Store invite the community and visitors to the region to an enjoyable morning of storytelling, refreshment and afternoon music. The Rickman Store is located in the Cowee-West’s Mill Historic district on 259 Cowee Creek Road, Franklin; next to the Macon County Heritage Center where visitors can find additional parking.


As the blazing colors of autumn fall on the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Dillsboro will once again host the annual Color- Fest, now in its seventh year. This popular Dillsboro Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Fair will be held on Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This 126-year-old town is a perfect place to showcase authentic works of the hand in the fair appropriately named, ColorFest.

More than 40 selected artisans will gather on Front Street (the street closest to the railroad tracks of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad), where they will be demonstrating their techniques and skills, displaying and selling their works of art. Entertainment, mixed with the aroma of exceptional food, will enliven the festive environment of the day.


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