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Arts & Entertainment

Springtime in Franklin means dusting off the instruments and the dancing shoes and heading out to downtown Franklin for a little entertainment. On Friday night, CSquare presented Freedom Rocks the Square with ’50s-’70s rock and Motown with a salute to veterans.

At Life’s Bounty on Main Street, Gary Zimmerman played the fiddle to patrons stopping by on a Friday evening; Dave Stewart and the Bigger than Squirrels band filled the Rathskeller with some country tunes in Friday night.

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A reception for photographer John MacLean will be held Wednesday, June 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room.

The public is invited to drop in, have some refreshments, view new photography, and participate in an informal question and answer session with the photographer.

John MacLean will have his work on display in the library throughout the month of June.

See more of his work at his website at www.johnmaclean.com.

On Friday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m., Timothy Spira will present his new field guide at City Lights Bookstore. “Waterfalls & Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians” surveys one of America’s most biologically diverse regions by linking waterfalls and wildflowers.

Spira introduces hikers to the “natural communities” approach for identifying and understanding plants within the context of the habitats they occupy, equipping hikers to see and interpret landscapes in a new way. The 30 hikes Spira discusses all include a detailed map and GPS coordinates, descriptions of flora and fauna likely to be seen and an associated plant species list.

Spira is a professor of biology at Clemson University and is the author of “Wildflower and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains” and “Piedmont: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.” To reserve copies of his books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

Cullowhee Mountain Arts is offering three scholarship opportunities WNC teachers to study visual art media and creative writing. These scholarships are designed to give WNC teachers an opportunity to grow as instructors and artists. The workshops, held on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, are part of the annual five week Cullowhee Mountain ARTS - Summer ARTS Series.

Beginning June 14 and running through July 17, Cullowhee Mountain ARTS hosts workshops in book arts, ceramics, creative writing, mixed media, painting and printmaking. 25 different five-day workshops are offered (five per week); all taught by nationally and internationally recognized artists and writers.

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