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The band Soldier’s Heart will bring its Americana music from the front porch to Sylva’s Bridge Park from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., this Friday, July 18, as part of the Concerts on the Creek series.

In the spring of 2012 as area farmers were beginning to plant their crops Caleb Burress and Joey Fortner began to plant seeds of their own. These "seeds" were the basic ideas that would form the band.

Founded on the principle of front porch music, they began to woodshed those ideas into songs. As the spring turned to summer, the plants grew and so did the band.

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Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s official international folklore festival, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through music and dance. The production travels throughout Western North Carolina and will make a stop at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, July 24. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $22 each.

Folkmoot USA, now in its 30th year, is headquartered in Haywood County and was established by Waynesville surgeon, Dr. Clinton Border. He believed Western North Carolina and its history of preserving traditional culture would be the ideal location for an American folk festival. The first Folkmoot USA festival was held in 1984. The Southeast Tourism Society has named Folkmoot USA one of its top 20 events for two decades. Today, Folkmoot USA attracts 75,000 spectators from more than 40 states.

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Western North Carolina residents can make history as a competitor at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day, Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Western Carolina University campus.

This year’s festival celebrates its 40th anniversary, along with the university’s 125th, with a number of contests, from whisker-growing to old-fashioned costumes and home-canned goods contests, a chainsaw competition, antique auto show and the Mountain Heritage Day 5K.

Artists and craftspeople will be in juried competition for cash and ribbon recognition of their products and booths. Applications are still being accepted (available online at http://www.mountainheritageday.com/) and are especially sought for vendors of baskets and weaving, glassblowing, cornshuck art, woven rugs, leather goods and handmade ceramic tiles.

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Gem and mineral dealers and rock hounds from across the United States will converge on Franklin for the 49th Annual Macon County Gemboree which opens July 24. The event will be held at the Macon County Community Building located just south of Franklin off U.S. Highway 441. This gem and mineral show is the original Franklin gem show, the second oldest event of its kind in the Southeast.

The event is a joint effort of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin. Linda Harbuck, executive director of the chamber is co-chair of the event along with Jack Jungle of the Gem & Mineral Society.

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published: 10/18/2013
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