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The Folk Festival Leadership Committee is working hard in preparation for the Saturday, July 19, festival in downtown Franklin.

The group is stringing beans, and will let them air dry in a warm place to create an old fashioned dish known as “leather britches.” This was done long ago as a way to preserve beans and peas.

The 11th annual Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in partnership with the Franklin Main Street Program.



The John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University was recently included on a list of “The 25 Most Amazing University Performing Arts Centers” by the website Best-

The website authors listed the Bardo Arts Center at No. 19 and said the facility “combines a state-of-the-art space with a naturally beautiful setting to promote the arts and arts education throughout the region.”

The Bardo Arts Center, which houses WCU’s School of Art and Design, opened in 2005 with a performance by Jay Leno of NBC’s “Tonight Show.” The facility includes a 1,000-seat performance hall that provides a venue for visiting performers and entertainers, and it also houses WCU’s Fine Art Museum, widely considered to be the premiere showcase for contemporary art in Western North Carolina.


The Arts Council of Macon County will host a Salsa Dance Party on Thursday June 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Las Barricas Mexican Restaurant, 2722 Georgia Road, in Franklin. Dance teacher Alfredo Jiminez will give basic Salsa instruction at the event.

No admission charged; donations will be accepted.

This event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, supported by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Contact the Council for information at (828)524-7683.

Charles Dodd White will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. to read from his new novel. “A Shelter of Others” tells of the families we’re born into, the families we make for ourselves, and how tightly woven are the ties that bind. His work has often been compared to the writing of William Gay and Daniel Woodrell. White has also written the novel, “Lambs of Men” and a short story collection titled, “Sinners of Sanction County.” White is the recipient of the Jean Ritchie Fellowship, an individual artist grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

White lives with his wife and boys in Candler, N.C. To reserve copies of his books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

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published: 10/18/2013
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