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Arts & Entertainment

Last Saturday, Aug. 1, The historic Rickman Store began a series of events featuring ”hidden gems” of artists, craftsmen, and authors from Cowee.

Westley Benton opened the series with a demonstration on the art of wood turning. Benton has been sculpting wood on the lathe for a number of years. He was a member of The American Association of Woodturners while living in Florida, and he is currently a member of the Highlands and Cashiers Art League. His work can be seen at the Rickman Store located on 259 Cowee Creek Rd. seven miles north of Franklin by highway 28, next to the Macon County Heritage Center in the old Cowee School.


Living in the south, there is something nostalgic about the twang of country music playing in the background while a group of friends tap their feet to the beat on the front porch. Those tunes, the ones artfully crafted on banjo strings and a fiddler's bow, symbolize belonging, purpose, and everything that is right in the world.

That feeling, the feeling of unadulterated joy and entertainment is what keeps calling country music legend Charlie Daniels to center stage and what has driven him to play music for the rest of his life.

"I have no plans to ever retire," Daniels said last week when discussing his upcoming show in Franklin.


Photo by Betsey GooderThe Overlook Theatre Company’s production of “Shrek the Musical” opened to rave reviews last weekend at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

Produced by Scotty Corbin, the show features performances by more than 100 cast members with a broadway-quality wardrobe of spectacular costumes.

Pictured are some of the principle characters, from left, Everett Wright as Donkey; Sam Crabtree as Shrek; Nikki Corbin as Princess Fiona; and Scotty Corbin as Prince Farquad.

“Shrek” stages for two more performances, Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, starting at 7 p.m. nightly.

A local bluegrass band is becoming a household name after wowing the judges of the television show “America's Got Talent.” America's Got Talent is a reality television series that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other performers of all ages competing for the top prize of one million dollars.

Mountain Faith, an award-winning bluegrass group based in Jackson County has been singing and traveling together for 14 years. Last October, the band made the decision to submit an audition tape for the reality competition talent show, and to their surprise, not only did they get to audition for the national television show, but they made it past the first round.


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