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Eleanor Swift, (R) president of the Friends of the Scottish Museum, and Merrilee Bryson Bordeaux, event chair, present a check from the recent "FATZ Breakfast" fundraiser for $1,279 to Jim Akins, director of the museum.

The members served 146 breakfasts on Oct. 11.

The check is the second that the Friends have given the museum to assist in reducing the financial difficulties that the museum has been experiencing. The first fundraiser, a harp concert by Jennifer Love, in April raised $1,300.

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Photographer and author Tim Barnwell will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. to present his new book, “Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas.”

For those who wonder which mountain peaks they are seeing on the many breathtaking outlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this new guide is the book to have. Barnwell identifies mountain peaks, marking the compass heading, distance, and elevation. Major roads, rivers, lakes, and towns are also identified. Designed as a driving guide, “Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas,” is also a good companion for hikers who wish to identify the names of the peaks viewed from favorite trails.

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New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb will visit City Lights Bookstore for a reading and signing on Friday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. She will read from her new novella, “Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past.”

This new novella expands her Appalachian Ballad series with the return of Nora Bonesteel. When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when they decide to stay through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.

To reserve copies of McCrumb’s books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

The peak season for leaf lookers, by most accounts, hasn't set in just yet. The mountains that surround Macon County are still mostly green with hints of yellow and red showing through. Nonetheless, if you take a ride around the area you are likely to notice an increase in traffic as is usually the case this time of year as visitors from all around crowd the highways and winding mountain two-lane roads to see the colors as they come on more and more with each passing day.

Last weekend, visitors were treated to special event here in Franklin; the 25th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree at the Macon County Community Building.

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