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Arts & Entertainment

An inpatient hospice facility that will serve our western North Carolina region becomes closer to reality through the generous philanthropic support of patrons attending a charity dining event hosted by Paoletti’s Restaurant.

Owners Kevin and Arthur Paoletti and Meg Littleton Paoletti opened their hearts and restaurant, in support of Hospice House Foundation of WNC. Meg and Arthur, along with an event committee dedicated to the cause, worked tirelessly organizing and promoting a very successful fundraiser. About 60 dining patrons participated in the event held at Paoletti’s Restaurant on Sept. 30, netting roughly $175,000. The evening included a silent auction of attractive items donated by local merchants and hospice friends, with music provided by Ron Schott, a four-course menu with wine pairing especially selected for the evening, and a passionate plea for support.


The annual Autumn Leaves Craft Show will be held Oct. 8, 9, and 10, at the Macon County Fairgrounds. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The show features more than 50 local crafters and artists. New this year for candy lovers is Gina Favia with her homemade caramels. Bonnie Wallace and Shirley Alley will have unique floral accessories. Also returning are Laura Craig with handmade goat milk soaps and Thomas Barnes with his handcrafted furniture. Along with other fiber artists, Diedre Shellenberger returns with knit items made from wool spun from the alpacas on her farm.


Patti McClurePatti McClure is once again putting together a fantastic variety show to help raise money for missions for the Franklin First United Methodist Church. This show called “Entertainment Tonight” will be held at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Admission for this familyfriendly showcase of talent is $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

A host of talented entertainers are scheduled to perform. Blue Ridge will open the show followed by singers, dancers, piano players, skaters and other musicians such as guitar and banjo players. Entertainers from Macon County and all around such as our one an only Blue Ridge, Susan Pons, Scotty and Nikki Corbin, Grady, Mark and Ren Corbin, David Beam, Brandon Scruggs, Ed Hill, Jay Baird and Limited Distance, Teddy Burnett, Shawn Burrows, H2O Cloggers, Mountain Voices, Arphea Brimmer, Ilana Lubitsch and David Moffitt, and Rhonda and Luke Bateman.

“Entertainment Tonight” will also be honoring veterans during the program.

“Rock the Square,” an outdoor concert and street dance, will be held Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., on Franklin’s Town Square Gazebo, weather permitting. The award-winning CSquare performs vintage hits recorded by Motown music legends Ray Charles, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and others, along with golden oldies dating from Elvis and The Everly Brothers to Billy Joel and The Doobie Brothers, plus a little classic country. Band members are keyboardist Lionel Caynon, vocalist Bobbie Contino, and vocalist/ percussionist Mike Contino.

The gazebo is on the corner of Main and Iotla Streets, across from the Macon County Courthouse. Attendees should bring a lawn chair. This event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, with support from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For details contact the Macon Arts Council, (828)524-ARTS or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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