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Arts & Entertainment

Local emcee and organizer Patti McClure is putting together an evening of entertainment to benefit the Scottish Tartans Museum, the only one of its kind in the U.S.

On Saturday, Nov. 1, David Moffitt and Ilana Lubitsch will be singing a variety of classics from Broadway hits such as “Brigadoon,” “Showboat,” “Westside Story,” and others.

The event will take place at the First Presbyterian Church Tartan Hall at 26 Church Street in Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.



A class to teach students how to sculpt animals in clay will be taught at the Cowee Pottery School beginning Monday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. The class will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for two weeks, break for two weeks as the critters dry and get bisque fired, then meet for another week to glaze their pieces. The registration fee for the 27-hour class is $198.

Hank Shuler, one of the founding ceramists of Cowee Pottery School, and an accomplished sculptor, will teach the class. The founder of Southwestern Community College’s master pottery certificate program, Shuler has been working in clay for a number of years.

Students need not have any experience in sculpting or pottery to participate in the class. For that matter, participants need not have experience in painting or drawing animals.

“A different skill set is necessary for sculpture versus pottery, and for two-dimensional versus three-dimensional work. People are oftentimes amazed at how easily they take to sculpture,” said Shuler.


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.


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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