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Arts & Entertainment

Hundreds of area youth and young adults will join together for an exciting free event Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

“The Gathering” started with the heart of seeing students and churches in the local community come together, as one, to worship and be encouraged as the body of Christ.

Attendees will hear a great message from the main event speaker, Ed Newton with special music from Faith Music.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. Everyone should come early to get your seats.

Check out or call (828)371-1167 for more information.

Steve Waldroop and the Heartland Band play every Saturday all year long at the Carson Community Building on the Old Murphy Road in Franklin beginning at 7 p.m.

Country and gospel music, clogging, and dancing, too. Music, coffee and cookies, refreshments and indoor plumbing.

Photos by Betsey Gooder



The Town of Dillsboro celebrated its 125th anniversay last weekend. Visitors from all around were invited to take part in the event.

Attendees were able to enjoy entertainment, crafts, history, vendors, demostrators, children’s games, and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

Dillsboro was founded by William Allen Dills and upon his election to the North Carolina General Assembly, was incorporated in 1889. The historic town attracts thousands of visitors each year.



view more pictures of the event after the jump!


The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts has welcomed many great artists to its stage. Each brought a series of songs written to touch the audience in some way. Those songs were written by songwriters with a story to tell, and the talent to put it on paper. When paired with the perfect score, that story becomes a song. And those songs become hits. Songwriters are artists too, and they deserve to be celebrated.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome arguably three of the best songwriters in the music industry: James Castro, Victoria Banks, and Tony Arata in a round concert event titled “Home By Dark.” These talented songwriters will join together to share the stories behind their songs and offer powerful performances as authentic as they come. They will be accompanied by some of the best instrumentalists in the industry, and will offer a look into how a simple idea can touch people all over the world. “Home By Dark” will make it easy to see why artists like Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, and many more have turned to master songwriters to write the songs that help keep them famous.


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