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Arts & Entertainment

The Town of Franklin is gearing up for its annual 2015 festival season.

Blues legend Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues will present a free concert in downtown Franklin on Friday, July 3.

The concert, “An Evening of Red, White & Blues,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Gazebo on the square in downtown Franklin.

“Mac & Plate Full O’ Blues puts on an exceptional show. This is an opportunity to hear one of the true blues legends of our time. So bring your lawn chair and celebrate this Evening of Red, White and Blues with the Town of Franklin,” said Mayor Bob Scott.


Mountain Artisans 26th annual “Summertime” Art & Craft Show is coming to the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28. Hours are 10-5 each day.

The show features original arts and crafts from the hands of 100 regional and local craftsmen.

White House artisan and show promoter Doris Hunter, visits dozens of shows each year looking for top notch exhibitors to invite and her hard work pays off.

Each summer, customers line up for the fine selection of heritage and contemporary crafts of this area with many artisans from Macon County. David Pruitt crafts little log cabins with rock chimneys that can be lit for a cozy effect. He also makes churches and landmarks.


Ricky Skaggs, a 14-time Grammy award winner with a passion for music of all genres and a very successful career as a country and bluegrass musician, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 3. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $25 each.

As a young boy, Ricky Skaggs developed a passion for music. At the age of five, he began to play the mandolin. He performed on stage at the age of six, and at age seven, he made his first television appearance. As a teenager he met Keith Whitley and started playing radio shows alongside Whitley and his brother, Dwight. The group earned a spot opening for Ralph Stanley and soon after, Skaggs and Whitley were invited to join Stanley’s band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. A few years later, Skaggs formed the progressive bluegrass band Boone Creek. He also spent time as a member of Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band.



Hoofprints 4-H and Youth Horse Show was held Saturday, June 20, beginning at noon at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center Arena.

The first show of the season was a great opportunity for young people to experience their first show and to sharpen up their skills. Competition classes included English and Western classes, games, events and fun classes for all levels.

For more information about Hoofprints or any other 4-H youth program, contact Tammara Talley, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development at (828)349-2226 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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