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As the Civil War wound down and the Confederate army accepted its defeat, one last home guard held on until the very end before surrendering: The home guard of Thomas Legion that was located right here in Macon County. In fact, the last surrender happened right in front of where the county court house stands today. It's a little known piece of history that even many residents from the area were seldom told, but one in particular found it fascinating.

Viola Thorne hails from Czechoslovakia and worked in real estate in Greensboro, N.C., before she and her husband, Bruce, made up their minds to retire in Franklin where they would be able to enjoy its vast beauty and culture.

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As part of a Civil War Heritage Weekend, the city of Marietta is hosting Franklin’s own Overlook Theatre Company in a production of “The Civil War Musical” on June 20 and 21, at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre.

“We are thrilled to be invited by the Strand Theatre on the Square in downtown Marietta,” said show director, Scotty Corbin. “Plans began this past fall when organizers of the event contacted me asking if I knew of a theatrical presentation that could accompany the city’s celebration. Having performed ‘The Civil War Musical’ several years ago, I knew the songs and stories would be a perfect fit with the planned event, so Overlook’s creative team went to work creating an entirely new production specific to Marietta.”

Drawing from letters, diaries and firsthand accounts, and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman, “The Civil War Musical” is a “thrilling, gut-wrenching and awe-inspiring dramatic theatrical concert that covers the enormous emotional landscape of the most difficult time out nation has ever endured,” according to Corbin.

“I love the music in this production,” said Kathi Graham, who sings in the production. “I love how the lyrics and melodies are able to give such a depth of emotion to the stories, situations and experience that people were going through during that time in history.”

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“Oklahoma!,” the first musical written by the dynamic duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, will soon envelope the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. An actor’s guild based in Atlanta, will present the musical under the direction of Broadway veteran, Robert Ray.

Six performances of this Broadway-scale production are scheduled; Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28, and Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 29, and Friday, July 4, and Sunday, July 6, shows will begin at 4 p.m.

“Oklahoma!” tells the story of Curly McLain, a handsome, loveable, and bow-legged cowboy, and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. Curly must contend with an evil ranch hand and a travelling peddler for the heart of the woman he loves.

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The Jackson County Public Library is hosting a musical concert featuring Carolina Dusk on Tuesday, June 24, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room.

This program is free of charge.

The band Carolina Dusk is made up of Caroline Carr and Dusk Weaver. The band will play original songs from their two albums as well as a few covers.

Instruments featured include Peruvian cajon, African djembe, wazoogle (a type of horn), autoharp, acoustic guitar, and various diatonic harmonicas.

For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (www.fontanalib.org).

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published: 10/18/2013
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