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Land of the Sky Barbershop Chorus will perform Sunday, Aug. 10, at 3 p.m., in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin. With more than two dozen members, the all-male chorus sings lively a cappella renditions of old-time and contemporary favorites in four-part barbershop-style harmony.

The fast-paced hour-long program, titled “Kings Of The Road,” features many classic tunes including “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Kokomo,” “Taking A Chance On Love,” and, of course, Roger Miller’s everpopular “King Of The Road.”

Adding to the melodic fun are the Supersonic Quartet and the doo-wop group, Scha-boom, with lots of laughs interspersed with the music. Complimentary ice cream sundaes will be served. Admission is by donation; $5 is suggested.

Land of the Sky Chorus is a chapter of SPEBSQSA, Inc., one of about 800 society chapters in North America. The chorus is based in Asheville, and has performed for audiences throughout the region and beyond. The group recently spent a week at Nashville’s Harmony University, polishing vocalizations in preparation for the concert.


Jeremy Jones explores the culture and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains through song and reading at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Performing old-time banjo tunes and reading excerpts from his book “Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland,” Jones presents the sounds and stories of his native Appalachian mountains in a blending of personal narrative and folklore.

In “Bearwallow,” his first book, Jones turns his attention to the complex and rich world of his Appalachian past and to understanding how this landscape shaped his own identity. Jones and his wife move into a small house above the creek where his family had settled 200 years prior, and he takes a job alongside his former teachers in the local elementary school. But living at the foot of Bearwallow Mountain after a year in Gracias, Honduras, makes Jones realize he has lost touch with his Appalachian-crafted voice. Thus, he sets out on a search that sends him burrowing into the past and pondering the future.


Sculptor John Tolmay is the guest presenter at the Macon County Art Association monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Macon County Regional Library.

Tolmay was raised in the “bush” of South Africa, worked as a cowboy in Nebraska, taught himself to paint and make sculpture, and made a life for himself as an artist. He now lives in Franklin.

The public is invited to come and hear about how this wild game hunter made the transition from ranching to making works of art. There is no charge for the public meeting.

Visitors came from all over to browse through the dozens of tables and booths to view not only cut stones, unique jewelry and finished pieces but they were also able to see uncut gems in the rough.



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