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Art by library patron Jeannie Welch will be displayed in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library during December and January.

Welch has lived in Franklin since 1993 and is semi-retired but still available for work on commissioned oils and graphic designs.

Welch earned her BFA at the University of Florida and her MFA at the University of Miami. She has taught art history and art appreciation at Southwestern Community College for many years. She has exhibited in museums throughout Florida.

The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin.



Country music singer John Berry has achieved great success throughout his career. He has received many awards and honors, including a Grammy nomination. He has recently embarked on his 16th annual Christmas tour, Christmas in America.

This show is filled with childhood stories, warm holiday memories, and traditional Christmas songs, including a showstopping a cappella version of “O Holy Night.”

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is very excited to welcome Berry on his holiday tour Friday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20 each.



The Manhattan Transfer is a Grammy award-winning jazz fusion band that has been making beautiful music together for several decades. The group concludes a world-wide tour later this month in Osaka, Japan, and will immediately begin their holiday tour in December. One of their first stops will be at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 each.

Tim Hauser was the founding member of The Manhattan Transfer. He loved music as far back as he could remember and began singing professionally at the age of 15. He produced an album when he was 19 and spent his college years fine-tuning his musical talents. He then spent time serving our country in the Air Force and National Guard before beginning a career in marketing. He became a marketing manager for Nabisco and was well on his way to a lucrative career in business.


The 2014-15 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, Dec. 4, with a concert featuring the Deitz Family.

The family’s 7 p.m. performance of bluegrass and old-time music will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

The Deitz Family has been a mainstay of the Jackson County music scene for generations. The group’s musical style varies from country to bluegrass and also includes some old-time fiddle tunes. WCU presented its Mountain Heritage Award to the family in 2006 in recognition of its outstanding contributions to the preservation of the history and culture of the Southern Appalachians.


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