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Arts & Entertainment

A new exhibit featuring the creative work of local women from the late 19th century to the present is available for public viewing in the Jackson County Historical Society’s display area in the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva.

The exhibit, titled “A Lasting Legacy,” features the work of Iwi Katalsta, a potter from Cherokee; Rebecca Ashe, a weaver from the community of Love’s Field; and Victoria Casey McDonald, a local author, artist and educator. The exhibit includes images of the techniques and tools used by Katalsta to create traditional Cherokee pottery, samples of Ashe’s weaving and McDonald’s three books that are set in Jackson County. The exhibit also includes a mailbox used by Edna Monteith in Dillsboro.


The 22nd Annual Early Farm Days Antique Engine and Tractor Show was held last Friday and Saturday with crafts, vendors, a parts flea market, demonstrations and a tractor parade.

Tractors and engines from the early part of the 20th century were on display as well as an old washing machine, a cotton gin and a 1948 Crosley automobile.

Sponsored in part by the Macon County Historical Society, the show is held each year at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center.




The 11th annual Franklin Folk Festival set for Saturday, July 19, in downtown Franklin, is a collaboration of the community coming together to help keep alive the heritage of Macon County through demonstration, education and preservation.

Heritage demonstrators will be scattered throughout the grounds along with Appalachian arts and crafts; old cars at the antique car show, textile exhibits and quilts on display inside Tartan Hall or church history exhibits/school exhibits and antiques located inside the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church.

Many downtown businesses and museums will also have special Appalachian displays inside.


The band Soldier’s Heart will bring its Americana music from the front porch to Sylva’s Bridge Park from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., this Friday, July 18, as part of the Concerts on the Creek series.

In the spring of 2012 as area farmers were beginning to plant their crops Caleb Burress and Joey Fortner began to plant seeds of their own. These "seeds" were the basic ideas that would form the band.

Founded on the principle of front porch music, they began to woodshed those ideas into songs. As the spring turned to summer, the plants grew and so did the band.


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