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After last year’s thousand children and parents flocked to Jackson County’s Green Energy Park for the Fourth Annual Youth Arts Festival Timm Muth, the park's director, was tired but happy. “We went beyond all expectations and it will be hard to beat.” This year's Fifth Annual Youth Arts Festival aims to do just that. A cooperative effort between Jackson County’s Green Energy Park and Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design, this year's Youth Arts Festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. will feature even more fun, creative things for children to do.

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Thursdays at the Library presents “Hiking Through History” with Leanna Joyner on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library.

Joyner has compiled and written a guide exploring the Underground Railroad and Civil War sites along the Appalachian Trail called “Hiking Through History: Civil War Sites on the Appalachian Trail.”

Spanning Pennsylvania to North Carolina, the guide details specific battles and skirmishes of the Civil War that intersect the Trail, paths of attack and lines of retreat that crisscross the Trail, and hikes that offer a bird’s eye perspective of the armies’ lines of movement.

The guide examines the significance of the presentday Appalachian Trail to freedom seekers along mountainous Underground Railroad routes and some stops that now coincide as rest stops for weary A.T. hikers.

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at The Bascom’s Fall Fun-raiser

Discover a treasure trove of craft art during Celebration! a weekend event at The Bascom in Highlands from Sept. 28-29. The itinerary will include a patronsonly cocktail reception; artists’ demonstrations, such as woodturning and ceramics-making; a panel on “Collecting Craft: A Love Affair;” silent auction and cocktail buffet. The festivities will culminate in a live auction of select craft by major American artists.

This annual event will feature an informative and entertaining line-up of activities geared to American craft. Three-dimensional art objects offered for sale will include the mediums of wood, ceramics, glass, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, metal, furniture, baskets and more.

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On Sunday, Sept. 23, the Brasstown Concert Association will present Turku: Nomads of the Silk Road, an ensemble in the forefront of World Music performers. Known for the range and virtuosity with which they play “300-year-old Rock and Roll from the seat of Civilization,” the group has appeared from Uzbekistan to the U.S. for crowds as large as 25,000 people and released three critically acclaimed CDs. Their high energy concerts of music from the western half of the Silk Road regularly bring audiences to their feet dancing.

Ted Monnach became fascinated by traditional Turkish music during a trip to Instanbul, came home with a saz (an instrument resembling a long necked lute) and found teachers in the U.S. Over the years he travelled to Turkey and beyond to research music and obtain authentic instruments, and forged the internationally recognized ensemble in which he plays saz and baglama.

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