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Wine and cheese reception also planned at the Bascom

Wherever you are, you can enjoy the beauty of Highlands in every season with photographer Cynthia Strain’s new book, “Highlands Through the Seasons.” The Shop at The Bascom will host a book signing for Strain and her book on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to this convivial wine and cheese reception and hear a brief synopsis of Strain’s work from the author/photographer herself.

Owner of Mill Creek Gallery and Framing in Highlands, Strain has been an active resident since moving here in 1982. She and her family owned and ran the Bird Barn, an avianthemed gift shop for the entire family, for 15 years. Her current gallery focuses on crafts and her photographs. Strain’s passion is conservation and love of the area. She has organized local art and craft shows and founded several conservation groups.

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Pickin’ is on hold this week for PumpkinFest but will return Saturday, Oct. 27 with the Keirsten Hedden Band.

The Gospel Mountaineers (right) were the featured performers at Pickin’ on the Square last Saturday.

Speeder Berry Spario Band of Franklin took the open mic opportunity to show off their musical prowess.

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— Monday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. - Creative Family Time in the Macon County Public Library children’s area. Bring a small pumpkin to paint and wear old clothes. Painting supplies will be provided.

— Thursday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m., The Youth Services department at the Macon County Public Library is starting a Duplo Family Club for younger kids 3 to 8 years old. The Duplo Club will meet the fourth Thursday of each month. Parents are invited to join their young person for an explosion of imagination designing a masterpiece for display. An adult must stay with the child.

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Beautiful weather and 106 cars, trucks and bikes helped to make the first Annual Cruisin’ In The Mountains car, truck and bike show a huge event. Southwestern Community College’s Automotive Department, along with the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, sponsored this event in Franklin at the SCC Driver Training Course on Industrial Park Road. Vendors, sponsors and car owners enjoyed the sunshine, beautiful mountain views and a wide variety of antique, classic and late model cars, trucks and bikes.

With entry into the show, folks were asked to vote for their favorite vehicle.

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