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Arts & Entertainment

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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The Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva will host a book talk with Emily Cooper, author of “Queen of the Lost,” a fictionalized account of former First Lady of South Carolina Lucy Pickens, on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.

Cooper's book focuses on the life of Lucy Holcombe Pickens, the legendary “Queen of the Confederacy” and wife of South Carolina Governor Francis Pickens. A fictionalized historical saga spanning 150 years, “Queen of the Lost” traces Pickens’ life from her origins in Tennessee and Texas to the tsar’s palace in St. Petersburg with her then-ambassador husband, Francis Pickens. Following Pickens' election to the governorship and South Carolina's subsequent secession, Lucy Holcombe Pickens became the first and only woman to be pictured on Confederate currency.

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