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Western Carolina University’s first couple will perform together on stage in Cullowhee this fall for the first time since David O. Belcher became chancellor last year.

Belcher, a classically trained concert pianist, and wife Susan Brummell Belcher, a professional opera singer and vocal teacher, will give a concert of classical music and songs from stage and screen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The performance is sponsored by WCU’s Friends of the Arts, which helps support the activities of the Bardo Arts Center and all of the university’s academic programs in the arts.

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The excitement of the circus comes to Franklin on Sunday, Sept. 9, on the corner of Highlands Road and Highway 441 By-Pass near Wal-Mart with showtimes at 2 and 4:30 p.m.

Lewis & Clark Circus is a one ring European-style circus under the Big Top featuring continuous action in the center ring.

Two of the featured acts will be performed by Jose and Elizabeth Ayala. Jose will stack round cylinders seven high and show his balancing skills as he stands on a platform on top of all of those cylinders. If you watched this years’ “America's Got Talent,” you may have seen a young man try this act who was not successful.

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Last weekend Franklin was the site of the long-awaited Smoky Mountain Rumble biker rally.

Located just off the Highlands Road near the U.S. 441 Interchange, approximately 200 motorcyclists from near and far rode in for the event held Aug. 17-19. It was a leather-clad change for the area, which usually exhibits Shriners carnivals and Gem Shows. The event was free to the public.

“This really was a great thing,” said event organizer Sylvia Cochran on Sunday. “We had a great turnout, especially for the poker run.”

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Being in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, just walking out your front door can be inspiring. Artisans throughout the Franklin community have been drawing on the natural beauty of the region to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces. From pottery to paintings, regardless of the type of art, the one thing they all have in common is the intent of preserving the mountain culture and heritage through art.

Since 2006, Barber Pottery has been handmade by self-taught artisans Mike and Christy Barber. When they aren’t in the studio you can find them hiking or fly fishing in the mountains. Every piece is wheel thrown by Mike before being hand carved by Christy. Finally, each piece of artwork is finished by applying multiple layers of glaze before being fired to more than 2100 degrees. Their carvings and glazes take their inspiration from nature. The pottery they create is intended to be used and enjoyed. Every piece we make is oven, dishwasher, and microwave safe.

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