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Arts & Entertainment

At Saturday’s Pickin’ on the Square in downtown Franklin, retiring Highway Patrolman Joe Morris was treated to a “roast” by veteran storyteller and emcee Patti McClure and Pickin’ coordinator Donnie Clay.

Morris’ daughter Beth presented him with an American flag that had flown over the state capitol and a letter of commendation from the office of Rep. Heath Shuler.

Morris was a highway patrolman in North Carolina for 20 years.

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Dozens of leather-clad bikers rolled into the typically quiet Rose Creek Campground in Macon County for last weekend’s fourth annual Ruby Bash Rally.

Located about six miles north of Franklin, the event braved the elements on Aug. 24 and 25, as it got down to business by holding a second annual Toy Poker Run for Toys 4 Tots, a tattoo contest sponsored by local parlors, Ink Junkies and Estelle, and of course, a bike show.

Every year for the last three years in late August, the Ruby Bash biker rally has been an event for charity in Macon County, sponsored by the Dedicated Bikers of Western North Carolina.

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Brasstown Concert Association (BCA) announces its 39th season. “This year we offer our audiences the finest in chamber music, plus an exciting musical journey ‘From the Black Sea and Beyond,’” says BCA President Karen Nash. “Four of our six concerts provide a unique opportunity to experience music we rarely hear, from Turkey, central Russia, the shores of the Black Sea, the Balkans, and from the Sephardim,” she continues.

The season opens on Sept. 23 with Turku: Nomads of the Silk Road. This exciting ensemble has thrilled audiences from Samarkand to South Carolina with music from the western half of the Silk Road. Their performances on authentic instruments are traditional, with improvisation in traditional style.

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“Her Impressions,” celebrating the achievements of the talented women artists who helped the Impressionism movement blossom in America, is open in the Bunzl Gallery at The Bascom.

From household names like Mary Cassatt to lesser known artists like Ada Murphy and Sara Hess, the movement called Impressionism flourished within the community of American women painters despite the restrictions placed on them by the strict social mores of the late 19th century. Enhancing the exhibition are period furnishings and décor influenced by French Impressionists, which are included as a point of reference as to their influence on these American artists. Provocative conversations about the changing role of women artists and a closer look at the individuals associated with this exhibition will be held in conjunction with the show.

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