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This October will find the mountains alive with color in more ways than one as the 23rd Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree opens at the Macon County Community Building just south of Franklin, NC off U.S. Highway 441. Gem and mineral dealers from across the country will be on hand displaying and selling their products against the backdrop of spectacular fall color Oct. 26 to 28.

The Leaf Lookers Gemboree will feature a wide variety of items including fine finished jewelry, rough and cut gems, lapidary equipment, minerals, fossils and collectibles. Dealers will also be available to custom make that special piece of jewelry you’ve always dreamed of.

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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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