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Arts & Entertainment

Legendary singer-songwriter Chubby Checkers will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 2. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $28 each.

Ernest Evans was born in Spring Gulley, S.C., but grew up in South Philadelphia, where he lived with his parents and two brothers. When he was a small boy, his mother took him to see Sugar Child Robinson, a child piano prodigy and also the famous country singer Ernest Tubb. Young Evans was so impressed, that he vowed to someday enter show business. When he was only 11 years old, he formed a street corner harmony group.


This year marks 20 years for the Smoky Mountain Fall Art & Craft Fest held every year at the Macon County Fair Grounds in Franklin. The artisans booths will be filled to the brim with unique quality crafts along with an alpaca petting zoo and crafter demonstrations.

Among the crafts at this juried show are fine art; photography; pottery; baskets; soaps and lotions; stained glass; wood turnings; furniture; dog clothing and accessories; heirloom crochet; quilts; jewelry; candles; gourd art; clocks; knives; whimsical dolls; Indian clothing; florals; Christmas ornaments and more.


Only two more opportunities to experience The Overlook Theatre Company’s presentation of “Smoke on the Mountain: A Rip-Roaring Musical Comedy Revival” at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. for the remaining shows on Oct. 19, and 23. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Smoke on the Mountain is full of laughs and toe-tapping bluegrass and traditional gospel music. It’s set in the 1930s in Mount Pleasant, N.C., and revolves around the Sanders family of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church who sing in celebration of their new electric light bulb.


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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