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Arts & Entertainment

Ghosts and goblins, and of course, a few princesses, took over Main Street last Friday night, as the downtown merchants stayed open late for Venture Local Franklin's last StreetFest of the year. Trick or treaters went from store to store to fill their candy bags, while their parents were able to get ahead on their holiday shopping and everyone was able to enjoy Halloween-themed goodies from Main Street eateries such as Rosebud Cottage, Main Street Coffee and Tea and Life's Bounty.

Linda Cherry and Zumba fitness held a monster mash dance party in front of Town Hall into the night and entertained crowds with music and dances to favorites such as Michael Jackson's “Thriller.” Eric Hendrix performed original music on the Square with local focus that tells a story.


“Once in a Lifetime,” a satiric look back at the Golden Age of Hollywood and the birth of the “talkies,” will stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

Part of the Mainstage Series from WCU’s School of Stage and Screen, “Once in a Lifetime” was written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman and tells the comedic story of three members of a failing vaudeville act who head to Hollywood to cash in on the conversion to “talkies” by posing as elocutionists, attempting to teach silent stars to speak on camera.


Mackenzie Herman (R) added her 13-year-old voice to Franklin favorite Keirsten Hedden Band wowing the crowd with their powerhouse delivery.

The musicians braved the cold to perform for the also-frozen crowd at the last Pickin’ on the Square of the season last Friday.



Members of Macon Middle School’s Honors Chorus and Honors Band entertained a full gymnasium last week.

Under the direction of Thomas Graham and Jennifer Speier, students performed fall favorites such as Monster Mash, and music from Halloween films such as Ghostbusters and The Gremlins.

The chorus also performed music such as “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Hero.”


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