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The one act play, “The Bright Forever,” featuring Shirley Williams, will be performed at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church on Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. The play, written by North Carolina playwright Gary Carden, portrays the life of Fanny Crosby.

Crosby, who was blind from early childhood, authored more than 8,000 Christian hymns. Her hymns include such favorites as “Blessed Assurance,” “All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” “To God Be the Glory,” “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” “Rescue the Perishing,” and “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross.”

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Toccatatones, the premier male a capella group from High Point University in High Point, N.C., will perform Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rearden Theater, courtesy of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School Arts Department. The event is free and open to the public.

Founded in 2000, Toccatatones sings a wide variety of music. Recent performances have included One Republic’s “Apologize,” Casting Crown’s “The Voice of Truth,” and John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane.”

To learn more about this talented group of young men, visit www.toccatatones.com.

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.

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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.

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