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Arts & Entertainment

On Sunday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m., the Arts Council presents a double-bill concert featuring guitar duo Jazz Mountain and Men Macon Music men’s chorus at Franklin’s Town Square Gazebo. Guitarists Paul Savaiko and Ray Olson perform together as Jazz Mountain, playing material from “The Great American Songbook” through varied jazz mediums including swing, ballads, bossas and blues, with some contemporary and original tunes added to the mix. The award-winning Men Macon Music all male chorus, directed by Tom Fisher, boasts more than two dozen voices, and renders selections representing a broad spectrum of music, from show tunes to Americana to humorous numbers.

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Macon County Public Library Youth Services Fall Events begin Sept. 10, and will run through Dec. 19.

— Mondays at 10 a.m., Preschool activities and movie.

— Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Family storytime.

— Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m., Book Club for 3rd-5th graders will be held Wednesday afternoons starting Sept. 12, at 3:30.

For more information, call the library at (828)524-3600.

Karen Peck and New River, an award-winning Southern Gospel group from Gainesville, Ga., and The Kingsmen Quartet, a Southern Gospel quartet out of Asheville, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 each.

Karen Peck made the decision to share her ministry through music as a child. She sang with The Nelons for 10 years, and in 1991, Karen and her sister, Susan, along with Karen’s husband, Rickey, formed the group, Karen Peck and New River.

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Don Williams, a highly-acclaimed country music singer and songwriter will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29 each.

Don Williams is back on the road after almost five years of retirement, playing to sold-out houses all over the country. Charting 17 number one songs and more than 40 Top Ten singles, Williams is a true American classic. His hits include, “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Amanda,” and “Tulsa Times.” Williams has earned many awards throughout his career, but in 2010 he received country music’s highest honor when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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