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The Franklin Main Street Program is seeking designs for their first-ever PumpkinFest t-shirt with a contest open to artists of all ages; professional, amateur and student.“This is the 16th year of the event and we want to celebrate one of Franklin’s longest running festivals with a commemorative t-shirt,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program Executive Director.“The t-shirt is a great way to get the community involved in an event that is so well received each year.”

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Members of the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra, conducted by William Henigbaum, will present a string chamber orchestra concert on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library.

“We are inspired to give this concert by the former courtroom, now the Community Room, which is a wonderful chamber for music, with comfortable seating and good accoustics,” says orchestra member Kathy Arps. The string players of the orchestra include area residents who are amateur musicians, as well as local violin teachers and their students. “We enjoy playing together and are glad to have an excuse to practice in the summer,” says Arps.

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Pickin’ on the Square is still going strong as summer begins to wind down.

Last Saturday night, crowd favorite “Sundown” was the featured band. Several aspiring artists took advantage of the open mic before the headliner came on.

Junior Hickey, 80, of Hunatella, Fla., said he just “loves to sing.”

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Western Carolina University will host two bands and screen the horror film “Cabin in the Woods” on Saturday, Aug. 18, as part of the university’s annual outdoor Valley Ballyhoo event.

Designed to help connect students with WCU and surrounding community, Valley Ballyhoo features an organization and merchant fair with information tables as well as free food and games from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Then, Asheville band Kovacs and the Polar Bear will take the stage at the Central Plaza. The band, which performs a unique style of music with folk and rock flavors, captured an audience choice prize at the Asheville Music Video Awards and recently performed at Asheville’s Bele Chere festival.

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