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Arts & Entertainment

Bill Thrasher's Carrot Cake was selected as the Grand Champion of the 2012 Macon County Best Cake Contest, held at the Macon County Fair on Saturday, Sept. 15. Seventeen cakes were entered with original recipes. Each entry was viewed and judged individually before they were cut. Then each cake was uncovered and presented to the four judges to view along with a copy of the original recipe. A slice of each entry was cut and divided for each judge to smell and taste. All entries were judged on overall appearance, inside characteristics, flavor, and recipe originality.

This year’s judges were Chris Hedden, April Cocke, Brian Hedden and Gary Taylor. Gloria Thun announced that the winner of the 2012 Best Cake in Macon County was the Carrot Cake baked by Bill Thrasher. He also won last year with his German Chocolate Cake. This was the first time that the same baker has won two years in a row.

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Thursdays at the Library presents a program by a local artist on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room.

The Macon County Public Library welcomes artist Norma Hendrix, whose work will be on display in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room during the month of September. Hendrix will be talking about the different techniques employed in her art work, including a hands-on demonstration of creating rubbings in graphite - materials provided.

Norma Hendrix, (formerly Smith) works from her studio in Franklin, and exhibits regularly. She has been an Artist in Residence at major artist residencies in the U.S. and France. An active teacher, she has served as both undergraduate and graduate faculty in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University, 2000-2009.

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After last year’s thousand children and parents flocked to Jackson County’s Green Energy Park for the Fourth Annual Youth Arts Festival Timm Muth, the park's director, was tired but happy. “We went beyond all expectations and it will be hard to beat.” This year's Fifth Annual Youth Arts Festival aims to do just that. A cooperative effort between Jackson County’s Green Energy Park and Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design, this year's Youth Arts Festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. will feature even more fun, creative things for children to do.

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Thursdays at the Library presents “Hiking Through History” with Leanna Joyner on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library.

Joyner has compiled and written a guide exploring the Underground Railroad and Civil War sites along the Appalachian Trail called “Hiking Through History: Civil War Sites on the Appalachian Trail.”

Spanning Pennsylvania to North Carolina, the guide details specific battles and skirmishes of the Civil War that intersect the Trail, paths of attack and lines of retreat that crisscross the Trail, and hikes that offer a bird’s eye perspective of the armies’ lines of movement.

The guide examines the significance of the presentday Appalachian Trail to freedom seekers along mountainous Underground Railroad routes and some stops that now coincide as rest stops for weary A.T. hikers.

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