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The sounds of Frank Sinatra will arrive at Western Carolina University on Sunday, Sept. 16, for the first installment of the 2012-13 Galaxy of Stars Series.

“Simply Sinatra” will stage at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center with entertainer Steve Lippia interpreting Sinatra classics such as “The Second Time Around,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” Accompanying the ersatz Ol’ Blue Eyes will be the 10-piece Big Band Orchestra.

Lippia is foremost a singer of the “Great American Songbook”; his interpretation of the Sinatra songbook has taken him from coast to coast. Other songs on the set list include “I’ve Got You under My Skin,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Mack the Knife,” “Summer Wind,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “That’s Life” and “The Best Is Yet To Come.”



A new series of evening bluegrass music classes for beginners will be starting at the Log Cabin Cooking & Music Center in Asheville, on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

These first-timer classes are open to anyone and are designed for total novices wanting to learn bluegrass and clawhammer banjo, fiddle or mandolin. Classes will be held in a vintage log cabin at 111 Bell Road in the Haw Creek section of east Asheville, off Tunnel Road.

Teaching the classes will be Wayne Erbsen, well-known for his ability to teach anyone to play a musical instrument.


At Saturday’s Pickin’ on the Square in downtown Franklin, retiring Highway Patrolman Joe Morris was treated to a “roast” by veteran storyteller and emcee Patti McClure and Pickin’ coordinator Donnie Clay.

Morris’ daughter Beth presented him with an American flag that had flown over the state capitol and a letter of commendation from the office of Rep. Heath Shuler.

Morris was a highway patrolman in North Carolina for 20 years.


Dozens of leather-clad bikers rolled into the typically quiet Rose Creek Campground in Macon County for last weekend’s fourth annual Ruby Bash Rally.

Located about six miles north of Franklin, the event braved the elements on Aug. 24 and 25, as it got down to business by holding a second annual Toy Poker Run for Toys 4 Tots, a tattoo contest sponsored by local parlors, Ink Junkies and Estelle, and of course, a bike show.

Every year for the last three years in late August, the Ruby Bash biker rally has been an event for charity in Macon County, sponsored by the Dedicated Bikers of Western North Carolina.


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