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Arts & Entertainment

at The Bascom’s Fall Fun-raiser

Discover a treasure trove of craft art during Celebration! a weekend event at The Bascom in Highlands from Sept. 28-29. The itinerary will include a patronsonly cocktail reception; artists’ demonstrations, such as woodturning and ceramics-making; a panel on “Collecting Craft: A Love Affair;” silent auction and cocktail buffet. The festivities will culminate in a live auction of select craft by major American artists.

This annual event will feature an informative and entertaining line-up of activities geared to American craft. Three-dimensional art objects offered for sale will include the mediums of wood, ceramics, glass, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, metal, furniture, baskets and more.

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On Sunday, Sept. 23, the Brasstown Concert Association will present Turku: Nomads of the Silk Road, an ensemble in the forefront of World Music performers. Known for the range and virtuosity with which they play “300-year-old Rock and Roll from the seat of Civilization,” the group has appeared from Uzbekistan to the U.S. for crowds as large as 25,000 people and released three critically acclaimed CDs. Their high energy concerts of music from the western half of the Silk Road regularly bring audiences to their feet dancing.

Ted Monnach became fascinated by traditional Turkish music during a trip to Instanbul, came home with a saz (an instrument resembling a long necked lute) and found teachers in the U.S. Over the years he travelled to Turkey and beyond to research music and obtain authentic instruments, and forged the internationally recognized ensemble in which he plays saz and baglama.

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On Sunday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m., the Arts Council presents a double-bill concert featuring humorist/vocalist Cindy Miles and The McChoir Sisters, on the Town Square Gazebo in downtown Franklin.

Versatile musician and laughter therapist Cindy Miles blends rib-tickling commentary and lighthearted music to engage, involve and delight audience members, with memorable renditions of “Just A Bowl Of Butterbeans” and “Will The Turtle Be Unbroken.” The award-winning McChoir Sisters Trio, comprised of Margie Kellam, Kathy Kuhlman and Cathy Sill, perform Big Band Era and classic pop standards like “Mr. Sandman” and “Lollipop,” in Andrews Sisters-style precision harmonies.

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Get ready for a walk back in time with the first annual “Cruisin in the Mountains” Car, Truck and Bike Show being held Oct. 5 and 6, at Southwestern Community College’s Driving Course on Industrial Park Loop (US 64 West).

Registration is now being accepted at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Chamber’s website at www.VisitFranklinNC.com or can be picked up at the Chamber Visitor Center.

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