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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.

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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.

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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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Brasstown Concert Association (BCA) announces its 39th season. “This year we offer our audiences the finest in chamber music, plus an exciting musical journey ‘From the Black Sea and Beyond,’” says BCA President Karen Nash. “Four of our six concerts provide a unique opportunity to experience music we rarely hear, from Turkey, central Russia, the shores of the Black Sea, the Balkans, and from the Sephardim,” she continues.

The season opens on Sept. 23 with Turku: Nomads of the Silk Road. This exciting ensemble has thrilled audiences from Samarkand to South Carolina with music from the western half of the Silk Road. Their performances on authentic instruments are traditional, with improvisation in traditional style.

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