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Arts & Entertainment

Plans finalized for events on Father’s Day Weekend.

Prepare for a spectacular Father’s Day Weekend in Franklin June 18-21. The Taste of Scotland is a festival that showcases the Scottish heritage of this area – dress, music, food, crafts, demonstrations, children’s games, and ancestry. A group of dedicated volunteers, led by Doug Morton, work all year long to offer the best of Scot and Celtic entertainment.

On Thursday, June 18, at 6 p.m., the Clan Dinner will be held at Tartan Hall at the Presbyterian Church. Scott Eichelberger, a local piper, will lead the “Calling of the Clans.” A catered buffet will be provided by Martha’s Kitchen. The buffet style meal will feature pot roast & gravy, mashed potatoes w/ rutabagas, peas, salad, soup, scones, and apple crisp. Caledonia Swing will provide the entertainment. Tickets can be obtained at the Scottish Tartans Museum, Life’s Bounty, and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.


Springtime in Franklin means dusting off the instruments and the dancing shoes and heading out to downtown Franklin for a little entertainment. On Friday night, CSquare presented Freedom Rocks the Square with ’50s-’70s rock and Motown with a salute to veterans.

At Life’s Bounty on Main Street, Gary Zimmerman played the fiddle to patrons stopping by on a Friday evening; Dave Stewart and the Bigger than Squirrels band filled the Rathskeller with some country tunes in Friday night.


A reception for photographer John MacLean will be held Wednesday, June 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room.

The public is invited to drop in, have some refreshments, view new photography, and participate in an informal question and answer session with the photographer.

John MacLean will have his work on display in the library throughout the month of June.

See more of his work at his website at www.johnmaclean.com.

On Friday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m., Timothy Spira will present his new field guide at City Lights Bookstore. “Waterfalls & Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians” surveys one of America’s most biologically diverse regions by linking waterfalls and wildflowers.

Spira introduces hikers to the “natural communities” approach for identifying and understanding plants within the context of the habitats they occupy, equipping hikers to see and interpret landscapes in a new way. The 30 hikes Spira discusses all include a detailed map and GPS coordinates, descriptions of flora and fauna likely to be seen and an associated plant species list.

Spira is a professor of biology at Clemson University and is the author of “Wildflower and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains” and “Piedmont: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.” To reserve copies of his books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

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