11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

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Friends of the Scottish Tartan Museum will celebrate Tartan Day on Saturday, April 5, with a Scottish Lunch that the Friends put on annually for the downtown business persons of Franklin.

“It is a favor for putting up with all our Scottish foolery in front of their shops during Taste of Scotland in June,” said Eleanor Swift, president of Friends of the Scottish Tartan Museum.

This year, the copy of the Treaty of Arbroath was lifted from its hidden spot along the display and a large illustrated poster was made describing what preceded its composition and the important effects it had in England and in America. It started out with William Wallace handing over the leadership to Robert the Bruce who inspired the Scots to win at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

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The 2013-14 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, April 3, with a concert featuring the traditional string band Crooked Pine.

Crooked Pine was originally organized in 1974 with founding members Craig Bannerman, bass; Marion Boatwright, fiddle; and Frank McConnell, guitar. The group played many venues across Western North Carolina over the years and evolved with new members, but eventually disbanded.

In 2010, however, Crooked Pine reformed with the three original members, and banjo and mandolin player Troy Harrison has been added to the mix. From its home base in Brevard, the band has been performing at festivals, dances and other events in the area and was recently featured in a promotional video created by the Transylvania County Chamber of Commerce.

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Colorfest, Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, is looking for artists of all mediums to participate in the 6th annual fine art festival to be held on Oct. 4, in the historic town of Dillsboro. Regional fine artists and crafters are encouraged to apply.

Within the colors of autumn, the town of Dillsboro will welcome visitors to this walk-about town where the artisans will be displaying their works. ColorFest participants will be showcased in a new format for this festival, where they will be set up continuously and conveniently on Front Street. Church Street will be sectioned off for food booths.

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Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics will host an evening telescope viewing party beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Jackson County Airport overlooking the WCU campus.

Part of the 2014 North Carolina Science Festival, the event is designed to give members of the campus and surrounding communities an up-close view of stars, the moon and the planets Mars and Jupiter through telescopes at various magnifications.

Enrique Gomez, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at WCU, will give a brief presentation on identifying well-know constellations and stars that can be seen in the sky during the spring season.

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