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Jackson County Green Energy Park's Director Timm Muth announced “Fire Color;” a showing of WCU alumnus ceramicist Preston Tolbert's works in the GEPs art gallery with a reception free and open to the public on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.

“We are pleased to offer Preston's innovative ceramic art to Western North Carolina,” said Nicole DuPont-Strub, the GEP’s gallery manager. “His work is striking and quite bold. Preston's pieces with their multiple hues of traditional wood-fired pottery glazes are of an international caliber not normally seen here in WNC.”

“When I work with wet clay I like to explore the nature of movement.” said Tolbert of his work. “The clay resists and reacts to my hands, recording every touch, rip, and cut. I like to make a new clean form, then attack it to give it age and depth.”

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Lady and the Old Timers will perform Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Living Room. Lady and the Old Timers have been entertaining at the library on Thursday mornings for the past year and a half. For their Thursdays at the Library performance they’ll move out to the Living Room to perform their crowd-pleasing mix of classic country and gospel music.

Thursdays at the Library is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free, appropriate for all ages, and open to everyone.

The Jackson County Public Library will host Victoria Casey McDonald, author of "Just Over the Hill," for a reading and booksigning on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m.

The book is a collection of stories about African Americans in Jackson County, which McDonald pieced together through newspaper articles and her own knowledge of the history of the county's African American community.

McDonald was a longtime educator in Jackson County before her retirement. An accomplished painter as well as a writer, she is president of the Jackson County Arts Council.

For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016.

Last weekend, the fourth annual Mountain High BBQ and Car Show was held in Franklin. The event was an overall success, according to organizers, who estimated thousands of folks from near and far came to the fairground festival.

The event was held at Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located on Highway 441 South, and was sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Nearly forty national teams came to compete for the title of Grand Champion for award winning barbecue and over a dozen regional teams came to prove their mettle against one another.

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