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Western Carolina University will host two bands and screen the horror film “Cabin in the Woods” on Saturday, Aug. 18, as part of the university’s annual outdoor Valley Ballyhoo event.

Designed to help connect students with WCU and surrounding community, Valley Ballyhoo features an organization and merchant fair with information tables as well as free food and games from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Then, Asheville band Kovacs and the Polar Bear will take the stage at the Central Plaza. The band, which performs a unique style of music with folk and rock flavors, captured an audience choice prize at the Asheville Music Video Awards and recently performed at Asheville’s Bele Chere festival.


The Charlie Daniels Band, a Grammy-winning group that requires little introduction, will perform live at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $38.

Charlie Daniels has made many great contributions to county and southern rock music. He’s best recognized for hits such as, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Simple Man.” Known as a phenomenal fiddle player, Daniels has accompanied many great artists, including Bob Dylan, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Hank Williams, Jr. Daniels is a master of the guitar, mandolin, and banjo, as well.

Daniels was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and currently resides in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and has received multiple awards throughout a career that spans five decades. He has scored hits on the rock, country, pop, and Christian charts.


North Carolina native Kellie Pickler will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $31.

Many recognize Pickler as a sweet, quirky, country girl who won the hearts of millions when she competed on NBC’s “American Idol.” Her debut album, “Small Town Girl,” was certified gold with three singles from the album earning spots on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Some of her hits include, “Red High Heels,” I Wonder,” and “Best Days of Your Life.”



The Aug. 13 member meeting of the Macon County Art Association will feature a demonstration of an ancient and beautiful art medium; “Encaustic.” Encaustic Artist Mary Farmer of Asheville is presenting this free demonstration which will be held from 1-2 p.m. and is open to the pubic.

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface — usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax.

Encaustic painting was developed by the ancient Greek shipbuilders, who used hot wax to fill the cracks in their ships. Color was added and this led to painting on the surface of the waxed hull and an art form was born.


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