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Two annual community events received funding from Macon County’s Tourism Development Commission (TDC) last Thursday at its monthly meeting.


Although Main Street Program Director Linda Schlott was unable to attend Thursday’s meeting, TDC members considered her $2,000 grant request, which was sent to committee members in advance. Gary Shields motioned to approve the request with Kristian Flaig seconding. The motion carried unanimously. On July 9, members from the Town of Franklin’s Tourism Development Authority (TDA) also unanimously voted to approve the use of $2,000 to help fund the promotion of PumpkinFest. The festival is to be held Oct. 19 and 20.


“Falconry” with Peter Kipp will featured at Thursdays at the Library, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library.

Falco Peregrinus Anatum, an American subspecies were on the brink of extinction in 1970 with only 30 known pairs known in the wild. Their recovery is one of the greatest of an endangered species with an estimated four thousand in the wild today.

Licensed master falconer Peter Kipp and his two peregrine falcons, Seymour and Zelda Suri for a fun and informative program. Kipp will talk about the habits and training of peregrine falcons as well as the benefits of birds of prey to the environment.


Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, will make a stop at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, July 26. Showtime is set for 7 p.m. and tickets start at $20 each.

Folkmoot USA is an international festival that travels throughout Western North Carolina. Performers from the Philippines, Belgium, Puerto Rico and New Zealand will demonstrate their cultural heritage through colorful and authentic costumes, lively dance, and traditional music. Approximately ten countries will be represented by more than 350 performers.

This year marks the 29th year Folkmoot has spread cultural awareness through their popular festival. The Southeast Tourism Society has named Folkmoot one of its top 20 events for the last 20 years. In 2003, the North Carolina General Assembly declared Folkmoot USA to be the state’s official international festival. It’s an event not to be missed. Performances are suitable for all ages.


The Buchanan Boys and their Jackson County country rock will wind up the 2012 Summer Concert Series at Western Carolina University with a July 26 show.

Shows in the 2012 Summer Concert Series, presented by Western Carolina University’s Arts and Cultural Events, or ACE, happen at 7 p.m. each Thursday through June and July on the lawn of the A.K. Hinds University Center.

The concerts are free and the audience is invited to bring blankets, chairs and snacks. Rain location is inside the University Center.


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