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In between planning great shows like concerts from country music star's Charlie Daniels and Kellie Pickler, the Overlook Theatre Company has been hard at work putting the final touches on “The Civil War Musical,” which will take the stage Aug. 23- 26 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

Although the cast has been rehearsing for a little more than a month, the musical's production crew has been working on the creative design of the play for more than a year.


August’s StreetFest makes local shopping a family affair

The newly revived and renamed non-profit organization Streets of Franklin, along with Venture Local, hosted the second downtown block party last Friday night. As locals and firsttime visitors lined the streets, Main Street businesses offered snacks, refreshments and great deals for customers.

Throughout the evening, Main Street echoed the sounds of local musicians including dulcimer players Phil Myers and John Hawk and four bands, Uncle Don's Band, The Cellar Dwellers, A36 and Galaxy News Radio, which were split between two stages. In the midst of the evening activities, Linda Cherry's flash mob hit Main Street and danced “The Wobble.”


Writer and naturalist George Ellison will read from his new collection of poems, “Permanent Camp,” at the Rickman Store on Friday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m. George Ellison is the author of “Blue Ridge Nature Journal, Mountain Passages,” and the two volume collection “High Vistas: An Anthology of Nature Writing from Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains.”

He is well known for his weekly columns in the Smoky Mountain News, and for his role in the most recent editions of Horace Kephart’s “Our Southern Highlanders and Camping and Woodcraft.”


Last Saturday, I was fortunate enough to watch country music singer and North Carolina native Kellie Pickler in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, and I must say, it was a fantastic show.

With a personality as glamorous and sparkly as her microphone, Kellie immediately made you feel welcomed by starting out saying, “It sure feels great to be back home in Carolina.” When I interviewed Kellie two weeks ago, she and her band were in between shows in Canada and even then she told me how ecstatic she was to be coming home to North Carolina and to be performing in Franklin.


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