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The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts has welcomed many great artists to its stage. Each brought a series of songs written to touch the audience in some way. Those songs were written by songwriters with a story to tell, and the talent to put it on paper. When paired with the perfect score, that story becomes a song. And those songs become hits. Songwriters are artists too, and they deserve to be celebrated.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome arguably three of the best songwriters in the music industry: James Castro, Victoria Banks, and Tony Arata in a round concert event titled “Home By Dark.” These talented songwriters will join together to share the stories behind their songs and offer powerful performances as authentic as they come. They will be accompanied by some of the best instrumentalists in the industry, and will offer a look into how a simple idea can touch people all over the world. “Home By Dark” will make it easy to see why artists like Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, and many more have turned to master songwriters to write the songs that help keep them famous.


Phillips, Craig, and Dean, an award-winning contemporary Christian music trio, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 19. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $15 each.

Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean have been performing together since 1991. The group has released 13 albums and 21 number one singles, and has sold more than three million records and earned multiple Dove Awards in categories such as Inspiration Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and many more. They have performed at many conventions, including several Promise Keepers rallies, and have recorded music for the National Day of Prayer. Group hits include, “Here I Am to Worship,” “Your Grace Still Amazes Me,” and “Crucified with Christ.”


An Art Reception for Justin Moe's display "The Warped Filter" will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library.

Chat with the artist and friends, and enjoy some refreshments while viewing new art by Justin Moe.

The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin.

For more information, call (828)524-3600.




On Saturday, Sept. 20, the 7th annual Youth Arts Festival will be hosted once more at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. This festival features local and regional artists demonstrating their skills and sharing their love for their art. In addition to glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery, and other demonstrations, artists will once again be working hands-on with the children to make pots, weave bookmarks, create glass mosaics, paint with squirt guns and water balloons, make bead jewelry, and much more. Aspiring artists can also help decorate GEP’s rainwater collection tanks with their painted handprints. The stage area will feature local musicians and dance troupes, and the GEP Trash Dragon will be making several appearances as well.

No admission is charged to attend the Youth Arts Festival and all art activities are free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Parking is limited, so carpooling is strongly encouraged. No pets allowed: service animals only, please.

The Green Energy Park is an award-winning community project that uses renewable energy resources to fuel a variety of art efforts. Information on tours, studio rentals, and upcoming public classes, is available at the GEP’s website: For questions about the event or vendor spaces, call the GEP office at (828)631-0271 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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