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Franklin's annual tournaments presented by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce

Get your arms limbered up and your horseshoes and cornhole bags ready for the Annual 4th of July Horseshoe and Cornhole Tournaments presented by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce on Wedneday, July 4. The Horseshoe Tournament will kick off the Annual 4th of July Fireworks in the Park at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park, just south of town on U.S. Highway 441.

The Horseshoe Tournament will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to “pitchers” of all ages, both men and ladies. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. the day of the tournament.


Coming to WCU Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C. on June 30 and July 1

One of the unique artisans exhibiting at the 23rd Annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Arts & Craft Show is Monika Hoerl. Rosemaling painting is a 17th century Norwegian folk art when farmers painted the inside of their houses. It features scrolls and fantasy flowers. Hoerl is preserving this vanishing art with her designs and Christmas ornaments. It is worth the drive to see her work but more than 100 other regional artisans will also be at the Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.

Dates of the arts and crafts show are June 30 and July 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.


“Quiet Killing,” a new mystery novel set in Western North Carolina, has been published by local author Morgan James. This is the second in the Promise McNeal mystery series and takes the main character, made popular in the first book, “Quiet the Dead,” on a hunt for a murderer roaming territory many local residents may find familiar.

North Carolina folk hero and notorious moonshine outlaw Lewis Redmond also figures in the tale of a mysterious, lost little girl, arson, and a restless spirit haunting the mountains.

James will sign copies of “Quiet Killing” at Books Unlimited, Franklin, on July 4, at 10 a.m., and at the Macon County Library on July 12, from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.

Copies are also available at City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, Malaprop’s, Asheville, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, other Indie bookstores, and at Amazon.

Jackson County Green Energy Park’s Director Timm Muth announces “A Kaleidoscope of Shapes and Colors,” a showing of Japanese glass artist Tadashi Torii’s works in the GEPs art gallery with a reception free, and open to the public on Thursday, June 21, from 5 until 7 pm. Torii will also demonstrate his glass-blowing technique. The exhibit will be on display through July 12.

“We are pleased to offer Tadashi’s innovative glass art to Western North Carolina,” said Nicole DuPont- Strub, the GEPs gallery manager. “His work is striking and quite bold. Tadashi’s pieces with their combinations of colors and shapes are of an international caliber not normally seen here in WNC.”


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