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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.


If not for a small lamb named Rosie, Frances Moore might never have begun spinning, or gathering materials from nature to dye the wool and silk she uses in her handmade items.

In 1985, at the Macon County Fair there was a lamb that was too small to be sold, but Moore’s sister Nancy told the owner that Moore would buy it. Her family built a big dog house and a pen for her, named her Rosie, and for 14 years, Rosie spent her days roaming the family’s yard, walking up onto the porch, peering into the windows. Rosie even appeared in the live nativity scene at the Asbury Methodist Church. Robert Rollins, the County Extension agent at that time, sheared Rosie every summer and kept telling Moore she should learn to spin and weave that wool.


Venture Local Franklin and the Downtown merchants teamed up last Friday night for the inaugural StreetFest ’12 event. Modeled after an event that first occurred in 2010, StreetFest was fully stocked with fun with live entertainment from local musicians, a surprise flash mob headed by Zumba Fitness, local shops that were open late, face painting and lots of snacks and refreshments to round out the evening.

“In speaking with some of our merchants after Street- Fest, I was overwhelmed by the positive feedback and reports of the successful night they had,” said Matt Bateman with Venture Local Franklin.


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