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The Liars Bench, a troupe of award-winning storytellers and musicians, bring “Tall Tales, Mountain Myths, & Flat-Out Lies” to the Franklin Folk Festival on Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The Liars Bench is a traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, dramatic, and folk arts variety show.

Founded in 2010 by storyteller, writer, and playwright Gary Carden, the group promotes and showcases all aspects of Southern Appalachian culture, continuing the grand tradition of true mountain folkways through down-home entertainment.


Laura Elliott of Sylva, will facilitate a free Tai Chi class at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva on Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m. The class will be held in the Community Room.

The form of Tai Chi that Elliott will teach is called Tai Chi Chih, which involves a series of distinct, repetitive movements that can be easier to learn than the more traditional form that is more of a continual dance of movements. Appropriate for people of all ages, it is a gentle practice designed to improve the flow of energy within the body.

As a holistic therapist and facilitator of wellness workshops, Elliott has been practicing energy medicine and the oriental exercises of Tai Chi and Qigong for over 15 years and is a certified Healing Touch practitioner.


The Gibson Brothers, a traditional bluegrass band, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. Having received multiple awards for their talents, the Gibson Brothers are widely recognized as the finest brother duet in bluegrass music today. Eric and Leigh Gibson are accompanied by a phenomenal band – Mark Barber on bass, Clayton Campbell on fiddle, and Joe Walsh on mandolin. At the 2011 IBMA Awards, the Gibson Brothers were recognized as Vocal Group of the Year, and their album, “Help My Brother,” was named Album of the Year. “Help My Brother” was also named the 2012 SPGMA Album of the year, with the title track awarded Song of the Year.


The Macon County Veterans Memorial Park was hopping with thousands of folks on the 4th of July celebrating our nation’s independence with great entertainment, fun games and tasty food.

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce wants to thank all those who participated in the games throughout the day. The horseshoe tournament began at 10 a.m. with 21 teams competing. After a well fought competition, Shannon Teasley and Jeff Floyd took first place and were awarded $200. John Perry Samson and Eddie Lossi won second place with a payout of $100 while Jimmy Johnson and Dewey Ridley won third place and took home $50.


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