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Though there is no official Taste of Scotland festival scheduled this year in Franklin, a few celebrations are still slated for Father’s Day weekend begining June 1. The events are carried over from the age-old Macon County event.

With the help of local entities, several Scottish activities will keep the festival alive.

The Taste of Scotland festival, which has traditionally been held annually during Father’s Day weekend in downtown Franklin, celebrates the music and culture of Scotland and the British Isles, with games, music, food, demonstrations and more. Research from the Governor's office in Raleigh revealed that more people with Scottish heritage reside in North Carolina than in Scotland.


Director Edie Kleinpeter, has her play, “Moonlight and Magnolias” ready to go. This raucus comedy opens Friday, June 8, and runs through June 17 with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Although the name of the play might not be familiar, its subject matter will be familiar to everyone. “Gone With The Wind” was in trouble three weeks into the filming. The script wasn’t working. Producer David O. Selznick was looking at a disaster. In order to save the film and to minimize the days he had to shut down the set (at $50,000 a day), he hired script doctor Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming and kept them in his office for five days and nights to fix things.


Steve Waldroop and the Heartland Band plays every Saturday night at Carson Community Center from 7 to 9 p.m.

Music ranges from country to bluegrass to gospel.

No admission is charged. The public is welcome.

Photo by Betsey Gooder



Rafe Hollister is coming to Sylva on Friday, June 8, and we're not talking about the character from The Andy Griffith Show.

This Rafe Hollister is a fivemember band from Haywood County which specializes in a brand of music it calls “mountain rock.”

“We use bluegrass instruments and drums and mix it with rock-and-roll,” says lead singer Sam Brinkley of Maggie Valley. "Our sound is inspired by Doc Watson, Johnny Cash and The Rolling Stones. If you mix those three together, that's kind of what we sound like.”


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