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Arts & Entertainment

Under the direction of Tom Tyre, the combined Franklin and Dillsboro Ubuntu Choirs performed “Choral Music from Around the World” Sunday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, followed by a reception.

The event was sponsored by Carol and Michael Vincent and presented by the Arts Council and supported by funding from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

The Arts Council’s next concert will be “Freedom Rocks the Square” Friday, June 29, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Town Square Gazebo.

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a free concert by The Barefoot Movement on Tuesday, July 3, at 7 p.m.

Drawing from the styles of bluegrass, folk, acoustic rock, and oldtime front porch music, The Barefoot Movement features original songs and interweaving harmonies. Based in Johnson City, Tenn., the group has just finished recording its second album and is coming to Sylva after opening for Ricky Skaggs in Jonesborough, Tenn., at the end of June.


Novelist Ann Hite, author of the acclaimed debut novel “Ghost on Black Mountain,” will be at the Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. for a discussion about Southern fiction and to read from her novel.

Told in the stunning voices of five women whose lives are inextricably bound when a murder takes place in rural Depression-era North Carolina, “Ghost on Black Mountain” spans generations and conjures the best of Southern folklore—mystery, spirits, hoodoo, and the beauty of the Appalachian landscape.

Hite, who lives in Smyrna, Ga., is a fan of the increasingly popular genre known as Southern Fiction, and her own work falls in the more specific category of Southern Gothic. She says in an interview with the “Huffington Post,” “Southern Fiction's finest voices were born on front porches, at family gatherings, and in the conversations overheard at old fashion church homecomings. Storytelling is a requirement of being born in the South. It’s in our blood.”


Thursdays at the Library will host Patrick Brannon, director of the Highlands Nature Center, who will be speaking on regional owl species and their biology. Using mounts of owls, he will discuss their adaptations as nocturnal predators, species identification, and owl conservation. The program will be held Thursday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin.

Thursdays at the Library is an eclectic mix of programs by authors, musicians, and educators on topics designed for enjoyment and education. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. No admission is charged and the public is invited. For more information, call (828) 524-3600.

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