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Festival takes over Fontana Village Resort for Memorial weekend

Jackson County native Matt Stillwell will be returning to the region this weekend to host the 5th annual Shinefest at Fontana Village Resort for a Memorial Day Celebration that promises to feature some of North Carolina’s best country artists.

“I’m looking forward to the whole experience,” said Stillwell. “This is kind of a release for me. I spend so much time on the road that it is always good to be close to home and with people that want to be there and have a good time. Of course I don’t get to relax too much because I'm still working and playing host but I do love it.”


In conjunction with the “Chicks! It's All Gone to the Birds’ exhibit, The Bascom is hosting a number of “avian” related programs.

— “Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship Project” on Friday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m with Dr. Mark Hopey.

— “The Early Birders

— Antique Nature Prints and Decoys” on Saturday, June 9, at 4 p.m. with Dr. Lloyd Newberry, author of “European Hunter: Hunting in 33 Countries.”

— The Armchair Birder on Saturday, June 16, at 4 pm featuring Dr. John Yow, author of “The Armchair Birder.” A series of bird and nature walks are scheduled throughout May and June. 


Macon County Schools will be hosting its annual Literacy Night on May 17 at Mountain View Intermediate School from 6 to 8 p.m and is open to all students in grades K-6 and their familes.

This year's theme will be “One Family, Many Stories” and guest speaker will be Dr. Gloria Houston, author of “Littlejim.” Dr. Houston's mother, Ruth, will be joining her. Ruth is the heroine in the book “The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree.” Organizers said that the younger students are excited about getting to see the real “Ruthie.”


The second annual “Airing of the Quilts” festival was held on Saturday in downtown Franklin and all throughout Macon County.The town was clad in a myriad of bright colors amid the springtime sun, as more than 400 quilts were hung out for display by businesses and locals for the Mother’s Day weekend event, which proved to be bigger this year than last.“ It was amazing,” said event organizer and Macon County Quilt Trails Chairman Deb Heatherly. “We are getting all sorts of good feedback. People want to see it again next year.”


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