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On Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m., the historic Rickman Store will become the stage for one of the most accomplished monologues written by Appalachian playwright Gary Carden. Lara Chew, will be performing a one-woman play about prominent labor and community organizer Mary Harris who at the end of the 19th century was considered by the government and the robber barons to be “the most dangerous woman in America” but who was much loved and revered by the workers who named her “Mother Jones.”

Five years ago, Carden wrote the play “Mother Jones” to ensure that the voice that brought many civil liberties to benefit working Americans will not be ignored or silenced. Harris was an organizer of mill and coal mine workers who took special concern for the women and children who were forced to labor in poor conditions with unhealthy living sites and without government protection.


For the month of June, work from two local artists is on display at the Macon Campus of Southwestern Community College.

Reese Boyce (near right) is the display artist in the front lobby at the Macon Campus. Through the manipulation of watercolor paint, water, scraps of paper and glue, Boyce has projected her life experiences and unique inner visions onto paper.

Kay Edson (far right) is the display artist in the downstairs gallery area. Edson has enjoyed painting flowers, landscapes, and scenes of nature for several years.


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.


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