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Arts & Entertainment

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome two hilarious comedy acts to their stage on Thursday, May 31. Jimmy Travis is one guy with one guitar who will perform one show you’ll never forget. Bean and Bailey are a comedy duo who love nothing more than creating laughter. Both offer good, clean, wholesome fun for audiences of all ages. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $12 each.

Jimmy Travis brings great comedy and great music to the stage every time he performs. His special blend of humor relates to audiences of all kinds. His clean and refreshing performances are family-friendly, and since he frequently interacts with the audience, no two shows are ever the same.



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.”


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