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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.”


Reception and unveiling planned for Friday at Creative Framing on Depot Street

It is no secret that Macon County is filled with gorgeous scenery in every valley or hamlet and from the top of each hill. It’s no wonder that Macon County has a large number of artists drawing and painting their impressions of this beauty.

This year, the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) has asked local artist John Sill to paint an original piece of art for its Franklin Folk Festival, held annually on the third Saturday of July (July 21). Carolina Wrens: Bucket Brigade is the name of the completed work, which is being auctioned to raise funds for the festival. Museum quality prints are also being presented to this year’s $100 and $200 festival sponsors at a reception given in John Sill’s honor. The reception will be held at Creative Framing, 482 Depot Street in Franklin, on Friday, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.


The Jackson County Public Library will host herpetologist Ron Cromer for a return of his Snakes Alive program for all ages on Friday, June 15, at 10:30 a.m.

The hour-long program includes both an educational presentation and slideshow and a hands-on session for those who choose to participate. His traveling companions and guests for the program are approximately two dozen snakes and lizards. Cromer, who lives in High Point, is a trained herpetologist who lectures to school and community groups fulltime. His Snakes Alive presentation dispels common myths associated with snakes. He also discusses pattern identification, provides an overview of a snake’s anatomy and characteristics.

The “hands-on” session is an opportunity to hold and pet approximately two dozen tamed snakes. This session concludes with a finale of a giant python available for holding and petting. A “snake-free” zone will be provided for those who do not want to participate in the petting session.


Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop on Saturday June 9, 10 till noon, in the Children’s Area of the Macon County Public Library.

Make-and-take projects include personalized caps and Fathers Day cards. Every ARTSaturday features live music by Keyboardist Lionel Caynon.

There’s no pre-registration; children should wear play clothes and come for any part of the session. Adults stay with younger children; we have a workstation where they can work together.


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