25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Arts & Entertainment

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., the Macon County Public Library will host a “Sing for the Fun of It” songfest featuring familiar favorites from bygone days, including “Bicycle Built For Two,” “Goodnight, Irene,” “Red River Valley,” “Shine On, Harvest Moon,” and many more.

Song sheets will be provided. Everyone is welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite song for the group to enjoy.

The Library is on Siler Farm Road, off Siler Road on the south side of Franklin, next to Southwestern Community College. The event will be held in the Meeting Room. Contact the Arts Council for information, at (828)524-7683.

The Jackson County Public Library will host a performance by the Frog Level Philharmonic on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

The group plays Dixieland Jazz, with a mountain flavor. Founded by Charles Alley, in 2005, over the years the band has featured many members of the Haywood Community Band. Playing with the Philharmonic are Mark Raines on trombone, Charles Alley on the clarinet, Jim Boyer on drums, Pat Stone on piano, Otis Sizemore on cornet, Jim Juhnke on tuba, and Mike Pilgrim on banjo.

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Organizers of Franklin’s Pumpkinfest continue to raise the bar for autumn celebrations in the region, as Saturday’s event obviously demonstrated. Community residents and visitors could not have asked for better weather for the 15th annual Pumpkinfest, and there was certainly no shortage of entertainment for people who attended. Some people, locals and visitors alike, were taken aback by the large audience that assembled in the historic downtown Franklin area last Saturday afternoon.

Franklin’s Main Street Program coordinated the event, and hosted 61 vendors, the most ever. “I think it was the best we have ever done,” said Franklin Main Street Director Linda Schlott.

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with concert by Blue Eyed Girl

The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series for 2011-12 will get under way at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Thursday, Nov. 3, with a concert by the band Blue Eyed Girl.

The group’s 7 p.m. performance of oldtime music will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

The three women from Asheville who comprise Blue Eyed Girl were raised in families firmly rooted in old-time music. Banjo player Annie Fain Liden grew up in Cherokee County near the John C. Campbell Folk School, and she now teaches banjo and creates handmade books.

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