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The Lanier Library of Tryon, North Carolina is seeking entries for the Sidney Lanier Award Poetry Competition. This annual competition is open to poets from North and South Carolina whose works have not previously been published in book form. The deadline for entries to be mailed is February 15, 2012.

$800 in prizes will be awarded in the adult competition and additional prizes worth $175 will be awarded to the winning entries from a high school students. Other poems worthy of an honorable mention will also be recognized. The judges of the competition are the North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers and the award-winning poet and nonfiction author from South Carolina, John Lane.


Western Carolina University’s original radio broadcast adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” will be staged at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24.

What makes the evening’s program so unique is the approach that director Steve Carlisle, music director Bruce Frazier, research director Brian Gastle and producer Don Connelly call “academic-based entertainment.” “Dracula” is the group’s fourth project.


Caledonia Swing to play at Burns Night January 21

The Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum will host its 16th Annual Burns Night Dinner at Tartan Hall, Franklin Presbyterian Church on Jan. 21, with the Calling of the Clans at 5:30. Honoring the 253rd Birthday of national poet Robert Burns, who is credited with preserving Olde Scot music, this event is held all around the world on the closest date to Burns’ birthday, Jan. 25.

A five-course Scottish Dinner along with the traditional haggis tasting will be followed by recitations and a program of all things Scottish. Caledonia Swing will perform Scottish reels, jigs and background Celtic aires during the meal and play for the Scottish Country Dancing that is always part of the celebration.


The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will continue at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Thursday, Jan. 5, with a concert featuring Ric Ledford and Reems Creek Incident.

The 7 p.m. performance by the Buncombe County band will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

The Mountain Heritage Center is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call the museum at (828)227-7129.

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