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The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will soon welcome two sensational legendary groups, Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters and The Crystals. Both groups climbed the charts with phenomenal musical hits in the 1950s, and their sounds have continued to delight audiences for years. Showtime is set for 7:30 P.M. on April 20. Tickets start at $14 each.

Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters have been referred to as one of the all-time great recording artists for Atlantic Records. The group has welcomed several new members throughout the years, but they’ve always maintained the sound that has greatly influenced soul, R&B, and rock music.


The acclaimed trombone ensemble Quaternity will visit Western Carolina University for a day of master classes followed by an evening public performance Monday, April 23.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. It is open to the public free of charge.

The quartet also will lead master classes beginning at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at various locations in the Coulter Building. The morning session is designed especially for members of the WCU Trombone Ensemble, while the afternoon session is open to all music students, faculty and staff, as well as brass enthusiasts from the surrounding community.


Relay For Life’s “Relay’s Got Talent” was held at the Fine Arts Center on Friday, April 13. There were seven acts that competed in the fundraising event, which raised almost $700.

The next event Relay For Life will be the “Survivor’s Dinner,” which will be held May 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Cowee Baptist Church. The event will be open for any cancer survivors.

Any persons interested are asked to call the Outpatient Department at Angel Medical Center at 828-369-4216 for more information.


The Drama Department of Franklin High school will present its Spring Musical “Willy Wonka Jr.” May 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. and May 6 at 2 p.m.

Tickets will be on sale starting April 24 from the Franklin High School Main Office, from Robert Jessup and Buddy Huckabee or at the door. Tickets will be $8 for adults, $5 for Macon County School Students or children under 5 for general admission or a limited number of reserved seats will be available for $10 for each show.


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