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Arts & Entertainment

Celebrate and trade on Saturday March 31st

The Friends of the Rickman Store invite the community and visitors to celebrate the 87th anniversary of the historic Rickman Store with a day of traditional trading, entertainment, and the presentation of an heirloom seeds savings educational program on Saturday March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Originally built in 1895 by John Hall, the general store located at the heart of the Cowee-West’s Mill Historic district, was purchased by the young Tom Milton Rickman in 1925 who operated it for 69 years until 1994.


The Weinberg-Babelay Sax & Vibes Duo will perform a program of jazz standards and modern works on Tuesday April 3, at 7:00 p.m., in the Franklin High School Chorus Room.

The program spans musical styles from Dixieland, Latin, and Swing, to contemporary pieces, including classics like “String of Pearls” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Light refreshments will be served.

Vibraphonist Paul Babelay from North Texas State, and Weinberg from the University of Maryland. The duo will perform and teach master classes to Macon County public school music students Monday and Tuesday, April 2-3, through the Arts Council’s Artists-in-the-Schools Program.


The town of Dillsboro will host its 24th annual Easter Hat Parade on Saturday, April 7.

The parade, a Dillsboro tradition the Saturday before Easter, begins at 2 p.m. and showcases a variety of interesting hats atop participants of all ages, including pets.

Judges select the best hats in more than 20 categories, including: biggest, smallest, funniest, best-smelling, “poofy-est,” most creative, most spring-like and most outrageous. Last year, there were nearly 250 entrants in the contest.


At the Macon County Public Library - March 26 - April 5

The Macon County Library, in collaboration with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Nantahala Hiking Club, present ‘Walking with Spring’, a two-week series of programs in conjunction with Historic Franklin’s April Fools Trail Days festival.

All programs are free and open to the public.

Additional programs and dates after the jump!


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