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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!


A musical Passion Play

Lamb of God is a musical Passion Play which will open tonight at 7:30 p.m. and will run Friday, March 23, Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m., at the Smoky Mountain Center for The Performing Arts.

Pictured are scenes of the life of Jesus Christ performed by The Overlook Theatre Company as told from the view point of the prophets.



The African Dance & Drum Ensemble will perform a program of traditional African dance and music Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m., in the Franklin High School gym.

The program features dances and songs that reflect West African life and culture, such as the harvest dances “Kakilambe” and “Sunu,” which are performed with colorful scarves from Mali. This is an authentic, interactive, and highly entertaining cultural experience for all ages.

The Asheville-based company is comprised of African Dance instructor Jada Bryson, dancers Kanydah Bellamy and Jesse Willig, and master drummers Ian Cunningham and Imohtep Dlanod. Jada Bryson is a Franklin native with 24 years of dance experience in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and West African forms.


Four legendary artists - Steve Green, Twila Paris, Wayne Watson, and Michael Card - will unite together for their Christian Classic Tour at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 30. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $20 each.

Steve Green is a four-time Grammy Award nominee and a seven-time Dove Award winner. He has 13 number one hits to his credit and has sold over three million records. His hits include “People Need the Lord” and “Household of Faith.”

Twila Paris has won multiple awards, including five Dove Awards. She has released 22 albums and has reached the number one spot on Christian Radio with 33 hit songs. Some of her hits include, “He is Exalted” and “God is in Control.”

Wayne Watson has won a dozen Dove Awards and had 23 number one Christian Radio hits. He is known for songs such as “Almighty” and “Another Time, Another Place.” Last year, Watson was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame, an honor he shares with both Green and Paris.


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