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Arts and crafts vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture.

This year’s Mountain Heritage Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, on the WCU campus in Cullowhee. The festival typically attracts more than 20,000 visitors who come to enjoy three stages of continuous music and dance, exhibitions of Cherokee stickball and shapenote singing, and more than 150 booths of food and juried arts and crafts.


Event organizers have announced a new feature for this year’s Airing of the Quilts event in Franklin, NC. The Airing of the Quilts Challenge gives area quilters an opportunity to showcase their talents and possibly win a cash prize.

To enter the challenge, quilters must create a wall hanging incorporating one or more of the Macon County Quilt Trail blocks somewhere in the design. Pictures of these blocks can be found on the Quilt Trails website, http://www.maconcountyquilttrail.org/.

“As an example, block # 20 on the Macon County Quilt Trail has churn dash blocks in the design.


The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will ends its 2011-12 season Thursday, March 1, with a concert featuring the veteran Appalachian string band the New Southern Ramblers.

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

Featuring lively dance tunes, traditional vocals and flatfoot dancing, the New Southern Ramblers have entertained audiences across the nation for decades, with performances in recent years at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and MerleFest.


Second grade students at East Franklin elementary have been working on a unit focused on the United Nation’s Children’s fund (UNICEF).

Members of the African Dance Company of Asheville held the dance presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 21 and were followed by vignettes highlighting the stories of four children from different countries and a song selection which included ‘We are the World’ and ‘Love Can Build a Bridge.’



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