25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Arts & Entertainment

“Rock the Square,” a Labor Day weekend concert and street dance, will be presented Friday, September 2, at 7:30 p.m., at the Town Square gazebo on Main Street in downtown Franklin, weather permitting.

The award-winning C-Square Band will perform 1950s- ‘70s pop and Motown hits, including “Bye, Bye Love,” “Mustang Sally,” “Stand By Me,” “What’d I Say,” and many more.

Band members include keyboardist Lionel Caynon, vocalists Bobbie and Mike Contino, and guitarists Dave Stewart and Gary Gaetano.

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Western Carolina University will offer eight weeks of blacksmithing classes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 20 through Nov. 10 at Calerin Forge in Balsam.

Taught by David Burress (owner of Calerin Forge), participants will learn fundamental skills in shaping iron on a traditional coal forge. The cost of the course is $375 and includes all materials with the exception of safety glasses, which participants should supply for themselves.

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Suzy Bogguss will perform at the Highlands Performing Arts Center Friday, Sept. 2. For her new project, “American Folk Songbook,” Bogguss turns childhood memories into modern standards.

Bogguss had a revelation on stage with Garrison Keillor in 2008. Folk songs are the scrapbook of the American experience, but as music education fades from public schools, she worried; these beautiful melodies are in danger of being overlooked. She resolved to record these timeless songs in an updated but reverent way – so that everyone can sing along.

 

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Four-H in association with Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will again produce a Youth Talent Contest at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Railfesst set for Saturday, Sept. 17. The contest will run from 10:45 a.m. until 12 noon, and will give area youth up to age 18 the opportunity to share their talents. Participants in this contest must exhibit a talent that will reflect heritage and old Appalachian ways of our region and adhere to the contest Qualifications and Rules. This competition will be held on the main stage and will be part of the “heritage” entertainment provided during the festival.

Categories of the contest include:

— Poetry/Storytelling (writings about heritage, items of historical significance, old timey ways)

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