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

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Arts & Entertainment

With his first poetry book in nearly ten years Ron Rash will visit City Lights Bookstore, to read from his new collection, “Waking,” Sunday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m.

Rooted in places like Watauga County, Goshen Creek, and Dismal Mountain, the poems in Ron Rash's fourth collection, Waking, electrify dry counties and tobacco fields until they sparkle with the rituals and traditions of Southerners in the stir of their lives.

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Local residents are invited to enter their honey and home food products in “A Gathering In,” the traditional foods competition held annually at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day.

The 37th annual festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, will feature contests for canned goods, baked goods and “heritage foods,” the Best in the West Berry Recipe contest, and a competition for extracted honey with categories in light, dark, and comb.

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There is a new type of arts and music festival coming to Western North Carolina—and it isn’t just another hoedown.

Dubbed WHEE! Fest, local musician and event organizer Ian Brown has booked the festival for Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. - Aug. 28 at 12 p.m. at the Avant Garden organic farm on Tracer Lane in Cullowhee.

In essence, WHEE! Fest is a weekend outdoor festival with local and national underground musical performances, entertainers and regional vendors and artists. Festivalgoers may set up a campsite on Aug. 26.

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Underhill Rose will be performing as a part of Matt Stillwell’s Shinefest on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Fontana Village Resort. The band has just released their self-titled, debut CD featuring a powerful fusion of Americana, blue grass, R&B, and roots music.

Spotlighting unique fusion the Asheville, N.C. band has become known for, the album exhibits an impressive blend of Americana, blue grass, R&B, and roots music. Underhill Rose features compositions from Eleanor Underhill, a banjo picker with a sultry, smoky voice and Molly Rose, the group’s southern belle with a soaring vocal range and a masterful poetic design. The new album features bass player Gary Oliver and drummer Tim Haney, with guest appearances from Aaron “Woody” Wood, Ryan Burns, Spencer Taylor, Amy Lovinger, Melissa Hyman, among others.

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