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The Smoky Mountain town of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will present the 12th annual Saddle Up, Feb. 23-26, 2012. The four-day event is a tribute to the American West and is filled with concerts by cowboy musicians and poets, a chuckwagon cookoff and other activities for the entire family.

Saddle Up is part of Pigeon Forge Winterfest, a four-month season of activities that begins in November and continues through February.

Performers for the 2012 event include R.W. Hampton, Stephanie Davis, Cowboy Celtic, Saddle Cats, Andy Nelson, Ray Doyle, Chuck Pyle and Kent Rollins. Concerts at Tennessee Shindig Theater (3 & 7 p.m. on Feb. 24; 6 p.m. on Feb. 27) are $15 each.


The Lanier Library of Tryon, North Carolina is seeking entries for the Sidney Lanier Award Poetry Competition. This annual competition is open to poets from North and South Carolina whose works have not previously been published in book form. The deadline for entries to be mailed is February 15, 2012.

$800 in prizes will be awarded in the adult competition and additional prizes worth $175 will be awarded to the winning entries from a high school students. Other poems worthy of an honorable mention will also be recognized. The judges of the competition are the North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers and the award-winning poet and nonfiction author from South Carolina, John Lane.


Western Carolina University’s original radio broadcast adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” will be staged at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24.

What makes the evening’s program so unique is the approach that director Steve Carlisle, music director Bruce Frazier, research director Brian Gastle and producer Don Connelly call “academic-based entertainment.” “Dracula” is the group’s fourth project.


Caledonia Swing to play at Burns Night January 21

The Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum will host its 16th Annual Burns Night Dinner at Tartan Hall, Franklin Presbyterian Church on Jan. 21, with the Calling of the Clans at 5:30. Honoring the 253rd Birthday of national poet Robert Burns, who is credited with preserving Olde Scot music, this event is held all around the world on the closest date to Burns’ birthday, Jan. 25.

A five-course Scottish Dinner along with the traditional haggis tasting will be followed by recitations and a program of all things Scottish. Caledonia Swing will perform Scottish reels, jigs and background Celtic aires during the meal and play for the Scottish Country Dancing that is always part of the celebration.


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