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Arts & Entertainment

Organizers of Franklin’s Pumpkinfest continue to raise the bar for autumn celebrations in the region, as Saturday’s event obviously demonstrated. Community residents and visitors could not have asked for better weather for the 15th annual Pumpkinfest, and there was certainly no shortage of entertainment for people who attended. Some people, locals and visitors alike, were taken aback by the large audience that assembled in the historic downtown Franklin area last Saturday afternoon.

Franklin’s Main Street Program coordinated the event, and hosted 61 vendors, the most ever. “I think it was the best we have ever done,” said Franklin Main Street Director Linda Schlott.


with concert by Blue Eyed Girl

The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series for 2011-12 will get under way at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Thursday, Nov. 3, with a concert by the band Blue Eyed Girl.

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

The three women from Asheville who comprise Blue Eyed Girl were raised in families firmly rooted in old-time music. Banjo player Annie Fain Liden grew up in Cherokee County near the John C. Campbell Folk School, and she now teaches banjo and creates handmade books.


The Overlook Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of Scotty Corbin, will present the “Wizard of Oz,” Nov. 3-6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s performance will be at 2:30 p.mz. Ticket prices start at $10 each.

The Overlook Theatre Company was established in 1996 and has performed many musicals and plays with the goal of providing quality, family entertainment. This production of “Wizard of Oz” will be no exception. Ninetyfive cast and crew members will bring the classic MGM film to life in a two-act production, complete with beloved songs from the Oscar-winning musical score.

This production of Wizard of Oz is sponsored by Watson Contracting of 201 Sloan Road, Franklin. Watson Contracting is a privately-owned business serving the construction and architectural needs of Western North Carolina and surrounding areas.


Two award-winning, classically trained artists – guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur - perform traditional and contemporary works on Sunday, October 30, at 3:00 p.m., in the main hall of the Macon County Public Library off Siler Road in Franklin.

The Arizona Daily Star describes the duo’s original music as “straddling the divide of pop and classical music in a way that seems so natural, you wonder why someone had never thought of it before.” Sunday’s program will feature a set of their popular mash-ups and an exciting arrangement of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” among others. Light refreshments will be served; admission is by donation.



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