61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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Arts & Entertainment

Tim Lynch, a Franklin summer resident for almost a decade, is also leader of the Tallahassee, Florida based band Sojourn and has played for decades in Florida. Lynch will be featured at the 2011 Franklin Folk Festival July 16.

Sojourn has a newly released CD titled “Lilting Banshee” that will be for sale and the proceeds will be donated to REACH of Macon County.

Lynch specializes in traditional Appalachian and other American roots and Celtic music and storytelling. Lynch sings and plays the guitar, mandolin, dulcimer(s), banjo, mandolin and bouzouki and will often be joined by musical friends where ever he plays.

 

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Al Jardine and his Endless Summer Band will fill the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts with all your favorite summer music on Saturday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.

The band is led by Al Jardine of Beach Boys fame and features a number of stage musicians who toured with the Beach Boys: Ed Carter on bass, Bobby Figueroa on rhythm guitar, as well as Al’s son Matt Jardine, who sang with the Beach Boys during much of their later career. Billy Hische and Mike Meros complete this exciting ensemble.

 

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Musicians Larry and Elaine Conger will host the 12th annual Mountain Dulcimer Week, to be held Sunday, July 17, through Friday, July 22, on the campus of Western Carolina University.

This weeklong residential program draws dulcimer enthusiasts from around the country for a week of dulcimer music, training, fun and fellowship. Registration for the event, sponsored by WCU’s Division of Education Outreach, is now open online at http://dulcimer.wcu.edu.

The Congers, of Paris, Tenn., also hosted the event last year. They have designed a program that should appeal to players of all ages, skill levels and musical tastes, said Bobby Hensley, associate director of continuing education.

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Come celebrate summer at the 14th Annual Sweet Corn Festival on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church located at 216 Roller Mill Road in Franklin.

The day will be filled with lots of great entertainment and delicious food.

Groups like the Dendy Family, Macon County Line Dancers, Patton Valley String Band, Men Macon Music, the dulcimer players and Stan Dogan will perform throughout the festival.

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