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When the 505 members of the Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band pound the pavement of New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, they won’t be just taking part in the beloved holiday tradition. They will be the very first parade participants to hit the streets that morning.

That’s because the WCU unit has been selected as the lead band for the parade by organizers of the event, to be held Thursday, Nov. 27.

Wesley Whatley, creative director of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, broke the news to members of the Pride of the Mountains during a recent band tournament held on campus.


Photo by Betsey GooderCherokee expert and associate professor Anna Fariello presented a program on traditional Cherokee Indian crafts on Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. The highly visual program included a brief overview of Cherokee crafts, focusing on the key material traditions of basketry, pottery, and carving, and recognizes early 20th Century artisans, the Elders who have kept these traditions alive.

The program material was drawn from Fariello’s “From the Hands of our Elders” series, which includes three books and a website, produced to share important archival collections of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with the general public.

The project was the recipient of the 2013 Guardians of Culture International Awards Program awarded by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums.

Anna Fariello is Associate Professor, Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library. The program was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Dept. of Cultural Resources.

On Friday, Nov. 7, the Federated Franklin Woman’s Club met in the Boiler Room for the annual installation of new officers.

Following lunch, past president and District 1 president Brenda Jacobs, conducted the installation of officers. Outgoing president Joyce Sammet passed the gavel to incoming president Valerie Eldred. These new officers will serve during the 2015-2016 term.

Pictured are (front row, L-R) are Ana Lamas, Andi McNair, Valerie Eldred, and Linda Ellison; (back row, L-R) Joy Wood, Betty Croft, Joyce Sammet, and Anne Vitch.

These young ladies performed a trio "Stars and Stripes Forever" at their annual piano recital, held on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Windy Gap Baptist Church.

The girls are students of Mildred McSwain.

Pictured from left are, Caroline Vargas, daughter of Charlie and Laura Vargas; Cora Bradley, daughter of Floyd and Gail Bradley; and Morgan Mason, daughter of Scott and Amy Mason.

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