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Events Calendar, Feb. 29 – March 14


The Macon County Beekeepers Association meets on the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Office, 193 Thomas Heights Rd, Franklin.

Macon County Senior Games Registration runs March 4 until March 22.  Seniors are invited to stop by the Carpenter Building at 1288 Georgia Road to pick up a registration form.

“Books and Bites” at the Macon County Public Library is a chance to meet authors, get books signed, interact with refreshments. On Feb. 29 at 3:30 p.m. is “Family Series, Animal Stories 4, The Farm Edition,” compiled by Claire Suminski and Henrietta Haithcock; March 13 at 3:30 p.m. is “Appalachian Trails, Smoky Mountain Mystery” and “Vanishing Trails, A Smoky Mountain Mystery,” by Ruth McCoy.

Bonfire + Barn Time for Veteran Families, hosted by The Special Liberty Project, is March 1, from 5-7 p.m., 635 Berry Cove Rd, Franklin. Veteran families are invited to a chili dinner around the bonfire, a homesteading workshop, and quality time with friendly horses. Visit https://speciallibertyproject.org/en/events.

The Franklin High School Drama Department presents “Murder’s in the Heir” Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, at 7 p.m., nightly in the Franklin High School Auditorium. Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door the night of each show.  (Pictured above: Members of the FHS Advanced Theatre class practice for their upcoming production of “Murder’s in the Heir.” Pictured are Logan Russo, Brooklyn Keneipp, Aaliyah DesJardins, and Samantha Pruett.)

“Compost Happens” workshop at Winding Stair Nursery is presented by Adam Bigelow of Bigelow’s Botanical Excursions, Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sliding scale fee is $5-$25. Visit events for more information and to register, or call (828) 369-9778.

The Franklin Garden Club will meet March 4, 11 a.m., at Robert C. Carpenter Community Center, 1288 Georgia Rd., Franklin. March’s topic will be “Mapping Your Garden.” 

A reception featuring “Arts and Crafts of Bhutan” will be held in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room, Wednesday, March 6, at 6 p.m. Franklin resident Dennis Desmond lived and worked in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan from 1994 to 1999. Desmond’s collection of traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts will be exhibited through March. The exhibit is sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County. 

A live staking workshop hosted by Mainspring Conservation Trust is set for Wednesday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. Mainspring Aquatics Programs Manager Jason Meador will teach participants proper live staking techniques. Participants will practice at an ongoing restoration site along the Little Tennessee River off Georgia Road. Register for the free workshop and learn more details at www.mainspringconserves.org.

Artwork of K-12 Macon County Schools students will be on display throughout the month of March at the Uptown Gallery located at 30 East Main Street, Franklin, with gallery hours Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A reception is set for Saturday, March 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. with light refreshments served. The public is invited.

A Quilts of Valor presentation will be held on March 12 at 4 p.m. at American Legion Post 108, 614 W Main St. The public is invited. 

Otto Jam is March 14 at Otto Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Acoustic jam for Americana, Celtic, and old-time musicians. Bring a beverage and snack of choice. This monthly event is free, but consider donating to keep the lights on. Otto Community Center, 60 Firehouse Rd., Otto, just off Hwy 441. For more information, visit www.go2ottonc.com  or call (770) 335-0967.

Franklin Lighthouse has a gathering the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at First Pentecost Church, 164 Iotla Church Rd. The next gathering is Saturday, March 16. Contact Marybeth Kaye (407) 951-4286 for more information.

A Free Gardening Basics 101 Seminar is offered on Tuesday, March 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the Macon Extension Center, located on 193 Thomas Heights Rd., Franklin. For more information, visit www.macon.ces.ncsu.edu/events or contact the Macon County Extension Center to register at (828) 349-2046; or e-mail Debbie Hunter: [email protected].

Magnolia Mission, a nonprofit in Macon County that supports foster, adoptive, and biological families, is hosting a 3v3 basketball tournament fundraiser, March 23, at 9 a.m. at Macon Middle School. The deadline to register to play is March 9. Call (828) 634-1153 or email: [email protected].

Community Dance at Library March 2

An evening of traditional Contra and Round Dance will be held Saturday, March 2, 6:30 to 9 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library. The event opens with 30 minutes of basic dance instruction for beginners, followed by two hours of dancing with caller Charley Harvey.  All dances are taught. Contra dance is an easy-to-learn and highly sociable dance form, with participants moving in long facing lines or in groups, changing partners often.

The band Late to the Party provides music; members are Larry Barnett, fiddle; Chris Casses, guitar; Patti Hubbs, keyboard; and Chris Sobek, standup bass.  People of all ages and experience levels are welcome, and you don’t need to bring a partner.  You may bring a water bottle and snack.  Wear comfortable clothes; no strong scents, please.

Admission is by donation; children and first-time attendees are admitted free.  The Library is at 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, with a hardwood dance floor, ample parking, and wheelchair access.  The event is produced by the Arts Council and Friends of Contra Dance in Macon County.  Phone 828-524-ARTS or email [email protected].