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Events Calendar, March 14 – March 28


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. 

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. 

Otto Jam is Thursday, 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 Road. The next gathering is Saturday, March 16. Contact Marybeth Kaye (407)951-4286 for more information.

“Alice In Wonderland, the Musical” Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Scotty Corbin directs Overlook Theatre Company in a tuneful twist to Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice’s down-the-rabbit-hole adventure – a magical hour of fun songs and curiouser storytelling. $14 advance, $17 at door; tickets at 1028 Georgia Rd., smokymountainarts.com, (828)524-1598.

Free St. Paddy’s Pancake Breakfast Saturday, March 16, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Junaluskee Masonic Lodge, 50 Church St. The Junaluskee Gold Coin Hunt at 10:30 a.m. is for children 12 years old and younger (bring an Easter basket). Donations accepted.

Live Saturday Midday Music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Friends of the Greenway Headquarters, 573 E. Main Street. Barry Roma with classic love songs on March 16. Sonia Brooks & Chuck Dorling March 30, perform folk and popular music of the past decades with Chuck singin’ the blues.

The Holly Springs Community Development Club will hold a meeting Monday, March 18, at 6 p.m., at the historic Community Center, 2720 Cat Creek Rd, Franklin.  All residents are welcome to attend. Come meet your neighbors and help improve your neighborhood.

The Macon County Republican Women’s Club will meet at Tuesday, March 19, at 11:30 a.m., at Fat Buddies BBQ restaurant. Former Florida Sheriff Lt. Doug Nickel will share his experience in Drug Law Enforcement, the importance and urgency of having proactive and vigilant officers and deputies and what we can do to support them. All registered Republican women are invited to attend. 

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 as a fundraiser, March 23, at Macon Middle School, beginning at 9 a.m. Call (828) 634-1153 or email: magnoliamission.macon @gmail.com for more information.

Library presents ‘Walking with Spring’

Macon County Public Library’s “Walking with Spring” program schedule:

  • Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.  – New Guide to William Bartram’s Trail with Brent Martin
  • Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m., The Shinetsu and the Appalachian with Sarah Adams
  • Thursday, April 4, 5 p.m., Mainspring Naturalist Walk with Skye Cahoon
  • Thursday, April 11, 6 p.m., Survival Tricks of the Trail with Mark Warren

The Macon County Public Library’s “Walking with Spring” series in partnership with the Nantahala Hiking Club, Mainspring Conservation Trust, Blue Ridge Bartram Trail Conservancy and the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council corresponds with thru-hiker season in Franklin and highlights the A.T. hikers and authors, as well as other outdoor activities and opportunities in the area.

The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin. For more information, call (828)369-3600.

Workshops and arts classes at Cowee School heritage center

Rigid Heddle Weaving demonstration start to finish: Introduction to the fun with rigid heddle weaving Mar. 16, 1 to 4 p.m. Go beyond scarfs & plain weaving and see how to cut your weaving into tops. RSVP to coweetextiles@gmail. com. Space is limited. Cost $55.

Open Mic Night every second Friday 6 to 8 p.m. at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center, 51 Cowee School Drive. Calling all story-tellers, song-writers, and visual artists doing show and tell. Email [email protected] to sign up.

Cowee School Maker Series returns this month on March 16 at 10 a.m. Artist Lindsey Ridgeway will present a short talk about her new space at the Cowee School Co-Workspace, followed by artist support group and an open, informal discussion with fellow local creatives. 

Community African Dance Classes Monday, March 25, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Cowee School Art & Heritage Center. Presented by North Carolina Arts Council and Lisa Ezzard. Email questions to [email protected].

Paint Party with Carol Conti Saturday, March 16, 1 to 3 p.m. at Cowee School. Participants will be able to create an acrylic painting on a 16” x 20” canvas. All materials will be provided. Cost is $35. Email ahead to register for classes: [email protected]

Oil and Acrylic Classes / Beginners, Intermediate. Students provide their own materials. Wednesdays through March 27, 1 to 3 p.m. , and Thursday, March 21,10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: $25 per class. Email ahead to register for classes: [email protected].

Watercolor Classes / Beginners, Intermediate. Students provide their own materials. Thursdays through March 28,1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $25 per class. Email ahead to register for classes: [email protected]

Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center is located at 51 Cowee School Drive off Highway 28, about six miles north of Franklin. www.coweeschool.org.