“Nothing but blue skies” was more than just a line in a song performed by Western Carolina University’s Catamount Chamber Singers at the second annual CulloWHEE! ArtsFest. After heavy rains for several days leading up to the festival, it also was an apt description of a picture-perfect weekend of great music in the Great Smokies.
Organizers of Western Carolina University’s second annual CulloWHEE! ArtsFest have announced a slate of headline performers featuring chart-topping rock ‘n’ roll band Collective Soul, legendary bluesman Delbert McClinton, folkabilly queen Nanci Griffith and popular acoustic rock guitarist Edwin McCain.
As the world watched prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch arrive at an air base in Germany on Tuesday, April 1, after her dramatic rescue in Iraq, the family of Western Carolina University graduate and U.S. Air Force Capt. Tracee Putnam Ray looked on with special pride. Ray, 30, an Air Force doctor and a 1994 graduate of Western with a degree in chemistry, was the attending physician and head of the critical care air transport team that flew Lynch to Ramstein, Germany.
“Hot jazz in the cool Smokies” proved more than just a promotional slogan for Western Carolina University’s inaugural CulloWHEE! ArtsFest, as attendees of the new outdoor celebration of the fine and performing arts bundled themselves in sweatshirts and braved record low temperatures for a sizzling performance by The Manhattan Transfer Saturday evening (June 15).
One of the nation's most high-profile attorneys told a crowd at Western Carolina University Thursday (March 1) that lawyers are the "last bastion" of defense protecting the public and individual civil liberties against the government.
A standing-room-only crowd of more than 2,000 people watched and listened Wednesday (Feb. 9) at Western Carolina University as acclaimed African-American actors Danny Glover and Felix Justice became the living embodiment of the words of poet Langston Hughes and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.