Happy Easter


The Dogwood Tree has been associated with Easter for centuries

The Dogwood Tree has been associated with Easter for centuries

Easter is a time of renewal for many things. For mother nature, Easter is the season of blossoms and blooms, new leaves and new growth. Easter is also often a time of birth for the many herds and flocks that graze in the fields and on the farms here in the Franklin, NC area. Driving by, you’ll often see the young calves jumping or chasing each other, the ewes calling out and running about, or the kids of the goats, who love to graze and playfully butt heads with their siblings. Easter is also a time of renewed faith and spending time with family. Easter is about gathering up all the hidden eggs and seeing what fortunes await tucked away inside them.

Easter is many things to many people. It’s a time of renewed dedication, or time spent traveling to visit family and friends. Whether you celebrate Easter by making candy and treat filled baskets or you observe the day of Resurrection, we at the Chamber hope you have a safe and wonderful Easter weekend.

For more information about the many activities planned throughout the weekend, please visit the Chamber’s website at: http://www.franklin-chamber.com/ and click on the calendar for upcoming events. Have a great week!

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Colors of Spring

Spring Colors

All around Franklin and western North Carolina, Spring is making it’s presence known with trees and their colorful blossoms, beautiful flowers in bloom and the grass turning it’s bold hue of green. The mountains aren’t quite yet showing the “greening up”, as Winter has clung on til the very last moment.

Longer days, and warmer temps are bringing people out for play, running, biking or just taking a nice walk along the Little Tennessee River Greenway. Cheers can be heard coming from the recreation park, as the local softball leagues are now in full swing. The kids are getting in on the action as well, with the youth baseball and soccer leagues having begun competition.

Not a sports fan or participant? Check out some of the happenings on the upcoming events calendar on the Franklin Chamber of Commerce’s website. There, you’ll find information about some of the fun and exciting things that are happening around town.  You’ll also find information on the many different places to head out for a day hike, waterfalls and scenic spots that you shouldn’t miss.

For more information about all things Franklin, please visit the Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/ or stop by the office at 425 Porter Street, just down from Franklin High School.

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Tarzan in Franklin!


It’s time for lights, costumes, and fun! The Overlook Theatre Company is in full swing with their spring production of Tarzan, Disney’s Broadway musical. Based on Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes and the smash-hit 1999 Disney animated film, Tarzan the musical, is the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa who is taken in and then raised by a tribe of gorillas. Striving for acceptance by his ape father and struggling with his uniqueness, Tarzan’s world is turned upside down when a human expedition enters their territory and Tarzan, for the first time, encounters strangers like himself.

With a drum-pounding Academy Award-winning score by Phil Collins, Tarzan will have the audience clapping, dancing and monkeying around with some of their favorite Overlook Theatre performers including Kathi Graham as the mother gorilla, Kala, Nikki Corbin as Jane and Samuel Crabtree as the lead character, Tarzan.  When asked about his favorite part of the show, Crabtree says with a smile, “Getting to hang out with this wonderful group of people.  We are all excited to be together again doing what we love most.”  Scotty Corbin, the shows director who also plays the father gorilla, Kerchak added, “There is no greater excitement than working with people who are all putting forth a thousand percent of their efforts to create a spectacular outcome.  The cast has had a great time rehearsing and creating.  We laugh a lot and enjoy the entire process, but how could you not with such a fantastic assortment of happy people.” With a cast and crew of over 80 performers and technicians, Tarzan is sure to be enjoyed by an audience of any age.

Advanced tickets are on sale at the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce. Invite your friends and relatives for this wild and fun musical production on April 3, 4, 5 at 7:30PM and April 6 at 2:30PM on the stage at the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center in Franklin, NC. Tickets are $12 adults and $8 students.  All seats are general admission.  This production is produced in conjunction with members of the faculty and students of Macon Middle School and Franklin High School.


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Cullasaja Gorge Clean Up 2014!


Cullasaja River Clean Up effort is April 12th, 2014

Cullasaja River Clean Up effort is April 12th, 2014

The 2014 CULLASAJA GORGE CLEAN-UP is here! We’re so proud to announce this year’s event sponsors: The Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is pleased to announce that we will be teaming up with Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Venture Local Franklin, and Stay And Play In The Smokies for this year’s annual spring gorge clean-up.
We all understand how important it is to keep our community clean. Saturday, April 12th we will meet at Pine Grove Baptist Church at 9:00am to carpool to our assigned sections of the Gorge. After the clean-up is complete, we will meet at the Cliffside Lake shelter area for a cook-out. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Jennifer Smathers at 828.526.2112 or Matt Bateman at 828.421.0535.
Volunteers are greatly needed and will be very much appreciated! Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt for participating. We strive to keep our community clean & beautiful and welcome any help.


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April Fools Trail Days

Join hikers of all experience levels in Franklin!

Join hikers of all experience levels in Franklin!


The Sixth Annual April Fools Trail Days will take place in historic downtown Franklin, North Carolina on Saturday March 29th. Come to Franklin, as we celebrate our appreciation of the Appalachian Trail and its hikers. There is a schedule of events posted on the website below which includes many hikes over the days to some of the area’s more popular A.T. locations. Don’t forget to read the schedule and find a hike that suits your experience level and “peeks” your interest.

An official Appalachian Trail Community, Franklin is located 11 miles from the A.T. and is considered a welcome respite from the cold and usually wet early spring weather. The event will include workshops, conservation displays, and local hikes. You’ll find plenty of good food, great conversation and lots to do. For more information visit: http://www.aprilfoolstraildays.com/index.html or please call (828) 524-2516 ext 304.


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A Great Night Out

Catch the big game tonight!

Catch the big game tonight!

Don’t forget that tonight is the night that our very own Franklin Dribblers will take on the Harlem Ambassadors in the Panther Pit at Franklin High School! The Ambassadors travel around the country spreading the message of “Stay Off  Drugs, Stay In School”, while entertaining audiences of all ages with their skill and on court antics that are sure to bring a smile to the faces of everyone in attendance.

Tickets to the fund raiser will be available at the door or you can drop by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and purchase them ahead of time. Prices are $8 for Adults, $5 for students and children under 5 are free.

Come out and see some of your very own Franklin “Dignitaries” as they try to match the on court prowess of the Harlem Ambassadors. There will be plenty of laughs and a good time for all!

This event is brought to you by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Smoky Mountain Chevrolet, Dnet Internet Services, Caterpillar, Walmart, Macon County Sheriff Office, Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, and Duke Energy.

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Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Game

Harlem Ambassadors

The internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Franklin for a game against the “Franklin Dribblers” at Franklin High School in the Panther Pit on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.

The Ambassadors feature non-stop laughs and deliver a positive message of “Stay in School – Stay off Drugs” for kids wherever they  play. “At our shows, we want the kids to know that they are a part of our team too,” Coach Lade Majic said, “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”

The Ambassadors set themselves apart from other “Harlem-style” basketball teams by working with local not-for-profit and service organizations and holding Harlem Ambassadors shows as community fundraising events.  For Franklin’s event the ambassadors have partnered with The Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin High School Booster Club.

In addition to working with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brother, etc., they are proud to perform for U.S. military bases all over the world.  The Harlem Ambassadors perform over 200 shows a year.

Players on the “Franklin Dribblers” team will be an array of familiar personalities from our local celebrities.

Advanced tickets are now available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and will be available at the door on March 11.  Adult tickets are $8, students tickets are $5 and children 5 and under are free.  Tickets are limited so be sure to pick yours up early at the Chamber.

Presented by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by: Smoky Mountain Chevrolet, Dnet Internet Services, Caterpillar, Walmart, Macon County Sheriff Office, Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling and Duke Energy.

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The Little Things in Life

A gentle cascade flows along side Wayah Road

A gentle cascade flows along side Wayah Road

It’s hard to believe we’re already a month into 2014 and it seems like we’ve had three full seasons just in the last few weeks here in Franklin. The temperatures have gone from highs in the 60′s, all the way down to lows in the zero to subzero range. We have had some unexpected snow and the cold temperatures also brought with them some magnificent ice formations on the “big three” waterfalls of Hwy 64, as well as a frozen ice puzzle that was the Little Tennessee River along it’s winding path through Franklin.

The weather has taken a warmer trend as of late, allowing many of us to get out and wash the sand and salt off of our cars, as many of the local car washes were three to four cars deep the last few days. People were out and about downtown, exploring the shops, seeing what they might find on sale and grabbing a meal, able to enjoy the springtime feel of the air. Which brings thoughts of Spring being right around the corner and then we’ll see the mountains come back to their vibrant colors!

From time to time, we should sit back, slow down, and make sure we notice the little things in life and all the beauty that is around us. A walk down a new trail, bypassing the more popular natural attractions to appreciate the more quiet, less traveled locations. Maybe you’ll find your own hidden oasis, your escape from the daily grind.

There’s so much to see and do here in the Franklin/Nantahala region, that if you don’t already live here, you’re probably trying to figure out a way to make it happen! The members of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce are your go to resource for all things Franklin and your key to starting your own personal journey. To find out more about all the Franklin area has to offer, please visit our website at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/ or give us a call at (828) 524-3161. We’d love to hear from you!

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Truly A Snapshot

A small sample of driving around Franklin at the worst part of the day

Getting around Franklin 1/28/14 was a bit of a challenge

Tuesday’s snowstorm caught a number of people off guard, as Franklin wasn’t initially forecast to receive much precipitation from the system that eventually changed it’s plans and gave most of the southern portion of western North Carolina, including us here in Franklin, a lot more to think about before heading out of the house. Some areas around Franklin saw more than two inches of snow, main highways were littered with accidents and stuck vehicles. Eventually, Hwy 441 from Franklin to Sylva was closed at Cowee Mountain. Secondary roads suffered the worst, as they had not been plowed, and there were little to no sightings of any DOT operators while out checking our road conditions for this entry.

Colder temps overnight and hi temps Wed and Thurs will be in the mid 20′s and will allow for a little of the snow to melt, but when the sun goes down, all that moisture will refreeze, causing even more dangerous conditions. PLEASE, if you must leave home, use extreme caution and always have a way to contact help if needed. For more information about driving conditions in and around Franklin, please call the local Sherrif/Law Enforcement Agency (NOT 911). They will be the best up-to-date drivers who can assess road safety. Carry warm hats and gloves, warm boots and a heavy jacket too. Have enough food and water so if you head out somewhere a little off the beaten trail, that you’ll be able to survive, if you get stuck.

Stay in touch with local news and weather outlets to make sure you have the latest information as possible. Make sure someone always knows where you’re headed and especially when you’re going to return. The best remedy for a day like this would be a hot cocoa, warm blanket and a nice book to read. Stay Safe and Stay Warm!

Spring is coming, spring is coming, spring is coming!!!!!

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Cold Nights, Full Moon

Full moon sets over Nantahala National Forest

Full moon sets over Nantahala National Forest

This is the time of year when star gazing is it’s best. The colder temperatures lead to clearer skies, opening up the astrological abundance to everyone’s eyes. Also, January 15th is the full moon, and if the conditions permit, you might be able to catch the moon setting over the western ridge of the Nantahala National Forest as in the photo above. The opportunity to get out and enjoy the ever changing sights and sounds of the seasons continues to present itself with some mild winter days ahead, opening the door for you to get out and do a little hiking or sightseeing, or enjoy walking along the Little Tennessee River Greenway.

Whatever your chosen activities, please travel safely and ensure that someone always knows where you’re heading and when you’ll be home. For a list of great hikes, beautiful waterfalls, places to cycle and other fun activities, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/

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