Take a walk under the water…

Dry FallsHave you ever had a dream, where you were in a make believe world, where anything was possible? It’s true that there are more waterfalls in western North Carolina than you could shake a stick at, but out of the literally hundreds of them, how many of them are over 180 feet tall and have a beautiful access path that allow you to walk right up and underneath the center of it – and beyond?

Dry Falls is one of the most popular locations in the Franklin area and within the last year, the access path was completely redone to allow for easier and safer descent from the parking area, under the falls, and over to the far side where there lies a bench and an area for families and friends to enjoy Mother Nature’s “rock concert”.

Dry Falls is located on Highway 64 between Franklin, NC and Highlands, NC and is accessible from either direction. With a newly paved parking area and picnic tables, the Dry Falls area is a location that the whole family can enjoy. Not wanting to walk the path, but you still want to enjoy the show? No problem! There is a long, parking lot level, viewing area that allows everyone to see the beauty and majesty that is Dry Falls.

For more information about the many local area waterfalls, hikes, restaurants, and all things Franklin, NC – please visit the Franklin Chamber of Commerce website at  http://franklin-chamber.com/.

Photos for the Snapshots From Franklin NC blog are provided by Eric Haggart of Timeless Moments Imaging. For more of Eric’s photography from Franklin and the surrounding areas of Western North Carolina and the Smoky Mountains, please visit his Facebook page.

 

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11th Annual Folk Festival

Folk Festival

Last week we touched on a piece of the history of downtown Franklin, this Saturday, July 19th, downtown Franklin will be filled with history. It’s time once again for the annual Franklin North Carolina Folk Festival. This year, there will be over 100 demonstrations and exhibits showing festival goers what life was like during generations past.

In addition to the over 100 demonstrations/exhibits, there will be an antique car show in the town hall parking lot, Civil War re-enactors, live “Heritage Entertainment”, Youth Talent show, a quilt show and other indoor exhibits in Tartan Hall, authentic Appalachian Crafts and so much more! Be sure to set aside plenty of time to get around to all the demonstrations, exhibits and great folk entertainment. There will also be plenty of food and beverage vendors to keep you full and refreshed. Don’t forget to stop in to the many stores and merchants who will also be open the day of the festival to give you a taste of the local artists, crafters and products that are so uniquely Franklin!

Activities kick off at 9 am, with the day’s opening ceremony held at 10 am at the Gazebo in town square, and continue through 4 pm, as the streets of downtown Franklin will only be open to pedestrian traffic. You can find more information about the 11th Annual Folk Festival by visiting http://www.franklinfolkfestival.com/index.html and for more information about the many other fun things to do and see in Franklin, please visit the Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/

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Franklin’s History

Like most towns nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina, Franklin has a rich history with many intriguing stories, museums and monuments that celebrate the storied past of the community of people that put their roots here in the mountains. As you walk the streets of downtown Franklin, you will come across a number of historical societies, statues and, one of the more recognizable sights in town square, the Confederate Statue.

Confederate Statue in Town Square

Confederate Statue in Town Square

Although there were no actual battles fought in the Franklin area during the Civil War, there were thousands of men who were brought into service during the conflict. The statue was erected in 1909 in honor of the men who fought bravely during the Civil War.

To read more about the history of Franklin and learn where you can see some of the sights and experiences of the past, please visit the Franklin Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/aboutfranklin/history.php and see what the past has in store for your future.

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Fireworks In the Park

 

Corn hole

Corn Hole Tourney at 3 PM

Funland

Kids Funland All Afternoon

Have you made your plans to fill your July 4th with fun, food and great entertainment? Franklin is gearing up for another fun filled afternoon at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Rec Park on Hwy 441 S/Georgia Rd, with the kick off Corn Hole Tournament that starts at 3 PM, sponsored by ServPro. In all, $650 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams. $300 for first place, $200 for second, $100 for third and $50 for fourth. Registration is $25 per team and will be accepted from 1:30 – 2:30 the day of the event or you can register ahead of time at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Also going on in the park will be a FREE Funland for kids, sponsored by Biltmore Baptist Church. 

Lots of  fun activities, games and bouncy houses for the kids to have a great time.

At 7 PM the Plunger Toss, sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises, will start on the baseball field.

Take your shot at $50 in what is becoming one of the most popular events of the day! Contestants take aim with a plunger and attempt to score a direct hit into the commode in front of them. Lots of laughs and fun all around the plunger toss.

Plunger Toss

Try your hand at the Plunger Toss

 

On the upper parking lot next to the pavillion, Miss Kitty and the Big City Band will start to entertain the crowd at 7 pm with their unique style and big band sound. They will entertain until 9 pm when there will be final preparations for the Bulls Eye Ball Drop, sponsored by Smoky Mountain Chevrolet.

Get your lucky golf ball for $5 or up your chances at the $500 Grand Prize and get 3 for $10. The ball drop happens at 9:15 pm.

Bulls Eye Ball Drop

Bulls Eye Ball Drop

After the Bulls Eye Ball Drop, there will be the Presentation of Colors, followed by a salute to the Armed Forces. The National Anthem will then take us into the main event of the evening when the Largest Fireworks Display in Western North Carolina will light up the night sky over Franklin.

Come celebrate our nation’s independence with us, enjoy the entertainment, great food and family fun. We hope to see you there!

July 4th

Start of the Fireworks in the Park

Fireworks is the Park is made possible by our sponsors at The Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Macon County Recreation Park, The Town of Franklin, TDC and Biltmore Baptist Church. Free shuttle bus service will begin at 5 pm from the Franklin High School parking lot. For more information about Fireworks in the Park, please call (828) 524-3161 or 800-336-7829. Donations appreciated and accepted!

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Great Theater

Oklahoma

The theater season is ramping up now that we’re officially into the summer season, and this weekend in Franklin is going to be a great time for fans of musicals.

At the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, the Rodgers and Hammerstein production Oklahoma! will be on stage from June 27-29 and then again July 4-6 and here are some details about the show: Oklahoma!, the first musical written by the dynamic duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, will soon envelope the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.  It will be presented by an actor’s guild based in Atlanta, and under the direction of Broadway veteran, Robert Ray. Oklahoma! tells the story of Curly McLain, a handsome, loveable, and bow-legged cowboy, and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams.  Curly must contend with an evil ranch hand and a travelling peddler for the heart of the women he loves.  Curly will be played by television and film star, Brad Thomason, who has been seen on TV shows such as The Sopranos and Law and Order.  He also appeared in the hit film, Remember the Titans.  Laurey will be played by Camilla Zaepfel, who recently completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Boston Conservatory.  She has worked at The Alliance, Lyric and Legacy Theaters in Atlanta and also at the Highlands Playhouse.

For more information about show times and ticketing information, please visit the SMCPA website at http://www.greatmountainmusic.com/

Civil War Musical 02

Another production that is taking place this coming weekend is being put on by Overlook Theater is “The Civil War: A Musical Experience”.  Whether exploring the deep, emotional impact of battle or the sweeping historical events that helped to shape the country and cultures of the modern United States,  “Civil War Musical” will enlighten, educate and touch the hearts of those in the audience. Show dates and times are June 26 & 27 at 7:30 pm. The show is being performed at the FHS Fine Arts Center and tickets are $10 for all seats. Advanced tickets are available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and The Motor Company Grill.

For more information about other upcoming events and activities, lodging and great places to grab your favorite meals, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website at: http://www.franklin-chamber.com/ and don’t forget to connect with us on our Facebook page!

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July 4th Weekend

July 4th 2014

Have you thought about what you might be doing this Fourth of July weekend and haven’t quite made up your mind? With Independence Day on a Friday this year, a lot of folks will have a nice long three day weekend to plan a short family trip to their favorite destinations. Franklin is gearing up for our annual Fourth of July in the Park celebration at the Macon County Recreation Park on Hwy 441 S/Georgia Road in Franklin.

Each year, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, with the help of many local businesses and organizations, puts on a fantastic day of fun, entertainment, food and more, at the Rec Park. Festivities officially kick off at 3pm, with a Corn Hole tournament sponsored by ServPro. Biltmore Baptist Church will be hosting the free kids inflatables area and Ferguson Enterprises is sponsoring the Plunger Toss, one of the most popular events of the day. Smoky Mountain Chevrolet will sponsor the Bulls Eye Ball Drop that will culminate the activities of the day before the main event kicks off.

This year’s headline entertainment act is Miss Kitty and the Big City Band and they will perform from 7-9 pm when there will be the Presentation of the Colors, followed by a tribute to our Armed Forces and the singing of the National Anthem leading into the largest fireworks show in Western North Carolina.

 

If food is your fare, then don’t worry one bit! There will be a wide array of foods to choose from, such as, hamburgers, BBQ, hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle korn, ice cream and fresh lemonade and more. You will surely run out of room, before you run out of great things to eat!

Make your plans now to join us here in Franklin for a family friendly, fun, and entertaining day. Come and see why all of your friends are moving to the mountains of WNC and enjoy all the benefits of being in a small town has to offer. There’s so much more to do here after the hot dogs and fireworks, the beautiful vistas, hiking, waterfalls, the beauty of nature and the quiet of the mountains.

For more information about everything Franklin, please visit our website at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/ or give us a call at (828) 524-3161 and start your journey of making memories in the mountains.

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Taste of Scotland

Taste of Scotland June 12-16th, 2014

Taste of Scotland June 12-16th, 2014

It’s that time of year, when downtown Franklin transforms into the colorful sights and sounds of Scottish and Celtic history and a celebration of the rich heritage of a large part of the Franklin population.

Each year in June, the Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival comes to downtown Franklin for four days of fun, food and “a taste of the old country”. Starting June 12th, there will be events and clan gatherings held each day through Sunday, June 15th. The clan gathering being held Thursday will be at Tartan Hall,  First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St., Franklin. Tickets can be purchased at Life’s Bounty, 28A E. Main St., the Scottish Tartans Museum, 86 E Main St, or from any Taste of Scotland team member.

On Friday, 13 June 2013, in downtown Franklin, a Ceilidh (Party) will be held from 7-9pm, located on Stewart St., across from Rathskeller and in front of The Attic. The entertainment at Ceildh is scheduled to be Juniper Trio.

The Taste of Scotland event kicks into full swing on Saturday with a full day of events, food and demonstrations, along with the Little Miss Tartan introduction, a parade, 5k/1k fun run and race, and so much more. For the full schedule of all the events and all the information you’ll need to be in the right place at the right time, please visit the Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival website at:  http://www.tasteofscotlandfestival.org/Festival/ and for more information about upcoming events and great things to see and do, please visit the Franklin Chamber of Commerce website at: http://www.franklin-chamber.com/

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Synchronous Fireflies

 

Synchronous Fireflies dance in the dark

Synchronous Fireflies dancing in the dark

Each year, for about a two week period in early to mid June, the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park turns into an incredible show of light and amazement. The Synchronous Fireflies are one of many types of fireflies that are in the park, and they are the only species in America who can synchronize their flashing light pattern. No one is certain why the fireflies display synchronously, but during their mating period, it is hypothesized that they are doing so to attract a mate or another theory is competition. Either way, this year’s Firefly Event viewing is from  June 4th – June 11th.

To have an opportunity to view this magnificent light show, the park closes off the Elkmont area to traffic, and folks are shuttled in via trolley from the Sugarlands Visitors Center. Because there is limited space, there are only a certain number of parking passes and tickets issued each year to see the spectacle. Advance tickets are sold out minutes after their release, but the park does hold back 85 passes for each day of the event to be sold at 10 am the day before the next scheduled night’s viewing. You’re able to bring up to 6 people in a vehicle, so you can pack the car or van if you’re fortunate enough to get a pass. The parking pass fee is $1.50 and then there is also a $1 per person charge to ride the shuttle.

For more information about the Synchronous Firefly Event in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and information on how to obtain one of the “Day Before” passes, please visit http://www.recreation.gov/tourParkDetail.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72413. You can also find information about the fireflies on the Great Smoky Mountain National Park website at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/fireflies.htm. Your best bet to get one of the day before passes is to call the toll free reservation number promptly at 10 am. Good luck, and if you’re one of the fortunate ones to nab a day before pass, have a wonderful time and enjoy the show!

 

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Pickin’ on the Square is Back!

Pickin On The Square

Every Saturday evening, from Memorial Day weekend through October, downtown Franklin comes alive with the sounds of Country, Gospel, Bluegrass and other types of music in the free concert series known as Pickin’ on the Square. Each week, organizers of this annual tradition bring you different groups, bands and musicians from all over the region, to perform an informal and outdoor concert. From the homespun sounds of Appalachia, to country songs of the last 50 years, or some good ol’ Southern Gospel music, each week brings something new to the stage.

Throughout the season, you can keep up with who will be performing each week on the Events Calendar at this link here: http://www.franklin-chamber.com/ and scroll down to the events calendar and click the date you’re looking for. Please keep in mind that weather does play a factor, and in inclement weather, Pickin’ is usually postponed or cancelled. The schedule is normally available a week or so ahead of time, so please bookmark the Chamber’s site and check back often to see if one of your all time favorites is playing the square! Food vendors are located in the square with a nice variety of snacks and refreshments, so all you really need to bring is a chair and a smile to share with your neighbors.

This week’s performance will be by the JW Band, playing hits from the Country Music charts. Open mic begins at 6:30 pm and the main show starts at 7:30 pm. We hope to see you out on the square!

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Memorial Day Weekend

Veterans Memorial Park

Memorial Day weekend has always been the “official start of Summer”, and we couldn’t be happier! The temperatures here in Franklin have settled in to the seasonal averages and the mountains are now covered from the tips to the bottoms with beautiful greens. You see folks out more, in their gardens, tending their flowers or doing the weekly lawn mowing.  The smell of the grill and those coals heating up to just the right time to lay your favorite cookout food on the grate and hear that sizzle. Oh yes, summertime is the season of memories made with family and friends, visiting the mountains and taking in the beauty of all there is to do.

Memorial Day weekend is also a time of remembrance, a time for us to honor those who have gone in our place, defending our great nation and ensuring that the freedom we so enjoy isn’t taken from us. Take a moment this Memorial Day weekend to reflect on the sacrifices made by the men and women who so bravely served our country and lost their lives so future generations of Americans can live the life of freedom and democracy. Ours may not be a perfect country, but there’s no land in the world like the good ol USA!

Celebrate our freedom, and if you’re out in Franklin, stop by the Veteran’s Memorial Park on Hwy 441S (parking is in the Community Center parking lot) and see what has been done here in Macon County to honor our veterans, those who have served, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. They did so willingly, with honor, so let’s remember what our Memorial Day weekend is also about; recognition.

For information about the Franklin and Nantahala areas, things to do and see, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce’s website at: http://www.franklin-chamber.com/ and don’t forget to Like us on Facebook!

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