Arctic Blast


Town hill in Franklin Thursday morning and 8 degrees


As the arctic blast that has affected the midwest and northeast pushes it’s way down through western North Carolina, here are some of the scenes that we have had here in Franklin over the past few days. The bank sign at United Community Bank read 8 degrees at 10 AM this morning and there is a Wind Chill Warning in effect for Macon County through 10 AM Friday, February 20th. If you do venture out for work, or play, please make sure you are protected from the wind and cold with the proper cold weather gear.

Ice beginning to pile up on the Little Tennessee River

Ice beginning to pile up on the Little Tennessee River


high winds and snowfall hit Franklin 2/18 & 2/19

high winds and snowfall hit Franklin 2/18 & 2/19


Climbers prepare to hit the ice at Winding Stair Gap

Climbers prepare to hit the ice at Winding Stair Gap

After the next day or so, things will return to more seasonable weather, so if you aren’t very fond of these cold temps and driving wind, not to worry, it will be out of here almost as quickly as it arrived.

For information about local businesses and things to do here in Franklin, NC, stop by our website here The Franklin. NC Chamber of Commerce.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cupid has been spotted flying in and around Franklin, his arrows are focused in on all the love birds making their way around town to all these great Valentine’s Day weekend events, will you be struck by Cupid’s arrow?


Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, February 13

7:30 pm

Frankie Avalon

Tickets:  $35, $40 & $45

Frankie Avalon has had a career that spans three generations of music, television and motion pictures, including an iconic cameo as the Teen Angel in the motion picture musical, Grease.  With a long string of Gold Record Million-Seller singles and albums, Frankie’s music became one of the defining sounds of the Pre-Beatles Rock and Roll and was honored with an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.  Although it would take many pages to cover, even briefly, the multiple and varied entertainment world accomplishments of Frankie Avalon, he is proud to be known as a musician, actor and most of all, a family man.

For tickets or additional information contact 828-524-1598 or visit

The Boiler Room Valentine’s Dinner for Two

Friday & Saturday, February 13 & 14

Valentine’s Dinner for 2 only $39.99

1 Appetizer

2 Side Salads

2 Prime Rib Entrees

2 Sides

2 Desserts

Add Crab Legs for $9.99/pound

For more information or reservations, contact the Boiler Room at 349-5555.

Kingwood Country Club & Resort Valentine Getaway

Friday & Saturday, February 13 & 14

Kingwood Country Club & Resort


Love is in the air and we have the perfect romantic getaway.
Rekindle the romance this Valentine’s Day at Kingwood Country Club & Resort.

Valentine’s Getaway Package  –  $149

(tax & gratuities not included)

Package Includes:

1 Night at The Inn at Kingwood

Dinner for 2

(Alcohol & Gratuities not included)

Breakfast for 2

Valentine’s Treats Getaway  –  $189 (taxes & gratuities not included)

Package includes:

Champagne & Chocolate Covered Strawberries Upon Arrival 

1 Night at The Inn at Kingwood

Dinner for 2

(Alcohol & Gratuities not included)

Breakfast for 2


Call today to book your escape to

Kingwood Country Club & Resort


Be My Valentine ARTSaturday

Saturday, February 14

Macon County Library

Mayme Keith Children’s Area

149 Siler Farm Road adjacent to SCC Macon Campus

Free Art for creative kids!

Story Time

Make & Take 3-D Cards

Decorate & Eat Cookies

Fun with Music

Activities for pre-schoolers to fourth graders

Come for any part of the session; no pre-registration.

Adults stay with younger children.

Sponsored by the Arts Council and the Macon County Public Library.

For information phone 524-ARTS or email

Valentine’s Day Fun at the Factory

Saturday, February 14

The Factory


Buy One, Get One Free

$10 Bonus & 10 Video Game Credits + $10 Bonus & 10 Video Game Credits = $20

$15 Bonus & 2 Attractions + $15 Bonus & 2 Attractions= $25

Card charge not included

For more information contact The Factory at 828-349-8888.

The Factory 1024 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC


Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast

SMPCC cordially invites you to attend the

All you can eat

Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, February 14

8 am to 10 am

Dairy Queen of Franklin

Tickets:  $5 per person

Plate includes:  pancakes, bacon, fruit cup, orange juice, coffee

Share the LOVE with our clients by bringing a packiage of “Huggies” or “Luv’s” diapers sizes Newborn to 5.

All proceeds go to the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center.

For more information contact Jenny Golding

828-349-3200 or

 Val-INN-tine’s Day Dinner

Saturday, February 14

Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Center

This is a fundraising event for Christian Training Center International


Come enjoy Valentine’s Day with us and help Christian Training Center International at

The Inn raise funds to minister to couples, families and individuals this year!


Dinner starts at 6:00 pm

followed by a light-hearted presentation by Larry & Susan Pons

and special entertainment by the Overlook Theatre Company!

Tickets:  $75 per couple

                    $38 for individuals

Childcare will be provided (love offering requested)

Call 828-524-5741 to reserve your tickets today!  Space is limited.

 Valentine’s Dinner at the Motor Company Grill

Motor Company Grill is the perfect place to bring your sweetheart

 Friday night, February 13  or Saturday night, February 14.


Dinner for two includes:

* Your choice of Citrus Glazed Salmon or a 12 ounce Rib Eye Steak

* Baked potato

*Your choice of our house or caesar salad

*Strawberry cheesecake

*A Glass of Champagne for you and your sweetheart!

For only $39.95

Come take a trip back in time with us!

 Reservations aren’t required but if you would like to make them

and guarantee your spot please call us at 828-524-0099!

There’s so many things going on all over Franklin this weekend, you’re sure to be in Cupid’s sights at some point! Even if you’re already with the one you love, there’s still so much more love to go around.

For more information about any of these events, please call the numbers provided, or we at the Chamber of Commerce would be happy to help. We can be reached at (828) 524-3161 or via our website at We hope you have a safe and very Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!

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Romantic Getaway or Mountain Wedding?

It may seem premature to be thinking of the beautiful colors of spring and summer, while wrapped up in a warm blanket, but it’s definitely the right time to be thinking of your next mountain getaway. Before you know it, the leaves will be popping and the flowers will be blooming, signaling the turn of the seasons and ushering in all the beauty and magic of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains.

Overlooking Franklin from Wayah Bald Tower

Overlooking Franklin from Wayah Bald Tower – Courtesy Timeless Moments Imaging

It’s also a great time for planning a mountain wedding. Franklin has such a wide variety of lodging, venues and of course there is no lack of gorgeous backdrops to host your fairytale event. Whether you’re planning a quiet getaway wedding or a large family affair, everything you will need to host and plan your big day is all right here in Franklin.

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce’s website and annual Visitor/Relocation guide are full of listings of all the lodging, venues, restaurants, and other vendors that are critical to make every event go off with, well, only one “hitch”. Take a tour of the Chamber’s website here Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce and you’ll soon see, that this small town in western North Carolina is the perfect place to get away, and also the perfect destination to have the wedding of your dreams.

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Franklin Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Awards and Installation Banquet on Tuesday, January 20, 2014 at Tartan Hall. Following a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Connie Grubermann of Oak Hill Country Inn and entertainment by Where Shadows Walk’s Gregg Clark, several awards were presented.

Gary Shields was honored with the prestigious Citizen of the Year Award.

Laura Vargas received the Duke Citizenship & Service Award. (pictured below)

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Andrew Baldwin received the Rising Youth Citizen Award 

Macon TRACS was named Civic Club or Community Organization of the Year. (pictured below)

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Macon Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was awarded the Award of Excellence.

Macon Appliance received the Chamber Member of the Year Award.

The Franklin Chamber Board of Directors was also recognized including current, new and outgoing board members. 2014 Chamber President Donald Holland was presented a plaque by incoming President Judy Chapman for his efforts during the past year.

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Much appreciation goes to those who attended the largest banquet in the Chamber’s history. A special thank you to the Black Mountain Youth Group and Leaders for the great job they did in servings this year’s meal and to LBJ’s Culinary Department for their assistance in the kitchen.

We at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce appreciate all of the hard work and efforts of everyone who is a part of our community and we’re looking forward to a fantastic 2015!

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Wynonna & Friends


There is only a select number of people in the country music world that are known more by one name than many are known by their full names. Garth, Reba, Patsy, Wynonna. Country music icon, Wynonna Judd, is bringing her legendary voice and inspirational life story to Franklin this coming Saturday night for an evening of music and stories at the Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts.

The five time Grammy winning artist will perform songs from her over 30 year career in country music, while sharing stories of her life and her experiences on a personal level as she has done throughout her celebrated career.


Showtime for Wynonna & Friends is Saturday January 24th at 7:30 Pm and tickets are available online here Wynonna & Friends or you can come by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at 425 Porter Street, Franklin, and get your tickets from us! This is sure to be a performance for the ages and one you definitely don’t want to miss!

For more information about this and other upcoming shows at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, please visit their website at and for more information about Franklin and the other great things to do, please visit the Chamber website at 

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Miss Franklin 2015 Scholarship Pageant


The 2015 Miss Franklin Scholarship Pageant is currently accepting applications to be a part of this year’s event. Entrants will compete against one another in four categories: Personal Interview, Swimsuit, Evening Gown, and Talent. The pageant will be held at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 16th, 2015. It will be a one day event, with the winner receiving a scholarship prize, to be determined by the number of participants.

Registration deadline is January 31st, 2015 and the cost of participation is $100 per entrant. Each contestant will receive a free, personalized, photo session from Timeless Moments Imaging of Franklin, which can be scheduled after registration, by contacting Eric Haggart at (828) 371-7801 or by email at

For more information about the Miss Franklin Pageant 2015, please contact the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce at (828) 524-3161

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Cold For A Cause 2015

Brrrr!!! This week has seen an arctic blast head a bit further south than normal, impacting most of western North Carolina, bringing thermometers down to the single digits and making it very hard to be outside. Which brings us to this week’s Snapshot from Franklin, an annual event unlike any other here, which directly benefits people in need right here in Macon County, Cold For A Cause.

Patrick Jenkins 2

Patrick Jenkins will spend 48-hours out in the cold, suspended from a crane, above the Highlands Rd in front of the Farm Bureau office. Patrick will be in the crane starting Friday Jan-9th, 12:00 noon thru Sunday Jan-11th. 12:00 noon. Patrick’s efforts are to raise items such as canned foods, dry goods, personal hygiene items, coats, blankets etc… to donate to Carenet for families in need. Items can be dropped off at the Farm Bureau office from Jan-5th thru Jan-11th.


Patrick Jenkins

You can learn more about Patrick, Cold For A Cause 2015, and the many ways you can help by visiting Patrick’s Facebook Page: Cold For A Cause 2015 and you can also view a short video on Youtube here: Cold For A Cause 2015 Video. We hope you’ll lend a hand, no donation is too small!


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Happy New Year!


As we say goodbye to 2014, we want to say thank you to so many. The Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce would not be possible without all of our membership, businesses and organizations, the countless volunteers who help at special events and in the visitor’s center throughout the year, our board of directors, the Franklin/Nantahala TDC, and so many more that contribute to the success of the Chamber.

We want to especially thank all of the people who choose Franklin, NC as their travel destination, many of whom read our blog, call, email or write a note on Facebook to say hello. We are so grateful for your shared interest in our beautiful mountain town. We’re looking forward to serving you and many more in 2015!

Looking ahead to 2015 with excitement and anticipation, we reflect on the many blessings we have to be thankful for, and wish you and your family a safe and Happy New Year!

If you’re in the Franklin area and are looking for something to do to ring in the New Year, here are a couple of fun, affordable and family friendly events that you’re sure to love and maybe one that will start a new tradition for years to come.

Dinner Special on New Year’s Eve at
The Boiler Room Steakhouse

New Year’s Eve, December 31

The Boiler Room Steak House

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dinner for 2 only $39.99

1 Appetizer

2 Side Salads

2 Prime Rib Entrees

2 Sides

2 Desserts

Add Crab Legs for $9.99/pound

For more information or reservations call 828-349-5555

New Year’s Eve at The Factory

New Year’s Eve, December 31

The Factory

Open until 1:00 am

Solve the Mystery of who’s turning back the clock

Help Save New Years!

  • Unlimited Attractions & 15 Video Game Credits only $20.15
  • Ice Cream Bar
  • Live DJ
  • Balloon Drop
  • Giveaways
  • Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Purchase the $20.15 Special & get a FREE Ice Cream Bar pass!
For more information contact The Factory at 349-8888.
1st Annual Franklin Ruby Drop

New Year’s Eve, December 31

 Motor Company Grill

7:00 pm til ?

A Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Live Entertainment

Assorted Games

Inflatable Bouncy House

Food & Drink (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

Just before midnight there will be a countdown and lowering a large lighted Ruby from a crane!

You don’t want to miss this fun night!

For more information contact the Motor Company Grill at 828-524-0099.


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Merry Christmas To All…..

And to all, a Good Night!

Chamber Christmas Tree

We at the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce have truly enjoyed working with you during the year and we hope that you and your families, are safely arrived to their destinations and that you all have a joyous time with them, one to remember and cherish for the rest of your life.

To know how truly blessed we are as a nation, I do find it hard to conceive. With great thanks and cheer, we welcome the saviour into our world, as we celebrate His birth again.


Merry Christmas!

Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce Staff,                                                                                         The Franklin/Nantahala TDC,                                                                                                       Chamber Board of Directors, and Chamber Masters

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December Nights, Christmas Lights

Walking around downtown Franklin after dark truly gives you a sense of the holidays and time to window shop and to see all the pretty lights and decorations that our wonderful downtown merchants have put on display. A lite chill in the air, the temperatures have turned a bit more seasonal now, and the warmth of a loved one walking along with you, it’s hard to come up with another place as wonderful as the mountains here in Franklin, NC.

Here’s a walk through downtown Franklin for you to enjoy all the sights of Christmas, hoping you’ll be able to join us during the holidays.

The Historic Clock Tower







Lots of things happening on Main Street!

Lots of things happening on Main Street!



local shops decorate so pretty

local shops decorated so pretty









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is that Santa's new sleigh?

is that Santa’s new sleigh?











The Gazebo and Christmas Tree are beautiful!

The Gazebo and Christmas Tree are beautiful!

The Nativity in front of the Courthouse is a masterpiece

The Nativity in front of the Courthouse is a masterpiece

Thank you for taking this walk down Main Street, Franklin with us. We hope you’ll take an evening and stroll the businesses and then stop in the next day and let them know how wonderful it was to see all the decorations and lights. And remember, only 7 days ’til Christmas!

















All of the photos provided for this edition of Snapshots From Franklin, NC are provided by Eric Haggart of Timeless Moments Imaging. For more information about any of Eric’s work, please contact him via email at

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