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.

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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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Upcoming Shows in Franklin

Are you starting to feel a lot more Christmas in your step? Are you ready to settle down from the hurry and hustle of the holidays? Well, you still have time to get tickets for these upcoming shows at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, which will definitely entertain you and settle you down into your seat for an evening of Christmas music and fellowship with friends and neighbors alike. Here’s this weekend’s line up:

fhsmmsband concertsThursday, December 11th at 7:00 PM – Celebrate the sounds of the season with over 200 students of Macon County as they play modern and classic Christmas and holiday selections featuring concert, honors and jazz ensemble members. Free admission and general seating.

JohnBerry ConcertFriday, December 12th at 7:30 PM – Mention his name to just about any country music lover and the response will likely be, “What an awesome vocalist!” Between 1979 and 1990 John recorded and marketed six albums on his own Clear Sky Records label. Those early discs and John Berry’s strong regional popularity attracted him attention on Music Row. Capitol Records signed him in 1992 and it was there that he had a string of hits, including “Your Love Amazes Me”, “Standing on the Edge of Goodbye”, “I Think About It All The Time”, “Change My Mind”, “If I Had Any Pride Left At All”, “Kiss Me In The Car”, ‘What’s In It For Me”, and “You and Only You”. Tickets are $20, $25, $30 

newsong2014 concertSaturday, December 13th at 6:00 PM it’s NewSong’s Very Merry Christmas. NewSong will be joined by Sanctus Real for the evening. With their newly released album, Run, the GRAMMY nominated artist will add to the fun and exciting night along with recent addition, Brandon Heath. Josh Wilson will be opening the night of music and ministry. Ticket Prices: $15-$30

To get tickets for these great shows, and all of the other upcoming events at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, you can stop by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at 425 Porter Street or give us a call at (828) 524-3161. You can also get tickets online and see all the great upcoming shows at the GSMCPA website here.


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Winter Wonderland & Gingerbread Houses

Winter Wonderland

This Saturday is the second night of Winter Wonderland in downtown Franklin, but it will also be the only night that the 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Competition entries will be on display and they need YOUR vote for the People’s Choice Award. The contestant’s gingerbread houses can be seen in the lower level of Town Hall from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Make sure you get over to Town Hall to see all the great confectionary creations! Come see who took home the Blue Ribbons this year!

GBH Competition 2014

Although it hasn’t felt very much like Winter lately, nevertheless, Winter Wonderland will begin at 5:00 PM as well, as Main Street in downtown Franklin is transformed into a celebration of the Christmas season. Windows in the shops come to life with “Living Displays”, along with live sounds of the season at the downtown gazebo and inside stores. The will also be free wagon rides, refreshments, hot cider, and our downtown merchants will have some great sales going on.

For a full schedule of the events of Winter Wonderland, please visit the website for the Winter Wonderland event. You can see all of the upcoming events in Franklin at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce website. We hope you’re able to come out and enjoy one of downtown Franklin’s most exciting events!

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Happy Thanksgiving!


The Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce would like to say thank you to all of our members and to all of the people who have been a part of another incredible year. We are so grateful to be a part of a wonderful community and to have the great relationships that we have had over the years.

We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving, whether you’re staying at home or traveling far, enjoy this time with friends and family. We hope you’ll be able to join us this Sunday at 3 pm in downtown Franklin for the annual Christmas Parade. The weather won’t be frightful, rather, it will be quite delightful, so come on downtown with us!


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