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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is finalizing plans for the largest annual Independence Day celebration in Western North Carolina. The 4th of July Fireworks & Fun Day will be held at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park just south of Franklin off U.S. 441 on Monday, July 4. Activities will begin in the park at 3 p.m. and conclude at dark with the largest fireworks display in the area.

“We always work hard to make this a very special day for those who attend,” said Cindy Cavender, Special Events Coordinator for the Chamber. “The crowds can expect a spectacular day of fun and excitement for the entire family. While the day will not begin until 3 pm there will still be lots to do including the live entertainment, kid’s inflatable area, a horseshoe tournament, a cornhole tournament along with the famous Plunger Toss.”


Not so long ago, when women wanted to freshen their quilts they would put them outside in the sunlight to air them instead of washing them, hence the term “airing of the quilts.” In remembrance of this tradition, the Quilter’s Guild organized the Airing of the Quilts exhibit. It was held June 24-25 at the Jackson County Public Library & Historic Courthouse. More than100 quilts were displayed.

Pat Warren commented that this exhibit was just a reminder of a country tradition as well as a showcase the talents of the quilters. And according to Warren, quilting is making a comeback as a hobby, even among young people.

Some of the quilts on display were antiques that had been passed down from generation to generation. One was a six pointed blue star pattern on a white back ground that was made in 1864.


The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) will hold the 8th Annual Franklin Folk Festival Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Franklin. This free Folk Festival features many talented craftspeople displaying heritage skills, musicians playing and singing mountain songs, square dancers willing to dance for and teach spectators, vendors supplying delicious food, and games and contests for all ages. All of this helps the Folk Heritage Association carry out its mission “to provide living history experiences and to preserve the folk heritage of Macon County for generations to come.” Activities and exhibits will be focused in the downtown area in addition to special exhibits at the Community Facilities Building and grounds on US441 south.


The 2011 Blue Ridge Gospel Music Weekend was held last weekend at Holly Springs Baptist Church with such notable guests as Blue Ridge group, Rob Mills Band, Balsam Range, Aaron Wilburn, Mountain Faith and Archie Watkins and Smoky Mountain Reunion. The church has hosted the event the past 7 years, as part of the limited Blue Ridge tour.

On Saturday, Aaron Wilburn wowed the crowd with his usual humorous and refreshing, perspective on life.

Next, Mountain Faith, a local gospel group from Sylva headed by Sam McMahan performed a number of favorites. Every summer the group hosts the Old Mater Farm bluegrass concert series on their farm.


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