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It is a 31-year old tradition for people to gather for the annual Singin’ in the Valley event. The event was begun by Riley Gregory of Gregory Ruby Mine. The singing was moved to the Cowee Fire Department when the Mine went out of business about 20 years ago.

Admission to the event was free, however, donations were gratefully accepted.

All proceeds will go to benefit the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department.


The Friends of the Albert Carlton Cashiers Library are sponsoring a “Playfest” to be held on July 28.

“Playfest” is an evening of staged play readings featuring eight ten-minute pieces and will need actors who can play roles ages 30-80.

Both afternoon and evening auditions were held in the meeting room/theater of the library on Wednesday, June 22.


The Highlands Motoring Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, is announcing plans for the 4th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival scheduled July 15-17, in beautiful downtown Highlands.

Each year the Highlands Motoring Foundation selects a local charity to receive proceeds generated as a result of the festival; this year’s event will provide valuable financial support to the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

The festival features an expanded list of activities this year and will begin on Friday evening, July 15, with car show participants gathering on Main Street at 6:30 p.m. for early registration and cruise in activities. There will be prizes awarded and Highlands Motoring Festival promotion items will be available for purchase.


Every Saturday and Wednesday morning through the summer months, people from all over Macon County and the surrounding area can come together to sell everything from vegetables to honey to homemade lye soap at the local Franklin farmer’s markets. The only stipulation is that each vendor has to make his or her products themselves.

The concept of the Farmer’s Market has grown considerably in Macon County. John Boetjens was one of the original members of the downtown Farmer’s Market when it first started in Franklin in 2000. He said that there were three other people besides himself at that time, and now the market averages 20 vendors each week. The market gives the people a chance to get together, says Boetjens, and any sense of competition does not matter.


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