11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

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Dr. Harold Littleton, Jr. will visit City Lights Bookstore to present the second volume in his Founders of the Faith series, “Paul: A Would Be Apostle” on Saturday, June 28, at 3 p.m. His novel takes a look at the impact Paul had on shaping the Anti-Semitic mindsets that have lasted centuries.

Littleton grew up in Hartsville, S.C. Littleton’s teaching career includes appointments at Meredith College in Raleigh, UNCCharlotte, Mars Hill College, Gardner-Webb University, and Western Carolina University. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at UNCAsheville. The Founders of Faith series is a proposed trilogy that will focus on New Testament characters using recent archaeological discoveries and scholarship.To reserve copies of his books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

The Annual Taste of Scotland Festival was held last weekend. Residents and visitors alike proudly sported plaid kilts and accessories in solidarity of their Scottish heritage.

A Scottish dinner was held on Thursday to kick off the weekend, followed by a ceilidh (Scottish party) on Friday night with the bulk of the activities planned for Saturday in downtown Franklin.

Scottish music, food, vendors and a parade drew crowds to Main Street for the annual event. The historical connection between the Cherokee and Scottish heritage was also highlighted.



As the Civil War wound down and the Confederate army accepted its defeat, one last home guard held on until the very end before surrendering: The home guard of Thomas Legion that was located right here in Macon County. In fact, the last surrender happened right in front of where the county court house stands today. It's a little known piece of history that even many residents from the area were seldom told, but one in particular found it fascinating.

Viola Thorne hails from Czechoslovakia and worked in real estate in Greensboro, N.C., before she and her husband, Bruce, made up their minds to retire in Franklin where they would be able to enjoy its vast beauty and culture.


As part of a Civil War Heritage Weekend, the city of Marietta is hosting Franklin’s own Overlook Theatre Company in a production of “The Civil War Musical” on June 20 and 21, at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre.

“We are thrilled to be invited by the Strand Theatre on the Square in downtown Marietta,” said show director, Scotty Corbin. “Plans began this past fall when organizers of the event contacted me asking if I knew of a theatrical presentation that could accompany the city’s celebration. Having performed ‘The Civil War Musical’ several years ago, I knew the songs and stories would be a perfect fit with the planned event, so Overlook’s creative team went to work creating an entirely new production specific to Marietta.”

Drawing from letters, diaries and firsthand accounts, and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman, “The Civil War Musical” is a “thrilling, gut-wrenching and awe-inspiring dramatic theatrical concert that covers the enormous emotional landscape of the most difficult time out nation has ever endured,” according to Corbin.

“I love the music in this production,” said Kathi Graham, who sings in the production. “I love how the lyrics and melodies are able to give such a depth of emotion to the stories, situations and experience that people were going through during that time in history.”


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published: 10/18/2013
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