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Arts & Entertainment

First Presbyterian Church, Franklin will present a music show for the community on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., in Tartan Hall. Doors will open at 6 for tours of the historic chapel and an opportunity to view exhibits of church activities, such as quilting, needlepoint, jewelry creation, and the membership computer group. Free refreshments will be served after the show.

Toby Tobias, First Presbyterian Music and Worship Team Chairman, and Linda Beal, well known in the community as a singer, are producing the show. The White Family Singers, Arthea Brimmer, Carolyn Kidd, The Cousins, 5’O’Clock Shadows, the Chapel Band, Jill Welch on fiddle, and others, will perform a variety of music, from country, gospel, pop, and crooners.


If you think you have a dysfunctional family with skeletons in the closet, you haven’t met the Brewsters. “Arsenic and Old Lace,” the classic comedy-mystery, takes odd relatives to the max, and there are literally skeletons in the basement. The Licklog Players production opens Oct. 28 and runs the 29-30 and Nov. 4-6.

The story follows poor Mortimer Brewster who comes to see his aunts to tell them about his coming wedding. When he discovers what his aunts’ charitable activities are, he realizes his own happiness might never happen. The aunts “help” lonely men by giving them their homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and a pinch of cyanide.


Franklin’s own Blue Ridge gospel group closed out Pickin’ on the Square for the season last Saturday night.

A favorite of the locals, Blue Ridge often plays to packed out churches throughout the area. Members are Kevin Corbin, Kelly Corbin, Neil Moore and Dwight Vinson. On the piano is Michael Conard and Eric Hall is on the bass.

Pickin’ on the Square will return next spring providing entertainment in downtown Franklin every Saturday night.


Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for the 15th Annual Pumpkinfest to be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this event you can take part in some traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities.

Prior to the Saturday street festival, Highlands Road Merchants offer free hayrides from 3 to 6 p.m. and treats with merchants through 5 p.m.

Bring your pumpkin (or purchase one downtown) and sign up early for the World Famous Pumpkin Roll sponsored by the Franklin Fun Factory. The “roll” takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with signup running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The winner receives $100 cash. Other highlights of the day include a pumpkin carving contest sponsored by DNET, a costume parade and contest along with crafters, fabulous food, and great entertainment for all ages.


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