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Arts & Entertainment Mother’s Day Gemboree coming May 6-8

Mother’s Day weekend will be a busy time in Franklin, as the 9th Annual Mother’s Day Gemboree opens its doors on May 6. The event is held at the Macon County Community Building located just off Highway 441 south of Franklin.

This show, sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, complements two other well known gem and mineral shows held here in July and October. Franklin continues to earn its name as “The Gem Capital of the World.”

This year’s Mother’s Day Gemboree will be held Friday through Sunday, May 6 to 8, with doors open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Some of the nation’s finest gem and mineral dealers will display and sell everything from fine jewelry to rough and cut gems and minerals.” said Linda Harbuck, the Chamber’s executive director. “These folks will be offering everything from diamonds and precious stones to beads and costume jewelry. There’s something for everyone’s budget and the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be found.

Admission is only $1 for adults with those under 12 years of age admitted free. Be sure to look for discount admission coupons in area newspapers. Those who attend will also be registered to win great door prizes.

In addition to the Gem Show, Franklin area businesses will be celebrating “Airing of the Quilts” on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stores and downtown churches will be decorated with quilts. The downtown square will feature exhibits by the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild, Macon County Quilt Trail, Macon County Art Association and various Community Development Clubs. The Town of Franklin Antique Fire Truck will be decorated and on display. After visiting downtown, tour the Macon County Quilt Trail. Along the way, find demonstrations and more in the Historic West’s Mill District in the Cowee Community including the grand opening of Rickman Store and quilting at the Historic Pleasant Hill AME Church. You can participate as well by airing a quilt at your home or business.

For more information, contact Linda Harbuck or Cindy Cavender at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce by calling 800-336-7829 or (828)524-3161.


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