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It’s Franklin Folk Festival time again, and a host of volunteers, both new and old, are going to be present on July 16 from 9 to 4 helping make this year’s “Tales, Trails and Settlements” theme come to life.

The festival will take place along the streets in historic downtown Franklin, the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church and at the Macon County Community Facilities Buildingon 441S.

As usual there will be a lot going on around the Town Hall, including old-fashioned hominy making by Fred Bulgin.


It is the beginning of harvest time and that means that the corn will be coming in. The smell of fresh corn was in the air Saturday afternoon, July 9, for Franklin’s annual Sweet Corn Festival. The festival was held at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church.

There were sights and activities of all kinds. On one side there was face painting and various activities for the kids. Along the other side there were vendors and displays, including Barbara White with a display of local churches and a demonstration of leather artwork by Ron Sullivan and Ken Smith.


The 2011 Folkmoot Festival will take place July 21 – 31 throughout 12 counties in Western North Carolina with new performances in Hickory, and Jonesborough, Tenn. (Home of the National Storytelling Festival).

Festival director Karen Babcock explains, “It has long been a Folkmoot organization goal to expand performances into as many communities as possible, although most occur in Haywood County.” Folkmoot performances can be seen in 16 cities, including Asheville, Hendersonville, Franklin, Burnsville, Maggie Valley and Waynesville.


The recent filming of mask-and-music theater group Whimzik marked the first production on a Western Carolina University’s new motion picture stage in Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

“The Whimzik production allowed us to get a sense of the space and how to use the new equipment,” said Arledge Armenaki, associate professor of cinematography.


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