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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.


Tim Lynch, a Franklin summer resident for almost a decade, is also leader of the Tallahassee, Florida based band Sojourn and has played for decades in Florida. Lynch will be featured at the 2011 Franklin Folk Festival July 16.

Sojourn has a newly released CD titled “Lilting Banshee” that will be for sale and the proceeds will be donated to REACH of Macon County.

Lynch specializes in traditional Appalachian and other American roots and Celtic music and storytelling. Lynch sings and plays the guitar, mandolin, dulcimer(s), banjo, mandolin and bouzouki and will often be joined by musical friends where ever he plays.



Al Jardine and his Endless Summer Band will fill the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts with all your favorite summer music on Saturday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.

The band is led by Al Jardine of Beach Boys fame and features a number of stage musicians who toured with the Beach Boys: Ed Carter on bass, Bobby Figueroa on rhythm guitar, as well as Al’s son Matt Jardine, who sang with the Beach Boys during much of their later career. Billy Hische and Mike Meros complete this exciting ensemble.



Musicians Larry and Elaine Conger will host the 12th annual Mountain Dulcimer Week, to be held Sunday, July 17, through Friday, July 22, on the campus of Western Carolina University.

This weeklong residential program draws dulcimer enthusiasts from around the country for a week of dulcimer music, training, fun and fellowship. Registration for the event, sponsored by WCU’s Division of Education Outreach, is now open online at

The Congers, of Paris, Tenn., also hosted the event last year. They have designed a program that should appeal to players of all ages, skill levels and musical tastes, said Bobby Hensley, associate director of continuing education.


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