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The Highlands Motoring Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, is announcing plans for the 4th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival scheduled July 15-17, in beautiful downtown Highlands.

Each year the Highlands Motoring Foundation selects a local charity to receive proceeds generated as a result of the festival; this year’s event will provide valuable financial support to the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

The festival features an expanded list of activities this year and will begin on Friday evening, July 15, with car show participants gathering on Main Street at 6:30 p.m. for early registration and cruise in activities. There will be prizes awarded and Highlands Motoring Festival promotion items will be available for purchase.


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.



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