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Bring out the red, white and blue for Friday, July 4, as the Town of Franklin and the Franklin Main Street Program celebrate Independence Day in Historic Downtown Franklin. Activities get under way at 9:30am.

“We invite everyone to come to downtown Franklin for this fun, small town event,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program executive director. “The celebration will feature a parade, pet parade and contest, free watermelon and children’s games.”

This is your opportunity to walk, drive or participate in another way, in Franklin’s 4th of July Parade. According to Schlott, “Visitors and locals alike are invited to be part of the parade. Just meet in the lower parking lot of Franklin Town Hall at 9:30 a.m.” No sign-up is required.


Internationally known bluegrass great Curtis Blackwell and and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys entertained the crowds last Saturday night at Pickin’ on the Square in downtown Franklin.

Spectators are invited to dance and (below) young Anna Geiger thought she’d give it a try.

Photos by Betsey Gooder



For three years Japanese born glass blower Tadashi Torii has exhibited his skills at the Jackson County Green Energy Park.

Waynesville resident Tadashi Torii has been refining his skills for more than 22 years and has received numerous “Best In Show" for his efforts.

Torii’s work can be found in numerous private collections, and in public spaces such as The Four Seasons Hotel, Raleigh Marriott City Center, and museums including the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage in Georgia, the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama, the Albany Museum of Art in Georgia and the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. In summer 2011, Torii and his wife, artist Corina Pia, relocated to North Carolina.


The Folk Festival Leadership Committee is working hard in preparation for the Saturday, July 19, festival in downtown Franklin.

The group is stringing beans, and will let them air dry in a warm place to create an old fashioned dish known as “leather britches.” This was done long ago as a way to preserve beans and peas.

The 11th annual Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in partnership with the Franklin Main Street Program.



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published: 10/18/2013
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