18th Annual PUMPKINFEST :: Saturday, October 25 from 9am - 4pm * Downtown Franklin :: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

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Arts & Entertainment

Sculptor John Tolmay is the guest presenter at the Macon County Art Association monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Macon County Regional Library.

Tolmay was raised in the “bush” of South Africa, worked as a cowboy in Nebraska, taught himself to paint and make sculpture, and made a life for himself as an artist. He now lives in Franklin.

The public is invited to come and hear about how this wild game hunter made the transition from ranching to making works of art. There is no charge for the public meeting.

Visitors came from all over to browse through the dozens of tables and booths to view not only cut stones, unique jewelry and finished pieces but they were also able to see uncut gems in the rough.



More info and pictures after the jump!




The Whitewater Bluegrass Company will bring a traditional brand of hardcore bluegrass music to Sylva’s Bridge Park from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., this Friday, Aug. 1, as part of the Concerts on the Creek series.

For more than 30 years The Whitewater Bluegrass Co. has captivated audiences throughout the Southeast with their blend of bluegrass music, country ballads, mountain swing and downhome humor. With Whitewater, mountain culture is a celebration of music, song and dance.

Whitewater Bluegrass Company always delivers a performance to make the occasion special.


Franklin will be hopping with all things barbecue when the 6th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show comes to town Aug. 8 and 9 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located on Highway 441 South. This two-day event is a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition. Barbecue teams from all over the country will cook Friday and Saturday preparing their best barbecue hoping to be named Grand Champion earning a N.C. State Championship. Festival admission will be $5 adults; children 12 and under free. Gates will be open Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festival admission will enter attendees into the drawing for a Holland Grill valued at $1,200 sponsored by Holland Grills and Macon Appliance.

The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the KCBS in their coordination of a national effort to cook and distribute more than 100,000 meals throughout America over the next year. The Franklin festival will be participating in the 100KCBS Meals Mission by collecting food donations for the hungry. Everyone is invited to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to CareNet. In addition to the non-perishable food, more than 60 cooking teams will participate by grilling a Boston butt to be given to CareNet for distribution to those in need. For more information on this effort, visit kcbs.us/100k-meals.


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