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Sara Gruen, author of “Water for Elephants,” is coming to Franklin during the Taste of Scotland Festival to sign her new book, “At the Water’s Edge.” Gruen will be at Books Unlimited on Main Street on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A young socialite in Philadelphia, a social misstep on New Year’s Eve 1942 that changes everything, a journey by ship from America to Scotland during WWII, a husband, a best friend, and the tiny Highland village of Drumnadrochit – these are the opening snapshots in Gruen’s new novel “At the Water’s Edge.” In her fifth novel, a compelling and exotic historically set piece, Gruen reminds us why she is one of our most beloved storytellers, creating another irresistible setting and cast of characters, reminiscent of her #1 New York Times bestseller “Water for Elephants.”

Gruen, inspired by a longstanding love affair with the Scottish Highlands, a fascination with the ruins of old castles, and a news article about the Loch Ness Monster, transports readers to a time and place where monsters – like the fabled Nessie, or like Hitler whose planes fly over the remote Scottish hills, or even those monsters that live closer to home – threaten to destroy everything.


Read2Me of Macon County hosted the second annual Read and Ride Car Show at South Macon Elementary School last Saturday.

The car show raised about $1,100 for the group, which provides books for children in Macon County.

Car Show winners include:
Custom – Guy and Gail Dillard 1934 Ford Highboy
Best Mopar – Jeff Southard 1970 Dodge Challenger
Best Chevy – Brian Sellers 1969 Chevelle SS
Best Ford – Willard Southard 1969 Ford Talledega


Franklin’s Taste of Scotland weekend is rapidly approaching and so is the annual kickoff for the event.

Tickets are available now for the Taste of Scotland Clan Dinner to be held Thursday, June 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Tartan Hall at Franklin’s First Presbyterian Church.

The buffet style meal will feature pot roast and gravy, mashed potatoes w/ rutabagas, peas, salad, soup, scones and apple crisp. There will also be live Scottish and Celtic music to enjoy while you’re dining.

“We’re excited to have Caledonia Swing provide entertainment for our annual Clan Dinner,” said Doug Morton, Event Chairman.


Photo by Betsey GooderThe Franklin Ubuntu Choir directed by Tom Tyre presented “out of this world” music on the Franklin Town Square last Sunday, June 7.

The 40-voice choir performed music from around the world and here at home sung a cappella.

The concert was supported by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Dept. of Cultural Resources.

For more information, call the Arts Council at (828)524-ARTS or visit www.artscouncilofmacon.org.

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