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“Let’s Make Soap” with Becky Lipkin is the topic of Thursdays at the Library July 26 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library.

At this “make and take” workshop, participants will be able to create their own soaps using a variety of materials using glycerin and handmade soap, a large selection of essential oils and fragrances, along with colors and other fun items. Essential oils and other herbal products will be available for purchase.

Thursdays at the Library is an eclectic mix of programs by authors, musicians, and educators on topics designed for enjoyment and education. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and are free and open to all.


Gem and mineral dealers and rock hounds from across the United States will converge on Franklin for the 47th Annual Macon County Gemboree which opens July 26. The event will be held at the Macon County Community Building located just south of Franklin off U.S. Highway 441. This gem & mineral show, the second oldest event of its kind in the Southeast, is known across the nation as one of the region’s finest events.

The event is a joint effort of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin.


Downtown parades, games, entertainment, food and lots of red, white and blue marked this 4th of July in Franklin.

The largest fireworks display in Western North Carolina finished out the mid-week Independence Day.

View more pics and a full photo gallery after the jump!



Folk Festival, a “Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC), will be held on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Franklin. This free Folk Festival features many talented demonstrators displaying heritage skills and a way of life from the turn of the century with hands-on participation, musicians playing and singing mountain songs, square dancers willing to dance for and teach spectators, vendors supplying delicious heritage food, kids’ activities/games and contests for all ages, plus much more. More than 100 volunteer artisans will be taking part in live demonstrations and exhibits featuring quilting, wood carving, basket making, fly tying, tatting, shingle splitting, early farm tools/equipment, spinning, weaving, moon-shining, and a host of other entertaining and informative offerings all connected to the area’s cultural, environmental and natural heritage.

These free activities and exhibits will be focused in the downtown area closing Main Street, Phillips Street, and Iotla Street, as well as on Town grounds around the Gazebo and Town Hall, Rankin Square and the Macon County Courthouse. The new “Crafter's Lane on Main” will offer an opportunity to take a piece of authentic Appalachian arts and crafts back home.


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