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Arts & Entertainment

Franklin’s Folk Festival celebrated the cultural heritage of the region by demonstrating traditions of the past.

From moon-shining, chair caning, cross-cut sawing and telling tall tales, visitors to downtown on Saturday got a taste of what it was like back in the “good ol’ days.”



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The Texas Tenors, a phenomenal trio who has been entertaining sold out audiences around the world, will perform Saturday, July 28, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $22.

Fans of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” will recognize The Texas Tenors as they won the hearts of millions with their three-part harmonies and Texas appeal when they took fourth place in the popular talent competition in 2009. JC Fisher, a country singer, founded the group when he partnered with Marcus Collins, a contemporary singer, and John Hagen, an opera singer.


Two annual community events received funding from Macon County’s Tourism Development Commission (TDC) last Thursday at its monthly meeting.


Although Main Street Program Director Linda Schlott was unable to attend Thursday’s meeting, TDC members considered her $2,000 grant request, which was sent to committee members in advance. Gary Shields motioned to approve the request with Kristian Flaig seconding. The motion carried unanimously. On July 9, members from the Town of Franklin’s Tourism Development Authority (TDA) also unanimously voted to approve the use of $2,000 to help fund the promotion of PumpkinFest. The festival is to be held Oct. 19 and 20.


“Falconry” with Peter Kipp will featured at Thursdays at the Library, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library.

Falco Peregrinus Anatum, an American subspecies were on the brink of extinction in 1970 with only 30 known pairs known in the wild. Their recovery is one of the greatest of an endangered species with an estimated four thousand in the wild today.

Licensed master falconer Peter Kipp and his two peregrine falcons, Seymour and Zelda Suri for a fun and informative program. Kipp will talk about the habits and training of peregrine falcons as well as the benefits of birds of prey to the environment.


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