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August’s StreetFest makes local shopping a family affair

The newly revived and renamed non-profit organization Streets of Franklin, along with Venture Local, hosted the second downtown block party last Friday night. As locals and firsttime visitors lined the streets, Main Street businesses offered snacks, refreshments and great deals for customers.

Throughout the evening, Main Street echoed the sounds of local musicians including dulcimer players Phil Myers and John Hawk and four bands, Uncle Don's Band, The Cellar Dwellers, A36 and Galaxy News Radio, which were split between two stages. In the midst of the evening activities, Linda Cherry's flash mob hit Main Street and danced “The Wobble.”

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Writer and naturalist George Ellison will read from his new collection of poems, “Permanent Camp,” at the Rickman Store on Friday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m. George Ellison is the author of “Blue Ridge Nature Journal, Mountain Passages,” and the two volume collection “High Vistas: An Anthology of Nature Writing from Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains.”

He is well known for his weekly columns in the Smoky Mountain News, and for his role in the most recent editions of Horace Kephart’s “Our Southern Highlanders and Camping and Woodcraft.”

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Last Saturday, I was fortunate enough to watch country music singer and North Carolina native Kellie Pickler in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, and I must say, it was a fantastic show.

With a personality as glamorous and sparkly as her microphone, Kellie immediately made you feel welcomed by starting out saying, “It sure feels great to be back home in Carolina.” When I interviewed Kellie two weeks ago, she and her band were in between shows in Canada and even then she told me how ecstatic she was to be coming home to North Carolina and to be performing in Franklin.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former lead singer of The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, will take the stage at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Aug. 31. He will be accompanied by four very talented men who, with Edwards, pay tribute to The Temptations in their show, The Temptations Review Starring Dennis Edwards. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $29.

Dennis Edwards is known as one of the most influential singers in the history of pop music. Many remember him as the lead singer in such hits as “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone,” and his solo career hits such as “Try a Little Tenderness.” As a performer with The Temptations, he earned 14 gold certified albums, five Grammys, and his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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