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Jason Crabb, a Grammy award-winning Christian music singer and musician, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $16. A soulful, unforgettable voice has earned Crabb the honor of being one of the most acclaimed voices in all of Gospel music. He began his career at the age of 14 performing with his family band, The Crabb Family. His solo career began in 2007.

Jason Crabb is one of the most celebrated vocalists in Christian music. He's a Grammy Award winner, has won 20 Dove Awards (Christian music awards) and has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the world.

Just this past April 2012, Crabb won the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.


Children ages 8 and above have an opportunity to get muddy and learn about pottery in two workshops sponsored by the Macon County Art Association. Scheduled at the Association’s Uptown Gallery at 30 East Main Street in Franklin from 9 a.m. to noon, the workshops are being presented on Saturdays July 14 and July 21.

The focus of the workshop on July14 is to make critters. Ultimately the critters can become ice cream bowls, rattles, paperweights or pencil holders. The critters will be fired in the instructor’s kiln and then be available for the children to paint glaze on them during the second workshop on July 21. After the second firing, the pieces will be water tight, food safe, and reasonably durable.


The Arts Council holds its free monthly ARTSaturday workshop for elementary school-aged children and their families on Saturday July 14, 10 a.m. till noon, in the Macon County Public Library children’s area. Activities include harmony and round singing, an American history lesson in song, and some musical sign language. Ice cream treats will be served. There’s no pre-registration; children should wear play clothes and come for any part of the session. Adults are encouraged to stay and participate with their children.


Plenty of things to do throughout the year in Franklin

As part of the Venture Local Franklin (VLF) initiative, Macon County News is teaming up with VLF to highlight local businesses throughout Franklin. Each week, MCN selects locally owned and operated businesses in a different industry. It is our goal at MCN to work with VLF to encourage residents to shop locally and utilize the resources Franklin has to offer. To learn more about VLF, visit the VLF Facebook page.

It may not be Hollywood or Broadway, but Franklin has its fair share of entertainment venues that have been serving residents of Macon County for decades. From Pickin' on the Square to a different bowling league for most any night of the week, there is always something to do in Franklin.


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