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On Saturday, May 26, Allstar Weekend, a young American pop band, will take the stage at the Great Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27.

Allstar Weekend gained its popularity from the Disney Channel television network when they competed on Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing.” The group came in second place but signed a contract with Hollywood Records a few months later. Their debut single, “A Different Side of Me,” peaked at the top of Radio Disney singles chart and jumpstarted their career. When they released their debut album in 2010, “Suddenly Yours,” they emerged as one of the most promising young bands around. Their performances tell a story and maintain an element of fun that entertains music lovers of all ages.


Sue and Pete Joiner, Friends of the Greenway from Florida, are set to serve up a gourmet meal at the upcoming FROG Hop.

The dinner/auction will be held Saturday, May 19, at Tartan Hall.

Lionel Caynon will entertain on his keyboard. Tickets may be purchased at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main St.

All proceeds benefit The Little Tennessee Greenway.


Mother’s Day weekend will be a busy time in Franklin as the 11th Annual Mother’s Day Gemboree opens its doors on May 11. The event will be held at the Macon County Community Building located just off Highway 441 south of Franklin. This show, sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, complements two other well known gem and mineral shows held here in July and October. Franklin continues to earn its name as “The Gem Capital of the World.”

This year’s Mother’s Day Gemboree will be held Friday through Sunday, May 11 to 13, with doors open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Some of the nation’s finest gem and mineral dealers will display and sell everything from fine jewelry to rough and cut gems and minerals.” said Linda Harbuck, Executive Director of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce.


at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Restless Heart and Little Texas, two classic American country music bands, will perform their all-time fan favorites at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 19. Showtime is set at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $24.

Restless Heart had their first taste of success in 1984 with their first record release. They are known for hits such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You” and “When She Cries.”


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