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Folklorist Alan Jabbour and his wife, photographer Karen Singer Jabbour, will visit Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center at 4 p.m., on Friday, April 12, to present a program focusing on the tradition of cemetery decoration in the mountains of North Carolina.

“Decoration Day” is a little-known cultural tradition that involves mountain residents across the South gathering on a day in late spring or summer to clean a community cemetery, decorate the graves with flowers, take part in a religious service and have dinner on the grounds. The tradition is still widely practiced throughout the Southern highlands from North Carolina to the Ozarks.


For the 25th year in a row, Dillsboro hosted its annual Easter Hat Parade last Saturday.

The parade, a Dillsboro tradition taking place each year on the Saturday before Easter, put a variety of decorated hats atop people and pets alike on parade.

Guests flocked to Dillsboro to showcase their wild and wacky festive spring headgear, and just in case you couldn't find one to your liking, a hat station was set up to create one on the spot.


Volunteers at the First Baptist Church Franklin gather every morning in March and April to offer a free all-you-can-eat home cooked breakfast to hikers coming through the area.

Pancakes, bacon and beverages are prepared and served by a rotating crew of about 40 FBC members.


Members of the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team from District 3050 in India spoke to members of the Rotary Club of Franklin on Wednesday, March 27.

The group study exchange is a program that exchanges young professionals among Rotary countries.


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