11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

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After months of planning and hoping, a new farmers market at the Macon County Heritage Center at the old Cowee School is about to become a reality.

“Are you a local farmer or gardener? We’re ready to start signing up vendors for the market,” says Pamela Jackson, member of the advisory committee.

On April 22 at 6:30 p.m., all interested vendors are invited to attend a meeting at Cowee School. They will be able to turn in or complete registration, get answers to any questions, and to reserve the space of their choice for the season.


Brian Hylton, assistant manager at Macon Funeral Home (R) spoke at the Kiwanis of Franklin meeting last month, about the benefits of prearranging funeral services. Relieving the burden from family having to make the plans while they are grieving was one reason.

At Macon Funeral Home an individual can prearrange a funeral three different ways – paying for it up front, making payments, or not pay anything toward the funeral, just making the arrangements.

It is cost effective to make your own arrangements because as the price of funerals go up, the cost of a prearranged funeral does not. The cost of an average funeral in 1965 was $790; in 1992, $4,000; and in 2012, it rose to $8,500. An average cremation is about $2,500.

With Hylton is Wesley Hirsch, Kiwanis president.

The Macon County Community Garden Committee is now taking applications for garden space in the 2014 Community Garden. Spaces are 500 square feet each and are limed and tilled. Gardeners must supply their own fertilizer, seeds and plants and agree to abide by garden regulations. There is a charge of $25 per garden spot.

It is requested that a portion of each gardener’s produce be donated to Macon County Care Net. In the past five years, the community garden has provided a substantial amount of fresh vegetables to Care Net for distribution.

For an application or more information, call North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Macon Center, at (828)349-2046.

Artists in all media are wanted for an October show featuring historic sites in Macon County. This will be a juried show, and cash prizes will be offered.

A grant from the Jim McRae Endowment for the Visual Arts will support the project. The Association for the Visual Arts (AVA), a group formed to help direct the endowment’s activities, is sponsoring the art show with the assistance of the Macon County Historical Society.

“We are still working on the details, but we wanted to let artists know about this opportunity, so they can start working on their projects,” said AVA spokesperson Barbara McRae. “We want the show to provide high visibility for art and artists, and hope it will become an annual event in Macon County.”


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published: 10/18/2013
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