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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Flag Flown Over US Capitol Building Now Flies in Macon County

Title Card

Dr Jim Duncan, the Superintendent of Macon County Schools, presided over a flag raising ceremony on Monday, April 15th that was attended by employees of the scool system and members of the school board at the central offices of the Macon County School System that was flown over the US Capitol on December 11, 2012. The flag was obtained by Dr Duncan through the office of US Senator Richard Burr.

The central offices are located at 1202 Old Murphy Road in Franklin, NC.

Here are a few photos I took during the ceremony:




Flag 1

Flag and Sign

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Monster Mash Block Party in Franklin on Friday

StreetFest Monster Mash Poster

Venture Local Franklin is promoting another event to assist businesses in the Downtown area this Friday night with a Halloween-themed block party that will culminate with a movie (Ghostbusters) being shown in the Town Hall parking lot (bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit in the grass and watch it) after it gets dark.

Even though this grassroots group of local business owners and entrepreneurs have faced growing opposition from some people in the town bureaucracy, it is continuing to grow and get better each time.

From the event page on Facebook:



What's a Costume Crawl? You can go in each store to register to win a prize. There will be a WINNER at each participating merchant! could win more than once! All ages are invited to enter and costumes are optional (but encouraged).

So come on out and make use of that costume you want to wear. Show off your creative side! Just come to have fun!

Shop. Dine. Entertainment. Music.Movie
Instead of a 'Festival'.. think of StreetFest as a BLOCK PARTY!

Come to downtown Franklin NC for a celebration of locally owned businesses on Main Street! We want to encourage you to come prepared to smile, laugh with friends and spend some $$ with our local merchants!!!

What can you expect?

- Shops will be open much later than usual
- Street music from local bands and musicians
- Fresh made foods
- Street Entertainment

Friday, June 29, 2012

The June 28, 2012 Hangout of Venture Local Franklin

I had a nice time hanging out with local entrepreneurs at Livingston's Bar and Grill last night in Franklin, NC.

See more photos on my G+ page and find out more about this group on their website or Facebook page.

The next hangout will be on August 23rd from 5.30pm to 7pm at the Frogtown Market located at 61 South Patton Avenue in Frogtown.

Among the local events being promoted by the group are:

June 30th...The WNC Photowalk that is being led by Bonnie Pickartz and me.

July 1st......The Where's Waldo! initiative happening at Books Unlimited and 19 other businesses in downtown Franklin that begins on July 1st.

July 4th......Independence Day Activities in Franklin, NC

Downtown: Parade, watermelon, kids games and more. 9am to 1pm.

Lion's Club Annual BBQ: At the fairgrounds from 11am to 7pm. Get chicken, sides, dessert and drink for a $10 donation to their scholarship fund.

Fireworks and Fun at the Rec Park: Sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. This is a July 4th tradition in Franklin.

July 13th......StreetFest 2012 kicks off on Friday the 13th with music, shopping, fun and an outdoor movie on a 26 foot screen. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy this event! Ghostbusters is the movie that will be shown.

July 21st.......The Franklin Folk Festival: An annual event that celebrates the heritage of our local people!

July 28th.......Cash Mob: The very first cash mob will take place starting at noon at Rosebud Cottage. Bring $20 to spend and meet at the clock tower at 11:45am so we can all go in together and give a boost to a local business!

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Special Olympics Event in Macon County

Here are some photos I took during the first part of the NC Special Olympics event held in Macon County earlier today. I was intending to stop by for a few minutes to get a few shots of the opening ceremony and ended up staying for a couple of hours.

Next year, I intend to do better and cover the entire event.

Additional coverage (will be updated as I find them)

Cherokee One Feather

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Statue Unveiling at Macon County Veterans Memorial Park

Alexei Kazantsev (leftmost on 1st row) poses with his sculpture and the Veterans Memorial Committee at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Park on November 11, 2010 
Photo by Bobby Coggins

The ceremonial unveiling of the statue by Alexei Kazantsev was short and sweet. Here is the entire event below, which ran just under ten minutes...

And here is a slide show of photos I took at the unveiling today:

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Monday, July 12, 2010

From the Archives:
Nikwasi Celebration

The Nikwasi Mound in Franklin, NC had the distinction of having a Cherokee Heritage Trail Marker installed on the site in May of 2008, and I was there to observe the proceedings and some of the celebration that followed. 

Here are a couple of videos and some of the photos I took then, and a link to another local blogger who waxed eloquently on the history of the Nikwasi Mound.

I apologize for the low resolution of the video...but all I had at the time was a Kodak Z710 that shot video at QVGA resolution (320x240).

Here are the photos I took at the Nikwasi Celebration, divided into two parts:

And here are excerpts of an exhibition stickball game by the Wolftown Stickball team:

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Monday, July 5, 2010

The 2010 Independence Day Parade in Franklin, NC

The US Marine Corps League leads the 2010 Independence Day Parade in Franklin, NC

Independence Day was observed on Saturday, July 3, in Franklin, and here is a brief photo and video essay on what I saw...

2010 Independence Day Parade in Franklin, NC from Thunder Pig on Vimeo.

The parade was fun (as always), and I enjoyed spending the morning downtown watching the parade and seeing friends and the people I grew up with. Franklin is one of those special places that I hope never gets the urge to become a larger town...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

14th Annual A Taste of Scotland Festival
Friday Event Schedule

A Taste of Scotland Friday Events

The 14th Annual A Taste of Scotland Festival begins tomorrow with a couple of Symposiums and a Friday Night Ceilidh [party].

The symposiums will take place in the Franklin Town Hall at 95 East Main Street. Here is the schedule:

3:00pm John Moore will speak about Mongomery’s Defeat at Otto by the Cherokee.
4:15pm Judi Lloyd will speak about District Families and Tartans.

Both will be followed by Question and Answer sessions.

For more information, visit Friday Symposiums on the A Taste of Scotland website.

Then, the party get started with a Friday Night Ceilidh in the Rathskeller and The Attic Parking Lot on Stewart Street in Franklin. (It is right behind the Scottish tartan Museum). The Ceilidh begins at 6:30pm with the winners of the shortbread contest being announced at about 7:30pm. Visit the A Taste of Scotland Festival website for more information regarding performers and food vendors. 

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

The 14th Annual A Taste of Scotland Festival is Next Weekend,
Photos From Past Festivals

A Scottish Foods Vendor at the A Taste of Scotland Festival in Franklin, NC

One of my favorite festivals is next Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Franklin, NC. It is called A Taste of Scotland and has something to offer every member of the family. The festival website is a wealth of information regarding this festival, and the activities planned for this year.

This year's schedule of activities is larger than in in previous years and promises to be the best yet. There will be symposiums on the history of Scots in America, A shortbread contest and a Celidh [party] on Friday.

On Saturday, there will be too much going on for me to give it justice in a few sentences. An overview of the activities is on the festival website. Events will be occurring simultaneously in several venues: (click the links for directions via Google maps) The Main Street Gazebo Stage, The Franklin Town Hall, The Stewart Street Stage, and The Church Street Stage. There are also activities at the Scottish Tartans Museum [map][website],

There are also a couple of races this year. A 1K Kilt Walk/Run "The Great Kilted Run & Walk" in the downtown area and a Braveheart 5K. Wearing a kilt during these two events is strongly encouraged. Entry forms can be found on the Kilted Run page.  This is one event that I won't miss.

I've been covering this festival on this blog since 2007, and here is a taste of some of the things I've posted after attending the festivals:

Men in Kilts from the 2009 A Taste of Scotland

The Franklin Tartan is Unveiled at the 2009 A Taste of Scotland

A Border Collie Herds Sheep at the 2007 A Taste of Scotland Festival

Two men in period dress at the A Taste of Scotland Festival in Franklin, NC in 2008

A member of the Society for Creative Anachronism rests in between sword fights at the 2008 A Taste of Scotland

And lastly, a slide show from the 2008 festival...

I hope to see you at the 14th Annual A Taste of Scotland Festival next weekend!!!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

2010 Memorial Day Program in Franklin, NC

Franklin High School was the alternate rain location for the 2010 Memorial Day Program for Macon County

This five-part playlist includes the entire program from yesterday's Memorial Day Observance that took place in the Fine Arts Building of the Franklin High School. The original venue at the Veterans Memorial park was rained out.

These videos include:

Opening Remarks by Don Lanson, USMC (retired).

Presentation of the Colors by the Marine Corps League Detachment 973.

Presentation of the Colors of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marine Corps League and Vietnam Veterans of America.

Invocation by Reverend Ronnie Branson, Minister of Care and Outreach, Cowee Baptist Church.

Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Meaning and Origin of Memorial Day

Sarah Luzzi, FHS Student Body President

Ben Carrion

Recitation of the Poem
"In Flanders field"

Sarah Martin

Franklin High School Band
"Battle Hymn of the Republic"

Origin of the Poem
"In Flanders Field"

Kathleen Cipolla

Veteran Organization Commanders remarks

Bob Slicer
Commander, American Legion

Charles Sanders,
Prospective Commander Veterans of Foreign Wars

Gregg Hunt
Commandant, Marine Corps League

Bob Henry
Commander, Vietnam Veterans of America

The Armed Forces Medley performed by the Franklin High School Band

Honors rendered to the deceased

Rifle Salute by the funeral detail of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Marine Corps League

Taps by Shane McConnell

Retirement of the Colors by the Marine Corps League Color Guard

The National Anthem performed by the Franklin High School Band

There are still a few bricks that can be purchased at the Veterans Memorial of Macon County. Visit Veterans Memorial of Macon County to find out more about how you can donate or to purchase a brick, or to find directions to the site. It is the best Memorial to Veterans in Western North Carolina.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

2010 Law Enforcement Memorial Service Held in Franklin, NC

2010 Law Enforcement Memorial Service in Franklin, NC from
Thunder Pig
on Vimeo.

Yesterday at noon, several law enforcement agencies in the region came together to remember their fellow officers who had fallen in the line of duty. The Law Enforcement Memorial Service was hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 serving both Macon and Jackson Counties in western North Carolina.

The video above, and photos below are my attempt to document the event.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Slide Show of the 2010 NC-11 GOP Convention

Lighting conditions in the Charles M Beall Auditorium were low, and rough on taking pictures. I often had to try two or three times to get a good shot, and even then, it was dicey.

I hope you enjoy seeing the photos!

Photo Slide Show of Convention

Monday, March 22, 2010

US Census Road Tour Vehicle "The Founders" Visits Franklin, NC Today

The Charlotte Regional US Census Road Tour Vehicle "The Founders will be at the Macon County Courthouse from noon to 3.30pm on Monday, March 22, 2010.

There will be speeches by local elected officials, demonstrations by US Census employees and entertainment provided by local talent at the Town Gazebo.

This will be an opportunity to get your questions and concerns regarding the 2010 Census answered.

Visit Conservative Thunder for more information and directions to the event.


Important Information Regarding the 2010 US Census


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Macon County GOP Convention is Today

For more information, visit Macon GOP

Directions can be found at Conservative Thunder.

I'll be there from start to finish, grabbing video and fellowshipping with fellow Republicans. Stop by my table and say howdy. 

Monday, February 22, 2010

Macon GOP Lincoln Luncheon Highlights

Chet Damron as Abraham Lincoln, Photo Credit: Bobby Coggins

Here is a short video with a few highlights from the Macon County Republican Party's Lincoln Luncheon that was held on Saturday at Cody's Restaurant in Franklin, NC. About 160 Maconians gathered to hear Chet Damron speak about the life of the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, to fellowship, and to meet the various candidates running for local and federal office.

I'll have a couple or so videos of Greg Boyer, Dan Eichenbaum and Ed Krause either today or tomorrow. I'll be covering the Macon County Commissioners meeting at 2pm today, so I won't be able to focus on editing those videos until after I do that.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Christmas Season begins in Franklin, NC

This past Friday evening, I attended the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Service in downtown Franklin that marked the beginning of the Christmas Season in my hometown.

Today the Christmas Parade starts at 3 pm and I am looking forward to attending it and getting some photos and video of it.

Here are two videos I took of Friday's activities:

Part One

Part Two

Singing Carols during Candlelight Service

Closeup of nativity Scene in front of Courthouse

More photos can be found on WNC Citizens Blog.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Christmas Events for 2009 in Franklin, NC

franklin nc christmas parade wnc citizens blog Pictures, Images and Photos
 I'll be taking the day off from blogging, except for this piece.

Friday, Nov 27

Tomorrow night at 7pm, the Christmas Season gets kicked off with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Clock Tower. There will be free cider, cookies and music at the Gazebo. A community sing-a-long will also take place. A candlelight service next to the Macon County Courthouse will also take place, candles will be provided.

Saturday, Nov 28

In downtown Franklin from 10 am to noon, the children can enjoy Cookies with Santa, deliver their letter to him or deposit it in his special mailbox in front of Townhall, or bend his ear in person.

4th Annual Mistletoe Magic Art and Craft Show, Nov. 27 & 28 beginning at 10am at the Macon County Community Bldg. on 441 S. in Franklin, NC. This very festive show features 70 of the finest juried Artisans available! You will be greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and their elves, so bring your camera and your children for a picture! The building will be beautifully decorated and the atmosphere alive with the sounds of carolers and strolling musicians. 70 Free handcrafted door prizes will be given away and Main Street Pizzeria will be offering a full menu.

Sunday Nov 29

The annual Franklin Christmas Parade will take place Sunday beginning at 3 pm. The route will be same as usual, starting at the East Franklin Shopping Center, turning left onto Main Street, continuing up Town Hill to parade down the center of town, then turning left onto Porter Street and continuing to Franklin High School where it will disband. 

The theme for this year's parade is "Christmas in the Mountains". I've included a behind the scenes video I took of last year's parade...

      Window Wonderland Dec 4th and 11th

The first two Fridays following Thanksgiving, Franklin, North Carolina will again be transformed into an old-fashioned holiday atmosphere during Window Wonderland. On December 4th and December 11th from 5-8pm Window Wonderland will take Franklin back in time as "windows come alive" with living scenes from Franklin’s past.

Franklin businesses will be open to warmly greet visitors with hot chocolate, hot cider, cookies, or other refreshments reminiscent of the season. Strolling carolers will entertain shoppers with seasonal music and contribute to the holiday atmosphere as well as other entertainment throughout town.

Luminaries will line Main Street, creating the soft glow which makes the evening so magical. There will be vintage horse-drawn carriage rides and children of all ages can meet Santa Claus at the Macon County Historical Museum on Main Street.


Friday, July 17, 2009

This Weekend in Franklin, NC
6th Annual Franklin Folk Festival

I went to this festival last year and had a wonderful time and plan on attending again this year.

Visit the Festival Website to find out what is on tap for this year.

Here are a few highlights from the festival website...

See over 50 Live Demonstrations from Artists to Moonshinin'

Here's a just a sampling of activities:
Antique Car Show
Children's Heritage Games & Crafts
Civil War Camp/Display/Video
Corn Shucking Contest following Parade
Early Farm Display & Animals
Franklin Tailgate Farmer's Market
Front Porch Videoing of Oral Histories
Gem Mining
Heritage Contests/Competitions
Heritage Foods
Historical Downtown Parade @ 11 a.m.
honoring older residents
Live Entertainment (ALL DAY)
Local Author's at Books Unlimited
Make-it & Take-it Quilt Squares
One-Room School
Shape Note Singing Workshop
Sounds of the Native American Flute
Various Activities at the downtown museums
1910 Woodcraft Games

Plus Much More!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Franklin Fireworks Highlights

I finally came up with a work-around on the RAM requirements on HD Video and edited together a short highlight reel of last Saturday's Fireworks Show in Franklin, and here it is...

The full show can be viewed on this previous post.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The 2009 Fireworks Show in Franklin, NC

Fireworks in Franklin, NC (Raw File) By Bobby Coggins
View in HD Download 720p HD Version Visit Bobby Coggins's ExposureRoom Videos Page

This is the raw video file of the fireworks show in Franklin, NC at the Macon County Rec Park. None of my computers seem to have enough RAM to process the video, so here it is unedited.

Visit my Exposure Room Page via the links provided for larger and HD versions of the video, and be sure to watch it full screen.