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Kathy Clifton did an outstanding job marketing our home in Watauga Vista.  She was professional and very knowledgeable about what we needed to do to sell it.  We followed her directions and the results turned out perfectly.  
 
Without a doubt, we would certainly give her any property we have to sell.  I encourage anyone who may be ready to sell to contact Kathy.  You will be very pleased, I promise you that.
 
 
 
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When we decided it was time to sell our Franklin, NC, vacation home, we contacted Kathy Clifton because of the recommendation of good friends who had used her as their realtor. We were very pleased!  Kathy was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and always willing to answer questions. She worked diligently to get us a good offer (3, in fact) and was tireless in her efforts to get ‘the deal’ to close quickly. (The listing, sale, and closing all took place within a month’s time!). We gladly recommend Kathy Clifton to anyone searching for a dedicated realtor.
 
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Wow, our property was on the market for two days, we had five offers, and it was sold the second day. Kathy and her team made this happen. Everyone was very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable throughout the listing selling, and closing process. If we had more property to sell, we would want Kathy as our realtor again.  We had a wonderful experience.  Tim and Lydia
Just recently Kathy sold our property on Frazier Road.  We were very pleased with her honesty and hard work  in selling this property. We  will have Kathy sell our home as soon as we are ready. She is very trustful and we realize how hard she worked for us.
 
 
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Kathy impressed us from the very start of our journey to sell our house. Having done her homework on our place, she showed up on day one with a definite plan for the marketing and sale of our home. She listened to our goals and concerns, gave her professional opinion, and together we moved forward. She was accessible to us at all times, and gave ready feedback to questions. She got us a great price and enabled us to move forward to the next phase of our lives. Thanks, Kathy! Rixey Wilcher
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A Holiday Note From Kathy Clifton




WOW!  How is it possible that another year is nearly over?  WHERE does the time go?
Fall has quickly transitioned to winter as evidenced by some 20 degree temps in the mornings.
But, typical of mountain weather, it may well be close to 70 degrees in the afternoon!
No matter.  Just another thing to love about life in the mountains.  We learn to "layer" our clothing!

And, of course, the holidays have arrived as well.  Franklin has been "Event Central" this year.
March and April brought our AT thru hikers which we chronicled in the spring.
August was a huge event with our spectacular eclipse celebration.
Pumpkinfest "rolled" through in October.


And this month, we've closed out the year with Winter Wonderland which played to huge crowds.
Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting, Santa's Arrival, wonderful Living Pictures in Downtown Merchant Windows and more.
WOW, we really know how to celebrate!


    
    

What a picture!  Our downtown gazebo and Christmas Tree decked out in their holiday finery!
It's a wonderful evening sight with the Main Street Christmas lights and décor.  
The whole town sparkles!


        


Wagon Rides are always a favorite with kids and adults alike.
They were filled to capacity during the two weekends of Winter Wonderland.





Now, I'd really like to get you in the Christmas spirit!
A number of years ago, a computer engineer fashioned an amazing home light show for Christmas.
It was synced to "Wizards in Winter" by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.
It went viral, to say the least.  There have been hundreds of versions created over the years.
I've chosen this one for your Christmas viewing pleasure; It was done in 2012.  Be sure to crank up your speaker volume!
I guarantee you will watch it more than once.  ENJOY!








As another year closes, I thank you once again for your friendship and business.

WISHING YOU THE JOYS OF THE SEASON AND FOR THE YEAR TO COME:
PEACE, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS.


Enjoy the holidays, and we'll be back with you in 2018!


Kathy

    

    
            
                
    

Kathy Clifton Says, "Get Those Pumpkins Rolling!"

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to Autumn in the Mountains!
  
  
When the calendar turns to October, it can mean only one thing !
    
    

IT'S TIME FOR
PUMPKINFEST!
WESTERN CAROLINA'S PREMIERE AUTUMN FESTIVAL ROLLS INTO DOWNTOWN FRANKLIN ON OCTOBER 21ST, 9:00 a.m. TO 4:00 p.m.
RAIN OR SHINE

 

IT'S THE 21ST ANNUAL, AND THIS YEAR IT'S BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER
S0 LET THE GOOD TIMES (AND THE PUMPKINS) ROLL!!



ENJOY
GREAT FOOD
MOUNTAIN ARTS AND CRAFTS VENDORS
ROVING STREET PERFORMERS
TWO KIDS ZONES, FREE PONY RIDES


AND DON'T MISS
AMAZING COMPETITIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT



***** CHECK IT OUT *****
 
        

Put yourself in this picture - it's a snap taken at last year's Pumpkinfest.
    No excuses, you really need to experience this.  It's a HAPPENING!


    





WORLD FAMOUS PUMPKIN ROLL

        



Sponsored by The Factory, the World Famous Pumpkin Roll is the centerpiece event of PumpkinFest.
Bring your own pumpkin or purchase one at the Pumpkin Roll Sign Up Area between 9:00 and 1:00.
The ROLL will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
$100 Grand Prize and major bragging rights.
AN ABSOLUTE MUST - DO NOT MISS THIS!




OH MY, PUMPKIN PIE

     
    
You didn't think this was just for kids, did you?  You haven't seen anything until you see adults tuck their faces into these pies!
It's messy but so much fun.  There are two rounds, one for kids and one for adults.
No entry fee or registration, and a $25 cash prize to each winner.



EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE - AND A COSTUME CONTEST

    

An annual PumpkinFest Event and family favorite!
Participants should gather at Town Hall at 1:15 p.m. and will march up Main Street to the Gazebo for the contest.
Six different age categories with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies in each age group.
No entry fee or registration.



THE THIMBLE RIG CIRCUS WITH THE WILD AND WACKY MOLDAVIANS

    

    A huge hit at last year's PumpkinFest, they're back by popular demand.
Three performances and roaming the streets making new friends showing off crazy and amazing talents.
Check the PumpkinFest link for info on the performance times.



    

Also back by popular demand:  Another peek into Kathy's Recipe Box
After her Fresh Apple Cake was featured in last fall's letter,
she received hundreds (well, maybe not hundreds but more than a few) requests for another seasonal treat.
It can't be fall without pumpkin bread.


      
     
  Kathy's Pumpkin Bread

3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 can or 2 cups pumpkin puree (or a little more)
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 heaping tsp. nutmeg
1 heaping tsp. allspice
1 heaping tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 heaping tsp. pumpkin pie spice (optional)
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Cream together sugar and oil.  Add eggs and pumpkin.  Mix well.
Sift together flour, soda, salt, baking powder and spices.
Add alternately with water to pumpkin mixture.
Pour into 2 well-greased and floured 9x5 loaf pans.  Bake at 250 for 1 1/2 hours or tested done with wooden pick.
Cool 10-15 minutes and remove from pans.
Halve the recipe for just one loaf, but I always seem to make two!





    
    

 
    

My goodness, it's fun to live here!
I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse of Franklin's Pumpkinfest - I'll be there eating pie and rolling my pumpkin!
Hope to see YOU in next year's photo!
Talk to you again before the year is over.

With thanks for your friendship and support ...


~~~ KATHY ~~~
      
           


    

 

It's a SIZZLING Summer in Franklin

AN ALL AMERICAN 4TH OF JULY IN FRANKLIN!

        
 

Summer is well underway and the 4th of July captures it all with a sizzling day and evening of family fun.  Check it out;  The 4th in Franklin will be a great time with something happening every minute!

 10:00 a.m. - 4th of July Parade
You don't have to just WATCH this parade; you can be a part of it!
Deck yourself out in red, white and blue and walk or drive in the parade.
No registration required, just be in the lower level of Franklin Town hall for lineup at 9:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. - Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker Contest
No registration required - Open to ages 3-6.  Judged on patriotic costume and one question.

11:00 a.m. - Patriotic Pet Contest (always a crowd favorite)
Deck your pets out in their best red, white and blue togs and let them strut their stuff!

KIDS ZONE WITH INFLATABLES AND FREE ICE COLD WATERMELON (as long as it lasts)!


 


 
    

 

When Downtown activities conclude at 1:00, it's time to head to the Macon County Rec Park for MORE fun and events.  The park is located at 1288 Georgia Road - Click on the link above for full info.

 3:00 p.m. - Park Opens with food and fun land for the kids

3:00 p.m. - Cornhole Tournament
Registration 1:00 - 2:30 pm.
$650 Total Purse; Sponsored by ServPro


7:00 p.m. - Stage Entertainment

9:15 p.m. - Bulls Eye Ball Drop
$500 Prize; Sponsored by Smoky Mountain Chevrolet
Purchase balls at the Chamber Tent


9:20 p.m. - Presentation of Colors

9:30 p.m - Fireworks Display



 

 

THE CLOCK IS TICKING - THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE ARRIVES IN FRANKLIN ON AUGUST 21ST.

Only a small portion of NC lies within the path and Franklin is right in the center of it.  Partial phase begins at 1:06 p.m.; total solar eclipse at 2:35 p.m. lasting 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

Franklin with celebrate this once in a lifetime event with a fab SOLAR BLOCK PARTY From 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Downtown Franklin.  Super lineup of features and events.

Just For the Kids!
The perfect thing for a hot summer day:  An 18' tall wet slipping slide.  Kids LOVE it.

3:00 p.m. - Concert Featuring "Last Five Standing".
One of Atlanta's favorite rock cover bands, it's great high energy entertainment.

Free solar eclipse viewing glasses to the first 1,000 people.  Certified Safe.

Free RC Cola and Moon Pie to first 100 attendees

It's a "Southern Thing"!

NASA Eclipse Live Stream
NASA will provide a 4-hour broadcast - Lower level of Town Hall Board Room
Details to be posted as NASA provides.



 

WHEW!  WHAT A SUMMER!
It's been a great one in the mountains so far; hope it has been for you too.
Please stop in the office if you are in the area anytime during the summer.
I'd love to see you.


** KATHY **

    

        
    

Spring Greetings from Kathy Clifton

 
 
 
AND A
    
    

TO ALL THE MOMS !
 
 
"It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.
And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want.
but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"
-Mark Twain


I've always loved this quote; it just seems to capture the way you feel when spring comes.
Everything seems possible; so much to do and see and always the thought that summer is on its way.


 


Franklin never lacks for activities during the spring and summer.
A wide variety of events, and just a wonderful time to lay in a hammock, take a hike, the list is endless.
Here's a sampling of some great "go to's"

** HIGHLANDS ROAD GEM SHOW **
Always a favorite; vendors come from across the United States and draw hundreds of gem enthusiasts.
Shop for rocks, minerals, rough and cut gems, jewelry, beads, supplies and more.
May 11th  - May 14th
9:00 (or earlier!) to dusk
1602 Highlands Road (Corner of Highlands Road and 441 Bypass)

(The gem show held annually at the Macon County Recreation Center is cancelled this year.  The Center is under major renovation)


** AIRING OF THE QUILTS **
A Settlers Days tradition was airing out quilts after a cold winter, hanging them in the spring air and sunshine.
Franklin annually honors that tradition with our own Airing of the Quilts.
It's a beautiful, colorful sight; a downtown favorite.
May 13th - Downtown Franklin
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Franklin will be a "riot of color" with quilts displayed on store fronts and sidewalks.
The event also features quilting vendors, arts and crafts vendors. quilting demonstrations and more!

     


** FRANKLIN FARMER'S MARKET **
You can always tell spring has come when this market re-opens.
Saturday mornings from 8:00 until noon.
Parking lot on East Palmer Street just across from Macon Printing (219 E. Palmer)
Fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables
Plants, flowers and herbs
Eggs, artisan baked goods
Crafts


AND OF COURSE . . .OUR OWN
SOLAR ECLIPSE
The Experience and Spectacle of a Lifetime - YOUR LIFETIME!
Coming to the U.S. and FRANKLIN on August 21st.
** MARK YOUR CALENDARS **

This video shows the path of the Total Solar Eclipse through the United States.  Fascinating.
Visit the Franklin Chamber of Commerce website for more information.
I'll have more for you, too in the coming months.



    

The spring and summer months are traditionally the busiest for both buyers and sellers.
It just never fails;  You come for a vacation and end up staying a lifetime.
The mountains can do that to you!

Here's one of my newer listings.  It's a beauty!


                

    


AND TO CLOSE, JUST A LITTLE REAL ESTATE HUMOR:
We don't laugh nearly as often as we should . . .



            


Enjoy this wonderful Spring!  Until Next Time,
Kathy




 
    
 

Hello From Kathy Clifton

 
 
 

Hello Everyone!

As I sit here writing, March has arrived and that means Spring is not far behind.  March also brings a wonderful annual Franklin sighting - the first Appalachian Trail thru hikers.  The AT is one of Franklin's best known and most precious resources and is one of 40 towns and cities that have been recognized in the AT Community Program .  These  towns are considered assets by all who use the AT and  act as good friends and neighbors to the trail.  As a visitor on the trail, hikers can enjoy special events and promotions in these designated towns.  More on what Franklin offers a little later!

So!   Because Spring is coming, because we love the mountains and our Appalachian Trail heritage, we dedicate this newsletter to
"EVERYTHING APPALACHIAN TRAIL". I promise fun, amazing photos,  and even a video for your entertainment. Please visit all of the links - You won't be disappointed. Hope you enjoy it.  GET OUT AND HIKE!!

Before you go, you really should check out these "21 Fascinating Appalachian Trail Facts". Great read!

Now you're ready!  It will take about 5 months and 5 million steps!  Here's what you'll encounter.


 

  
 


WHEW!  I'm tired.  But I'll let you experience the whole 2,184 miles in about 4 minutes without breaking a sweat.  Watch the 3.5 minute video here.  Notice the "overlays" in the video as the hiker progresses through the states.  If you don't have the time or the inclination to carry that big backpack, you can enjoy the AT by day hiking.  Franklin offers an amazing variety of hikes, all levels and lengths.  I chatted with Gail Lehman, a long-time member and hike leader with the Nantahala Hiking Club and asked for her favorite AT Section hikes.  She listed Siler Bald, Wesser Tower and Albert Mountain.  All are 1-3 miles in length.  This guide details those hikes and others.

Want to step up your  game?  Take the 14 State Challenge.  Bite-sized pieces of the AT!  Click on the link to find out how!

Think you're too old to be considering such things?  Read on!



Every once in a while, you will come across something - or someone - who just impresses the pants off you.  This is one of those women.  Meet "Grandma Gatewood", the first woman to complete the AT, SOLO.  Oh yes, not once, but THREE TIMES, the first at age 67, the last at age 75, making her the oldest person to have completed the trail.  This is one of those stories you just have to love.  Read more about her incredible story at the Vagabond website.  I was so inspired by this woman that I wanted to read more about her amazing life.  "Grandma Gatewood's Walk" is a Bestseller and is available from Amazon.  

 

 
 

 

For AT humor, NOTHING beats Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods."  It's a classic that will have you laughing till you cry.  I've read it twice and it still cracks me up.
 

 
  



    
      

We love our hikers and, true to our commitment as an AT Community, we go all out to welcome them and  provide a month-long event, Franklin Trail Days.  From March 20th through April 22nd, it's a hiker's paradise:  Music, cookouts, breakfast, (Did I mention BEER?); all of which thru hikers are desperate for!  Click the link above for the full schedule.  Non-hikers are welcome, of course.

 

  
 


As we enjoy the photos in this letter and our own day hikes on AT Trails, it's easy to forget that the trails do not maintain themselves!  We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who go out weekly, loaded with tools, to keep trails walkable and hazard-free.  Franklin's Nantahala Hiking Club is one of 31 volunteer clubs of the AT Conservancy who maintain AT trails.  Our club maintains 58.6 miles of the Trail. Their mission is found in the words of Rev. A. Rufus Morgan:  "Keep ever clear the open trails that lead to the mountain tops."

WOW! Here are photos of our club in action!  This 300+ year old Hemlock fell across the AT near Winding Stair Gap.  Mission accomplished.  


 

   
Photos and information courtesy of Nantahala Hiking Club
 



What a small sampling of the beauty and significance of the Appalachian Trail.  Franklin is truly blessed to be home to this treasure.  I hope you've found some humor, education and most of all, inspiration in our letter.
 

'Gotta go! I'm off on a hike.  See you next time! Until then, keep those hiking boots moving!
 
~~ KATHY ~~

   








 

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