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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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Hello From Kathy Clifton - Here's To A Great 2019


                
 


BRRRR . . .It's been a chilly start to the new year here in Franklin!
But the sweaters and boots do need a little time out of the closet!

Gosh, I've lived in Franklin for 19 years and over that time, I've really seen Franklin come into its own.
It's wonderful to see how our town remains true to its past while embracing the future as well.
Nowhere is this more evident than our annual Franklin event calendar.
Here's a heads up so you can plan your days - and trips around some of these fun, family times.
Just click on each for a taste; we'll have more info as we get closer.



Airing of the Quilts, May 11th

Pickin' On the Square, Saturday Evenings Late May through Mid October

A Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival, June 13th through 16th,

An All American 4th of July, July 4th

Appalachian Heritage Festival, July 20th

25th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival, August 17th

23rd Annual PumpkinFest, October 19th

Winter Wonderland 2019, November 30th and December 7th


 

 

    


                                                                            

We leave you with words from one of the best loved "mountain men" of all time, John Muir.

"Keep close to Nature's heart . . . and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.  Wash your spirit clean."



Good advice!

Our best wishes for a wonderful 2019.
Kathy and Stephanie

 
                   
     
Kathy Clifton, Broker
828-226-1074
Kathy@FreeFranklinSearch.com

www.FreeFranklinSearch.com  

Stephanie Sainz, Buyer Specialist
828-215-0606
StephanieSainzBHR@gmail.com

www.StephanieSainz.com

 

Thanksgiving Greetings from Kathy and Stephanie

 

 
    



Hello Everyone,

By now you know that, in the "Kathy's Favorite Season" contest, Fall often wins!
And I REALLY love Thanksgiving.  It's such a family, friends, food, fun, football day!

Here's a little scenario of how things will be going at my house . . .


 

1. I have set the alarm the night before for a very early hour which is when I will need to put the turkey in the oven.
It will be dark outside.  To get in the holiday mood, I watch ( off and on) Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  
It starts at 9:00 a.m. and is a good distraction from all those side dishes!  Fun Fact: The ButterBall Hotline
will answer 100,000+ questions over November and December.

2. Determine when dinner will be served so it will not conflict with the Lions/Bears NFL football game.  It starts at 12:30
and will last until about 3:30. Being from Michigan, it would be unforgivable to give dinner preference over a Lion's game!
Also, I never try to smash dinner in at halftime - it just never works!   Fun Fact:  The Lions have played on Thanksgiving Day
for 34 years.  Their record is 36-38-2.

3.  Dinner is served!  Say Grace.  Give thanks.  A longstanding tradition at our house is going around the table
with each family member or friend naming one thing they are thankful for.  If there are younger children at a different
table, supervise the same activity for them. Get them started on thankfulness early.  Fun Fact:  An average of 4,500
calories are consumed per person on Thanksgiving.  (This is the equivalent of 14 slices of pumpkin pie.)

4.  Time for Dessert!  We LOVE pie!  Apple, pecan, pumpkin, sweet potato.  You name it!  Have a little
bit of each one.  It's okay.  Fun Fact: America's first choice of Thanksgiving pie is APPLE, with pumpkin coming
a distant second!


 

EVERYONE LOVES HOLIDAY DINNER . . .
(You'll need to watch multiple times to get the most out of it!)




    

  

5. Enjoy the weekend.  If you're lucky enough to live in Franklin, or be spending the holiday here, the Christmas season
kicks off on Sunday, November 25th with the Christmas Parade.  It begins at 3:00 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Franklin.
Our downtown Christmas "Winter Wonderland" celebration takes place on two Saturday nights, November 24th and December 1st,
beginning at 3:00 p.m.  Enjoy the living window displays, free wagon rides, music and the tree lighting ceremony.
It's a great way to catch the holiday spirit!


 

At the end of the day, after the food, football and parades, Thanksgiving is "Giving Thanks"
We thank you for your friendship and support over the years.  It is truly a blessing.
May your holidays be filled with warmth and happiness.


    
        

Kathy and Stephanie

        
        
    

Kathy Clifton Is In A Summer State of Mind

         
        
      
      
YES, I REALLY AM IN A SUMMER STATE OF MIND, AND READY FOR SUMMER FUN!
SO MANY FUN THINGS YOU
MIGHT DO, BUT WHAT MUST
YOU DO?

Not an easy question to answer so we'll boil it down to the essentials:
Food and Drink!  Just click on the images!



1.  YOU MUST FIRE UP THE GRILL FOR A FEW BURGERS. TRY AT LEAST ONE NEW ONE!
GREAT CHOICES FOR MEAT LOVERS, VEGANS AND VEGETARIANS!

 
 

Nothing that really excites your taste buds?  That's okay.
Just plop a burger on the grill, with a slice of your favorite cheese
and a summer tomato from one of our Farmer's Markets.  YUM.

 
 

2.  YOU MUST HAVE THIRST-QUENCHING BEVERAGES TO SERVE WITH THE BURGERS.
My personal favorite:  The Fruit Infused Water.  I take it to work with me!  Healthy!
Also try the peach lemonade with fresh peaches.  


 
    
Nothing that really wets your whistle?  No problem.
Try an old time favorite - a good frosty root beer in a chilled mug.
Better yet -- a root beer float!



   

And in closing, a few "act like a kid" ideas for enjoying the summer.  I intend to do them all!

1.  Eat a popsicle.  Isn't cherry always the favorite?  Or is it grape?
2.  Go to Dairy Queen and get a cone with rainbow sprinkles - Or do it at home.
3.  Toss a Frisbee (I didn't say you had to CATCH it.)
4.  Make ice cream sandwiches from waffles - the toaster kind work fine.
5.  Drink lemonade. Try making it yourself.  Tastes MUCH better.
6.  Eat corn on the cob with LOTS of butter.  It should drip off your face if you've used enough.
7.  Lay in the grass on a warm night and just enjoy stargazing.
8.  Read a book - or 2 or 3.


9.  GO TO FRANKLIN'S ALL AMERICAN 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION !!
Wednesday, July 4th, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Parade, Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker Contest, Patriotic Pet Contest
Fireworks Display After Dark
Click for the full schedule!


 
ONE MORE THING YOU MIGHT NEED - A GOOD SUMMER LAUGH!!  TEE HEE!!

 
 


IT'S A GREAT SUMMER IN FRANKLIN - AND A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE.
ENJOY THIS WONDERFUL SEASON WHEREVER YOU ARE.
 LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO!



"WARM" Summer Regards,

        

Kathy and Stephanie

        

Welcome Spring . . . We're Ready For You!


                
    

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TO ALL THE MOMS OUT THERE!!



Yes, we're definitely ready for you, Spring!  After many April Showers, we want our May Flowers!

Franklin opens its magnificent spring and summer season with great "LOCAL COLOR"

QUILTS AND GEMS! I love them both!!
WHAT A WEEKEND TO ENJOY IN FRANKLIN!




   
 

An old tradition in the settler days, folks aired their quilts outside in the spring air and sunshine after a long cold winter.
Franklin annually honors that tradition with our own "Airing of the Quilts" on Saturday, My 12th.
Sponsored by over 30 downtown merchants, you will love this outdoor quilt show that showcases a timeless piece of our Appalachian heritage.
See gorgeous quilt displays throughout historic downtown Franklin as businesses and homeowners hang quilts EVERYWHERE!
It's an unbelievable burst of spring color through town.
And . . .Quilting vendors, demonstrations, giveaways and much more!

 
 

IT'S GEM SHOW TIME!!
 
Franklin is renowned as the "Gem Capital of the World" for good reason.
Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Sota ventured through the area in the 16th century, searching for gold and other treasures.
That exploration established a tradition in Franklin which morphed into gem mining in the late 19th century.  
During that time, several companies constructed mines to discover and capitalize on the source of Franklin's ruby and sapphire explosion in the 1870's.

And ever since, folks have traveled to Franklin in search of those precious gems.
We take our gem and mineral heritage seriously!
Each spring and summer, Franklin becomes a magnet for buyers and collectors from the southeast states and across the country, drawing them to these shows!
All are within easy driving distance - Have fun!




    

ECHO VALLEY GEM AND MINERAL SHOW
May 10-13
Daily 9-6; Final Day 10-4
6456 Sylva Rd.
Free Admission

HIGHLANDS ROAD GEM SHOW
May 10-13
Daily 9-5 with many vendors available  before and after these hours
1602 Highlands Road
Free Admission

MOTHER'S DAY GEMBOREE
May 11-13
Daily 10-5; Final Day 10-4
1288 Georgia Road - Community Center Building across from the new Ingles
Free Admission



If you want to discover your own  gems, visit one of the many GEM MINING SHOPS.
You might discover the next priceless ruby or sapphire
.

 



In Closing .. . .

As a was researching the topics for this blog, I ran across this essay that stopped me in my tracks.
I often talk about why I love living here, but I've never seen the thoughts expressed so eloquently.
This essay (and others) are part of an essay contest sponsored in the schools by Franklin Rotary Cub, Read2Me and Macon County News.
This, by a 5th grade student in Mountain View Intermediate School.
Please take time to read "Why I Love My Community"



Enjoy these wonderful spring and summer months wherever you might be spending them.

Until next time,

Kathy and Stephanie


        
                   

Spring is (almost) here! AT Hikers Spotted!

 

                    


HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!
OH, A LITTLE EARLY PERHAPS, BUT   


SPRING IS . . . WELL . . . A BIG DEAL IN THE MOUNTAINS!

We're kind of tired of winter and when we get an early taste (sometimes premature) of blooming dogwoods and jonquils, we get a  little giddy and start looking for MORE!

A tried and true early sign of spring always comes in March as we get our first views of the Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers.
For those uninitiated in AT talk, those are the intrepid souls that will attempt the 2,180 mile Georgia to Maine trek.


A DESIGNATED APPALACHIAN TRAIL COMMUNITY . . .
The first have been spotted in Franklin; we are an early stop on the trail, about mile 110 of the 2,180!

Hikers coming to the junction of Winding Stair Gap and Highway 64 in Macon Co
usually can't pass up the temptation to hitch a ride 11 miles down the road to our hiker-friendly town.

Its a perfect re-supply point . . . and there might be a few beers involved!
Those coming through in April are in for a treat:  Franklin hosts the month-long annual Trail Days Celebration.  Hikers schedule their trek to attend!



We are so rich in AT heritage, it's only right that we should GET TO KNOW THE AT!  Let's do it!
Let's start with a few interesting stats.  You will amaze your friends with your knowledge!
 
 

** It's the longest "hiking only" footpath in the world, marked with approximately 165,000 white "blazes" to guide hikers **

** The average length of the AT is 2,180 miles, changing a little year to year, based on trail modifications.  That amounts to 5 million steps  (Can you say blisters?) **

** It will take the average thru hiker 5-7 months to complete, with 15 percent throwing in the towel after 2 days.  1 in 4 will finish, 25 percent of which are women **

** The AT crosses 14 states, GA, NC, TN, VA, WV, MD, PA, NJ, NY, CT, MA, VT NH and ME **

** Highest elevation:  6,600 feet at Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park **


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The Journey Begins ...
Step out on that trail with Sarah Williams who did it in 100 days.
A brief must-see.  You will be inspired.
WATCH 100 DAY THRU HIKE


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Like numbers?  This is fun stuff, sure to entertain and inform:  There's more at: By the Numbers

16: The number of times a thru hiker would ascent Mount Everest.  Over the full trail, thru hikers gain over 464,00 or 89 miles in elevation

5,500:  The number of calories required for a hiker to maintain his or her body weight during a typical day of backpacking.
In other words, a hiker could eat 11 Big Macs and still be at an energy deficiency

$0 - $4,000:  The initial outlay for gear

4-5:  The number of pairs of shoes most thru-hikers go through

AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE . . .
1-2:  In gallons, the amount of ice cream many thru-hikers eat in a single sitting at the halfway point.  It's called the "Half Gallon Challenge"
In a tradition that is 35 years old, hikers stop at the Pine Grove Furnace General Store to take the challenge.
Most succeed and need less than 15 minutes to accomplish the feat.  
That's 4 pints or 2,300 calories.  We hear that Cookies and Cream is one of the favorites.
(Don't try this at home!)


    

I think the pooch successfully completed the challenge!    



Would you love to experience these places, but don't think a 5-month thru hike is for you?
Here's a great way to do it in bite size pieces: Take the "14 State Challenge".
I mentioned this a year ago in the blog and a number of folks are doing it!
Click to learn more.


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No conversation about the Appalachian Trail would be complete without a SHOUT OUT to the 31 dedicated clubs and members who maintain this trail and the 262 shelters along the way.
Nearly 250,000 volunteer hours were logged by over 6,000 volunteers in 2016.
Our own NANTAHALA HIKING CLUB maintains 59.6 miles of the AT and spends every Wednesday on trail maintenance:
Everything from building privies to bushwhacking to leading hikes.


Hey!  Here's a thought!  If you'd like to try some of those "bite-sized pieces" of the trail, TAKE A HIKE WITH THE NHC!
Click on the link above for a hike schedule.  Great way to get in shape and enjoy the outdoors in the spring weather.
 



On the trail . . .

     
  

In closing, one of my favorite quotes from an Unknown Author:

HIKING IS A BIT LIKE LIFE:
The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other . . . again and again and again.
And if you allow yourself opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek,
you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit.



Hope you've been amused, informed and inspired by this letter.
  As always, thanks for your friendship and support over the years.
Until next time,

♦ KATHY  ♦

        
    

    
    
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