|The 10th annual event will include music, food and dancing|
Eloise Vass, Libby Bondurant, Pat Jones and Tarah Holland display “Barn Quilt Trail” items that will be part of the annual “Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas” Friday evening.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The 10th Annual "Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas" is set for Friday, Dec. 6 in Downtown Rocky Mount.
Organized by Community Partnership and Franklin County Parks and Recreation, the event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. and will include music, dancing, horse & buggy rides, food and craft vendors, and numerous exhibits and demonstrations.
The Crooked Stitch at 375 Franklin Street will host a weaving demonstration. Owner Whitney Harmon said weaving with specific patterns is becoming very popular. All products are "focused on heritage crafts and high quality family heirlooms," she said.
Children's activities will include Jammin' Along the Crooked Road with Aspen Black at The Franklin Center. Black will bring children on stage to perform her new song "Santa's in Franklin County."
The crowd-pleasing Wright Kids will be at The Franklin County Library, along with The Ferrum College Collegiates, a wreath making demonstration, and a book signing by Joseph and Rachel Taylor.
During the festival, children are invited to make Christmas ornaments at The Tortoiseshell Tabby at 373 Franklin Street. Owner Mackenzie Rust said the "Legend of the Tabby Cat" will be a major feature of the evening.
The Artisan Center will hold an indoor craft market with numerous vendors.
The Grainery will host a hot glass woodburning demonstration and the Barn Quilt Trail of Franklin County exhibit. The quilt trail honors the tradition of quilting and farming within the community.
Bo Bernard will be on Franklin Street performing his magic with ice blocks donated by Hometown Ice.
Sponsored by Franklin County Office of Economic Development, horse and buggy rides are offered free to the public. Board behind the Center Stage Building on Claiborne Avenue.
Photos with Santa by Studio Belle Visage will be in the Center Stage building.
Children may visit with Santa in the lot next to Gina's Place and Downtown Music.
At the farmers' market, The Harvester Performance Center presents The Corey Hunley Band and Nashville recording artist Ashley Forrest. The concert will be broadcast live by B99.
Hot dogs, BBQ, chili, baked goods and other good food will be offered by food vendors along Franklin Street.
A variety of crafts will be available from vendors throughout downtown. Vendor applications are still available, call 540-263-8319.
The festival is sponsored by the Town of Rocky Mount, Franklin County Office of Economic Development, Franklin County Parks and Rec, The Crooked Stitch, The Harvester Performance Center, Carilion, Carter Bank & Trust, Real Estate Rentals, Franklin Community Bank, Franklin Finance, The Artisan Center, Gina's Place, Jeff's Car Care, and Autosbynelson.com.
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