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We all need a little Cowee Christmas!

It’s that time of year again when we think about the holiday season and wonder how we are going to spread a little Christmas cheer while creating meaningful memories.  The 7th Annual Cowee Christmas event being held on Saturday, December 4 at the Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center (51 Cowee School Drive, Franklin) checks all the boxes for getting us in a festive mood with one stop shopping for decorations and gifts, activities/crafts for the kids, photo opportunities and live entertainment by local musicians.  Activities will be both inside the school and on the outside grounds.  Masks will be required for entry into the school.

Beginning at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., these Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center artisan tenants and vendors will be open where one might find that special gift or learn more about the culture of our historic area:

Cowee Textiles – Weaving, Needle Felting and Hats by Teresa Bouchonnet

Jon Houglum Fine Art & Painting Studio – Oil Landscapes & Painting Lessons

The Mountaineer – Handcrafted Woodworking, Leatherworking and Soaps

Cowee Pottery School – Wheel-thrown and Hand-built Studio Pottery & Classes

Alarka Expeditions – Outdoor Excursions & Cultural Events

Down Memory Lane Toy Museum – Extensive toy collection that spans decades

Cynthia Kinard Portrait Legacies – Oil & Watercolor Paintings and Portraits

Starting a bit later at 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., children and families will have an opportunity for FREE hands-on crafts and activities such as evergreen swag making, cookie decorating with Grandma’s Kitchen, sewing a little bag with Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild, and making tree decorations with the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC).  In addition, there will be other special activities such as Face Painting by Mary Bennett (sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County), and photo opportunities featuring the Franklin Fire Department Antique Engine, Cowee Fire Department and Wayne English and friends and their antique cars which are sure to produce smiling faces.  To complete the holiday enchantment, these local musicians will be performing between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.:  Wyatt Duvall, The White Sisters, Lady and the Tramps and Richard Tichich.

With all these offerings of sights and sounds of Christmas at the event, we must not overlook the senses of taste and smell!  The Women’s History Trail (a project of FHAMC) will be selling festive homemade cookies and hot drinks to benefit their annual student scholarship and FRESH BALSAM PILLOWS AND SWAGS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE WHICH WILL BENEFIT COWEE SCHOOL.

For more information about Cowee Christmas, contact event organizer Claire Suminski (828) 342-9071 or email or visit  

AND, the holiday celebration will continue at Cowee School with a new event, “A Cowee Nutcracker” scheduled December 17 – 19!  For tickets, contact


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