Sanctuary Communities Newsletter

Just like the weather was reading the calendar, the temperature dipped right after Labor Day in Franklin, affirming yet again our claim that living in the mountains of western North Carolina offers the near perfect balance of the seasons. (With heartfelt apologies to our friends further south, who have another month or two with the AC going full blast.)

We’re heading into fall now, about a month away from the third week in October, when the leaves usually hit their autumn colors peak All the self-declared leaf season experts predict a particularly spectacular show this year. Between now and then, we’ll be easing into those crisp, blue sky days, when it’s all about sweaters in the morning and evening and short sleeves in the afternoon.

What’s the news in our little town? Well, the Franklin High Panthers football team is undefeated so far. The County Fair has come and gone, with what looked to us like an especially good looking display of calves, rabbits, chickens and other livestock from the Future Farmers of America kids. And since it’s almost October, the 15th annual Pumkinfest in the Downtown can’t be far off. It’s scheduled, as usual, right at the leaf peak, on the weekend of Oct. 21-22. Read all about it here:

http://www.pumpkinfestfranklin.com/

While the summer crowds have dwindled some, we don’t mind the fall reducing the waiting line much at Caffe Rel. Chef Richard says he’s had the best year yet. Same with some of the merchants on Main Street. So while there’s no shaking the national blues over the down economy, it’s good to know that folks who’re good at what they do are hanging in there.

We intend to remain among that number. We believe – as you’ve told us you believe – that there’s a bright future for downtown living in Franklin, that when the smoke clears a little, the demand for compact, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods like Sanctuary Village will only grow stronger. Our friends who have made similar investments as ours around the country feel the same way. In a time when real estate values have plummeted in conventional suburban developments, compact, in-town neighborhoods, both new and old, have been holding their own.

As for Tim and Iva, they send their warm regards from Sunny South Florida.

Here’s hoping that life where you are is treating you well. And here’s hoping, too, that you’ll be planning a trip to check in with us – either for the glorious fall leaves or another time. The Village awaits.

Sincerely,


Ben Brown
Town Founder



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Fall 2011
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