Friends and Neighbors Extension Homemakers Club of Jackson County met and traveled by van to Franklin for its October meeting.
The club found that much work has been accomplished on the revitalization of downtown Franklin, but much also is still in progress. Eight members made the excursion, which was arranged by Charlotte Lovegrove.
The first stop was lunch at Triple Play BBQ at the pavilion that offers a varied menu but features barbecued meats along with sides, including baked beans, coleslaw and macaroni and cheese. The group chose a family-style meal of these items.
The building housing this restaurant is a “study” itself. The main dining area is set up as a walled garden furnished with patio dining sets with numerous large tables for groups. The roof is translucent panels attached to an apparatus to make it retractable for a fair weather open-air experience.
It is an example of creative repurposing, as the structure had housed a car dealership and a dry cleaners among other uses over the years. Total seating capacity is 300.
While waiting to be served, president Ruby Niccum brought the meeting to order by leading the group in the pledges and calling for the roll call. Lunch was served so the lessons, announcements and other business were resumed when the group was gathered again in the the van after visiting some of the variety shops available in town.
Lovegrove gave information on a historic place of interest in the nearby Lancaster community on State Road 250 east of State Road 3 in Jefferson County called the Eleutherian College, which was integrated even before the Civil War.
Louise Cox reported about fall foliage coloration causes and effects.
Niccum noted dates of upcoming events related to the county and club. They are Nov. 5, all county club members donating food items for a bake sale to fund an annual scholarship to a local graduating senior; Nov. 10, countywide Fall Fling gathering at Central Christian Church fellowship center; and Nov. 29, Friends and Neighbors Club combined November and December meeting to be a pitch-in luncheon at Ruth Bateman’s home.
The outing ended with a visit to the Franklin railroad depot building, which is now a well-stocked candy and ice cream shop.
Those attending were Bateman, Cox, Kidwell, Lovegrove, Niccum, Donna Patterson, Vera Robbins and Shirley Sears.