Brittney Burns – Staff Writer
Franklin is one of the few towns in the entire United States that falls within the line of totality for the 2017 Solar Eclipse scheduled for Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Not only is Franklin one of the few towns in the path of totality, Franklin will experience one of the greatest lengths of complete darkness, making it the ideal location for visitors to view the event.
While the partial phase of the eclipse will begin at 1 p.m., at 2:35 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, Franklin will be in complete darkness for two minutes and 30 seconds while the moon passes in front of the sun. To celebrate this once in a lifetime experience, Town Manager Summer Woodard announced on Monday that Franklin will be hosting a “Totality” block party downtown from 1 to 6 p.m.
The event will feature a 3 p.m. concert featuring Last Five Standing, one of Atlanta’s favorite rock cover bands at the Gazebo on the Square. Last Five Standing is comprised of seasoned musicians with decades of combined professional experience. Their performances are all about high-energy entertainment as they play your favorite tunes spanning from Classic Rock, MTV era ’80s music, to current, upbeat Top 40 hit selections.
For the kids, there will be an 18 foot tall wet slipping slide located in downtown Franklin. Woodard said that the town is also looking into renting telescopes to have around Franklin for guests to utilize for the event.
“We will also be giving out special viewing glasses for the event, because eye protection is paramount to properly view the eclipse,” said Woodard. “We will have give-a-ways, and t-shirts that we are working to design right now as well. And of course, we will also be serving up moon pies and RC Cola.”
The town will be closing down Iotla Street the day of the event for the block party and will have events throughout the day to celebrate.