March 5th, 2016
March 6, 2016
Downtown Franklin, TN
Saturday, March 12th
It’s always fun when you find a different type of festival to attend. The Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) is hosting their 13th Annual Brew Fest. This is not just a festival of craft beers, it is a FREE Irish Street Festival, too!
Occurring on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, March, 12th, this Brew Fest is an opportunity for beer lovers to sample some of the best local, national and international brews, all right here in Downtown Franklin. Attracting brew lovers in all walks of life and ages, Lipman Brothers, the lead sponsor of the event, is providing samples of new styles from well-known breweries as well as some brands you’ve likely never had a chance to experience.
Bringing out over 25 different breweries, who will offer a selection of more than 75 craft beers, throughout tasting sites in and around Franklin’s famous Main Street, The Public Square along with a many of the local merchants. Main Street will be closed to thoroughfare traffic that night.
There will be plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied, from live Irish music, including the not only bagpipes, but several groups will be playing, Celtic performers and plenty of Irish cheer. Participants can check in starting at 4:00 p.m., with the tasting beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m. All of the fun of this event will last until 9:00 p.m. You must purchase a ticket with a valid ID to participate in the beer tasting, but not to enjoy the all of the Irish Street Festivities!
So if you are one of those people who really enjoy good craft beer, you won’t want to miss the Brew Fest in Downtown Franklin!
January 9th, 2016
January 9, 2016
The Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast
The holidays are over and who isn’t in need of a little respite? All of the hustle and bustle has been had and now it’s time to unwind and get life back to “normal.”
The Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast located at 1317 Columbia Avenue in the heart of Franklin, is a great venue to do just that. Innkeepers Jimmy and Robbie Smithson carry much pride in their Craftsman Style home, built around 1905. This beautiful Bed & Breakfast is also very special, in the fact that it is built on land that the Battle of Franklin took place on.
Providing four individually decorated guest rooms, including all of the extraordinary amenities of a first class hotel. From their fine linens, down pillows and comforters to the spacious sitting room with a cozy fireplace, bringing much relaxation and comfort to their guests. All of the suites include a private bath, tastefully accommodating many antiques.
It’s always nice to enjoy relaxing, memorable experiences, which you are sure to do when sitting in the large airy sunroom Boasting skylights, ceiling fans, high vaulted ceilings along with wraparound porches with comfortable seating, you are sure to find it tranquil. It is a great gathering spot to enjoy reading, playing games or just kicking back and taking in all of the history that is around you.
Located just 2 blocks from the Historic Carter House, and only one mile to the Historic Carnton Plantation, both being witnesses of the Battle of Franklin on November 30th, 1864, there is lots of history in this area of Williamson County. The famed Lotz House, hosts a largest collection of the War Between the States and Old West artifacts while charming Historic Downtown of Franklin’s streets are lined with restored and renovated 19th century homes and shops, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Main Street is lined with unique specialty and antique shops along with many favorite local restaurants, all just a short walk away.
So plan your escape to a little piece of serenity, surrounded by southern hospitality and the rich history of the Civil War at the Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast.
January 2nd, 2016
January 2, 2016
Franklin Art Scene
Downtown Franklin, TN
Friday, January 8th
The weekend is coming and what are you going to do? Are you tired of all the same ol’ things? Well the Downtown Franklin Association will be presenting their first Franklin Art Scene of the year on Friday, January 8th.
This free activity is celebrating the local craftsmanship we have right here in Williamson County. It will give the novice along with art connoisseur a look at what our local artist are creating. From magnificent hand-blown glass pieces,photography exhibits, original paintings, turned wood masterpieces along with many other mixed medias.
This art crawl will include dozens of sites throughout the Downtown Franklin area, many which are designated on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests may begin at any of the participating venues and follow the map around to all or some of them. The Trolley will be circulating around town, offering free rides to all of the patrons, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. So jump on it here, get off of it there and just have a great time exploring all of the wonderful talent Downtown Franklin has to offer.
For your added enjoyment, many of the galleries and working studios will be serving complimentary refreshments on this evenings special event. Some will even have live entertainment for you to listen to while browsing through their place.
So come to the first Fridays event and enjoy a night out in historic Downtown Franklin, on their monthly Art Scene.
December 26th, 2015
December 26, 2015
Spring HIll, TN
Well the hustle and bustle of of this year’s Christmas season is over. All of the packages have been delivered and unwrapped to please their receivers. Oh, but there is one thing left, you have a house full of company and you don’t know what to do! It’s always great to have family and friends in for the holidays, but year after year, you seem to run out of new things to. Sure you have the traditional things that you like to do, it wouldn’t be Christmas without those. But how about getting out and doing something a little different this year.
The Rippavilla Plantation received Best of Maury County and Best Tourist Attraction in 2014, deserving of a visit from the people around its community. This majestic antebellum home was completed in 1855 by Nathaniel F. Cheairs, a Major in the Confederate Army. The actual construction was done by slaves furnished by William McKissack, his father-in-law. Being the perfestionist that he was, many of the walls were torn down more than once to meet his expectations and have stood for over 150 years.
Enjoy the history of the Cheairs family’s roots in Maury County, the world of plantation life along with the Civil War. It has been completely restored and houses many of the family’s original antique pieces. In the museum room, you will even find many of the family heirlooms as well as several genuine Civil War artifacts. The carriage house has been turned into a book and souvenir shop.
This piece of history is located at 5700 Main Street in Spring Hill. It is just one quarter of a mile south of the Saturn Parkway exit off Interstate 65. It will be open Monday – Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The last tour of the day leaves at 3:30 p.m. and they last approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour. It will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
So why not venture out to the Rippavilla and take in all of the history it has to offer, it will be a fantastic way to entertain your guests and end your 2015!
December 19th, 2015
December 19, 2015
Trees of Christmas
Factory at Franklin, TN
If shopping isn’t pleasurable enough this time of year, The Factory at Franklin is taking it to a whole nother level. For the month of December, they have created a Winter Wonderland. If you can imagine a factory full of 9 foot Fraser firs, all decked out in the festive decor of the season, you’ve got, that is what they have done. Wanting to entice all of the possible shoppers they can this time of year, The Factory at Franklin has joined in with their tenants and have gone all out!
Quickly finding a spot in the nostalgic hearts of not only their Franklin patrons, those in our surrounding communities but those here visiting family and friends or just passing through, The Factory at Franklin’s Trees of Christmas has become quite a spectacular tradition. With all of the lights, tinsel, Christmas balls and ornaments they are sure to entice and enthrall all who have the privilege of seeing them. They are even asking guests to vote on their favorite one, awarding the winner with that coveted title for the year. They are also having a drawing for those who register, with an opportunity of winning a holiday-themed prize!
So make sure you make it out to the Factory at Franklin, not only for some awesome shopping experience, but for their Trees of Christmas festivities. With participants like Gulf Pride Seafood, The Little Cottage, The Glass Touch, Third Coast Clay, Wild & Free, Lucky Scruff and Five Daughters Bakery, you know that will find those unique and special gifts that you have been looking for, along with some of the most creative Christmas trees that you will ever see!
December 12th, 2015
December 12, 2015
Hop & Shop
Well it has come down to the last week before that guy in the big red suit arrives! The season comes upon us so fast, we try and be as organized as possible, but before we know it, here it is! To help you simplify and de-stress a bit, the Franklin Transit Authority has partnered with The Factory at Franklin, offering you a simpler way to shop at your favorite local stores. On Saturdays, they will be hosting their Hop & Shop Trolley.
This convenient way to accommodate your holiday shopping lists will provide FREE, warm transportation, right at your fingertips! It is handicap accessible, too, so make sure and take advantage of this wonderful service. It will start the morning out at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, where you’ll find all kinds of antique stores, charming boutiques, unique art galleries. It will depart from there at 10:00 a.m. and take its holi”dazed” shoppers down Main Street and Columbia Avenue to all of the quaint shoppes they have to offer and then head on over to First through Fifth Avenues, so you can hit those local businesses, too!
As you travel around in this festive trolley, you can be making your list and checking it twice, all while enjoying entertaining holiday music and relaxing in the enchanting environment. It will run in 30-minute increments, until 5:00 p.m. providing you plenty of time to get what you need done. “Santa’s elves,” the drivers, will take a short lunch break around 1:00, so please shop your heart out or sit and enjoy a delectable treat and they’ll be right there to pick you up!
Come and enjoy the stress-free transportation to all of the shopping and dining merchants, right here in Franklin! It is sure to add some enjoyment, and take away a little of the pressure, into your holiday season!
December 5th, 2015
December 5th, 2015
Homes for the Holidays Candlelight Tour
Saturday and Sunday, December 12th & 13th
There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than to be with friends and family. Well, First Tennessee is presenting Home for the Holidays. This holiday tour will be on the evenings of December 12th & 13th, Saturday and Sunday. It will commence at 5:00 p.m. and will last until 8:30 p.m.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see the holiday visions several of our Franklin residents and local churches have for their locale. With the various approaches of holiday decorating, these beautiful venues will present a balance of Franklin’s historic charm along with its modern appeal for a festive collection, each having its own personalized decor that will demonstrate their own unique traditions. The majority of the sites for this candlelight tour will be within the Downtown Franklin area. Demonstrating the rich heritage that we enjoy, being a part of this community, it is sure to provide a creative way, not only to decorate but also to celebrate and enjoy the blessings of this glorious season.
The historical Lotz House, which was built in 1858 and stands on the battlefield of Franklin, will be welcoming guests with hot apple cider and Christmas cookies. The House will be decorated with items such as harvested nuts, fresh apples, holly and magnolia leaves along with pulled cotton to create the feel as if it was back in the day, and you were celebrating the holidays with the Lotz family.
Cumberland Presbyterian will be providing plenty of holiday cheer with their music and a 25-foot Christmas tree, all decked out in its period décor. The talented design students at O’More College of Design will be decorating the campus, showcasing their seasonal, festive flair. Historically dressed and gleeful costumed interpreters will be scattered amongst this festive venues for a sincere feeling of that holiday spirit.
So come in and join in on this glorious candlelight tour, Home for the Holidays and experience the joy it has to offer from 1858 through today!
December 2nd, 2015
December 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Franklin Art Crawl
Find more information here: http://www.franklinis.com/events/franklin-art-crawl/2015-12-04
Franklin, TN Art Crawl: First Friday of every month
The Franklin Art Scene will open its doors this Friday with fabulous art to view for all. The first-Friday art crawl, which has consistently grown in attendance since its 2011 conception, will feature 30-plus participating locations in Historic Franklin’s core. Art Scene locations are dispersed throughout downtown, including the antique district and spots up and down Columbia Avenue. There is no set starting point for art crawl participants; guests are encouraged to begin at any map location. Trolleys circulate among all the stops throughout the night, and $5 buys an unlimited wristband to jump on and off at will from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In addition to an online map and QR code, a Franklin Art Scene smartphone application is now available on Google Play. The download gives users up-to-date information on the upcoming art crawl and its locations.
Some highlights of the November 1 event include:
- Just off Columbia Avenue, Damico Frame & Art Gallery will showcase work by Jennie Schut, a local painter who has shown her work throughout the state. As an artist, Schut perceives the many relationships active in an engaging piece of work and uses light and dark, smooth and rough, colorful and dull elements to create her masterpieces.
- Savory Spice Shop, a new boutique spice store on Main Street, is hosting local acrylic artist Roy Laws. Laws offers artistic interpretations of vintage guitars, rock n’ roll icons and outlaw country legends.
- The Williamson County CVB Vistor Center at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street is hosting “visual jazz” painter JD Wise, who appreciates the modern, mid-century style of the ‘60s.
- Heirloom Shop is hosting painter Maia Ketterbaugh at its Main Street shop, and artist who paints still-life objects in an oil medium.
- On the Public Square, Boutique MMM will display pieces by Laurel Nash, a jewelry artist and silversmith who primarily works with leather.
- On Second Avenue North, antiques store T. Nesbitt & Co. is offering a look at Cynthia Birdsong’s work. Birdsong will display her mixed-media pieces. As an artist, she has taught adults and children at Cheekwood Botanical Garden for nearly 20 years.
- Bagbey House on Fourth Avenue North is showcasing several of their in-house local artists in November, including Debbie Smartt, Lisa Hayward and Jill Harper.
- O’More College of Design on S. Margin Street hosted a scholarship competition for high school students across the state this fall.
More info here: http://downtownfranklintn.com/the-franklin-art-scene/
November 28th, 2015
November 30, 2015
The 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin and Annual Illumination
Downtown Franklin, TN
Nov. 30th at 5pm.
Find more information here: http://www.boft.org/events/anniversary.htm
Battle of Franklin Anniversary Illumination
Attention families! This is a great event to bring the kids to, its a night full of history, fun and bright lights! Each year on November 30, The Battle of Franklin Trust hosts the Annual Illumination. Ten thousand luminaries are laid out to represent the 10,000 casualties from the Battle of Franklin in 1864. This tragic event has left a mark on the awesome town of Franklin, TN so we really hope you can make it out to help us celebrate this memorable anniversary!
The Illumination for the 151st Anniversary will be held in the field adjacent to Carnton Plantation on November 30, 2015. A ceremony will begin at 4:30 pm with speakers Eric A. Jacobson, Greg Wade and Robert Blythe. Be ready to be impressed by these great speakers as they walk us through memory lane.
Attention Franklin, TN residents! Volunteers are needed from 1 pm to 9 pm. Dinner is provided. If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, please please please contact Brittany Mayfield at (615) 794-0903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will look forward to seeing you there!
November 28th, 2015
November 28, 2015
13th Annual Shop with a COP Pancake Breakfast
Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, Columbia, TN
Saturday, December 5th
‘Tis the season to be jolly, well sometimes, that just isn’t the case. For some of our local children, this time of year can be very emotional and difficult. The Columbia Police Department has created an annual Christmas tradition, for the last 12 years, in making the holiday season a little brighter for those underprivileged kids.
On Saturday, December 5th, they will be hosting their annual Shop with a COP Pancake Breakfast. This year’s delicious Pancake Breakfast is being hosted by Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, on the square in Columbia. They will be serving up hot tasty pancakes and crispy bacon from 7:00 a.m. until noon. Tickets are only $5.00, which does also include a choice of beverage; coffee, tea, milk or juice.
The proceeds from all ticket sales go directly to The Columbia Police Department’s Shop with a COP program. This special program offers local underprivileged children to be taken out for a day of Christmas shopping with one of the Columbia Police Department’s qualified officers. The officers also have the joy of taking that child on a special date that day. They are treated to a holiday movie at Shady Brook Cinemas and then out for a bite to eat.
So come out and support our local community this holiday season, either by enjoying this delicious Pancake Breakfast or a monetary donation to the Columbia Police Department’s Shop with a COP program. It is bringing Christmas joy to many children within our community and is a day that makes them feel extra special!