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Canoe Down the Harpeth with Carrie Drury

SENSUOUS STEEL: The Frist & Art Deco Automobiles

Summertime in Williamson County Where to find the fun!

Gentlemen Prefer...Cars, Golf, Cigars and More!


Annual Checkups • Nutrition Education • High Blood Pressure • Healthy


Lifestyle • Cholesterol • Smoking Cessation • Anxiety and Stress • Weight Management • Diet and Exercise • Diabetes Education • Chronic Fatigue





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Great Spaces - All About Being A Guy

38 YOUR Sports

The Boys of Summer - America’s Pasttime

44 Sensuous Steel

The Frist and “Art Deco Automobiles”

47 Sperry’s Restaurant

A Timeless Gentleman’s Retreat

48 Bellaterra Ranch

Makers of Fine Wine & Cigars

32 Fashionable YOU

The Gentleman Prefers: Fashion on the Golf Course

34 YOUR Beauty & Style

Confessions of a Beauty Junkie: Man Oh Man!

The Franklin Battlefield Inn Amy Freese with DesignHer Living

66 Hospitable YOU

with Southern Soiree Great Gatsby Inspired Weddings

62 Man About Williamson

86 In YOUR Backyard

80 The Guide to the Perfect Pool

74 YOUR Community Partner

83 The Ryman

76 Staycation

88 Arts & Culture A La Carte

Do It Yourself Vegetable Garden

Carrie Drury & Franklin Canoe

What to Do, Where to Go and How to Get There

14 Shopping

with CoolSprings Galleria

22 YOUR Fitness

with Keleah Anderson

25 YOUR Health & Wellness

with Williamson Medical Center

52 From OUR House to YOURS

60 A Little Something Extra Dr. Lucas Boyd



28 YOUR Neighbors Westhaven

68 YOUR Best Self with Connie Haley

72 YOUR Education

with the Schools of Williamson County

with Jondie Davis

92 Read Between the Lines with Landmark Booksellers

with Clearwater Pools


Birthplace of Bluegrass

with Andrea Davis LIGHT, Nicole Witt & The Lion King


YOUR Publisher’s Letter

36 Cover Profile 78 YOUR Williamson County Facts












YOUR EVENTS 10 Stables & Silks

56 Vandalia Cottages Open House

14 Derby Party 15 Tn Equine Grand Prix

58 Chamber After Hours Mixer 64 Franklin Rodeo

16 Eloise Fashion Show 18 Main Street Festival

69 Rock the House for WCCAC

20 Eat the Street

70 Steeplechase

23 High Hopes on the  Green

78 Voices for the Children

26 Music Country Grand Prix

79 Mercy Golf Event

28 The Frist Gala

82 Steak & Burger Dinner

30 McGavock Society Dinner

87 Heritage Foundation Annual Meeting

42 Cars & Coffee

93 Off to the Races

43 Homestead Manor Open House

94 Swan Ball

46 Maserati Launch 50 Blings & Bowties 55 Tour of Homes

96 YOUR Williamson May Party

Andrea Davis

Anna Robertson



Heather Peters

Johnny Birdsong



K York

Sarah Bailey



Rebecca Dent Nicole Staggs Emily Vaden Rachel Weishaupt

97 Calvin LeHew Tribute











Thank you for picking up a copy of this, our largest issue ever! 100 pages is a milestone for any small community publication. And on that note, with almost eight years of publishing under Happy Father’s Day to my my belt, has been a personal goal. But not just the Daddy – George Robertson concept of oh I have 100 pages… but the reality, that oh I have 100 pages of real content. Valuable content. Great events. Terrific and talented writers. And of course the true measure of page count is always the exceptionally loyal, supportive and growing marketing partners and advertisers! As we have seen a bounce back in the economy so we have seen business getting better and stronger in our area and especially those small mom and pops and local merchants which we consider ourselves one, who have shown an increase in ability and desire to make their presence known to prospective customers! That in and of itself is gratification enough and we work hard every month to get the word out via the various means we have through YOUR Williamson – whether it be print, web, social or event - so that we can see those businesses continue to thrive. So please, dear readers, support local business, your community and your neighbor. For most of us summer is abuzz with activity of all types. Whether it be travel, camps, staycations, holidays, summer jobs, college trips or simply the celebration of our Dad’s, our nation’s birthday and so many other things that encompass the months of June and July – I hope you take some time to stop…. And eat the watermelon. “And so with the sunshine Enjoy a lazy day in a swing or poolside; catch some and the great bursts of leaves fireflies and smell that unmistakable pungent fragrance growing on the trees, just as of honeysuckle in the Tennessee twilight. Visit some things grow in fast movies, I local sites and slow down… if only just a little, from the normal other nine months of the year. It’s my favorite had that familiar conviction season for all those reasons and more. Summer speaks that life was beginning over to us with its warmth and it’s familiar sounds and smells again with the summer.” and its joy. Laughter always seems to abound in summer and I hope you get your share. We offer up some really - F. Scott Fitzgerald fun ideas for local entertainment and beyond in this issue. We give the men in our lives some fashion ideas and then some! We treat you to some great event coverage from the spring and we look forward to seeing you at fish fry, a shrimp boil, a firework display and a summer concert sometime in the next few weeks. It’s summer in Williamson County and truly, is there anywhere else you would rather be? On a personal note, as our magazine grows so does our family. As we go to press, I personally embark on the journey all mothers know; the journey and joy of having a baby. Johnny and I will welcome our daughter in coming weeks and for me this is a time of such happiness its hard to know which blessing to be thankful for first or most. As I send this issue to press, which I always joke is like giving birth each month; I know that the next time I speak to you from this page, it will be as a mommy and not just publisher. A distinction I recognize and a humbling and exciting thought. While my life may be going through a multitude of changes and my world will no longer solely revolve around my print baby – I imagine that a whole new set of perspectives, view points and thoughts will define our next phase in publication. I look forward to continuing to share the journey of life with all of our Williamson County friends and readers, as you continue to share yours with us in each and every hundreds of pages per issue. Shelly, YOUR Publisher -



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Stables and Silks Derby Day party was held at the Tennessee Equine Hospital in Thompson’s Station this year. With a new name and new location, the party was off and running with a feast of hot browns, the Benedictine, Derby pie and mint juleps. Party goers watched the Kentucky Derby in ‘Derby style’ dressed to the nines and cheered on their favorite horse to the finish line. Many enjoyed a tour of the Equine Hospital and stables, and everyone enjoyed the sounds of The Chill Band. This was the fifth annual Soroptimist International Derby Day Party raising money for scholarships for women to attend Columbia State Community College and to support Bridges Domestic Violence Shelter. Doug & Amy Ware

Debbie Powell, Ginna Campbell, Kate Deitzer & Katie Edwards

Diane Smith , Cheryl Wilson, Debbie Powell & Margaret Gurley


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Nancy Smith & Lee Thornton

Beth Knott & Beverly King

Meghan & Johnnie Guffee

Carolyn Richardson, Gale Wilson, Kate Deitzer & Jim Milliman

Cassie & Derby Jones

Jackelyn Driver & Emily Jones

Ralph Drury & Jeremy Durham Sara Harlan & Denny King

Berkeley Nance & Andrea Arnold

Terry Cozart & Billy Littleton Michelle Koehly & Steve Lunn

Brad Duke & Frank Skaggs

Katie Edwards & Angie Lorenz

Jen Cherry, Pam Skaggs & Donna Duke Debbi Church & Joseph Burdziakowski

Cindy Sargent, Mary Kate Brown & Bethany Lay

Marta Littleton & Jessica Durham Deborah & Dennis Miller

Janis Martin, Debbie & Ray Barrett

Juanita Patton & Amy Mobley Jim & Anita Talley

Gwynn DuBoise, Charles & Nancy Sargent


David Stewart, Lynn Ivanick & Jim Schroeder


Designing YOUR Space Chris Carlisle Carlisle Interiors

Hospitable YOU Krista Cook & Lauren Hartman Southern Soiree

Man About Williamson Jondie Davis JONDIE Boutique

Carlisle Interiors is a residential and commercial interior decorating company offering the most unique products from a variety of exclusive sources. Principal Designer, Chris Carlisle, has over 20 years of experience while working closely with high-end craftspeople and artisans.

As a full service event production company specializing in weddings, Southern Soiree collaborates with discerning brides to design their wedding with personalized style and exceptional execution. Their goal is for you to enjoy your wedding, from the initial planning to the last dance of the night! They have fun and strive to minimize the stress associated with wedding planning.

Jondie is a long time resident of Williamson County and with his wife own JONDIE Boutique located on Main Street. His humor and feet on the street experience in fashion, dining, entertaining and all things modern gentleman, will be shared in his monthly column featuring topics of all varieties and appeal to men... and women!

YOUR Williamson is a publication of: Robertson Media Group, LLC President/Publisher Shelly Robertson Birdsong Office: 615.979.1548


Read Between the Lines Joel & Carol Tomlin Landmark Booksellers

Erica and Chris Rains have owned a large catering company in Middle Tennessee for five years and have now opened their interactive supper club in Lenox Village. They both have a passion for food and the people that they serve, and strive to raise the bar locally in both catering and in dining out environments. And remember, life is short. It might as well be delicious.

From Our Table to YOURS Chris & Erica Rains The Chef and I

YOUR Beauty & Style Julie Jorgenson The Beauty Junkie

For our interactive calendar, event photos, additional features and content, visit:

YOUR monthly book review of great reads, local, regional and beyond will be provided by this unique bookstore in historic downtown Franklin. Owners Joel and Carol Tomlin will share insight and knowledge of literature both current and old and encourage our readers to ‌ read, read, read.

A self proclaimed Beauty Junkie, Julie is our go-to gal for all things beauty - how to find it, apply it, fake it and rock it. She scouts out the best deals and the best beauty tricks around. Author of her own beauty blog - she treats readers to some hilarious insight into the world of what it takes to be fabulous!

Please send all content & coverage requests to:

From Our House to YOURS Amy Freese DesignHER Living

Amy Freese, with Cool Springs Upholstery is a life-style expert, who encourages others to create a custom-fit they are excited to showcase from the inside out. She will take you inside one of a kind homes in the area and show readers that designHER living is more than just fabric swatches, paint and furniture! It’s a state of mind.

Connie Haley Life Coach is a certified life coach that specializes in helping people love the life they have and from there, create the life they always envisioned. Every issue she will show readers ways to find peace and calm in their lives and in themselves.

YOUR Best Self Connie Haley Connie Haley Life Coaching

Marketing 101 Marti Veto Marti Veto Strategic Communications

Marti Veto Strategic Communications sees every business as a collection of talent. They spotlight the most attractive strengths and passions in an organization and capitalize on them. Marti will contribute monthly insight and advice on how to best utilize marketing strategy in your business.
























DISCOVER MORE Random acts of shopping. NOW OPEN! The Art of Shaving, The Laurel Leaf, Starbucks Coffee OPENING MID JUNE! Brighton Collectibles I-65, Exits 68 & 69, Franklin | 615.771.2128 Summer 2013 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM 13

Derby Party at Belle Meade Plantation


Story & Photography by Nicole Staggs Who needs Churchill Downs, when you have Belle Meade Plantation? Hosting their 5th Annual Derby Party, Belle Meade Plantation was full of all the Derby necessities!  Horse race on the big screens, horse betting, hats, Derby attire, traditional Derby food, mint juleps, cigars and more!  Definitely the place to be on Derby day in Nashville! For more information, go to

Nelson & Cindy Lare

Deby & Ben Pitts, Stephanie Dunavant

Ames & Sherrin Krebs, Jeff Garner

Frank & Alva Wilke

Damon & Susan Byrd, Ann Marie & Allen Lacy, Theresa Menefee


Treat Dad This Father’s Day Although men may very well be some of the most important people in your life, they might very well also be among the hardest to buy for when it comes time for those special holidays, birthdays and celebrations. So how do you show these men just how much you love them? The best way we know is to do something thoughtful. One of the newest stores to open at CoolSprings Galleria, The Art of Shaving, is the perfect spot to find a special gift that will continue to be a treat every morning. Shaving is something most men do daily, but it’s a task the beauty industry has typically overlooked. Women have a plethora of creams and lotions and potions and even pretty razors, but men have traditionally been stuck with drug store shaving cream and lackluster disposable razors.

But The Art of Shaving is bringing the luxury that was typically reserved for women to the men in your life. Shower the men in your life this year with a luxurious gift set that includes pre-shave oil or gel, shaving cream and after shave balm and top it off with a beautiful razor and shaving brush. That morning routine drudgery just became the highlight of his day. Maybe this summer instead of bolting out of town, your family is opting for a relaxing staycation at home. Those men in your life can still pamper themselves with shaving creams ranging from unscented to light aromas such as ocean kelp or sandalwood that will be reminiscent of the beach or your favorite vacation spot. If you are sticking around this summer, you can still do your favorite two vacation activities: shopping and eating out.  Kids will love shopping for the latest technology at The Apple Store. Dad can browse the neckwear and suits at Jos A. Bank and Mom can hit great stores like The Laurel Leaf, Coach or Brighton (opening July 19th) for some fun, new accessories. The family can reconvene for a jump-start of caffeine at the newly opened Starbuck’s just off center court, which opens at 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon on Sunday. After a fun day of shopping at the mall, pull up to a family-sized bowl of pasta at Buca di Beppo or Romano’s Macaroni Grill.  Maybe a big, juicy steak suits your appetite? Let J. Alexander’s or Stoney River Legendary Steaks remind you that you don’t have to leave town to eat like you are on vacation. We have some of the country’s best restaurants right here in our own backyard. Staying in town over summer vacation can be a fun way to rediscover the things in Williamson County you drive past and don’t ever take time to actually experience. CoolSprings Galleria has a number of newly opened stores bringing new and exciting retail to Franklin. If you haven’t stopped by lately, come spend some time with us this summer! Be on the lookout with YOUR Williamson’s weekly eblasts and trivia questions for a chance to win a $100 gift card to The Art of Shaving at CoolSprings Galleria!

Bob Deal & Jason Bradshaw

Damon & Amy Bagwell


Sheree & Alton Kelley

Tennessee Equine Grand Prix Event Story & Photography by Emily Vaden Memorial Day weekend was celebrated in style at the 4th Annual Tennessee Equine Hospital Grand Prix event, which benefited the Williamson County Chamber Foundation and its Leadership programs. The event was held at Brownland Farm and showcased some of the finest Hunter Jumper athletes in the nation. Dr. Monty McInturff, owner of the Tennessee Equine Hospital produced the event and automobiles from Grand Avenue Transportation’s collection of vintage cars were on display. Erica Rains & Jennifer Edwards

Laurie Buchard, Alicia Landman, Al & Trish Thomas

Gilda, Hamilton, Emily & Jody Bowman

Len & Amy Smith, Nancy Conway & Sarah Ingram

Theresa Menefee & Elizabeth Brodnax

Cason McIntruff, Courtney Myers & Claire McIntruff

Travis Cuppens & Derrick Cuppens

Jamey & Jennifer Parker, Shelley & Mike Moeller Glen & Jill Casada

John Neal & Genevieve Robinson


Stephanie Napier, Jennifer Edwards & April Lund

Mary & Libby McAlister

Eloise Student Fashion Show

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Story & Photography by Sarah Bailey During the 15th annual Eloise Student Fashion Show, eighteen student designers sent their individual collections down the runway. Eloise is the grand finale of Design Week, O’More College of Design’s annual event showcasing the school of design student’s talents. Broadcast personality Cody Alan returned this year, as the master of ceremonies. Each collection includes five to ten pieces, all created, patterned, draped and constructed by the participating designers. Seniors competed for “Distinguished Designer” and Juniors vied for the “Design Achievement” award. This year, their partnership between seven student designers, ten Haitian women and one local non-profit resulted in the “aDARable” Spring 2014 children’s label, which was premiered during the fashion show.

Sophie Harris, Jason Seitz & Monica Trammell Caitlyn Wilson

Teresa Shavis, Cody Alan & Karol Lahrman

Honey Bridges, Rose McKee & Tori Bagsby

Lauren Tyrrell, Emily Dukes, Courtney Tipton & Mary Beth Dukes

Mycah Stuart & Ellie Broud


Sarah Thurn, Laurie Modine & Zack Burns

Matt & Carol Walker

Pat Dannemiller & Juliana Faragalli

Tara Curvin & Courtney Dolezal

H.J. Ingram, Tom & Joi Fox

Jenna Larue & Christy Calloway

Tosha & Joe K. Clemens

Laura Lester & Kat Seaton

Chloe Wood & Kimberly Kelly


Main Street Festival Story & Photography by Andrea Davis Downtown Franklin’s 30th annual Main Street Festival returned this year on April 27th and 28th. The twoday weekend event featured more than 200 artisans & crafters, three stages, two carnivals and an international food court. The free street festival was presented by First Tennessee and produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the Downtown Franklin Association. For more information, go to Matthew & Danielle Dunn

The Beathards

Sean Carroll, Krista & Phillip Dial

Laura King & Anthony Bernhauser

Destiny Grayson

The Cooks & Jadyn Scheer


The Wrens

TJ, Tammy & Thomas Fusco


Cowen Bright, Alma McLemore, Ann Johnson, Emily Drake, Chrissy Sprawling & Eva Leach

Eat the Street Food Truck Festival

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Story & Photography by Rachel Weishaupt The threat of storms failed to hinder everyone’s craving for a good time at Franklin’s Second Annual Eat the Street Food Truck Festival. Everyone brought their appetite and enjoyed delicious culinary offerings from the twenty-six participating food trucks. The Kid’s Area and live music from Greez Monkeez topped off the fun-packed evening in downtown Franklin. Extending beyond the street, the Franklin Theater was the site of the After Party sponsored by First State Bank. The party included musical performances, a 21st Drug Court participant story, silent auction and showing of the movie, Flight. The 2013 Food Truck Fest was presented by Foundations Recovery Network and benefited the 21st Drug Court, a treatment alternative to the 21st Judicial District of Tennessee sentencing for non-violent offenders whose crimes result from drug or alcohol addiction. A full list of the food truck vendors and additional information can be found at

Amy Kovar, Stacey Watson & Marianne Schroer


Connie Brady & Devin Cundall

Alexa & Kim Briggs, Teresa Powers & Emma Briggs

Walt, Cookie & Christopher Cunningham

Avery & Harper Bonfe

Hadley Miller & Megan Baker

Matt, Bo & Erica Yezerski

The Greez Monkeez Band

James Dean Hicks & Rob Crosby

Jennifer & John Cerasuolo

Carter Baskin, Janis Martin & Chelsea Brown

Jeremy & Jessica Durham, Woody & Caroline Woodruff

McKenna & Kelsey Koford

Mark & Martha Ezell, Colette & Tim Easter




REAL MEN...DO YOGA? by Heather Peters What’s the biggest misconception men have about yoga? They think it’s mild stretching or just a group of people chanting! Even some of the“fitness population” tend to think it’s just stretching. On the other hand, there’s a whole community of people that see these crazy poses and think it’s going to be too hard. But the goal in my classes is that they connect with God in some way, not achieve any particular pose - though that’s an added benefit with time and practice!

In October of 2008, my husband and I began a more “fitness-focused” lifestyle and walked into our first Christian yoga class. I know a ‘Christian yoga class’ sounds like an oxymoron, but it really does exist! Like most well-intended and out-of-shape people, we said “That was so hard! We’re not coming back!” But our bodies - and spirits - craved something from that experience. Since that day, we’ve watched ourselves grow stronger in body and spirit. Once my husband got over his initial nervous hesitation (“Isn’t yoga just for girls?”), yoga became something we could do together. It was physically healing to old injuries and prevention for future ones. It was also spiritual “food” for our souls. He now tells any guy that will listen how valuable yoga is for men. If you’re a man wanting a new on! Keleah Anderson began teaching “Christian Flow Yoga” out of her passion for yoga, to have a genuine connection with God and showing others how to do the same. I met with my instructor to ask her some questions about men and yoga for this issue.


How do men benefit from yoga? The first way is relief from stress. Many men juggle the demands of a professional career or ministry and family. They struggle to manage their stress levels. I have men in their 20’s all the way into their 60’s attend my classes, and they ALL have stress! Yoga is a tool to help them learn how to “exert out” that stress through breathing and movement. The tools learned on the mat can be taken off the mat and used in stressful moments. The second way is relief from lower back pain. About 99% of the men I see in class are experiencing some kind of lower back pain due to weight gain in the belly, which leads to sciatica. Yoga is tremendously helpful in stretching out and strengthening the muscles that are tight from that “spare tire” strain. Even fit men who run or weight-lift have shortened or tightened muscles from their activities, and can benefit from loosening these muscles and preventing future injuries. Women typically practice more stretching just by the type of exercise they choose (barre exercises, pilates, aerobics), even if they aren’t regular yoga practitioners. Many men typically don’t practice any stretching! For a man (or anyone) that has never taken a yoga class, how would they get started? Many prefer to try it first in their own home, so a beginner DVD would work well. If attending a studio, I recommend going to a beginner series or start with a restorative class. In a restorative class, the poses are not as advanced and are held longer. On my DVD, there are 2 options designed for beginners: “Be Still” and “Be Gentle”. I also offer

two restorative classes weekly in Franklin. Additionally, I recommend giving yourself a good 4-6 weeks of trying yoga and integrating it into your daily or weekly lifestyle. How does your yoga differ from others? It always includes Scripture, and a faith based message. Not just an independent biblical teaching, but one that is interwoven into the yoga teaching. It is called weaving the Word of God into the workout. For years I compartmentalized the physical & spiritual aspects of yoga, but I felt God reveal to me that He created all these components to work together as one, and that’s the way my teaching of yoga should be done as well. I still use all the yoga Sanskrit names and feel that it’s well within the faith-based experience. You’ll learn about God in my class, and you’ll learn about real yoga! Some people are afraid that doing yoga means you are compromising your Christian faith, but I believe God created our bodies and the ability to worship Him through our actions and movements...since He’s the one that created it all in the first place! The poses are just tools to enable me to worship God and keep my body healthy. Any last words for our male readers? My encouragement to all is to let yoga be what you need it to be for that day - today it may be your workout, tomorrow it may be your “peace” in the midst of the craziness. Have the freedom to make that choice. My mantra is “Love God AND love’s okay to love both!” Keleah Anderson has been teaching yoga since 2001, is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT200 certified yoga instructor, and has a degree in Biological Science from UT Knoxville. She offers two Vinyasa power flow classes (not hot) at Hot Yoga Plus in Cool Springs every Tuesday & Thursday at 10-11:15 am. She offers two restorative classes at The Refuge Center in Franklin every Thursday at 12-1 pm & 1-2 pm. All classes are open to men and women. Keleah also hosts 2-hour monthly workshops at Hot Yoga Plus in Cool Springs and in Brentwood (the former Yoga Country location).    Visit Keleah’s yoga ministry website at www. or to see the latest classes and events or to order a DVD. Her class schedule can be also found on both or

High Hopes Giving on the Green Story & Photography by Rebecca Dent High Hopes hosted their 10th Annual Giving on the Green golf tournament at the Brentwood Country Club in May. Each team competed under the name of a student at High Hopes. In addition to the scramble, golfers could compete in a longestputt competition. Sean Henry, the President and COO of the Nashville Predators, was the guest speaker at the awards ceremony, which also included a silent auction and raffle drawing. One of the most exciting donations came from YRC Worldwide in the form of a specially-made truck advertisement, which will travel all over the Middle Tennessee area over the next year, spreading the word about High Hopes. For more information about this event and the work that High Hopes does for children in our community, visit

Carl George, Rich May, Currie Andrews & Jim Gray Danny Smart

Jeremy Northcutt, Martin Spears & David Jackson Paul Watson, Paul Varney, Greg Allen & Carl Renegar

Sean Henry

Kyle Killett, Jody Laurence, Mia, Tommy & Elena Williams, Kass Kovalcheck


Music Country Grand Prix The Tractor Supply Company $40,000

Thank You!

Laura Linback and HH Dauphin - 2013 winners. Photo credit: Lili Wiek

The children, parents, volunteers, and staff of Saddle Up! would like to thank Brownland Farm, Tractor Supply Company and all of our sponsors, patrons, and participants for a very successful and fun event.

All proceeds benefit Saddle Up!, a fun, therapeutic horseback riding program for children with mental and physical disabilities.

Sponsored by:

Kay & Richard Francis



You Can Reduce Stress in Your Life by Arthur Williams, D.O. You know how you are. You think you can do it all. Whether it’s an insane work-related schedule packed full of travel and meetings or just a monster to-do list for a busy Mom, we tend to push ourselves to unattainable limits. This, my friends, creates stress. And here’s what that stress does to your body: It shows up in the form of elevated blood pressure, irritability, inability to sleep, abdominal pain, headaches, chest pain and an inability to focus. I have been counseling patients for decades on dealing with and eliminating stress and the conditions that go with it. We have a tendency to have goals that outweigh our abilities. We ask too much of ourselves, which is the No. 1 cause of stress. Other popular stress causes are your spouse/family/kids, work and finances. In a nutshell, here’s what happens in your body: We have a life-saving reflex called “fight or flight.” Let’s look at a caveman, who is out looking for dinner and a saber-toothed tiger jumps out in front of him. He has two choices: fight or flight. In that scenario, your adrenal gland floods your body with adrenaline. Your pupils dilate, your breathing speeds up, blood rushes to your muscles, you get nauseous and you start to shake. It is a life-saving mechanism designed to give you what you need to either fight or run for your life. In a modern day setting, your body doesn’t need a rush of adrenaline, when you are 10 minutes late for a meeting or when your baby wakes up in the middle of the night. That’s not what it was designed for, so we end up triggering that life-saving response in our bodies for nothing. The best way to combat this is a change of environment. In a particularly stressful situation, the best thing you can do is walk away, if that’s an option. It takes 20 minutes to process the adrenaline your body has produced, so if you and your spouse are having an argument, walk away and come back in 20 minutes. Find ways to adjust your environment to meet your ability. Secondly, I recommend exercise because it releases endorphins that stimulate the adrenaline receptor in your brain. I love yoga DVDs. Yoga helps you take your mind off everything else and allows you to focus on yourself. But the most important thing when looking for the right exercise for you is to identify something that you enjoy doing. If you don’t like cycling, then you aren’t going to get out and ride 20 miles whether I tell you to or not. One good recommendation I have is, if you get out and walk, don’t do loops around your block. Instead, walk in one direction for 20 minutes and then turn around and walk back. This removes the temptation to do one lap and go back inside. Everyone who comes in my office with symptoms of stress gets exercise first, possibly with some medication along with it, but I always want to do the most natural things first. There are cases where someone is just depressed, so they aren’t going to be motivated to get up and do anything. Medication can help relieve the depression, which opens a patient up to a willingness to exercise. You are a product of your genetics, so if stress and anxiety are in your family, you are more than likely going to have anxiety.

Arthur Williams, D.O., is a family practice physician with Williamson Primary Care in Franklin. He is board certified in family medicine and is a regular speaker on stress prevention.


Music Country Grand Prix

Sponsored Event

Story & Photography by Rebecca Dent June 1st brought a major down pour to mark the start of the 50th Annual Music Country Grand Prix held at Brownland Farms. Presented by Tractor Supply, the Grand Prix is a show-jumping event that benefits Saddle Up!, a local nonprofit riding program for children with disabilities. The event is one that is steeped heavily in tradition and comes complete with a beautiful tent overlooking the competition where patrons enjoyed food catered by Wild Iris and Nero’s Grill. For more information on the Music Country Grand Prix benefiting Saddle Up visit

Colton, Lisa & Monty McInturff

Levi & Meg Crabtree, Amanda Smith, Ellen Green, Bethany & William Liles

TSC Award

Angie Belgard & Scherra Bartoli

Albert & Theresa Menefee, Archie Fort & Michelle Anderton


Chantel Howard, Lindsay Brown, Bart & Laura Harrison, Kelly Higgins, Pam Morrow & Danny Guinaugh

Jamey & Jennifer Parker

Jason Ritzen & Laurie Hartland

Ashley McClanahan, Allie Johnson & Janice Gentry

Lauren Fielder & Libby Cifuni

Abbie & Ralph Crosby, Carmel Cunningham Axel Burgos & Amy Frew

Nikki Ellis, Steve Ochab, Christian Fraser & Sean Newman


Leslie, Carver & Dave Copeland

David & Diane Price

The Frist Gala Story & Photography by Nicole Staggs



In May, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts held their largest annual fundraiser, The Frist Gala. The event was complete with a cocktail reception, black tie dinner and celebrated highlights from the Detroit Institute of Arts, including the works of Rembrandt and The Dutch Golden Age. Co-Chairs, Dallas Wilt and Ashley Levi held a special performance for their guests, by Johnny Swim. The night ended with the lobby being transformed into a Motown lounge for coffee and cordials.

The Difference is Playability The times, they are a changing…and so are the seasons. We welcome the warmth of summer with open arms; the sun on smiling faces, happy to see a break from the cooler temperatures and rain. The days are getting longer, and the season has produced a beautiful landscape of lush green grass and blooming flowers and trees. The time is now…take a break from the day to day, and at Westhaven, see what we mean when we say playability.

Chenault Sanders & Tracey Robinson

Tony & Alison Bueschen

Trish Larson, Ashley Rosen & Bonnie Johnston

Eleanor Nahley, Forest & Stephanie Conner

Shawn Wilson, Leah Bentley & Perian Strang

Mary Virginia & Chet Frist

Howard & Kathy McClure

Vic & Townie Campbell, Jane Ann & Dale Pilkington

Mary Smith, Devereux Pollock & Caroline Lindsey

Carolyne Hadden, Doug & Silvia Bradbury


Life at Westhaven is friendly and social, always offering residents a variety of options to enjoy the simplicities of life; and the options at Westhaven are limitless. Athletic to health; arts, music, concerts and charity events, festivals and block parties, hiking, biking, walking, running, canoeing, swimming, and so much more. One of the comments most often made by the residents of Westhaven is the ability to remain actively involved in the community…with good old-fashioned social interaction. Westhaven maintains a full time activities staff, so there is always something going on and an invitation to play. Right now, as summer is around the corner, swimming has begun at the Westhaven Residents Club, including options for the entire family: a children’s pool, a resort-style pool, a salt water adult lap pool, and a 119foot water slide. The tennis courts are heating up with lessons and match play for both casual and serious players. Children fill the playgrounds on sunny days, and are taking in games, arts, crafts and movies in the Westhaven Resident’s Club on the rainy ones. Westhaven Golf Club is breaking right into season as well, inviting members back to the links after the winter chill has moved on for the year. The Golf Academy is expanding its program and the course is alive in all its beauty and detail. Take a closer look at Westhaven and you will see the difference. The difference is playability. Visit Westhaven and experience the playability of our community…turning strangers into neighbors, and neighbors into family.


Playability: At the Westhaven Golf Club, golfers at any level can master their games against a backdrop of natural beauty. For the seasoned golfer, this challenging 18 hole, par 72, core-style For the less experienced player, or anyone interested in improving their game, the Club’s practice facilities include a driving range, fairway bunker and the area’s best short game area. Westhaven Golf Club encourages and welcomes players at all levels, from the beginner to the most accomplished.

Take a closer look at the Westhaven Golf Club, Playability.






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Randal McGavock Society Dinner Story by Andrea Davis & Photography by Luke Arterburn The Battle of Franklin Trust’s annual Randal McGavock Society Dinner was recently held at Carnton Plantation complete with a cocktail reception, formal dinner and program at The Fleming Center. Anne Rutherford and Margaret Roberts were honored this year for their longtime support and volunteer work for Historic Carnton Plantation.  Also recognized with the Battle of Franklin Trust Employee Award was Leigh Bawcom for her exceptional work for the Trust in bringing in and organizing events for Carnton. It was a magical evening for Randal McGavock Society members.

Marty Ligon, Robert Hicks, Lisa & Monty McInturff

Eric & Nancy Jacobson

Margaret & Jim Roberts, Anne Rutherford

John & Marianne Schroer, Wayne & Michele Evans

Mike Skinner & Pam Lewis

Monica Funderburk & Ed Underwood

Flowers by Peyton Hoge


“IF YOU GIVE SOME MEN AN INCH, they’ll park a foreign sports car in it.” Evan Esar, 20,000 Quips & Quotes Belle Meade Dealership 5212 Harding Road Nashville, TN 37205 615.353.9333

Berry Hill Dealership 2222 Franklin Road Nashville, TN 37204 615.463.7474

Cool Springs Dealership 7116 Moores Lane Brentwood, TN 37027 615.661.5512


Downtown Dealership 1504 DemonBreun St Nashville, TN 37203 615.248.2215

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Gentleman for the

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Styling by Frank Giardina, Area Sales Manager of Men’s Clothing, Furnishings and Sportswear for Belk Cool Springs Galleria / Photography by Andrea Davis & K York / Story by Johnny Birdsong

The Gentleman prefers to look his best and these handsome fellas did not disappoint in our Summer Fashion spread brought to you by Belk. Take a look at some of these spiffy guys and their ever so cool duds and get your gentleman in to some stylish and oh so cool outfits for all his summer activities. Mike Murphy Bellaterra Ranch Wines & Cigars

Comfort is key at the vineyard or heading out to watch the sunset with a fine cigar. Mike Murphy sports this light and flowing ensemble in a fun, yet sophisticated pattern from the consummate casual gentlemen -Tommy Bahama. Mike is wearing a linen and silk hibiscus print shirt and linen drawstring pants in natural, both by Tommy Bahama.

Matt Magallanes Vice President of Membership, Westhaven Golf Club

Being the Mayor of Franklin has its advantages, one being the opportunity to attend many the social function. Mayor Moore struts his stuff in this timeless yet modernly funky ensemble with Gatsbyesque flair:

Matt gets to enjoy the beauty of the Westhaven Golf Club daily as part of his job, but that doesn’t mean every now and then a slight dress up to the regular golf attire isn’t required. He can easily slip right into an evening dinner meeting or even a cocktail social function onsite at the Westhaven Club in this snazzy, modern take on classic style.

The Mayor is wearing a Tallia cotton sport coat in cobalt; white cotton pants, orange dress shirt and floral print bow tie all by Izod; and oxford wingtips with electric blue embellishment by Cole Haan.

Matt is wearing an orange and white cotton seersucker sport coat by Tallia; custom fit polo shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren; cotton Izod pants in ultramarine; and ginger suede driving mocs by Cole Haan.

Dr. Ken Moore Mayor of Franklin




Don Webb (bottom left) CEO Williamson Medical Center

CEO Webb could be enjoying a great casual Friday at our county’s amazing medical center or heading out to hit some balls on the course; but whatever he is doing, he is dapper and stylish in his retro and modern outfit. Don is wearing a Performance golf shirt and lime plaid pants by Izod Golf; belt by Pro Tour; and white and black saddle oxfords by G.H. Bass & Co.

Lyle Richardson (bottom right) General Manager, Granite City Food & Brewery

Lyle hob nobs on his feet all day dressed to impress his business lunch clientele and cocktail crowd at Franklin’s newest and hippest eating establishment. When its time to unwind he still remains cool and hip in his casual outfit with bright summer colors and oh, those awesome purple deck shoes. Lyle is wearing a Madras plaid shirt, yellow cotton shorts and purple canvas deck shoe all by Polo Ralph Lauren; Guatemalan fabric and leather belt by Columbia Sportswear.

So Williamson County gentlemen and boys of summer – head on over to Belk in Cool Springs, and let Frank style you for all your recreational, social and just fun summer fashion needs. The cigars and classic cars on a golf course are extra! Classic 1964 Austin Healey and 1968 Jaguar courtesy of Arde Motorscars, Brentwood. Fashion shoot locale and services provided by the Westhaven Golf Club & Staff - Thank you to Matt Magallanes, Holly Curtiss, Chris Cauthen and Chip Bradley.





This one’s for all the daddies, granddaddies and uncles out there ladies! Father’s Day and really the whole month of June, is the perfect opportunity to let the number-one man in your life kick back, relax and enjoy the day, as he sees fit. And while the Beauty Junkie might be known for the scoop on mascara and the hottest nail polish colors, she’s also all about dishing on the best way to pamper her man-- and yours! My man is currently only a father to our four-legged baby, but that counts, because he’s an awesome dad to her! If your man is a guy’s guy, load him up with a bottle of his favorite tipple, a nice stogie and a cute fedora to really complete the look! My favorite spot for picking up hard-to-find boutique spirits and wine is the Bottle Shop in Cool Springs. Seek out the oh-so-knowledgeable Oliver and his trusty four-legged sidekick Myla for some expert advice on the perfect liquid gift. Even better-- take the Mr. with you on a Friday or Saturday afternoon, and take part in their fun tastings! Sip, sample and savor carefully selected options at the cute tasting bar, then stock up on his favorites. Then head over to Woody’s Smokes and Brews to pick out a nice cigar. Park him on your front or back porch and leave him be for a few hours. The current


Bask in the praise... knowing you’ve made him king for a day.

issue of YOUR Williamson or Garden & Gun make for the perfect reading companion! So Big Daddy is more of a sporty type? No sweat (at least not for you)! A Nashville Sounds game is always a fun, family-friendly night and a perfect opportunity for your hubs to bond with your kids. You could also turn him loose on any one of the beautiful golf courses in Williamson County, while you lounge the afternoon away at the pool. We love being members at Old Natchez Country Club and Legends Club doesn’t require a membership to play a round or spend some time at the driving range. Golf Galaxy in Cool Springs will outfit him in style from head to toe! If he really wants to blow off some steam and break a major sweat in the process, hook him up with the introductory 101 class at Iron Tribe Fitness in Brentwood or Belle Meade. Maxwell, Eli and crew will turn your man into The Man of Steel in short order! Feel the burn gentlemen!

Like us, the men in our lives would love a little rest and relaxation (despite even the most macho exterior). Don’t even bother asking-- just call Woodhouse Day Spa and book a massage for him. Once he’s been sufficiently reduced to a husband-shaped blob of max-relax jelly, cart him over to Uncle Classic Barber Shop on McEwen for a full-service shave, complete with a hot towel and a straight razor. It’s like a restorative facial for men, y’all. He will sooooo love you for it-- trust the Junkie. Round out Dad’s month of Awesome by heading into downtown Franklin. Pick up some fabu clothing from Philanthropy and feel good about it. Owner Christine carries fair-trade brands and is a force of nature when it comes to charities in Africa. Then ante up for a manly-man dinner at Cork & Cow or across the street at The Red Pony. Bask in the praise as you stroll down Main Street on his arm following your meal, knowing you’ve made him king for a day. Woo-hoo! With suggestions like these, there’s nothing stopping you from setting up a Father’s Day or summer for the record books this year. Don’t worry; I’ll let you take all the credit... Love, The Beauty Junkie



THE GENTLEMAN PREFERS When we started planning for this issue featuring content for our male readership to enjoy, we of course immediately thought golf.... and why not when there are so many fabulous golfing options in our county. We also thought, cars... because after all this summer is the amazing exhibition at the Frist of “Sensuous Steel - Art Deco Automobiles.” When we heard just how special this particular exhibition was and the international acclaim it was receiving, it sparked even more interest in cars and more cars and the men (and women) who love them right here in the WC. So then our resident gentleman on staff, Mr. Birdsong got down to it with what are the things that define a gentleman in this day and age and who were some exemplary examples of them in our community we could ask to grace our cover? That part was easy. The Mayor of Franklin, Dr. Ken Moore, is a consummate gentleman in everything he does. There is no better representative of our town or what it means to be a gentleman. The CEO of our county’s major employer and state of the art Williamson Medical Center, Don Webb, is without a doubt, as classy as they come. When it comes to more of what a gentleman prefers in life we knew we had to have the purveyors

of such things as the ultimate golf club, the finer things in life found in cigars and fine wines and of course, a wonderful and unique dining location. These were all represented by Mr. Magallanes, Mr. Murphy and Mr. Richardson impeccably. Putting them together with a perfect sunset at Westhaven, and some clearly fashionable attire from another great gentleman, Frank Giardina at Belk, made for what we thought was a great cover shot that not just exemplifies a gentleman but also the Williamson County gent! And that is of course a unique and wonderful thing! We appreciate the loan of the automobiles.... Couldn’t have the shot without those - courtesy of Arde Motorscars in Brentwood. James Bond would not have arrived in more sophisticated style than the convertible Austin Healey and vintage Jag. We hope the gentlemen of Williamson County which represents almost 50% of our readership, enjoy this issue and all the “manly” content we have provided for you this month. After all, summer is the season of men with Father’s Day, boating, golfing, grilling, top down driving and all those seersucker and linen outfits we love to see you in . When summer comes around...a gentleman prefers to be in Williamson County.

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MAN CAVES Featuring Designs by Amy Freese of Cool Springs Upholstery and Chris Carlisle of Carlisle Interiors / Photography by Andrea Davis and Chris Carlisle

The gentleman prefers some space all his own. It’s called affectionately the man cave. Sometimes it’s a room, or a detached space or in some cases a whole house! But whatever the case may be – it is distinctly masculine and reflective of the gentleman who escapes within. Take a look at just a few unique and design savvy man caves we found in our midst.

THE TREE HOUSE It’s not just the houses that are big in Williamson County but the tree houses, too - four levels and counting. This beauty of a tree boasts rooms to roost, roast, and roam. Raucous laughter can also be heard a night or two when friends new and old are invited to perch upon the branches of a tree that is truly about living. There’s even a latrine for the lady guests and lights to add to the twinkle of the stars. The builder of this one-of-a-kind man cave hails from Cool Springs Upholstery, as part of the management team and son of the owner. He has been building tree houses since he was a youngster that carried over into many building projects into his adulthood. Often the things we love to do as a child are glimpses of what we’ll love and excel at as an adult. This tree hugger is still loving every minute of it and finds energy in creating, yet another level and layer to add his love for building and designing. From his son’s art to his happened upon saloon chairs and boat seats this visionary finds place for everything; even a rubber chicken because he has no one to answer to in his ‘man cave’- paradise found. This five-story, three-year, beauty of a project is still sprouting new life as no nails were used; only cables, chains, and larger than life doses of determination to reach for the stars. How far will it go, how far will it grow…. as far as he wants. A perfect place to slumber awhile and dream a lot; a giving tree for sure.



This ‘man lodge’ is a perfect place for any man, but the wife of this foxhunter is mighty comfortable here too. A must for any man cave is a place to whip up some good eats…there will be no problem for that here. The vintage furniture contrasts beautifully with the top of the line appliances. Fox hunting has long been a way to enjoy nature, life and friends. And this homeowner has been enjoying it since he was a young lad carrying it into his adult years. His hunting lodge provides an opportunity to share his passion with others and they are most thankful. The reclaimed wood, leather, cowhide and hunting equipment galore all make for a ‘Life is Good’ attitude and a story to be shared by the hunter who calls this place his own. All furnishings and findables were selected with mindful care. There is nothing to just fill a spot but instead to tell a story, one that exudes warmth and a heart for living. No hunting lodge or man cave, for that matter, would be complete without a place to sit or slumber. All seating furniture was found at various flea markets in the area and the hanging bed frame was found at Nature’s Greenlife in the Franklin Factory. CSU created the moisture and mildew proof mattress and upholstered cushions for all.



When a man has a space all to himself, design can tend to go right out the window. However, this Franklin man has a taste for the finer things in life, and it shows through out his home. His living room has an eclectic mix of masculine neutral toned décor with the look of a well-traveled man. A tapestry from Indonesia hangs above a distressed leather sofa. Old photographs, books and memorabilia from trips around the world add to the comfortable, yet dignified look. A friendly game of chess can be played, while looking onto a vast yard and prominent street in Franklin. Many updates have been made to the space with a modern remodel of the kitchen and master bath. Stainless steel, granite, hardwood and travertine give this bungalow style home an sleek look. The flat screen tv in the master bath certainly gives it a man’s touch. The addition of a wet bar with a wine cooler, rack and icemaker makes this “man cave” of a home complete. Even Seinfeld’s Kramer has joined the party. The bar comes well stocked with an abundance of wine from many trips to Napa Valley and more. This home proves that design does not have to be sacrificed just because it is without a woman’s touch.


In a huge barn, situated next to 400 acres of beautiful protected land, this man cave includes the use of reclaimed re-purposed from two old barns discovered in Carthage, Tennessee. The bar space includes trophy mounts, wagon wheels, decorative antique fishing lure and an amazing beer can collection that covers the wall behind the bar. The bathroom is awesome, as it displays memorabilia and an album collection including an autographed album from Eddie Arnold. What’s a man cave without a huge sprawling dance floor including lasers, strobe lights, fog machine and a large stage for bands to play LIVE music! The backdrop for the stage includes sliding barn doors that open up to reveal windows looking out over the countryside. One can also enjoy the pool table, ping-pong table, checkerboard area, “washers” game and television. Outside you will find a large horseshoe pit, fire pit, sledding area for the winter months and a slip-n-slide hill for the kids. This space will be appreciated by many lucky folks and for many years to come.




The Boys of Summer by Adam Davis

I love baseball. The game has been a major part of my life since I was born. The day I came home from the hospital there was a radio in my room tuned to KMOX, the flagship station of the St. Louis Cardinals. A friend of my dad’s said the radio would make me a Cardinal fan and teach me to talk very early (priority on the Cardinals). Both of these statements came true. Some of my fondest memories as a child include America’s pastime. Playing in the neighborhood and leagues in the summer or watching on television. The most cherished, though, were trips to Busch Stadium. The first glimpse of the field once in the stadium is incredible. Concrete and brick surround you, and then all of the sudden there is lush green. The smell of the grass and the sound of the ball coming off a bat overload the senses, not to mention the hot dogs and peanuts being odors that cling in the memory. I was fortunate to live close enough to St. Louis to attend many games and I remember most of them vividly. I was only three when the Cardinals won the World Series so my memories are of all their World Series losses.


They were all painful, but none more so than the sweep in 2004 to the Red Sox. I had tickets to Game Five. That hurt. I wasn’t sure if I would ever get a World Series title. Yes, as a rabid fan, I consider myself an integral part of the team! Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait long with a win in 2006 and another in 2010. My college years were no different than my youth, as far as my passion for baseball. I attended Ole Miss and became a die-hard Rebel. While my fall seasons were and still are consumed with Ole Miss football, my springs were all Rebel baseball. There is nothing I miss more than afternoons in the outfield of Swayze Field. However, I am enjoying the “season” of life I am in right now, spending afternoons in Jim Warren Park. My son plays in the Franklin Baseball Club 6-7 year old division, and I help coach. I use that term very loosely. I primarily try to keep some order in the dugout, but with twelve young boys, it is almost impossible. Right now, I’m more interested in my son learning and understanding the fundamentals and most importantly, developing a love for the game, especially when it’s Cardinals or Rebels!

Although pro and college baseball reign supreme, it’s fun to mix it up with a little throw back baseball. We’ve got that right here in our backyard with The Vintage Base ball (two words as it was in the 1860s) League. It provides the opportunity to experience baseball, as it was played in the Civil War era. No batting gloves or helmets. They don’t even use mitts. Williamson County’s team is the Franklin Farriers. Games are free to the public and home games take place from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Carnton Plantation throughout the summer. The next home game is July 28th. So no matter what level of baseball is your favorite, get out with your family and enjoy America’s pastime.


Cars & Coffee Story by Curt Curtis Photography by Mark Jones The concept of Cars and Coffee started many years ago when Nissan moved their US headquarters from California to Nashville. They brought the Cars and Coffee concept to Nashville with them and that is where this wonderful event began. The Cool Springs event started every other Saturday. Eventually, they combined with another exotic cars group and the two decided to meet every Saturday from 8:00 to 10:00 (or when the last car leaves). The first Saturday of the month is still exotic car day, but all makes and models are encouraged to attend every Saturday. All of the participants work hard to keep the event a non-commercial, clean for families, safe and something fun to talk about activity. Members have developed the global Cars and Coffee Finder site at This site is a global directory and search engine for Cars and Coffee events around the globe. For more information on the Williamson County events go to

Jeff & AJ Puckett – 1971 Corvette

Brett & Jack Ruzzo – 1965 Cobra

David & Brianna Prather – 1983 Koenig Specials


Luke Kleckner & Brooke Leichhardt – 2004 Noble M12

Paul Thompson – 1949 Triumph

Gabrina & David Charles – 1967 Camaro

Ian Levitt – 1993 Morgan Plus

Lex Holiman - 1957 Thunderbird

Curt Curtis – 1960 Corvette

Ed Boblitt – 1981 DeLorean

David Thomas – 1973 Jaguar

Homestead Manor Open House Story & Photography by K York The re-opening of Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station was held on May 2nd in grand style, as the owners, Jay and Marcia Franks introduced this historic home to the public as a private event venue and site for community activities. Guests were greeted by re-enactors and offered a stroll back in time, as they toured the 150 year old antebellum home and grounds. Appetizers, tasty sweets, champagne, sipping whisky, flavored coffees, cigars, music and event décor enticed anyone with an upcoming event to want to book Homestead Manor for their special occasion. A portion of the event proceeds went to the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and to Thompson’s Station Parks.

Patricia Wakefield, Nancy & Margot Penrod

Jill Begin & Kalley Lady

Lynn & Hope Hallum, Missy & Leonard McKeand, Vivian & Chuck Coble

Amanda Barnes, Susannah & Eleanna Flautt, Sarah Manning

Michael & Stacie Boley, Mark Kamp

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“SENSUOUS STEEL: Art Deco Automobiles”

This is an exhibition of Art Deco automobiles from some of the most renowned car collections in the United States. Inspired by the Frist Center’s historic Art Deco building, this exhibition features spectacular automobiles and motorcycles from the 1930s and ‘40s that exemplify the classic elegance, luxurious materials, and iconography of motion that characterizes vehicles influenced by the Art Deco style. Fascination with automobiles transcends age, gender, and environment. While today automotive manufacturers often strive for economy and efficiency, there was a time when elegance reigned.  Influenced by the Art Deco movement that began in Paris in the early 1920s and propelled to prominence with the success of the International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in 1925, automakers embraced the sleek new streamlined forms and aircraft-inspired materials, creating memorable automobiles that still thrill all who see them. The


exhibition features eighteen automobiles and two motorcycles from some of the most important collectors and collections in the United States. Sensuous Steel is organized for the Frist Center by guest curator Ken Gross, former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. Gross served as guest curator for The Allure of the Automobile, a nationally acclaimed exhibition displayed at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art in 2010; additionally, he developed a revised version of the exhibition for the Portland Art Museum the following year. Most recently, Gross curated Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile exhibited at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City and the opening exhibition for LeMay–America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. A highly respected automotive journalist for over 40 years, Gross writes for numerous publications including  AutoWeek, Playboy, Hagerty’s Magazine, Sports Car Market, Motor Trend



Classic, Popular Mechanics,, Old Cars Weekly, and The Rodder’s Journal. A noted authority on automobiles, he has judged at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for 24 years. Gross also judges at the Amelia Island Concours and was the Chief Judge at the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance. Additionally, Gross has received many awards including the 2009 IAMA Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2009 Lee Iacocca Award, the 2008 Washington Auto Press “Golden Quill Award,” the Society of Automotive Historians’ “Cugnot Award,” and “The James Valentine Memorial Award” for excellence in automotive historical research. An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

These are the automobiles featured in the Frist Center’s exhibit: 1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet 1929 Bugatti Type 46 Semi-profile Coupe 1930 Henderson KJ Streamline 1930 Jordan Model Z Speedway Ace Roadster 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow Sedan 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster™ 1934 Packard Twelve Model 1106 Sport Coupe by LeBaron 1934 Voisin Type C27 Aérosport Coupe 1935 Chrysler Imperial Model C-2 Airflow Coupe 1936 Cord 810 “Armchair” Beverly Sedan 1936 Delahaye 135M Figoni & Falaschi Competition Coupe 1936 Stout Scarab 1937 Delahaye 135MS Roadster 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet“Xenia” Coupe 1938 Talbot-Lago T-150C-SS Teardrop Coupe 1938 Tatra T97 1939 Bugatti Type 57C by Vanvooren 1939 Delage D8-120S Saoutchik Cabriolet 1940 Indian Chief 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt


• Same-day and advance tickets may be purchased on site at the Frist Center. • Frist Center Members may reserve tickets by calling 615.744.3248 24-hours in advance of admission time. • Out-of-town guests may purchase advance tickets through Now Playing Nashville. • Hotel packages are available through the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau at sensuoussteel. Special reciprocal offer: Throughout the run of Sensuous Steel, Nashville’s Lane Motor Museum and the Frist Center will offer reciprocal admission discounts when tickets stubs are presented. Just bring your ticket stub from whichever museum you visit first to the other museum, and receive a discount (half-price discount at the Frist Center, and $3 discount at Lane Motor Museum). The Frist Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Art Deco Society.


2014 Maserati Quattroporte Launch Story & Photography by Andrea Davis Maserati of Nashville dealer Tom Buckley recently launched the all-new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte at a reception at the dealership. Guests enjoyed an evening of fine food, beverages and good company during the first public appearance in the region.  Prior to the unveiling, Italian opera singer Nathan Pacheco sang a few songs to build the anticipation.  The new 2014 Quattroporte is larger, lighter and more luxurious than the acclaimed car it replaces.  It is also the fastest and most powerful four-door Maserati ever built, according to Maserati representative Patrick Coyle who participated in the unveiling.  Guests enjoyed tastings from Wild Ginger, a neighborhood favorite.

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Gentlemen prefer a manly place to have their dinner. They prefer a steak and a fine glass of wine or an aged whiskey. They enjoy the warmth and camaraderie of a local establishment with all the comforts of home. They prefer somewhere like Sperry’s Restaurant. Sperry’s opened its doors in May of 1974 and is now enjoying its 39th year of service to its many local and out of town customers. Among them are 2nd and 3rd generation family members whose support and patronage mean everything to this family owned business. Sperry’s has received numerous awards and positive reviews over the years. While these are appreciated, none of these are as important as the continued patronage and satisfaction of their customers. Burton W. Sperry, the great-great-grandfather of the owners, was engaged in the hotel and restaurant business in Jacksonville, Florida, from the late 1800’s into the 1900’s. His reputation for fine food and service was widespread. The owners and management of Sperry’s strive to maintain his example for your dining pleasure. And the gentlemen seem to love the dark and wooded elegance of the bar complete with fireplace and plenty of options for dining, beverages and superb service. Many of the regulars keep their own wine lockers stocked onsite or guests can choose from the expansive wine and spirits list. Whether for a casual after golf happy hour, a special Father’s Day brunch or a private dining business dinner, Sperry’s has all options for what the gentlemen prefers.

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BELLATERRA RANCH Gentlemen prefer a nice glass of wine and a smooth cigar right? Well Bellaterra Ranch, right here in Williamson County, can provide both of those. YOUR Williamson had an opportunity to sit down with founders and local residents Mike and Catherine Murphy to get a behind the scenes glimpse at what makes a great wine and smoke. YOUR Williamson: Well you can imagine my surprise, when I discovered that there is a Cigar Maker headquartered in Williamson County. How did that happen? Bellaterra: Yes, quite a surprise, right? Well, actually, our winery was headquartered here long before that, in 2004, and before that our farm in Leipers Fork that we named Bellaterra Ranch, Italian for “beautiful land.” The cigars came later, mostly at the request of our wine customers. YOUR Williamson:  So let’s start then with the winery.    Bellaterra: Back in 2000, we moved to Leipers with the intention of growing grapes, but then quickly realized that we had always imagined ourselves, since we were teenagers, making Bordeaux wines, which is typically considered Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, along with Pinot Noir and Syrah.    YOUR Williamson:  Oh, so you grew up in California? Bellaterra: (Catherine) Well, no. We met in high school in Ohio. Mike caught the bug for wine making as a teenager, along side my grandfather, who grew up in Italy.  My grandfather made wine as long as I can remember for our family’s enjoyment, and sometimes even for local law enforcement.  He was very well liked in our small town.   (Mike) I mean what was there not to like… he made wine, he smoked cigars and he had a beautiful granddaughter! (Catherine) And I’m pretty sure Mike smoked a cigar on our first date, back in high school.   YOUR Williamson:  What a great story. So, what happened next? Bellaterra:  Well, marriage for one. And it seemed that everything in our lives kept bringing us back to wine in one way or


another. Meanwhile, cigars were always a form of celebration in our family.   YOUR Williamson:  We are drinking your Cowboy Cabernet right now, and it is wonderful.  I was not aware that cigars and wine actually paired together. Bellaterra: Many people today enjoy spirits with cigars, but historically, cigar and wine pairings were quite popular in the etiquette books in the 50’s and 60’s. In reality, our cigars are enjoyed with most anything, with coffee being one of the most common. 

YOUR Williamson:  Did your wine experience help you create cigar blends? Bellaterra:  That’s a great question, because yes, it did.  We well understood that certain grapes flourish in certain regions, and then when you add weather, soil types, priming practices and the skills of a master winemaker, you can make magic.  All of this together is called “terroir.”  If you consider “people” as an analogy of that, you can consider our personal “terroir” to be the family we came from, where we grew up, where we went to school. For all of us, these things turned us into the person we are today. They formed our personalities, intelligence, even the kinds of food we like to eat.  The impact on tobacco, like grapes, is almost exactly the same.    YOUR Williamson:  On this bottle of Cowboy Cabernet, it says Oakville. What is the significance of that? Bellaterra: Well, we buy the grape where it grows best, and Oakville is considered one of the best and most awarded regions in the U.S. for that grape or varietal. We buy grapes by the ton from that region every year and then transport them to our production facility in Sonoma. We choose the best region for our other wines, as well, that’s why we get Pinot’s from Oregon, Anderson Valley and Russian River, Syrahs from Santa Barbara region.   YOUR Williamson:  How does this relate to cigars? Bellaterra: We use tobaccos from Nicaragua, Dominicana, Ecuador, Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and even Pennsylvania.  In every case we try to get the very best tobacco, once a new blend is determined.   YOUR Williamson: Are there outstanding differences in making cigars versus wine? Bellaterra: Yes, there’s a few. For example, when it comes to cigars, the construction of the stick is very important.  No matter how



group of people that make me want to educate more people on the art of “retrohaling.” It can change the way you enjoy cigars, in some cases. It was coined by a friend of ours who is a scholar when it comes to cigars, and it involves capturing more of the flavors, notes and nuances of a cigar. You know, the things that make them so enjoyable.  It is a matter of using all of your senses, including tongue, cheeks and olfactory glands. I guess it might be hard to describe in print to your readers, but they can Google it. There’s also a video on YouTube. good the tobacco blend is, if it does not burn properly, if it is not constructed properly,  it will not be enjoyed by the consumer.  If it tunnels, or burns unevenly,  or even feels bad in your hand, it can effect our overall experience. YOUR Williamson:  Do you make the cigars to satisfy your own tastes in cigars? Bellaterra:  Probably not. We don’t think it would be fair to create blends to our palates, since we are probably not the “norm” when it comes to consumers.  We are kind of famous, though, for our blind smoke tests. They are great fun. We just had two blind smokes or “focus groups” last week.  It’s where we bring a group of consumers together to smoke cigars and wine and rate over 90 characteristics of  blends we are working on at any given time.    YOUR Williamson: This just sounds like so much fun. Are you enjoying this? Bellaterra:  Yes, we really are. The greatest joy this brings for us is that it is something that everyone in our family enjoys together.  Our son and daughter both have critically important roles, and we get such a rewarding feeling, when we take an agricultural product, grown from the earth, and someone finds great enjoyment when the consume it.    YOUR Williamson:  What new experiences in this business have you enjoyed most? Bellaterra:  Well for one, we get to do this together as a family, that’s a dream come true.  But a very close second is the people we have met in these two industries.  Our business

partners have been extremely helpful and supportive, but on top of that we have met so many new people in Williamson County at events we have participated in, and the bonus to all of that are the friends, and families that we have bonded with around the world. The blessings have been far greater than we ever anticipated.  (Catherine) Mike is really enjoying the process of making private label cigars for other brands. In some cases, they are businesses looking to provide a unique and memorable gift. In other cases, they are companies launching or expanding their own brand. YOUR Williamson:  Are you in the place you wanted to be, when you started this venture nearly 10 years ago? Bellaterra: Well, yes and no.  As a family, we have thoroughly enjoyed it. As a manufacturer, we are constantly making strides to finding better grapes and strides to making higher quality cigars.  We kind of view ourselves as consumers or “private shoppers.” We do the work to find the very best agricultural products, and we build a staff to produce them to the highest quality. YOUR Williamson:  Based on your own experiences of working with people from the Caribbean to Central and South America, are there things you want to share with our readers? Bellaterra:  Yes, but we wouldn’t know where to begin. But, since the focus of this article is cigars... We were just out last night with a

YOUR Williamson: Is there anything new coming out we should know about? Bellaterra: In July, we will be launching all our new vintages that include our Cabs, Pinots, Syrah’s and Chardonnay.  We have another new wine that we are most excited about, where we shipped the grapes from Argentina, to make, what we think is a pretty amazing Malbec.  As for cigars, we just opened a new factory in Dominican Republic, where we will begin producing a blend that our entire family has been very fond of. And, because we all love it, we are calling it our Family Reserve.  We have some wonderful partnerships that we are putting a pencil to in coffee, spirits, and grapes from other continents. YOUR Williamson:  This has been great fun to spend time with both of you today, and I can see the passion that you both pour into this business. Before we depart, I just have to ask you, “which of your cigars is your personal favorite?” Bellaterra: Oh, well, that’s easy.  It’s whichever one is in our hands at that time. Bellaterra Ranch, founded in 2001, is a family owned and operated ranch spread out over two picturesque farms located in historic Franklin, TN. Their wine making is done in California, where grapes are sourced from highly respected vineyards and bottled at Bellaterra Ranch in Sonoma to produce rich, balanced Bellaterra wines with structure and depth to age gracefully. All cigars are produced in Nicaragua, made from cuban seed tobacco grown all over Central America. Providing the “finest things in life” is their passion.


Bling and Bowties Story & Photography by Andrea Davis Bling and Bowties: An Evening with the Arts, an annual fundraiser for the REALTORŽ Good Works Foundation, was held at Carnton Plantation this spring. Each of the nine public high schools in Williamson County were asked to participate by having their art students submit work for consideration in a student art competition. Those chosen by a panel of judges had their art displayed the evening of the event. Prizes were awarded to the winning entries. Guests enjoyed great food and entertainment, while appreciating all the wonderful art.

Tiffany Cheuvront & Debbie Parker

Jacey Cook, Andy Brookover, Mike & Christine Gill

Matt Ligon & David Logan

Andrew & Andrea Skaggs

Brooke Crigger & Zane Martin

Vicky Crigger & Robinson Regen


Reid Anderson, Christine Quiloin & Danny Anderson

Carolyn Cole, Missy Hasty, Denise Haraseviat & Brandon Kelly

Tim Kearns, Bonnie Kearns & Christine Quiloin

Robin Barnes, Joe Kerr & Karen Godley

Bridget Shaw, Laura Zeitlin, Rebekah Zeitlin & Tammy Russell

Tammy Russell, Brian Carden & Marla Richardson

Dwain Jackson & Stephanie Young

Braden & Allison Vague, Lillie & Brandon Mundie




for seven, luxury quality and pristine cleanliness for adults, kids and pets alike. Mary Ellen searched high and low for period pieces with a desire to keep the integrity of the home at its core. Being a ‘depression-era’ baby, Mary Ellen, gained true satisfaction in using and reusing much of the homes original finds found both in the attic and in the walls. By taking some of the walls down to their studs, precious artifacts were uncovered. For example, three pieces of gable ornamentation remained unused since 1895 and are now at the front of the house making its grand appearance 118 years later.



Story by Amy Freese / Photography by Andrea Davis

I never know what to expect or whom I’ll be privileged to design with on any given week at Cool Springs Upholstery. It’s annoying to be around a name dropper, but reflecting back on last week alone, I scratch my head thinking how surreal it is that my former farm raised family, welcomed customers that ranged from critically acclaimed and nicer than nice, LeAnne Womack; charming and chatty hubby of my 80’s girl, Kim Carnes; my good friend Brad P.’s mom Sandy; and the ‘Don’t Stop Believing,’ singing babe of a band member from Journey. Okay, I’m getting annoying. Let me assure you, CSU doesn’t do business with only music makers. In fact, we roll out the red carpet for any and everyone, including our loyal, spunky and super sweet Mrs. Redford! Okay, contain your giddiness; Robert and his wife


haven’t taken up residence here, too. No, there is different set of famous Redfords residing here, but they too have set out to give us a glimpse of “The Way We Were.” Heritage Foundation Merit of Preservation award winners, Clyde and Mary Ellen Redford, are the proud owners of the newly opened Franklin Battlefield Inn located in the heart of Franklin at 1303 Columbia Avenue. The ‘FBI’ is one of a kind for Franklin, as this luxury vacation rental home offers out of town guests or even locals, an opportunity to fully embrace the rich history by residing and slumbering in it. The home has been in the Redford family for five generations beginning with an original Franklin builder and visionary, Samuel Redford, grandfather to Clyde. He built this Folk Victorian (home for the ‘common man’) style home in 1903. When the 5th generation homeowner decided to relocate, the home’s future became questionable. Due to the family’s strong sentimental attachment, the Redfords took a leap of faith and set out to restore, renovate and revive the memory of a simpler, gentler era in history, yet offer the amenities of our present (ie; wi-fi, laundry, printer/fax, and a safe for guest’s collectibles). This labor of love offers sweet dreams

Original gingerbread that others were afraid to touch in fear of damage didn’t dissuade Mary Ellen from getting out her can of elbow grease and bringing it back to its original glory. Woodwork, windows and floors, along with a number of furniture pieces, are original to the home and it’s history. And to ensure an exquisite experience for all residing guests, a private fence and fire pit were added; perfect for music under the moon and ‘smores by the fire. So if you have guests coming to town or you would like to experience your own step back in time go to and embrace ‘the way we were.’ Contact Info: Franklin Battlefield Inn, Owner, Mary Ellen Redford, 615-794-7701, 615-496-4945, 1303 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064

A private back yard and fire pit perfect for moon music and sweet ‘smores

New fixtures abound in the downstairs full bath.

Another view of the hearth room

The many rooms of Franklin Battlefield Inn.

Beautiful hand carved bed is a welcoming respite, after a busy day taking in the sites of Franklin.

The foyer wallpaper is a reproduction of an original pattern “Arboretum� found in 1895. The marble top chest is original to the home.



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Buying or Selling a Home? You need a “PRO”

Town & Country Tour of Homes Story & Photography by K York The Annual Town & Country Tour of Homes, presented by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, celebrated its 38th year this year. Homes throughout the county were showcased to emphasize the importance of historic preservation and the impact of historic architecture on new design. Crowds dodged the downpours and jumped the puddles to see properties from the 19th & 20th centuries, as well as those newer homes emulating the Federal, Victorian and French Country style in the 21st century Westhaven neighborhood. Marti Veto served as this year’s chair. To learn more about the Heritage Foundation visit

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Vandalia Cottages Launch Party Story & Photography by Rebecca Dent The Bristol Development Group is set to break ground on what is sure to be a community treasure in Franklin. Vandalia Cottages will consist of seventeen homes, each with custom finishes and meticulous attention to detail. This “pocket neighborhood” hosted it’s sales launch at the Bob Parks Realty office in downtown Franklin, to showcase the classic and modern finishes that will be available, as well as the community’s close-knit concept. Perhaps the biggest draw of Vandalia Cottages will be that it will all be within walking distance to downtown Franklin. For more information visit

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Chamber After Hours Story & Photography by Sarah Bailey The Williamson County Chamber of Commerce members had a chance to mingle and socialize after work at Darrell Waltrip Automotive in May. Darrell Waltrip was the host for the mixer for the 3rd year in a row. A wine bar was provided by Moon Wine & Spirits. Bartenders from the Bunganut Pig served wine, beer and soft drinks. Food and desserts were provided by Constant Craving Caterers, and live music from Shuff’s Music & Piano Showroom completed this fun event.

Gary Buchanan & Barb Shearon

Teresa MacLachlan & Jessica Kingery

Jack Pentzer, Paul Burnash, Terri Hedges & Janet Meek

Kurt & Shanna Gadke

Andrew Heidemann, Daniel & Leigh Tansey, Heather Stanford

Linda Taylor & Holly Carpenter

Kate Cortner, Kara Brumley & Julie White

Shaun Reeves, Rich DeLuca & Wayde Bonomo


Amy Goodson, Dwight & Annie Osteen Philip Drone & Tina Edwards

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Marketing 101 with Marti Veto

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“Plan your work, work your plan.” Whether throwing a dinner party, planting a garden or building a nuclear power plant, you need to have a plan. So why do we shudder and procrastinate at the idea of writing a Marketing Plan? You have a product or a service, and you want to sell it. There are really only two questions you have to ask yourself: “What do I want?” and “How do I get it?” Trust me. Let’s go! Let’s create a blueprint for success.

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YOUR MISSION Define in a sentence or two, who you are and what value you bring. Then pare it down to its essence. Don’t forget to Google for ideas and examples. The world is your oyster, and it starts with the little search window in the corner of your screen. YOUR BRAND Your brand is your signature. It is unique. This means it needs to represent you in a way that has a positive impact on your target market. Choosing the visual elements of your brand: the color, fonts, logos, is critical. I highly recommend working with professionals who have the expertise to guide your selections. Just because you love purple doesn’t mean purple sends the right message to your audience. Yes, you want to look different…. but different in a good way. YOUR PRODUCT As there are no original ideas in the universe, what is special about your product or service? The easy answer is YOU. Work those unique qualities TN-0000903768 you and your product bring to the market.

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STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS Who are you targeting? Who will buy this product or service? The answer is somewhere between “My Mom” and “Everyone in the World.” For example, if you are selling signage, everyone with a brick and mortar location is a target. If you are selling organic baby food, your target audience is more narrow. What is your message? Be concise, be consistent and be repetitive. Keep it simple, stick to a few key messages but put it ‘out there’ in multiple ways. Where will your message be seen/heard? On PROOF O.K. BY: _____________________________ O.K. WITH CORRECTIONS BY:___ billboards, in print, online, social media, at conventions and association meetings, delivered by personal sellers, direct mail, radio or television, word of mouth? The possibilities are numerous.PLEASE What combination of READ CAREFULLY • SUBMIT CORRECTIONS ONLINE these will net you the biggest return on your investment? ADVERTISER: PROOF CREATED AT: 5/29/2013 4:17 PM Consider your monetary and personnel resources. DAVID And hereVOTTA - BOB PARKS PERSON: Tamrya PROOF DUE: again, some professional advice isSALES a good investment. You T may need some help. Brainstorming is typically much moreZONES PUBLICATION: TN-TN NEXT RUN DATE: 05/31/13 productive and fun, when more than 1 brain SIZE: 3 col is X involved! 5 in Your comments and questions are welcome. Please email me at

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An ORDINARILY Extraordinary Life by Susan Charest

Two years ago, when I walked into our first creative writing class, I noticed that he was seated at the front, simply observing the classroom. As soon as class started, he commented on the demographics and specifics on how many of us were left and right handed. I observed, that he observed, in detail. Our first assignment was to take an ordinary thing or person and make it extraordinary without explicitly naming the thing or person in the story. Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of interviewing him. The him in question being local personality and writer – Dr. Luke Boyd. To be honest, our interview initially resembled our first classroom assignment. My approach was way too ordinary. I asked him canned questions about his life of thirty-seven years in Williamson County. He gave me a few responses, like when he moved here with his wife, Sara, son and daughter back in 1979. He said Franklin’s population was about 13, 000 with most living in the downtown area. There were a couple of gas stations, some fast food restaurants and a Waffle House. You had to travel to Nashville if you wanted anything upscale in nature. He moved here to be principle of Battle Ground Academy and was in that role for nineteen years. His favorite memories of living here consist of riding in the Franklin Christmas parade, going to jazz festivals and attending plays at the Franklin Theatre. When asked to use only one word to describe Williamson County… he responded, “accepting.” Dr. Boyd was certainly gracious to accept my offer to be interviewed with very ordinary questions. My question list was completed, and then we started to chat about his childhood. Then, the magic of his memory


began to paint an extraordinary story with characters that I could see with my own imagination. This is where our story on him really began. Boyd grew up during the depression era in the Mississippi Delta where his father managed farmlands. He learned by the oral tradition of story telling from his father’s family that was large in sibling size and character. He didn’t have any books of his own until he was twelve years of age, and he muses that the only books that were in his home were a Sears Roebuck catalog and a King James Bible. He remembers as a child taking the daily newspaper and being curious about what the symbols were on the page. He didn’t know the alphabet. His mother would pacify him with an ordinary response, “Don’t worry about that, they will teach you in school.” School did aid him in learning his alphabet, but it was his persistent appetite to crave a book of his very own that drove his learning. “My father worked for a fella that subscribed to a lot of magazines. When I was about ten or eleven years old, this fella would get through reading them and he would pass them down to us. Life, The New Yorker, all of those types of magazines…loaded with lots of wonderful writing. I would read all these stories. I liked the adventure stories, not romances. I always had a magazine to read. When I was twelve years old, I told my Mom that I wanted to buy a book. She replied that there weren’t any bookstores around here. I mentioned that you could buy one from the Sears and Roebuck catalog. In this catalog, you could buy just about anything. You could actually buy stuff to build a house…. it comes with all the pieces broken down. There are still some houses in Nashville like this today. Mom said that if it didn’t cost too much, the

next time she placed an order, she would see. “ The next Sears and Roebuck order included the book, The Branded Spy Murders by Van Wyck Mason. It cost $1.79. He never forgot its title and takes pride in his author pick for it was General Patton who read The Cairo Garter Murders by Van Wyck Mason, as he crossed the Atlantic Ocean. His first book pick was extraordinary for a child that was only twelve years of age. In 1997 at the age of sixty-four, Boyd would publish his own first book, Coon Dogs, Outhouses, & Other Southern Samplings. Dr. Boyd’s writing style has been shaped by adventure stories read, southern stories heard, and perpetual observance lived. His imagination is vastly detailed. His stories are rooted in the southern dirt of the time of the depression, but they are anything but depressing. These collections of stories make my heart light, fill it with joy and press out spontaneous chokes of laughter. His writings are a treasure, and I’m so grateful that they have been recorded and shared. Dr. Luke Boyd’s third book will be released in the next month or so. It’s titled, Coon Dogs and Outhouse Volume 3 Tales From Tennessee.




VACATIONS: More Than Just a Destination

Vacations are so much more than a destination. They are essential to living, loving and learning. How do I know this? Let me explain by telling you my history of travel and how I have grown as a person as a result.



My grandparents owned a house on Sanibel Island. I spent every summer and many holidays on Sanibel.  This sounds like a dream to an adult, but as a child and teenager, it wasn’t the most fun beach trip by a long shot.  I was really isolated from my generation during what was supposed to be the endless summer. What does a teenager do on a tropical island with no one even close to their age? Well, as it turns out I learned every constellation in the sky and to identify and collect over 100 species of seashells.  Rebecca and I take our girls back to that island every summer now, and we spend countless hours looking for shells. Shelling has become a tradition in our family, and it all started with my Grandmother waking me up at 4:00 AM so I wouldn’t miss low tide. When Reba and I were dating, we didn’t have a lot of money so a “vacation” was out of the question. Yet, we knew that we really needed to get away together. What did we do?  We filled up the tank and took off with no destination or plan.  One trip we wound up in the Smoky Mountains and eventually


in Helen, Georgia. If you don’t know, Helen is a German village in the mountains.  On top of that, it was Octoberfest!!! We found a room at a bed and breakfast (which really was just someone’s house), and we drank beer and ate German food for the next several days; just one state away.  We had a blast together.  We came home having learned that “vacations” don’t have to be planned, they just need to happen.  I think it was that trip that we learned we were really right for each other. Being broke didn’t stop us from taking off and having a life-changing trip. Okay, now the honeymoon story. We chose Belize as our destination, but we weren’t so sure how we were going to pay for it. Hmmmmm. We still needed my wedding ring.  I don’t do gold so I chose platinum. We quickly realized that my desire for platinum and our need for Belize were at an impasse.  What did we do?  We bought a sterling silver band at a kiosk in the mall for $12 and spent a week in Belize on Caye Caulker snorkeling, fishing, and swimming in the Caribbean.  We ate fresh coconut bread in the mornings, made by locals and sold by their children.  In the evenings, we would go to the docks and decide which lobster we wanted.  It was an experience that we compare all other travels to. Sixteen years later, I still wear a $12 wedding band. A few years ago, Reba and I each lost very close friends within a month.  Soon afterward,

we discovered the meaning of “life is too short.” Since then, we have not exchanged gifts on holidays, birthdays, or anniversaries. We decided that the memories we create during travel are priceless, and now our need for travel is reaching near addiction levels.  Sailing in the Sea of Abacos, nights on the Sunset Strip and pretending to be twentyeight again in Key West, have replaced jewelry and new guitars. What I’m really trying to say, is that the memories you create on your adventures are the fuel your life and love, so desperately crave.  Feed them well and you will be rewarded. Did I mention that I am going to Europe for two weeks at the end of the month with a band as their guitar tech “Jondie Abroad?” coming soon!

Joke of the Month: So there are these two cows in a field. One cow says to the other “So, what do you think of this mad cow disease?” The other cow says, “Well, What do I care? I’m a helicopter.”


The Franklin Rodeo Story & Photography by K York It was three days of excitement, as the Franklin Rodeo rode into to the Williamson County Ag Expo Center for one of its best years ever. Over 6,500 folks came to watch events like barrel racing, bull riding and calf roping. Many youngsters jumped right in for a piece of the action, as they took part in mutton busting and calf chasing. The rodeo is always fun entertainment for the whole family. The Franklin Noon Rotary Club has raised more than $2.4 million through the years with their annual fundraiser, and all proceeds go to projects in the community.

Sam Malone

Jonathan Drobny, Asher Narancich & Hudson Davis

Elizabeth Mefferd, Patti & John Bearden

Madison Hert

Grayson, Bennett & Robin Morris

Case Offield & Charles Davis

Jennifer, Jack, Maci-Kate & Craig Dame

Andy & Amanda Duensing, Heather Jones & Miette Duensing

Robbin Miller & Shelby Cunningham

William Legner & Mason Littlejohn


Mike & Stacey Pinkerton, Barry Tutor

Kylie Kistner, O.T. Roysden & Kaleb Kistner

Will Ezell & Megan Bell

Clint Melvin & Katie Sasser

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GREAT GATSBY When you hear the word “Gatsby” a certain image comes to your mind. One of opulence, wealth and glamour with a slight edge. As soon as we were aware that they were doing a remake of this fantastic story, we knew that it would greatly influence wedding trends. One quick search of Pinterest and you can see it is already happening. Mason jars holding wildflowers are slowly being replaced with tall arrangements containing feathers and crystals. Burlap is moving over to make way for shimmery satin, and the wedding gowns are transforming from chic boho lace into a 1920’s inspired vintage sleek. While we still love the DIY rustic look, we are so excited to embrace this new inspiration! Here are some ideas to throw your own Great Gatsby inspired soiree!

Décor Inspiration

“Out With the Old”….well not quite. While this new trend definitely lends itself to a more refined look, we’re still seeking vintage inspiration; just of a different era. The Roaring 20s was a time of great excess, but luckily you can still host this event with a “still dealing with a recession” budget. When it comes to the venue, a historic home fits the bill perfectly, as a true Gatsby party would be an outdoor garden party. Even a park or backyard could easily be transformed into a gorgeous site, without breaking the bank. If outdoors isn’t your thing, a hotel ballroom is a great option, or go with a more cozy urban space that could be converted into a fun speak-easy. Once the venue is set, you can start deciding on the décor. Art Deco was the design style popular in this era so think geometric shapes; the Chrysler Building in New York was built in this style if you need a visual. While rectangles and ovals don’t really seem


to be very exciting at first, there are actually lots of fun ways to bring these elements in. Invitations and paper products can easily show this influence and will immediately set the tone for the event. Think simple patterned backgrounds and bold lettering; no florals or loopy handwriting! Black, gold, and ivory create a stunning and appropriate color scheme that can be carried easily throughout the event. Another great way to bring in the Art Deco influence is through the wedding cake. Whether you’re going for over-the-top with contrasting colors or more subtle with a textured pattern, there are tons of yummy options! Flowers are one of those details that eat up a budget quite quickly. We are loving the tall draping centerpieces in a black or oil-rubbed bronze vase. Keep in mind that the type of flower you use can make or break the price. White roses and hydrangea with some dripping moss create a stunning look. If money is not a concern, throw in some orchids for a unique texture and shape. However, if you’re looking to trim the fat in the floral department, you can create a gorgeous glam centerpiece using tall feather plumes in a glittered vase. Hang some strands of pearls or crystals and you’ve got the Cat’s Meow!

Flapper Dapper

When it comes to the attire for the evening, think sleek and sophisticated. Men should definitely be in black or ivory tux and dinner jackets with bow ties. The ladies can draw inspiration from the flapper dresses. For a wedding gown, think slim sheath with lots of beading. Hair pieces were huge in the Jazz Era, as well as opera-length gloves and opulent jewelry. Inviting guests to dress in time appropriate garb would add a fun element to the evening and make for some great pictures!

All that Jazz

If you’re seriously wanting a Gatsby event, you’ll have to nix the turn tables. Sorry DJ Screechy Screech, only a live band will work for this party! A jazz band would be the most authentic, but if the Charleston isn’t exactly your signature move, at least make sure you can coordinate some early Satchmo-esque hits to be played during dinner. While guests are enjoying the sounds of times past, make sure they are being offered some appropriate food and beverages. Champagne and martinis with the correct glassware are highly recommended as featured options. For dinner, think plated meals versus a buffet; this lends to a more pampered vibe. If you want to kick it up a notch, offer seafood or something gamey such as duck. Dessert can consist of your beautifully designed Art Deco cake, or a sampling of smaller bite-size cakes or macaroons. Lastly, if you’re doing a getaway you must try to find a retro upscale car, preferably a Rolls Royce. We feel as if we’re not asking for too much here! When it comes to throwing a Great Gatsbyinspired event, it’s all about incorporating your favorite parts of this timeless story but keeping the focus on what’s important…you and your significant other. In the words of author, F. Scott Fitzgerald as he described his reason for writing the novel, make sure for your important day you create “Something new, something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned.” Cheers to Classic Novels and Classy Soirees! Krista Cook and Lauren Hartman

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Accessing the Power of Gratitude The practice of gratitude, as a tool for happiness, has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well being and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

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But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time. That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life, as an opportunity and a blessing. Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope. There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What’s on your list? SOME WAYS TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE: • Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way. • Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures. • Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine. • Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation. • When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel. • Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude. As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work. Please contact me at to schedule your free 20 minute coaching call, or with any comments, questions or topics you would like to see discussed in this column. Visit my Facebook page at:


Davis House Rock the House for WCCAC Story & Photography by K York Performers Lee Thomas Miller, Wynn Varble, The Warren Brothers and Chris Janson took the stage at the Franklin Theatre for the Rock the House concert, benefiting Davis House Child Advocacy Center. Funds raised from the event help provide services for counseling, investigative services and advocacy, and for the approximately 700 children Davis House serves each year. It was an evening fun and entertainment raising money and bringing awareness to the staggering problems of child abuse.

Bettina Moore, Denise Andre & Traci Hannah

Chris & Carolyn Tasillo

Kara Peck, Carrie Beth & Brian Shelton, Marcus Stamps

Chris Jansen & Brett Warren

Heather Brickhouse, Sarah Vogelsang & Jennifer Livingston

Lee Thomas Miller Beverly Nickoles & Stephanie Borbely

Dawn Beatty & Tim Trogden

Matt & Nicki Robins, Shanna & Brady Fry

Amy Baynes, Charlsi Legendre & Ashley Townsend

Harold & Bonnie Moses

Chris & Kara Peck, Steve Hannah

Jeanne & Steve Anderson, Sheryl Barnett Hughes Ginger & Derek Smith


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Tim Scarvey, Kim & Rick Shallcross

Iroquois Steeplechase Story & Photography by K York 25,000 race fans made their way to Percy Warner Park, despite the threats of rainy weather, for the 72nd annual Iroquois Steeplechase event. The sun was starting to shine as Doc Holladay sang the “Star Spangled Banner,” and the race began. It was a day of high fashion with hats, hats and more beautiful hats and spectacular race finishes. Demonstrative, the great grandson of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, brought the day to an end, winning the eighth race by his nose. The Iroquois Steeplechase event benefits the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Pat & John Howard, Danny & Teresa Anderson


Carole Carter & Anita Sheridan

Mary Catherine & Ashley McAnulty

Jeff & Morgan Garner

Jodi & Mark Sims, Casey Burgdorf

Stacey Rhodes, Gloria Houghland, Patti Viars, Leigh Gillig & Carol Carr

Kerry Hines, Ashley Branch, MK Leftwich, Becky Phillips & Hope Garlich

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Kim Fredrickson & Tim Kenney

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Kelly Coty & GiGi Gaskins

Alexander Woods, Bailey Strickland & Alexander Bottiggi

Reed Goodrum, Hannah Berrell & Margaret Morgan

Will Cheek III, Lisa Lachs & Rob Pinson

Barry Grider & Robb McCluskey

Megan Estes, Nate Nord, Ashton Mothersbaugh & Ellen Kington

Stephanie Rosiak & Brian Ragsdale

Taylor Bugos, Justin Michelson, Chad LaBoy & Jaclyn Grimsley

Christi & Jeff Seraphine

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YOUR Educational Hero of the Month



Don’t sweat it, there are still summer camps available in Williamson County for YOUR little campers! A Game Sportsplex Camps 771-2444, A Game in Cool Springs is the Southeast’s finest indoor sports destination. They offer a full, fun line-up of spring and summer sports camps. Featuring professional and college coaches and players. Sports camps include basketball, volleyball, kids fitness, hockey and indoor soccer.

Heather Weaver, First Grade Teacher at Heritage Elementary School in Thompson’s Station, is Your Williamson’s Educational Hero of the month. Ms. Weaver was nominated by Ms. Susan Zemek, Student Support Services at Clovercroft Elementary, and she had this to say about “Ms. Heather:” “Heather is the EPITOME of a great teacher! With three kids of her own, she treats her students as if they are ALL going home with her! Parents typically have just as hard of a time sending their ‘babies’ to first grade, as they do sending them to kindergarten. Heather understands that and makes the transition so much easier. She is loving, yet firm. What I especially love about Heather is that she treats ALL her kids with love and respect. She is also very involved in her community. She is always the first one to volunteer for the dunk tank at PTO functions! She is beloved by her students and school community!” Congrats Ms. Heather! Please let us know of your school news and/or any nomination (administrator, teacher or student) for a chance to be featured in YOUR Williamson Educational Hero of the Month. Please email us at


Abacus Math Club Summer Camp 656-3532, Abacus Math Club offers a half-day academic enrichment summer day camp for children ages 5 to 9 at Pump It Up in Brentwood. Children will have daily classes in math, reading and manners. Activities include hands-on lessons, educational games, puppet shows, and recess in the bounce and play area. Act Too Players School of Music & Theatre 294-0667, Summer Camps are jam packed with all things theatrical. There is a camp for every type of performance student! The Weeklong Camps, range from weeklong plays to musicals to dancing to revue shows! Ann Carroll School of Dance – Camp 790-6468, Ann Carroll School of Dance offers performing arts day camps for ages 2 through 18, Ages 6-18 will have a full day (9:00-4:00) of dance, acting, singing and acro. Preschool classes are 1 or 2 hours a day and consist of dance, tumbling and musical theater. Ballet Princess Camps and More 377-9606 Camps introduce children ages 4 - 6 and 7 - 9 to four ballet stories. Students learn ballet technique and explore hair, make-up and costuming of the lead characters. also

offering camps in drama, dance sampler boys and girls hip-hop and weekly class in six-week session for ages 3 and up. Battle Ground Academy – Discover Summer at BGA 794-3501, Summer at BGA! Williamson County’s oldest independent school offers a summer camp program packed with fun, educational and challenging programs for kids of all ages. Open to the community, BGA has a variety of camps in athletics, academics, arts and much more. Brentwood Academy – Summer Camp 373-0611, Brentwood Academy offers summer day camps for boys and girls beginning in Kindergarten through high school. Over 25 camps in the areas of sports, fine arts, and academics. Camp Warehouse Day Camp 861-3663, Rolling Hills Community Church in Franklin is excited to offer three great weeks of summer day camp for kids age three through those who have completed fifth grade. Kids can experience the best weeks of their summer with music, art, sports, team building, and more. It’s all about enrichment. It’s all about fun. And it’s all about Christ! Creekside Riding Academy and Stables 595-7547, Offers beginner, intermediate and advanced riding lessons. Family trail rides are available daily in the Summer. Children’s Summer Riding Camps are Monday through Friday throughout June and July. Lessons and Camps teach proper riding techniques, safety around horses, grooming, tacking and horse ground handling.



physical skills. The summer program also includes dress up days, cultural experiences, water day Wednesdays and special visitors. The Goddard School’s summer program is offered for children 4 – 6 years, Monday – Friday from June 4th-August 9th with flexible schedules.

Currey Ingram Academy 507-3242, Spend your summer in Beech Creek Valley! Currey Ingram sits on 83 gorgeous acres, complete with a creek, hiking trail, playing fields, farm animals and a new athletic facility, theater and commercial sound studio. Engineering for Kids Summer Day Camp 261-9937, Provide FUN activities from designing and constructing rockets, hot air balloons, and roller coasters to robotics, video game designing and creating fun objects using LEGO® bricks. The variety of programming is extraordinary! Hands-on-learning for children ages 4 to 14. They offer the most comprehensive Engineering Enrichment Program! Firstlight Arts Academy 202-6426, Week long, Morning camps held from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. ages: 4-14. Week long, afternoon camps held 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. ages: 6-18. Franklin School of Rock Summer Camps 221-9700, One Week Beginner Bootcamp and Two Week Songwriting and Recording Camps. Rock and roll performance camps, where bands will be created and students will learn / create songs and be involved in every step of the creation of a band. Camps will culminate in a live performance and party. Goddard School – Franklin – Summer Camp 595-2525, Great Outdoors summer program is based upon learning through play to help build your child’s emotional, social, cognitive and

Kids on Stage Summer Academy 599-5437, The mission of the Kids on Stage Summer Academy is to provide world-class experiences in the visual, performing, and technical arts that, through process, performance, and production, empower students to be selfdisciplined, life-long learners.

Montessori Academy Day Camp 833-3610, Summer Zone programs begin Jun. 1 and runs through Jul. 30. Water days, crafts, weekly themes, community visitors and field days for the day camp students. O’More College of Design 794-4254, Summer Studio at O’More takes young people (grades 1 thru 12th) to the next level of art education in digital media, design, and fine art. The Summer Studio at O’More offers an eclectic and inspirational setting that will introduce budding artists to new media and

Learning Lab – Play Smart 377-2929, Academic Enrichment with Art/Music, Technology, Cultural Exchange, and Fun. Reading, writing, math, ACT/SAT prep, foreign languages, social skills for ADHD, study skills, crafts, photography, songwriting, assistive technology. One-on-one instruction for grades K through 12th, weeklong programs that are offered in mornings and/or afternoons. Let It Shine’s FUNtastic Summer Camp 369-3547, SUPER FUNTASTIC summer camp for ages 3-12. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with extended care available from 7:30am6:00pm. Kids will have a FUNTASTIC time on trampolines, zip-line, rocket blaster, star castle, rock wall, volley ball, basketball, floor hockey, swimming & gymnastics.

techniques by seasoned professionals. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 370-4672, Owl’s Hill Camps offer “Summer As It Used To Be!” Camps include Screech Owl (ages 5-7), Nature Ranger (ages 8 - 11) and Adventurers (ages 5 - 11). All feature naturerelated activities, catching tadpoles, building forts and wildlife programs featuring live animals. Sessions are small so campers get personal attention. Robinson Taekwondo 791-6655, Tiger Rock Taekwondo is a great way for children to gain confidence, coordination and mental strength. Parents report that their children often increase their grades by one to two levels. They specialize in training leaders of the future. Register now for classes that will have lasting positive effects on your child’s self-esteem and success.





Founder of Franklin Canoe and Kayak Company, LLC by Andrea Davis What started as a favorite pastime of Franklin resident, Carrie Drury, has become a thriving business in Williamson County. Founded in 2010, Franklin Canoe and Kayak Company, LLC is the product of Carrie’s love for kayaking and the outdoors. With several options to choose from, the company provides trips down the Harpeth River for folks wanting a relaxing and fun activity close to home. The trip is 4 or 9.5 river miles of wildlife and an umbrella of overhanging trees enjoyed by adults and children alike. A must on our list of “staycation” adventures. Carrie is a Franklin native and like most, wholeheartedly loves this wonderful town. She is very active in the community with many charity events, especially her father, Ralph Drury’s annual fundraising event “A Vintage Affair.” You’ve probably seen her walking around with her camera taking event pictures, which she does purely for enjoyment and to just be involved. She also heads up her own event a couple times a year to gather volunteers in an effort to clean up the Harpeth. Carrie says littering is a huge pet peeve of hers and wants everyone to join her in keeping the Harpeth River beautiful. When she’s not out on the river, Carrie spends most of her time at her store, Friedman’s of Franklin, supplying everyone else’s adventure needs. Located at 1346 West Main Street, Friedman’s is an outdoor store and more. The shelves are stocked full of gear for camping, fishing, hunting, survival and of course, canoeing and kayaking. The list goes on, and all items come with free expertise advise from Carrie and her vast knowledge of all things outdoors. Stop by to see her, get some great gear and be sure to sign up to take a trip down the Harpeth. She’s got some great guys on staff to get you safely on the river. You can follow Franklin Canoe and Kayak Company, LLC on Facebook to get Carrie’s updates on times, availability and canoeing weather. She’ll also inspire you to “Keep Calm and Paddle On.”





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Not planning on a long trip this summer and still need to get away? No problem! YOUR Williamson has taken the guesswork out and provided you with a list of fun for the whole family activities in town or not too far away for a quick day trip. Get your suits on and stay cool at Nashville Shores, Wave Country or Cumberland Park. Keep molding young minds at the Adventure Science Center, Discovery Center or the Nashville Zoo. Need a little music in your soul? Well, of course we’ve got lots of it here. The Ryman, Grand Ole Opry, Fontanel and a trip down Nashville’s own Broadway are just a few of the many options in Music City. If it’s an adult get away your looking for, take a trip down the Natchez Trace Wine Trail. For the baseball fans out there, the Nashville Sounds will be hitting it out of the park all summer. Want to get out a few more miles away? How about the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville or the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville? The list goes on and on. And if something right in YOUR backyard will suffice – don’t forget that Williamson County is full of fun – highlighted in this issue with canoeing down the Harpeth, golfing, camps galore and so many more wonderful events and activities to partake in.


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So, if you do not want to load the car with luggage, pay for airfare or renew your passport, fill your summer calendar with some of the many adventures in and around the beautiful hills of Middle Tennessee.

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CASA Voices of the Children Story & Photography by K York The second annual Voices of the Children concert was held at the Franklin Theatre on April 30th. It was a sold out event with Kix Brooks performing, and what a performance it was by the Country Music Award winning superstar! Silent auction items included a trip with all accommodations to the Women’s US open, autographed guitars by the cast of Nashville and by Kix Brooks which also included a private tour and dinner at Arrington Vineyard. Country Music diva Wynonna Judd made a special appearance sharing words of praise for the work of the Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocates and made a surprise offer to perform again at next year’s event!

Sharon Guffee, Babs Tierno, Betsy Adgent, Phil Plant, Kim Moore & Kelly Westmoreland

Wynonna, Phil Plant & Ruth Gunning

Melissa Mosteller & Denise DeVane

Lisa Butt & Donna Holland

Larry & Samee Hollingsworth

Ruth Gunning & Danielle McMorran

Zack & Kerry Schrader Chris & Teresa Conway, Justin & Stephanie Shults

Aiden & Steven McMorran

Dianne & Ron Hope, Joe & Cathy Askins


Kix Brooks

Ashley Meadows & Alicia Kaufmann

John & Yvonne Kelly, Cheryl Sanders

Georgi Cronin, Evan Freeze & Lillian Denger

Katie & Emily Gunning

Mercy Golf Classic Story & Photography by Rachel Weishaupt With beautiful sunshine and mild temperatures, Mercy Community Healthcare celebrated its 2013 Mercy Golf Classic event at Temple Hills Country Club on April 29th. Presented by Trey Smith, the tournament featured a four-person scramble, wonderful prizes for top performers, raffle giveaways, lunch and dinner. Participants enjoyed a fun packed day of golf, while supporting a great cause! Mercy Community Healthcare exists to provide primary healthcare to patients of all ages, both insured and uninsured. The proceeds from this event will go towards helping Mercy Community Healthcare provide quality healthcare to the local community. For more information about this event and the health center, please visit

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THE GUIDE TO THE PERFECT POOL THROUGH SUMMER It’s finally hot, and you’re ready to swim in your pool. You get your suit on, grab your towel and some tunes, and fix yourself a refreshing beverage, only to walk outside and find that your pool is GREEN! We don’t want you to find yourself in this situation, so here are some tips for a crystal clear pool all summer long! Weekly maintenance is a must! Whether you have a service company or you do it yourself, keeping your pool clean and the water balanced is a weekly chore. Here are the things you should do every week! Make sure you have enough sanitizer. Chlorine and Bromine are the most popular sanitizers. Salt Generators are also popular; they basically take a salt molecule (NaCl2) and break it down into Na (Sodium) and Cl (Chlorine). Your sanitizer is important because it keeps your swimmers from getting ear infections, stomach issues or other infections. It also prevents algae from growing and keeps your water clean and clear. Make sure your pH is correct! When your eyes burn and turn red in a swimming pool it means the pH of the water is too high or too low. Proper pH also keeps any metal parts in your pool or equipment from corroding or rusting. Alkalinity should also be maintained in order to prevent damage to your equipment and help keep pH in the proper range. Calcium Hardness is adjusted to maintain the level of Calcium in the pool water so that the water does not draw calcium from the plaster on a gunite pool or from the liner or walls of a vinyl liner pool. You will also need to shock your pool with an oxidizing shock, at least once a week; or more often, if you have a party or a lot of swimmers. Shock takes used up or ‘dirty’ chlorine and oxidizes the contaminants out, so that the chlorine can continue to work sanitizing your pool! Know your pool equipment! Most of the pools in our area have a sand filter; you must backwash and rinse your sand filter once a week. If you have a cartridge filter, you should clean, or have cleaned, your cartridges twice a year, spring and fall. For those of you with a DE filter, you will need to backwash once a month, and recharge it with new DE powder! You will also need to empty your skimmer baskets weekly and your pump baskets monthly or as needed. If it sounds confusing, it’s really not! Our service techs can give you a tutorial on how to care for your own pool, we can set up weekly cleanings for you, or you can bring your water into our store in Brentwood for a free water analysis weekly. Our computer analysis will tell you exactly which chemicals you need! We also design and build pools, repair and remodel pools and replace vinyl liners. We do outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, too! Give us a call or come see us! We’ll be happy to help you so that you can enjoy your pool all summer long! Clearwater Pools is located at 330 Franklin Rd., Suite 242 in the Brentwood Place Shopping Center. Call 615-370-9811 or visit


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Steak & Burger Dinner Story & Photography by Sarah Bailey

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Multi Grammy and Dove Award winner Michael W. Smith was the headliner at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee’s 2013 Steak & Burger Dinner held at Clearview Baptist Church in Franklin. The Steak & Burger Dinner raises funds to support the operations of Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee’s two Williamson County Club locations. The Franklin and Fairview Clubhouses serve over 500 kids annually. The kids that attended had the chance to spend time with Smith and enjoyed a fabulous concert.

Tim Pagliara, Woody Woodruff, Debbie Barrett & Jeremy Durham

Kenny Young, Ward Wilson, Michael W. Smith, Paula Wilson & Greg Ham


Bill Fitzgerald, Patty Bearden, Mike Alexander & Shauna Billingsly

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Allison Little, Kate & Ben Bentley, Ross Gower

Jeff & Helen Moselley, Byron Carson & Jim East


John & Emma Wilson

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BLUEGRASS NIGHTS AT THE RYMAN RETURNS TO THE BIRTHPLACE OF BLUEGRASS The prestigious Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman concert series marks its 20th annual run this year. The first Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series took place in 1994 at a newly renovated Ryman featuring the father of bluegrass himself, Bill Monroe, and the angelic Alison Krauss, who has since compiled more Grammys in the genre than any other artist. Over the past twenty years, the series has become engrained into the Nashville summertime experience, as it habitually presents the biggest names in bluegrass on the very stage, where the genre was born back in 1945. The lineup this year kicks off with twenty-time Grammy® award winning singer-songwriter and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill. Seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Vocal Group of the Year Award winner and 2012 IBMA Hall of Fame inductee Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will take the stage June 27. Reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year, The Gibson Brothers will perform the annual Red, White and Bluegrass Night on Independence Day – July 4. On July 11, best known for his “Stanley style” (playing incredibly fast “reverse rolls,” led by the index finger, sometimes in the higher registers utilizing a capo), the Grammy Award winning Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys will co-headline with hit songwriter and fellow Grammy® award winning artist, Jim Lauderdale. July 18, 2013 Grammy® winners for the Best Bluegrass Album (“The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent”) Dailey & Vincent take to the historic stage. Perennial favorite and ten-time Grammy® award winning artist Ricky Skaggs and his eight-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Award winning Kentucky Thunder will round out the series on July 25. 2013 Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman line-up: June 20 Vince Gill June 27 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver July 4 The Gibson Brothers July 11 Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys / Jim Lauderdale July 18 Dailey & Vincent July 25 Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder In 2006, the State of Tennessee presented the Ryman Auditorium with a historical marker designating it as the official Birthplace of Bluegrass. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded by 650 AM WSM’s Pickin’ on the Plaza featuring regional bluegrass bands from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Bands featured on Pickin’ on the Plaza: June 20 Crosswind June 27 Flatt Lonesome July 4 TBA July 11 Freshwater Creek July 18 Copper in Steel July 25 TBA Tickets are on sale now through the Ryman box office at or by calling 615-889-3060. Tickets are $27.50 for individual shows. Series passes for all six shows are only $147.00.


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WHAT YOU NEED: Salmon 6-8 oz. Bell pepper, whole roasted Mushrooms, whole rinsed Your favorite veggies Salt and pepper Olive oil Lemons and limes

WHAT TO DO: Take your bell peppers and char them over a high open flame. When they are all black all over, remove them and place into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap. After five minutes, remove peppers and peel off black skin. Puree peppers minus the seeds with a tablespoon of olive oil and salt, pepper.  This is your sauce for the fish. Lightly rub your salmon in olive oil. Season liberally with salt and pepper.  Do the same with the remaining veggies. Grill them and your salmon. Sauce and finish with fresh grated lemon and lime zest.




by Erica Rains and Executive Chef Chris Rains / Photography by Sarah Bailey Grilling just got sexy and The Chef and I are having fun this summer introducing new healthy and fun alternatives to throw on the grill. Yes, even if you are a manly man. The phone rings. It’s a friend telling you about the fabulous backyard barbecue she’s cooking up in a few weeks. You instantly think ‘hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill,’ and let’s face it; you’re not that excited. But what if she said, “We’re going to prepare some light and savory dishes on the grill including a fabulous salmon and veggies recipe?” Suddenly, you are intrigued. Possibly impressed. And yes, even excited! You know how it is; so many invitations and you have to pick and choose where you drag your family (or your best buddies) this summer. The party with the innovative new dishes on the grill just made it to the top of your list. Grilling is hot this year as staycations and more family time at home are the new trend (thank goodness)! And cooking at home and outside is high on the summer activity meter with many Williamson County families. In a poll taken with local moms and dads in preparation for this article, they said that they would be very likely to try new dishes on the grill; and many said their children would even welcome the change. Hoorah! On to the nonburgers! Don’t like salmon or seafood? Try this recipe with another lean protein of your choice or just veggies for a vegetarian option. Call Chef Chris Rains for help with adjusting recipes and directions. Don’t forget, he’s YOUR Chef, and you even have his personal mobile number - 615.305.4869. “We decided to stay home this summer. Our reason is less about money and more about relaxing. We always seem to be more stressed because of all of the logistics of traveling with a family of five. My wife and I are taking a week off, and we’re doing a different activity


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every day and plan to grill out a lot. But the best part is we get to sleep in our own beds, and we don’t have to spend half of our week off traveling to and from the actual ‘relaxing’ part of the trip.” ~ Jim R., husband and father of three children, Franklin, TN. And yes, Jim plans on trying out Chef Chris Rains’ salmon recipe! He promises to let us know how it turns out. Please do the same by emailing me at erica@thechefandicatering. com to let me know how you used the ideas above for alternative grilling.   Staying at home? Grilling and looking for spices, seasonings, ideas or even lessons? Check out these local places: The Viking Store 230 Franklin Road #1301 Franklin, TN 37064 615.599.9617   The Chef and I 6900 Lenox Village Drive, Suite 14 Nashville, TN 37211 thechefandisupperclub. com   The Happy Bee 405 Main St. Franklin, TN 37064 615.807.0775  

Home Town Hearth & Grill 401-B Cool Springs Blvd., Suite 220 Franklin, TN 37065 615.778.9339 Doug Jeffords Company 116 Seaboard Lane Franklin, TN  37064 615.373.0044 Olivia Olive Oil 443 Cool Springs Blvd #103 Franklin, TN 37067  615.771.9595

Erica and Chris Rains have owned a large catering company in Middle Tennessee for five years and have now opened their interactive supper club in Lenox Village. They both have a passion for food and the people that they serve, and strive to raise the bar locally in both catering and in dining out environments. Email: or or visit www. And remember, life is short. It might as well be delicious.

SUGGESTION From Christi Lassen, Owner of Olivia Olive Oil: “To add gourmet and healthy flavor to your grilling, mix our Persian lime olive oil and champagne mimosa vinegar or pineapple vinegar to brush on fish, seafood, or chicken. Baste steak or any beef with our blackberry or fig balsamic to create sweet and savory delight!” Whether it’s the salmon dish, the olive oil experimenting, or something else, don’t be afraid to try something that you may not immediately imagine working on the grill. That grill is just calling your name. And this summer is the perfect time to answer it.   Bon Appetit! And happy summer from The Chef and I!





in Your Backyard by Susan Charest

When I think of gardening, I think of farms with fields that stretch out like hands with long fingers that extend for miles until their tips touch the pale blue sky. I imagine farming equipment plowing, planting and plucking the vegetables from the hands of the earth to make their way to the white porcelain plates on our dinner table. The thought of creating a thriving vegetable garden in my backyard that has a zero-lot line challenges me. It also romances me. A few years ago we decided to dog-ear a corner of our yard to create a vegetable garden. We had six little hands pull weeds, kick rocks out of the plot, and use gadgets that looked more like toys than tools to till the soil. We dumped bags of “organic” soil and spread it out evenly, like icing on a cake. We then took a trip to our local home improvement store to buy some plants. I remembered being so overwhelmed and intimidated, as I wheeled my cart down the isle. I wasn’t quite sure of what plants to choose and how many plants would feed a family of five. More seemed better than less. Our children were over the moon and very excited about the diversity of our selection, as we had everything from squash to strawberries. They expected our plants to magically yield vegetables overnight. Six weeks into gardening, our squash started to grow sideways. My guess is that the roots found rock and couldn’t grow any deeper. Our cucumbers were as small as bite-size pickles and dried up before they were ready to be picked. Our strawberry plant yielded one strawberry. Our tomatoes plants didn’t disappoint, and they produced over twentyfive tomatoes. So, when I was thinking about this article on how to create a vegetable garden in a backyard, I knew that I couldn’t simply write about successfully growing tomatoes!


I was challenged, but I knew my friend, Lona Heins, could help. Lona grew up on a working farm in northern South Dakota. She and her eight siblings were stewards of the 10,000-acre land. Her family had a vegetable garden for the sole purpose of feeding their family. She educated me on the basics of planning a garden, as well as some creative ways to grow a garden in a community where yard space is limited. HERE ARE SOME BASICS: Locate a sunny, level spot for your garden. Discuss whether to plant directly in the ground, raised beds or containers. If planting directly in the ground, you should have your soil tested (see website for where to bring your soil for testing: soil/index.htm). Plant only the vegetables that your family likes to eat most. Know how much to plant and how to plant. Don’t plant too many. The bigger the garden, the more work that it will create to weed, water and harvest. Read the directions carefully on how closely plants should be spaced and how deeply planted.

amazingly well in straw bales (not so well in hay bales for it produces a higher volume of weeds), recycled children’s plastic pools, canoes, pallets, barrels and even bags.

Know when and how to harvest your vegetables. This will help your vegetables retain their maximum vitamin content and flavor. Mark harvest due dates on your calendar beforehand.

I hope these creative ideas inspired you to plant vegetables this season. May you be blessed with a bounty that can only come from the hand of earth, as it nourishes your body as nature intended.

If you ground is rocky, soil is unusable, or if you have a zero lot line like me, the best solution is to use raised beds or containers. We found many creative ways to grow vegetables in containers. They can grow

In our family, six little hands are patiently waiting the bloom from twelve seeds planted in our upside down planter. Afterall, tomatoes never disappoint!

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Heritage Foundation Annual Meeting Story & Photography by Nicole Staggs The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County held their 46th annual meeting and preservation awards this spring at the Franklin Theatre. The evening celebrated historic preservation projects and the last year’s accomplishments.  Many were honored for their historic rehabilitation of properties throughout the county.

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Your Williamson’s gal about town for everything arts, culture & leisure

ART: Bruce Munro’s LIGHT at Cheekwood Cheekwood Botanical Gardens proclaims, “Using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing optic fiber, Munro’s fascination with light as an artistic medium will transform Cheekwood’s beautiful gardens into an iridescent landscape.” It certainly does! I was able to experience Bruce Munro’s incredible light display this month. It was awesome. Hailing from the UK, Munro is an installation artist working in light. He creates many different forms of the art, but large scale instillations are his “heart and soul” and best express what he loves about light. He portrays this to the fullest extent at his exhibit at Cheekwood, displayed now through November 10th. @YOURAndreaDavis

I’ve been to Cheekwood many times during the day. Its gardens are gorgeous and the view of Nashville from the Museum of Art is breathtaking. Now, Cheekwood at night is just as magnificent, but in a completely different way. Upon entering the LIGHT exhibit, you feel as though you have stepped into a magical place. A friend who went with me to see it said, “It feels like we’re in ‘The Wizard of Oz.” The first instillation is called Water-Towers. It is comprised of forty structures built out of more than 10,000 one-liter recyclable plastic bottles filled with water, laser-cut wood layers and fiber optics connected to LED projectors and sound system. There are nine more instillations through out the gardens and museum. A couple of my favorites were Fireflies in the Bamboo Garden and Field of Light in the Museum of Art Lawn and surrounding gardens. “The bamboo garden at Cheekwood has presented me with an opportunity to create a magical space of illuminated springs amongst the bamboo...,” said Munro about Fireflies. Field of Light consists of a landscape of 20,000 lighted glass spheres and is designed to utilize the existing pathways in the garden to allow people to wander through it and view it from various different perspectives. I feel as though I cannot do the exhibit justice with descriptions. You just have to see it for yourself. However, another installation that I must mention is Light Reservation. What is so interesting about this one is that it is described as “tipi-like structures.” However, I didn’t really see it as “tipis,” until I took a picture of it with a slow shutter speed (see above). It appears more like diagonal flashes of light to the naked eye, but the camera tells a different story. I hope this story has inspired you to spend an evening at Cheekwood. You will not be disappointed! The exhibit is available for viewing Wednesdays – Fridays from 7pm-11pm. For more information go to




MUSIC: Nicole Witt When discussing columns with YOUR Williamson’s “designHer,” Amy Freese, she recommended that I consider a story on her dear friend Nicole Witt. She went on to describe all of Nicole’s amazing talents and that she knew we would connect. Amy was right. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Nicole during the week of the CMA Fest, and she was all that Amy said she was and more. Nicole is a lot like me, with a list a mile long of all the things she has going on in her life, but we both agree that when we’re not busy, we don’t feel normal. Songwriting, singing and playing fiddle/violin in two bands (“Mama’s Blue Dress” and “More Than Rubies”) and being a mom are just a few things on Nicole’s list. With the support of family and friends, she keeps it all in balance, giving her the opportunity to continue to use all her many talents. Talents that she gives all the credit to God for having, as He is the number one priority in her life. When Nicole and I met, it was at 12th and Porter in Nashville before a “Mama’s Blue Dress” show. I was already excited to see the group perform, but after seeing the line to get in wrapped around the corner of the building, my excitement grew. Fortunately, YOUR Arts and Culture gal doesn’t have to wait in lines! So I got to be there during sound check for a little preview. The vocals alone of these four female powerhouses will blow your socks off. Add two fiddles, a guitar, an occasional mandolin and a bass drum made out of an old suitcase, and you’ve got high-energy country/bluegrass female greatness. The icing on the cake, literally, is a cakewalk and baked goods offering at every show made by a mom of one of the members. The caramel bourbon rice crispy treat at 12th and Porter might be one of the best sweet treats I have ever had. I don’t know much about her blue dress but that mama can cook! Nicole describes her other project, “More Than Rubies,” as faith-based contemporary/folk, worship music. Together Nicole and Christa Wells make up this duo that recently had a CD release party at the Franklin Mercantile. Nicole flip flops between touring with Christa and MBD. She says both tours are important to her. MBD gets her back to her family’s bluegrass roots, while MTR fills her need to spread the Gospel. When I asked the seven-year Brentwood resident what her favorite thing about Williamson County is, Nicole replied, “The people, the schools, the teachers. I love my neighbors and my church.” I think we can all agree that Williamson County is the most perfect place to raise a family, while pursuing music. With Nicole’s beautiful family by her side, this nationally touring, award winning Nashville songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is definitely the perfect example! Check out Nicole at




THEATER: Disney’s The Lion King In the fall of 2006, I was expecting my first child. It was no surprise that anything to do with children would stir my emotions and very often bring tears to my eyes. My husband and I went to see the Broadway version of Disney’s The Lion King at TPAC during that time, and I pretty much cried through the entire performance. It was overwhelming from the moment Rafiki began singing “Circle of Life” to the reprise at the end. The life-sized animals coming down the aisles were astonishing. The costumes blew me away. I had never seen anything like it in a theater. I remember thinking that I couldn’t wait to one day take my child to see it. Well, this year the day finally came. TPAC brought The Lion King back to Nashville in May for the last show of their 2012-2013 season. It was perfect timing. The baby in my belly in 2006is now my son Hudson. He turned six years old in April and got tickets to the show for his birthday. He was so excited about his “date with mom,” and I couldn’t wait to see the look on his face, when the show began. As I had imagined, it was priceless. Since I knew the animals were going to come down the aisles, I had called the ticket office to make sure we would be sitting right next to the action. When it all began to happen, Hudson’s eyes grew wide. He looked at me to make sure I was seeing what he was seeing. It was the moment I had been waiting for, and of course, I cried again. I pulled Hudson into my lap, squeezed him tight and did not take a minute of the moment for granted. Throughout the show, he was mesmerized. The translation of The Lion King from animation on screen to live performance on stage, is brilliant, and Hudson took it all in. There was never a time when he asked to get up or wondered how much longer until it was over, and those things happen every time we go anywhere that he has to sit still for more than thirty minutes! The only things he asked were “Did that happen in the movie?” and “When are they gonna fight?” The show kept his attention the entire time and that is saying a lot. After the show, he said, “It wasn’t good. It was awesome!” I highly recommend taking your child to see a show at TPAC. It was a great experience with my son, and I definitely plan to take him back. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is going to be here in September and we definitely don’t want to miss it. Hopefully, The Lion King will be back in a few years. I’ve got another little cub to share it with!



Woofstock at Fontanel Story & Photography by Andrea Davis The 2nd Annual Woofstock at Fontanel was held on June 8th and I was on location for great music and a great cause. Multi-Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris put on the event to benefit Bonaparte’s Retreat, an organization she established that rescues dogs whose time has run out at Metro Nashville Animal Control. Crossroads Campus was also a beneficiary. “This is a great day for the people of Nashville and their dogs,” Emmylou said. Many of her friends joined her on the bill for the event, and there were some surprises as well. There were performances by John Hiatt, Joan Osborne, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Bobby Bare and several others. My favorite surprise was Keb’ Mo’ and Sam Bush taking the stage to perform together. They were phenomenal. In addition to the music, there were tents set up with dog related and other vendors, along with several artists. Among those artists was Williamson County favorite, John Cannon. Look for some more indepth interviews with some of the artists from Woofstock in this column in the future! And go online to find some great owner and their pooches pics we shot while onsite! For more information go to and

ART Franklin Art Scene Downtown Franklin....................July 5th - 6pm O Gallery 2 Year Anniversary at O Gallery..............July 20th - 7pm Tomato Art Fest in East Nashville.....................August 10th - 10am

MUSIC Don McLean at The Franklin Theatre.........June 21st - 5pm & 9pm Blackberry Jam Fest (at Boyd Mill Farm)....June 22nd - Gates open 11am Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys & Alejandro Escovedo (at WMA)...June 22nd - 7pm Dennis DeYoung/The Music of STYX (at WMA)..June 28th - 7:30pm Keb’ Mo’ at The Fontanel......................................July 1st - 7:30pm Harry Connick Jr. (at Fontanel)...............................July 12th - 8:00pm Bare Naked Ladies/Ben Folds Five/Guster (at Fontanel)..........July 13th The Black Crowes & Tedeschi (at Fontanel).....................July - 5:30pm Lee Roy Parnell (at TFT)........................................July 13th - 8:00pm Rickie Lee Jones (at TFT)......................................July 26th - 8:00pm Bluegrass Along The Harpeth (Downtown Franklin).......July 26th & 27th Imagine Dragons (at Fontanel)......................................July 27th - 7pm The Psychedelic Furs (at WMA).................................August 1st - 8pm

THEATER Martinis & Marionettes (at the Andrew Johnson Theater)....June 22nd - 8pm Promises, Promises (at The Boiler Room Theatre)...June 28th-July 20th (Times vary) Studio Tenn’s “One Night Only” (at The Franklin Theatre)......July 12th - 6pm Sing A Long Grease (at TFT)..................................July 21st - 1:30pm For more information on these events or to submit events for the calendar, please send an email to Watch for the new Community Calendar coming soon to




The Great Gatsby: Book vs. Movie “Never judge a book by its movie.” Sound advice for sure, but we would also suggest the opposite is true, as well, “never judge a movie by its book.” If you want to have any chance of enjoying the movie that is! We are often amused by all the comments we hear when a “block buster movie” is released based on a “block buster book.” It seems that many rush to the movie, and those few who have actually read the book, normally leave disappointed and report to the masses, who have not read the book, or seen the movie, that it was nothing like the book, don’t waste your time. Bad news travels fast! The good news, when a movie is released, we always see a renewed interest in the book itself. Some folks who say they have read it stop in to pick up a another copy. Others have been to the movie, found it intriguing and now want to read the book itself. Either way, it is good for the book business; and we are always pleased when any event drives people toward the business of reading. The Great Gatsby is our most recent example of this phenomenon. The book itself, written in 1925, by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a masterpiece of literature in our opinion. Fitzgerald masterfully spins a story which follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream. We have been hearing about the most recent film adaptation of Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel for over a year. We ponied up our $50 (2 tickets/refreshments) and attended the first showing of the movie at our local theatre. Loved it! How or why you may ask? In the case of viewing a movie after we have read the book, we follow the before mentioned rule of “Never judge a movie by its book!” We are then free to enjoy that particular filmmaker’s interpretation and judge it only on its filmmaking merits or lack thereof. At the end of the day, partake of both books and movies. Do not go to a movie expecting a book, and do not read a book looking for the movie. Give yourself permission to enjoy each separately, as a works of art by different artists.


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Off to the Races Story & Photography by Nicole Staggs The Susan G. Komen Foundation held its annual Derby Day party at Grace’s Plaza in Green Hills. The Off to the Races event is their Survivor Celebration and was emceed by Chanel 4’s Demetria Kalodimos. The afternoon celebrated many local breast cancer survivors, all while viewing The Kentucky Derby!

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The Swan Ball Story & Photography by Sarah Bailey This year’s Swan Ball, chaired by Amy Pryor Colton and Julie Wilson Walker, was nothing short of amazing. Held in the Swan Garden at the historic Cheek Mansion at Cheekwood, these ladies brought the garden theme into the expansive tents and created a beautiful backdrop for a magnificent evening. As guests arrived, the fashion parade of the year commenced with one gorgeous original dress after another. The Swan Ball is a white tie gala benefiting Cheekwood and is annually is attended by nearly a thousand of our area’s citizens and special guests. Starting off the evening, the Swan Award was presented to Mario Buatta. Then on came the incredible music of Kool & the Gang that partygoers danced to until early morning. The younger social set was entertained during the Late Party by The Atlanta All-Stars.

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YOUR Williamson May Party at Burger Up Story & Photography by Rachel Weishaput With sunshine, good food and summertime on the mind, the staff of YOUR Williamson hosted its May get-together at Burger Up – Cool Springs. The party made for some great fun while guests mingled, enjoyed free appetizers and sipped tasty drink specials on the spacious patio. Great giveaways, thanks to our friends at Westhaven Golf Club and the Nashville Symphony, were also on hand for the lucky ticket holders. To join in on future YOUR Williamson events, visit our online calendar and Facebook for monthly invites. LeAnn Cherry & Ross Powells

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The first trains rolled into Thompson’s Station in August 1855, sparking the village’s growth as a shipping center. Farmers from surrounding areas drove their hogs, sheep and cattle to Thompson’s Station to be loaded onto trains and taken to market.


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In Williamson County 34 farms are currently certified as Century Farms (working farms that have remained in the same family for at least 100 years), bringing its ranking to 6th in the state.

$55.00 In Nolensville, the first town lots were sold to George Barnes in 1819, 1/2 acre cost $55.


Deerwood Arboretum & Nature Center located in Brentwood features more than 69 different species of trees.

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