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APRIL 2013


In YOUR Backyard: @NashSevereWx


Spring Fashion at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt ...and more fashion fun!

Home & Garden Spruce Up Inside and Get Outside! April 2013 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM


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Table of Contents April 2013

Volume II - IX





Publisher’s Letter


YOUR Community Partner: Kix Brooks

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Confessions of A Beauty Junkie: with Julie Jorgenson Shopping with CoolSprings Galleria: Spring has Sprung



DesignHer Living: with


From Our House to YOURS: Your Home is Where Your Story Begins



Fashionable YOU: SWAG


Spring Fashion Feature: Friends & Fashion



YOU Are Open For Business: Burger Up Cool Springs



YOUR Fitness: with Workout Anytime

YOUR Health & Wellness: with Williamson Medical Center


Amy Freese

Hospitable YOU: with Southern Soiree - Garden Weddings


Man About Williamson: with Jondie Davis


In YOUR Backyard: NashSevereWX!


YOUR Best Self: with Connie Haley


Arts & Culture A la Carte: with Andrea Davis


YOUR Charitable Self: Brad White


YOUR Dance Card is Full: April Calendar

YOUR Space: with Chris EVENTS Carlisle - Mixing It Up 10 Music From the Heart YOUR Neighbors: 15 Battle of Thompson Westhaven Station 150 Years Around YOUR Table: with The Chef & I Garden Party


Legacy Ball


Prom Fashion Show

The Cover Committee members, volunteers and patients with the Friends & Fashion - Luncheon and Fashion Show in April, benefiting the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, along with their friends from Belk - model beautiful spring fashions amidst the grogeous backdrop of Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. Cover photography by Andrea Davis.



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Ringside: A Fight for Kids

An Evening of Hope


3 Blind Vines


O’More Men’s Event


Graceworks Beach Bash


FHA Open House


Hard Bargain Annual Dinner


Treat Tasting Bar at Animalia


Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Party


Taste of Williamson


Pairings with the Nashville Wine Auction


Main Street Brew Fest

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Anna Robertson

Heather Peters

Johnny Birdsong

Andrea Davis








K York

Sarah Bailey

Susan Charest




YOUR Williamson is a publication of: Robertson Media Group, LLC president/publisher Shelly Robertson Birdsong office: 615.979.1548


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Chris Carlisle Carlisle Interiors

Krista Cook & Lauren Hartman Southern Soiree Connie Haley Your Best Self

Chris & Erica Rains The Chef and I

Julie Jorgenson The Beauty Junkie






Publisher’s Letter


Dear Readers, Wow – life can be a whirlwind… but the last 30 days are truly, seemingly a blur. Of course, I am expecting my first child in June and that in and of itself is enough to cause a rush and swirl of daily emotions and activity (sometimes lack thereof ) and I find myself more often than not, saying – stop for a minute. Take a breath. Enjoy this time. It’s not the finish right – but the journey. Well I am sure all mothers will agree – the finish line in this case is exactly what we want to get to. But in life and as I have discovered, in your career, if it is your heart’s desire of careers, the finish line sometimes is continually moving; Expanding, changing course, getting further and further ahead and in some cases, disappearing altogether as you realize that success in business doesn’t necessarily mean achieving that one thing – that one ultimate goal of…. Finishing. Rather, it is all that you do and accomplish along the way that leads to satisfaction. In April of 2011 I went out of my comfort zone on many levels and started my own company Robertson Media Group. Yes, I was doing something I was experienced in, producing a monthly community magazine. But let’s be honest here….. working for someone else and working for yourself, bearing all the weight and responsibility of that entity solely, is a totally different circumstance. Yes, it can be exhilarating. After all it’s the American dream realized. Capitalism, entrepreneurial spirit and all that. But it is also headaches and heartaches and nightmares and no sleep and crushing debt and deadlines every day of your life. Plans on hold, plans changed, life altered in such a way that you wonder….. Is it really all worth it? Sacrifice is a part of achieving your truest held goals isn’t it? And yet sometimes the sacrifice of a life of some kind of peace for even a moment – is hard to give up. But here we are two years later. I say we, because there is no me in team right? It’s not a one woman show although some days I wonder when I will be asked to actually mill the paper to print on too! Seriously, without an awesome team around you to help you realize your dream while also achieving something for themselves, you cannot succeed. I am lucky. This is a family business. And in that I find more strength than I could ask for. My husband and I feel that to be able to make a living doing something we love, in a community we believe in, providing help, support and service wherever we can via a product we can make our living by – well that’s a gift from God no doubt. And the team we have assembled – continue to assemble monthly – ARE our family now. “Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement” - Olive Goldsmith

Thank you to everyone who has played a part, small or large in helping me along my journey; To continue in this race as long as my legs will carry me. Never looking for the finish line but rather looking for the next bend, the next turn, the next challenge; The one that will feed my soul and nourish my heart; introduce me to new people, places and things; Allow me to give back as I believe you must, in order to live a true and fulfilling life. Those things are worth more than all the profit in the world, all the glory and all the sleep. I hope you continue to read YOUR Williamson. I hope you continue to share your story with us and I hope you continue to entrust us to promote your community, your business, your spirit for another two plus 50 years! From the bottom of my heart, I Thank you. Shelly Welcome to our newest members of the team in this April edition! Contributing writers and editors: Amy Freese, Jondie Davis and Mary Kate Brown. We are sad to say goodbye to our Editor in Chief Anna Robertson, as she pursues another career path, but we congratulate Andrea Davis as she assumes her role as Managing Editor. We bid farewell to Caitlin Daschner recently and welcomed our new Creative Director, Heather Peters to our team. Emily Vaden and Rachel Weishaupt join us as staff photographers. We continue to grow with every issue and look forward to sharing the talents of these individuals every month.

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The 11th Annual “Music That Touches the Heart” songwriters night packed Liberty Hall as supporters of Brightstone came together to support the agency and pay tribute to one of its fallen comrades, Dr. Craig Ferrell. It was a night to reflect on the work of the agency, but more of a night to look to the future to ensure the lifetime needs of the adults the agency serves. The patrons enjoyed dinner by A Dream Come True and were entertained by the local talent of Case and the Common Folk and one of Brightstone’s most talented supporter’s, country music artist, Trace Adkins and his friends.

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Linda Hinton, widow of former BrightStone Board Chair, Jim Hinton, accepts flowers from Jennifer Pewitt, BrightStone student

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BrightStone student, Stephanie Bray, presents Ed Hill with thank you gift

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Strings & Stories: A Night of Songwriter’s Tales Story & Photography by K York The 4th Annual Strings & Stories fundraiser for the High Hopes Preschool and Pediatric Therapy Clinic was held February 23, 2013 at Wedding 101 at the Factory. The event themed ‘An Intimate Night of Songwriter’s Tales’ featured award winning songwriters, Leslie Satcher, Kelley Lovelace and Wynn Varble. The evening in its cozy setting, lived up to its theme bringing an evening of great music, interesting stories and great food for a fabulous cause. 12


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KIX BROOKS He’s one-half of the highest-selling duo in country music history. He’s a co-owner of Arrington Vineyards in Williamson County and the host of internationally syndicated radio program American Country Countdown. He’s a philanthropist too. Though he’d never, ever refer to himself in that way. On Tuesday, April 30 Kix Brooks will “work from the heart,” an expression he often uses when talking about his volunteer efforts. And lend his voice to the Franklin Theatre to benefit Williamson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and its mission to serve abused and neglected children in the court system. The long-time celebrity will be headlining the local non-profit organization’s annual “Voices for Children” fundraiser, with 100 percent of proceeds going to further its vision to provide a safe and permanent home for each child in the Williamson County judicial system. This is WCCASA’s biggest event of the year, one that includes a cocktail hour, live and online auction and more. Kix, who often aligns himself with children-oriented causes, says that he’s always been drawn to organizations’ with similar visions to WCCASA’s. “I’ve been blessed with having some success and you always want to give back. With things like this, I really work from the heart,” he says. “Many of us have had a great opportunity to succeed and a lot of these young people haven’t.” If you talk to the singer-songwriter for a bit, you’ll realize just how much he contributes to local causes. In addition to keeping the Arrington Vineyard product flowing for an abundance of local non-profit events, Kix also sits on the board of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has for a while now and often devotes efforts to the T.J. Martell Foundation. He also contributes his time and support to Monroe Harding, which provides comprehensive services for children and youth who are in foster care or who have aged out of the program. “Well, I’m not big on ringing my own bell, but I guess it doesn’t do any good for the organizations if you do it quietly,” he laughs. “Honestly I don’t have a plan with who I support, but I do focus on children’s issues for the most part. You find a cause and you stick with it. That’s been my thing.” When you look, there’s been a definite correlation among the causes Kix has stayed true to over the years. “Take the [Monroe Children’s] children’s home. If you spend a little time around those kids, you’ll realize these are the areas where we can really help society. If they don’t have some kind of steady guidance, they don’t have much of a chance,” he says. “That’s where I see the connection to Williamson County CASA, 14


“I’ve been blessed with having some success and you always want to give back. With things like this, I really work from the heart.”

too. There are volunteers who have dedicated their lives to helping these children and it’s important to contribute our time to help these kinds of causes.” Over the years, Kix Brooks has worn many hats among many people… but perhaps the most important that he wears will continue to be his work with children in Middle Tennessee and beyond. Tickets for the WCCASA concert are on sale at now and range from $100 to $125. For more information about the organization or sponsorship opportunities, visit or email danielle@

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Thompson’s Station Reenactment - 150 years Story & Photography by K York The town of Thompson’s Station Commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Thompson’s Station at the beautiful antebellum Homestead Manor. Reenactor’s brought history to life as historians, Rick Warwick, Thomas Cartwright and Michael Bradley narrated the historic role the Thompson family and Homestead Manor played during the Civil War. The Gettysburg Address was recited by reenactor John Mansfield, who portrayed Abraham Lincoln and music of the period was provided by the Howlin Brothers. There were battle demonstrations featuring artillery, infantry and cavalry and tours of the Manor.

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Betty & John Mansfield

Bennett, Leah, Ella & Livi Armstrong, Debra & Gary Sadler

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The Legacy Ball Benefiting Davis House Child Advocacy Center Story & Photography by Emily Vaden

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Davis House Child Advocacy Center held their annual event, the Legacy Ball 2013 “A Night at the Oscars” at the Embassy Suites in Cool Springs in late February. The fun evening consisted of dinner, dancing and both silent and live auctions. Money raised at this year’s event will allow DHCAC to carry out their mission by coordinating services to children and their families in crisis and providing community education focused on prevention and early intervention. The Center serves Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson Counties.

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UWWC Youth Advisory Council presents 2013 Spring & Prom Fashion Show

Spring is in the air and United Way of Williamson County Youth Advisory Council (YAC) members from high schools all over Williamson County modeled the latest spring and prom fashions on March 16th at Belk in CoolSprings Galleria. While the fashion show and prom season is a lot of fun, the teens are all business when it comes to allocating the money they raise through the Fashion Show. The Youth Advisory Council’s allocations committee will meet in April to hear proposals from area nonprofit agencies and the committee decides which programs will receive funding from YAC’s fundraising efforts. In 2012, YAC raised nearly $6,000 and they allocated funds to programs at five agencies: Graceworks, Bridges Domestic Violence Shelter, WAVES Inc., Refuge Center for Counseling Inc. and Grace Medical Clinic. Sam Hagewood, Sophomore at Centennial High School. Sam is wearing a classic Ralph Lauren look. Handsome light blue and white checks make a sharp statement on a classic-fitting sport shirt in lightweight oxford-woven cotton.

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This shirt is layered with a classic V-neck sweater vest that is tailored in smooth Pima cotton for a luxurious hand and polished look. We’ve paired this Ralph Lauren’s Khaki Preston Pant.

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Confessions of a Beauty Junkie “Spring Forward!”

Okay, so the time change isn’t exactly my favorite thing about spring. Although I do love when it’s not pitch-dark at six o’clock at night. But that’s overshadowed tremendously by all the new-ness “springing” forth around me! Especially all the new spring trends in fashion and beauty in all of my favorite Junkie haunts! Make sure to peruse the fabulous fashion in this issue to insure that you’re projecting major hotness this season. Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth and it’s all around us. So why not take a cue from Mother Nature and discover some amazing new beauty trends to go with all those pretty new clothes? Let’s go! Color blocking is still a huge trend in fashion this spring and I couldn’t be happier about it! Don’t be afraid to play around with different prints and solids. Bright, cheery color is popular in makeup this season as well. Coral is absolutely everywhere and makes you look fresh-faced and glowing. A great way to play around with coral on your pretty features is to experiment with one shade for lips, cheeks and eyes in varying intensities. Nars has this all figured out with its ingenious The Multiple; A chubby solid stick of creme-to-powder color brightens your entire face with the greatest of ease! Check out Maui, Portofino and (ahem) Orgasm, for varying shades of shimmery coral. Once the weather heats up and we transition to summer, try South Beach for creating a beautiful bronze glow. If you’re going to use The Multiple as your eye shadow, make sure to pat on a primer first so it doesn’t crease. The shade (ahem, again) Orgasm, is also available in a powder blush, a lip gloss and a liquid face illuminator for creating a pretty golden-coral-pink glow. I’ve heard from everyone at every Nars counter as to why that shade was named what it was and we’re all grown-ups here, so let’s just acknowledge that it’s a very pretty color and move on, shall we? Okay then. When finishing off your pretty new look, don’t throw out that BB cream you snagged this winter-- it will provide the perfect finish. I love the go-to spring color combo of coral and blue and am seriously digging the idea of combining these colors on tips and toes! If you don’t mind your fingers getting some serious attention, go with navy or brilliant blue. My current obsession is Mezmerize by Essie, the exact color I wish my eyes were. If you’re feeling a little more daring,

check out Aruba Blue (sparkly deep blue) or Midnight Cami (a dark, sexy navy). Of course, you can always paint your toes blue and pick a pretty coral for your tips! Y’all know I’m a sucker for a gel polish and OPI has a pinky-coral called “I Eat Mainely Lobster” (I wish that were true)! It pairs flawlessly with these blue shades. If you’re not feeling blue, emerald green-- which you’ll see everywhere as THE color of the year-- looks gorgeous with coral as well. Even better? Try what my friends at The Nail Bar in Cool Springs call a “pop finger” by painting the contrasting shade on just your pinky or ring finger. It’s too, too cute. The perfect way to finish off all of this springtime loveliness is with bright, pretty peepers. As I mentioned earlier, coral is definitely an “it” shade for eyes this season as well as for the rest of your face, but if you’re like me you may be a little hesitant to try it. Unless you’re olive or dark, it can be tricky to avoid the “I’ve had a fever for three days” look. No worries. Pale gold, bronze, and even olive green shades on your eyes look gorgeous with coral lips and cheeks. Even a quick swipe of navy blue eyeliner will look beautiful and brighten the whites of your eyes in the process! I have two secret weapons when it comes to making big, bright eyes. The first is Mary-Lou Manizer (cute, right?) by theBalm. It’s the perfect champagne powder that, when applied right at your eyes’ inner corners, makes the difference between “sorry to bother you, lady,” and “hey there, hot stuff!” It also works wonders on cheekbones and the bridge of your nose for subtle highlighting. I’m in serious love with it. My second line of defense against tired eyes is a quick line on the lower inner rim with a creamy flesh-colored pencil. For this, I again turn to the geniuses at Nars for the Larger Than Life LongWear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte. Avoid using a true white in this case, since it looks harsh. Make this your last step in your eyemakeup routine, right after patting on some Mary-Lou Manizer and act casual when your friends start asking you when you got “work” done on those pretty eyes. So there you have it! Now get out and frolic in the tulips and daffodils, but don’t take it personally if they throw you a little side-eye out of jealousy. Stepping out into the sunshine looking like a gorgeous spring flower yourself comes with the territory. Spring forward, Williamson County! Love, The Beauty Junkie Buying Guide Nars: The Cosmetic Market and Nordstrom Essie and OPI: The Nail Bar, Cool Springs and Allure Nails, Green Hills theBalm: Sephora




Spring is Sprung with CoolSprings Galleria Nothing will get you pumped up about freshening up your wardrobe with some fabulous spring items more than a random early 70-degree day. But with the somewhat expected cool-downs that seem to always follow those warm days, you realize you can’t sport the new sandals just yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go ahead and brighten up your tired winter wardrobe, which by this time of year can feel downright drab. If your version of a spring wardrobe means wearing anything sans a heavy coat, let me recommend to you some great ways to sprinkle in a little springtime flair without looking like you are jumping the gun. Start with a little color. Bright, bold colors continue to be the main fashion statement for spring. But don’t let the bright orange skinny jeans seen in many display windows throughout the mall make you think that is your only option for adding in some trendy colors. A good way to mix in some color is to take some existing black pants or jeans and replace the black or gray sweater you’ve been wearing all winter with some color. Cobalt blue or hot pink are great hues to liven up black clothes or dress up a pair of jeans. Even White House Black Market is embracing color this season and showing everything from dresses and tops to shoes and jewelry in bold shades of purple and berry tones. The Gap is offering a number of great bold staples. A plum-colored cardigan, for example, is versatile, can be dressed up or down, can be paired with other brights (yellow, kiwi green, etc) for evening or over a simple white T-shirt for casual Fridays and weekends. Don’t forget the cobalt blue or bright yellow handbag from Coach. Ann Taylor is a great place to find the season’s other big spring trend – bold prints and florals. Another great way to brighten up your winter duds is by working in a bold floral print incorporating some solid colors in smaller doses. This season’s statement prints, seen on everything from skirts to dresses and knits are mixing in more than one color, so you might find a great skirt that has three shades of blue mixed in with black, which will go with almost anything. The secret to wearing these bold prints is less is more. You don’t need pants, the shirt and the bold accessories. Pick one or two and then pair those key pieces with solids. They can still be bright and bold; just don’t overdo it on the patterns. If you feel like the bold patterns are just a little too busy for you, start with a great patterned or floral wrap dress from Ann Taylor, Coldwater Creek, the Gap or Fossil and layer it under a black blazer or cardigan. This works well with a new sleeveless top with some front ruffles that will be wonderful later in the season. Buy it now for the color or pattern and warm it up with a staple jacket. Want to spring it up a bit more? Push your sleeves up and pop the color on your fingers and wrists with everything from bracelets and rings to even a bold, trendy nail color. This new monthly column featuring the shopping at the CoolSprings Galleria includes a monthly opportunity to win great gift cards and prizes courtesy of the merchants at the Galleria. Look for this month’s contest on Facebook for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from White House Black Market. 20





























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SWAG with Mary Kate Brown

Recessionistas: Recession Proof Your Closet re·ces·sion·is·ta [ri-sesh-uhn is-ta ]; noun A fashionable person or trendsetter who aims to weather the economic crisis without sacrificing their style.

here in Franklin at Gin-O Boutique. Jondi is another local option for fun and funky accessories. Throw on that investment pair of designer sunglasses from Nordys and viola - an instant upgrade!

With the current state of the economy, fashionistas are having to learn how to become recessionistas. But just because your disposable income is dwindling, doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to suffer the same fate. Become a recessionista by following these four simple rules:

3. Resale & Recycle Resale and consignment stores can be a gold mine for pre-owned, vintage and sometimes new designer clothing and accessories. Plus, consigning gives you extra cash to reinvest back into your wardrobe. A shirt hanging in your closet with the tags still attached is a waste. If your once “lust have” items are now gathering dust, use spring cleaning to convert those items into cash by selling them at high-end consignment stores like Designer Finds, The Private Label or Swag Boutique.

1. Perfect the High Low Fashion Mix The 80-20 rule is often used in business but it can also be used in your closet. Try to invest 80% of your fashion budget in high quality classic pieces that never go out of style. Use the other 20% to purchase trendier items you can buy at stores like TJ Maxx or Target Shoes, handbags and outerwear are perfect investment pieces. These items have low CPW (cost per wear) since they are worn frequently and have a long shelf life. A Chanel flap a classic Burberry trench, or pair of Christian Louboutin black heels could be a “go to” piece your wardrobe for years to come. (For these, check out Nordstrom, Jamie or Gus Mayer in Nashville; Emmaline Boutique in downtown Franklin is also a great source for denim and other staple wardrobe investments). Add trendy, seasonal pieces with your wardrobe classics to create a fabulous high/low fashion mix. Take advantage of great designer collaborations going on such as the current Prabal Gurung for Target line. Pair that Chanel flap with this season’s floral skinny jeans from TJ Maxx. Also, save money by buying basics like leggings, tees and sweaters at retailers like H&M (coming to Nashville this summer)! Throw on your Manolos with a black and white graphic dress from Gap and you’ll be on trend this spring. And on budget! 2. Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize Accessories complete your outfits and update your look. Plus they’re just plain fun. But how can you add some bling without breaking the bank? While you can’t go wrong with a classic Hermes, McQueen or Missoni scarf, you can find great (and more reasonably priced) scarves right 22


4. Revamp! Don’t throw out all of your old clothes too quickly. You can pair older items with new ones to introduce a few more outfits into your wardrobe. If you aren’t confident in your own ability to do this, flip through fashion magazines during your next hair appointment, scroll through Pinterest, or simply check out the attractively dressed women walking down Main Street. Some department stores even offer appointments with personal stylists free of charge. If you really need help, consider hiring a stylist. You’d be amazed at how affordable some stylists can be. They come into your closet and look at your inventory with the critical – and helpful – eye of a professional. They’ll help you figure out what to keep, what to toss and how to put it all together into workable outfits you didn’t know you already had. Remembering these key pointers will keep you looking fabulous regardless of the state of the economy. And being a savvy shopper is always in style. Mary Kate Brown & Leann Harber Crossno are the owners of Swag Boutique which specializes in pre-owned authentic luxury goods. And will be YOUR Williamson’s contributing Fashion Editors in every issue!



Friends & Fashion

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KATIE RUSHTON Tahari Cap-Sleeved All Over Lace Peplum Dress Spring sheath dress that features all-over lace peplum with contrast lining, jewel neckline and keyhole back with button closure. Color: Mint Green

SHERRI MIDDENDORF Muse Short-Sleeved Shift Dress Disparate designs combine to create a stunning outfit in this wonderful shift dress. The top features horizontal stripes, while the skirt has lace overlay with contrast lining and a dot design. Color: Navy & Ivory Kathleen Murphy Caroline Necklace in Yellow 24


Jennifer Smith Lilly Pulitzer Rylan Dress What signifies spring more than an array of colorful fashion? Thanks to Belk located at the CoolSprings Galleria and our wonderful stylist Katie Rushton, YOUR Williamson proudly brings you some wonderful options to spruce up your wardrobe in high style for 2013! Our models inspire us too, as they are all working hard to prepare for this year’s Friends & Fashion Luncheon and Fashion Show. This annual rite of spring, benefits the Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and is always a favorite for Williamson County ladies to attend. Over 600 in attendance every year and growing - the event features a full runway show courtesy of Belk, with everything a girl and gentleman could ask for in the latest fashions of the season. The models in the runway show are patients and parents who have a true story to tell of how Vanderbilt has saved or is helping to better a child’s life in our community. A silent auction and shopping bazaar and a delicious lunch served by Embassy Suites, complete this jam packed day of fun, fashion and charity! Other events associated with Friends & Fashion will also take place this year - go to their website at www.childrenshospital. for more information on An Evening With Friends and Sundae with Friends and to purchase tickets! We thank all the gorgeous models who joined us just as the first flowers began to emerge on the grounds at Cheekwood. Katie Rushton, stylist; Sherri Middendorf, Friends & Fashion Incoming Chairperson; Carla Thurman, Child Model Committee and her daughter Annie; Jennifer Smith, patient parent and her daughter Jamie; Jodi Rall, Event Chairperson and her son John. John Rall is one of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s Red Wagon Ambassadors. In that role John helps coordinate donation drives through area schools. He recently coordinated a drive of comfort cart items at Woodland Middle School. Mary Harper Brown daughter of volunteer and YOUR Williamson Fashion Editor - Mary Kate Brown; Hudson & Hayden Davis, recipients of great Vanderbilt care and children of YOUR Williamson Managing Editor Andrea Davis. We especially want to thank Cheekwood for hosting us and to Belk for providing the beautiful clothing you see featured here and again on April 15th at Friend’s & Fashion. YOUR Williamson is a proud sponsor of this event and we encourage you to join us as we celebrate spring and the great gifts the hospital brings to our community!

Boucle Dress With Cap Sleeves, Full Skirt, And Embellishment Color: Neon Pink Metallic Boucle Kathleen Murphy Estate Gold Necklace

Carla Thurman Lilly Pulitzer Adeline Dress Shift Dress With Ruffles Along Neckline Color: Flutter Blue Lucky Seersucker

Jodi Rall Sunny Leigh Shift Dress This easy knit shift dress features an allover paisley pattern and 3/4 length sleeves Color: Navy & White Erica Lyons Gold Bracelet Set CYNTHIA Cynthia Rowley Pink Metal Disk Bracelet



Annie Thurman Lilly Pulitzer Mini Nicci Dress

Hayden Davis

Girls Cap Sleeved Shift Dress With An Eyelet Peter Pan Collar and Front Keyhole Detail

Ralph Lauren Childrenswear Traditional Mesh Polo and Seersucker Short Set

Color: Resort White Daisy Lane Lace

This preppy set includes our traditional cotton mesh polo, a seersucker short and a coordinating ribbon belt. Polo features a ribbed collar, two-button placket, ribbed armbands, an even vented hem and an embroidered pony at the left chest. Seersucker short features a zip fly with a buttoned closure, belted waist with an elasticized back, open pockets at the seams and a welt pocket and signature pony embroidery at the back right. Ribbon belt with double-D-ring buckle included. Color: Yellow & Seersucker

Mary Harper Brown Lilly Pulitzer Little Lilly Classic Shift Girls Classic Shift With Lilly Lace Trim Detail At Neckline. Hem Vents And Bows Color: Multi Floral Line Dance 26


Hudson Davis Ralph Lauren Childrenswear Cable-Knit Vest This warm and cozy cable-knit cotton vest is adorned with Ralph Lauren’s iconic embroidered pony for classic style. Color: White Ralph Lauren Childrenswear Classic Button-Down This classic button-down is crafted from soft cotton poplin in a traditional plaid for a timeless look. Color: Green   Ralph Lauren Childrenswear Prospect Short The Prospect short is tailored with a straight leg and comes with a matching double D-ring Madras ribbon belt with a metal double D-ring buckle. Color: Chatham Blue

John Rall Polo Ralph Lauren Custom-Fit Stretch Twill Pant A trim-fitting chino pant with a hint of stretch and a softly faded wash. Color: White  Polo Ralph Lauren Classic-Fit Oxford Shirt A long-sleeved sport shirt is cut for a comfortable, classic fit in breathable pinpoint oxford woven cotton. Color: Aegean Blue   Polo Ralph Lauren Pima Cotton V-Neck Sweater Vest classic V-neck sweater vest is tailored in smooth Pima cotton for a luxurious hand and polished look. Color: Pompano Orange

Jamie Smith Rare Editions Eyelet Dress This gorgeous eyelet dress features dramatic ruffle detail. It is finished with a pretty bedazzled floral accent, adding an extra bit of personality. Color: Mint

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Katie Rushton,Owner/Wardrobe Consultant Effortless Style Belk, CoolSprings Galleria Cheekwood Botanical Gardens



Tom Baldrica, Debora & Norbert Nix

C.T. & Suzanne Wyatt, Mike Snider & Tiffany Zimmerman

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Ringside: A Fight for Kids Story & Photography by K York The Charley Foundation’s 9th annual black tie and boxing event Ringside: A Fight for Kids, featuring “the bout that counts,” took place in Liberty Hall at the Factory. It was an action packed evening of magic, gourmet dining, live music, celebrity guests and professional boxing bouts with spectacular one of a kind auction items. The Charley Foundation supports many children’s charities providing assistance to disabled and underprivileged children throughout Middle Tennessee.

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Experience Spring To Its Fullest Cheekwood offers over a month full of seasonal activities amidst unparalled views of spring’s glorious arrival, including 55,000 tulips throughout our grounds. With activities EVERY Saturday and Sunday, experience spring in all its glory!

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Home Hearth Hospitality Please contact us today to purchase your rack! Purchase a rack or multiple racks and expand your ad campaign all over the county. Unlimited exposure opportunities in highly trafficked target demographic locations. Limited number of racks for sale – order yours TODAY! Magic Happens The curtain rises. At first we hear gathering, the low hum of conversation, peaks of good-natured laughter, clinks of glasses and silverware. We see several long tables. One that usually seats ten, has a few more companionably squeezed in. Smaller satellite tables of two, four and more fill out the dining area. Lots of smiles, heads tossed back, or faces close in conversation. Across the tabletops are the mainstays of a successful dinner party, candlelight, cocktails, platters with the remains of eagerly devoured delights. But this is no ordinary dinner party. This is not even a dinner party, well not in the traditional sense of the term. It’s just dinner. You see, this glorious experience is dinner - Burger Up Cool Springs style. To be sure, Burger Up Cool Springs is a true American restaurant. Embracing high spirits, the atmosphere is vibrant, yet comfortable and warmhearted. The true meaning of hospitality - companionship, generosity, cheer are felt as soon as you walk in the door. The service too is warm, inviting, easygoing and friendly. Paying homage to the local farmers, they source nothing but high-quality ingredients, products and services for their kitchen; it’s part of their dedication to community! It’s all central to an unforgettable experience that means welcoming, well-fed, at home and never boring! Home Hearth Hospitality: “Any time we have a family event - birthday, anniversary, graduation - we go to Burger Up Cool Springs. We can’t imagine going anywhere else,” chuckles Charles Hatcher of Hatcher Family Dairy. “You can’t help but feel at home. Everyone is so friendly. And the food is so darn good!” Next on the Hatcher Family calendar of birthdays or special occasions, Charles’ daughter Jennifer– you know where they’ll be celebrating! Community: Burger Up takes great care in sourcing as many products as possible - fruit, vegetables, dairy, beef - from local farms. The Cherry Family of Bear Creek Farm treats their animals well, relying on outstanding genetics and Certified Humane practices to produce healthy, tasty beef without the use of hormones or antibiotics. “We embrace a responsible and humane way of life . . . family, farming, and business,” enthuses LeeAnn McKenzie-Cherry, matriarch; “Burger Up Cool Springs is such an organic compliment to all that we are and do. We’re more than business associates. We are partners. We couldn’t do what we do, if they didn’t do what they do, the way they do it. We’re a family, if not in blood, in word and deed.” The philosophy is that it not only feels better knowing where your food comes from, it tastes better too.

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Burger Up Cool Springs: A house is a building or structure in which one lives. A home is the place in which one lives with pleasant connotations, community, and family ties included. Burger Up Cool Springs has created a home in Franklin, for themselves and the community at large. “Just recently, we had our first expectant-father pregnancy-craving run. The mom-to-be needed our fried pickles,” Ross Powells, general manager, says with a smile. “We’re honored to be such an important part of the lives in the community. That’s what it’s really all about!” Burger Up Cool Springs 401B Cool Springs Boulevard 615.503.9892 @BurgerUpCS

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An Evening of Hope



Story & Photography by K York Hope House International presented An Evening of Hope February 28, 2013 in Liberty Hall. Co-Founder and President of Hope House International, Deneen Turner expressed her hopes of bringing more awareness to the agencies mission which is to ensure orphans of the Ukraine would be adopted by Christian couples within their own country. Touching testimonials were given by children whose lives were changed by the love they received through Hope House International. Grammy Award winning artist, Lee Greenwood brought the crowd to their feet with “God Bless The USA.” Deneen received a surprise proclamation from State Representative Jeremy Durham for her dedication to this work.

They’re HEEERRREEE!! by Trish Gomez, Registered Dietician & Personal Trainer

Have you seen them? They seem to be cropping up everywhere. And no matter how cute, stylish, or sexy they are, you just want to run from them. Bathing suits have arrived. If you’re like me, you spotted them a few months back, but kept on walking, thinking “I still have time.” Now you’re scrambling for that last minute, ‘drop a dress size in ten days,’ miracle plans. While cramming may have helped you master biology and algebra, exercise cramming will likely leave you so sore you will be limping onto the beach with a stiff back, uneven shoulders and one leg dragging behind. Personally, I’d prefer a little more Bay Watch and a little less Walking Dead. Fortunately, we still have about eight weeks and with a little hard work, dedication and intensity, you’ll be able to whittle away those last ten pounds. So, lift up the backside and stop the bat wing swing just in time for the Fourth of July parade. High intensity interval training (HIIT), aka burst training or tabata training, is an effective, efficient tool for seeing quick results. It’s a simple recipe; multiple repetitions of super intense exercise, followed by a short recovery period. When done right, this method of training will improve your overall athletic condition, boost metabolism and increase fat burning potential.

Jacque Dilport, Terry Holleman & Gina Killebrew

Marsha & Chuck Blackburn

There is no exact formula for HIIT. Training sessions can last from as little as five to twenty minutes and the exercises performed can vary from running in place to burpees to jump squats. Here are a few examples: On the road, or cardio machine: After warming up for two minutes, alternate 30-60 second sprints with one minute moderate recovery periods for up to 20 minutes. On the floor: After a two minute warm up of jogging in place, jumping jacks, etc., alternate 30-60 second sprints of moves like burpees or jump squats, with 30-60 second active recovery (light jogging, etc.), for 5 to 20 minutes. Sprint activities can be as simple as jumping jacks, provided you are working at such an intensity you cannot talk comfortably.

Lee Greenwood

Rachel Corum & Amy Young

You can tailor this workout to your level of fitness and experience. Pushing yourself to 90% of your maximum capacity during each sprint session is the key to HIIT’s effectiveness. Because of the speed and intensity necessary to make this work, stick with simple exercises you are familiar with and can perform properly to prevent injury, or seek a professional for instruction. Beginners should stick with shorter sprint sessions and increase these intervals as your fitness levels improve. If you need a push to get yourself working this intensely, work out with a friend or personal trainer. Perform these workouts three to five times a week and you should start seeing results in just a matter of weeks!


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Stay ahead HEALTH of allergies asthma HEALTHand & WELLNESS this spring Content provided by Williamson Medical Center

Stay ahead of allergies and asthma The arrival of spring means allergies are abloom in Middle this spring Tennessee. While itchy red eyes, sneezing or a runny nose are mild annoyances to many, allergensCenter also can trigger sinusitis, Content provided by Williamson Medical

asthma, chronic cough and other pulmonary-related problems. The arrival of spring means allergies are abloom in Middle Devin Sherman, a Williamson Medical Center Tennessee. While M.D., itchy red eyes, sneezing or a runny nose are pulmonologist at Williamson Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine Devin Sherman, M.D. mild annoyances to many, allergens also can trigger sinusitis, in Franklin, sayscough chronic post-nasal drip problems. are lessasthma, chronic andcough otherand pulmonary-related recognized allergic reactions that can go misdiagnosed for months. Devin Sherman, M.D., a Williamson Medical Center “Often times, patients with theseatsymptoms been evaluated a primary pulmonologist Williamsonhave Pulmonary & Sleepby Medicine Devin Sherman, M.D. care physician butinstill don’t have clear answer problem,” Sherman Franklin, says achronic cough to andthe post-nasal drip are less-says. recognized allergic reactions that can go misdiagnosed for months. An allergic reaction typically triggers symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the or on thehave skin.been These reactions be “Often times, patients withstomach these symptoms evaluated by can a primary dismissed as a lingering cold.have Butaunlike cold symptoms, which Sherman typically resolve care physician but still don’t clear answer to the problem,” says. within a week, allergic reactions can last weeks, even months. In the spring, the An allergic reaction typically triggers symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, congestion culprit is typically pollen, which hits peak levels between April and sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or on the skin. These reactions can be May. For others, the ragweed and trees of fall bring on symptoms. For common dismissed as a lingering cold. But unlike cold symptoms, which typically resolve non-seasonal allergens, such as dust, mold, pet dander and cockroaches, within a week, allergic reactions can last weeks, even months. In the spring, the Sherman says blood tests on patients can detect immune responses to different congestion culprit is typically pollen, which hits peak levels between April and triggers. May. For others, the ragweed and trees of fall bring on symptoms. For common non-seasonal allergens, such as dust, mold, pet dander andwith cockroaches, “Aside from the skin, our sinuses have the most contact the outside world,” Sherman says blood tests on patients can detect immune responses to different Sherman says. “Our respiratory tract and airways are constantly exposed to a triggers. variety of different things, and most aren’t harmful. Still, depending on your body’s an infl response sometimes can be “Aside sensitivity, from the skin, ourammatory sinuses have the most contact with thetriggered.” outside world,” Sherman says. “Our tract suff anderairways are constantly exposed a Th irty percent of therespiratory nation’s adults from allergies, a statistic that’stoeven variety of diff erent things, and most aren’t harmful. Still, depending on your higher in Middle Tennessee. And as more people trade the fields and farmlands body’s sensitivity, an inflammatory response sometimes can be triggered.” of rural America for a more urban environment, that number is expected to climb. Thirty percent of the nation’s adults suffer from allergies, a statistic that’s even higher in Middle Tennessee. And as more people trade the fields and farmlands ALLERGIC ASTHMA of rural America for a more urban environment, that number is expected to Can adults with no history of sinus problems suddenly develop allergies, climb. including allergic asthma? Sherman says yes. ALLERGIC ASTHMA “If body is exposed to of a new thissuddenly year, you mightallergies, develop a Canyour adults with no history sinusallergen problems develop response to it next year because your body has been sensitized to that,” he says. including allergic asthma? Sherman says yes.

Allergic typically and isthis most common in warmer “If your asthma body is isexposed to aseasonal new allergen year, you might developspring a months. diseaseyour is triggered inflammation the lungs and response Th to eitpulmonary next year because body hasbybeen sensitized tointhat,” he says. can be characterized by shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain, chronic Allergic asthma is typically seasonal is most common in warmer springmany coughing, and trouble sleeping due and to coughing or wheezing. However, months. The live pulmonary is triggered by and inflammation in the lungs and with asthma withoutdisease symptoms for years, others experience symptoms can be of breath, tightness pain, chronic or only in characterized the spring or by fall.shortness Those with allergicchest asthma oftenorhave a personal coughing, and of trouble sleeping to coughing or or wheezing. However, many family history allergies, such due as allergic rhinitis hay fever, or an itchy skin with asthma live without symptoms for years, and others experience symptoms rash called eczema. In fact, asthma and allergies are so closely related that 70 only in the spring or Thalso ose with asthma often have a personal or percent of asthma sufffall. erers have allergic allergies. family history of allergies, such as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, or an itchy skin So do eczema. you know respiratory symptoms induced? rashhow called In iffact, asthma and allergiesare areallergy so closely relatedBecause that 70 percent of asthma suffererspay also have allergies. symptoms can be subtle, attention to how you feel at different times during the year. Don’t put off treatment until you’re miserable, and, if possible, talk to So how do you know if respiratory symptoms are allergy induced? Because your doctor before the start of allergy season. symptoms can be subtle, pay attention to how you feel at different times during thesymptoms year. Don’tdon’t put off treatment untilwith you’re miserable, and, products, if possible,ortalk “If improve quickly over-the-counter if to your doctor before the startlike of allergy asthma-related symptoms chronicseason. cough develop, it’s time to get help,” Sherman says. “Find out what your allergic triggers are and you’ll be able to “If symptoms don’t improve quickly with over-the-counter products, or if prevent and control symptoms down the road.” asthma-related symptoms like chronic cough develop, it’s time to get help,” Sherman says. “Find out what your allergic triggers are and you’ll be able to prevent and control symptoms down the road.”

A few simple steps can help prevent the onset of allergic asthma: A few simple steps can help prevent the onset ofclosed, allergic asthma: • Keep windows and stay indoors during morning and evening hours, when pollen and mold spores are at their highest. • Keep windows closed, and stay indoors during and evening hours, whenirritates pollen and •morning Avoid smoking, which further the mold spores are at their highest. airways, and avoid places where smoking is prevalent. • Avoid smoking, which further irritates the and exercise avoid places •airways, Strenuous and where viral orsmoking bacterial is infections prevalent. also can worsen asthma. • Strenuous exercise and viral or bacterial infections also can worsen asthma.




Three Blind Vines Sponsored Event

Jackie Archer, Cyndi Miller, Elizabeth Mclurg & Linda Zettersten

Story & Photography by K York

The Next Generation Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County held their 4th annual wine tasting event in a fabulous “Mad Men” of the 60’s style at the Factory. Delicious appetizers from local chefs treated party goers to foods that ranged from Mexican chocolate to trout dip, with banana pudding and olive oil treats in between and of course, a variety of wines to taste throughout the evening. The fun filled event benefits the Franklin Theatre.

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Christine Bishop & Beth Green

Andrea Farmer, David Brand & Ann Frances Barker

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Linda Williamson, Matt & Sue Ciaramitaro


Amy & Nick Hafner

Krista & Philip Dial

Cassie & Derby Jones, Susan & David Schmidt

Carrie & Richard Goodrum, Laura Wall

Monique Flores, Maureen Horvath , Michael Gabelman , Krissie Busby & Allyson Morlino

Kate Horner, Mike Alexander & Christi Lassen

Next Generation Committee Members

Will Powell & Logan Hughes

Sarah & Logan Hughes

Sean & Stacey Carroll, Char & Kevin Dennis

Torey Barnhill & Ann Frances Barker

Stacy Downs & Krista Dial

Ninette & John Giardina

Todd & Karen Rode, Janie & John Berry

Tim & Pat Ness

Martha Payne DuBois & Chelle Hughes April 2013 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM


O’More Men’s Event Story & Photography by Sarah Bailey The president of O’More College, Dr. Mark Hilliard, hosted a Hemingway-themed men’s event to raise funds for school scholarships in early March. The evening included a silent auction, beer from Calf Killer Beer, specialty cigars and liquors and of course, a little gambling. It was everything Mr. Hemingway could ask for!

Bill Burch, Jim Mauries & Ralph Drury

Kimber Barton & Josh Lomelino

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Philip Hall, Dr. Ray White & Bill Burch

Fred Fisher & Lewis Garcia

Kenny McClain, Joe Dillingham & Brad Pritchett

Joe Lawrence & Mike Seitz




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YOUR Life’s Design DesignHer Living, hmmm, so what kind of living is that promoting? At first glance, one might think it’s just another attempt to ride on the coat tails of society’s desperate desire for all that is hoity-toity designerish, fashionably hip and happenin’ and reality show worthy; think Housewives of Atlanta, Big and Rich Texas and the countless other soap opera-esque train wrecks we seem to find ourselves watching. But don’t turn the page just yet, because the DesignHer Living that I have the channel turned to, entails encouraging contentment and fulfillment that is focused on ourselves as ‘individuals’ and not the busy-bodies of the masses. DL embraces and promotes the unique design elements that make each of us stand out in a crowd, blending it with the life we lead and then highlighting passions and goals all the while still enjoying the fluff of life. In a nutshell, DL is about creating a life that is worthy of loving from floor to ceiling, head to toe and from the inside out. All my life I’ve been around design. Both my mom and grandmother we’re designers and in business together creating beautiful homes from the shag carpet to the pinched pleated panels for the families in my small Illinois farm town. At the time I was pretty unimpressed by all the entrepreneurial skills and creativity being exhibited to me. Only as I look back do I realize how the pattern for my life was being designed despite my lack of attention to it. Growing up I witnessed a very involved mother of four fully embrace her mom role while still designing a life that she could call her own. My mom didn’t coffee klatch about the importance of living out your passions, she showed me. Thankfully, I picked up on it without her saying a word. Maybe that’s why after my first child was born and after choosing to walk away from my career in the Chicago fashion industry, I had a difficult time sitting still and steering clear of redesigning my life for the future with a baby in tow. With creative and entrepreneurial juices needing to be stirred I poured, tasted and experienced the quenching sweetness of my first entrepreneurial adventure; Faux Fantasy Designs. Faux finishes were just beginning to hit the magnificent miles throughout Chicago and although not a trained artist, I, and another fellow new mom, convinced ourselves and others that we could and would be faux finisher’s in downtown Chicago. Needless to say, the adventure, thrived for eighteen years with towns painted red and then some, throughout Chicago, Atlanta and Nashville. After adding two more children to my nest, numerous paint swatches later and a design business that started before the paint dried, my heart began yearning for more than tonal colors and perfectly matched materials; it was yearning for a depth that couldn’t be found in a designer décor. To many observer’s confusion, I got off the ladder



by Amy Freese

and washed my hands of all things creative and all things design, or so I thought. Looking back I realize I was still fully engaged in design but of the less obvious kind. There was no fooling the eye this time with trompe’ loeil effects as I chiseled away the layers of my life learning the true art of designer living. Upon creating a new canvas that reflected more depth and details, I began leading a women’s community and outreach group that prompted me to become a Certified Life Coach, Internet Radio Host, Speaker and Columnist. Getting knee to knee and heart to heart with women on matters that related to the authenticity of their unique life design and passionate purposes was and still is woven into the fabric of my daily activities. Never did I dream that after years of pondering and praying over matters of the heart and soul that I would find myself back in the design arena as people know it. I had a friend comment, “ Wow, isn’t it too bad that you wasted all that time to only find yourself doing what you should have never stopped doing in the first place?” My response to her was, “Not so much.” I look back on walking away as one of the most valuable steps in my design process; a quiet strength, a renewed energy and a new found appreciation was found once I chose to exit and then intentionally return. Nothing is ever wasted when you choose to use all that you learn from your comings and goings, your ups and downs and your exits and returns. I have returned to the design field of fabrics and upholstery by way of my parents successful nineteen year old business, Cool Springs Upholstery. This offers an environment to touch lives like never before. And my life coach skills and opportunity for prayer has never been greater! Now that I’ve spilled the beans on my colorful past, my intention going forward in this monthly column is to turn the table away from me and share a bird’s eye-view of the design business as it happens at Cool Springs Upholstery and relate it to YOUR life’s design. your life! Amy Freese, a life-style expert, encourages others to create a custom-fit they are excited to showcase from the inside out. Her custom-fit includes twenty four years of marriage, three teenage children, calling Williamson County home for the past eight years and designing with CSU clients at 1120 Harpeth Industrial, Franklin. Find her at and

Join us on Saturday, April 13th for our annual Spring Open House 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 P.M.

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Stop by and see the latest Kubota products just in time for Spring Whether for home or farm ~ we have what you need!

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GraceWorks Beach Bash Story & Photography by Sarah Bailey GraceWorks Ministries hosted a night of fun at their annual Beach Bash fundraiser. Tina Edwards and Kristi Sylvester chaired the event. The night included dinner and a silent auction.

Tena Hardy, Susan Minor, Jenna & Landon Miller

Beverly Berger & Linda Decker

Tina Edwards & Kristi Sylvester

Sylvia Fallaw, Peggy & Bill Smith

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Little Shop of Horrors Book and Lyrics By

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Howard ashman alan menken

Based on the film by roger corman. screenplay by charles Griffith.

Annette Delk, Shannon Whitehead, Liz & Gil Costello

Show runs March 22 - April 20. Purchase TickeTs now! Go to any time, or call 791-5007 Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm.

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HOME Story by Amy Freese Photography by Andrea Davis

is YOUR Story

When Your Williamson Publisher, Shelly, and I were brainstorming the launch of my column “DesignHer Living” we both agreed it would be interesting to include home and room profiles of some of my Cool Springs Upholstery clients. And to better introduce myself as a designer I’m leading the charge with a peek inside the house that my family and I call home. Moving to Williamson County has been an answered prayer and a project that I attribute to divine orchestration. It took nine years, three moves, a book written by fellow Williamson County resident Donna Van Liere and a lot of prayer to finally be able to call the Tennessee hills home. I find it quite ironic that after my being so involved in the home selection of our prior real estate ventures in Chicago and Atlanta that when it came to selecting a home in Williamson County eight years ago during the boom that I didn’t necessarily care where we ended up residing because I was just that thrilled that we were actually finally receiving the gift of being able to relocate and be near my parents who had been already been calling Williamson County home for years. After our home in Chicago sold as soon as the For Sale sign hit the lawn and after the home that my hubby and I originally selected in Williamson County got sold before we could say “we want it,” I sent my hubby back to the WC to find us an address. He came back to Chicago with a video and three homes

to choose from. Once I got over the dizziness of his subpar videotaping I went eenie minie moe, that one. Only after closing on our home did I actually get to walk in and take a real look at the house we’ve been calling home for the past eight years. I was truly being given the opportunity to practice what I preach and bloom where I’m planted. The biggest ooh and aah of our home and the reason we might never leave is the Brentwood view from our front doors. Even though it’s a little tricky and treacherous weeding my flowerbeds and I feel a little bad hearing my friends huff and puff trudging up our hill I still feel quite blessed being treated daily to our little slice of Heaven. Once our visitor ‘s breath is caught after traipsing up our front entry stairs I do have a beautiful custom bench awaiting their arrival in the foyer. This settee was handcrafted from start to finish by my dad’s original upholstery craftsman that began with him nineteen years ago, Jim Saffer. The recommendation that I give to clients now who want a custom tufted settee is to choose a solid fabric as I created a lot of painstaking effort and hair pulling choosing a print. Jim did an amazing job but it was a ton of work. April 2013 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM


Off my foyer is my dining room. Even though eight years ago wallpaper was still thought of as the red headed step child, I knew I wanted to mix-up my wall treatments. Not until after the embossed crushed glass design was hung did I realize my husband’s first initial, D, was staring back me. I let him think it is ‘Dave’s Dining Room’ despite the fact that I don’t always include him in the design of it. He’s always fought my urge to paint ‘perfectly good wood.’ Thankfully he has yet to notice both the recently blue painted sideboard and black painted dining chairs. I love filling our home with special pictures and pieces that have meaning behind them. Beyond our dining doorway I have pictures of eye catching historical architecture taken on our recent European vacation. Passing through our living room a bazillion times a day I am continually reminded of the full circle moment I’ve taken. Most of my guests assume that I painted the geometric focus wall when I in fact I didn’t. Instead, this wall was painted by fellow faux finishing friends, Marie Joe Bouffard and Julia Dunn while I was on my design hiatus. I never in a million years thought I would be able to let other artists put their signatures on what I thought was only my canvas but because I was so done at that time that it was both freeing and refreshing and I still love it. I did swish my paintbrush on the oversized canvas above my fireplace to add some color and movement to the space. Mixing old with new and contrasting modern with shabby creates interest in my rooms and typifies my own personality. I loved the blingey cross attached to a belt that my friends gave me for my birthday years ago but hated that it would be hidden away in my closet when not wearing, therefore, I decided to accessorize my pillow with it so I can see it everyday. As you can see I embraced the tranquil shade of blue grey for my 42


master bedroom too. Even though masters across the county share this sanctuary shade I still truly love the tranquility it provides. I’m a big believer in keeping the master bedroom a retreat for my husband and I. There have been a night or two when kids have found themselves in our bed but photos and children memorabilia have been kept to a minimum in order to keep the focus on us. Pictures of us through the years are scattered as well as the first pair of Austrian crystal earrings that now accessorize the bolster pillows on my bench. My husband once frowned upon the upholstered chairs prior to their makeover. This dynamic duo was found in the midst of a mafia owned (my guess) hardware store cover in Chicago that was full of every household item soup to nuts, including these previously covered yellow vinyl beauties. Other momentos include my grandmother’s mirror, my husband’s grandmother’s rosary, an Eiffel tower, coral from Florida getaways and a few mossy limbs from my back yard. A true retreat for me is found out on my back porch sitting on my chaise that was found at Brentwood’s Fresh Style. Relaxing, reading, talking on the phone surrounded by the outdoors and the positive quotations in my midst creates an ‘It’s All Good’ peaceful easy feeling. Most people that know me know that I try to keep it real. Therefore, I thought showing you how my teenagers choose to live despite better training from their mother, drives that home. Due to the unsuccessful attempts to get them on my tidy train, I have decided to let them be their own train wreck teen selves. I don’t understand it and don’t get it and yet I now smile to myself wistfully, that one day I might just miss it. Back to prettier points of interest…. I love my old door or

maybe I love the story behind this one even better. While traveling with some church ladies for a garden tour we made a pit stop at a junk store. Rummaging around we all found a few fun trinkets but none like my $5 now treasured door. With women sitting like sardines in my truck I was determined to make room for that cob webbed buginfested door. Once home I painted one of my favorite sayings on it – “fancy cakes.” Just like the plaque hanging in the midst of some of my other thought-filled treasures that sit upon my family room shelves; heirloom books and Bibles, family crosses and Catholic cruxifix’, family photos and Freese findables, I have tried to decorate and design with the saying in mind, “Your home is where your story begins,” and my hope for past, present and future clients is that they too design with their own unique story. Making their house a home where a story begins and is lived. April 2013 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM



Southern Soiree


“There is no better designer than nature” - Alexander McQueen

Spring is finally here! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and dangerously pale legs are slowly emerging from their sunless winter confinement. We love this time of year for many reasons, but mostly because it’s the official start to wedding season! All over the south, outdoor venues are preparing for their much anticipated spring brides who are inching closer and closer to their big days. In honor of home and garden month here at YOUR Williamson, we’ve decided to do our very first venue spotlight on an ideal location for a garden event or wedding located right here in downtown Franklin, CJ’s Off the Square. We agree with Mr. McQueen and can’t think of a more romantic backdrop than a softly lit garden with the scent of flowers filling the warm evening air. CJ’s offers the ultimate experience for anyone looking for this whimsical yet elegant atmosphere. The vibe is set from the minute you set foot on the grounds of this turn of the century home. Guests are greeted by a valet who guides them onto the front porch, the perfect spot to put a guest book, gift table or place cards. From here, they will be led around the side of the house, down a path accented with a tea-light covered lattice. This escorts them to the back courtyard where the real magic awaits. Suddenly your guests will find themselves in an open air pavilion surrounded by a lush garden complete with a koi pond and gazebo. Taa Daa!! Instant wedding magic, just add bride and groom. The beauty of this venue is only surpassed by the all-inclusive service that you receive from the wonderful managers. All of the major details, including rentals and catering, can be arranged on site which gives the bride more time to smell the roses…literally. Whether you’re lucky enough to snag an amazing space like CJ’s Off the Square, or are creating your own garden retreat, follow these simple guidelines and you can’t go wrong.



First and foremost, do not try to compete with the natural beauty of the space…#ourquoteabove! The appeal of an outdoor event in the springtime is that you are surrounded by gorgeous colors and views. You may also find yourself surrounded by bees….which will be addressed in tip number 2. Back to the point, make sure when selecting your centerpieces and general décor that you use things that compliment what is around you instead of fighting for the attention. If you are in a garden, you are already surrounded by flowers so use simple floral arrangements. It’s a good idea to ask the venue ahead of time what types of flowers will be in season so you can arrange to use coordinating ones with your florist. Your floral budget should be relatively small which leaves extra money to use in other areas. Lighting can be a great place to invest! Simple up lighting on the trees, lantern centerpieces, market street lights and lots and lots of candlelight will make the space absolutely breathtaking and highlights the existing elements.


Now as with all things in life, nothing is perfect. This leads us back to the bee situation. Spring is definitely a magical time full of rebirth and renewal however, it can also be a time full of insects and allergies. Luckily with a little planning, both of these issues can be resolved ahead of time. Check to make sure there will be nothing in bloom that you or your fiancé are allergic to. Your tears should be those of joy, not ragweed. As for our sting-bearing friends, make sure your venue is aware of your concern and ask them what their policy is for preventing this.


If you are providing your own location, consider hiring a professional exterminator to come out and spray and search for any hidden nests. It’s also nice to provide some non-scented bug spray in the restrooms for all of your guests. You can also spritz the underside of your table linens for some extra deterrent.


Lastly, it’s all in the details. We’re not usually into “themed” weddings as they can often become cliché and trendy so we’ll use the word “inspired” instead. Why not use garden inspired favors such as small seed packets, a planted bulb, or even a sachet of lavender? There are tons of cute phrases and quotes about marriage growing and blossoming that you can incorporate onto a tag or wooden sign. Will you be having an afternoon ceremony? Invite the ladies to wear formal sunhats. This will keep them cooler as well as create an elegant and vintage feel. Find a potters bench and use it to display the guestbook or even incorporate some rustic pots into your catering display. Use flower plant stakes instead of traditional place cards. There are tons of unique touches that you can add to personalize your day as well as making everything cohesive. Congratulations to all of the spring chicken brides out there! We know these last couple of months can sometimes be extremely stressful. Just remember to breathe, relax, and remember this is the only time you get to be engaged so enjoy it! For those who are recently engaged and looking towards next spring, we definitely encourage you to take a peek at Cj’s Off the Square and see if a fantasy garden wedding could be for you. Cheers to warm spring days and romantic garden rendezvous! Krista Cook & Lauren Hartman SOUTHERN SOIREE




Chris Carlisle


Carlisle Interiors

MIXING IT UP Mixing it Up!

The Juxtaposition of Abstract Art in a Traditional Space

by Chris Carlisle

Don’t be afraid to place abstract or modern art in a traditional space. One of my most favorite design techniques is to mix a boldly colorfully original abstract painting with traditional furnishings. This contrast can be unexpected and exciting to say the least. Mixing abstract art with antiques has been executed by interior designers for years and is always a favorite style of decorating. Recently, I happened upon a display by Louis Shields of Middleburg, Virginia, at the 2013 Antique and Garden Show of Nashville. Here, Shields depicted the method of mixing spectacular abstract canvases with exquisite antiques. I was absolutely drawn to it, not only for the colorful art, but the very nature and brave contrast of old and new, side by side. Modern color up against beautiful antique wood is very pleasing to the eye. I was thrilled to discover that Shields was in fact the artist and creator of all of the paintings in his booth. Shields presented a cohesive blend of antiques from his shop with his own abstract art in the welldesigned vignettes. When I talked to Shields about his art, he told me, “When mixing contemporary art with antique furniture, the traditional antique furniture’s sense of proportion and patination of age give the art a certain grounding and character, while the artwork’s architectural structure and depth of color encourages a new freshness and vitality.” Not only is Shields a trained painter, but he also designs furniture. Along with his furniture designs, he creates custom designed pieces for his clients. His shop, “Hastening Design Studio-Art-Antiques-Interiors,” is located in Middleburg, Virginia. The shop holds fine antique 18th and 19th century French provincial, Italian and English furnishings along with Shields’ original artwork, original furniture designs and antique furniture restoration services. He first opened “Hastening Antiques” over thirty years ago, but changed the name of his shop to “Hastening Design Studio-Art-Antiques-Interiors,” when he moved to a new location in 2012. Hastening Design Studio is located near Shields’ 18th century farm just an hour west of Washington, D.C. nestled amongst the beautiful equestrian estates, vineyards and hunting fields of Virginia. Shields once said, “I respect the entire range of design elements from antiques to modern design to art, but for me, the most interesting interiors are a skillful blend of all these elements.” I couldn’t agree more! Dare to mix it up to make a bold, cutting-edge statement! Louis Shields website is 46


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The Difference Is Reliability With spring in the air, the days are getting longer, the temperatures are beginning to rise and many of us find a sense of renewal at this time of year. We want to be outside, enjoying the springtime air, escaping the dreariness of winter and feeling progress. It’s a feeling of expanding into a new season. And expansion continues at Westhaven. Have you noticed all the building in the Westhaven Town Center area? High Brow Hill Coffee is ready to open and there is talk of new merchants coming to the Town Center. New homes and a variety of different residential options are starting to take shape.


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You can rely on Westhaven to provide unique living options to fit any need. Whether you are a growing family, needing more space in a single-family home, or if you have recently become an empty-nester, as the children have moved away and you’re looking to downsize and want less responsibility with a “lock and leave” condominium or townhome option. Regent Homes, a Franklin-area builder, will begin construction this spring on a new condominium building. This is the second building that Regent Homes will have built in the community. It is designed to provide features to residents that are seeking the amenities of a traditional designed neighborhood, while lessening the load of responsibilities that come with a single family home ownership. These single-level living condominiums are Energy Star certified and offer two or three bedroom options. Regent Homes will also break ground this spring on seventeen Live/Work Townhomes in the Westhaven Town Center. These units are designed with a first-level “flex” room, which can be used as an office space, or double as retail showroom space for its residents. Of the first seven units that will be available, at this writing, three are under contract prior to groundbreaking. The second set of these units is planned once the first building is under way. Another Franklin-area builder, Carbine & Associates, will break ground this spring with the Oldstones Townhome units on State Street. These units will feature a never before built floor plan which includes a third floor grand veranda, a unique outdoor living space, as well as individual private elevators for residents. There will only be four of these unique townhomes and one is already under contract. Coming in April, Franklin Synergy Bank, one of Westhaven Town Center’s integral merchants, will host the community’s first annual “Shredder Day.” Shredder Day is designed to safely and securely dispose of personal documents and sensitive information, while celebrating the end of the stress of the tax season! Lunch will be served by TigerMeat Hot Dogs, and Hippie Radio, 94.5, will be onsite to entertain residents and friends alike. 48



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Walkability…at Westhaven it means the things you do every day– casual evening out–are all just a short walk away. But while the convenience of being so close to everything may be what gets you out the door initially, you’ll soon discover the other parks, you’ll unwind to the sounds of the fountain and the smell of freshly mowed grass, and you’ll get to know your neighbors–people with whom you share a common bond–a true sense of community. Stroll around Westhaven, and you’ll see much more than unique architecture and beautiful landscaping. You’ll see the families making the most of their lives, loving the shared experiences and special moments that make coming home each day a real homecoming … to a community where you belong.


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The Garden Party

Reinvented By Erica Rains and Executive Chef Chris Rains If you are like everyone else, you are emerging from winter grateful and a little shocked that spring is already here. As we slowly unthaw, blinking our eyes at the welcome warm wash of sunshine, we ask ourselves “How can I enjoy the outdoors more this year?” It’s all about enjoying ourselves more as of late - stopping to smell the roses (or whatever you’ve got growing out there) and remembering what’s important - loved ones and cherished memories. Well, it’s time to get out there and make some new memories too and what better way than to host a fabulous, reinvented garden party? That’s right…throw all the rules out the window…. into the garden and follow those broken rules right outside into the spring sunshine. Think whimsy and stress-free afternoons, cool breezes and good company. Forgot worrying about perfection or what everyone will think and just live in the now-try something that is outside of the box and you may just surprise yourself. If you have a little nook in your yard or garden that you are quite proud of, it is your duty to show it off and share it with others. Why keep it to yourself? This is your chance to have an excuse to brag about the hours you spent alone (or with the help of a gardener - no shame there) perfecting those flower beds and finally getting the vines to grow on that stubborn trellis! We all have a friend like you. We go to your home and feel like we are on the set of a movie or in a page of Southern Living. Yes, we are talking to you. Have a garden party. Invite us. We’ll come. Not sure where to start? Head outside and find the spot that you love. Maybe you’ve got a bench where you read in the nice weather. Maybe it’s a gorgeous deck or porch, or under your favorite and oldest tree in 50


Photography by Sarah Bailey Photo shoot styled by AshleeWilliams the yard. Wouldn’t fun ribbons tied on the low hanging branches to blow in the wind look amazing? Now you’re getting the picture. This year, The Chef and I are really seeing a lot of mixing of styles, like vintage with classic, alongside rustic and shabby. Candelabra amongst birch branches? Why not? It provides an unexpected balance and you can’t deny that it’s interesting and different. Here’s a little trick: Visit the local dollar store to get things like ‘faux fire’ candles (safer out in the wooded areas) they have the ones that ‘flicker’ and really, who’s going to judge you just because you are safe? And frugal? Other things you can save on-ribbon spools and fun little invites for your party-hand write them and snail mail or even hand deliver to those on your street! So you’ve got a rustic table, a great vision for your whimsy and décor and now need something to feed these fabulous guests on your guest list… luckily, we have done a party or two (thousand) and we have some ideas. The food should be good and simple, but with layered flavors, Chef Chris Rains suggests. He likes to present dishes that are recognizable, approachable, just elevated. Instead of a Caprese salad, do a seared Caprese Panini. See the recipe on the next page to make your own pesto for this dish if you are feeling frisky. Total conversation starter once your guests get one bite. Amazing. Think old school tea parties and have fun with ‘biscuits.’ Which could really be tea cookies or ‘crumpets.’ Which could be disguised as Pepperidge Farm treats. For those that want a lighter option, try your hand at cucumber sandwiches. So simple and refreshing…exactly what the entire vibe of your garden party will be if you remember to have fun with it.

You’re sure to spark bubbly effervescent conversation to go with cocktails of the same consistency. At The Chef and I’s new restaurant in Lenox Village, we carry this amazing sparkling red called Fizz 56. This mixed with pomegranate liquor or white cranberry is divine. It’s also exquisite by itself. Get some fun champagne flutes and bust it out-it’s our favorite new discovery and an incredible Italian sparkling wine. Not drinkers? Never fear-you can make a similar situation out of white peach or white grape juice and a shot of mango smoothie mix (from the produce section) and top with sprite or 7-up. Keep the champagne flutes! Remember? Life is short! If you have a mix of drinkers and nondrinkers, keep the mango spritz from above in pitchers on the table and have a little stash of vodka in your grandmother’s antique flask at the table. Garden party perfection. Vintage and edgy at the same time. The Chef and I did our wedding reception in the garden. Very Great Gatsby. Wear your pearls. Wear a sundress. Wear both. Why not? Anything goes, as long as you are comfortable and happy. Try your hand at croquette. Need the tools? You are in luck: in Williamson County, you can purchase a croquette set at the following locations: DICK’S SPORTING GOODS WALMART SUPERCENTER 2000 Mallory Ln, Franklin, TN 3600 Mallory Ln, Franklin, TN Cool Springs Market (615) 771-0929 (615) 778-0595 Need some fabulous décor to round out your vision? Try these: THE SHOPPES ON MAIN ARTISTS BUNGALOW 413 Main St. 111 Bridge Street Franklin, TN 37064 Franklin, TN 37064 Phone: (615) 591-8433 Phone: (615) 838-4700 CREATIVE FIND-N-DESIGN 110 E. Fowlkes Street Franklin, TN 37064 Phone: (615) 591-7090

YARROW ACRES 424A Main St. Franklin, TN 37064 Phone: (615) 472-1116

Chef Chris Rains’ Famous Caprese Panini’s What you will need: French baguette (white or wheat) Fresh mozzarella (can find in the gourmet cheese section usually near produce at your grocer) Roma tomatoes Olive Oil Pistachios Parmesan Cheese (shaved or shredded in tubs in that same cheese section. Just say no to the green can!) Fresh basil – this can be found in packets hanging in the produce section usually near the chilled salad dressings Salt and Pepper Garlic Clove A food processor Skillet/Sauté Pan

What to do:

Toast ½ cup of pistachios on sheet pan in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Slice roma tomatoes and mozzarella; slice baguettes thin. Mix pistachios, 8 ounces of parmesan, 1 cup packed fresh basil, ¾ cup olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper to taste; place one clove of fresh garlic into food processor and hit ‘puree’ (Voila! Homemade toasted pistachio pesto.) Spread onto baguette slices, make mini sandwich with slice of tomato and mozzarella. Sear in pan on both sides in olive oil just until golden brown. Serve! Impress.

CITY FARMHOUSE 111 Bridge Street Franklin, TN 37064 Phone: (615) 790-8101 Whether it’s your three besties, or your closest thirty friends, you can easily throw a little party of your own totally worthy of a visit from a white rabbit or crazy hat maker. This is the year to be YOU and you can do it right in your own back yard….or garden. Erica and Chris Rains have owned a large catering company in Middle TN for five years and have now opened their interactive supper club in Lenox Village. They both have a passion for food and the people they serve, and strive to raise the bar locally in both catering and dining out environments. Email: or or visit – And remember, life is short. It might as well be delicious. Visit the event stylist, Ashlee Williams, online at April 2013 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM



about Williamson

jondie Davis I would like to share a recipe for a BBQ sauce that I grew up with in Alabama. It is simply known as “Alabama White Sauce.” I find that this sauce is exceptional for basting whole chickens and as a finishing sauce for pulled pork. Don’t let the color fool you. Everyone asks for more and how can they make it at home.  Although it is very simple to make, it took me ten years to finalize my ingredients and portions. I am happy to share this with you...  

Alabama White Sauce

1 ½ C Hellman’s Mayo 1 ½ T salt 1 ½ T black pepper (fine) 6 T white vinegar 5 T lemon juice 4 T white sugar 1/8 t cayenne

My family moved to Williamson County in 1984, so I have seen much change here in the last twenty nine years. Yet, there is still much of Williamson County for me to discover. In January 2012, after a 16-year career in corporate sales, I decided to work full time with my wife, Rebecca. Rebecca started her business here in 2008 and it has grown to what is now known as JONDIE located at 407 Main in downtown Franklin and at JONDIE is a women’s boutique with an ever-changing mix of apparel, jewelry and accessories. So as YOUR new “Man About Williamson,” I look forward to sharing what Rebecca and I, along with our daughters Olivia and Audrey, uncover in our adventures in Williamson County.   Well, spring is here and one thing I know about this time of year is that it is time to go outside and enjoy the weather. Being cooped up all winter is really a test of patience and finding out how far relationships can go (Thank you to my wife Reba for making it through another winter with me). So, the luxury of warmer weather allows us to move out of the kitchen and on to the deck for grilling. I’m a bit of a BBQ snob, well actually let’s say an elitist, so when it comes to sharing tips and recipes you can rest assured these have been tried and tested.  I thought we would start this spring column off with two recipes that can only help strengthen your arsenal of BBQ awesomeness!! 52



Mix all ingredients together and stir well. Baste your chicken in the final hour of smoking and then serve on the side for dipping. For pulled pork, simply put as much as you want on the meat when serving.  You’re welcome……you are now a springtime BBQ hero!!

Next up is my unique beef brisket rub. It has a twist that most rubs don’t.  I use no chili powder.  Trust me on this. It doesn’t need it.  

Beef Brisket Rub


½ C paprika Simply combine all the ingredients ¼ C black pepper (course) and rub into the meat. For best ½ C salt results wrap the meat in plastic 3 T garlic powder and refrigerate 24 hours. Always 2 T cayenne bring the meat to room temperature ¼ C salt before smoking. I usually smoke at ¼ C turbinado sugar a temperature of 200 degrees F. This 2 T onion salt takes longer, but that’s ok.  Never 1 T dry mustard rush a brisket. 1 T celery salt   These recipes have never let me down and you will be doing yourself an injustice if you do not try them.   Thank you for reading so until next month, enjoy the spring and remember “laughter above all.” I look forward to coming issues of fun gentlemanly and not so gentlemanly anecdotes, articles, how to’s, adventures and more as I galavant around the WC.

Joke of the Month: What do you call counterfeit spaghetti? IMPATSA

Aimee Punessen & Jeff Smith

Caroline Cross, Amy Kovar, Debbie Henry & Alma McLemore

Marianne Schroer & Alma McLemore check out clothing available for residents in the clothes closet.

Amy Kovar, Dan Alexander, Jeff Smith, Chuck Barber & Janine Moore

Chuck Barber , Janine Moore, Tena Hardy & Robert Blair

Alma McLemore, Kelly Dannenfelser & Debbie Henry

Margaret Patton & Chuck Barber

Clothing drive launched for Franklin Housing Authority A group participating in Leadership Franklin’s 20122013 class teamed up with the Franklin Housing Authority (FHA) to fill the organization’s new store by soliciting clothing through partnerships with local businesses and by holding clothing drives. The “Stock the Store” initiative seeks gently used professional women’s clothing, to be “purchased” by Franklin Housing Authority residents who earn store credit by participating in classes and workshops that include credit counseling, job search and training, computer skills and more. A ribbon cutting and grand opening of the store, located at 200 Spring Street in Franklin, was held March 21st to showcase the store to local leaders and members of Leadership Franklin.

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Frank & JoAnna Kelly, Maggie & Patricia Scruggs

Vivian & David Garrett

Courtnay Wall, Brian Beathard & Virginia Bousquet

Kristie Barnett & Nancy Osman

Lola Bonds, Katherine Black & Annie Patton

Jim East, Andy & Tom Taylor

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Steve & Barbara Smith

Todd Suttles & Lynn Younger

The Hard Bargain Association held its annual Building Hope for the Future Celebration dinner at the Factory. Entertainment by the McCrary Sisters and soul food prepared by Constant Craving Caterers delighted the crowd. John Murphy, who is better known as Big John to everyone in Franklin, spoke to the crowd giving an update on his new home. He spoke of his appreciation of the kindness of others that has enabled him to have a new home after a devastating fire in the Hard Bargain community destroyed his. The Hard Bargain Association provides affordable housing and helps make needed repairs to preserve the historic African American neighborhood in downtown Franklin.

Jessie Covington, Pat Murphy & James Head

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Treat Tasting Bar at Animalia Story & Photography by K York Late February held beautiful weather for an outing with your ‘best friend ‘and there was no better place to be than at Animalia Health and Wellness in Westhaven. The weather was perfect for the treat tasting event as pets and their owners soaked up the sunshine and nibbled on scrumptious treats. The event kicked off Pet Health and Nutrition Awareness month and provided the latest information in nutrition and wellness for pet owners. It was a fun time for the whole family.

William, Hilary, Emma & Mike Adams with Luke Skywalker

Amber Slifer with Winston

Fiona & Meghan Schirmer

Aubrey Preston with Bethel & Bonnie Garner

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@NashSevereWx WARNING: Failure to read below may result in lack of information that will keep you and the ones you love safe during severe weather. You’ve heard of and probably seen “the calm before the storm.” Well, for the past two years, a Williamson County man has made it his mission to provide a calm “during” the storm. His name is David Drobny and he has been using his Twitter account @NashSevereWx to inform Williamson and Davidson County in real-time about the threatening weather that we so often have. Since we are in the midst of tornado season, it is time for the rest of Williamson and Davidson County, not already following @NashSevereWx, to get on board. Why? Because you CANNOT get this kind of weather information from anywhere else. Our four local news stations have to cover all of middle Tennessee. They’re very good at what they do, but when multiple storms come and they have to divide their attention, @NashSevereWX focuses on only the two counties. Drobny is a lawyer by profession so informing our community about the weather is something he does voluntarily, as a result of his passion for it. He is also married with two children. When asked why he does this, he said, “A few years ago, what I call ‘TV quality’ radar software and data became available to the public. I’ve always loved following storms, so I bought the software and paid for the data. When severe weather would approach, or a warning was issued, I didn’t have to wait for TV to cover the storm close to me. I had all the data I needed on my computer. Soon after, friends of ours would call or text asking where the storm was, should they take cover, was it safe to go here or there, etc.? It was difficult to answer six text messages and phone calls at once, most of which asked about the same storm. So I told our friends and family I would put all the information they needed to know on Twitter. That’s how I got started.” The information comes from the National Weather Service (NWS) and is provided not only via Twitter, but also, a website built for access on a smartphone and computer, making it mobile and immune to cable/satellite outages. It also allows the user to communicate with @NashSevereWx. NWS in Nashville recognizes them as media and has granted them access to NWS Chat, giving them the same access to weather information as TV and emergency management. Through this relationship @NashSevereWx worked with the NWS and invented a program called #tSpotter, which is a Twitter hashtag. If anyone sees severe or winter weather, simply include “#tSpotter” in your tweet with your report (and a photo/location if you want), and the NWS will see it. It’s delivering real-time severe and winter weather reports the NWS never had before, improving the warning and forecast process. In February of 2011, @NashSevereWx had 100 followers on Twitter. Today they are nearly to 14,000. Along the way they have received press coverage from the Associated Press, The Tennessean 56


and National Public Radio. They’ve been designated a local “best Twitter account” on lists like the Nashville Scene’s. Through this growth, Drobny saw the need to find help. He saw that Bellevue resident, Will Minkoff, was running a similar Twitter feed, so Drobny contacted him. Minkoff was quickly on board An avid follower of @NashSevereWx is Williamson County resident and journalist, Mindy Tate. Tate has been a “weather nut” since the age of 12, when she was hiding from the tornadoes in her garage. Tate says, “The guys at NashSevereWx feed my habit for information on the weather situation with their Twitter feed. As the social media outreach for the National Weather Service, they are collecting and disseminating real-time data that is valuable and impacting lives in a positive way. I probably retweet them more than any other entity or person I regularly follow, and I think the people who follow me appreciate that. I’m just surprised they ONLY have 14,000 followers!” Another of their many followers is Nashville blogger Laura McClellan. In a recent blog entitled “Twitter + Tornado Warnings = BFFs”, McClellan writes about her experience during tornadoes and the community that has been formed through Twitter, during severe weather. Referring to Drobny and what he’s doing through @NashSevereWx, she says, “We can all sleep soundly knowing NashSevere is out there, watching over us. He’s basically Batman.” @NashSevereWx has no plans of expanding their coverage area. They want to continue on focusing only on Williamson and Davidson County and find more ways to get the information to as many of the residents as possible. Right now, they are looking into building apps. Drobny says, “During severe weather, information is everything. You can protect yourself from the overwhelming majority of storms if you know what’s coming, have a plan and heed warnings. We love being a part of the larger weather community providing this information to our family, friends and neighbors.” Follow @NashSevereWx on Twitter or go to: For more on this story, check out Laura McClellan’s blog at:

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Pink Tie Party Story & Photography by Sarah Bailey Seven Middle Tennessee men were honored by the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently. These gentlemen represent a wide range of male leaders who live in the Greater Nashville community and have a personal connection to breast cancer and have worked to help find a cure. The debut class of Pink Tie Guys includes: Dr. Carlos Arteaga, Director, Breast Cancer Program Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) and Professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology and Associate Director for Clinical Research at VICC; Dr. Tim Boyd, History Teacher, Montgomery Bell Academy; Jared Cook, Tight End, Tennessee Titans; Steve Hayslip, Anchor/Reporter, WTVF NewsChannel5; Mike Keith, The Voice of the Tennessee Titans; M. Haden McWhorter, Executive Vice President/ CIO, WSquared; and Marc Overlock, Director Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Metropolitan Hospital Authority. They were honored with a special evening at Jonathan’s in Green Hills.

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What Are YOU Worried About? By Connie Haley, Life Coach

Are you a worrier? Before you add worrying to your list of things to worry about, take comfort in the fact that we ALL do this. We are hard wired to scan the proverbial horizon for predators. Our ancestor’s mere survival was dependent upon how well they identified potential danger. In our modern world, however, the “predators” are now our thoughts about situations and, usually, pose no real threat to our safety. If you are an excessive worrier, it may behoove you to examine how worrying impacts your life and take steps to eliminate this behavior.

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The first step in reducing your anxious thoughts is to assess what type of worrying you are experiencing: productive or unproductive. Worrying can be productive if it focuses your attention on solutions to a realistic problem. Unproductive worry, however, generates no clear course of action and can have a detrimental impact on your actions, quality of life and health.

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For unproductive worriers, there are several tools to help you monitor your fears. Analyze what you tend to worry about; write them down. The most common themes are: family, finances, health, relationships and work. Just knowing what your core worries are will often result in less worrying and a greater sense of control. Investigate relaxation techniques to counter the physical symptoms of worry. Deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation and exercise are just a few suggestions that will calm your fight-or-flight response to stress. When your sympathetic nervous system is calm, your creative intelligence can take over. Solutions to problems become more evident.

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If the above suggestions don’t work for you and you continue to feel anxious in the absence of any real threat, you may benefit from cognitive behavioral, or acceptance and commitment therapy. A good therapist trained in these techniques will help you identify and monitor the thoughts that are producing your excessive anxiety and teach you to control them.

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Productive worrying is a situation that is realistic, current and in your control. Brain storming solutions to the problem and taking appropriate actions on these ideas will reduce the worry while eliminating the initial concern. “What if I fail my next exam?’ is a good example of a productive worry. There are numerous actions, in your control, that can be implemented to assure that you pass the exam. Channel your efforts on taking action and the worry will dissipate. “What if the whole family gets the flu?” is an unproductive worry. The situation is unrealistic, future oriented and not in your control. You can get flu shots and practice good hygiene habits, but you have no control over a virus. Worrying serves no purpose in this example. It merely creates anxiety and depletes your energy. In extreme cases, excessive, unproductive worrying can create behaviors that jeopardize the quality of your life.

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ART: Olga Alexeeva and O Gallery Walking in to the O Gallery in the Marathon Village in Nashville, I was shocked to find such a large amount of eclectic art displayed from floor to ceiling. I thought that there was no way it was all from one artist, but after meeting Olga Alexeeva, I quickly understood. She is unlike any artist I have ever met. She says that art is an expression of life and life is a kaleidoscope so art should be a kaleidoscope, too. Leaving her professional acting career in Moscow, Olga relocated to Nashville in 1991 to be with her sister, a Russian refugee. Olga @YOURAndreaDavis says Nashville became a green, peaceful, picturesque haven for her, but during her first ten years here, she was basically just trying to survive. Her biggest struggle was the language barrier, but after learning English and getting settled, Olga found that her soul was hungry for something more. She tried many different outlets for her creative mind and painting was last on her list. She thought she was not good enough. Her attitude toward art was that she couldn’t paint because she couldn’t draw. However, Olga’s mind was changed when Nashville artist and teacher, Hazel King, used her Southern hospitality to make Olga feel comfortable with taking a class. All experiences from theater, history and life in general poured from Olga to the paintings. Inspiration from different teachers had an imprint on her. She’s tried everything once. She said, “Curiosity is the most important ingredient for success.” She has an ongoing ability to look for something new, and says you should “never arrive.” A lot of people told her to pick one segment, technique or style and become good at it. She didn’t want to do that. She feels that everybody creates from the material within themselves. She has had eclectic life experiences with lots of layers and does not want to be limited. If she tries to make herself do create through logic, it’s not coming from her soul. If something is not going in the right direction or it’s not natural, she stops. Olga still takes classes, even though she teaches them now. She does not teach a technique. She just instructs everyone to discover themselves by relating to her previous experience of not knowing she was an artist. She would have never painted, if she had another opportunity. She lives by her motto: “Be a child and try everything once to have a taste of it before you decide what you want to do.” She asks her students to be brave and allow themselves to be bad until they get better. She has been very humbled by the way her students have come back to her to say that their lives have been changed and their eyes have been opened to beauty. Olga is proud to have a role in that. The O Gallery received The Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville” Award for “Best Gallery” in 2012 and I think it was very deserved! The gallery is absolutely stunning. It’s one of my new favorites, and I plan to return soon for a girl’s night out painting party with a little wine and lots of creativity! For more information go to



MUSIC: Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang at The War Memorial Auditorium The legend says that in the 1930’s Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at “the crossroads” to become a great blues musician. Well, I can tell you that those crossing roads are Highway 61 and Highway 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi right next to Abe’s Barbeque and what used to be the Delta Donut. I know this because my childhood home of seventeen years was 1.5 miles from that spot. Living in Clarksdale ignited my love for the blues. Muddy Waters grew up in a shack not too far from my high school. I spent summers going to blues festivals and blues musician Sam Myers stayed at my family’s lake house once, during one of those festivals…such a great memory. Years later, while singing with my band in clubs on Beale Street in Memphis, I always made my way to places like BB King’s and Rum Boogie during breaks and after shows to hear some good Memphis blues. Along with my hometown, my brother was definitely a strong influence to my love for music and specifically the blues. I sat in the corner of the garage many nights listening to his band rocking the songs of many blues greats. Almost thirty years later, he’s still singing the blues in a band called The Delta Royals (www.thedeltaroyals. com). One musician in particular that my brother introduced me to was Buddy Guy. Although he’s considered “Chicago Blues,” Buddy has always been one of my favorites. The first time I saw him perform was in the late nineties at the Memphis in May festival. I was blown away at how he played that black and white polka dotted electric guitar. He was incredible. Fast forward to the present, and at age 76, he’s still got it. I was able to see him at the War Memorial Auditorium (WMA) downtown Nashville on March 1st. The WMA has recently been revived as another great Nashville music venue. It’s beautiful architecture is just icing on the cake to its near-perfect acoustics and intimate atmosphere. Getting close to 100 years old, the WMA has an extraordinary history that includes being home to the Nashville Symphony, the Grand Ole Opry, and stage to hundreds of artists including David Bowie, The Eagles, Ray Charles, KISS, Robert Plant and now Buddy Guy. Jonny Lang opened for Buddy, which made for an amazing show. I had an extra ticket and decided to take Caroline Lewis, a young guitar student I know, so she could experience the talents of two of the greatest guitar players ever to take the stage. In the age of over produced computer generated pop disasters, I have decided to make it my personal mission to expose as many of the new generation that I can to real music. I made sure Caroline took it all in, experiencing the playing abilities, tone, stage presence and raw talent unfolding before her. After the show, I told her to focus on guitar players like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmy Page, the two we just saw and all the others I could recall. I explained to her how the popularity of musicians like those is dying out and being replaced by the Justin Beibers of the world. Fortunately, she realizes what a tragedy it is and plans to stay invested in becoming a guitar player modeled by my list of authentic musicians. Join me in taking the advice from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to “teach your children well.” Nashville and all around it provides some of the best classrooms in the country, the War Memorial Auditorium included.

THEATER: The Boiler Room Theatre

My first experience at The Boiler Room Theatre (BRT) was about a year and half ago, when I went to see “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” I know it’s not a show for everyone, including my husband, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I love it. And, after seeing it at BRT, I love it even more. Geoff Davin, as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, was incredible. I’m hoping to share more about him in a future story, but I digress… Sondra Morton, the Operations Manager of BRT, recently gave me a tour of the theatre and told me of all things that make it so unique. The BRT is a professional theatre with paid actors, many of which have had previous careers in New York City. Brothers, Jamey and Corbin Green, wanting to provide cutting edge theatre in Williamson County, started the BRT thirteen years ago. All that are involved in the theatre do it because of their passion for the art, not for ticket sales. There are seven to eight main shows a year, and the theatre hosts up to nine additional shows, as well. The Act Too Players provides some of these additional shows. Act Too Players is owned by Sondra and is a Performing Arts School at the Factory, which produces six fully staged productions each semester. This month, from April 19th-May 4th, the BRT is presenting the musical “Floyd Collins.” Sondra put me in touch with Jamey Green because this show is really “his baby.” Jamey says that the musical has long been an obsession for him and the director, Laura Skaug. As explained by Jamey, it is a true story about an entrepreneur in the cave region of Western Kentucky by the name of Floyd Collins, who is being played by the aforementioned Geoff Davin. The way men became quickly rich and famous (or so was the rumor), was to discover a cave, claim it and charge people to tour it. The GREAT SAND CAVE was Floyd’s discovery and was, he was sure, the way to completely change his and his family’s fortune. There is no spoiler alert needed with the following: he was trapped in the cave. What followed was one of the first of what we call a “media circus.” All of this began in February of 1925. So historically, the story itself is quite significant and it’s a LOCAL story, occurring less than 100 miles from Nashville. Jamey also says that among the many things about this musical that strikes him is its boldness. To tell a story like this requires very clever writing and it succeeds in his opinion. Jamey exclaims, “What’s amazing to me, is that a story, which could come across as utterly depressing, is given such a treatment here as to be alternately riveting, moving and yes, at times, even humorous. The score of this musical is one of the most brilliant ever written for an American musical. The way it weaves themes in and out to specify characters and situations is close to operatic! What’s amazing in the score is the interplay of indigenous American musical styles such as bluegrass, country, folk and blues, with an almost classical, ‘legit’ framing. Quite simply, the score is uncompromising, alternately gorgeous, discordant (but oh so appropriate and powerful) and fun and bouncy. It’s been a thrill for me in this rehearsal process to see some fantastic singer/actors being pushed to their limits by an unbelievably challenging score. This is indeed a rarely performed musical, the technical requirements - that is set, lighting, script, music are considerable. But I don’t know any other musical like it. It is unique. There are many good reasons to see this this musical at BRT this April- I think the best however, would be that one isn’t going to have many chances to experience it!” I love Jamey’s enthusiasm about this show. I’m dying to see it now! Aren’t you? I really enjoyed my time with Sondra Morton learning more about The Boiler Room Theatre. It’s definitely another one to add to my list of treasures that we have in Williamson County. Sondra said, “It’s our own little New York right here in Williamson County. The talent pool here is crazy. This theater is very reminiscent of an Off Broadway house, but the Boiler Room isn’t the theater, it’s the people.” The Boiler Room Theatre is located in The Factory at Franklin. For more information, go to For more information on Act Too Players, visit




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Powered by Hope Brad White ended our interview by saying, “I can’t be a brain surgeon - I can’t fly a rocket to the moon - I can’t keep up with the food orders at a McDonald’s drive through - but I can be amazing.” This is only the beginning of Brad’s story unfolding. And he’s certainly amazing. In August of 2011, Brad broke his back as he dismounted from a piece of farming equipment. His prognosis was bleak and doctors advised him that he might be in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. Brad didn’t accept his prognosis and decided to take his own path to healing. He contributed his defiant attitude to his warrior mentality. In January 2012, Brad started to see results from his own therapy - he was able to walk 50 feet with a cane. He was powered by hope. Then he began to walk without a cane. Next, he began running even though Brad had never been a runner before the accident. Brad found that while running, his back started to “numb out” and his pain was temporarily relieved. Brad went on to compete in a total of eight, 5k races. He completed the Hard Rock Cafe half-marathon, with his finish time recorded at two hours and twelve minutes. None of these against the odds accomplishments compared to the heartfelt joy when he walked his daughter, Carlisle, down the aisle for her wedding last May. Today, Brad is taking on a “new adventure” so he calls it. Brad’s adventure is to compete in the Country Music Marathon that’s part of the Rock ’n’ Roll marathon series in Nashville on April 27th. Brad is part of the Powered by Hope marathon team that raises funds for New Hope Academy here in Franklin. New Hope Academy is a Christ-centered community school with an economically, racially and culturally diverse student body.  It commits to the under-served in our community and it provides education to low-income families - half of its students come from low-income families.   He’s excited to do something “extraordinary for these extraordinary kids,” so he decided to sign up for the 26.2 mile race instead of the 13.1 mile race. Brad’s unsure if he’ll be able to finish a full marathon race but he explains, “If I fail, someone will win - you see, any donation you make is 100% tax deductible (you win) and 100% of the donation goes into New Hope Academy’s scholarship fund. This means some deserving children will get a chance, will get an opportunity, will get HOPE (they win).” Brad is exceeding his fundraiser goal of $2,000 ($2,000 pays for one child’s tuition for 2 months of a school year) but welcome those who are able to give to visit: http://www. When I asked Brad what will be going through his mind as he passes the mile markers during the Country Music Marathon, he replied, “I’ll be running for New Hope Academy, that I love and the brother, Hal that I love.” Brad’s older brother, Hal, suffered, from an aneurism and after several surgeries, as we went to press, succumbed to his condition. Condolences to Brad and his family. Brad shared with me an inspirational acronym. NBATBA. Never Be Afraid To Be Amazing. Everyone should be able to live a life powered by hope not by fear and be our amazing selves. Be sure to cheer on the Power by Hope marathon team at the Country Music Marathon on April 27th. For more information on New Hope Academy, visit:



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It has been a decade since the first Main Street Brew Fest was held, and each year it gets better and better. On March 16th, this year’s Franklin Irish tradition featured more than 50 craft beers at more than 25 tasting sites. There was green, green and more green up and down Main Street as tasters enjoyed the brew, good food and Celtic music. Franklin’s Main Street Brew Fest is produced by the Downtown Franklin Association and proceeds from the event go to the continued revitalization and promotion of Historic Downtown Franklin. To learn more, visit

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April 2013 Events: YOUR Williamson looks forward to providing coverage of these events in April. Additional events and community activities will be available online at’s interactive full community calendar coming soon! April 4th

Take the Cake Williamson County DUI Court Red House

April 5-21st

O’More Show House Downtown Franklin

April 5th

Miriam’s Promise Liberty Hall, The Factory

April 9th

Wm Community Band Fundraiser, Franklin Theatre

April 11th

Best Buddies Benefit Gala Liberty Hall, The Factory


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Steeplechase Look Book Fashion Show War Memorial Auditorium

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April 20th

Autism Society Pieces of Hope Liberty Hall, The Factory

Main Street Festival Downtown Franklin

Mercy Children’s Golf Tournament Temple Hills Golf Club

BRIDGES Golf Tournament Westhaven Golf Club

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