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Heroes Among Us
I always believed in a servant’s heart. I volunteered and did things, in small ways, to give back, even growing up, and then into adulthood, because I believed it was my purpose to do so. When I had the opportunity to start my own business outside of the nonprofit sector, it was no accident, that at the core of my business philosophy and mission so to speak, would be to give back in some way. We work very hard here at YOUR Williamson to share the news, works and needs of organizations, nonprofits and charitable fundraising events, whenever we can. We particularly love to share stories of people here who make all these things possible. Yes, in well over a decade in business, we have donated over $1 million in media and advertising to events and causes here in Williamson County. But what we really believe when we participate in the actual events as a team, that we sponsor or in some way promote, is that it does more than fulfill a sponsorship, it gives our team purpose and gratification of being a part of doing something good.
I literally copied the verse here, directly from one of this month’s Philanthropic Heroes profiles. Fitting, because I already had it in my mind when thinking about giving back and what it means; why people are compelled to pay it forward and use their gifts to help those in need. Our Philanthropic Heroes this year – ALL – mentioned Christ, God and their faith – as a tenet for their purpose for giving. It is innate in all Christians, I believe, to walk as we have been taught in faith to do. In a community such as Williamson County, those faith-based ideals permeate daily life here. You can see it everywhere. It is not coincidence or happenstance, that we are a blessed place to be. And yes, of course, there is still need, want and hopelessness. For those of us to much has been given, then certainly, we must give what is required. Williamson County does, tenfold.
Every year, I am inspired and recharged by the stories we feature on great work being done by great people all around us. I have been privileged to work in the non-profit arena since my first job out of college. But even before employment,
I told my daughter recently, while watching Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral proceedings, that the Queen was a woman to be admired and honored. And oh, how she was. She was someone who through birthright, inherited a throne and immeasurable wealth. But her heart was that of a servant. From the moment she became Queen until the moment she passed, hers was a life filled with the glory of an incredible and incomparable reign as really the world’s monarch. But in truth, she was a simple woman who wanted the best for her country and people. She showed the world what it meant to give and to see firsthand the difficulties of life across the globe. She supported important charities and made sure that a measure of her prominence gave them strength and to be seen. What more can any of us ask for than to be recognized for being good. It’s an honor indeed, to feature our heroes this month. It’s heartfelt to admire a Queen who was a good woman and hope my daughter is inspired to be so. It’s an honor to serve, in any small way, this community I love so dearly. Thank you for giving me that opportunity. Thank you for giving so much to all of us Williamson County!Shelly Robertson Birdsong | Publisher
“TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH WILL BE REQUIRED. (LUKE 12:14).”
DOWNTOWN FRANKLIN ASSOCIATION
Heidi Hood is the Managing Director of the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA), which is dedicated to the historic preservation, revitalization and community vibrancy of historic downtown Franklin. Learn more at downtownfranklintn.com.
KATIE JACOBS STYLING MY EVERYDAY
Katie is an author, stylist, photographer, graphic designer and foodie. She’s been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living, as well as on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family.” She is a content contributor for Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James, SouthernLiving. com and Crate&Barrel amongst others.
KATIE SHANDS DAYS GONE BY
Katie Shands, local author of novel Finding Franklin, has found her home here in our community. See her interesting and history filled blog posts all about Franklin and Williamson County on social media daily. Follow her on social media @katieshandsauthor.
PRESIDENT & CEO, LINEAGE BANK
Kevin is the President and CEO of Lineage Bank, a multi-branch community bank based in Williamson County. Kevin has more than twenty years of banking experience and is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville. He currently lives in Franklin with his wife and children.
FASHION EDITOR & CELEBRITY STYLIST
Milton White is a renowned fashion editor and celebrity stylist. His work has been featured in many national magazines. You can see more of his work at thefashionoffice.co and his blog, The Good, The Bad & The Glamorous Follow Milton and his work on Instagram @thegoodthebadtheglamorous and @miltonwhite.
YOUR BUSINESS PARTNER
Williamson, Inc. is Williamson County’s Chamber of Commerce, committed to the core values of leadership, education and community. They are laser-focused on helping members be productive, progressive and prosperous business professionals. Learn more at williamsonchamber.com.
WILLIAMSON MEDICAL CENTER
YOUR HEALTH & WELLNESS
Williamson Medical Center has been a healthcare pillar in our community for over sixty years. With an impressive tradition and commitment to providing exceptional healthcare service to thousands of patients, they are YOUR community hospital. For more information, visit williamsonmedicalcenter.org.BY Arthur Miller
“Do All The Good You Can”
Chuck McDowell, CEO of Wesley Mortgage, his wife Jo Ellen and their two dogs Bud and Ollie
Chuck McDowell, a true Middle Tennessee native, was born and raised in Mt. Juliet, met his wife while attending college in Murfreesboro, and currently resides in Franklin. As an MTSU alumni and successful business man, Chuck wanted to make a mortgage company that is Middle Tennessee’s Hometown Lender. He started Wesley Mortgage to be in the business of supporting our community and the people that live in it. Whether we’re highlighting local heroes at Titans games, or helping local churches and non proﬁts, Wesley Mortgage reinvests in the people and places that make Middle Tennessee great.
you work with Wesley Mortgage,
can expect three things:
customer service from Middle Tennessee experts
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A VINTAGE AFFAIR MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE
Factory at Franklin avintageaffair.org
Mask with feathers, mask with beads, a simple black mask might be all that you need for A Vintage Affair’s Main Event – the Moonlight Masquerade. Liberty Hall will transform in shades of deep red and black as they create an atmosphere of mystery for your Friday evening, all benefiting the mission to support women and children in need in Williamson County.
OCTOBER 8 WHOLE HOG FESTIVAL
Oaklawn Mansion springhillwell.org
The 2022 John Maher Builders Whole Hog Festival, benefiting The Well Outreach Food Pantry, is Spring Hill’s largest community
festival and benefits your local Well Outreach Food Pantry. This day-long festival has something for every-one including live music all day, a Kid’s Zone, a petting zoo, a children’s circus, a regional crafts fair, an antique tractor show, lots of yummy “pork-themed” food and even a bacon-eating and Hog-calling contest(s)!
OCTOBER 8 CELEBRATION OF NATIONS
Williamson County Enrichment Center sistercitiestn.org
This year, Celebration of Nations honors the Celtic tradition of musical performance. Those who join for the VIP session prior to the show will be enchanted by a variety of musical performances, beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
A VINTAGE AFFAIR GRAPE STOMP
Factory at Franklin Shed avintageaffair.org
Join the Grape Stomp Competition or cheer on your team as they compete to produce the most juice! There will be five stop heats and the team to collect the most juice at the end will advance to compete to be the Grape Stomp Champion! There will also be a special award given to the bestdressed Grape Stomping Team!
ROSEBROOKE PARADE OF HOMES
Rosebrooke Brentwood rosebrookebrentwood.com
Come tour the beautiful newly built homes in Brentwood’s Rosebrooke Community. With homes ranging between $2 to $7 million and up, this community will offer a number of amenities, great views, and convenient proximity
to shopping, schools and more.
OCTOBER 17 MUSIC CITY
Vanderbilt Legends Club musiccityinvitationalgolf.com
The fourth annual Music City Invitational will be another great event to celebrate and bring awareness to the GIFT of Down Syndrome. Any additional proceeds raised will go to help fund adoption grants for middle Tennessee families seeking to adopt a child with Down Syndrome. Come out and celebrate the GIFT of Down Syndrome and enjoy a day of golf, food and fun.
OCTOBER 22 RACE FOR THE HORSE CHARITY RUN
Sarah Benson Park facebook.com/tnequinehospital
The Tennessee Equine Hospital is hosting its first “Race for the Horse” at Sarah Benson Park in Thompson’s Station. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Tennessee Equine Hospital’s endowment for the Foundation for the Horse Campaign.
WCAR GOLF SCRAMBLE Westhaven Golf Club wcartn.org
The REALTOR Good Works 2022 Annual Golf Scramble shotgun start is at 11am. This year’s event will feature a Halloween theme, with prizes being awarded! Register your team today!
Downtown Franklin williamsonheritage.org
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 37 th
Annual PumpkinFest is middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival. Join us for a full day of autumn-inspired food and drink, children’s activities, live music, costume contests for pets and families, and outstanding arts and crafts – featuring seasonal and specialty gift items.
SKELETON GALA Factory at Franklin boneandjointtn.org
Make plans to join Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee and the Williamson Medical Center Foundation for the first-ever Skeleton Gala! This will be a black-tie event filled with fun, entertainment and dancing. All proceeds of the event will support the Bone and Joint Institute Fund of the Williamson Medical Center Foundation.
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PILGRIMAGEBY KRIS RAE
WHO: Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival | pilgrimagefestival.com
WHAT: Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival WHERE: Harlinsdale Farm
WHY: A diverse, renowned lineup of Rock & Roll, Americana, Alt-Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, Indie, Gospel, Pop & Blues. Pilgrimage music programming has grown in its first eight years to six stages and sixty+ musicians in a city many call home. It serves great value and advantage to Pilgrimage that so many talented musicians and industry folks live in such close proximity. Pilgrimage always has surprises on stage that include guest appearances, acoustic performances and unique pairings. Pilgrimage freely mixes genres and musical styles to create an intentionally diverse music experience throughout the day so you can see all of your favorites and discover new ones.
WITH WILLIAMSON MEDICAL CENTER
For more than fifty years, area resident Janet Weidner has been crocheting blankets, crafts, baby booties and outfits. If you can think of it, Janet can crochet it. But, about a year ago, the lifetime hobby became something more. As the crafter behind the themed crocheted baby outfits featured in Williamson Medical Center’s (WMC) baby photos each month, Janet is proud to play a small role in celebrating the hospital that means so much to her.
Starting the Chain
Janet first started crocheting to regain dexterity in her hand following a surgery. When Janet was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago while living in Florida, crocheting became the thread that held her together. During chemo, Janet, armed with a crochet hook and yarn, would create lap blankets for her fellow patients.
“My breast cancer was pretty rough,” Janet recalled. “During that year of chemo, crocheting is really what kept me going. I couldn’t do that much, so I would crochet.”
Closing the Loop
A few years ago, after her battle with cancer, Janet and her husband retired and moved to middle Tennessee to be closer to their son and daughter-in-law who live in Williamson County. That is when Janet’s path first crossed with Williamson Medical Center and nurse/ photographer, Kristie Lloyd.
“I went through my cancer, and I was just determined that I was not going to give up,”
Janet said. “I just knew I had more things in life to do— and I’ve had three more grandkids since the cancer, including Charlotte, my miracle granddaughter born at Williamson Medical.”
Charlotte was born early after a high-risk pregnancy, which the Williamson Medical Center staff helped the family navigate. Kristie Lloyd, who takes the monthly photos of the Williamson Medical Center babies, also formerly worked part-time as a labor and delivery nurse at the hospital and was on duty assisting the delivery team when Charlotte’s birth became an emergency. Janet is grateful for the hospital staff’s quick actions and compassionate care that resulted in Charlotte’s safe delivery.
In addition to being a nurse, Kristie has a photography business and took the newborn photos of Janet’s granddaughter, Charlotte. “When I was approached about making baby outfits and realized it was for Williamson Medical Center, that made it so much better,” Janet said. “Then I realized Kristie was taking the photos. It’s not a coincidence; it’s a God thing.”
Julie Benavides, a labor and delivery nurse at WMC, said Janet’s family’s experience reflects Williamson Medical Center’s caring, relational approach to patients and their families.
“What sets us apart is our attention to detail,” Julie said. “We customize our care to each patient, and we really focus on getting to know our patients and building a relationship with them.”
Williamson Medical Center’s awarding-winning obstetrics (OB) and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) offer exceptional labor and delivery services close to home. “Our goal is a healthy mom and a healthy baby,” Julie said, noting that the medical professionals and staff work to build a personalized plan of care for each prospective mother and family, allowing for natural childbirth options, doulas and more, in the delivery room. The hospital and OB staff are also well-equipped to handle births that don’t exactly follow the plan, like Charlotte’s, accommodating C-sections and more.
“It’s so special to be with the parent in that most intimate moment in their life,” Julie said. “I love seeing their faces when they hear that first cry, and I never take it for granted. At Williamson Medical Center, we’re like a family.”
When Williamson Medical Center’s baby photos are shared each month, Julie, Kristie and Janet all look forward to the community’s response. “I mean who doesn’t love a cute baby photo?” Julie said. “Those crocheted outfits, the detail Janet puts into them— we truly appreciate it because it just brings joy to everyone in the community.”
Janet says that once a theme is developed for the photo shoot, she gets to work finding patterns or sketching out her ideas. Depending on the intricacy level, it usually takes her about a week to crochet the outfits. Then, it’s Kristie’s turn. “I coordinate a time to go up to the hospital and find parents willing to let their babies model for us,” Kristie said. “Most parents really love getting newborn photos of their babies, and we also make sure they get copies of those photos, too.”
Kristie has since transitioned from the OB team and works as a PRN in the occupational health department at Williamson Medical Center. However, she still works with babies as a photographer. “My photography business focuses on maternity and
newborn photos, so while I am not helping deliver babies anymore, I am photographing them!”
To make the whole experience even more special, Williamson Medical Center gifts the outfits to the parents after the photoshoot. “The fact that parents get to take the outfit home, it hits my soft spot,” Janet said. Kristie agrees.
“Williamson Medical Center has been a part of my life for almost a decade now,” she said. “It’s amazing to still work there as a nurse but also have a broader involvement in the community through the baby photos. People look forward to them every month — that definitely makes you feel good.”
Janet is also working with the Williamson Medical Center Foundation on another endeavor supporting women going through breast cancer. Watch for information to come about the Operation Pink Chairs Project.
To learn more about Williamson Medical Center’s awardwinning OB and NICU care, visit williamsonmedicalcenter.org.
October 29, 2022 at 7 p.m.
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An Evening with FriendsPHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTEN KELLY
WHO: Williamson County Animal Center | adoptwcac.org WHAT: An Evening with Friends
The Factory at Franklin WHY: An Evening with Friends included dinner, drinks and access to an exclusive live and silent auction. All proceeds directly benefited the animals in the Williamson County community. Williamson County Animal Center promotes and supports quality of life for all animals and the humans who care about them by
humane treatment for the animals of Williamson County.
Chukkers for CharityBY LORENZO HUERTA & MICHAEL GOMEZ
WHO: Rochelle Center and Saddle Up! | chukkersforcharity.net
WHAT: Chukkers for Charity WHERE: Riverview Farm WHY: The twenty-sixth annual Chukkers for Charity polo match themed "Journey into the Wild" was held at Riverview Farm in Franklin. The signature event that raises funds for Rochelle Center and Saddle Up!, two respected organizations that provide essential services to people with disabilities in middle Tennessee, was the most successful in the history of Chukkers for Charity. Attendees enjoyed a safari-themed day with a silent auction and a safari-themed lounge.
AUTUMNAL INSPIRED STYLES WITH MILTON WHITE
The stores have a lot of fantastic, new merchandise, but what’s going to make you stand out from everyone else? What are the current trends? And how do you incorporate them into your wardrobe?
The 80s are back – just as big and even bolder. Power suits. Shoulder pads. Dynasty. Think oversized proportions and epic glitz.
For evening, the tuxedo ruled. It’s chic and sexy.
Well, look no further. Here are the current trends, how to wear them and where to find them. So, shop local and browse boutiques like e. Allen, Emmaline, Fab’rik (locations in Brentwood and Franklin), Johnny Q (great accessories), Posh and Vignette!
Now, flip for autumnal inspiration...
Fashion Editor – Milton White, The Fashion Office
Photographer – Kris Rae Photography
A long line is the look of the moment! That means extra long lengths and garments that fit close to the body, usually monochromatic. It’s all about creating a long, linear appearance.
Charles Lord colorblock poncho (Maximalist), Monrow colorblock dress (e. Allen), Schutz dark chocolate crocodile embossed boots (e. Allen).
Black is the New Black
There were no LBDs (little black dresses), its all about the details, sparkle, cutouts and layers.
French Connection black pullover with floral lace sleeve (e. Allen), RD Style black vegan leather dress (Posh), Carlisle black textured suede belt (Labels & Logos).
Delicate, diaphanous and lingerie inspired pieces – feathers, lace, ruffles and light colors were a vibe that dominated many runways.
French Connection rose gold jacket, Schutz caramel boots (e. Allen), Fate tired winter floral dress (Vignette).
Modern Femininity & Black is the New Black
The bomber jacket has a classic, cool factor and a fearless vibe, don’t be afraid to add this to your wardrobe and layer it over everything.
Deluc olive quilted jacket, Free People winter floral camisole, Shu Shop olive mules (Posh), Blacknyc black vegan leather pants, B-low the Belt black belt (e. Allen).
Neon 80s Babies
The “highlight” of the fall shows? Full on neon! This includes bright yellow, magenta/fuschia and lime green. Head to toe neon too much for you? It is for most. Try pairing it with black or layer it with a softer version of the same color.
Johnathan Kayne orange one shoulder dress (Maximalist), Billini yellow woven handbag (Posh).
Emily McCarthy fuschia blazer, Caballero olive animal print pants, Marc Fisher natural suede slingbacks (e. Allen), Glam lme one shoulder blouse (Posh).
PumpkinFestBY HEIDI HOOD, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE DOWNTOWN FRANKLIN ASSOCIATION
The Downtown Franklin Association – a division of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County – is ready for all things fall! As a nationally accredited Main Street program, the Downtown Franklin Association’s mission is to lead the continued revitalization and purposeful evolution of downtown Franklin – in the context of historic preservation – by maintaining a diverse economic base, promoting a unique local shopping experience, fostering accessible and attractive public spaces, and forging partnerships across all sectors.
On behalf of the DFA merchants and business owners, we hope you make visiting beautiful, historic downtown Franklin an essential part of your autumn celebration plans.
The inaugural PumpkinFest was hosted in the mid-1980s – featuring The Headless Horseman, Costume Contests, Pumpkin Tossing, Fortune Tellers, and a midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Main Street Cinema, which is now known as The Franklin Theatre. What began as a small community festival encouraging folks to visit downtown, has become the biggest fall festival in middle Tennessee!
Now, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 37th Annual PumpkinFest will take
place on Saturday, October 29th. With more than 70,000 people in attendance in 2021, the festival stretches along Main Street and its side avenues in downtown Franklin, offering festive fun for people of all ages!
This iconic event boasts a full day of autumninspired food and drink, children’s activities, live music, costume contests for pets and families, and outstanding arts and crafts – including seasonal and specialty gift items. “PumpkinFest continues to represent our commitment to community and cultural heritage,” says the Heritage Foundation’s Senior Director of Preservation & Education, Rachael Finch.
“SCARECROW CRAWL” AT PUMPKINFEST
To promote visiting downtown shops during PumpkinFest, DFA is hosting a “Scarecrow Crawl” during the festival! Guests are encouraged to use a printed passport to visit storefront destinations in search of a Scarecrow with a special code! After taking a photo and putting the code on their passport for each location, crawl competitors can claim a movie ticket to The Franklin Theatre at the DFA tent on the Public Square! Passports can be found at the entrances of the festival and the DFA tent on the square.
“EAVES WITH LEAVES” CONTEST
In October, downtown Franklin fans are encouraged to vote on their favorite falldecorated storefronts. The following awards
will be announced at PumpkinFest:
1. The “Eaves with Leaves” Award – for the overall favorite fall decorated entry.
2. “PumpkinFest” Award – for the entry with the most tasteful and extravagant use of pumpkins.
3. The “Fall Nostalgia” Award – for the entry that evokes the greatest feelings of nostalgia.
4. The “Hallow-Eaves” Award – for the most unique and thoughtful Halloween-themed display.
View the entries and cast your vote at downtownfranklintn.com/fallcontest by October 28th!
PUMPKIN TREE ON THE SQUARE DURING OCTOBER
This year, DFA is excited to install the famous “Pumpkin Tree,” as previously seen in 2020 on the Public Square, to enhance the fall feelings and provide a unique photo opportunity for guests leading up to PumpkinFest. Look for the Pumpkin Tree on the Public Square in front of City Hall during October and find it in the “Autumn Alley” during the festival!
Hard Bargain Association Dinner
WHO: Hard Bargain Association | hardbargain.org
WHAT: Hard Bargain Association Dinner
WHERE: Williamson County Enrichment Center
WHY: The seventeenth Annual Celebration Dinner benefits the historic Hard Bargain neighborhood to restore, rebuild and shape it. The evening highlighted their new home owners, Valerie and Daniel Steele, who cut the ribbon on the fourteenth installment of their Heritage Foundation Preservation award winning HBA home.
HOW ONE MAN CARVED OUT A NAME FOR HIMSELF IN FRANKLIN’S HISTORYBY KATIE SHANDS
Nowadays in Williamson County, it isn’t fall without a trip to Gentry’s Farm, but several decades ago, the changing leaves and nip in the air meant it was time to visit Pumpkinland at Earl’s Fruit Stand.
Earl Tywater opened his produce market in 1957, first operating out of a plywood shed on Franklin’s East Main Street. He later moved across the street into a rambling, low-slung building that white-knuckled the banks of the Harpeth River. Interestingly, his father was a sharecropper who once farmed the same land where Earl set up shop.
For the bulk of the year, Earl’s Fruit Stand looked like most businesses of its variety. Empty crates and bushel baskets teetered in stacks against the storefront. Birdhouses and lawn ornaments dotted the property. In the spring and summer,
flowers boiled over pots, trays and hanging containers, creating a scene so lush it felt Amazonian.
Inside, cured hams, seasoned gourds, and dried peppers dangled from the ceiling like unconventional party decorations. Bins of fruits, vegetables and seeds fought for space on the floor, all the while imbuing the air with an earthy scent.
But come autumn, Earl’s Fruit Stand underwent a transformation of mythic proportions. Seemingly overnight, the modest country market became Pumpkinland, a magical world of Halloween thrills, farm animals, and, you guessed it, pumpkins.
It all started one fall in the seventies when Earl’s wife, Ann, decorated their shop with carved
pumpkins. Her display became an annual tradition, and with each passing year, the family flexed more of their creative muscles. Earl’s daughter, Tammy, painted pumpkins to look like celebrities and politicians. Earl built covered stalls along the river, trucked in animals from his nearby farm, and created a petting zoo. A haystack maze was added to the mix, as well as a Boo Barn and pony rides.
The seasonal event was dubbed “Pumpkinland,” and it checked all the autumnal boxes—face painting, apple cider and candied apples. But, true to its name, the main attraction was the pumpkins. Every October, Earl’s Fruit Stand became a riot of orange, straining at the seams with everything from palm-sized cuties to the perfect Jack-o-lantern canvases. And in 1975, Earl added a new twist to his harvest wonderland: enormous pumpkins.
We are talking scale-tipping, county-fairworthy, 700-pound gourds. No kidding, in the eighties, he even hollowed one out and stuck a pony inside. When asked where his giants came from, he would smile and simply say, “Up the river.”
It wasn’t long before Earl became known as the “Pumpkin King of Middle Tennessee.” Schools from all across the region began bussing children to Pumpkinland for field trips. Countless families made treks to Earl’s as part of their fall rituals. The modest fruit stand on the river turned into a destination, a tradition, and, eventually, a treasured memory.
After forty-three years of running his
business, Earl died in 2000. The family kept the stand open a few more years, but ultimately made the difficult decision to sell. In 2010, the land was auctioned off, and Earl’s was replaced by a brick mixeduse building.
Pumpkinland may be no more, but traces of it can still be found if you look in the right places. It lives on through faded photographs and swapped stories and knowing smiles. It lives on through the kids, now adults, who once visited that magical place. It lives on as they drive by and point out the spot to their own children. “Let me tell you a story about Pumpkinland,” they say, “and a pumpkin king named Earl…”
This September, HGTV unveiled the newly built, fully furnished 2022 HGTV Urban Oasis® home in... Nashville! Situated just minutes from downtown, the home was designed by local architect Turner Binkley and constructed by local builder, Mitchell Builders Group, with interior design by Brian Patrick Flynn. Additionally, the sweepstakes winner will receive the brand new, fully furnished home, as well as a Mercedes-Benz C-Class and $50,000 from Ally, a grand prize package valued at over $1.3 million.
A legendary city rooted in the music industry, Nashville is known for its lively downtown. Nashville offers visitors and locals some of the best live entertainment in the country, with Broadway as the hub. From up-andcoming performers to a bustling nightlife of restaurants and bars, as well as shopping and cultural experiences, it is the place to be! Nashville also offers walkable neighborhoods for visitors and residents to explore with greenways, bike paths, boutiques and fitness studios.
“Nashville is synonymous with country music, and for this year’s HGTV Urban Oasis, we wanted to embody the history of musical legends as well as showcase the modern representation and diversity that the city is known for,” said Brian. “From the local artistry to the instruments seen throughout the design, this home is filled with the spirit of Nashville, offering a beautiful, livable space inside a bustling city.”
“HGTV Urban Oasis provides the modern homeowner with a balanced lifestyle, offering the vibrancy of an exciting city like Nashville as well as the peacefulness we look to find at home,” said Jane Latman, President, Home & Food Content & Streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery. Jane says, “This HGTV Home Giveaway allows for the opportunity to show millions of fans across the country what it means to have the best of both worlds, while shining a spotlight on another great American city.”
The official entry period for the HGTV Urban Oasis 2022 is 9am eastern time on October 4th through 4pm on November 23rd. Eligible fans can enter for a chance to win twice per day at HGTV.com and foodnetwork.com, where they will also find full details and the official rules, as well as additional home features. Viewers can tune-in to the one-hour special HGTV Urban Oasis 2022 Special on October 7th at 7pm eastern time on HGTV as well as on discovery+ and HGTV GO beginning Friday, October 8th
The approximately 2,500-square-foot, three bedroom, two full and two half bathroom home is located just ten minutes from downtown. With contemporary architecture, the home is cosmopolitan with nods to the city and country music throughout the design. Upon entry, visitors will be impressed by the natural light that greets them. The front door leads to an eat-in dining room and a den area with design inspired by
country music greats. Beyond the dining room is a state-of-the-art kitchen with an expansive island and banquette seating area for eating. Off the kitchen sits the living room with a sleek, minimalist design, leading to the backyard deck which is ideal for entertaining. Upstairs sits the three bedrooms, including a balcony off of the main bedroom. The two-story finished garage is home to a jam studio and lounge space. Nashville-inspired art is found throughout the home, including female country music artist album covers, vintage instruments, wall murals and Broadway-inspired bistro lights.
Sponsors of the HGTV Urban Oasis 2022 include ADT LLC, Ally Financial, AT&T, Cabinets to Go, Hunter Fan Company, James Hardie, Kohler Co., LL Flooring, Mercedes-Benz USA, Reckitt, Rheem Manufacturing and VELUX® No Leak Skylights.
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups sugar
1 cup honey
1/2 cup bourbon
1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 cup butter
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Twigs or wooden sticks for apple handles Assorted toppings (melted chocolate, candy, sea salt, nuts, etc.)
Flakey salt for sprinkling
To make the salted caramel, place sugar, honey, bourbon and apple cider in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Let boil, without stirring, for nine minutes or until light golden in color. Add the heavy cream, butter and vanilla, slowly stirring into pan. Boil for ten to fifteen minutes or
No Tricks, Just Treats
WITH KATIE JACOBS
I couldn’t be more excited to team up with Crate&Barrel to create a sponsored Halloween table that’s not only cute and totally spooky but super simple to transition into the Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s my favorite images and inspo from our Halloween shoot as well as delicious recipes for the season!
My kids and I had a blast cutting bats out of black construction paper. We also cut large pumpkin silhouettes to use as placemats. I’m seriously obsessed with these Crate&Barrel lanterns that I turned into jack-o-lanterns by simply slipping black paper down into the glass.
Crate&Barrel’s rustic pumpkins are great for a Halloween table like this but will also transition well into the Thanksgiving holiday.
Salted Caramel Dipped Apples
until a candy thermometer reads 220–230 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring frequently. Remove the sauce from heat and add the salt and let cool for fifteen to twenty minutes, stirring every so often. Make sure the caramel does not become too stiff. If it stiffens too much you will not be able to dip the apples. While the caramel cools, push the twigs or wooden sticks into the top of the apples. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
When the caramel has cooled enough to touch, hold each apple by the stick, dip into the caramel and place them on the wax paper. Refrigerate for about fifteen minutes to set. Drizzle with desired chocolate and sprinkle with assorted toppings.
Store in the refrigerator for up to one week. Makes twelve.
Apple Cider Mezcal Margarita
To Rim the Glass:
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
2 Tbsp. raw sugar
3 ounces chilled apple cider
2 ounces mezcal
1 ounce Grand Marnier (or orange liqueur)
1 lime wedge
Maraschino cherries for garnish
In a shallow dish, stir together the cinnamon, allspice and sugar. Dip the rim of a glass in corn syrup and dip the rim into the spiced sugar. Fill the glass with ice.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the apple cider, mezcal and grand marnier. Squeeze in the lime wedge. Shake for thirty to sixty seconds. Pour the mixture in the glass. Garnish with cherries.
Fall is practically upon us and it has me craving comfort food. This Tortellini Soup has all the feels of fall but is a little lighter since we are still in that pre-autumn heat. It is super simple and comes together quickly, making dinner less than thirty minutes away.
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
6 carrots, peeled and diced
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups bone broth
1 28-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 9-ounce package fresh cheese tortellini
2 14-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
6 cups fresh baby spinach
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
2 Tsp. fresh basil, chopped Kosher salt and pepper Juice of 1/2 lemon Parmesan cheese crisps for topping
Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper and carrots; cook three or four minutes until onion is soft, stirring periodically. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
Add chicken broth and bone broth, tomatoes and Italian seasoning; bring to a rolling boil. Add tortellini and beans; cook for two minutes or until tortellini are cooked through.
Turn off heat. Add spinach, parsley, basil, salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze lemon juice into soup. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with parmesan crisps and serve immediately with crusty bread.
River SwingPHOTOGRAPHY BY KRIS RAE
WHO: Harpeth Conservancy | harpethconservancy.org
WHAT: River Swing WHERE: River Circle Farm WHY: Harpeth Conservancy celebrated its nineteenth annual River Swing in September at River Circle Farm. The event is known to be one of the best outdoor parties in Williamson County and benefits Harpeth Conservancy’s dedication to clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee. Guests enjoyed a beautiful location, great food, cocktails, an amazing silent auction and live music by Keb Mo and more.
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Sunset on the HillWHO: Lisa Culp Taylor Team | lctteam.com
WHAT: Sunset on the Hill WHERE: 9227 Old Smyrna Road WHY: A stunning Brentwood property was recently unveiled by the LCT Team – Parks and CPS Land. Sunset on the Hill, features stunning panoramic views. The forty-acre property is now available on Old Smyrna Road and guests enjoyed signature cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres from Kristen Winston with music by singer/songwriter Jonathan Hutcherson. Contact Realtor Lisa Culp Taylor for more information on the extraordinary property with beautiful sunrise and sunset views!
When you trust CertaPro Painters of Nashville and Middle TN with your home painting project, we treat your property as if it was our own. We follow a process that ensures a beautiful, professional result that you’ll love. And it all starts with a free, no obligation estimate and a detailed proposal.
Creating a Home that Works for You
Jamin and Ashley Mills started the Handmade Home in 2010 with the idea of helping individuals and families find the perfect home and turn it into a space they love. Jamin and Ashley are college sweethearts and were married in 2002, so you could say their partnership has been a long time in the making. They are the authors of four books and work with some of the nation’s top brands, such as Frigidaire, Mars Pet Care, Sherwin Williams and Wayfair, to name a few. Ashley and Jamin were recently featured as the nation’s top 100 Most Creative People by Country Living magazine. In addition, their work has been featured in national commercials and other national media outlets. The couple moved to Williamson County in 2016 and has since made Franklin their company’s headquarters, where they offer their services to clients locally and nationally.
The Handmade Home is a full-service design and remodeling company creating one-of-a-kind looks for their clients. Jamin is an agent with Benchmark Realty and offers Real Estate services, bringing a unique perspective to the home search category. Jamin and Ashley love “helping individuals and families find the perfect fit for them. From the possibilities of a new space to elements people usually miss, it helps to have an experienced, knowledgeable eye when searching for a new house or trying to sell your own home.” Their motto is ‘We don’t believe in the dream home, we believe in your home,’ and this rings true in their design process. The couple knows from first-hand experience how daunting it can be to tackle the remodeling process and how “it truly helps to have someone to hold your hand and walk through the process with you.” They are there to help you every step of the way – From searching for a house to implementing a functional design and carrying it through to the end with a photographic finish, they have a service for home-renovation needs and beyond.
There is not a specific aspect of this process that the Mills do not love, but one of their favorites is creating beautiful spaces for people out of forgotten places. They are known for taking a house that no one would touch and turning it into a home. They thrive on a challenge and love to see their vision come to fruition. It is easy to be brainwashed by television when things happen magically during a commercial break, and in the design world, a realistic, beautiful home can sometimes feel intentionally unattainable. They approach each project “from an authentic place and offer services formulated specifically for the individual, to help create a look that our clients are thrilled with.”
At the end of the day, Jamin and Ashley want you to love your home. They know it is a job well done when “there are happy tears from those who didn’t realize it was possible.” This process is something the two take extremely seriously, and “trusting us with this process is a real honor we never take lightly. We love helping in any capacity.”
You can learn more about The Handmade Home by visiting Jamin and Ashley’s website, thehandmadehome.net, following them on Instagram @thehandmadehome or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leiper’s Fork White Party
WHO: BAMFoods Catering | instagram.com/bamfoods_catering WHAT: Leiper’s Fork White Party WHERE: Leiper’s Fork Inn WHY: On Labor Day weekend, the Leiper’s Fork Inn hosted a Leiper’s Fork White Party. Guests enjoyed cocktails from The Leiper’s Fork Distillery, music from The Deltaz and a four-course menu from Chef Braiden Mallon. It was a fun and festive celebration for Labor Day!
Only.BY AMELIA ROSE SMITH
Are you struggling to find protein snacks with natural ingredients? Look no further... SIMPLE Bars are the answer! SIMPLE bars are protein bars designed to help you eliminate sugary snacks from your diet while leaving room for something sweet.
Founder and Owner Amanda Ament, and Mélanie Ament, Marketing and Communications, are the sister duo behind SIMPLE Bars. Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, they made the move to Franklin this past February to pursue their dream for their brand.
Amanda tells, “It all started in my kitchen. Since I couldn’t find sugar-free snack bars, I decided to make my own.” She spent hours mixing different
nuts and seeds to make what she deemed the ‘perfect bar,’ which ended up being much more complex than one might think – a true labor of love. During her experimenting, Amanda kept running into the issue of the bars being too sticky, too crunchy or a solid brick! Fast forward, after lots of trial and error, Amanda discovered heating the syrup in the oven instead of the saucepan was key.
Once Amanda found the perfect recipe, she began making bars in bulk and started seeing the benefits of cutting harmful ingredients out of her diet. And while SIMPLE was initially intended to be a personal snack and a way to help her stay off sugar, Amanda hopes for it to help others. She says, “I was amazed that I could not find a single sugar-free snack bar. Not one. I realized I could not possibly be the only one searching, so I decided to make my bars available to others.”
SIMPLE’s star ingredient is Allulose. Allulose is a new, breakthrough sweetener that does not affect your blood sugar levels, is low in calories and tastes like sugar. Basically, the sweet taste without the downside sugar brings. In addition to the bars having zero grams of added sugar, they do not contain hidden sugars like sugar
alcohols, cane sugar, stevia or glucose syrup that many companies use today. They are gluten-free, non-GMO, keto, all-natural and, of course, low sugar. The bars are packed with superfoods and are an excellent option for those struggling with diabetes or Hashimoto’s, where a low-sugar diet is essential.
SIMPLE launched in August 2022 and is currently available at simplebars.com, Amazon and Chadwick’s Fitness & Performance Training located on Seaboard Lane in Cool Springs. Be on the lookout for SIMPLE Bars in stores near you!
sugar, better-for-you snack bars.”
MixerPHOTOGRAPHY BY KRIS RAE
WHO: YOUR Williamson | yourwilliamson.com WHAT: September Mixer WHERE: SouthBrooke Community WHY: The YOUR Williamson team welcomed guests to their September Mixer, celebrating the 2022 Real Estate & Home Edition of the magazine. The event was hosted in the beautiful SouthBrooke Community, by Ford Classic Homes and complete with model home tours, food and drinks, giveaways and a live music performance by Jim Hayden.
2022 Philanthropic Heroes
Each fall, Williamson County locals are nominated as Philanthropic Heroes to be featured in our Fall Philanthropy edition of YOUR Williamson. This year our nomination are nothing short of amazing. No surprise, as here in Williamson County, there is an abundance of people who dedicate their time to making our community better. We are delighted to present to our readers the 2022 Philanthropic Heroes!
Shelly Sassen has lived in Williamson County since 1976 and was part of the first graduating class of Brentwood High School. “As an adult and businesswoman, I’ve owned two local companies in Williamson County: Once Upon a Child and Jump!Zone,” says Shelly. She also served as Connections Director at Church of the City’s Franklin location for a while and was a former Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) President of Centennial High School.
Shelly currently serves as the CEO of The Well Outreach Food Ministry, a nonprofit providing for the hunger needs of our community. She has been with The Well since 2019 and was the first full-time employee and Executive Director.
Shelly shares: “The Well’s Food Pantry serves over 750 local families in need monthly. In addition, their JetPack ministry serves twenty-five local Williamson and Maury County schools and over 950 at-risk students every weekend (during the academic year) – students receive a drawstring bag of food containing five meals and snacks, where otherwise they
would go home to an empty pantry.” This sixteen-year-old ministry is in the heart of the growing city of Spring Hill.
Shelly feels passionate about The Well’s mission because “food should not be a privilege in a time when we have so many opportunities. There should not be students stranded in a rural food desert with nothing to eat, having to choose to give their food to a younger sibling, or coming to school on Mondays, not having eaten all weekend.”
“We all can give something: Our time, our gifts, our skills, money…something!” exclaims Shelly. “Giving back gives one’s life meaning and purpose. It ‘saves us’ and makes us whole. It matters. It’s life-changing!”
Shelly believes we all have something valuable to give and contribute. In her experience: “I never thought I could run a ministry because I wasn’t a trained theologian or a Bible scholar. But, eventually, I realized God could use a businesswoman who knew how to lead people and manage processes if I had a heart for Him and others. It’s about the heart!”
Blandina Vergara–Cruz has lived in Williamson County for fifteen years. She is the Executive Director of Ray of Light Foundation, a nonprofit in honor of her son, Raymond M. Cruz. At the age of sixteen, Raymond was diagnosed with Ewing-like Sarcoma, and sadly passed away after a three-year battle. Blandina says, “My son’s foundation is important to me because Raymond used his time on earth to spread love, positivity and generosity daily. Even on his hardest days of treatment, it was necessary for him not to let the cancer be what people remember him by. He taught me the importance of giving back and that life is what you make it; not how much time you have, but what you do with your time. My son’s legacy will live on in those who knew him and through his foundation by helping others.”
In addition to Ray of Light Foundation, Blandina has worked with adults and children at various theater companies in town, including Pull-Tight Players and Expression City. She is the director of two children’s theatre programs with Williamson County Parks and Recreation: Little Stars and Rising Stars. And to top it off, Blandina owns two businesses with her daughter, Riley: Riley’s Family Salon and Dreams Do Come True Princess Parties.
“Helping my community has been an opportunity for me to grow as a person and give meaning to my life,” says Blandina. This summer is my son’s first summer camp called “Shine Your Light Arts Academy,” a visual, performance and technology camp for youth. Next year, I hope we can implement an additional part of our Academy for patients at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital with our Academy in a box. This will allow the patients to attend camp, but in a way, as they can participate from their hospital rooms or home. It was a dream of my son’s, and I am so excited to make that dream come true.”
Blandina is honored and thankful to be nominated as a 2022 Philanthropic Hero. “I know there are so many people deserving of this nomination. We are all doing our best to give back to our community. If there were more time in the days, weeks, months and years, I would be involved in all of them. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to give back, and I am truly honored to be a part of the philanthropic community here.”
Trish Munro has lived in Williamson County for sixteen years. But, before coming here, she lived in New York City for twenty years. Although retired, she is involved with numerous philanthropic efforts across middle Tennessee, keeping her busy and, most importantly, fulfilled.
Trish is a board member at Studio Tenn, a Broadway-quality theatre company, and has been involved there for almost ten years. Additionally, she has served on the board for the past four years at Centennial Park Conservancy. The Conservancy group helps maintain the Parthenon and improve Centennial Park through conservation. “It is a treasure. Everyone should do an architectural tour of the Parthenon and go to Musicians Corner,” says Trish.
In recent years, Trish joined the board at the Nashville Zoo in 2020. She admits: “I love the Nashville Zoo. It is one of the best in the country.” And her philanthropic involvement does not end there. Additionally, she serves on the Equal Chance for Education board which helps Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students obtain a college degree. She says: “It is very, very rewarding to see students so appreciative.”
Through her years of philanthropic involvement, Trish has learned the importance of community. She says: “Being part of a non-profit helps solidify the foundation for the common good in said community.” Trish shares that there are excellent educational opportunities for children and adults through any and all philanthropies.
When asked why Trish feels giving back is important, she replied with a scripture verse: “To whom much is given, much will be required. (Luke 12:14).” Trish says: “If possible, give up your time by supporting your local nonprofits. It will bring you a lot of satisfaction and joy.”
We have been family owned and part of the local community for almost a century, and we are proud to be Franklin's hometown Chevy dealer. Giving back to our community is instilled in our values and we recently had the opportunity to donate supplies, equipment and $1,000 to the Williamson County Soccer Association.
We are very proud of what we do together!
Derrick Solomon has lived In Williamson County for eighteen years with his wife, Marquita, and son, Darius. Derrick has worked at Hard Bargain Association (HBA) for three years as Executive Director and has been involved with the Association for over a decade as Board of Director and Co-Chair of the Board. Marquita’s grandfather is the co-founder of HBA.
Derrick says: “This organization is not simply a career, but a family legacy that truly builds generational wealth. It honors Harvey McLemore’s vision through the Hard Bargain mission by enriching our neighbors’ lives through preservation and development. Since the early 1800s, Hard Bargain has been the oldest African American community in the heart of downtown Franklin. We must preserve this beautiful, rich history. The families have been here for over 150 years – most of whom were the very ones that built Franklin and made it into what we see now as a vibrant, charming town.”
In addition to HBA, Derrick is involved with the following organizations: Leadership Franklin, City of Franklin Taskforce (Toussaint Cemetery), My Friends Place (Mentor), Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee (Block Captain for Wine Down Main Street), Boy Scouts of America, S.T.E.M. Scouts, Star 6 Sigma Global Academy and Empowerment Community Church. “I am involved with so many organizations because God charges us as followers of Christ to provide our time, talent and treasure for His Kingdom. So give all of yourself to God as He has given to you since the day you were born,” Derrick says.
Through his philanthropic involvement, Derrick has learned: “It isn’t always about a structure and the preservation project such as a home. Sometimes it is about the very people within the four walls of the home that are going through major concerns. As we are in the current, postpandemic climate, many families are still riddled with trauma from different scenarios. There have not been many raises in salary, although, most families have gone back to work. Average, moderate families in Williamson County face many barriers and struggle to make ends meet.”
Derrick hopes to continue his nonprofit endeavors, starting with efforts to fix attainable housing concerns within Williamson County!
Ashley W. Roberts grew up in the Grassland community of Williamson County and has lived here her entire life, except while studying at The University of Alabama. Her love of philanthropy began when she was the Director of A Vintage Affair, a nonprofit foundation that benefits many local women and children’s charities in Franklin. Ashley is a Realtor with Daniel-Christian Real Estate and an Appraisal Trainee with her family’s business, Roberts Appraisal Company.
Ashley “firmly believes that it is our responsibility to give back to the community where you live. The more active you are in a community, the more you will love it and want to help!” Ashley says: “I have learned that even though we are in prosperous Williamson County, there is ALWAYS a need somewhere. You don’t even have to look that hard to find it.”
A Vintage Affair was just the beginning of Ashley’s philanthropic involvement. Currently, she is involved with Youth Leadership Franklin, serving for the last twelve years including as past President; a board member of Friends of Franklin Parks; a member of the Franklin Transit Authority and a Commissioner for the Franklin Public Arts Commission. Most recently, she has taken on the role of Chairman of the Williamson County Association of Realtors (WCAR) Community Outreach Committee. Ashley says: “All of these organizations are important to me for different reasons, but they all circle back to one thing – connecting people to this great community of ours!”
Ashley would love to help people get connected and involved. “It can be a bit overwhelming to get started, but so many organizations could use your time, resources, contacts or talents! If you just think of one area where you have an interest – animals, children, literacy, parks, etc. – I promise you that someone can find you a place to volunteer locally. Ashley also uses social media to help spread the word about nonprofit events and fundraisers.
Guy Whitley is a Nashville native who has lived in Williamson County for thirty years. He has owned Whitley Jewelry Company – a family business started in 1949 in downtown Nashville – since his father’s death in 1989. Guy says: “I started working with my dad at the age of twelve, going in the store on Saturdays and during Christmas. I attended Gem City College and spent two years learning watch and jewelry repair.”
Guy has been a Reserve Deputy in the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department for ten years. He admits: “I enjoy helping people at the worst time of their lives. Being in a Sheriff’s uniform gives me a better understanding of what it means to be in law enforcement, and I hope that my actions will encourage others to join.”
“I have been in the Masonic order for forty-eight years, serving as the leader in 1993, and currently the treasurer for the past thirteen years,” Guy says. For the past forty-four years, Guy has been in the Al Menah Shrine Clown Unit, attending parades and the circus, making people laugh and forget about their problems for a short time while he entertains in full clown makeup. Guy says: “Being a clown speaks volumes for the Shrine to help kids. Helping others puts a smile on my face. Being a clown brings joy and laughter. Clowning has given that opportunity to me.”
In 2014, Guy had a heart attack and died twice, which put things – life, loved ones and those in need – into perspective. “By the grace of God, after four stints and four bypasses, I lived. I believe in paying it forward, which I consider to be giving back. God has given me a great family and friends; with that, I am truly blessed,” he says.
Guy would love to further his philanthropic efforts by being involved in baseball for kids. “It teaches them respect, to learn the game and appreciate what it means to win and lose,” he says. In addition, Guy hopes to share his jewelry and watch repair expertise with those willing to learn.
Rachel & Justin Peck
Rachel and Justin Peck have lived in middle Tennessee for almost ten years. In 2018, the couple founded 431 Ministries with the mission to tend to the needs of the overlooked and under served women of middle Tennessee by providing safety and stability, giving them hope and a plan for an independent future. Their vision is to provide a place where any woman can find authentic community, compassion, dignity and full restoration in Christ so that she has no doubt she is known, seen and loved.
Since the start of 431 Ministries, Rachel and Justin have been determined to learn what other gaps existed in women’s crisis services in middle Tennessee. As the Executive Director, Rachel is very involved in the daily operations. She explains: “We are meant to live in community. Our society has become so individualistic, but humans were made for relationships. Serving side-by-side with other people is just one way that we can start developing new community and relationships. It also allows us to step outside our ‘bubble’ and connect with someone with different personal beliefs. It also reminds us that the world is bigger than those we see daily!”
Rachel continues: “Being involved in a ministry or philanthropic organization impacts me just as much or more so than the person(s) I am serving. It highlights my weaknesses and areas of growth and allows me to focus on more than myself. I have learned what is truly important and will make time for those things.” Justin says. “I have learned that the Lord uses us in our weaknesses, not in our strengths, so that He can be glorified.”
Justin and Rachel admit: “We never thought that we would be the one to launch an organization that helps women coming out of crisis. We thought it would always be ‘Justin and Rachel helping where they can.’ But God had other plans. If you see a need that is not being met, you might be the one that needs to step in. It only takes one person, one couple, to say yes. Your yes will inspire others, and their yeses will follow. Take the leap, do it scared, be willing to make mistakes and fix them, and eventually, you will be doing it right and making a larger difference than you ever thought possible.”
Marie Jordan was a lifelong Franklinite. For her selfless ninety-three years of life, she lived and breathed all things Franklin. Marie attended Franklin High School followed by studies at Ward-Belmont College (Belmont University). Soon after, she entered a life of wife, mother, grandmother, community volunteer and heartfelt advocate for the city of Franklin, as she deeply loved her hometown and the people who live in it.
A lifelong lover of reading, Marie was involved in Friends of the Library for several decades, including roles as every board officer. As a strong supporter of the Franklin Library system, she was a driving force in securing funding for the current library structure. In 2009, her work in heralding Franklin’s library services was acknowledged by the State of Tennessee’s House of Representatives through an official proclamation to recognize these voluntary efforts. She would have loved to introduce and build libraries for under-served communities if she had the time.
Along with the public library, Marie enjoyed volunteering for numerous local nonprofit agencies. If there was a fundraising event on the calendar, she would likely be the first face you would see at that event’s registration table, with a smile and, of course, dear friend, Eunetta Kready by her side. Both ladies reminding guests of the reasonable efforts being performed by the evening’s charity! Marie also delivered Meals on Wheels to local citizens until she could no longer drive. These are just a handful of the activities and organizations where she contributed her time.
Since this piece is in remembrance and honor of Marie, her son, Lance Jordan, played a big part in sharing her story. In fact, she passed along her philanthropic qualities to him; he says: “As a nonprofit professional for over thirty years, including the last four as an Executive Director here in Franklin, it would logically appear that I inherited her desire to help make the world a better place.” Lance admits:“The activities she took on and her volunteering, were commonplace while I was growing up. I just assumed everyone did the same.”
Marie felt that giving back to her community was vital because she was a proud representative of her hometown. “She was secure with her faith and her relationship with her Church, which contributed to her desire to live a life heavily influenced by servitude,” Lance says. “And, if someone picks up a library book donated in Marie’s honor, and that book inspires the reader to check out even more books, then Mom’s legacy of library and literacy support will live on and on.”
YOUR Business Partner
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
WITH WILLIAMSON, INC.
Williamson, Inc., The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, Williamson County Association of Realtors, Franklin Transit Authority, Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Franklin Tomorrow and Williamson Medical Center have launched Williamson Insider, a recurring luncheon designed to connect and engage the county’s growing population to help new residents explore ways to give back and plug in to Williamson County.
After participating in a Williamson Insider on-boarding lunch, attendees will become Williamson Insiders. Insiders gain access to complimentary experiences throughout the county, immersing them in the local experiences and resources that make Williamson County a great place to call home. Previous Insider Experiences have included a tasting at Leiper’s Fork Distillery with local elected officials and a behindthe-scenes tour of Curio Brewing Company.
“A hallmark of Williamson County is our authentically welcoming approach to people new to our community,” Matt Largen, President and CEO of Williamson, Inc. said. “This program is designed to help our new neighbors accelerate that process of meeting other people and learning about ways to become active participants in all aspects of Williamson County, including tourism, economic development, historic preservation and transit.”
The next Williamson Insider luncheon will be on November 15th from 11am–1pm at the Williamson, Inc. office, with an Insider Experience to follow in early 2023. Williamson, Inc. members receive a $50 discount on ticket prices, with non-member tickets at $150. WCAR real estate agents: If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Williamson Insider, visit williamsonchamber.com/events.
Plenty of people want to give to organizations they feel passionate about supporting, but the uncertain financial times we have faced in the last two years have made this difficult for many families.
Of course, it is important to take care of your family’s needs first (food, housing, medical expenses, bills, etc.). However, with proper planning, you’ll always be able to give – even if you feel money is tight.
Get Smart About Giving
The amount of what you give does not matter. It’s the simple act of giving that counts. If you feel you can’t give money up front, give in other areas. Donate some of your unneeded items like clothes and shoes. You can also give your time by volunteering for a cause you are passionate about.
Set Up a ‘Giving’ Account
If you have an account solely dedicated to giving, you will be less likely to take funds out of it for other reasons. Name your account ‘Charity’ or ‘Donations’. This will discourage you from taking funds out for other purposes. You can also set up direct deposit. Again, start small by just putting in the portion you are comfortable with.
Planning ahead will help ensure you can give when you would like to. Aside from setting up a specific account for giving, take a look at the causes you would like to support at the beginning of the year. This will help you budget for when that important time comes, and you will be confident knowing everything else is already taken care of.
Find an Important Cause You will be far more likely to give if you support the cause. This will help you stick to your commitment and feel good about your donations.
As I mentioned previously, you do not always have to give money to support an organization. Our staff is involved in many organizations around town like The Bridges DVC, Williamson County CASA, DUI Court Foundation and several more.
If you are wondering how you can get involved, or simply looking for some advice to budget for charitable giving, give Lineage Bank a call at 629.248.9085.
A Part of
Limestone Title is proud to have served Tennessee for the past thirteen years and counting! We have expanded our footprint across middle Tennessee, currently offering six locations to better serve the needs of this growing market. Since 2009 we have specialized in remote closings, using technology and a seasoned nationwide notary network to close anytime, anywhere at no additional cost. This specialty has become invaluable of late with the massive influx of residents from other states.
Limestone prides itself on providing superb communication, allowing our clients untethered access to our team. It is not unusual for our managers and owners to field phone calls on Saturdays and Sundays from agents who are out showing homes or working through contracts. It is this sort of customer service that our clients have grown to expect and enjoy. We form partnerships with our clients, understanding their businesses and we are here to help, anytime-any day!
Community means so much to our Limestone family. We have seen a need to serve alongside others to make this community a better place. Limestone has partnered with People Loving Nashville, a local nonprofit, that helps and assists the most vulnerable in and around Nashville. We frequently prepare and serve food on Monday evenings at the state capital with the PLN team. Limestone has found this partnership with PLN to be enriching to ourselves and those we serve.
Family is an integral part of the culture of Limestone Title. Owner, David Webber, has been married to his wife Tarah for fifteen years. They have three children, Hadley-14, Henry-11, and Jackson-10. Knowing what he leaves at home every day, David strives to foster an atmosphere of support where each team member is able to be present and actively involved in all of their family activities. David is frequently found at events at Battle Ground Academy, where his children attend school, or on a volleyball court with UpTime Volleyball Outreach where he helps coach his daughter, Hadley’s club team. It is also not uncommon to see spouses and children of the Limestone Team in or around the office.
“Having a fun, loving environment where everyone is welcome is what Limestone is all about. We love having our families drop by whenever possible. It keeps it exciting around here.”
When asked how he stays excited and motivated after twenty-two years in the same line of work, David talks about the joy he finds in connecting his client base with each other to build bigger partnerships and synergies. “I have tried this business both ways, working with everyone or working with only the right ones. I now know to choose the right ones every time! These last few years have been interesting. The market has exploded all around us. Everyone in the country is flocking here and there is opportunity everywhere. Limestone has done a great job of staying focused. We have grown our existing client relationships by being a value-add component. We get to know our clients and their needs. We have strategic partnerships across middle Tennessee, and we can connect like-minded people with each other to build stronger, longer lasting partnerships. We become a valuable part of their organization and build trust. This mindset has opened a lot of doors for opportunities, growth, and excitement.”
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Our vision is “to be real, to have balance in our lives and build life-long relationships.”
Our mission is that “We say “yes, “do what others won’t, and invite you to be part of our family.”
APPLE PICKIN’BY KRISTEN KELLY
In 2002, Curt and Cristina Wideman entered an auction with the hopes of retiring, only to leave with an orchard right in the heart of Williamson County. This purchase was simply a leap of blind faith, especially for Curt, who was used to wearing a suit and tie at a nine-to-five job. Unexperienced in anything agriculture-related, the Wideman’s rolled up their sleeves and made it into a successful business that their family could enjoy and, even more so, the community here in Williamson County. “They never worked as hard as they did in retirement!” says Alyson Terrel, Owner/CEO and daughter to Curt and Cristina.
Sadly, in 2007, Curt passed away suddenly due to cancer, leaving the orchard in a state of disarray. Knowing how much the orchard meant to her parents, Alyson left her corporate job, just as her father once had, to ensure the orchard stayed a family business. “The love he had for this piece of land was so evident. He had always been a good father and husband, but he loved all of us so much more after they moved here. It was truly spectacular to see. I couldn’t imagine any of that disappearing, so I quit my job and came to work full time with my mom,” tells Alyson.
Fast forward to 2022, Morning Glory Orchard is a thriving company that not only brings the experience of an apple orchard to the south but is actively involved in making the orchard an interactive experience. “There aren’t many apple orchards in the south, mainly because apples are a cold weather fruit, and it gets really hot here. Williamson County has embraced the fact that they are one of a few counties in the state to have an apple and peach orchard,” says Alyson. With over 800 trees, the orchard cranks out 6,000–12,000 pounds of peaches and 24,000–40,000 pounds of apples annually. As a result, Morning Glory Orchard gives an upand-close view of their ten-acre property through field trips, picnic packages, yoga sessions and annual festivals – which are perfect for classes or a fun family outing.
Morning Glory Orchards is a prime example of a family-owned business in Williamson County that relies on our support. Alyson says, “Small businesses across this country are struggling
to make ends meet. Make it a point to shop at least one small business weekly. Your business matters to them.”
As small business Saturday is just around the corner, why not start early by making room on your calendar for the Morning Glory Orchard’s 2022 Apple and All Things Fall festival on October 8th, from 10am–5pm. Break out your most festive fall sweaters and head over to experience over fifty vendors with food trucks, face painting, pumpkins, mums and all the homemade apple products your heart could wish for. Parking on-site is $10, or you can enjoy the free shuttles from The Church at Nolensville (7388 Nolensville Road).
Reservations can be made at morninggloryorchard.com. Not a fan of fruit? Swing by the orchard to try out their gift shop housing everything from baked goods to honey and home décor.
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Rollick & RollBY KRIS RAE
WHO: Downtown Franklin Rotary Club downtownfranklinrotary.com WHAT: Rollick & Roll WHERE: Fieldstone Park WHY: The Downtown Franklin Rotary Club hosted Rollick & Roll, Franklin’s Community Field Day. Businesses, organizations and individuals had teams and engaged in a variety of games and activities, while competing for the coveted title of Rollick and Roll Champion. The event benefited Ellie G’s Dream World, Franklin’s first inclusive playground.
Davis House Child Advocacy Center | davishousecac.org
Saint Elle WHY: The Button Ball
an annual charity event that brings together generous donors from around Williamson Country to raise money for Davis House. Davis House is a Child Advocacy Center that strives to provide traumainformed care designed to make our city a safer and more resilient
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Learn the ABC’s of
B IS FOR BEEKEEPING Beekeeping!
gets pollinated by honeybees?” asked Weiss, who started beekeeping a few years ago on a whim. “While at first, I was afraid of handling honeybees, it turns out having thousands of them buzzing around is quite therapeutic. This hobby has lifted my spirits when I’ve most needed it, and I’ve enjoyed sharing it with my friends and family.”
In B is for Beekeeping, Weiss uses each letter of the alphabet to teach a beekeeping term and idea, and each fascinating new fact is brought to life by a bright, playful illustration.
Ways to incorporate this book with learning the alphabet:
Trace the letters
Help young readers learn the alphabet by using their finger to trace the letters.
Making learning fun keeps educators and students enthusiastic and open to new elements of their education from the youngest to the oldest. What about incorporating learning a basic principle like the ABC’s along with something else that is very important in our overall world. Something like... Bee Keeping!
Suburban beekeeper Justin Weiss aims to inspire the next generation of bee enthusiasts and environmentalists with his vibrantly illustrated new children’s book, B is for Beekeeping: An Alphabet Book.
With concise, easy-to-understand language, such as “C is for comb,” and “H is for honey,” Weiss introduces young audiences to the ABCs of beekeeping and the critical role that honeybees play in the ecosystem.
“Did you know one-third of the food we eat
Perfect for parents, grandparents and teachers, B is for Beekeeping intends to encourage children to explore the “un-bee-lievable” world around them and to respect some of the smallest, but mightiest, creatures. B is for Beekeeping is the must-have children’s book for all beekeeping enthusiasts. Encourage the next generation of beekeepers by teaching them the ABCs of beekeeping with playful illustrations and easyto-understand vocabulary.
A portion of all sales of this book will be donated to organizations such as Pollinator Partnership, the Bee Conservancy and Project Apis m. For more information, visit bisforbeekeeping.com and you can purchase the book at amazon.com.
Point to each picture Learn new vocabulary as you point to each picture while reading aloud.
Enjoy spending time together Encourage bonding by reading and learning about the honeybee!
Keeping Our Roads Safe
GRADUATED DRIVER LICENSE PROGRAM
Tennessee’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) Program began on July 1st, 2001. It is a multitiered program designed to ease young novice drivers into full driving privileges as they become more mature and develop their driving skills. The state of Tennessee hopes to save lives and prevent tragic injuries by offering this program and requiring more supervised practice. Therefore, it places certain restrictions on teens under the age of eighteen who have learner permits and driver licenses. In addition, the program requires a parent or legal guardian’s involvement and emphasizes the importance of a good driving record.
The Graduated Driver License law provides for three phases of licensing for teens under eighteen years of age:
1. Learner Permit
2. Intermediate Restricted License
3. Intermediate Unrestricted License
The procedures for obtaining a driver’s license for those under eighteen years old are covered in Section A-3 of the Comprehensive Driver Manual on the State Department of Safety website.
How do I get a Learner Permit or Intermediate License?
For the issuance of a Tennessee Learner Permit:
• Must be at least fifteen years of age
• Pass a standard vision screening
• Pass the Class D knowledge exam
For those who are interested, you can access practice tests at dl.safety.tn.gov.
If you are under the age of eighteen, you will also need:
• A parent or legal guardian (with proof of guardianship) present to sign a minor or teenage affidavit and financial responsibility form.
• Show proof of school attendance and progress from a current Tennessee school or a letter from the school in your previous state that confirms your attendance and satisfactory progress during enrollment in that school. This letter must be signed and dated by the principal or guidance counselor no more than thirty days prior to your Tennessee application.
• Must provide all required documentation.
For the issuance of a Tennessee Intermediate Driver License:
• Must be at least sixteen years of age
• Must have held a valid learner permit for a minimum of 180 days.
• Must have fifty hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience (including ten hours of night driving).
• A 50-Hour Certification form must be signed by your parent, guardian or driving instructor confirming this experience.
• Pass a road skills test.
• Must provide all required documentation.
• A vision screening will be required only if you are exchanging a learner permit or license from another state.
For helpful links and to learn more about the program, visit tn.gov/safety/driver-services/ classd/gdl.
PRIVATE K-12 SCHOOL IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY
ELEVATING THE CRAFT & PRACTICE of teaching #1
We believe in the enormous potential within every child, and we know that full potential is only achieved within a community where the needs of each individual are recognized, supported, and encouraged.
Learn more and inquire online to attend our visit days: battlegroundacademy.org/
Our applicant pool has grown across all grades, and families interested in admission for Fall 2023 are encouraged to apply by our priority deadlines for firstround consideration:
Kindergarten: December 15
First grade and up: January 6
Located in Grundy County, Tennessee, The Caverns is a world-renowned destination for underground live music, a magical cave system and home of the Emmy-winning PBS television series, Bluegrass Underground
The Caverns’ extensive, connected underground cave system covers over 8,000 linear feet of known surreal cave passages. In fact, experts believe humans have been using the cave to escape the heat, take refuge from the rain and enjoy each other’s company for the past 25,000 years.
Though The Caverns opened in March of 2018, the owner, Todd Mayo, has been doing concerts in caves and on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) since 2008. Todd tells of how he first became involved in this venue: “I walked into a cave for the first time Memorial Day weekend of 2008 and immediately, the experience profoundly captured my imagination. I literally and metaphorically had a vision of a music venue inside a cave and started working on sorting it out. I had no prior experience in the music business but had a background in marketing and promotions, and hustling one harebrained idea or another.” From there, he brought a band and sound engineer down to the cave and pitched it to WSM as a radio show to air right before The Opry, titled Bluegrass Underground. The next ten weeks Todd went to work – built a website, booked a band (The SteelDrivers!), found a sponsor and sold a couple of hundred tickets for the first show, August 16, 2008.
After two successful years of The Caverns, on October 8, 2020, during the COVID-19
pandemic, they opened a new above-ground venue, The Caverns Amphitheater, to bring back live music with outdoor, socially distanced concerts. Still, underground shows are hosted in a section of The Caverns historically known to locals and cavers as the Big Mouth Cave because of its impressive archway entrance. For cave concerts, The Caverns can accommodate 850 people in padded chair seating and up to 1,200 people for standingroom-only shows. The Amphitheater also accommodates 5,000 patrons. Daily guided tours include a journey through Big Room Cave, an awe-inspiring underground room that gets its name from its massive size. During the tour, guests learn a little bit about geology, cave lore and the unique history of Grundy County. Adventure cave tours take guests even deeper inside The Caverns cave system and include the adventurous “Tombstone Pass.”
Since it is the spooky season, we had to ask if there were any ghost stories or seasonal happenings at The Caverns. Todd answered, “Well, many myths and folklore legends surround the cave and area.” Additionally, The Caverns is offering special Halloween tours and events in October. Specifically, on October 29th, there will be the 70s, 80s and 90s Halloween Disco Party inside the cave, complete with DJ Captain Caveman and a costume contest – It will be a cavetastic night! Then, on Sunday, October 30th, there will be a screening of The Descent inside the cave. Todd jokes, “watching The Descent –a horror movie about a group of women that go spelunking– in a cave is like watching Jaws on a raft in the ocean!
On October 8th and 9th, The Caverns will host its first festival, Cavefest, a three-day camping and cave fest with multiple stages, late-night jams, cool vendors, yoga in the cave and a whole bunch more!
Todd admits, “It’s pretty cool that seventy-three percent of all The Caverns patrons come from outside Tennessee! It’s probably the country’s largest destination music venue, and we love seeing the license plates from all over”... Which perfectly aligns with their tagline, ‘The Caverns: where the destination becomes the journey!’
The Caverns offer much more than music! Between the campgrounds, daily tours of the show cave and an outstanding show schedule, there is something for all. Those interested can visit thecaverns.com for more information.
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GROTESQUE MT STD LIGHT
TOBY ANNA ROBERTSON HAM
My favorite time of year is here… when all things spooky are welcome. Pumpkins and ghouls galore take center stage, and the embrace of autumn, takes its hold on us all. With all things creepy and cool, comes the horror movies and spooky reads. Admittedly, I’ve read horror books and watched scary movies since I was young. I love the genre, but I do have my own standards...
am not a fan of gore and pointless shock value. I appreciate more suspense, supernatural, science fiction and good, old-school scares.
Vampires are a long-standing topic of the horror genre, but have been made popular due to some incredible books. The characters that brought the beasts to life and kept people turning pages, then turned to the silver screen to make people fall in love with the entire genre. I am sure many remember some of these famous lines: “I want some more,” from Interview With The Vampire along with “And so the lion fell in love with the lamb,” from Twilight. But, have you read the books behind the movies with these wellknown lines? Have you witnessed the unfolding of the characters through the author’s eyes and imagination? You should…and if you are not quite sure where to begin, here is a little selection of my favorites, to sink your teeth into.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Probably one of the most well-known names in vampire history – Count Dracula – was a creation of Bram Stoker. This book, published in 1897, brought vampires to the forefront of nightmares and curiosity. It also inspired the famous film Bram Stoker’s Dracula and made Van Helsing a character to continue in other stories as well.
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
No list is complete without the master of horror himself, Stephen King, and his work that brings horror to the pages. Not all vampires are beautiful creatures, and King creates characters of nightmares in this story about a writer who returns to his hometown - only to learn that the residents are being turned into vampires.
Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice Anne Rice brought her characters to life and made monsters complicated, beautiful beings in her Vampire Chronicles series of books. This was Anne Rice’s debut work in the series – It is the story of a 200-year-old vampire retelling his life to a reporter. Based on the novel, the drama series debuted this month on AMC.
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
The first in the Southern Vampire Series that inspired the HBO hit television series TRUE BLOOD. This series is a modern-day take on vampires, where they are known and live amongst humans, but the unknown is the other creatures that live in the world. This series follows the life of a mind-reading waitress, in a small town of Louisiana, and her romances with the other supernatural beings.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
The first work in the Twilight Saga had teens and adults alike stammering for copies of this story about a teenager falling in love with a vampire who attends her high school. This series is an easier read for those that prefer a lighter side of horror and science fiction. Twilight launched the phenomenon of vampires all over again with the book-based movies. We can’t forget Team Edward or Team Jacob…
Brews & Grooves
WHO: Waves, Inc. | wavesinc.com
WHAT: Brews & Grooves WHERE: Curio Brewing Company WHY: An evening of music featuring original songs and covers by Sam Blasko and Rachel LaRen. Sam and Rachel were accompanied by adults supported at Waves. Waves’ mission is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to progress toward their full potential.
WHO: YOUR Williamson | yourwilliamson.com
WHAT: Muscle Shoals to Main Street WHERE: The Harpeth Hotel WHY: Legendary and awardwinning songwriters and performers traveled from Muscle Shoals to Main Street in Historic Franklin for an amazing night of music. The songwriters lineup for this event included Gary Baker, Lenny LeBlanc and Phillip White. The net proceeds from the event benefited A Vintage Affair and sponsors included: Southern Events Party Rental Company, The Harpeth Hotel , Visit the Shoals and Visit Franklin.
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Arts & Culture
There never seems to be a shortage of arts and culture events to attend in middle Tennessee. Here are just a handful of upcoming art exhibits, music events, plays and more that we cannot wait to see!
which provides an entry point for rediscovering the overlooked stories and figures that populate America’s interwoven cultural lineage.
Ghostbusters in Concert October 14–16
Nashville Symphony nashvillesymphony.org
Experience director Ivan Reitman’s beloved 1984 film, screened live as your Nashville Symphony performs Elmer Bernstein’s score and Ray Parker Jr.’s chart-topping theme song. So bring your proton pack and join the original paranormal investigation and elimination team as they capture their first ghost, Slimer, and encounter their first god of destruction, Gozer the Gozerian!
Mozart & Tchaikovsky
Nashville Symphony nashvillesymphony.org
An Evening with Paula Cole
Franklin Theatre franklintheatre.com
Paula Cole has never been afraid of speaking complex truths. With a musical catalog defined by honest and deeply personal lyrics carried by her powerful, radiant voice, Cole has always had a gift for discerning the underlying humanity in stories from her life and those around her and channeling those emotional elements into captivating music. On her latest record, Cole has applied this natural insight to American history and musical roots traditions by interpreting a selection of classic songs – each of
Contemporary composer Nina Shekar explores the spectral textures of light and dark throughout Lumina, a stunning work of glowing radiance and haunting depths. Then, delight in the sparkling, crystalline beauty of Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, a perfect spotlight for the Symphony’s Érik Gratton and Licia Jaskunas. Tchaikovsky held nothing back in his soul-bearing Sixth Symphony. The nickname “Pathétique” refers to passion, pathos and whole-hearted feeling, and you’re in for an unforgettable journey through a universe of emotion. Experience every note of this well-loved masterpiece, known for heartfelt, beautiful melodies and a haunting ending that fades into silence.
even darker forces afoot? John Hoomes’ clever direction will always leave you guessing! From the composer of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” comes a gorgeously chilling chamber opera we are offering by candlelight. And since it is Halloween weekend, we are going all out to make this company premiere a spooktacular experience complete with deliciously creepy signature cocktails.
Nashville Opera tpac.org
Does a phony medium receive messages from the beyond during a sham séance...or are
November 1–6 Tennessee Performing Arts Center tpac.org
Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today... and always. Intertwining two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice and King Hades and his wife, Persephone — HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never let’s go.
Horror Movie Trivia
Calling all horror movie buffs for this fun crossword…
of the best horror movie trivia
_______ was Stephen King’s film screenwriting
The deathly spiders in Arachnophobia
This is the name of the slasher in the first Friday
Michael Myers returns home to this town in the
This color is present in almost every scene of The Shining
_______ is the name of a terrifying St. Bernard.
“Game over, man, Game over,” is a line from this science fiction horror movie.
This 1999 supernatural horror movie took only eight days to shoot.
A Nightmare on Elm Street launched this Hollywood legend’s acting career.
“I see dead people,” is the famous quote from what movie?
This horror movie is also considered a Christmas film.
_______ is considered to be the scariest movie of all time.
Phillip Purcell is the real name of the villain in this film.
The name of the devilish 1957 Plymouth Fury.
What was Casey Becker making in the beginning of Scream?