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Heritage Ball: Discover Our Past, Our Present & Our Future

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20 Fashionable You

Heritage Ball Fashion with Gus Mayer

28 Your Community Partner

Heritage Ball: Discover Our Past, Present & Future

42 Real Estate & Home

Witherspoon Fall Home Tour

74 Pours & Palates Bourbon Steak

92 Come Fly With Me Château Élan Winery & Resort

118 In Your Backyard

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival


COVER The beautiful Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens is a picturesque setting for our cover with the Honorable and Mrs. William Harrison Frist. Bill and Tracy both look elegant as Chairs of the 46th Annual Heritage Ball. Bill is wearing a Jack Victor black tuxedo with Hanauer black bowtie. Tracy is stunning in a Jovani ballgown, found at Glitz Nashville, and beautiful jewelry from Grogan Jewelers by Lon. Styled by Milton White of The Fashion Office. Hair and makeup by Charlie Boehm of Philippe Makeup Arts. Photography by Debbie Smartt 4 SEPTEMBER 2019

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 10 Letter from the Publisher

12 Social Secretary

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Beauty Junkie Your Best Self with Vinay Saranga M.D. Your Health & Wellness with Dani Williamson The Lady Entertains with Krista Ehret Interior Thinking with Parker Haven Interiors Read Between the Lines Eric Ross: Enduring Southern Homes Socially Yours with Steel Magnolias Welcome Home Meander Your Way Home Styling Your Everyday with Jenny Reimold A Southern Gentleman Is... with Tim Kearns A Spirited Conversation Vikera Tequila Comes to Harvest Beverage Company Arts & Culture

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96 Bone Vivant 122 Did You Know?

Raise the Roofs

23 Women in Business Summit 27 Tunes for Tucker’s House 31

Harpeth Conservancy Patron’s Party


Servpro Charity Golf Classic

60 WCAR Golf Scramble 70 Great Americana BBQ Festival 78 Bowlability


80 Make-A-Wish Toy Story Event 90 Raise the Roofs Sponsor Party 95 Agape Animal Ball 100 Your Williamson August Mixer


108 Nolensville Business Luncheon 112 Williamson County Fair 117 TPAC Gala


82 Heritage Ball Reveal Party


34 Your Charitable Self Building Houses, Creating Homes 50 Days Gone By with Robert Hicks 110 Up the Road Fall at The Hermitage 113 News From the Schools with Williamson County Schools 114 Your Education with Will Kesler 115 Your Kids Volunteer Tutoring 116 A Little Something Extra Heritage Ball Auction

86 Your Real Estate with Williamson County Association of Realtors 103 Scoop You In the News 106 Ribbon Cuttings with Williamson Inc. 107 Your Business Partner with Williamson Inc. 109 We’re in the Money with Franklin Synergy Bank


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MONTHLY | Publisher’s Letter

Dear Readers. The word proud came to mind as we closed out this issue of Your Williamson and the feeling of pride, in me, prompted me to take a look at the meaning of the feeling: Pride - a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired; a person or thing that arouses a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction; consciousness of one's own dignity; the quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one's importance; confidence and self-respect as expressed by members of a group, typically one that has been socially marginalized, on the basis of their shared identity, culture, and experience; the best state or condition of something; the prime; a group of lions forming a social unit; and to be especially proud of (a particular quality or skill). Any and all of these parts of the defining of this word could apply to my current feeling of “proud.” In any case, my point being, in this particular moment of pride, I want to share with all of you readers and clients and associates in our community – this overwhelming sense of pride. Because you should be proud too. We live in one of the most amazing communities in the country. No, really. We are recognized for it in all manner of ways that cities and counties can be recognized; for their accomplishments, standouts, best-of designations. But under all the official accolades, aren’t you proud to call Williamson County home? You should be. The reasons and manifestations of why – are abundant, dependent on your circumstance and place in life here. I myself, feel pride when I drive through our historic downtown and see all that organizations such as the Heritage Foundation and Downtown Franklin Association and so many others, have done to preserve the “places that matter.” Places that have contributed to the fabric and very essence of what makes this place so special. I am proud that Senator and Mrs. Frist are chairing the Heritage Ball this year and creating a national spotlight on this incredible event, organization and people involved. I am proud that Robertson Media Group and Your Williamson are aligned with as media partners to such events and organizations, including the City of Brentwood’s 50th Anniversary celebration next month, A Vintage Affair’s Grape Stomp, the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival, River Swing, Celebration of Nations and Bridges of Williamson County’s Jokers and Jackpots. I feel pride about who we are as a community – when our world and our country seem so

Be the Light

fractured and divisiveness, hatred, violence and intolerance have become the norm in regular society of late; I still feel like here, in our backyard, at least, there is some vestige of what makes America great, what makes Tennessee great and what makes Williamson County a place I am proud to call home.

I met a man on an elevator in Franklin this summer. My three minutes with him have resonated since. He was of Hispanic origin, I don’t recall exactly which country he had immigrated to Franklin from, but his dignity and graciousness as a human being, as he held the door for me and my stroller, commented on the heat of one of the hottest days of the season, and spoke to me of how glad he was for his job (evidently outside), despite the heat, because his family back in his mother country made less in a month than what he made in a week. I felt pride in that moment; in him, and in our country for him being here. A fellow person, working hard and being proud himself, to be here. Williamson County is a product of immigration. Whether from Virginia and North Carolina when settlers came and created our state; or the many nationalities of immigrants who came from Ireland, Germany, Africa, China, Mexico and England and so many other places to populate our state – or even the workers from Michigan and California who have come here for a better life and to work as proud members of this community – we are all immigrants in some fashion. I am proud that is where I live. And you should be too. Lastly, my pride of course extends to the personal element of one of our largest issues to date! My small and mighty “pride” of a staff has worked overtime to produce what I believe is one of our best issues overall! So much pride in our clients and supporters in the real estate industry and beyond. So much pride to have the Frists grace our cover and to have the magazine present at so many events this next month – as we share our pride in you with the world! The photo for my letter this month is a chalk drawing on the walking path at Pinkerton Park, taken while strolling there recently with my son. Seeing it filled me with such pride, I had to turn back and take a look and a photo as I was struck by the power of the statement and the person or persons who had left it there. “Be the light.” Be the light Williamson Countians for all that is good and right in this corner of the world. Go out and share your pride and be the light! Shelly Robertson Birdsong | Publisher |




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MONTHLY | Social Secretary


GET CONNECTED Here are a few events to add to your Social Calendar this month. Visit for more events.

The 15th annual #WilcoFair was fun for the whole family!

Harpeth River Swing

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River Circle Farm | 6pm | Over 700 guests are expected to attend this casual and festive event, which celebrates the Harpeth River. Guests will enjoy an evening of good food and drinks, dancing, a silent auction and lots of fun! By seeking water quality solutions developed with diverse stakeholders, Harpeth Conservancy builds broad stewardship and shared responsibility for streams and rivers that are vital for the state’s economic well-being and quality of life.


9th Annual Grape Stomp


46th Annual Heritage Ball & Late Party

Mugshots were taken at the #YWAugustMixer!

The Factory at Franklin Pavilion | 4pm Vintage Affair is excited to host its nineth annual Grape Stomp, which is by far one of the most popular and highly-anticipated events around! Join the Grape Stomp competition or cheer on your team as they compete to produce the most juice! Enjoy live music, local food vendors, wine and bourbon tastings, craft and domestic beer, cigars, signature cocktails and much more. Get your tickets now and join in on the fun!

Eastern Flank Battlefield | 6pm |

The YW team had a blast at BrightStone’s #Bowlability!

The 46th Annual Heritage Ball takes place next month and is the longest running black-tie affair in Williamson County, supporting and celebrating the work of the Heritage Foundation and to raise funds for future preservation projects. The Ball will have a cocktail hour, seated dinner and dancing. The Heritage Ball Late Party will begin at 8 p.m. and includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and then will join in on the dancing in the main ball room. The Heritage Ball Online Auction is live now and anyone whether attending the ball or not - can bid on a Private Jet Package, a stay at the Ritz-Calrton at Palm Beach, a Cabo San Lucas getaway and more amazing auction items!

Arts & Culture,Fall Fashion & Philanthropy The October issue of Your Williamson will feature the best of Williamson County’s arts and culture, charitable organizations and philanthropists. We will also share the best in fall fashion as you prepare for cooler temps and fabulous fall clothing!



Sponsored Event SOCIAL | Raise the Roofs Photography by Paige Atwell Friends of Franklin Parks had another great year at their annual Raise the Roofs event, presented by Randy Jones & Associates. It was a beautiful day to be at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm as guests mingled, enjoyed live music, great food and drinks, a live polo match and an after party presented by Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. Each year, proceeds from this event benefit Friends of Franklin Parks as they continue to nurture and preserve our city parks. To learn more about Friends of Franklin Parks and upcoming events, visit

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residents to create the home of their dreams and enjoy the best of both worlds. The historic property, which was established in 1902, has carved out 12.6 acres to be reimagined in 2019 as the private enclave of Splendor Ridge for elite residents who are looking to make their home in Franklin. With a mix of architecture taking cues from classic Southern vernacular and modern luxury, the community is inviting and familiar yet unlike anything else in the area. Discover your slice of splendor today!

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LIFESTYLE | Beauty Junkie


Let’s just cut right to the chase. I love, love, LOVE to treat my skin to a delightful face mask. I keep all kinds of them in my bathroom cabinet, my travel toiletry bag... You get the point. Masks are a fabulous way to give your skin a boost, add moisture or even clear out clogged pores in mere minutes. That being said, the myriad of masks out there can be downright dizzying. What’s a gal to do? Kick up your feet and read this article, of course! First things first — know your skin type before you just randomly choose a mask and slap it onto your pretty face. For example, those charcoal masks that are all the rage might be too harsh for someone with dry or sensitive skin. Similarly, a rich, luxurious moisturizing mask could wreak absolute havoc on someone who’s breakout prone. A quick peek on Google can point you in the right direction if you’re totally new to using masks. Next, consider what type of formula fits in with your skincare routine and schedule. Rinse-off masks are great when you’re crunched for time. I like to throw on a rinse-off mask a few minutes before I hop into the shower. Sheet masks feel delightful when you have a few minutes to relax and let the ingredients really sink into your skin. Masks you can wear to bed, or “sleeping masks,” are the ultimate lazy-gal skincare hack; Wash your face, put on your mask, hit the hay, then just rinse off the next morning. Whichever you choose, promise me you won’t fall prey to the ever-popular peel-off masks. They can damage your pores and promote saggy skin. There’s nothing pretty about that. Okay, we’ve figured out our skin type and which mask we want to try, now what? Head to your favorite department store, your laptop or even your pantry! Indian Healing Clay by Aztec Secret is the number-one-selling face mask on Amazon, and for good reason. Pure bentonite clay powder, when mixed with a little water or apple cider vinegar to make a paste, is a total powerhouse when it comes to tackling clogged pores and breakouts. You delicate-skinned gals should rinse off after a few minutes, or just use it as a spot treatment to prevent overall dryness. Insider tip: the same clay powder can be added to your bath water for a detoxifying soak! Make sure to rinse your bathtub thoroughly after the fact. My favorite anti-wrinkle mask is from the geniuses at Kate Somerville. The Wrinkle Warrior mask is a bright, pink cushy gel that feels amazing and utilizes hyaluronic acid to plump up fine lines. The cool, blue SOS Hydra Refreshing mask from Clarins is an absolute godsend for dehydrated skin. I’ve been known to sleep in it, and there’s a corresponding eye mask that feels equally fantastic. Patchology is owning the sheet-mask game, boasting a full line of masks for all skin types that only require five minutes to do their thing. The Illuminate FlashMasque is my favorite, and I love the “patch masks” for eyes and lips. Sleepyheads will love the Restoring Night Cloudmask — smooth on right before bed and wake up to pretty skin. You crafty types may have fun whipping up a DIY mask with ingredients found in your kitchen. A simple mix of honey and sugar will gently exfoliate without drying your skin, thanks to honey’s naturally moisturizing properties. Avocado, oats and honey nourish and soothe the skin, while coffee grounds, turmeric powder and Greek yogurt combine to reduce puffiness. Make sure to use a DIY mask the day you make it, and always do a patch test if you haven’t used a homemade mask in the past. Regardless of what you choose, making face masks a regular part of your skincare routine will have you looking fresh in a flash! Cheers to that!

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FEATURE | Fashionable You

Heritage Ball Gown



This gold, metallic stretch jersey Teri Jon gown will definitely turn heads. It features a flattering v-neckline that draws the eye, a fitted bodice with a ruched waist, and long sleeves.

Gus Mayer is a family-owned, upscale specialty department store. Owned by the Pizitz Management Group, Gus Mayer has two locations – The Summit in Birmingham, Alabama and The Mall at Green Hills in Nashville, both which are known as high-end retail centers. Gus Mayer is a leading fashion retailer offering compelling and exclusive clothing, shoes and accessories for women. They provide customers with the best possible service with the help from their professional sales team. Gus Mayer’s collection of designers offers a stunning variety for every event, including formal and evening wear perfect for the most upscale occasion. Here are some of the gowns at Gus Mayer that will definitely make a statement for the forty-sixth annual Heritage Ball. Gus Mayer | 2132 Green Hills Village Drive | Nashville, TN 37215 615.383.4771 |

This black, lace metallic Teri Jon evening gown is elegant beyond belief. The sheer tulle fly away skirt drapes down elegantly from the waist of the dress to the floor with a unique applique pattern running through it. Embroidered flowers strategically placed and diagonally across the front to the low hip beautifully.

This off-the-shoulder, stunning Teri Jon gown is made from a printed, metallic stretch fabric that forms to your shape. The ruching throughout the bodice provides a slimming effect, while the off-the-shoulder neckline draws the eye up to your face. The sleeves can be comfortably worn both on or off the shoulder.

The Parker Black Roxanne gown is one of their most beloved styles and is new for the season in classic solid hues. The voluminous, high-low hemline contrasts the fitted sweetheart neckline for a dramatic silhouette that will turn heads at any occasion.

The Parker Black Whitney dress is crafted in a sculptural silhouette, offering a timeless take on glamour. Its hand-draped bodice meets a fitted waistline, before falling into a slit hemline that showcases your favorite heels.


SOCIAL | Women in Business Summit

Photography by Paige Atwell In August, women business owners and professionals of Williamson County and surrounding areas, gathered for the Women in Business Summit. A branch of Williamson, Inc., Women in Business is designed to foster the professional and personal growth of women in Williamson County. At this year’s summit, guests enjoyed networking, breakfast, a keynote address from Rebekah Lyons and three TED talks from guest speakers Kia Jarmon, Laura Reinbold and Mila Grigg. To learn more about Williamson, Inc. and upcoming Women in Business events, visit

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LIFESTYLE | Your Best Self

Finding ‘Me Time’ BY VINAY SARANGA M.D.

A new study released by OnePoll shows that most Americans aren’t getting enough ‘me time.’ It also found that too much noise, current events, jobs, partners and kids are the top five things that prevent people from getting the R&R they need. What can we do differently? Fortunately, the good news is there are some very simple steps you can take to incorporate more ‘me time’ into your daily routine. You have to make the time: ‘Me time’ is just as important to your health as eating a balanced diet and getting enough exercise. For many of us, it’s simply a matter of making the time. Start seeing this as a ‘must-do’ activity and block off thirty-minutes to an hour each day to just sit and get quiet with yourself. Anytime of the day will work, but to make it a regular habit it’s best to schedule this precious time around the same time each day. There is no set agenda: The best part about ‘me time’ is there is no set list of things you have to do. It’s about doing what you want to do. This is your time to spend by yourself to rest, relax and clear the mental clutter that often bogs us down. Strengthen your time management skills: There are only twentyfour hours in a day, but you might be surprised how strengthening your time management skills can free up some much needed “me time.” Some people prefer to organize their daily tasks in order of importance. Try spending less time clicking around on social media or surfing the web. Maybe you can wake up a half-hour earlier to give yourself some extra time.

Give yourself permission: Many people feel guilty for taking time to themselves. You must have a change in mindset and realize that scheduling some ‘me time’ is a positive step in caring for your mental health and overall well-being. In fact, it’s something everybody can benefit from. Best of all, you’ll feel better, think clearer and be more productive. Create your own space: You don’t need a lot of space or a big budget to create a soothing environment. You can designate one room or even a section of a room for this. Paint the walls a comforting color. Add some pillows, candles, pictures and other decorations that you find relaxing. Add an Alexa or other device to play relaxing music. Alone time really means alone: The mistake most people make with ‘me time’ is they don’t spend it by themselves. This is not a time to be with your friends, spouse or children. It’s not a time to catch up on the Facebook activities of the day. It’s time for you to rest, relax and recharge. It’s time for you to take a mental break from the world around you and refresh your mind.

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LIFESTYLE | Health & Wellness


Whether you are in the process of building a new home or have lived in yours for decades, having a home that is free of toxins is crucial for your health and the health of your loved ones. We tend to focus on our diet and exercise when we think about healthy living, but the health of your home environment is crucial as well. This month, I will be sharing my top commonsense tips to help you with decreasing the toxic load in your home and body. 1. Get an air purifier: The air you breathe is crucial to your health. Having a quality air filter in the house will help filter out fine, particulate air matter that has been linked to lung and heart disease. 2. Get a whole house water filter: I have a filter on my sink and refrigerator, but have recently become concerned with the water I shower under and bathe in daily. Why do I filter my sink water but not the water that pours down on my skin while showering/bathing? Your local water company filters tap water, but it still contains contaminants such as lead, chlorine, E. coli and pesticides, according to WebMD. 3. Open the windows: Cross ventilation is necessary to increase oxygen and ions in the home. Open the windows daily to allow the air to flow and circulate. I open my windows every morning while I am getting ready for work and leave them open if possible. 4. Make your bedroom a sanctuary: (Below is an excerpt from If you are sleeping with power cords under or around your bed, your cell phone charging by your bed, your alarm clock plugged in or the TV and computer in your bedroom, you are creating electro smog and disrupting your sleep and potentially harming your health. Below are some steps to help you create a sleeping sanctuary. •

Set the wireless routers to go off at night by using an inexpensive timer you can get at Amazon, Home Depot or Lowes.

Use battery-powered clocks near beds: Research has shown exposure to high magnetic fields while sleeping can cause severe long-term illness. Many electric clocks produce high magnetic fields.

Turn off bedroom-affecting circuits: A restful sleep is necessary for health and a strong immune system. My patients that turn off the power to their bedrooms sleep much better than the ones that do not. What is the harm in turning off the breaker to the bedroom for a week? Try it and see if you don’t sleep better. Eliminate, minimize or shield from RF: Radio frequency (RF)


signals from portable phones, cell phones and wireless devices have been shown to interfere with the body’s immune system. 5. Remove the carpet and install hard wood floors: Getting the dust under control in your home is imperative for your health. One way to do that is to make sure you dust and vacuum at least twice weekly, use a HEPA filter on your vacuum if you have carpet. If possible, remove the carpet (a haven for dust and allergens), and replace with wood, tile, cork, or non-vinyl linoleum. But if that’s not economically feasible, some old-fashioned elbow grease is a great way to get rid of dust. 6. Pay attention where your smart meters/wireless routers are located: The latest influx of smart meters being installed in neighborhoods has been all over the local news the past few months. If you are sensitive to EMF’s, you may notice a sensitivity to the meter. Research is not conclusive on the effect of smart meters, but many people have reported increased anxiety, insomnia, tingling sensation and more symptoms after having a meter installed. You have the option most of the time to call the electric company and opt out of installation. 7. Clean up your cleaning supplies: Your cleaning supplies are some of the most toxic chemicals you have in your home. Many are sold with warnings on the bottle. Using vinegar, water, lemon juice and baking soda with essential oils will clean anything you want. A little elbow grease and vinegar, water and lemon go a long way in cleaning your home and are not toxic to your health. I use Young Living Thieves for almost everything in my home. 8. Establish a NO SHOES policy in your home: Establishing a no shoes policy greatly reduces the trail of dirt from outdoors into our homes. Your home is your safe place, it should not be making you sick. One step at a time begin to decrease the toxic burden in your home, your health will thank you. Sources: | | DANI WILLIAMSON MSN, FNP Integrative Family Medicine

Dani is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Nurse Midwifery and Family Nurse Practitioner program. She incorporates the art of medicine by balancing traditional and integrative therapies, and practices common sense, practical medicine by encouraging her patients to step out of the realm of ‘normal” and reach “optimal” health.

SOCIAL | Tunes for Tucker’s House Photography by Ashley Mays Tucker’s House ten-year celebration, Tunes for Tucker’s House, was an evening honoring ten years of service to families of children with special needs. The event featured some of Nashville’s finest songwriters at The Factory at Franklin. Along with great tunes, guests also enjoyed a catered dinner by Chef Mary, drinks and a raffle for a playhouse! Proceeds from the event benefited Tucker’s House, who partners with the families of children with disabilities by providing the home renovation and retrofitting services and resources necessary to make their homes safe and more accessible. To learn more about Tucker’s House, visit

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FEATURE | Your Community Partner

Discover Our Past, Our Present and Our Future BY ANNA ROBERTSON HAM

One of Williamson County’s most beloved, black-tie events takes place next month. The 46th Annual Heritage Ball, benefiting the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County and sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners, will return to Eastern Flank Battlefield Park at Carnton on October 5, 2019. This elegant event has been a staple to the community and preservation enthusiasts for decades. The first ball was held in February of 1972 at Franklin’s historic Magnolia Hall. The event was then organized by Marty Ligon, Eunetta Kready, Jane Rainey, Mary Frances Ligon and Catherine Brent and hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Mark Garrett. At the time, they asked guests to make $50 donations to the Heritage Foundation. Over the years, the affair has grown and become one of the greatest fundraising events during the year for the Heritage Foundation. The event anticipates up to 800 guests to attend and enjoy the evening with a cocktail hour, seated dinner, live music and dancing. This year ball-goers will experience a special performance from Kix Brooks! The Heritage Ball Late Party will take place again this year as well, sponsored by Estee Lauder Companies. 28 SEPTEMBER 2019

This year’s Heritage Ball Chairs are the Honorable and Mrs. William Harrison Frist. The former Senator and his wife, Tracy, are thrilled to partner with the Foundation on the notable affair. “When CEO Bari Beasley and the board approached us and asked us to chair the Ball, we were honored,” explains Tracy. “They chose to ask us, they said, because of our deep-seated and long-standing commitment to preservation and conservation, and our interest in working with others to better the future of Williamson County. We knew the values of the Heritage Foundation were the same as our own.” “Preservation is fundamental to our lives. And that’s why we are honored to chair the Heritage Ball,” says Bill, who was introduced to the purpose of Heritage Foundation by its leaders in 2017. Impressed by the reach of its mission and the tangible results it has accomplished over the past fifty-two years, Bill immediately introduced Tracy, knowing the many contributions Tracy has made over the years to rural preservation in Virginia and her love for honoring history to understand the present would be a perfect fit. Soon after, Tracy was asked to join the board of the Heritage Foundation.

“Williamson County is literally exploding in growth and the economy is booming. It’s recognized again and again as being one of the most attractive places in America to live. But with this surging growth, there is the very real risk we all feel of losing our way and forgetting what makes our community so special, so unique,” explains Bill. “The only counter to that is preservation and conservation, collectively agreed upon and committed to. Preservation reminds us of who we are and how we got here. It’s as simple as that. If the specialness, which has defined the county for generations, is ignored, it will be lost forever.” “We feel the privilege of becoming part of something valuable and worthy of all our attention. We wanted to be a part of the excitement, honor, comradery, tradition, history, value, community and generational connection,” says Tracy. “We also love the sense of community. We love anything that takes a team to complete. We realized that with the Heritage Ball – which really is an extension of the community – it takes not just many diverse ideas from multiple team players, but it takes years of experience which forms a culture unique to this event.” The Frists have been working with Amos Gott, of AmosEvents, to bring their vision of the Ball to life. “This year’s theme is one magnificent and inspiring word: Discovery,” explains Tracy. “Discovery of our collective past, our present and our future. To better understand and appreciate who and what over time shaped us to be who we are as a people and as a community today, and how we can better shape the future.” The design for the Ball will showcase what is described as natural elegance; pairing the old and new, along with creating the environment for unity and togetherness. Tracy’s vision was in part inspired by dinners at Monticello in Tracy’s home state of Virginia, and the Ball will have design and décor elements, providing a “feast of reason” to the event. Bill and Tracy say that the theme will be more nuanced and suggested in presentation rather than explicitly spelled out, but they hope that through the overall experience that each guest will have more of an understanding and appreciation of Williamson County. The first discovery being the Past, with respect for those who preceded us, honoring our heritage, complexity of humanity, lessons of sacrifice, compassion and empathy, music and song as inspiration. The second part of the discovery will be acknowledging the Present - equality, tolerance, strength in diversity, loyalty and patriotism, humility, stewardship of nature and the world around us. And the final discovery being the Future with preservation of values, innovation and entrepreneurship, collaboration, mutual responsibility, wisdom, conservation and respect for others. “The specific narrative of the Ball will engage and lead the attendees on a timeline comprised of a series of very short burst historical vignettes that shaped the character and values of the peoples of Middle Tennessee,” explains Tracy. “What better way to be introduced to

an evening of honoring the past than passing literally through the battlefield and by Carnton as you approach the tented venue? Valet parking leads into a warmly decorated cocktail tent, where you will be welcomed with ‘The Franklin Grove,’ a specially designed cocktail created by McConnell Hospitality Group, that celebrates the fall harvest of apples and good bourbon. You will be surrounded with elegant photo areas and a carefully chosen collection of silent auction items,” the event, as described by Tracy. “From the cocktail tent experience, guests will transition into a beautifully designed grand tent, open on all sides to showcase Carnton and the rolling grounds. There will be two stages to accommodate, first, the surprise thematic entertainment and then later in the evening, the main stage will feature the exciting music of Kix Brooks and the Craig Duncan Orchestra. The tent’s décor pairs features of nature with the elegance of old-world silver and crystal, and balances the colors of fall in deep mossy greens and bright hues of the harvest season,” Tracy says. Aside from the Heritage Foundation, the Frists are active in various efforts. Recently, Tracy was instrumental in the restoration of the Spring House at Carnton, which will be utilized as an education resource for the visitors. They both feel that their lives are centered around a oneness of nature in the most holistic sense and say that they fundamentally believe that honoring the past provides rich wisdom to live more fully in the present, and to better prepare us for the future. With the Heritage Foundation’s recent purchase of the former O’More College of Design property in downtown Franklin, the restoration and renovation of the newly named Franklin Grove Estate and Gardens, will have a large place in the overall purpose of this year’s Heritage Ball. When asked about the exciting plans for this property and their role in helping to preserve such a unique and special place, Tracy says: “There are so many things to look forward to that will be so impactful to this community! We are especially excited by the Heritage Classroom educational program and the relocation and restoration of the Lee-Buckner Rosenwald schoolhouse, showcasing the history of African-American students and the teachers attending the school,” exclaims Tracy. “The Williamson Inc. Center for Innovation, in the LeHew Mansion, will spark innovation and be a dynamic center for new and creative ideas. The newly related meeting places will foster collaboration and the major event space will bring people together to celebrate and affirm community projects and activities. Everything about this center will be inclusive and unifying for the entire region.” Tracy and Bill are both proudly engaged with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as well. Tracy serves on the Tennessee state board of TNC and Bill serves as Vice-Chairman of the TNC Global Board. Tracy is on the board of Centerstone for Tennessee and Vice-Chair for the Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic. They are active with the Smithsonian Institution. Bill is on the board of the National Museum of the American Indian and has previously served on the YOURWILLIAMSON.COM 29

Board of Regents for the entire Smithsonian Institution. In addition, he has served on the board of the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. They say that akin to preservation is their commitment to conservation. Their efforts are grounded in the ethical use and nurturing protection of the valuable natural resources at their Williamson County home and farm, Old Town, as well as the farm at Sinking Creek in Virginia. When Bill and Tracy moved from their Nashville home to their home in Franklin, historic Old Town, they did so because of the history and legacy connected to Williamson County. “We purposely moved to Williamson County because of its unique sense of history and time and place,” says Bill. At Old Town, they work to honor the preservation of the Harpeth River, the thousand-year-old Mississippian culture Indian mounds, hundreds of limestone box graves, the 1801 dry-stacked stone bridge, and the 1846 Thomas Brown House that they live in and the adjacent smokehouse. The love and passion for the county and their historic home runs deeper than words can portray for both Tracy and Bill. “I have come to Franklin for the past sixty years on a regular basis. Dr. Harry Guffee was my dad’s best friend and, as a child, practically every Sunday we would come out to the Guffee’s old home place or out to his farm to ride horses and listen to stories. I would watch for hours as he rode his cutting horses,” explains Bill. “When I was in elementary school, I would come out to Old Town for the Goodpasture picnics,

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mesmerized by the stories Mr. Goodpasture would recount of the ancient civilization - with kings and princesses that had lived on his property, in a heavily fortified village, for over 250 years. And to think that now Tracy and I are the stewards of this sacred place.” “It is in my DNA… My genetic family are among the many to settle in the mountainous region of Appalachia. The sense of place and communication is altered by the physical geographical barriers of mountains and valleys. Storytelling, oral history and tradition are the connectors for the generations of people,” says Tracy. “It is in my culture… Growing up in the diversity of a historic mountainous region, I learned that generational traits are handed down by many avenues. Children become strong, complete citizens through many facets - genetics, role models, oral histories, individualism and sense of community are a few. If a child walks their main street and doesn’t see an 1800’s courthouse that handled civil issues, they don’t see a railroad bed that carried coal to fuel the world, or they don’t see an old chestnut log loading-chute used to help transport livestock to western plains and they only see modernization. Then the world becomes too sterile to develop true character. Without the trail of history evident in their daily lives, the wisdom and lessons of their preceding generations will be lost.” To learn more about the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, purchase tickets for this year’s Heritage Ball or Late Party, or to make a donation, visit

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Basin Pool Designs : A Design|Build company Specializing in Collaborative Outdoor Projects No one can deny the recent rise in popularity of artistic, outdoor spaces. We as a society are more inspired and influenced by design than ever before. From a perfectly constructed home to the car that sits in the driveway, design matters and we notice. There is a feeling of calmness that you might recognize when something is visually appealing. Whether that is the color of a room, a window that frames the perfect view or properly placed flowers in a room; we know what feels right. By creating a space that has the correct colors, the correct lighting, the properly placed water shape and strategic placement of plants and trees, designers are able to transform each space to have specific energy. This may sound hippy dippy, but this is color theory and architectural design. When a prospective client calls into Basin Pool Designs, we know they have likely been to Houzz, Pinterest, or Architectural Digest. They are looking for something different; They are looking for art! They really just want to find a designer or architect that can bring their vision to fruition. They not only want to have a firm design their project, they want to have several high-quality firms in the mix to handle other important aspects such as landscaping and architectural lighting.

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The consumer wants collaboration and full customization. I’d encourage collaboration so each aspect of the project is being handled by a pro! There may be more moving parts to this approach, but the project will be better off. Embrace the process! There are several highly talented designers and architects in this area, but few truly have knowledge of swimming pools. I encourage consumers to seek out a design build firm like Basin Pool Designs when considering a pool project. We not only educate them on the pros and cons of various features, architectural dimensions, spatial arrangement, etc., we are also able to design what can be properly constructed here in middle Tennessee. There are so many variables to consider when designing a swimming pool and the comprehensive environment, and consumers should be encouraged to seek out firms that are more hands-on with both design and build. This allows less room for error and more room for client satisfaction. Unless a designer has built or lived with a swimming pool, they may not be able to create a pool that meets all of your needs. All things must be considered.

Basin Pool Designs wants the consumer base here to know that not all firms are created equal. The swimming pool industry is small in middle Tennessee, and Basin has established a good name by practicing code-based construction in a market where there is very little government oversight. We build every project to engineered specifications. Yes, we use an engineer on every project! The beautifully designed plan is just the start but can end up in failure if the right construction techniques are not applied. We take every aspect of the construction process seriously and our clients have noticed. We want you to be educated on as much as possible so you, the consumer, may be able to make educated decisions regarding features and products. Basin Pool Designs offers much more than just a pretty back yard. We want the final product to be an echo of our efforts through the balanced design and expert installation.

COMMUNITY | Your Charitable Self

Building Houses, Creating Homes BY PAIGE ATWELL

They say that there are several different things that go into truly making a house feel like a home, and if you were to ask Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury volunteers Cathy Culp and Carol McDaniel, they couldn’t agree more. Spending a large chunk of their time volunteering as builders and designers for Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury, Cathy and Carol are quite the dynamic duo. With equal passions for serving and always being willing to do more, it’s easy to see why they work so well together. Cathy got her start with Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury after seeing an ad for volunteers in her church bulletin at Brentwood Baptist Church. After two years of volunteering in the organization, Cathy found herself wondering what more she could do to help. “I really wanted to do something that I was passionate about as opposed to something that I had to do in order to earn money,” explained Cathy. “I later went to a class at church that was supposed to help us figure out how we could best use our abilities and passions. It just hit me after that class; instead of getting a degree in interior design, why don’t you do that for the Habitat owner?” In 2009, Cathy reached out to the soon-to-be owner of the Habitat home she was working on to see if she could choose any room for her to decorate, which would it be? The mother chose her thirteen-yearold daughter’s room, explaining that it had been difficult for her to leave their beautiful home when her father left them. So, Cathy looked around her own house to see what she might be able to refurbish, got ideas on colors and designs that she liked and got to work. In the end, what was supposed to be one room turned into a full home design. “It just really fulfilled what I was looking for,” explains Cathy. In 2010, Habitat for Humanity started Women Build, a themed build event meant to connect their organization with women-owned businesses and women volunteers. It was at the first meeting for this new event that Cathy first met Carol, and as Cathy says, “what a godsend that was.” After losing her husband and retiring all in the same year, Carol found herself in a big transitional period. When she met Cathy and heard about what she was doing, she knew it was something she wanted to be a part of. “I’ve always been handy and good with DIY projects at home,” said Carol. “So I kind of knew this was something I would love.” And as the saying goes, the rest is history. Over the years, Cathy and Carol have went from designing rooms to furnishing entire houses. Combining their skills, the two are the perfect pair. From her first project, Cathy taught herself how to refurbish and rebuild pieces, so she handles more of the furniture and big items. On the more creative side, Carol enjoys sowing and crafting accessories for the home, and has


even created original paintings for home recipients. While they do work with Habitat’s local ReStore and receive gently used donations, they still end up using a lot of their own time and resources. Each project depends on the specific family’s needs, and there isn’t much they haven’t done. But from a glam home makeover, to Spider Man and princess-themed bedrooms, there has yet to be one they haven’t loved. “I’ve volunteered for other things and I still do, but this has become my passion too,” explains Carol. “We just love to work with the homeowners and get to know them. We just feel like rather than writing a check, we’re really impacting their lives.” Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury prides themselves on being an organization that helps provide affordable housing for all. Their mission is to enhance pride in home ownership through not only beautifully built neighborhoods, but also by providing affordable mortgage payments, educational courses on budgeting and home ownership and stable environments for families that have proven to have long term benefits such as higher graduation and performance rates. “We serve teachers, firefighters, police officers, people that work at hospitals and gas stations,” explains Jennee. “People think it’s only for low income families but it’s not; It could be any of us.” If you’re looking for ways to help or get involved, Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury is always looking for new volunteers. You can also make monetary donations online, home goods and clothing donations to their ReStore or start volunteer groups in your church, business or neighborhood. “I just wanted to include Genesis 12:2: ‘I will bless you so that you will be a blessing,’” said Cathy. “That passage has always stuck home with me and is part of why I do this. I feel so fortunate to be able to do this. I’m continually blessed. The way things come together, it’s not a coincidence. God really is moving and makes all this possible. It’s just really amazing to look at the little miracles that come together on some of these houses.” For more information on Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury, visit


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LIFESTYLE | The Lady Entertains

Hosting a Housewarming Party BY KRISTA EHRET

Moving into a new home is an exciting milestone and definitely one that I believe should be celebrated with friends and family. For those of us who enjoy entertaining, it's like a christening of all the upcoming events and memories that will take place in your new abode. Whether your first condo or your forever home, here are some tips for creating a special housewarming party that's sure to kick off many happy years. Give Yourself Time to Nest.

Even for the most organized mover, getting settled into a new house can take some time. Walking into a disaster zone of half unpacked boxes, bare walls and missing kitchen wares is not the first impression you want to create. Give yourself a month or so before the big reveal. Be the Host, Not the Chef.

The heart of most homes is the kitchen. While I am a huge advocate of preparing homemade meals, this is not the time to showcase your culinary skills with an elaborate dinner. I suggest serving small bites that are pre-made versus a full sit-down meal. It keeps the atmosphere light and allows you 36 SEPTEMBER 2019

to move around the space easier as you know guests will want a tour. Having everything prepped ahead of time keeps your kitchen from being messy during the party. Think elegant, but simple, cocktail party fare: charcuterie, shrimp cocktail, sliders, crab or spinach dip and some bite-size desserts. Champagne is a fun addition to the bar since this is a celebration. Break out your nice platters, ice bucket and glassware to really showcase the kitchen that you've so been coveting. Let the House Speak for Itself.

The point of this event is to welcome loved ones into your new home for the first time. While Pinterest would love for you to prep for your party by decking out your new space with pineapples and welcome wagons, keep things simple and showcase the character of the house itself. Make the front door and entry as welcoming as possible with a nice wreath, welcome mat, planters with flowers and lanterns. The foyer or immediate living space should be lit with comfortable ambiance (think lamps versus bright, overhead lighting) and should include a scented candle and fresh flowers. The

kitchen or dining area will speak for itself with the food and drinks. Remember that guests will want to see literally every space (coat closet... anyone?), so make sure things are tidy. Place nice guest towels in the half bath, seasonal candles or essential oil diffusers in several rooms, and fresh flowers wherever you have a good spot for them. Invite the Neighbors.

If you want to make the most out of your new location, you should really get to know those around you. By inviting your new neighbors, you become approachable and even if they don't attend, they will admire the fact that you reached out, as they are probably just as curious about who the newbies are as you are about them. Making the first interaction in a group setting makes for an easy (non-awkward) get to know you session. KRISTA EHRET

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Witherspoon Home Tour

Witherspoon, Brentwood’s premier luxury new-home community, is gearing up for its Second Annual Fall Home Tour presented by Huskey Truss & Building Supply to be held September 27th – 29th.

This year’s self-guided tour will feature twelve luxury market homes in varying stages of construction from Barlow Builders, Castle Homes, Ford Classic Homes, Legend Homes and Schumacher Homes. The fully decorated Ford Classic Homes model will be a part of the tour. Homes on the tour are priced from approximately $1.5 Million to $3.5 Million. The tour will be open daily on the three-day weekend from 12 PM – 5PM and admission is FREE!


A special Food Truck Saturday will be held from 12- 3PM on ON On September 28th the first 150 guests will be served a free lunch from The Grilled Cheeserie and Doxie’s Pizza food trucks that are being sponsored by Graham’s Living and HomeLift, Inc. Plus, flavored cotton candy will be supplied by Pandy Cotton Candy. Additional sponsors for the event include Gold Sponsor - Fridrich & Clark Realty, and Bronze Sponsors - Central Bank, CenWood Appliance, Franklin Synergy Bank, Ragan-Smith Associates, Willow Branch Landscapes and Winsupply. “We always have a great turnout for our tour events,” said Mike Ford, Witherspoon co-developer and president of Ford Classic Homes.

“We invite the general public and our Witherspoon home owners to come out and tour the homes. Whether you are in the market for a new home or out to gather ideas, the Witherspoon Fall Home Tour is a great place to be.� There will also be a grand prize drawing for a $500 Nordstrom gift card for all attendees who visit all homes on the tour and then turn in their passport sheet with the required information. The tour starts at the Witherspoon Clubhouse located at 1469 Witherspoon Drive in Brentwood off of Crockett Road. Be sure to stop there first and pick up your tour booklet and passport sheet. For more information call the Witherspoon sales team at 615.371.1590 or visit


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LIFESTYLE | Interior Thinking

Serenity for the Soul



The time has arrived to redesign the interiors of our home. Where do we begin? More often than not, clients have in mind beginning this process in the living areas. Why? Maybe because that’s where we spend most of our time and after all, that’s what our guests will also experience. But hold on… here’s another perspective.

As we transition into the bathing area, we should continue the ambiance we have created in the lounging areas of the master suite. Shocking colors in the bathroom do not bring relaxation to the soul. Our minds control our bodies, and our minds are directly affected by the colors and texture we surround ourselves with.

What if we turned that thinking on its ear? What if we put our priority on our private rooms, the ones our guests rarely see? These are the spaces that directly affect the way we live and feel, define our waking moments as well as our restful times and bring us better health and peace. I am suggesting we begin the transformation in the master suite.

To help prepare our spirits for the relaxation we will experience in the master suite, if space is available, we should begin the transition between the living areas and the boudoir. That is where we begin the journey. Choosing the correct color palette for the art and wall hangings can aid the relaxation process as we head towards our private oasis.

Serenity can generate from a master bedroom infused with soft colors and fabrics that emanate peace and comfort to the occupant. Clearly, the softer the finishes on the pieces we choose help us create an environment that can bring down our blood pressure from an often active and hectic day. When we combine those choices with soothing bedding and calming colors like soft greens and blues, the difference can be palpable.

There is one final perk to creating serenity in the private spaces. If we are planning a redesign on other parts of our home’s interior, we are sure to experience some increased levels of stress and anxiety. By creating our ‘safe place,’ we have a refuge to heal us so we can enjoy the process.

Once we have created the soft color palette, there are often touches that can further enhance a serene spirit. Creating spa-like environments with added accessories like neatly display towels, candles, perfumes or toiletries will add to the sense of calmness.


So, envision the relaxing, healing space your bedroom and bathroom, properly executed with beautiful art, colorations, and furnishings, can bring to your life. Zen is on its way. J.R. ROPER

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COMMUNITY | Days Gone By


As Franklin moves ever forward there remain fragments of our past. These fragments are the ever-present reminders that something very important happened here 155 years ago. In a battle that Lt. General Arthur MacArthur, Jr. would later describe to his son, Douglas MacArthur, as second only to Gettysburg in its importance in the American Civil War, indeed, something very important happened. For after Franklin, though the war went on for several more months, with battles still to be fought in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas and even in Nashville, the tide had turned and no one but the propagandist believed that it wasn’t over. With the Battle of Franklin, the hopes and dreams of the southern cause faded into history and as Shelby Foote has written, we stopped being “these United States and became THE United States. In five of the bloodiest hours of the war, second only to an afternoon at the Battle of Antietam, something died and something was reborn. Those nearly 10,000 casualties – dead, wounded and lost – did not sacrifice in vain at Franklin, for out of the carnage came, as Sam Watkins, a boy who fought at Franklin was to write, “America has no North, no South, no East, no West. The sun rises over the hills and sets over the mountains, the compass just points up and down, and we can laugh now at the absurd notion of there being a north and a south. We are one and undivided.” And so, while Franklin moves forward, it is important to be aware of the fragments of our past. Of course we are grateful for the preservation of The Carter House, The Lotz House and Carnton Plantation with the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, the McGavock Family Cemetery and the Enslaved Cemetery… Yet, there are other fragments of the past all around us. Among my favorites is St Paul’s Episcopal Church, used as a stable by the union and then has a hospital for the Union wounded after the battle. Years later, money was sent from the veterans association of the Grand Army of the Republic to help rehabilitate the building. For 50 SEPTEMBER 2019

me, there are few buildings in Franklin that can better tell the story of the battle than St Paul’s. Further down West Main Street stands Boxmere. Built in 1850, the Greek Revival house was the home of the widow Bethenia Perkins Figuers and her two sons at the time of the battle. Like the entire community of men, women and children, black and white, the family found themselves in the cellar - that is with the exception of her son, Hardin Perkins Figuers, age twelve, who had ventured out to climb up in a tree in the front yard to watch the battle. Once bullets began to whiz past him, he climbed down and ran for the cellar. He stayed there until bullets started coming through the cellar windows and he made his way out into a safe place. The tree, alas, is gone now but the story will live on as long as young boys seeks adventure. I could never leave out The Masonic Lodge, one of the first three-story buildings built in “the west.” But more importantly, the site of a conference that lead to the removal of the Native population, a place where Franklin women gathered to make uniforms for the Confederacy and then where formerly enslaved men enlisted in the service of the United States Colored Troops. With such a rich and long history, is there any question why the community has been uniting in their efforts to save it? While over on that side of Franklin, I would never want to forget the old Factory Store, now Landmark Books, one of the oldest commercial buildings in Franklin. Like all the rest in the aftermath of the battle, it served as a hospital for wounded and dying. I could say so much more about all these buildings along with so many others, still with us a century and a half after a battle that was to forever change Franklin and our nation. In the Old Testament, we are admonished to honor those places where something important happened. We live in such a place. These buildings stand on ‘hallowed ground’ and nothing can ever change that. I like living in this place with its layered history of men and women striving to make their way in this world. I look forward to the future as I savor our past. ROBERT HICKS Days Gone By Robert Hicks is a New York Times best-selling author and preservationist. His work The Widow of the South brought national attention back to the American Civil War and the impact that the Battle of Franklin played in our history. His efforts have been instrumental in battlefield reclamation in Franklin.

SOCIAL | Servepro Charity Golf Classic

Photography by Lee Cunningham Tim and Natasha Wesley held their fourth annual Servpro of Williamson County Charity Golf Classic at Temple Hills Golf Course in August to raise funds for CASA of Williamson County. For the third year in a row, Team Construction LLC was the key presenting sponsor. The golfers enjoyed treats from Daddy’s Dogs, Moe’s Original BBQ and Donut Distillery. Bloody Mary’s were served by Nashville’s 4th and Peabody Tavern. The silent auction featured sports memorabilia and Bryan Woods of Salon Capelli emcee’d the awards lunch and the live auction. Keith Burns of Trick Pony surprised golfers with an impromptu performance of a song he just recorded with John Schneider. It was a fun-filled event raising funds to help Williamson County CASA advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Williamson County community. For more information on Williamson County CASA, visit

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LIFESTYLE | Read Between the Lines

ENDURING SOUTHERN HOMES by Eric Ross Photography by Evin Krehbiel People who embrace traditional style have a fondness for heritage and stories. As a professional interior designer, Eric Ross has upheld centuries-old design concepts while injecting fresh colors and fabrics into the mix for more than twenty years. His approach to traditional decorating includes a bit of French country, a lot of Southern hospitality and spills over into his lifestyle and entertaining prose. In Enduring Southern Homes, Eric Ross showcases beautiful projects and gives tips on how to create your very own enduring home, regardless of where you live. Interior designer Eric Ross has over twenty years of design experience. With a background in bespoke furnishings and a penchant for traditional fabrics and antiques, Ross creates dynamic home interiors that blend comfortable southern living with timeless style. Blue-and-white porcelain, mixing fabrics on furniture, statement print curtains, artistic wall groupings and tasteful displays of homeowners’ personal collectibles star among Ross’ signature look, which celebrates the most appealing tenets of southern design. Ross enlivens spaces and works magic with his refined southern aesthetic. His lush designs reflect his traditional style as well as the passions and preoccupations of his clients. 54 SEPTEMBER 2019

Inspiration for updating timeless interiors from an expert on southern decorating.


Former Williamson County resident, Eric Ross’ work has been published in Traditional Home, Southern Style, Southern Lady, The Cottage Journal and many other publications. Eric was also Your Williamson’s Interior Thinking contributor in the past as well, and many of the homes he highlights in his new book are in our community. His passion is to fan the flame of traditional decorating with a deeply southern aesthetic. A Kentucky native, he now lives in Nashville, with his wife Ruthann, daughter Julianne and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Prince Darby and Dixie. Follow him at and on Instagram at @ericrossinteriors. Evin Krehbiel has been a professional photographer for over twelve years in Nashville. Her work has been published in Pizzazzerie: Entertain in Style (by Courtney Whitmore, Gibbs Smith) and magazines. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

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MONTHLY | Socially Yours


This is a great question because it sounds like you already know the importance of making your guests feel welcome! If you have no idea where to begin, we suggest staying overnight in your own guest room. This will allow you to experience the space and it’s possible shortcomings, then you can address them so that all your houseguests experience great hospitality. You may find that the pillows need replacing or that your nightstand needs to be moved closer to a plug for phone charging. Here are some tips that will show your guest great Southern hospitality: 1. Frame your Wi-Fi username and password and place it in a prominent location 2. Temperature is subjective so provide lighter and heavier bedding options and an extra fan can make a room more comfortable to sleep in. 3. Provide a carafe of water and glass or a bottle of water per guest and a local snack like Franklin Toffee or Olive and Sinclair Chocolate. 4. Fresh flowers in the bedroom or guest bathroom bring happiness and freshness to a guest space. If you know a favorite flower of your house guest, then that is an even more special touch! 5. Share the guest room closet with your guests! If it’s packed full then at least clear some space right in the middle and some open hangers.

rummaging through closets. 7. Keep a basket of basic toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste and feminine products and place in the guest bathroom. 8. If you’d like to avoid any embarrassing moments for you or your guests, make sure there is a plunger in the guest bathroom! 9. Even though technology is always changing, if you have an extra phone charger that might work for your guest, go ahead and leave that next to your Wi-Fi password. 10. Finally, if your guests will be doing things on their own, list out suggested restaurants and attractions for them. You could even grab some brochures at the Visitors Center to showcase different tourist attractions.

6. Set out the bathroom towel and washcloth so your guests are not We’re not sure who said it, but there’s a saying that fish and houseguests both start to stink after three days. So there’s some wisdom in discussing in advance the intended stay with anyone coming to stay with you and that way you’re stocked up and there’s no surprises. Nashville and the surrounding areas are being flooded with travelers so expect guests! Your mindfulness will be felt by your guests and make their visit all the more pleasant. Enjoy creating the space! If you’d like to hear more thoughts on setting up a guest room, check out Episode fifteen of Steel Magnolias Podcast. LAURA BETH PETERS & LAINIE STUBBLEFIELD Steel Magnolias Podcast

These two sisters co-host the weekly podcast, Steel Magnolias – Holding on to the Good of the South. As Native Nashvillians they love family, traditions and all things Southern. Both sisters currently reside in Franklin, Tennessee. You can connect with them on Instagram at @SteelMagnoliasPodcast.

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SOCIAL | WCAR Golf Scramble

Photography by Jen Franks The Williamson County Association of Realtors (WCAR) celebrated their thirty-first annual Golf Scramble at Vanderbilt’s Legends Club in August. It was an exciting day as guests enjoyed breakfast, a fabulous day on the sunny course and a luncheon to finish up the event! Each year, the Golf Scramble raises funds to benefit WCAR’s REALTOR Good Works Foundation. To learn more about WCAR, visit

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Lone Oak Builders is a home renovation and new construction company founded in 2016 by Grayson Simmons. As a Nashville native, Grayson began flipping homes in the Green Hills area at the age of sixteen with his parents and siblings - sparking his passion for the custom home industry. After graduating from Auburn University, he decided to turn that passion into his career by forming Lone Oak Builders. With projects from Belle Meade to Franklin, they are qualified to work on any scale, from single room renovations to fully custom, new construction. Working alongside the most seasoned designers, architects and subcontractors in the middle Tennessee area, Lone Oak Builders aims to provide a customer-focused building experience and a quality-built home that will stand the test of time. Instagram: LoneOakBuilders 615-714-8278




4 BEDS / 4 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $899,900 / 3,711 SQ FT


4 BEDS / 4 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $934,900 / 3,671 SQ FT




4 BEDS / 4 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $949,900 / 4,107 SQ FT

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4 BEDS / 3 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $964,900 / 3,499 SQ FT


5 BEDS / 5 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $1,284,900 / 5,115 SQ FT

1726 CHAMPIONSHIP BLVD. 5 BEDS / 4 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $1,000,000 / 4,773 SQ FT


4 BEDS / 4 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $590,000 / 3,951 SQ FT


6 BEDS / 7 FULL & 2 HALF BATHS $2,199,900 / 8,658 SQ FT

7215 PRAIRIE FALCON DR. 4 BEDS / 3 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $1,159,900 / 4,116 SQ FT

5± ACRES 1914 CHAMPIONSHIP BLVD. 5 BEDS / 5 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $874,900 / 3,844 SQ FT

5559 PARKER BRANCH RD. 4 BEDS / 3 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $1,299,900 / 4,024 SQ FT

1.39± ACRES 1714 ANDREW CROCKETT 5 BEDS / 5 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $1,795,000 / 6,024 SQ FT


5 BEDS / 5 FULL & 2 HALF BATHS $1,699,000 / 6,800 SQ FT


4 BEDS / 3 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $755,000 / 3,731 SQ FT


5 BEDS / 5 FULL & 1 HALF BATH $2,549,900 / 8,468 SQ FT

FEATURE | Welcome Home

Meander Your Way Home



4 BEDS / 3 FU $964,900


5559 Parker Branch Road | Franklin, Tennessee

198 E. MAIN ST. #200 / FRANKLIN, TN 37064 (615) 790-7400 / #00059191

3014 AR

4 BEDS / 4 FU $590,00

Finding a very special farmhouse on five scenic acres in Williamson County is becoming more difficult, which is why this house on Parker Branch Road is such a unique opportunity. When you meander down the drive and approach the beautiful estate, you notice the sweeping front porch surrounded by lush landscape and flowering trees. Stepping into the over 4,000 square foot home, the spacious foyer opens to an elegant dining room. You’ll notice the custom craftsmanship of the home with the details lovingly selected by the owners. Walking into the living room, you are mesmerized by the huge bank of windows. You’ll find gorgeous windows capturing the views throughout the home. This living room, with a fireplace, opens to a breakfast room and a keeping room. There are two fireplaces in this space – the home has three total!   The gourmet kitchen has a smart, butcher block, oversized island surrounded by beautiful, custom cabinetry and top line, stainless steel appliances, including a double oven, warming drawer and refrigerator drawers.  You can step out to the covered, screened porch and enjoy spring and summer while cozying up to a fire in the fall. The porch is beautifully finished with bead board ceiling, a designer fan and hardwood floors.   With four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, the home has a downstairs master retreat with a pretty coffered ceiling. The bathroom has double vanities, a shower (with body jets) and a charming, claw-foot tub.   Outside of the three upstairs bedrooms is an open area with lovely, built-in cabinets and plenty of room for a desk or sofa.  The enviable laundry area has plenty of room for working and cabinet storage as well as a door for outside access.   You’ll love the three-car garage and the home has a full, unfinished basement, giving you a lot of options for this bonus space.    The home is zoned for Williamson County Schools, Hillsboro Elementary and Middle School and Independence High School.   Bring your chickens, livestock or just enjoy being surrounded by nature as you hike around the wooded home site. Listed by Lisa Culp Taylor, of the LCT Team – Parks Realty. The home is listed at $1,299,900. Contact Lisa today at 615.775.3830 to see just how special this home is. 66 SEPTEMBER 2019


Franklin PARKS On Main 415 Main Street Franklin, TN Christopher Close 615.790.7400 615.490.2004

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107 Gladstone Ln. | Westhaven $645,000 | 3 Bed | 3 Bath | 2768 SQFT.

6000 Keats St. Unit 204 | Westhaven | $448,500 2 Bed | 2 Bath | 1542 SQFT.

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6673 Hastings Ln. | Reserve at Temple Hills | $1,458,000 | 5 Bed | 4 Bath | 1 Half Bath | 4703 SQFT.

656 Aylesford Ln. | River Landing | $839,000 4 Bed | 3 Bath | 1 Half Bath | 4678 SQFT.

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2690 Thompson Station Rd. E. Thompson Station | $779,000 | 3 Bed 2 Bath | 1 Half Bath | 2084 SQFT.

1618 Championship Blvd. | Westhaven | $1,450,000 5 Bed | 4 Bath | 2 Half Bath | 6516 SQFT.Â

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SOCIAL | Great Americana BBQ Festival Photography by Jen Franks Since 2016, businesses and vendors both big and small have been cooking for a cause at the annual Great Americana BBQ Festival! This year’s event brought back all of the same great tastes as in years past, as guests enjoyed plenty of barbeque and compliments provided by all the best professional pit masters. Each year, Great Americana BBQ Festival is hosted by both the Franklin BBQ Society and the Franklin Noon Rotary Club to give back both funds and fun to the Williamson County community. To learn more about the Great Americana BBQ Festival, visit

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BRENTWOOD | $2,495,000

BRENTWOOD | $1,050,000

FRANKLIN | $1,174,900

BRENTWOOD | $1,025,000

6 Bedrooms / 5 F & 2 H Baths

6 Bedrooms / 6.5 Baths

5 Bedrooms / 4.5 Baths

6,659 Sq. Ft. / 3-Car Garage

4 Bedrooms / 3.5 Baths

8,491 Sq. Ft. / 3-Car Garage

6,855 Sq. Ft. / 3-Car Garage

Finished Basement

Finished Bsmt w/Full Kitchen

Finished Basement

Pool & Hot Tub

Heated Saltwater Pool

Views of Community Lake

MLS # 2061449

MLS # 2044116

MLS # 2067652





COLLEGE GROVE | $9,449,900

COLLEGE GROVE | $3,800,000

ARRINGTON | $837,900

COLLEGE GROVE | $2,199,900

6 Bedrooms / 7.5 Baths

6 Bedrooms / 5 F & 2 H Baths

4 Bedrooms / 3.5 Baths

5 Bedrooms / 5 F & 3 H Baths

12,707 Sq. Ft. / 5-Car Garage

8,052 Sq. Ft. / 6-Car Garage

4,611 Sq. Ft. / 3-Car Garage

6,595 Sq. Ft. / 4-Car Garage

Thermador Appliances

Finished Basement

Main Level Master Suite

New Construction • 10.23 AC

Basketball Court • Infinity Pool

Separate Guest House

2 Bonus Rooms

$100K Pool Allowance

MLS # 1952484

MLS # 1993627

MLS # 2073248

MLS # 2062592

4,600 Sq. Ft. / 3-Car Garage 3 Flex Areas • 5 Bd Potential MLS # 2069780

Representation Photo





BRENTWOOD | $1,499,900

ARRINGTON | $789,900

ARRINGTON | $869,900

ARRINGTON | $839,900

5 Bedrooms / 5 F & 2 H Baths

4 Bedrooms / 3.5 Baths

5 Bedrooms / 4.5 Baths

5 Bedrooms / 5.5 Baths

4,990 Sq. Ft. / 3-Car Garage

3,667 Sq. Ft. / 3-Car Garage

4,668 Sq. Ft. / 3-Car Garage

4,303 Sq. Ft. / 3-Car Garage

New Construction

$10K Buyer Incentive On All

$10K Buyer Incentive On All

$10K Buyer Incentive On All

Raintree Forest - Reserve

Firm Contract Closed by Dec 31

Firm Contract Closed by Dec 31

Firm Contract Closed by Dec 31

MLS # 2063099

MLS # 2061836

MLS # 2061860

MLS # 2062065

FEATURE | Pours & Palates



Dining with 360-Degree Views of the Nashville Skyline BY ANNA ROBERTSON HAM

JW Marriott Nashville has set the bar and it is set high... On the thirty-fourth floor, to be exact. Bourbon Steak is JW Marriott Nashville’s premiere steakhouse and one of the country’s five Michael Mina’s signature branded restaurants. The Mina brand consists of not only an incredible ambiance, but also a pride in their offerings of organic and hormone-free cuts of beef that are slow-poached in butter and cooked on a wood burning grill. All of the beef is hand-selected through their own auctioneer that finds all of the perfect cuts, ensuring top quality for the diners. Bourbon Steak also offers a wide selection of seasonal fish and shellfish, some being locally sourced, that can be accompanied by a wine selection of over 500 options of vino. I recently visited Bourbon Steak and had what I could describe as a “wow” experience. From the 360-views of the Nashville skyline, beautiful décor by renowned hospitality designer Tihany Design, along with the excellent service, the restaurant definitely sets itself apart. Bourbon Sky is the bar portion of the restaurant with a separate menu, specialty cocktails and a terrace that extends past the building’s edge giving one the “floating on air” experience. I was in awe of the views while I visited the restaurant for a tasting of several of their signature and new menu offerings. First, I sipped two of Bourbon Steak and Bourbon Sky’s signature cocktails - the “Rebellious” Negroni and the Traditional Whiskey Sour. Now, their cocktail menu has

a twist with a traditional side and a “rebellious” option, thanks to their Head Bartender Seth Weinberg, who has been recognized for his genius mixology on a national level. The “Rebellious” Negroni - made with Havana Club Rum, Aperol, Campari, Kina L’Aero D’Or, Lillet and grapefruit bitters - is a sweet and satisfying option for someone wanting a cocktail that is easy to drink. The Traditional Whiskey Sour is made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, lemon, egg white, Angostura and topped with a rice paper printed image of a Memphis Gibson Guitar with edible ink - making this drink a piece of art. The Gibson Guitar artwork that tops the drink is a nod to the guitar headquarters, which is located right in downtown Nashville, and the owner, who frequents the eatery. YOURWILLIAMSON.COM 75

I tried a handful of appetizers including Duck Fat Trio Fries with accompanying sauces, a Beet Salad, Salmon Tataki, Benton’s Ham Crostini and Michael’s Tuna Tartare, which is a signature dish offered at all of the Mina-branded restaurants and consist of Asian pear, pine nut, habanero, qual egg and sesame. The Tuna Tartare is mixed together at the table, allowing guests to see all of the elements that blend together creating this favored menu staple. My favorite was the Beet Salad, which is a new menu item and includes red, yellow and candy-striped beets with a lavender goat cheese mouse, citrus gastrique and pea tendrils. The colors, textures and medley of flavors in this dish made it not only delightful but beautiful as well. Another beautiful dish was the Salmon Tataki, which had young ginger, snap peas, holy basil wand Shiro Dashi vinaigrette - keeping it on the lighter side. Then, I had the opportunity to enjoy two entree offerings - the Broiled Whole Bucksnort Ranch Trout with ginger, scallions and Chinese black bean, as well as the 22oz 100-Day Dry Aged ‘Cowboy’ Rib Eye with Prime Angus Beef. All of the cuts of beef are handselected for Bourbon Steak, giving them the well-deserved reputation for being a signature steakhouse. Accompanying the entrees were the Mac & Cheese with Black Truffle, Charred Broccolini with toasted cashew and umami sauce, and the Mexican Street Corn with jalapeno, cotija and yuzu koshu. I love truffle and I think I will dream about the mac and cheese for quite some time! The last course of tastings included two desserts - Michael’s Banana Tarte Tatin and the Seckel Pear Panna Cotta, which is a new menu item. The Panna Cotta was a delicious medley of Seckel pears, brown butter bourbon ice cream and vanilla streusel. Perfect for someone who wants a dessert that satisfies the sweet tooth but also leans on the lighter side when it comes to richness. The Banana Tarte Tatin is another dish that is put together right at your table and had citrus caramel sauce and puff pastry. Oh, my goodness… Absolutely mouthwatering. If one were to cheat on their diet - this would be the way to go! Bourbon Steak and Bourbon Sky not only showcase amazing food and drinks, but also provide guests with an experience that is set apart from the rest. The staff and service were unmatched and you could feel the pride in what they were offering, whether you are there for a full meal, lite bites or just cocktails. And there was no shortage of offerings. I highly recommend dining in the sky yourself.



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Sponsored Event SOCIAL | BrightStone Bowlability Photography by K. York Franklin Lanes set the stage for BrightStone’s annual Bowlability fundraiser! Two evenings of fun and family entertainment celebrated the BrightStone family and the beautiful people who support the agency’s mission. The nonprofit serves all aspects of life for adults with special needs, including vocational training, life-long learning classes, health and wellness awareness, social and recreational awareness, music and the arts. Currently, the agency is building a new campus in southern Williamson County, which will allow the expansion of services to include on-site housing. Sixty-one teams, consisting of 350 bowlers, raised over $83,000, exceeding their goal of $80,000 and just a little short of the all-time Bowlability fundraising record. To learn more about BrightStone and upcoming events, visit

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Through a special Toy Story themed party, the Gardner School of Franklin, students, families, school directors, and members of The Gardner School’s corporate leadership gathered in August to celebrate a wish granting by Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee. Students celebrated the Make-A-Wish® child, Axl, and his family by dressing in a variety of Toy Story themed attire to show their support, as he will soon experience the magic of a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Some of Axl’s favorite characters were present to celebrate him and his wish being granted. Throughout 2019 alone, The Gardner School has donated $24,000 to Make-A-Wish® chapters across the country, supporting chapters in each of the markets in which they have school locations.

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Sponsored Event SOCIAL | Heritage Ball Reveal Party Photography by Paige Atwell The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County hosted the reveal party for the forty-sixth annual Heritage Ball at Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. The annual black-tie event is presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners this year and will be held on October 5th. The reveal party offered sponsors, patrons and special guests the opportunity to meet Ball Chairs, Senator Bill and Tracy First as well as learn firsthand special details and announcements about this year’s ball. The Foundation announced that Kix Brooks would be their special musical entertainment for the evening and showcased the event’s signature cocktail and announced that Estée Lauder is the presenting sponsor of the Heritage Ball Late Party. The theme of this year’s ball is “Discovery – discover our past, our present and our future.” The Frists and the Heritage Foundation team have worked closely with Amos Gott of AmosEvents to develop the vision and design of the historical evening. To learn more about The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, the upcoming Heritage Ball and to purchase tickets, visit

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Mark Simmons Interiors is a full-service residential design firm based in Nashville, Tennessee with projects across the southeast. While known for creating traditional spaces, Mark and his three other designers on staff are versed in classic to contemporary styles having something to offer any new client’s taste. Their services range from collaborating with architects and builders on finish selections, to fully furnishing a home. With over thirty years of experience in the design industry, they have hundreds of resources that allow them to make each space truly unique. And the best part? They can tailor their distinct, luxury service to fit any budget! No matter the scale of the project, Mark Simmons Interiors is always thrilled to use their expertise to help others create their personal oasis. To start on your new project, please contact Office Manager, Tammie Dossett at 615.269.6360.

COMMUNITY | It’s Your Business

If you were to ask Geoff Brewer, owner of United Real Estate Music City, he would tell you that he has two great passions in life; music and real estate (oh, and all things University of Kentucky). A Kentucky native with a deep appreciation of music city, Brewer got his start in real estate in 2004. With a degree in business management with an emphasis in marketing, Geoff was ready to get to work. He spent his first few years as an agent slowly growing his clientele, gradually making anywhere from ten to twelve transactions a year, while also helping build and remodel homes. Seven years ago, he decided to look into an organization called United Real Estate; and that’s when things really took off. Founded in Lexington, Kentucky was United Real Estate’s first franchise in the urban side of the market. You may have heard of their sister branch- United Country Real Estate. Similar in models but catering to different demographics, each branch offers agents unique franchising opportunities to grow their business to its fullest potential. “This model enabled me to put a lot more money in my pocket since we’re 100% model,” explains Geoff. “I was able to grow my business and become one of the top agents for United across the country for a couple of years in a row.” Shortly after, his success allowed him to do something even more exciting; make the move to music city. Recently, Geoff opened United Real Estate Music City, located on Meridian Boulevard in Franklin. While it’s perfect for meeting clients and brainstorming with his growing team, it’s certainly not your typical office space. Combining his two passions of real estate and music perfectly into one setting, Geoff built a stage for in-house shows in the office as well. “I have a band, so Nashville was the perfect place for me to put my two loves together when it comes to real estate and music,” says Geoff. “It’s been fun, and we love being here; I love seeing our agents grow.” And growing they are. In their short year and a half in business, they have grown to have twenty-seven agents total in office. Looking ahead, Geoff and the United Real Estate Music City team are excited to continue progressing, all while helping you and your family find your home here too. Joining Geoff is Managing Broker Michelle Froedge. Having been an agent since 2004, she is the agents’ resource for day-to-day needs. She is heavily involved in the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors and values continuing education as the key to a successful agent. “When I was looking to hire a managing broker, I interviewed several people, but felt that connection right away with Michelle,” explains Geoff. “She had a passion for the business and the integrity I was looking for.” What makes United different from the rest is the sense of family that they cultivate not only within their office, but all across the country. They all want each other to succeed, making them truly united. “One of the biggest things of why I did this was because I love helping other people, and it’s been a fantastic ride so far here in music city,” explains Geoff. “We look forward to growing United here.” 84 SEPTEMBER 2019



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Why Homeownership Matters BY KYLE SHULTS

Williamson County Association of REALTORS® recognizes the value of homeownership. We want to celebrate and promote the American dream of homeownership and identify the many benefits of owning that roof over your head. Most consumers know that homeownership is among the most sound investments an individual can make to begin building their personal wealth. However, owning a home is not just in the best interest of the homeowner. Below are some of the benefits of reaching this goal.

Social stability: Improved educational performance, lower crime rates and

improved health are a few social benefits linked to homeownership. Homeownership allows households to accumulate wealth, which opens doors to more engagement in communities through volunteer work, involvement in social activities and electoral participation.

Strong communities: Homeowners tend to stay in their homes longer than renters, dedicate more money to improve their home and are more engaged in enhancing their community. Homeowners are often more invested in their home and their surroundings, which leads to stronger neighborhoods and communities and increased interaction between neighbors.

Economic force: Being a homeowner also has a positive local and national

economic impact. That is because homeownership creates jobs through remodeling, landscaping, lawn service, furniture and appliances, home improvement and real estate services.

Brings families together: Homeowners are often active and connected to their

own families. Family dinners and game nights at home could mean a more-connected, happier family. Home is where people make memories and feel comfortable and secure. We at WCAR want to take this opportunity to reiterate that anyone who is able and willing to assume the responsibilities of owning a home should have the opportunity to pursue that dream and enjoy the many benefits that come along with it.


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WCAR is a not for profit trade association of nearly 3,000 REALTOR® members. Its membership also includes a growing list of affiliates and business people who, along with our REALTOR® members, are committed to bettering the communities we serve in Williamson County.

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LIFESTYLE | Styling Your Everyday

Rustic Glam Laundry Room Makeover BY JENNY REIMOLD

As a married mother of seven children, a large portion of my day is spent in the kitchen or in the laundry room. However, unlike the kitchen where my family gathers, the laundry room seems to be the area that everyone avoids. Obviously, no one wants to put forth the physical effort of cleaning the clothes. Also, our long, narrow and poorly organized laundry room is a dumping ground for bags, sports equipment and random items that don’t have a home. In an effort to make this room more inviting and pleasing to be in, I decided to give this room a makeover. Why should any other room in our home be more beautiful than the room that I spend hours in each day?

Rustic Glam

This is a design style that unites weathered wood and distressed furniture with bright whites, symmetry and sparkle. Modern farmhouse speaks to me and nothing would make this busy mom happier than to do a little laundry under the twinkle of a chandelier. In redesigning my special space, I decided to infuse a bit of country with a bit of glamour to make matching the socks of seven children just a bit more tolerable.


Accent a Wall with Some History

Our laundry room also serves as the side entry of the house and is a narrow pathway to the main living space. On the eighteenfoot wall, opposite the washer and dryer, I decided to create an accent wall from authentic barn wood to give the room some personality. I fell in love with BarnWood2Go’s peel and stick barn wood because it was a project I could do myself in one day. Unlike some of the synthetic looking peel and stick samples I saw, BarnWood2Go uses real, reclaimed barn wood from Ohio. Each piece is roughly 150 years old and is finely de-nailed, kiln dried, sanded and then wire brushed to create a gorgeous wood plank with a sweet little story of salvation. I added a custom, canvas laundry sign from Walls of Wisdom, a sweet little small business that has made several signs for our home. They have many different designs and family name signs to choose from and have become quite the Instagram sensation.

Linen Closet Transformed to Mudroom Cubbies

While our family can use every extra ounce of storage we can find, I did make the executive decision to turn the linen closet into a cubby station for backpacks, shoes and extra storage. This has turned out to be such an organizational blessing because now every child has a space for backpacks and extra bags. Our Franklin handyman added six panels along the back wall and two along each side wall. Each panel has an upper and lower hook where I hang backpacks and the younger ones’ activity bags. I also hang my purse, diaper bag and other random things in there. There are shoe shelves where I put baskets to hide the shoes and big baskets on top for wrapping paper and other utility items.

Statement Lighting

Prior to adding my new light fixtures, there were three recessed lights above the washer and dryer that felt like spotlights over my head. I originally was going to add small pendants but then saw rustic mini chandeliers with crystal accents. My husband and handyman scoffed at the idea of hanging three chandeliers in the laundry room but after they were hung, both were in awe of the change. For a total of $240 plus the labor of changing out the lights, this was the MAJOR decorative transformation that completely changed the look of my room. Carrying in my groceries and doing laundry under the gleam of a chandelier just makes my design heart happy.

Barn Door Addition Even though I love my new cubbies, this area is still likely to get messy because children are involved. I asked our handyman to build barn doors as a functional approach to hide the mess but yet as a decorative statement piece in the room. I used Sherwin Williams Alabaster and Interesting Aqua (the same color as the cabinets) for a pop of color that really has transformed that space. Again, since my laundry room is small, I had to custom make the 24.5” x 84’ and in total with hardware, it was about $650 of material not including the labor.


Styling Your Everyday Writer and Franklin resident, Jenny Reimold, is a local designer who serves as HomeGoods’ “Style Expert.” Her work has been featured in House Beautiful, HGTV, People Magazine online, Property Brothers and Good Morning America. To follow her work, visit her Instagram @jennyreimold.


Sponsored Event SOCIAL | Raise the Roofs Sponsor’s Party Photography by Paige Atwell Friends of Franklin Parks kicked off this year’s Raise the Roof ’s celebration at their sponsors party, held a few days before the main event. Hosted by Jennifer and Jamey Parker at their Franklin home, the evening offered sponsors and guests live music from People on the Porch, catering by Menu Maker and cocktails courtesy of Leiper’s Fork Distillery. Every year, event sponsors and volunteers make Raise the Roofs a can’t-miss event. To learn more about Friends of Franklin Parks and Raise the Roofs, visit

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Château Élan Winery & Resort

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Braselton, Georgia

Within the sweeping panorama of the North Georgia foothills, Château Élan Winery & Resort began with the planting of lush vineyards and has grown into a 3,500-acre luxury destination known for being one of the most awarded wineries on the east coast. Situated just forty minutes northeast of Atlanta and immediately transporting guests to the French countryside, the resort is in the midst of a $25 million renovation, scheduled for completion in November 2019.

terrace pool and more. “Embarking on a renovation of this magnitude for a resort destination with such a well-respected reputation requires a committed responsibility to honor the property’s legacy, while still delivering upon the modernized expectation to mirror our evergrowing wine, epicurean and experiential programs,” said Ed Walls, general manager, Château Élan Winery & Resort. “Every single detail was hand-selected with great intention and we cannot wait to introduce the new generation to our beloved Chateau Élan.”

The complete transformation introduces a fresh, yet timeless, modernized design while delivering a unique, distinctly southern concept dressed in French undertones, honoring the existing estate’s 16th century-style charm. Beckoning a new generation, the transformation will include a complete overhaul of the lobby, with a facelift to the existing pool terrace and immersive spa. The existing property is home to a 16th century-styled château with a full-service winery and tasting bar, AAA Four Diamond Inn dressed in romantic undertones, an immersive 35,000 square foot European spa, forty-five holes of championship golf, newly renovated tennis center, seven delectable restaurants, a sparkling

THE CHATEAU STORY Château Élan Winery & Resort began with the planting of lush vineyards and has grown into a 3,500-acre luxury destination known for being one of the most awarded wineries on the east coast. Originally founded by Don & Nancy Panoz, Château Élan was purchased in January 2018 by an affiliate of Greenwich, Connecticut based real estate firm, Wheelock Street Capital and is now managed by HEI Hotels & Resorts.


SAVORY SELECTIONS During your stay at Chateau Elan there are no shortages when it

comes to fine dining. Options include: Marc Bar & Restaurant - The southern-inspired bar and chophouse, Marc Bar & Restaurant is designed to complement the resort’s vast locale. Versailles - Located inside the sunny glass-topped Inn atrium, the Versailles Restaurant at Château Élan features a gourmet American Cuisine buffet as well as a set menu with a modern twist. Paddy’s Irish Pub - Completely authentic, all of Paddy’s furnishings and fixtures were created in Ireland. The pub was then shipped to Château Élan in Braselton, Georgia, reassembled here, and opened in July of 1997. Paddy’s is a spirited pub serving up traditional Irish food, beverage, and live music. Sarazen’s Bar & Grille - Sarazen’s Bar and Grille is conveniently located at the Château Élan Golf Club. In addition to an AllAmerican menu featuring grilled meats, sandwiches, and salads, the grille also maintains a stocked bar, views of the eighteen green and big screen TVs. Fleur-de-Lis - Fleur-de-Lis is a lovely, sunny dining room overlooking the lake and gazebo at the Château Élan Spa where the Spa Chef beautifully prepares gourmet breakfasts and lunch dishes served using the choicest of healthy ingredients. Louis House of Bourbon - Located on the main level of the Chateau Elan Inn, Louis’ House of Bourbon is scheduled to open in September 2019 as a contemporary sports bar serving up craft cocktails, wine and beer in a posh, eclectic setting. Le Soleil Pool Bar - Located at the main resort pool, Le Soleil offers guests a light selection of refreshing sandwiches, salads, and snacks to accompany their favorite poolside cocktail. GRAPE TO GLASS Extremely driven by the terroir concept, which is based on the fundamental truth that every vineyard gives an unique expression to the wine made from the grapes that are grown on it, our winemaker Simone Bergese selected vineyards in the top areas of California. All of the wines undergo the same quality process, the difference between their final tear depends only by the natural “talent” that the wine will develop and show. Simone’s standards of grape quality allow him to work on a different level of winemaking, which is determined by the product, never by the market. His style and inputs definitely show on our wines but never overpower the true identity of the varieties. The end results are wines that show complexity, sometimes elegant, sometimes powerful, sometimes they will remind you of your Southern grandmother’s backyard muscadine berries and other times they will remind you of Italy, or France, or Napa, or Spain. With more than twenty-nine respected wines, Chateau Elan offers everything from velvety and luscious red reserves to crisp


sauvignon blanc and sweet moscato to the rare Tahitian sparkling pineapple wine fit for a king. Sip, Sip, Hooray - Tour the iconic winery that has defined Chateau Elan or decades. Wine stewards guide you through a behindthe-scenes look at the winery vat and production rooms while explaining the entire winemaking process from grape to glass. After your tour concludes, enjoy a guided tasting of five winemaker selected wines. AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE Spa - Celebrated as Atlanta’s only spa destination experience for both women and men, the European-style Spa has fourteen newly renovated luxurious overnight guest suites and is nestled inside the mansion overlooking a sparkling lake, canopied forest of trees, emerald green lawns and flowering shrubs. Golf - Few golf resorts possess the beauty and variety offered by Château Élan’s forty-five holes of championship golf. From the rolling Georgia hills of the Woodlands, to the serene valley lakes on the Château, each course is unique in character and design. Managed by Troon Golf combined with unparalleled customer service, the environment at Château Élan will lend for a truly memorable golf experience. 94 SEPTEMBER 2019

ENCHANTING EVENTS Marvelous Meetings - With a 40,000-square-foot conference center, state-of-the art technology and dedicated professionals on staff, Château Élan makes your goals our goals. From meeting rooms to grand ballrooms, the facility can accommodate groups of 15 to 1500, fulfilling all needs to host productive meetings. Weddings - With its breathtaking views and lush vineyards, Château Élan acts as the perfect backdrop to create magical moments. From large, luxurious ballroom receptions, to intimate vineyard elopements to industrial chic celebrations, their property offers many options to suite every style and vision. To learn more about Château Élan Winery & Resort’s renovation, please visit To make a reservation, please visit or call 678.425.0900. Château Élan Winery & Resort 100 Rue Charlemagne Braselton, Georgia 30517

SOCIAL | Agape Animal Ball Photography by Melissa DelRossi The Agape Animal Ball was, once again, another successful fundraiser for our furry friends! Held at the Factory at Franklin, it was a fabulous night of silent and live auctions, great food and some killer entertainment! Agape Animal Rescue works to unite dogs with their forever homes, while giving these animals a loving, nurturing environment to grow in. This fundraiser raises awareness, as well as provides support for the animals’ health and well-being. To learn more about Agape Animal Rescue and how you can help, visit

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DOG-FRIENDLY YAPPY HOUR? YES, PLEASE! Hello pup lovers, It has been HOT, HOT, HOT! But there are ways to beat this heat… Scout’s Pub is celebrating the “dog days of summer” with a dogfriendly happy hour on its outdoor patio on the last Tuesday of every month through October. The next Yappy Hours are scheduled for September 24th and October 29th at 3pm. These pup-friendly gatherings will feature special food and drink deals from 3pm to 9pm, dog goodies from local vendors and more. “One of our favorite things about Franklin is that it’s such a dog-friendly community, and Scout’s patio is the perfect place for a summer Yappy Hour,” Sally Flinck, A. Marshall Hospitality Marketing Director, said. “By partnering with local organizations like the Williamson County Animal Center and various dogfocused vendors, we’re excited to make this event fun for both man and man’s best friend!” Scout’s Pub is located in the beautiful Westhaven community of Franklin. The monthly event, held on the patio at Scout’s Pub, allows guests to enjoy an extended happy hour which includes two-for-one select drafts and spirits, as well as specials on wine, pizza and starters. Four-legged friends will not be forgotten as dog-friendly goodies will be available for purchase from Painted Paw Studios and other local vendors. A puppy dog kissing booth, provided by the Williamson County Animal Center, will also be on site with adoptable dogs in hopes that they will find a new family. For more information about Scout’s Pub and its Yappy Hour, please visit Wiggle bottom and slobbery smooches to you and yours! Ollie Pup

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LIFESTYLE | A Southern Gentleman Is...

Passionate About Preservation! BY TIM KEARNS

As we look around this place we call home, you can’t help but notice the beautiful Main Street and the history of this area. I love the comments and look on our out-of-town friends or relatives’ faces when they see downtown Franklin for the first time. Those streetscapes invoke great memories of times past. This didn’t happen on its own; it took brave people, too many to name without fear of leaving someone important out, concerned about change and the loss of history. Nonprofits like The Heritage Foundation, founded more than fifty years ago in 1967, help halt the demolition and preserve decaying of structures which are part the history of this county. The Heritage Foundation continues to focus on the need for preservation in our community with projects like the renovation of the Franklin Theater into a state-of-the-art music venue and Harlinsdale Farms into a beautiful city park and major event venue. Their most recent acquisition was the former O’More College campus, which will be developed into Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. They plan to restore and rehabilitate the five-acre site into a multi-use campus with new educational offerings, publicly displayed collections, beautiful gardens, unique, private event space, while partner Williamson, Inc. will create an innovation and entrepreneurship hub on campus. The City of Franklin established the Historic Zoning Commission in 1986 to oversee new construction or renovation in the sixteenblock historic district and historic overlay properties. The goal of the Historic Zoning Commission is to “preserve and protect Franklin’s historic resources through identification, designation and design review.” It is a group of nine private citizens who volunteer their time and expertise to help home owners and business owners who want to preserve the integrity of the architecture and the overall uniqueness of the downtown area. I had the honor of serving on the commission for ten years. Most people don’t like someone telling them what they can or can’t do with their property, but a resource like the Historic Zoning Commission helps each and every property owner by maintaining the overall architectural integrity and, in turn, help to maintain and drive up property values. The Carnton Foundation was established in 1977 to address the decaying structure which was an important historic component to the Battle of Franklin as a field hospital, along with many other homes, churches and buildings in the community on the day of the battle. The home, built by Randall McGavock in 1826, was in major disrepair, being used to store hay and creating a situation called “demolition by neglect.” It was a group


of concerned citizens who were determined that to lose an architectural gem as we see Carnton today would be a great loss to the community. The Carter House on Columbia Avenue was the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin, with buildings on the property being riddled with bullet holes on both sides. The State of Tennessee purchased the property in 1951 and opened the home to the public as a house museum in 1953. The Battle of Franklin Trust was formed in 2009 to combine those two historic sites into a single story that will forever be linked to November 30, 1864. The continued battlefield reclamation in and around those sites have put Franklin into a national leadership spotlight on how to make private and municipal funds work together in a major preservation effort. I have proudly served on both the Carnton Board, then the Battle of Franklin Trust Board on and off for fifteen years. The effort the staff has put into battlefield reclamation, the educational element of all tours and the value they bring in historic tourism to middle Tennessee, is outstanding. In addition to the organizations already highlighted, there are many more group and individual efforts throughout Franklin and Williamson County, such as The Lotz House, The McLemore House African American History Museum, Breezeway, Dan German Hospital, Roper’s Knob and The Cotton Gin property. Without those whose passionate effort and vision created a mission, historically relevant properties would have disappeared forever, erasing history from Williamson County. If you live, work or play in Williamson County and haven’t been to any of the historic museum properties I mentioned, do yourself a favor and take a tour. Learn more about the history of Williamson County and appreciate the efforts of the passionate preservationists that came before us. If this article has stirred some desire inside you, these nonprofits are always looking for volunteers, donors and visitors. Get engaged in the community where you live and be proud of what we have! TIM KEARNS A Southern Gentleman Is... Tim is a Williamson County business owner who lives, works and plays all within the county limits. He has been a triathlete for thirtythree years and married to Bess Kearns for thirty-two years. All of his commitments are for the long haul!


A NEW GENERATION COME SEE US AT OUR OPEN HOUSE Our brand new designed 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is not only a great looking truck, but also award winning. We are excited to celebrate an Open House event on Thursday, March 7th (4pm-7pm) at Walker Chevrolet, where we will be showing off the new generation of Silverado, and also introducing the brand new Blazer. We will have gifts to give away, food, fun, music and games. You will not want to miss this event. If you want to attend, please email to confirm a spot. Here in Williamson County, roots run deep. And at Walker Chevrolet in Franklin, those roots began in 1926 in this community.  As a local, family-owned dealership, Walker Chevrolet takes pride in putting our relationship with the customer first.  Get a classic American brand from a local, family-owned dealership at Walker Chevrolet.  Visit or call (615) 591-6000 to get started on buying your new Chevy Silverado.

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Sponsored Event SOCIAL | Your Williamson August Mixer Photography by Paige Atwell We were thrilled to celebrate our Health & Wellness issue at our August Mixer, sponsored by Cool Springs Surgical Associates! Attendees enjoyed craft beers from Granite City Food & Brewery, delicious barbeque courtesy of Hogwood BBQ, music by Taylor Hughes and amazing giveaways. Held at the LeHew Magid Big House for Historic Preservation and the current office of The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, the evening also included tours of the Old, Old Jail throughout the evening by Williamson County Historian Rick Warwick. To learn more about Your Williamson and our upcoming events, visit and follow us on social media.

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LIFESTYLE | A Spirited Conversation

WOMEN-OWNED MEXICO DISTILLERY SELECTS WOMEN-OWNED LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR FOR ROLLOUT Vikera Tequila, named to honor the spirit and determination of the lady vikings who make it and the generations who came before them, is bringing its top-rated flight of premium, 100% Agave Azul-made tequilas to middle Tennessee. The Vinos y Locores Azteca Distillery, located in the town of Valle de Guadalupe in the Highlands region of Jalisco, Mexico, is dedicated to carrying on the mission of providing women with the opportunity to build a steady career in the art of crafting premium tequila, and they’ve selected a woman-owned boutique distributor to bring their product to middle Tennessee. Franklin-based Harvest Beverage Company, owned by Carrie Drury and April Wideman, is introducing the product to retailers and restaurants across the region. Noted tequila expert Heidi Anderson is representing the brand as its sales representative in the field. “I was first attracted to the Vikera label because of the platform they provide for women and other marginalized groups to feel empowered in the wine and spirits industry, but then I recognized the quality of the tequilas,” Carrie says. “These are extraordinarily smooth and complex, and meant to be savored. Their oxygenation process, longer barrel aging and earthy notes that are distinct to that Jalisco Highlands region produce a flavor profile that is unlike anything I’ve tasted in the U.S. market.”

Vinos y Licores Aztecas Master Distiller Melly Barajas says that Vikera is not just tequila, but the result of dreams and immense dedication to the craft. “These women put a piece of their heart and soul into every drop,” Melly says. In 2018 alone, Vikera was honored with Gold in the Global Spirits Awards, Double Gold in the World Spirits Awards and Silver in the New York International Spirits Competition. Tequila Aficionado named Vikera a Goldlevel “Brand of Promise.” The four varietals – Blanco, Añejo, Reposado and Extra Añejo are hand-crafted and aged in American white oak barrels, which complements the flavor profile. The Extra Añejo is the proudest achievement, aged for seven years and offering an extraordinarily oaky flavor similar to a fine bourbon, with a creamy texture and smooth taste with hints of vanilla and caramel. As one of the longest-aged Extra Añejo tequilas on the market, it is similar to a wine brand with a vintage attached to indicate premium quality. To learn more about Vikera, go to Now, in its tenth year of operation as a boutique premium wine and spirits distributor, Harvest Beverage Company is introducing Vikera tequilas to thirtythree counties in middle Tennessee. For the full list of availability, please visit Carrie Drury is also the Executive Director of Williamson County nonprofit A Vintage Affair. The organization has the distinction of being the only charity for women and children in Williamson County that raises awareness and funds for those in most desperate need of help…one glass at a time. Their next event is the Grape Stomp Festival, which is an exciting and fun event that provides great wines, foods, music and a grape stomping contest with team costumes and more! The Grape Stomp takes place on October 5th under the Shed at the Factory at Franklin. Learn more about A Vintage Affair and their events, get your Grape Stomp Festival tickets or sign up your grape stomping team now at

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THE TMA GROUP ANNOUNCES BOARD OFFICERS The TMA Group (Transportation Management Association), has unanimously elected the following individuals to serve as officers of the 2019-20 TMA Board of Directors, effective July 1st: Chairman: Glenn McGehee, SouthStar, LLC; Vice-Chair: Rogers Anderson, Williamson County Mayor; Treasurer: Mark Robbins, The Franklin Chop House; Secretary: Cyril Stewart, Cyril Stewart, AIA; and Immediate Past Chair: Patrick G. Emery, Hall Emery. Additional members of The TMA Group Board of Directors include: Ken Browning (Vanderbilt University Medical Center); David Burt (Story Construction, LLC); Chris Czarka (Nissan North America); Kelly Dannenfelser (City of Franklin); Brad Dunn (Pinnacle Bank); Elizabeth McCreary (Economic Development Williamson Inc.); Julie Miller (Williamson Medical Center); Mayor Dr. Ken Moore (City of Franklin); Bob Murphy (KCI Technologies Inc.); Dave Pelton (Energy and Environmental Consultant); Jeremiah Pyron (OakPoint Real Estate); Dr. Janet Smith (Columbia State Community College); Daniel Spann (Barge Solutions); Mort Stein (Charter Properties); and John Wingo (Stites & Harbison PLLC). Established in 1988, The TMA Group is a regional leader in customizing innovative, environmentally friendly multimodal transportation solutions for employers and communities. For more information, contact Executive Director Debbie Henry at 615.790.4005.

BATTLE OF FRANKLIN TRUST ANNOUNCES MCLEMORE HOUSE EXTENDED HOURS The Battle of Franklin Trust is pleased to announce their latest partnership with the African American Heritage Society to staff and interpret the McLemore House Museum. This partnership will extend the hours of the museum from 10am to 2pm, Thursday through Saturday. This partnership enables collaboration and unity as groups research and interpret Williamson County History and tell a complete story. The African American Heritage Society views their commitment to the museum to promote cultural and historical preservation, encourage tourism, create family legacies, and educate the public on the rich black heritage of Franklin and Williamson County. Tour tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages six to fifteen and children under five are free. Group tours are available by appointment only. The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501(c)3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sties to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30th, 1864 battle. It is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history. For more information about the McLemore House Museum or Battle of Franklin Trust, visit

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LEADERSHIP MIDDLE TENNESSEE ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2020 Leadership Middle Tennessee, Inc. (LMT), the regional leadership organization that encompasses a ten-county collective of community leaders in Middle Tennessee, announces the forty members of the incoming Class of 2020. The class is selected by a vetting process within the leadership of the LMT Board of Directors. For more information on LMT, please visitwww.leadmt. org. Williamson County members are: Eryn McHugh - Manager, Talent Acquisition & Employer Branding – MAPCO; Jennifer Pagliara - Executive Vice President & Financial Advisor - CapWealth Strategies; John Hayes - Practice Builder/Tennessee Office Lead - HNTB Corporation; Pam Lewis - President - PLA Media; Vickie Manning - Senior Vice President - Pinnacle Financial Partners; DarKenya Waller - Executive Director - Legal Aid Society of Middle TN and the Cumberlands. Leadership Middle Tennessee was founded in 1999, as an initiative of Partnership 2000, to contribute to future planned and sustainable economic and community growth and development in the ten-county area through the participation of community, nonprofit, government and business leaders. #WeMoveFranklinTN Downtown Transit Center 615.628.0260 708 Columbia Ave., Franklin, TN 37064

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VISITOR SPENDING GROWS TO $479 MILLION IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY Visitor spending in Williamson County grew to an all-time high of $479.58 million in 2018, a 6% increase over the record-setting growth of 2017. Travelers to Williamson County in 2018 spent an estimated $1.3 million per day. In a report released Tuesday by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development detailing the economic impact of tourism across the state, Williamson County remains ranked sixth among Tennessee’s ninety-five counties for visitor spending. These economic impact accomplishments come just weeks after Visit Franklin announced the county welcomed a record 1.72 million visitors in 2018. Tourism-related spending generated $28.59 million in state and $9.72 million in local tax revenues in Williamson County, an increase of 4.4% for each over the previous year. Travel to Williamson County created new jobs too. Tourism-related job growth in the county also grew, increasing 2.4% to 3,710 tourism-related jobs in Williamson County. The Williamson County Convention & Visitor Bureau (Visit Franklin) operates from a percentage of the lodging taxes collected from visitors by the local hotels. Those collections are then reinvested in sales and marketing efforts to attract the world to Williamson County for leisure travel, as well as sports, meetings, and group business. Visit Franklin is the official destination marketing organization for Franklin and the unique communities of Williamson County. Visit Franklin stimulates economic growth through the promotion of travel and tourism assets such as history, music, attractions, entertainment, the arts and events to visitors from around the world. For more information, visit

BUSINESS | The Scoop

The Scoop continued ANDY BAILEY NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AS A CEO OF THE YEAR NA– Andy Bailey, founder and CEO of Franklin-based executive coaching firm Petra Coach, was recently named among the top CEOs of the year, winning a bronze CEO World Award in the business services category. Thanks to Andy’s leadership and personal contributions, Petra Coach’s number of employees has doubled in the last year. Additionally, its revenue more than tripled in the past four years and grew 67% in 2018 alone. This is due to both new clients and an expansion of services. The annual CEO World Awards program encompasses the world’s best in leadership, innovation, organizational performance, new products and services, CEO excellence studies, corporate social responsibility and milestones from every major industry in the world. Winners will be honored in San Francisco on Monday, October 28th at the annual SVUS Red Carpet Awards Ceremony Dinner. Founded in 2011 by entrepreneur and author Andy Bailey, Petra Coach is a business coaching organization working with leaders, teams and corporations across the country. For more information, visit

WCAR PRESENTS RESULTS OF CASE STUDY ON WILLIAMSON COUNTY’S POPULATION GROWTH & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Recently, at Franklin Tomorrow’s Breakfast with the Mayors, the Williamson County Association for REALTORS® (WCAR) presented the outcomes of the study titled, “Population Growth & Economic Dynamics: A Case Study for Williamson County.” This study examines the relationship between population and economic growth as it pertains to Williamson County and various counties in Tennessee. The results of this study have shown that Williamson County has been one of the most rapidly growing counties in the state. Its population has exceeded a growth rate of 65% in the last fifteen years while the state of Tennessee has grown 16% overall. With this growth we have seen county revenues increase by 430% while expenditures have increased by 426%. The Williamson County Association of REALTORS® is a business that represents the interest of Real Estate Professionals. For more information, visit

BUSINESS | Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cuttings Congratulations to these new Williamson County businesses and Chamber members!

Cool Springs Modern Dentistry 5040 Carothers Parkway Suite 101 Franklin, TN 37067

Matt Cole - State Farm 128 Holiday Court Suite 110 Franklin, TN 37067

Medacta 6640 Carothers Parkway Franklin, TN 37067

Renasant Bank 815 Columbia Avenue Franklin, TN 37064

Restore Wellness and Aesthetics 231 Public Square, Suite 204 Franklin, TN 37064

Williamson County Fair 4215 Long Lane Franklin, TN 37064

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BUSINESS | Your Business Partner


Williamson Inc., recently sat down with a local real estate expert to find out what is bringing people to Williamson County. Paige Thompson, VP of Relocation & Corporate Services with Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty, gives us an insight on business relocation. What makes our community such a great place to live? Let’s find out! WI: What are your clients most excited about when relocating to Williamson County? PT: Today’s relocating clients are doing their research on the front end and the online reputation of our public-school systems provides them confidence in our community. In addition, the investment of our county into the parks and recreation systems has paid off for local residents and for people relocating from across the county. Our community’s focus on walkability with new developments makes Williamson County an even more desirable destination. WI: What makes Williamson County unique? PT: People in Williamson County are unconditionally friendly. In my recent conversation with a relocating company executive from California, he was amazed at how friendly and welcoming everyone was who he came in contact with during his initial visit to Williamson County.

WI: Is there a common area that people are relocating from? PT: We see people relocate from all over the country to Williamson County. Lately, we have seen a large influx of people relocate from the West and Northeast.


WI: What amenities are in high demand with new clients? PT: Mixed use communities are in high demand because people value their time. People want to live close to shop and close to where they work. Williamson County is developing a number of mixed-use neighborhoods that our clients are drawn to for that reason. WI: What does Williamson County offer that brings corporate relocations to this area over other locations?

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PT: In addition to great schools, Williamson County has a very favorable tax environment, temperate climate, access to great health care and a sense of community through preservation of open space and places that matter.

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SOCIAL | Nolensville Business Luncheon

Photography by Paige Atwell Williamson, Inc. and the Nolensville steering committee, representing Nolensville business leaders, hosted their quarterly luncheon in August. Guests enjoyed lunch, guest speakers and of course, great networking opportunities with fellow Nolensville businesses. For more information on Williamson, Inc. and upcoming chamber events, visit

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Thursday, October 10, 2019 1825 Wilson Pike | Brentwood 6:00 PM Dinner, Drinks & Dancing

Dinner,byDrinks &“Super Dancing Entertainment Tyrone Smith T’ & Band Whiskey Tasting with Master Distiller from Pennington Entertainment by Tyrone SmithCarter “Super Collins T’ & his orchestra Whiskey Tasting with Master Distiller Carter Collins from Pennington

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BUSINESS | We’re in the Money


If you’ve ever made a real estate purchase (and chances are you may have made more than one in your lifetime), you probably have experienced the headache of selecting the best mortgage loan. Despite your best efforts, loans that were once structured as the best fit might not be so beneficial at your current life stage. Consult the following checklist to see how your mortgage loan is holding up — or if it’s time to consider refinancing. Is the rate you can secure today lower than the rate you currently pay? In recent years, the widely accepted rule of thumb for refinancing is that if you can secure a fixed interest percent that is 0.75% to 1% lower than your current rate, you may be a good candidate for refinancing. Any less and you might not make back the anticipated savings once you take refinancing closing costs into account. Have your financial means changed for the better? Oftentimes, a first home purchase coincides with lower earning years. The down payment that best suited your lifestyle at that time might be lower and stretched out for a longer term, often a 30-year mortgage. If your financial capacity has improved, it may be time to refinance to a shorter term mortgage, such as a 15-year mortgage. Plus, when in conjunction with a lower loan rate, your monthly payment may increase only slightly. Is your current mortgage an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)? Although often a lower rate in the beginning of the loan, ARMs can end up with a consistently higher rate than traditional fixed rate mortgages. If your current ARM is making you uneasy about future interest rate hikes, consider switching to the predictability and constant rate of a fixed rate mortgage. Are you ready to invest some time? Refinancing is not a short-sighted game. In fact, the average refinancing of a home takes anywhere between 20 to 45 days to complete, so it’s best to be completely onboard before you get overwhelmed. With the counsel of a trusted financial advisor, you’ll need to calculate the overall cost versus the cumulative savings you would gain in order to gage if the refinancing process is worth the effort. If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to consider whether your loan is still working for your lifestyle. If refinancing is in your future, consult a trusted financial advisor to discuss your options.

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COMMUNITY | Up the Road


Visit President Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the people’s president this fall. The Hermitage is one of the largest, most well-preserved and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, it is one of America’s first presidential museums. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre national historic landmark with more than twenty historic buildings, including Jackson’s mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church and gardens. In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as the history of slavery have enhanced the experience of more than 230,000 annual visitors. Anytime throughout the year you can walk through Andrew Jackson’s life and home, explore a beautiful, historic Tennessee farm and experience an important piece of Nashville and our nation. Costumed tour guides usher guests through the mansion, regaling with the stories, history and lore of each of the rooms. A beautiful season everywhere in middle Tennessee; experience fall at The Hermitage with some of these fun and interesting events: HERMITAGE GHOST TOURS After dark this fall, explore the haunted side of history on a Hermitage Ghost Tour as you voyage through the mansion, grounds and cemetery by lantern light. Along the way, guides present stories of strange encounters such as the ghosts of the Battle of New Orleans and Jackson’s infamous meeting with Tennessee’s Bell Witch. Ghost Tours run Wednesdays through Saturdays from September 18th to November 9th at either 7pm or 9pm. Tickets are $35 each. FALL FEST Fall Fest is a spectacular weekend of art, music and history featuring more than fifty local artisans from across the southeast. The festival, which is free to the public, takes place at The Hermitage on Saturday, October 5th from 10am until 5pm and Sunday, October 6th from 10am until 4pm. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Andrew Jackson Foundation. YOGA AT THE HERMITAGE Join The Hermitage for a transformative eight weeks of yoga at this historic site. Small World Yoga will offer Tuesday evening sessions at surprise locations across The Hermitage grounds from September 3rd through October 22nd and yogis of all levels are invited to join. Classes take place from 5:30pm – 6:30pm and are $10 each or may be purchased as a package. 110 SEPTEMBER 2019

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STORE HOURS: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Grab a good, old-fashioned southern lunch at The Hermitage’s on-site restaurant, the Kitchen Cabinet Cafe. Open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

JAMES MONROE TRAVELING BANNER EXHIBIT Your Obedient Servant: James Monroe’s 1819 Presidential Tour of the Southern States: The traveling banner exhibit, organized by Virginia’s James Monroe Museum, commemorates the bicentennial of President Monroe’s southern tour while highlighting his visits to various states including Tennessee. The exhibit will be on display from September 5th through October 4th and is included with the price of admission

28th, October 26th and November 30th. On Dog Days, visitors can purchase an $8 grounds pass (members get in FREE!) to walk the grounds, hike the trails and enjoy the preserved natural surroundings and historic 19th-century buildings. For a $15 combo ticket ($7 for members), guests receive access to an exclusive Hounds Hike the Hermitage tour.

November 7th – 8th: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Washington Irving.”

THE HERMITAGE GALA The annual event, hosted by the Andrew Jackson Foundation, will take place on Friday, October 18th at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Acclaimed journalist and historian Rick Atkinson will deliver this year’s keynote address. The gala is co-chaired by Kim Holbrook and Robin Puryear, who previously worked together on the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville. Atkinson is a three-time Pulitzer Prizewinner and New York Times bestselling author of seven narrative histories spanning five American wars. Other accolades include the George Polk Award for national reporting, the John Hancock award for excellence in business writing and the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award. Funds raised at the gala support education and public programming surrounding our nation’s seventh president and the Jacksonian Era, as well as Hermitage preservation and restoration projects. Tickets start at $350 for an individual guest and are now available online at

DOG DAYS Pack up your pup and enjoy the trails of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage every last Saturday of the month! Remaining dates include September

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is located at 4580 Rachel’s Lane in Nashville. Email or contact the call center at 615.889.2941. For more information, visit

CONVERSATION WITH THE CLASSICS Step away from the screens and join us by the fireside for three special evenings in the 19th-century literary world, featuring the work and lives of Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe and Washington Irving. Tickets can be purchased individually for each evening program, or you can save $15 when you purchase a series ticket. Tickets to “Brunch with Edgar Allen Poe” sold separately. September 19th – 20th: “Mr. Dickens is Coming,” featuring Gerald Dickens, the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens. October 18th – 19th: A “Dark & Stormy Night with Edgar Allan Poe,” plus a morning program titled “Brunch with Edgar Allan Poe.”

We are ready for the season! Visit our Garden Center for all of your Autumn & Halloween home decor needs! Located at the corner of Columbia Avenue and Downs Boulevard 203 Downs Boulevard • Franklin, TN 37064 615.794.3641 • Monday-Friday 7am-6pm Saturday 8am-6pm • Sunday 12pm-6pm


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Sponsored Event SOCIAL | Williamson County Fair Photography by K. York While every year of the Williamson County Fair is one to remember, this year’s event was extra special as the Fair celebrated their fifteen-year anniversary! Guests enjoyed nine straight days of fun with endless rides, food and drinks, expos, special animal guests and nightly themes and fundraisers for the community. Thanks to over 1,800 volunteers, it was another great year at the Williamson County Fair! To learn more about the Williamson County Fair, visit

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Abby & Ian Cox, Donna Young & Rhea Snoddy

Levi, Jessica & Caleb Meeker

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BGA ANNOUNCES 2019 ALYNE Q. MASSEY HONORS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Battle Ground Academy is pleased to announce the recipients of its Alyne Q. Massey Honors Scholarships for ninth graders new to BGA for the 2019-2020 school year: Catherine Lydia Schreiber, daughter of Robin and Thomas Schreiber of Thompsons Station, previously attended Page Middle School, where she was on the Honor Roll; Iris Rubyclaire Carter, daughter of Melanie and Gray Carter of Brentwood, previously attended Brentwood Middle School, where she received Academic Achievement recognition. The Alyne Q. Massey Honors Scholarship was established in 2015 by L.H. (Bill) Armistead III, a member of BGA’s Board of Trustees and a 1969 graduate, in memory of his mother. The scholarships provide partial tuition for high achieving students with strong grades and Independent School Entrance Exam scores. BGA is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Interested families should contact Robin Goertz, Director of Admissions, at or 615.567.9014. For more information about BGA, go to FIVE WILLIAMSON COUNTY STUDENTS ACE ACT Five Williamson County Schools students are raising the bar on the ACT by earning a perfect composite score on the college-readiness exam. Centennial High students Lily Britto and Lexis Khetsavanh both scored a composite score of thirty-six on their exams. Independence High’s Emma Sower and Ravenwood High’s Rithika Tummala and William Fiechtl also all earned a perfect composite on their ACT exams. FSSD STUDENTS SOAR HIGH ON TNREADY With the release of the 2019 TNReady scores, the Franklin Special School District has again demonstrated that its students are flying high, achieving a composite score of five, the highest that can be earned. In its accountability system, the Tennessee Department of Education has designated the FSSD as Advancing. When broken into the two reported categories of achievement and subgroup success, the district received “exemplary” in achievement and “advancing” in the subgroup pathway, resulting in the overall designation of Advancing. The FSSD’s overall composite score, which includes ELA/Literacy, Math, and Social Studies, remained at the highest level of five. At the school level, we are proud to announce that 50% of FSSD schools received Reward status: Franklin Elementary, Moore Elementary, Liberty Elementary and Freedom Intermediate.


COMMUNITY | Your Education


“I just want you to be happy…” I have heard the words coming from my own mouth more often than I can remember. One of my children is struggling, upset, dealing with conflict, and before I can stop myself, I utter this simple sentence. It is born from a good place, but that sentence, explicitly and implicitly communicated to our children over and over again, creates much more confusion in the long run than comfort for our kids. Now, I know what I mean when I say the word “happy.” I do not mean the type of happiness that comes from binge-watching their favorite show on Netflix or eating a big bowl of their favorite ice cream. While those type of pleasant activities may be fun, that is not my goal for my children. I mean the type of long-lasting, stable happiness (more properly “joy”) that comes from doing the very best you can do at meaningful work in a context of which you are proud – the type of happiness that comes from deep, loving relationships based on mutual trust, faith and respect. I want my children to know that their life has meaning, purpose, direction – that is the type of “happiness” that I’m after. Then life happens! It’s the start of school and perhaps a major disappointment has occurred or conflict with a close friend rocks their world, and in the midst of trying to console them, I tell them that I just want them to be happy. I am simply trying to relieve some sort of emotional hurt and alleviate the struggle by any mechanism possible – take a break, blame someone else, quit that activity – but whatever I do, I try to offer a short-term balm to the hurt. There are two pieces of miscommunication to our children in this message: first, that happiness is dependent on circumstances; second, that if you’re not happy, something must be wrong. The problem with these miscommunications is that they are so reassuring. It is wonderful to think in the midst of hardship that it is not my fault and that somehow the cause should be fixed (often by the well-meaning parent). This notion appeals to our sense that we are in total control of our own circumstances. Who doesn’t want to live a life without conflict or struggle? When we engage in that type of thinking, we may miss an opportunity to teach our children growth and resilience. I am reminded of a seminal event in my young life when in first grade I stole some cartoon-character erasers out of a bowl on my teacher’s desk and took them home; they were not mine, and I knew I shouldn’t have taken them. My parents saw me playing with them after school and asked me where I got them. Clearly my answer was not very convincing because before I knew it, I was having to explain that I had taken the erasers from school and that they did not belong to me. One of the joys of growing up in a small community was that my first-grade teacher lived about two miles from my house. My father immediately stuck me in our station wagon and drove to her house. He stood by the car while I walked the sidewalk to her door as slowly as possible, knocked lightly, and then blubbered through my tears that I had stolen these from her room and 114 SEPTEMBER 2019

was sorry and would never do it again. I can promise you, nothing about that moment made me happy! The point is simple: we all know that having moral courage, integrity, self-discipline, commitment and even a heart for service can all run counter to our immediate happiness in a given moment. Those traits call us to delay gratification, to sacrifice something now for a greater good, and often what we are sacrificing is our time, our leisure or our resources. Despite understanding that concept, we insist on using the language of happiness with our children over and over again. One of the most humbling truths about parenting came from a friend of mine who gave me a very clear and simple warning: “You are always teaching your kids. The only question is ‘what are you teaching them?’” We know that our children will be unhappy at times, and our goal should be to teach them the skills to cope with life’s inevitable challenges, not to shield them from those challenges. As adults, we know that much of our greatest growth will come from the very struggles we face, and when possible, we should graciously and willingly help our children find their own way through those challenges. As the Native-American proverb says, “Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.”


Head of School, Battle Ground Academy Will Kesler is Head of School for Battle Ground Academy, a Kindergarten through 12th grade independent school in Franklin. For more information, visit www.

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FiftyForward Friends Learning in Pairs (FLIP) is seeking adults age fifty-five and older to tutor students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade in Williamson County public schools and the Franklin Special School District.

Tutors typically work with the same children during the entire school year to provide opportunities to students to learn and practice social skills, provide one-onone attention and serve as positive adult role models. The end result of this tutoring


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“FLIP volunteers are invaluable to us here at Liberty Elementary, not just because they help our students become better readers and mathematicians, but because their smiling, nurturing personalities promote a sense of confidence in our students. They also provide an important connection to the community at large,” said Pam Fahey, reading coach, Liberty Elementary School. Last year, forty-nine volunteers tutored nearly 200 students in twelve Williamson County elementary schools and this year’s goal is to engage even more older adults to serve the needs of students in the community. Volunteers are needed to tutor two hours a week during the school year to help students with reading or math. Tutors are especially needed at Sunset, Liberty and Moore Elementary schools.

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experience is a close bond between students and the older adults providing benefit to participants in both age groups. Tutors are trained by FiftyForward FLIP and attend twice yearly in-service sessions that are held at the FiftyForward Martin Center in Brentwood. Tutors also receive on-going assistance from staff and support from in-school instructional coaches. Books, materials and other tutoring resources are provided. Tutor training sessions are currently being planned now and tutoring will begin in late September.

FiftyForward FLIP is the signature program of the FiftyForward Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). RSVP is a division of Senior Corps, a federal agency committed to providing meaningful volunteer opportunities for older adults. Established in 1956, FiftyForward supports, champions and enhances life for those fifty and older. As a nonprofit operating seven lifelong learning centers –- two in Williamson and five in Davidson County -– FiftyForward offers educational, health and wellness, arts and volunteer programs to engage older adults. FiftyForward also provides comprehensive supportive services and access to resources including FiftyForward Adult Day Services, FiftyForward Fresh/Meals on Wheels as well as the FiftyForward Care Team offering care assessment and services for older adults. FiftyForward Travel offers adventures (regional and international) and the Senior Center for the Arts and The Larry Keeton Theatre, a subsidiary of FiftyForward, feature performing arts for all ages. For more information about FiftyForward FLIP and upcoming training classes contact Shannon Freeman at 615.376.4332 or Learn more about FiftyForward resources and volunteer opportunities by visiting

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COMMUNITY | A Little Something Extra

46th Annual Heritage Ball

ONLINE AUCTION LIVE WITH EXCITING EXCURSIONS & EXPERIENCES! Each year, more than 800 guests gather at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park for the Heritage Ball, which is the longest running black-tie event in Williamson County. This annual fundraising event supports and celebrates the work of the Heritage Foundation and raises funds for future projects. This year, the gala will take place on October 5th at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. The Ball serves as the greatest single fundraising initiative for the Foundation each year. In addition to a seated dinner and dancing, the ball features a cocktail hour and other fundraising opportunities. The first Ball, which was held at Magnolia Hall, was a community effort. The Franklin Garden Club gathered, dried, and arranged the flowers. Marty Ligon, Eunetta Kready, Jane Rainey, Mary Frances Ligon and Catherine Brent assisted with planning and sending invitations. The hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Garrett, asked for donations of $50 per couple to be made to the Heritage Foundation. A lot has changed since that first ball in 1972, however, what hasn’t changed is the community spirit required to put on this elegant event. The 46th Annual Heritage Ball, chaired by Senator Bill and Tracy Frist and presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, features an online auction with items such as a VIP Pilgrimage Festival experience, a five night stay at the Ritz-Carlton at Palm Beach, a premium villa stay at Atlantis Harborside, a getaway to Cabo San Lucas, club level seats to a Tennessee Titans game and so much more! And you do not have to be a guest of the Heritage Ball to get in on the bidding action anyone can register to bid on the amazing collection of auction items. It is an exciting way to 116 SEPTEMBER 2019

support an incredible organization, give back to the community and possibly win an amazing excursion or experience. Help the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County continue to save the places that matter by participating in this year’s online auction. The online auction is now live and easy to participate in. To register and bid, visit To learn more about the Heritage Foundation and their upcoming events, visit If you would like to attend this year’s Heritage Ball or the Heritage Ball Late Party, which begins at 8pm during the event and features hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, then you can visit the Foundation website or call their offices at 615.591.8500.


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On August 24th, Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) celebrated the start of the 2019-20 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway Season with the Hamilton-themed TPAC Gala. As one of Nashville’s premier benefit engagements, TPAC Gala provides critical funding to support the organization’s educational, cultural and outreach initiatives. The evening kicked off with an array of cocktails, entertainment and a silent auction in the Andrew Jackson Hall Lobby, followed by dinner and special performances by Chris Lee, Belmont’s Musical Theatre Department students and more! TPAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leading with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities and support economic vitality. To learn more about TPAC and their upcoming season, visit





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COMMUNITY | In Your Backyard

Plan Your Visit to the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Arts Festival The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival returns for its fifth year on September 21st and 22nd at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, located in Franklin. With a talented lineup, including performances from ground-breaking artists like the Foo Fighters, Keith Urban, The Killers and many more, along with the incredible artisan, food and drink vendors - there will be something for the entire family. The festival has long been known as the site of some of the year’s most unforgettable music performances and food experiences and, this year, Pilgrimage will bring even more for the two-day event. Located in the Vanderbilt Health Lil Pilgrims Village, the Mare Barn Theater is just one of the many family-friendly activations that will take place upon the grounds of the festival, offering music fans of all ages the ultimate entertainment via performers such as magicians Michael Dardant and Cousin Cajun Mike, as well as the exciting DrumINSync drum circle. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will be on hand to conduct a story time session along with a songwriting workshop, and School of Rock will host a musical petting zoo. Festival-goers of all ages will have the opportunity to learn more about the South’s rich musical history with the help of American Pickers and Antique Archaeology at the Americana Music Triangle Experience. The partners have cultivated an atmosphere of American Music culture with church pews, farm tables and a historic photo wall to serve as a backdrop while stories from other historic southern music cities are shared. In addition to the music, artisans, food and activities, there are the drinks. The Bell’s Brewery Craft Beer Hall returns for a third year, with over fifteen brews on draft and LED screens featuring NCAA and NFL programming all weekend long. The expanded Millville Wine Lounge will feature a collection of wines, including selections from ViNO and JaM Cellars. The festival’s mixology experience continues to be refined with the support of Pilgrimage’s spirits’ partners, including Blue Chair Bay, George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. New for 2019, the event welcomes Miller Lite, Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water, Red Bull and Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water. We hope you #MakeThePilgrimage with us this year! Here’s a list of the vendors to check out and a map to plan your visit over the Pilgrimage weekend so you don’t miss anything! Check out the lineup times for your favorite artists, purchase your tickets and learn more at LEGEND: W C RESTROOM TT




















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LIFESTYLE | 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 can’t wait to see!

& CULTURE Conversations with The Classics

September 19th & 20th | Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage | Beginning in September, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is offering two opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in American history with their popular Conversations with the Classics series. This year’s series will kick off with a light-hearted and varied look at the life and character of Charles Dickens. The event will feature readings by Gerald Dickens, Charles’ great-great-grandson, and will highlight scenes from Dickens’ works, diary extracts and observations from those who knew and worked with him. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity coming soon to Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage!

Romeo & Juliet

September 20th-22nd | Tennessee Performing Arts Center |

The Tempest

September 26th-29th | Williamson County Performing Arts Center After a six-week run at their brand-new location at oneC1TY in Nashville, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is bringing their production of The Tempest to the Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park in Franklin. This is their fourth year in a row of bringing Shakespeare to Williamson County. One of Shakespeare’s most famous romance plays, The Tempest is set on an enchanted island ruled by the wizard Prospero and inhabited by spirits. Directed by NSF Artistic Director Denice Hicks and featuring Mark Cabus as Prospero leading a cast of twenty-four actors, The Tempest is a magical play about love, betrayal and forgiveness that will delight the whole family. While the Festival is always free, a $10 donation is encouraged.

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William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers return to the stage to open Nashville Ballet’s season this September! The most iconic love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet sweeps audiences away in a whirlwind of forbidden passion and swoon-worthy romance. Featuring action-packed fight scenes and lush period costumes, this timeless and theatrical production whisks audiences to the streets of fair Verona as the Bard’s famous tragedy unfolds.

An Evening with Sutton Foster October 5th | War Memorial Auditorium |

Trisha Yearwood with The Nashville Symphony

October 3rd-5th | Schermerhorn Symphony Center Country superstar Trisha Yearwood makes her first appearance with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center October 3-5! Hear knockout renditions of hits like How Do I Live, She’s in Love with the Boy and The Song Remembers When, along with new material and selections from her Let’s Be Frank tribute to Frank Sinatra.

Sutton Foster is a two-time Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and dancer who recently starred in the title role of the New Group’s 50th Anniversary revival of Sweet Charity, for which she earned multiple nominations for her performance. Perhaps best known for her role as Reno Sweeney in the Roundabout Theatre Company Anything Goes at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Foster earned the 2011 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She currently stars as Liza in the critically acclaimed TV Land series, Younger, and now it’s your chance to see her for yourself! Join the fun at War Memorial Auditorium on October 5!









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MONTHLY | Did You Know?

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th. There will always be one Friday the 13th a year, but there can be up to three.

The true origin of Friday the 13th is mostly unknown, and there is little research that confirms the superstitions surrounding it.

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However, there are plenty of tragic events that have been recorded on previous Friday the 13th’s.

A lot of high rises do not have 13th floors. Likewise, many airports do not have terminals including the number 13.


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