4th of July is special to me.

On my way to Florida to celebrate my youngest sons 4th of July birthday.
I’m so proud of his accomplishments and just love, love, love him. He’s had a tough time in his early years but struggled through to obtain a bachelors degree. Plus he has a great career in the medical field.

There are many festivities in Franklin and Nashville this weekend.

Franklin On The 4TH

NEWS UPDATE:

2016 “Franklin on the Fourth” in Downtown Franklin
The annual Independence Day celebration begins at 10 a.m. on July 4th.

Franklin, Tennessee – This year’s 4th of July Celebration will focus on family fun and include great music, quality crafts, tasty food, antique cars, and a large kids zone. Downtown Franklin is the perfect location to have a festival and community event such as “Franklin on the Fourth”.

The free festival kicks off at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 4th, with bluegrass music playing from the stage. Food vendors include everything from roasted corn on the cob to BBQ, ice cream to nachos; and corn dogs to smoothies. Craft vendors will fill the area with wood working, jewelry and other handmade items.

Our presenting sponsors, Kroger and Williamson Medical Center, will have booths right on the Square. Antique cars will line Main Street between the square and 4th Avenue. The kid’s zone on 3rd Avenue North will have inflatables, a petting zoo, and pony rides. The always fun Children’s Parade begins lining up at 4:45 and starts at 5 p.m. Registration for the parade is free and goes on all day at the Lions Club booth, which also will be selling water.

Live entertainment, including popular groups Mersi Stone, Tommy Jackson’s Rocky Top Revue, Williamson Branch, Adam Searan, and John England and the Western Swingers , continues throughout the day with a variety of music genres including Bluegrass, Country, Soul, Patriotic Music, and Big Band Swing. The final group of the day will be the 129th Army Band, “Guardians of Swing”, preceded by the presentation of colors and the “National Anthem”

Franklin on the Fourth ends at 8 p.m. to give attendees time to get to the Fireworks Display at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The display, put on by the City of Franklin and its sponsors, will begin at approximately 9 p.m.

“Franklin on the Fourth” is coordinated by the Franklin Lions Club and TN Events in conjunction with the City of Franklin. All proceeds benefit the Franklin Lions Club Charities.

REMEMBER !!
The tradition of the “Children’s Parade” will continue and begin at 5:00 p.m. (Children will begin lining up at a designated marked location at 4:45) There will be Prizes for best costume and decorated bikes and wagons. Pets are welcome!

10:00 a.m.
Festival Begins
Marty Crum Bluegrass
Vendor Booths and Kids Zone are Open!!

11:15 a.m.
Mersi Stone

12:05 p.m.
Williamson Branch

1:05 p.m.
Tommy Jackson’s Rocky Top Revue

2:00 p.m.
John England and the Western Swingers

3:10 p.m.
Adam Searan

4:15 p.m.
The Fabulous Suede’s

4:45 p.m.
Line up for the Children’s Parade Begins

5:00 p.m.
Children’s Parade Begins

5:15 p.m.
Speeches, Recognitions
National Anthem

5:30 p.m.
“Dixie Strutters”

7:00 p.m.
Presentation of Colors
National Anthem
The 129th Army Band
“Guardians of Swing”

Steeplechase Facts and Benefits Vanderblt

IROQUOIS FACTS

2016 marks the 75th running of the Iroquois Steeplechase.

Even under threatening weather conditions such as the Nashville Flood of 2010, the Iroquois has run continuously since 1941 only taking one year off during World War II.

The list of Iroquois winners includes the greatest steeplechase horses in America. Five Eclipse Award winners – Flatterer, Lonesome Glory, Correggio, All Gong and Good Night Shirt – have won the Iroquois. Several others have competed in the race.

When Iroquois, the namesake of the Nashville race, became the first American-bred winner of the English Derby in 1881, Wall Street closed temporarily for a celebration.

The Iroquois Steeplechase grounds were constructed in 1936 as part of a parks improvement project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
The Iroquois draws an average crowd of 25,000 on race day.
Improvements to the Iroquois Steeplechase grounds that are paid for by the Volunteer State Horsemen’s Foundation from race proceeds provide year-round benefits and enhancements for the Equestrian Center at Percy Warner Park.

Since 1981, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has been the official charity of the Iroquois

Iroquois Steeplechase – May 14, 2016

The Iroquois Steeplechase has been Nashville’s rite of spring since 1941, attracting more than 25,000 spectators annually to watch the best horses and riders in the world race over hurdles and timber on a manicured turf track.

Held the second Saturday of each May at Percy Warner Park, this iconic sporting event is Music City’s annual celebration of time‐honored traditions, Tennessee hospitality and Southern fashions. Guests enjoy areas for families, well‐appointed tents and individually organized tailgates where the emphasis is on race day pickings, larger‐than‐life hats, Honey Jack Juleps and crowd‐pleasing recipes.

10 Signs You’re From Franklin, TN

Outsiders should visit at least once in their life.
By Jenna Beaudin in The List on Apr 25, 2016

Franklin, Tennessee is not your everyday small town. Growing up there my whole life until I moved away for college is truly a blessing, and I wouldn’t have wanted to grow up anywhere else. With Nashville’s popularity on the rise, people shouldn’t forget about the beautiful town only 30 minutes southwest of the big city. If you’re from Franklin, I hope you agree that these are some things that only we will understand.

1. Always being tempted to explore the red caboose.

2. Knowing you’ll be late to school because of the one lane traffic, even when it’s a late start.

3. Going to Nashville on Saturday night and walking on Broadway only to laugh at the drunk people walking around.

4. Trying to be a hipster at Frothy Monkey.

5. When your only options to go out on the weekends are the mall, going to the movies, or walking around Downtown Franklin.

6. Scaring your friend with the “DTF?” text when really it means “Downtown Franklin?”

7. Getting to brag that Miley Cyrus basically grew up there and shows it off to her famous friends.

8. ….and that she loves our town so much she filmed that scene from the Hannah Montana Movie in our high school.

9. When we all thought the end of the world was upon us when the flood hit in 2010. (This is a grass field beside my house by the way)

10. When you’re visiting family from college and the night before you go back, you eat your feelings because college will never be Franklin.

I never appreciated how wonderful Franklin was until I left for college. Every time I go back, I cherish every moment. If you’re a senior graduating this year, go outside and breathe in that beautiful, clean, Franklin air, because college air is just not the same.

Jenna Beaudin
www.theodysseyonline.com

Brentwood, TN one of the Top Ten Cities for Kids

There’s a good reason why Brentwood, Tenn., has the highest percentage of children per household (41 percent) of the cities on this list. Its highly rated schools, large-lot neighborhoods and small-town atmosphere create an ideal setting to raise kids. Considered one of the richest suburbs in the state, Brentwood offers many advantages to children growing up here. The biggest advantages are schools that offer low student-to-teacher ratios and well-funded academic and athletic programs. While Brentwood has a solid assortment of restaurants, parks and entertainment options, its location near Nashville and other Middle Tennessee cities puts residents in proximity to professional sports venues, legendary performance spaces and lots of activities for kids.

More than 10 parks in Brentwood offer space to take the kids for a walk, play on playgrounds or kick a soccer ball around. The city’s network of walking/biking trails covers more than 20 miles, connecting several neighborhoods to parkland and open space. The Brentwood Library features a whimsical children’s area that made our Top 10 Libraries for Children list. Both in and around Brentwood are several indoor play facilities that feature pirate ship playhouses, large inflatable slides and dress-up areas.

For mommies and daddies: A collection of cafes and grab-n-go eateries lets busy parents pick up more sophisticated and healthy meals than fast food restaurants offer.

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While a date has not been set for the opening of Marcella Vivrette Smith Park in Brentwood, city officials still expect a late summer opening as work continues to progress.

According to city engineer Mike Harris, the project is approximately six weeks behind schedule, and the city will be hiring additional crews to speed up completion.

Although some of that delay has been due to weather conditions, Harris said it has taken longer than expected to gain approval from CSX for a right-of-way access to cross the railroad lines for utilities.

“Approval was gained for the main waterline which crosses under the railroad and the waterline is now in place. However, we are still working with CSX to gain approval for the sewer line crossing. We anticipate approval from CSX any day,” Harris said.

Construction crews are currently focusing on the area surrounding Ravenswood Mansion, installing utilities, sidewalks, outdoor lighting, drainage and parking areas.

As of now, Ravenswood Mansion has no connected utilities and only temporary electricity. Still, community relations director Linda Lynch is confident the mansion will be ready for events by September.

“Reservations are coming in pretty good considering they haven’t finished the park yet,” Lynch said.

The historic mansion is also still in need of select furnishing that fit the 1820s motif. Lynch listed antique or oriental rugs as the top item needed.

To access the mansion, crews are in the process of completing the entrance road bridge over the CSX railroad. The travel surface is now in place, allowing attention to be turned to the stonework and bridge entrance features. Installation of the stainless steel bridge fencing, which will protect pedestrians crossing the bridge, is slated to begin June 9.

Irrigation work, conduits for the electric entrance gates and street lighting are all underway. Harris also confirmed the traffic signal at the main entrance is in place and ready to be activated.

Further back in the park, Brentwood Parks and Recreation staff continues to clear hiking trails.

“While the trails will remain natural, unpaved rustic type trails, there was a lot of work involved in clearing vegetation and marking the trails. Color coded maps of the trail system are being prepared and will be available at the trailhead and on the city’s website when the park opens,” Harris said.

A pre-fabricated restroom building is scheduled to be delivered in early June, and will be placed at the park’s trailhead. Utilities are already in place to serve the facility.

Staff writer Jonathan Romeo covers the city of Brentwood. Contact him at jonathan@brentwoodhomepage.com.

IT’S THE PRICE THAT SELLS A HOME

Location affects the value of a home, but it’s price that sells a home.

Oceanfront, mountainside, or penthouse, the most desirable location in the world won’t sell at the wrong price.

Every property has a potential buyer, but like rock, paper, scissors, it’s sometimes hard to know which factor is going to win the showdown.

A good location will sell at a fair price. A bad location will sell at a fair price, too. It just won’t be as a high as it would be for a good location.

A home in good condition will sell for a fair price. A home in poor condition will also sell at a fair price. Again, it won’t be as high as a comparable home in better condition.

But neither location or condition will sell any house. Only one thing does that – price.

So if you’re a seller waiting for that “special buyer” who will appreciate your faded pink and black bathroom tile, your vintage orange shag carpet and is willing to help you put your kids through college because of your real estate prowess, you’re going to have a long wait.

So if your home is represented by an agent, and it’s been on the market for a long time, chances are it’s your own fault.

Maybe you didn’t listen to your agent when he said you’re pricing your home above the market. Maybe you got mad at the first few folks who looked at your home and didn’t make offers.

When the showings stopped completely, maybe you accused your agent of not doing a good enough job.

You put the blame on everyone except where it belongs – on you. It’s not about you, what you want, or how much you need for your retirement.

It’s about the price.

A Christmas Surprise for me!!