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”

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

52 Places to visit in Nashville, TN by Huffington Post

There’s a reason that Nashville has been named one of the 52 places to go in 2014 by the New York Times.

Nashville is, increasingly, the perfect blend of its historic country roots and its hipster and rock & roll present. It’s a strange juxtaposition, certainly, that the land of Elvis and Dolly is now also the land of hipsters and foodies, but that’s how it goes, it seems.

With that in mind, here are 22 reasons why you visit the blended old and new Music City not just this year but right now.

1. The hot chicken (a Nashville specialty) at Hattie B’s. Add a side of pimento mac & cheese.

2. The piano at Studio B (an additional tour at kinda-gotta-see The Country Music Hall of Fame), where Elvis recorded more music than anywhere else.

3. With over 700 of them, there are more churches per capita in this town than any place else in the country. So there’s that.

4. Little Richard lives on the top floor of the Hilton Hotel downtown, across from the Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s a known fact. And so lovable.

5. Hatch Show Print. An oldie–established in 1879–but a goodie for lovers of letterpress posters.

6. Honky tonks! Robert’s Western sits amongst a plethora of options on lower Broadway.

7. Frist Museum for the Norman Rockwell show (on through Feb. 9).

8. The awesome blue grass tunes at The Station Inn.

9. The guacamole and house margarita at Saint Anejo in the Gulch, one of the hipster neighborhoods that just popped out of nowhere.

10. The full scale replica of the Parthenon.

11. Shopping at Nashvillian boutiques in places like Hillsboro Village (home of the famous Pancake Pantry) and 12 South (Below, 12South Tap Room, seen on warmer days).

12. The burgers at Burger Up (be prepared to wait in line).

13. Franklin, a 20-minute drive south of town, for shopping and good eats.

14. Goo Goo clusters!

15. The beauty of the Ryman Auditorium, the “mother Church of country music.”

16. The knowledge that the band you’re listening to at some random venue might just be the next big thing.

17. Parnassus Books, an independent store owned by author Ann Patchett.

18. The complete package experience of Pinewood Social: brunch, bowling and booze.

19. People are really friendly.

20. The ridiculous amounts of memorabilia at the new-ish Johnny Cash Museum.

21. Knowing that you could run into Taylor Swift at any moment.

22. Jack White’s Third Man Records store.

New Year’s Eve 2013 in Downtown Franklin

New Year’s Eve 2013 in Downtown Franklin

Downtown Franklin knows how to throw a party, and New Year’s Eve is no exception! In the past, we’ve had many a party to ring in the fresh season, and this year is no exception. Folks we know hosting bashes and special occasions are:

Bunganut Pig
The restaurant on Columba Avenue will produce another fun New Year’s Eve party, with fan-favorite Resistance Band–who offers ’70s tunes for plenty of dancing opportunities! Don’t miss the Pig’s energetic pub atmosphere and live performance.

Call 615-794-4777 to make reservations.To make a reservation ahead of time, it is $15 per person. Pricing includes the show, party favors plus a midnight champagne toast. For those procrastinators, it is $10 per person at the door the night of NYE. That price includes the show only.

Cork & Cow
The swanky restaurant on Fourth Avenue is offering a four-course meal to usher in the new year–in high style! The gourmet offerings range from Maine lobster bisque and porcini-dusted Alaskan halibut to seared duck breast and a lobster, shrimp and mussels dish. View the menu here.

The cost for the four-course offering and spending the evening with these swanky folks gourmet meal is $95 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 615-538-6021.

Franklin Mercantile Deli info coming.

The Franklin Theatre
The historic venue will ring out 2013 and “swing-in” the New Year with an evening of gourmet food, big band music, and dancing. The historic venue will offer two shows on New Year’s Eve; one for the early birds, and another for those guests who want to celebrate midnight on Main Street. The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will regale Theatre audiences during both sets with its popular big-band tunes.To honor the era that first welcomed the Ca. 1937 Franklin Theatre, the evening promises period swank with a 21stcentury flair from the legendary dance band.

Adding to the festive occasion, both sets of Theatregoers have the opportunity to purchase a dinner-and-a-show New Year’s Eve package in conjunction with GRAY’S on Main. The three-story bar and restaurant just across Main Street will prepare a special prix fixe meal with suggested drink pairings for those who would like to begin their evening at GRAY’S before heading to the Glenn Miller concert.

The first show will begin at 6 p.m., and tickets start at $65. The second bash—which always includes dancing—begins at 9:30 p.m. and continues until after midnight. Tickets for the later show are $75.

Those who would like to purchase the GRAY’S dinner package in addition to the performances should call the Franklin Theatre at 615-538-2076 or go online for more information. For more details on ticketing for this special evening, contact Layne Barton at layne@franklintheatre.com or visit www.franklintheatre.com.

GRAY’S on Main
GRAY’S will toast to the New Year while once again nodding to the past, with a vintage circus-themed event that includes a prix fixe menu, interactive performances and more. New Year’s Eve participants who arrive after 8 p.m. will enjoy an enchanted evening that uses tableside performers—think jugglers, mimes, aerialists, illusionists and other skilled artists—and costumes to transport the audience to a menagerie-like event.In addition to the mystical atmosphere, participants will be served a three-course gourmet meal with suggested drink pairings that follow the theme. Preceding the on-floor performances, Americana band SHEL will regale the crowd with Vaudeville vibes and folk tunes. Dancing is encouraged.

Those wanting to participate in the nostaglic bash will purchase a $95 ticket, which includes a three-course meal, tableside entertainment, the SHEL performance and a champagne toast. The evening begins on the second floor at 8 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Guests are encouraged to channel their best Moulin Rougeimpression, and break out swanky attire for the bash.

From 4 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve, GRAY’S is also accepting reservations on its first floor for a chef-selected, three-course meal and complimentary glass of champagne. The cost is $75 a person.

For more information about the New Year’s Eve night, visit www.facebook.com/GRAYSfranklin. To make your reservation, call (615) 435-3603. Limited seating is available.

Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor
The music venue on S. Margin Street will take a different approach to ringin’ in the New Year! This go ’round, they’re inviting their Deconstructed songwriter’s crew to entertain the crowd until the ball drops at midnight. The night begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Owner Will Jordan has promised a special NYE menu, “jammin’” in each room, cornhole tournaments, drinking jenga, s’mores around the fire pit and more. Sleeveless Joel Meeks is the host, and there will be a champagne toast to usher in the new year. No cover! Call (615) 599-2946 for more details.

Puckett’s Boat House
The Boat House is adding some French Quarter flavor to downtown Franklin on New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2014 with a live show and a celebratory menu full of chef-selected favorites! The Southern seafood-focused eatery is hosting L’Angélus, a high-energy Cajun band composed of four siblings who entertain audiences with New Orleans-influenced fiddle tunes, swing, saxophone-driven swamp pop, and R&B music.In addition to the authentic bayou tunes, the Boat House has created a special menu for the event.

Seating for the L’Angélus show will begin at 9 p.m. and the performance will start kickin’ 10 p.m. until midnight.Tickets to the show are $15 per person, and include a midnight champagne toast. Call 615-790-2309 to reserve your seat. For more information, visit www.puckettsboathouse.com.The Boat House is also providing the special New Year’s Eve menu from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., for guests who can’t make the show.

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration, though it’s already sold out!

Red Pony
The sophisticated restaurant on downtown’s Main Street, is offering a four-course dinner to celebrate the upcoming year! Guests can expect menu offerings the likes of grilled kale salad, mushroom-goat cheese raviolo, seared scallops, beef short ribs, seared tuna, vanilla-poached shrimp and lobster and more!

The cost for the gourmet meal and a lovely evening is $80 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 615-595-7669.

A Christmas Surprise for me!!

Cross Fit Talon in Franklin, TN – Saturday, Oct 26

Team Talon ~

We have a lot going on this Saturday, Oct. 26th so wanted to be sure you are informed as we would love to have you for all of it or even part of it!

9:00 am – 10:00 am: 3rd Annual HallowWOD. Wear a costume (or don’t) and join us for a howling good time! There will be six categories for you to win a small gift:

Most Creative
Hurts My Eyes
Best Group / Couple
Most Un-Orginal
Hardest to Work Out in
Best CrossFit Related Costume
10:00 am – HallowWOD group picture / prizes

10:15 am – 10:45 am – Burpees 4 Boobs. Breast Cancer Fundraising Coaches WOD – for every $5 our fearless coaches will do 1 Burpee. We are half-way there towards our goal of $1,000! Donate on-line at http://www.info-komen.org/site/TR/PassionatelyPink/HeadquartersSite?team_id=276346&pg=team&fr_id=3715 or at the box. Oh. Did I mention that they will be dressed in pink tutus? You will not want to miss it!

10:45 am – The Olympic Lifting Class will be held.

10:45 am – 11:15 am (or later) – Pumpkin Decorating for the Kids (or Adults who think they are kids) and LuRong Friendly Snacks. Bring a pumpkin and decorate to your hearts desire. There will be lots of crafts for the kids to use. No knives will be used to harm the pumpkins!

Franklin Party with a Pupose

Join us Saturday, October 19th from 10am to 2pm at Stoney Creek Farm in Franklin for an arts and crafts show featuring local vendors! You will be able to shop early for unique Christmas presents for your family and friends. Local Artisans in jewelry, crochet, monogramming, lamps, paintings, “to die for” fudge, jams/jellies, bread and baked goods, Christmas ornaments…and so much more! Bring the whole family for a Farm Fest Picture and then kids can play on the farm, see the chickens and goats and walk down the nature trail.

The Fall Fest will be benefiting “Leaving the Cocoon” – a ministry established for women reentering life after prison, through mentoring, counseling, and a ‘continuum of care’ services.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided. List of vendors coming soon. Hope to see you all there!

Please visit our Facebook Page and share with your friends to help us support “Leaving the Cocoon”.

https://www.facebook.com/stoneycreekPWP

Stoney Creek Farm
4700 Coe Lane
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-591-0015
www.stoneycreekfarmtennessee.com

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Franklin TN real estate: Brentwood TN real estate

Franklin TN real estateFranklin TN real estate and Brentwood TN real estateBrentwood TN real estate residential sales were the best on record since July 2005.

Homes for sale in Franklin TNhomes for sale in Franklin TN tops the charts in the Monthly Market Stats.

The number of single-family residential closings increased by 32.1% in July 2013 compared to July 2012.

The median sales price for a single- family home was $350,000 in July of 2012 with an increase to $385,500 in July of 2013.

Closings Res. 538 Condo 27

Med. Price Res. $385,500 Condo $192,000

Avg. Price Res. $447,076 Condo. $207,329

DOM Res. 68. Condo. 70

The number of single-family residential closings increased by 32.1% in July 2013 compared to July 2012.

The median sales price for a single- family home was $350,000 in July of 2012 with an increase to $385,500 in July of 2013.

Days on the market decreased from July 2012 compared to July 2013.

Media reports quick sales and a lack of necessary inventory across the country. Williamson County’s real estate market is experiencing many of these same effects on our market as consumer confidence in housing grows in both Franklin TN homes for saleFranklin TN homes for sale and Brentwood TN homes for saleBrentwood TN homes for sale.

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GM Invests $167 Milliom in Spring Hill Plant

General Motors is investing another $167 million at its assembly plant in Spring Hill, the automaker announced Tuesday morning.

The new investment is expected to create or retain about 1,800 jobs.

Spring Hill UAW Local 1853 Chairman Mike Herron told Nashville’s News 2 the potential is there to nearly double the plant’s current workforce of 2,000 auto workers with the expansion, but he could not elaborate.

“They’ve worked very hard to earn this and I’m just really proud of them and what they do on a daily basis to make this possible,” said Herron.

The investment adds an additional $40 million to a previously announced $183 million investment to support a future mid-size vehicle program.

The remaining $127 million will support the production of a second mid-size vehicle.

GM said timing and product specifications for both programs will be shared closer to start-of-production.

“Today’s announcement recognizes the commitment of Spring Hill employees and leadership,” Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, said in a release. “As a team, they draw upon the plant’s unique heritage and dedicated work force to deliver top quality for our customers.”

“We’re very thankful to General Motors. We’re very thankful to this workforce and we are looking forward to the future here in Middle Tennessee,” said Herron.

Last summer, workers began making the Chevy Equinox at the Maury County plant, located about 40 miles south of Nashville.

Art Crawl in Franklin, TN

Art Crawl

Every First Friday of the Month……

Franklin brings you an art crawl that takes you through its beautiful downtown core and historic buildings! The Franklin Art Scene includes more than 30 galleries and working studios dispersed through an area thriving with spots listed on the National Register of Historic Places in downtown Franklin.
This monthly event provides both the novice and the art connoisseur an opportunity to see a sweeping variety of magnificent work, from blown glass to turned wood to mixed media and more.
You can begin at any participating location! The event is free, but a $5 unlimited trolley ticket runs all night to take guests from spot to spot. Many of the locations serve complimentary wine and hors d’ouevres and are within walking distance.

The next Franklin Art Scene is Friday Aug. 2nd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come be seen at the Scene!