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MADE SOUTH: Holiday Market And Chef Tastings Event Returns To The Factory In Franklin

MADE SOUTH returns to The Factory at Franklin this year for its third holiday event on Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18. Shoppers can find artisan gifts of all kinds at the two-day event that will feature goods from more than 150 artisans and craftsmen from all over the South. Bites and drinks will also be provided by top local chefs and restaurants.

General admission tickets are available for purchase on the MADE SOUTH Eventbrite page for $15, or $20 at the door. VIP tickets are available for $39, offering guests a special sneak peek shopping experience complete with cocktails, local beers and special chef tastings on Friday night.

A portion of all ticket proceeds will benefit New Hope Academy, an elementary school located in Franklin, Tennessee, serving low-income families.

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Pilgrimage Festival 2017: Wrap Up

On a normal Saturday in Franklin, Tennessee, you will see people checking out local produce at the Farmers Market. The Factory in Franklin will have a small crowd of people walking around and picking up unique gifts and maybe even making one at Third Coast Clay. This is not your normal Saturday in Franklin, that’s for sure.

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An estimated 25,000 people from all over have swarmed in on this quiet town to attend The Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival.  The now widely-known festival all started as a simple idea from festival co-creator and front man of the pop/rock band Better Than Ezra, Kevin Griffin.  Griffin who is also a Franklin resident was on a jog just a few years ago when he passed by The Park at Harlinsdale, a century-old horse farm that sits on 230 acres of land. He envisioned not just a music festival, but an experience that would highlight the diverse musical artists, food, beer, wine, and art that is rooted in Middle Tennessee.

Going into the festival’s third year, they knew they had to make it bigger and that is exactly what happened when co-producer and newly-transplanted icon, Justin Timberlake, asked if he could perform. ¬†In what is one of Timberlake’s only musical appearances of 2017, he doubled the attendance of the previous year and he showed up ready to play for his new hometown!

Closing out the first night of the two-day festival which featured incredible performances I caught by The Avett Brothers, The Shadowboxers, Ruby Amanfu with Steelism, and many more, Timberlake walked out to 25,000 people on their feet and applauding before he sang his first note. Proving that he is a class act, Timberlake forewent a big show opener and instead covered Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”, a prayer of sorts for the state that our country is currently in. With a bow of his head, Timberlake changed gears and ripped through hit after hit.¬† From “Drink You Away” and “Suit & Tie” to his closing numbers, the monster hits “Can’t Stop This Feeling!”, “Sexy Back”, and “Mirrors”, Timberlake had even the coolest East Nashville hipsters singing every word; making it a point to tell the crowd several times how much he loves his home state of Tennessee and that his new hometown is Franklin. It was clear, however, that no matter how much he loves Tennessee, Tennessee loves him even more!

The evening was highlighted when he reunited with Chris and Morgan Stapleton for the first time since their CMA Awards show duet.¬† Exchanging verses and taking turns doing each other’s background vocals on three of Stapleton’s songs. ¬†The trio’s harmonies were so flawless that Timberlake’s band, “The Tennessee Kids”, couldn’t stop shaking their heads and neither could the audience.

As the night drew to a close and Timberlake took his final bow, it was clear that The Pilgrimage Festival delivered exactly what they said they would, a unique family-friendly experience that was for everyone! As the crowd filtered out onto Franklin Pike, you could already hear people making plans to come back next year.

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Tupelo Honey: Serving The Best Brunch In Franklin

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of eating a tasty brunch at Tupelo Honey in Franklin, just outside of Nashville.  It serves a wide selection southern favorites with a delicious, unique twist.

The interior of Tupelo Honey is spacious, comfortable, and clean with modern decor.  Outside there is also a nice-sized porch to enjoy dining on, as well.

Our service was excellent, both attentive and friendly.  She was also kind enough to offer suggestions since it was my first time there.

First off, started the dining experience with homemade, fresh from the oven biscuits with homemade blueberry jam.  The biscuits were fluffy, mouth-watering, and delectable.  The jam was sweet, succulent, and the perfect pairing.

With such a tempting selection of unique drinks from the bar, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to endulge in one of their special drinks called cherry bomb fros√©,¬†an icy and refreshing blend of ros√©, mint, lemon, maraschino liqueur, and bourbon cherry juice. ¬†This frozen drink was slightly tart and a terrific concoction. ¬†It was also so pretty, frozen, and pink with a small, artful swirl of darker pink on top, which was maraschino liqueur, served elegantly in a stemmed glass. ¬†Yes, it’s probably what you would call a “girly drink”, just as pretty as it was tasty,¬†and one that I could easily sip on outside on their sizeable porch all day long enjoying the nice, quiet surroundings of the upscale area it is nestled in.

For the main course, I ordered the Tupelo shrimp and grits.  My companion had the Creekstone Farms steak and eggs.  We also shared some of their Shoo Mercy sweet potato pancakes.

The Tupelo shrimp and grits were perfectly seasoned.  Served with an extra side of the flavorful, slightly hot Creole sauce to pour on top to season to taste for more spice.  The shrimp were fresh, nicely-seasoned, and a good size.  The grits, infused with adluh goat cheese, were flavorful and perfectly cooked.  There was also a delicious mixture of chorizo and peperonata in the center.  It was skillfully presented and this savory dish was positively scrumptious from the first bite to the last.

My companion had the Creekstone Farms steak & eggs.  The steak was cooked to perfection, so tender you could cut it easily with just a butter knife.  Served with sides of potato cracklins and maple bourbon bacon jam.  It was tasty, perfectly paired, and mouthwatering.

The Shoo Mercy sweet potato pancakes were hot off the griddle, fluffy, and delightfully-tasty with just the right blend of sweet seasonings.

The menu is priced in the medium range up to low $20s for main dishes.  Not cheap, but not overpriced, either.  Serving portions were generous and all served piping-hot fresh from the kitchen very quickly with attentive, friendly service.

Tupelo Honey is a chain of restaurants across the country serving food all made in a scratch kitchen with a menu that changes with each season and is unique to that location. ¬† This location was opened only 2 years ago. ¬†Located near Cool Springs Mall in Franklin at 2000 Meridian Blvd. on the corner nestled within a new, modern strip mall area. ¬†Brunch is served only on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm. ¬†Operating hours are¬†Monday to Thursday: 11a ‚Äď 9p. Friday: 11a ‚Äď 10p. Saturday: 9a ‚Äď 10p . Sunday: 9a ‚Äď 8p. ¬†It was named as best new restaurant in Franklin by¬†Franklin Lifestyle Magazine in 2016.

Menus overseen by Chef Eric Gabrynowicz. ¬†He is a four-time James Beard Award semifinalist, Top Newcomer from Zagat was voted Food and Wine Magazine‚Äôs ‚ÄúPeoples Best New Chef- New York.‚ÄĚ He brings Tupelo Honey Southern inspired dishes that are simply crafted and made from scratch with responsibly sourced ingredients that bring the best of every season.

Tyler Alford is the chief mixologist.  He was born and raised in North Carolina and attended college in Mississippi, where his love of craft cocktails and mixology blossomed. Tyler honed his knowledge and skill while working at the award-winning Commander’s Palace Restaurant in New Orleans before bringing his passion to Tupelo Honey. He quickly introduced a beverage program focused on local, sustainable and quality products with classic techniques that has continued to earn Tupelo Honey multiple local and national awards for its cocktails rooted in the South.

This restaurant is defintely a new favorite of mine that I thoroughly enjoyed, and one that I will frequent as often as I can when in the Franklin area. ¬†I’m already craving their delicious brunch again after just a couple of days. ¬†It offers the best brunch in town in my opinion between the creative selection of tasty food, drinks, friendly staff, and welcoming atmosphere. ¬†I highly recommend this dining establishment. ¬†Get ready to be pleasantly surprised by such a flavorful, creative menu of southern fare all made from scratch kitchen served fresh and fast.


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Special Movie Screening For Patsy Cline Movie On July 18th

Franklin Theater is holding a screening event that is open to the public for “When Patsy Cline Was Crazy” at 7pm on Tuesday, July 18th.

Here is the link to the webpage to buy tickets for only $10:

#franklintn #franklin #franklintheater #movie #screening #patsycline

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Kings Bowl Cool Springs Featuring New Songwriters’ Night Every Tuesday

Kings Bowl is coming up on its 1 year anniversary in May, and we’re so happy it opened its doors just outside of Nashville. ¬†Starting this Tuesday, one of our favorite hang outs, is featuring their new “Top Songwriters Series” beginning at 7pm-10pm in their¬†Whiskey Room every Tuesday night.

The Whiskey Room

Admission is free and will be happening every Tuesday night starting at 7pm.

Plan to come out a little early or stay late, aside from the great music, you can also dine on their incredible food.

This is not normal bowling alley food. ¬†You can of course dine on a hamburger or pizza if you want, but everything is made from scratch in their kitchen and definitely worth a try in the Draft Room. ¬†You can dine on fresh salmon, steak, and scallops. ¬†Casual food or fancy, it’s your choice! Come hungry!

The Draft Room

Of course, you don’t want to miss a chance to bowl a game with your friends on their trendy, cool lanes. ¬†There are also fun interactive games to be played or just wind down for a nice meal and watch tv on their widescreen tvs in their restaurant at this unique venue attached to Cool Springs Mall in Franklin, TN.

You’ll be glad you took the time to enjoy all it has to offer while you’re out there, and we have no doubts that you’ll be back visiting very soon!

Located at: 
Cool Springs Mall
1910 Galleria Blvd, Franklin, Tennessee 37067

Take a look back and¬†check out this fun video from “Stars And Strikes”, a charity event featuring several country stars at Kings Bowl, part of its grand opening festivities last May!

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“…Pilgrimage Music Festival, held just south of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee, established itself as a festival to watch.” – Rolling Stone

“Pilgrimage Music Festival comes out on top.” – American Songwriter

¬†“…if this inaugural edition was any indication, this could be a great festival for years to come.”
– Consequence of Sound

“Pilgrimage had the vision to get it right the first time… It is a perfect representation of the modern South- from the food to the music and everything in between.” – CMT

“Once again, Pilgrimage organizers went the diverse route in putting together this year’s lineup. Beck, Kacey Musgraves, Violent Femmes, The Arcs, CAKE and City & Colour are among the acts set to play Pilgrimage ’16.” – JamBase

“Needless to say, we’re overjoyed that not only is Pilgrimage back for another year, but also back with bang!” – No Country for New Nashville


The countdown is on for the sophomore year of Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival and the festival released the complete schedule with set times today, ¬†PRESS HERE more info + complete schedule below. A new festival app has also been created that allows festival goers to keep up with the latest info on all their favorite artists, set times, customized schedule and of course time sensitive notifications. PRESS HERE to download the app. The festival boasts a stellar lineup with heavy hitters such as Beck, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Jason Isbel, Kacey Musgraves, Violent Femmes and Grace Potter who will #MakeThePilgrimage to Franklin along with indie favorites including Kaleo, The Strumbellas, Shakey Graves and more on September 24 and 25, 2016 at The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, TN, PRESS HERE for more info. Continue Reading →

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Pilgrimage Festival

#MakeThePilgrimage To Franklin, TN
SEPTEMBER 24 & 25, 2016


Beck * Grace Potter * Violent Femmes * CAKE * Shakey Graves * Kaleo * The Struts * Wild Belle * The Strumbellas * LunchMoney Lewis * Jonny P * Electric Western Dance Party
(More Artists To Be Announced)

Daryl Hall and John Oates * Jason Isbell *
Kacey Musgraves * The Arcs * City and Colour *
Better Than Ezra * Preservation Hall Jazz Band * Margo Price * Anderson East * The Suffers * Blind Pilot * Brothers Osborne * Son Little * Langhorne Slim & The Law * JD & The Straight Shot * Big Sam’s Funky Nation * The Settles Connection *

Little Pilgrim’s Family Stage feat (both days):
Ralph’s World*Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers * The Happy Racers * Mr. Steve * Casey Campbell *
Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards

Local Pickin’ Parlor Artists Announced:
The Blackfoot Gypsies *Daphne & The Mystery Machines *Anthony Adams & The Nite Owls * Colin Elmore * Emma Hern * Grace Askew * The Roosevelts

Pilgrimage Festival


“With an A-list lineup (arguably the best curated of the year) and all the charm of a county fair, the inaugural Pilgrimage Music Festival, held just south of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee, established itself as a festival to watch.” – Rolling Stone

“Pilgrimage Music Festival comes out on top.” – American Songwriter

“…if this inaugural edition was any indication, this could be a great festival for years to come.”
– Consequence of Sound

“Pilgrimage had the vision to get it right the first time… It is a perfect representation of the modern South- from the food to the music and everything in between.” – CMT

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, who unveiled their impressive sophomore year lineup earlier this year, is pleased to announce the lineup by day as well as offering single day tickets, PRESS HERE for more info. The festival will return to The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, TN on September 24 and 25, 2016. The lineup by day is below with more artists to be announced:

Grace Potter
Violent Femmes
Shakey Graves
The Struts
Wild Belle
The Strumbellas
LunchMoney Lewis
Jonny P
Electric Western Dance Party
(More Artists To Come)

Daryl Hall and John Oates
Jason Isbell
Kacey Musgraves
The Arcs
City and Colour
Better Than Ezra
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Margo Price
Anderson East
The Suffers
Blind Pilot
Brothers Osborne
Son Little
Langhorne Slim & The Law
JD & The Straight Shot
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
The Settles Connection

The family friendly festival also announced that the Little Pilgrim’s Family Stage will feature performances by Ralph’s World, The Happy Racers, Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, Mr. Steve, Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards, Casey Campbell and more. The Little Pilgrim’s area will not only feature performances by these top children musical acts but will also have interactive activities that will include: a painting wall; drum circles; a hip hop rhyming workshop; breakdancing demonstrations and workshop; a musical petting zoo featuring musicians from the bands demonstrating their instruments and special cameos by main stage acts! Remember: Kids under 10 get in FREE when accompanied by an adult GA Ticket.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is a two-day event transforming The Park At Harlinsdale Farm into an oasis of music, food, and culture set against the natural amphitheaters and vistas of this former walking horse farm located in Franklin, TN. Renowned musical acts, many performing acoustically, will be presented on wood-clad stages reflecting the area’s historic aesthetic including The Frye Company Harpeth River Stage. In addition to artists performing their own sets, Pilgrimage will feature Pilgri-mashupswhere one-of-a-kind pairings of musicians collaborate with one another on stage as well as the Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor stage featuring local artists. The region’s best food and drink will be on display as well as numerous local artists and artisans creating an all-encompassing festival experience.

The festival debuted last year with a star studded lineup featuring artists such as Willie Nelson, Wilco, Weezer, Sheryl Crow, Cage the Elephant, Band of Horses, Steven Tyler and more with 10,000 fans descending upon the Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin each day. To watch the highlights from last year’s festival, PRESS HERE.

Not only will the festival drive tourism dollars to Williamson County but a portion of each ticket sale will benefit the City of Franklin and Franklin Parks. In addition, a portion of ticket sales will also benefit MusiCares¬ģ, a nonprofit organization that was established by The Recording Academy¬ģ to provide a wide range of emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to members of the music community.

About The Pilgrimage Foundation
The Pilgrimage Foundation was established to develop, in conjunction with the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, a non-profit program whereby organizations that support the arts, artists, historic preservation and education may benefit from the growth of the festival. Each year several organizations will be chosen to participate and benefit from the festival in ways that include publicity, events, and donations.

About Friends of Franklin Parks
The not-for-profit organization Friends of Franklin Parks was formed in 2011 to mobilize community resources to continually enhance the City of Franklin’s park system. In 2015, Friends embarked on a $1.3 million effort to construct a multi-purpose equestrian arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The new Tractor Supply Co. Arena is slated to open in April 2016, and will host numerous public events ranging from polo matches to concerts.

For more information, please visit www.friendsoffranklinparks.org.

About MusiCares
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please like “MusiCares” on Facebook, follow MusiCares on Twitter (@MusiCares), and join us on Instagram.

For More information on MusiCares, please contact:
Hannah Berryman/MusiCares Foundation/310.581.8724/hannah.berryman@grammy.com
Christina Cassidy/MusiCares Foundation/310.581.8670/christina.cassidy@grammy.com

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Mantra Artisan Ales, a brewery and taproom featuring high-quality craft beers with daring and unique flavor profiles, is proud to announce its grand opening on Friday, Nov. 13. Located in Franklin, Tenn., Mantra’s taproom will be open Wednesday through Friday from 3-9 p.m., Saturday from noon-9 p.m., and Sunday from noon-6 p.m.

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Ovation Breaks Ground At Star-Studded Celebration

imageSouthStar LLC and Highwoods Properties, held a groundbreaking celebration on the grounds of Ovation, located at the corner of McEwen Drive and Carothers Parkway in the heart of Cool Springs. Ovation will be the first in-market, upscale lifestyle destination in Franklin, Tennessee.  State and local officials, as well as numerous community leaders attended the VIP celebration that included live entertainment, celebrity guests, and curated cocktails from Kix Brooks’ Arrington Vineyards.

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A Vintage Affair’s annual, three-day series of wine events returns this April for its fourteenth year in Williamson County. The popular fund-raising sequence is one of many ways the Franklin-based non-profit supports local charities and programs.


On¬†Wednesday, April 23rd,¬†Sperry’s Restaurant in Cool Springs will be the setting for a¬†5 course wine maker dinner¬†called ‚ÄúA Vintner Dinner.‚Ä̬†Each course will be served with a specially paired wine and¬†a chance to hear from the wine maker. This is a VIP dinner for¬†AVA‚Äôs¬†top sponsors.¬†However, there are very limited tickets available for individual guests who wish to join this very special evening. ¬†Individual tickets are¬†$200 per guest.

On Thursday, April 24, AVA patrons will gather at Green‚Äôs Grocery in Historic Leiper’s Fork for¬†‚ÄúA Vintage Affair goes Country‚ÄĚ formerly¬†known as¬†‚ÄúVintage Champagne and Vintage Country Music.‚ÄĚ ¬†This¬†boots and blue jeans event has been a continual favorite among AVA patrons, and guests will tastefine champagne and wine provided by¬†Harvest Beverage Company¬†and Moon Wine and Spirits¬†and cold beer in an old Tennessee atmosphere.¬†Entertainment¬†will be provided by¬†Tayla Lynn, Victor House Recording Artist and granddaughter of Loretta Lynn.¬†¬†BBQ will be provided by Mickey Roo‚Äôs. ¬†Tickets are $75¬†per person.

The next night¬†(April 25th)¬†patrons will gather outside Jamison Hall at The Factory at Franklin from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the ‚ÄúMeet The Vintner¬†Preview Party,‚ÄĚ sponsored by¬†First Tennessee Bank. ¬†The event will feature fine cigars¬†from BellaTerra Ranch Cigars¬†and¬†special wine tastings¬†from the following wine makers: ¬†Dan Cederquist of Cederquist Wine Company,¬†Francisco Robledo of Robledo Family Winery, Kip Summers of Arrington Vineyards,¬†and¬†Pablo Nyarady of Trifecta Winery. ¬†There will also be¬†champagne¬†and fabulous hors d‚Äôoeuvres. ¬†Tickets are $125 per person. ¬†This price includes your reservation to the ‚ÄúMain Event.‚ÄĚ ¬†Reservations may be purchased online at www.avintageaffair.org.

Immediately following the Preview Party, doors will open for the ‚ÄúA Vintage Affair Main Event,‚ÄĚ the event to round off the three-day festivities. The party¬†will feature live and silent auctions, and¬†several wine tasting and food stations. Participating restaurants include Constant Craving Caterers, Red Pony, Stoveworks, Olivia Olive Oil, Cool Caf√©, among others. Reservations may be purchased online at www.avintageaffair.org or purchased at the door for $75.Participating wine stations include: ¬†Arrington Vineyards, BNA Wine¬†Group, Brinkmann Wine & Spirits, Grapevine Wine & Spirits, Moon Wine & Spirits, Red Dog Wine & Spirits, among others.


About A Vintage Affair


A Vintage Affair is an organization whose mission is to provide significant financial contributions to various nonprofit organizations in Williamson County whose services benefit the community at large.  All funds contributed to the nonprofit organizations are designated for programs to support the well-being of women and children of need.  The 2014 beneficiaries are the following:  Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Children’s Services at Williamson Medical Center, the A Vintage Affair Fellowship at O’More College of Design, The Davis House Child Advocacy Center and Williamson County CASA and we are proud to add two new organizations High Hopes and Hope Clinic for Women.  To date, A Vintage Affair has contributed over $1.1 million dollars.  www.avintageaffair.org

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