ROUNDUP: Plenty to do this sunny and hot weekend to kick off the summer season

ROUNDUP: Plenty to do this sunny and hot weekend to kick off the summer season

PHOTO: A historical marker has been placed to honor Samuel Claybrook Locke, and family and friends will attend a dedication to the Federal Reserve officer Saturday at 10 a.m. // Photo by John McBryde

Memorial Day weekend is typically considered the unofficial start to summer, and for good reason.

Pools are open by then, outdoor grilling gets busier and graduation ceremonies are taking place. And as it does every year, the Williamson County Office of Veterans Services presents the real reason for the holiday with its Memorial Day Ceremony in downtown Franklin. See more about this special service below, plus other snapshots of what’s happening.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Where: Jamison Theater, The Factory at Franklin

When: Performing through June 2

This biblical tale of Joseph and his coat of many colors is closing the ninth season for Studio Tenn, with performances daily at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on March 25-26 and June 1-2. Visit the website for more information and tickets.

Sam Locke dedication

Where: 2600 Hillsboro Road, Grassland area

When: Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m.

The public is invited to gather at the intersection of Hillsboro Road and Sneed Road for the dedication to Federal Reserve officer Samuel Claybrook Locke, who was ambushed and murdered on March 7, 1925, near the spot where a historic marker has been placed. Following the ceremony, attendees are invited to Grassland Heights Baptist Church at 2316 Hillsboro Road for a reception.

Renaissance Festival

Where: Triune

When: Saturday-Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This is the last weekend for this year’s festival, but it does come with a bonus in that it will also be open Monday, Memorial Day. Over 60 artisans display their wares, specialty foods and drinks, while the sounds of Renaissance musicians and merrymakers fill the surrounding woods. And yes, there is a real castle to explore. Before you head back to the 16th century, visit here for more details.

Memorial Day Ceremony

Where: Five Points in downtown Franklin

When: Monday, 10 a.m.

The annual Williamson County Memorial Day Ceremony will be Monday at Veterans Memorial Park (Five Points in downtown Franklin). The program will last approximately 45 minutes and seating will be provided; however, attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs to the event. Call 615-790-5623 for more information.

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