WillCo Arts

Seniors’ trip to Chaffin’s Barn planned

Seniors’ trip to Chaffin’s Barn planned
A Sept. 25 trip for those age 55 and older in the area to see a musical at Chaffin’s Barn is in the works from the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department. The daytime activity will include a performance of Ain’t Misbehavin’, an account of musician Fats Waller’s rise to fame. A chicken salad lunch ...
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Franklin woman’s dog story published in ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’

Franklin woman’s dog story published in ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’
A Franklin woman’s story about her dog has been featured in a new edition of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” that focuses on lessons people have learned from man’s best friend, according to a news release. In “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?” Judith Fitzsimmons’ story, “Ubu Saves the Day,” is one ...
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Art surrounds Kelly Harwood’s life

Art surrounds Kelly Harwood’s life
MICHAEL ACKLEY There is an immediate sense of welcome upon walking through the doors of artist Kelly Harwood’s Gallery 202. “Can I get you anything, a bottle of water?” Harwood asked before embarking on a tour of the space. Jazz music plays from the vintage record player and there is art of all different media ...
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Heritage Ball King and Queen announced at sponsor party

Heritage Ball King and Queen announced at sponsor party
Photos by KELLY GILFILLAN In its 41st year, the gala is Williamson County’s longest-running black tie event. The Sponsors’ Party, held at the magnificent Jasmine Grove home of Lucibeth and Brian Mayberry in downtown Franklin, recognized the major investments of local and national companies that will further spur historic preservation efforts. Patrons of the Her...
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Scene & Heard: September Arts Crawl

Scene & Heard: September Arts Crawl
MICHAEL ACKLEY On the first Friday of every month, downtown Franklin bustles as local shops and galleries host artists from the Middle Tennessee area. All of the Art Scene locations are within walking distance of each other and many of the host businesses serve free wine and appetizers. Last Friday night, WillCo Arts was there ...
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Chukkers for Charity polo match

Chukkers for Charity polo match
The 18th annual Chukkers for Charity polo game and outdoor event took place Sat., Sept. 6, at Riverview Farm in Franklin. For the second year in a row, Nissan sponsored Chukkers for Charity. This year’s event featured Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, an Argentine polo player who is the face of several Ralph Lauren and Polo advertising ...
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RHS guidance counselor offers arts scholarship

RHS guidance counselor offers arts scholarship
Ravenwood guidance counselor Jan Niedringhaus would argue that artistic ability doesn’t always necessarily stem from talent, but can be an acquired skill. An accomplished artist, Niedringhaus wasn’t born painting and drawing. It wasn’t until about five years ago when she took a correspondence course called Drawing to Enhance Learning that she tapped into...
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Harlin ‘Ready to Roll’ for ‘Raise the Roof’ fundraiser

Harlin ‘Ready to Roll’ for ‘Raise the Roof’ fundraiser
MICHAEL ACKLEY The third annual “Raise the Roof” event at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm shapes up differently this year as the property’s namesake family is “Ready to Roll” to help raise funds to build a multi-purpose equestrian arena there. The third annual “Raise the Roof” event at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm shapes up ...
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Teen dancer takes on Studio Tenn’s Fiddler on the Roof

Teen dancer takes on Studio Tenn’s Fiddler on the Roof
The first time Studio Tenn producer Jake Speck saw 18-year-old Matthew Taylor dance, Speck was moved to tears. The Franklin teen has already has come close to Broadway, making it to the final round of callbacks for Newsies before being cut. Through Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, where Taylor’s sister attended, and Studio Tenn Artistic ...
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Q&A with Alejandro Escovedo

Q&A with Alejandro Escovedo
MICHAEL ACKLEY Alejandro Escovedo is a force of nature. For decades now, the Texan songwriter has been writing music full of politics, humor, heartbreak and poetry. The Alternative Country magazine No Depression named him the artist of the decade for the 1990’s, but arguably, his best work has been more recent. Beginning with 2001’s Man ...
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