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View of the Franklin Theatre from the balcony
A Franklin landmark since 1937, this beautiful theatre had closed it doors in 2007, due to the competition of megaplex theatres opening up in the nearby areas. Saved from demolition by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, a non-profit group. After an $8 million restoration and three years of work, the newly refurbished theatre had it's grand re-opening on June 3, 2012 with much fanfare and ado. Area locals wax poetic about the regal old dame - my mother in law tells me she had her first kiss here!
Since the reopening, the Franklin Theatre has screened current and classic movies (for only $5!), hosted a variety of concerts, and housed several stage productions. I finally got to see the new interior when my husband, MIL, and I went to see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I loved the intimate venue - the frontmost seats are cabaret style, behind which are the traditional theatre seats, and a balcony. We sat in the front row of the balcony and it was wonderful - with ample legroom (or dance space, as the occassion allows!). Since then, we have seen the Desert Rose Band and Suzy Bogguss in concert, and several movies - I love this theatre!
Address: 419 Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064
Directions: On Main Street, just off the traffic circle
** Update December 2009 - unfortunately, this location has closed. If you are interested in this type of venture, check out Sips and Strokes (https://www.sipsnstrokes.com/home.aspx) or Paint Along Nashville (https://www.rezclick.com/paintalong/index.php?page=calendar) **
I loved the "Corks-n-Canvas" concept in New Orleans so much, I was really hoping to find something similar here in Nashville. Oh Happy Day - I found one! The Paint Blush is a new venture along the same lines - you bring a beverage of your choice, show up, and get taught - step by step - to create a work of art. The instructor was so sweet, and the class was very light and fun. She had a wonderful way of letting you know YOU CAN'T MESS THIS UP! Seriously - if your tree is fatter/thinner/fuller/sparcer or if you have more/fewer orbs - IT DOESN'T MATTER. At the end of the night, we all had a variation on the theme, and they all looked good. You'll leave the class with a completed artwork, and the feeling "I can't believe I did this!". So much fun - great for a "Girl's Nite Out", and they have some geared toward younger kids, so a family night out would be good too. Prices depend on the complexity of the subject, but generally run $25-35, and each class is 2 hours.
Address: 3021 Mallory Lane • Franklin, TN 37067
Directions: In the Cool Springs area off I-65. MapQuest directions available on their website
Our "naked" pottery - pre-paint
OK, I must have been an artist in a previous life... Granted, in THIS life, I have no talent for it, but I sure do have the affinity! This is a different kind of painting - you select the clay piece you want to paint (plates, cups, teapots, banks, statues, pet bowls, ornaments, trinket boxes...), then help yourself to the paint colors you want, then go to town! When you are done painting, you leave the piece there to be glazed and fired - you can pick it up one week later.
There is a $6/person studio fee, which covers the paints and the firing, after which each piece is priced separately (I got a platter for $24, they had adorable gnome statues for $20, coffee mugs for $12-18). Pieces run from $6 - $60 dollars, depending on what you choose.
This would be so fun for a "Girls Nite Out", bridal shower, or a kids birthday party. I can't wait to pick up my platter next week - I'll post a photo then!
Address: 230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064
Directions: Inside the Factory at Franklin
Phone: (615) 599-2200
Boiler Room Theatre
Wonderful regional theatre in a historic building - formerly the boiler room of the Magic Chef oven works in Franklin, TN, this 120-seat theatre hosts wonderful musicals, comedies and dramas. Check out their website for the current lineup - we went last night to see "Rent", and I was blown away. Creative use of a small stage, great acoustics off the old brick and exposed beams. Tuesdays are 2-for-1 night, so it was a packed house - but regular ticket price is only $25!
Address: 230 Franklin Road Building Six, Franklin, TN
Directions: At The Factory at Franklin shopping center
Other Contact: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Boyd on the Harpeth River
A fun way to spend a day is to go kayaking on the Harpeth River. There are several put-ins along the river - we put in at Pinkerton Park, and took out at the community center. I will update with addresses for the locations soon.
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