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On the Town: An Evening of Heritage, Community and Music @ The Franklin Theatre | Top 10 Reasons to Attend

Announcing a Special Evening in support of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County on June 30, 2024. With only 50 tickets available, only a few will be able to join us, but no matter where you are, you can still contribute to the work of this amazing Foundation.

Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Attend "On the Town: an Evening of Heritage, Community & Music" -

Top 10 Reasons to Attend:


10 – The Franklin Theatre

– one of the top theaters in the United States, currently nominated for an ACM Award for Theater of the Year and it’s right in your backyard, Nashville.  They have a creative team that puts on the coolest events including the new “Something Different” combination live music show, movie, and DJ dance party coming this summer. Too fun!


9 – White’s Tavern Gallery

– part of the History & Culture Center (see # 2) – the White’s Tavern experience deserves its own number in the countdown of top reasons why you should attend on Jun 30th.  Like a ghost-ride through history, this interactive exhibit features talking portraits that tell the story of real-life Middle Tennesseans in their own words as recorded in the archives – and don’t forget the cocktails & mocktails that come with any good tavern experience.


8 – Gourmet Dinner

– your On the Town ticket comes with a multi-course gourmet dinner crafted by Executive Chef Sean Foley, whose culinary experience has included the five-time James Beard Award nominated 5th & Taylor, historic Union Station, and 360 Bistro. Yum!


7 – Storytelling

– as a native Tennessean, I’m here to tell you that storytelling runs in our blood.  Of course, the Jun 30th On the Town experience has a spotlight on storytelling in this special evening’s entertainment with the stylings of Franklin native “Jimmy the Cricket” weaving his tales during dinner, and Alicia King Marshall, master storyteller and owner of Franklin Walking Tours narrating local legends and “spine-tingling ghost tales” from the comfort of a private chartered, climate-controlled, classic trolley ride through downtown. Whee!


6 – Philanthropy

– your ticket purchase supports the work of the Williamson County Heritage Foundation, which is the fantastic non-profit organization responsible for so much of the preservation and beautification efforts we’ve seen in Downtown Franklin over the years, especially since the formation of the Downtown Franklin Association spearheaded by the Foundation in 1984. The ticket is partially tax deductible, so it’s a double win for you and Middle TN!


5 – People

– It becomes clear very quickly that the staff at Williamson County Heritage Foundation are among the best, most enthusiastic, friendly and exceptional people anywhere to be found in philanthropy. Bari Beasley, the President and CEO is a force of good unlike anyone you have ever seen, and one of the best speakers you’ll find anywhere. Her passion for the mission of the Foundation shines through everything she does, and it’s apparent that her leadership team adores her. We’re lucky to have her working for our quality of life in Middle Tennessee. Like attracts like, and we can all benefit from connecting with such an inspirational, purpose driven team.


4 – VIP

– there are only 50 tickets available to this Jun 30 On the Town event, so you can count on lots of meet and greet mingling with the other attendees and performers. The top notch evening of entertainment sounds like so much fun that even if I wasn't performing, you'd still find me attending this event.


3 – Songwriters

– number three is songwriters because there are three of us multi-platinum awarded songwriters performing at this event. Most of you reading this already know me – Amanda Colleen Williams, whose hits include “Beer Run” Garth Brooks / George Jones duet that was nominated for a Grammy® and two other Garth tunes “She’s Tired of Boys” & “I Can Be Me With You.” The other two writers are Josh Phillips who wrote tunes for Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Colt Ford, and Cody Johnson’s single “Dirt Cheap,” and Brock Berryhill whose cuts span country and pop genres with tunes recorded by Kane Brown, Darryl Worley and Twenty One Pilots. Sweet!


2 – Moore & Morris History and Culture Center

– this is one of the coolest museums I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying a lot. In fact, it’s one of only two museums in the country that features the “living portrait” technology mentioned in #9 White’s Tavern Gallery (see above).  The other museum is the Tea Party Museum in Boston, MA.  The Center is open to the public Tue – Sat, and is a dream location for history buffs.  Many points of view are considered throughout the rotating exhibits and displays, ranging from the rise of Middle TN settlements, Civil War conflicts pitting family against family, the terrible scourge of slavery and reconstruction efforts, and one of the only authentic Native American artifact exhibits in the area.  If you’ve got a few hours to spare, this is a must-see experience tucked away on Bridge Street in Downtown Franklin.


1 – Community

– as a person born in East Tennessee, I haven’t always felt at home in Middle Tennessee, I’ll just be honest. But from the moment I stepped foot in the door at the History and Culture Center, I have felt kindness and kinship in a shared vision for our community that is refreshing and invigorating.  The Williamson County Heritage Foundation has a policy on their website that it, “has never and will never endorse any political candidate,” which makes it easy for all my many diverse-opinion-having-friends and associates to support this work with me, no matter what political leaning they might have.  I know not everyone can spend the $1000 for a ticket to this event, but if you have an extra few bucks laying around, and want to make your charity dollars count, you can feel good about supporting the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County. I know I sure do.

Get your tickets and make your donation at the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County website here.


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