Halloween Chills & Thrills at the Schermerhorn

Enjoy Halloween Chills and Thrills at the Schermerhorn this October
Festivities include trick-or-treating, costume contest and more

The Nashville Symphony is getting in the Halloween Spirit this year, with festive activities and special events at two concerts during the last week of October: Phantom of the Opera on October 28 and The Music of Queen concert on October 31.
The October 28 screening of the legendary silent film Phantom of the Opera will be accompanied by Peter Krasinski playing the Schermerhorn’s massive Martin Foundation Concert Organ, which has 3,568 pipes, adding a breathtaking, seat-shaking sound to one of the scariest movies ever made. Attendees will enjoy a “frightfully festive” atmosphere prior to the performance, including:
  • Trick-or-treating stations throughout the Schermerhorn
  • Costume contest with prizes
  • Free popcorn with drink purchase
  • Halloween decorations
  • Street actors dressed as traditional Halloween characters

The celebration continues on Halloween night, when conductor Brent Havens and a full rock band join the Nashville Symphony to perform Queen’s greatest hits, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Fat Bottom Girls,” “We Will Rock You” and more. The evening will also include:
  • Red-carpet Superstar Soirée in the East Lobby – dress like your favorite rock star to get past the velvet rope. Entry is included with any ticket purchase for the October 31 performance, with tickets starting at only $25
  • Nashville Symphony photo booth with fun accessories – get your picture taken with the Symphony’s GRAMMY Award
  • Enter to win fun prizes
  • Specialty cocktails and festive refreshments
  • Halloween decorations
  • Street actors dressed as traditional Halloween characters
The Nashville Symphony is also offering a pair discount packages for The Music of Queen on October 31:

· Date Night Package: ranging from $174 to $300 depending on seat location, packages include two tickets, two glasses of wine and two truffles from the Nashville Chocolate & Nut Company. Use promo code “LOVE” online when ordering tickets.

· “Me Plus Three”: ideal for groups of friends or family members, individuals can save 15 percent when they buy four single tickets. Use promo code “ME+3” online when ordering tickets.

Call 615.687.6400 for more information about discount packages or visit: to learn more about the Nashville Symphony’s ‘Chills and Thrills’ offerings for Halloween this year.



31st Annual Pumpkinfest Returns to Franklin

31st Annual Pumpkinfest Returns to Franklin's Main Street
Fall Festival Adds New Attractions, Brings Full Day of Family Fun to Williamson County

Franklin’s favorite fall celebration is returning to Main Street this month, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever.

The 31st annual Pumpkinfest will take place on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., bringing a full day of free entertainment to families in the area.

Presented by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, the festival will stretch along Main Street from First to Fifth avenues, and will also include portions of Third and Fourth avenues. Attendees can expect a day of live music, various contests, an array of arts and crafts booths, a chili cook-off and much more.

In addition, The Great Pumpkin will be making an appearance at Pumpkinfest after traveling across the country from Franklin’s sister city, Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. Festivalgoers will have the chance to participate in a “Guess the Weight” contest where one lucky winner will take home a $50 gift certificate to Stroud’s Barbecue.

“Everybody in Franklin looks forward to Pumpkinfest each year,” said René Evans, the Heritage Foundation’s Festival Vendor Relations Manager. “We always try to mix things up by bringing new and exciting entertainment to the festival, and fresh vendors and artisans—but at the same time, we look forward to revisiting annual favorites as well.”

Other activities at this year’s Pumpkinfest include:
  • Two stages offering continuous entertainment from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
    • The Bethel University stage at City Hall will feature five performance groups from Bethel’s Renaissance program: two bluegrass bands, a Southern gospel quartet, a 15-voice group and a 55-member choir.
    • The School of Rock stage at Five Points will feature a variety of local performance schools and regional groups.
    • Then at 5 p.m. on the School of Rock stage, The People’s Church will present the Battle of the Bands, a competition between four teenage bands—the winner will go home with a cash prize of $500. For band audition information, email Danielle at
  • Children’s activities will be located on Third Avenue South, and will include pumpkin painting, free games with small prizes offered by several local non-profits, pony and train rides, inflatables and more.

  • A separate area of attractions for older children will be available on Fourth Avenue North, and will feature bungee jumping, a mechanical bull and a spider web mountain.

  • More than 80 arts and crafts booths will feature unique, handcrafted wares that complement fall and the holiday season including jewelry, food and home décor items. Booths will be open along Main Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Over a dozen food vendors will be selling traditional street festival favorites like corn dogs and hot dogs, barbecue, funnel cakes and kettle corn, as well as fresh bagels, gourmet coffee, fish tacos and jambalaya.
  • A community swing dance will commence at 4:45 p.m. on the Public Square to the sounds of 5 Points Swing. Unsure of your swing dance skills? Local dancers will be there to warm you up with brief instructions before the band starts up.

  • The Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-Off will feature 15 teams competing for the 12th annual title. A $10 ticket includes a 2 oz. sample from each team, and beer will be available for purchase in conjunction with the Chili Cook-Off. The tent will be located on Third Avenue South, between City Hall and the Courthouse, where competitors will be serving from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

  • An extreme pumpkin carving contest will feature the Leiper’s Fork Carving Club and their work. The public will have a chance to vote on their favorite carved pumpkin, plus the opportunity to purchase one via silent auction.

  • Children, adults and even pets can compete in four categories during the annual costume contest. The categories are: pets; children, ages 0-2; 3-5; 6-11; 12+ and groups. Registration is limited to the first 40 entrants in each category and includes a $2 entry fee. Those who wish to participate can sign-up from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. near the Bethel University Renaissance stage at City Hall. Competition will begin at 2 p.m.

Offsite parking will be available at both Harlinsdale Park and The People’s Church, with trolley rides to downtown for $1 per person each way, which will run from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Pets and strollers are not permitted on the trolleys.

Pumpkinfest is produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association. The annual October festival is just one of the many activities presented by the non-profit group, which was founded in 1967 to protect and preserve Williamson County’s historic, architectural and geographic resources. For more information, call 615-591-8500 or visit



Regions FREE Day - Hauntings at the Hermitage

For its October installment of Regions Free Day, Regions Bank invites families throughout Middle Tennessee to dress in their best costumes and attend the 14th Annual Hauntings at the Hermitage on Saturday, Oct. 25.

This ghoulish event brings together families across the mid-state to celebrate the Halloween season with haunted hay rides, ghost tours in the Hermitage Mansion, a murder mystery puzzle featuring Edgar Allen Poe, potion making, and plenty of music, food, games and activities for children of all ages.

This year’s Hauntings at the Hermitage is divided into two sessions – one for families with young children, and one for visitors 13 and over. 400 free tickets, courtesy of Regions Bank, will be distributed online at beginning Monday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a limit of four tickets per family.

Opened in 1889, The Hermitage is one of the largest and oldest historic site museums in the United States and was home to President Andrew Jackson. For more information about Hauntings at the Hermitage, please visit

Regions Free Day is an annual initiative offering complimentary access to one area blockbuster attraction or event each month. Regions Bank’s program allows Middle Tennessee residents to explore the fun and unique attractions Nashville has to offer at little or no cost.

Sat., Oct. 25, 2014
4-7 p.m.: Family Session (12 and under)
7-10 p.m.: After-Dark Session (13 and over)

The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, TN 37076


Goodwill Career Solutions of Middle Tennessee - Weekly Job Fairs

 Goodwill Career Solutions of Middle Tennessee - Weekly Job Fairs
Toys-R-Us Looking to Fill Positions

Looking for work? We know who’s hiring. The Goodwill Career Solutions center in on Berry Road in Nashville will host a job fair from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, for Toys-R-Us. The employer is looking to fill 60 openings in Williamson County including stockers, housekeepers and cashiers.

Representatives from the employer will be on site and interviews are possible, so dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring resumes, photo ID, Social Security card or birth certificate.


When: Tuesday, October 14
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Career Solutions
780 Berry Road
Nashville, TN 37204

This job fair is one of several taking place during the week of October 13 at our 28 Career Solutions centers. For a complete list of job fairs, visit



Blackstone Brewing Beers Go National

Blackstone Brewing Company Award Winning Beers Go National
with The Craft Beer Club

Blackstone Brewing Company has joined The Craft Beer Club, a membership-only club which selects exceptional craft beers from around the country each month and delivers them directly to members. Blackstone’s Chaser Pale and Nut Brown Ale are currently featured.

“The Craft Beer Club is one of the oldest beer-of-the-month clubs and we are honored that our beers were selected to be featured.” Kent Taylor, co-founder Blackstone Brewing Company®.

A six month membership provides Club members with featured brews, glasses, and a bottle opener, as well as information about each beer and a suggested food pairing, complete with recipe. Member can choose to receive beer shipments monthly, quarterly, or even a one-time shipment.

About The Craft Beer Club
The Craft Beer Club discovers exceptional craft brews from around the country and delivers them each month direct-to-you or your gift recipient. Every selection is produced by small-production, independent brewers who use only traditional brewing ingredients and time-honored brewing methods. In addition to traditional bottled beers, we also embrace the hundreds of small craft brewers around the country that offer their hand-crafted beers in cans. It’s the newest way to enjoy craft beers. Visit to join.

About Blackstone Brewing Company
Blackstone Brewing Company®, established in 1994, is Nashville’s oldest craft brewery. Craft beers HopJack™, Chaser Pale®, Nut Brown Ale, APA, Black Forest™, Adam Bomb® and St. Charles Porter® are brewed in the state-of-the-art brewing and bottling facility located at 2312 Clifton Ave Nashville TN. St. Charles Porter® is the most award-winning Brown Porter at the Great American Beer Festival with an amazing eight wins. Chaser Pale®, and Nut Brown Ale have also been awarded medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and The World Beer Cup. Visit for additional information.


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