Fitness Fridays Returning To Cheekwood In May & September

Cheekwood Announces 4th Annual Fitness Fridays
Gates to Open at 7:00 a.m. Fridays in May & September for Guests to Exercise the Body and Spirit

Cheekwood is opening its gates early in May and September this year for Fitness Fridays. Visitors can try a garden circuit blast or Tai Chi with instructors from the Green Hills YMCA. For moms (and dads) looking to include the little ones in their workouts, a stroller stride up and down the paved driveways or in the garden is a perfect way to get arms and legs in shape. For those more interested in working out their mind along with their body, grab your mat and join a yoga class in the Gardens, also led by certified instructors from the Green Hills YMCA

“Fitness Fridays is another wonderful way to enjoy Cheekwood,” says Anna Chappell, Cheekwood’s Public Programs Coordinator. “We’re opening our gates early so members and guests can exercise their body AND their spirit in and around our beautiful Gardens.”

A wide variety of workout activities is being offered with start times to suit most any schedule.

· Gates open at 7:00 a.m.

· 7:30 a.m. Yoga in the Gardens led by certified trainers from the Green Hills YMCA

· 8:30 a.m. Garden Circuit Blast led by certified trainers from the Green Hills YMCA

· 9:30 a.m. Tai Chi in the Japanese Garden led by certified trainers from the Green Hills YMCA

· 9:30 a.m. Stroller Strides will lead a vigorous workout for moms (and dads) up and down our paved driveways and in the garden.

Fitness Fridays are free to members. Regular gate admission applies for non-members.



43rd Annual Tennessee Craft Fair - A Fine Tennessee Craft Tradition

More than 190 regional artists will display and sell one-of-a-kind, handcrafted work at the 43rd Annual Tennessee Craft Fair held in Nashville’s Centennial Park on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Tennessee Craft, formerly known as the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA), hosts two juried events each year to fulfill its mission to continue and create Tennessee’s fine craft tradition.

As this ever-anticipated event approaches, emerging and veteran makers busy their hands, creating exceptional works of art for fairgoers. Attendees will move their feet to visit each artist booth in search of unique treasures from the area’s top artists. The functional and decorative work ranges from traditional to contemporary and represents a variety of media including clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood and more.

Artists will be on site with craft available for sale from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

“Our pop-up marketplace allows makers to gather on a beautiful stage to share their talent with the public,” Teri Alea, Tennessee Craft Executive Director, said.

“At this event, artists share their work, stories and processes with shoppers, making each interaction special. This experience is unique to shows like ours and we thank those who have made it a tradition to support local artists by buying their art,” she said. “We see in life that what is supported endures.”

By showcasing local artists, Tennessee Craft hopes to shine a spotlight on artists in the region. While the exhibitors have a variety of backgrounds (coming from craft schools, home studios and local co-ops like Fort Houston), all are committed to turning their passion into a profession.

In addition to the fine craft synonymous with the event, Tennessee Craft partners with Publix and several area organizations to present the Publix Kids’ Tent. With the help of a grant from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, hands on, artist-led activities will cultivate the creative minds of children, inspiring our next generation of craft artists. The Clay Lady’s Studios, Artist Co-op and Galleries, the Tennessee Association of Woodturners and the Sheep to Shawl project will all offer live demonstrations of artists in action.

On Saturday morning, awards will be given to the top artists. Following the ceremony fairgoers will be able to distinguish award winners by the banners and flowers that will adorn their tents.

The Nashville International Airport will provide free shuttle service from the HCA parking lots on Park Plaza to the Tennessee Craft Fair. The shuttles will run in 15 minute loops on Saturday and Sunday only; all guests are encouraged to use this service. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, partners and donors, this event is free and open to the public.



Watkins Screens Film School’s Best in Celebration at Nashville Film Festival

Watkins Screens Film School’s Best in Celebration at Nashville Film Festival on April 25

In conjunction with the 45th annual Nashville Film Festival, the Film School at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present a free screening of the past year’s most outstanding productions on Friday, April 25, beginning at 7:15 p.m. at Regal Cinemas, Green Hills Stadium 16.

“The Watkins Student Film Showcase” will offer a lineup of nine short narratives (not in NaFF competition) selected by Film School faculty from all completed films in each of the four production classes from the 2013 spring and fall semesters.

“Watkins is proud to showcase these films. They demonstrate the richness of ideas and the variety of styles of our storytellers,” said Richard Gershman, associate professor and chair of the Film School. “We appreciate the Nashville Film Festival’s commitment to the next generation of filmmakers and the opportunity to present these exciting new works to a wider audience.”

There is no admission charge, but reservations are strongly encouraged because seating is limited:
email name and contact information to (limit 2 tickets per person).

The selected films, with directors, are:
• This Barren Land (20:45) – Christin Sites, director
• Breaking Free (11:46) – Michael Eggers, director
• In Jesus’ Yahweh’s Allah’s Name, Amen (13:40) – Travis Slagle, director
• White (4:59) – Andrew Von Nieda, director
• Butchie & Kate (22:07) – David Keane, director
• Makris, The Sock Monkey (4:54) – Alison Goedde, director
• Mostly Cloudy (12:43) – Noel Costill, director
• Springtime in the Sorrowing Hole (12:16) – Joe Hemphill, director
• I Know You (14:18) – Calen Smith, director

A more detailed screening list is available at

Now in its 45th year, the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) runs April 17–26 at the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 and downtown Nashville. Visit for the 200-film schedule of narrative and documentary shorts and features, world premieres and guest artists.



Olivia Lane Set To Host Songwriter Round to Benefit +Works

 Olivia Lane, one of today’s rising country artists, will kick off a partnership and fundraising event with Houston-based anti-bullying foundation +Works with a Stage It songwriters round on Wednesday, April 23rd from 6-8p.m. at The Listening Room located at 217 2nd Ave. South, in Nashville, Tennessee.
The show’s proceeds will benefit +Works. The in-the-round will feature Nashville’s new breed of singer/songwriters Ben Bradford, LeLand Grant and Baylor Wilson, who along with Lane can be seen on a global scale through a live feed at STAGEIT. Additionally, the Lane featured PSA, is the message of the night and is produced by Stay Fly Productions.

Oliva Lane says, “I’m SO excited to team up with +Works to bring about bullying awareness and how the power of positivity can be used to prevent it. As an artist I strive to send positive messages with my music.”

“In this day and age there are so many new and different means of connection among children and adults with the Internet. It’s so easy to send a message to someone or to find that song you want to download. Bullying is not kids being kids; it’s a process outside of their control. The best way stop it is to stop it before it even starts with a communal mindset shift to setting a foundation that being kind and being positive is the only way to be and the only way to solve this issue. Thanks +Works!”

Lane’s passion to eradicate bullying is close to her heart as it is with many others. She is choosing to use her platform in music to continue to bring awareness to the problem and offering positive messaging and opportunities for those who may need counsel either to quit the bullying or to those who are being attacked.

"Music is a powerful way to bring a community together, and our work over the last four years has underscored that point," said Trish Morille, +Works co-founder and executive vice president. "When we consider the strong, positive ways we can choose to connect with one another, we can create a more peaceful way to live, from home to homeroom, from home plate to the board room."

PSA production company Stay Fly Productions wanted to make this enlightening PSA in hopes that it will be seen on the local, national and international scale by media, schools, counselors and numerous social media outlets and fans sharing the message.

Lane is in the midst of putting the finishing touches on her debut release later this year. She moved to Nashville from Houston earlier this year in hopes to grow in her songwriting and musicianship. She quickly caught the ear of award-winning artist and producer Ilya Toskinsky and veteran manager Dennis Kurtz of Showgun Entertainment to guide her career. Diligence and hard work are paying off as she is starting to perform in various markets and will be releasing a single this summer. In the meantime, please check out her first lyric video for Long Way To Go.



Franklin's 31st Annual Main Street Festival Set for April

31st Annual Franklin Main Street Festival
More Than 130,000 Visitors Expected To Attend Annual Downtown Franklin Event

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County’s 31st Annual Main Street Festival, presented by First Tennessee, will return April 26-27, 2014 to Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn. The event will feature more than 200 artisans and crafters, three stages for all-day entertainment, two blocks of children’s activities and two food courts.

The free two-day weekend event will run Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the Fourth Avenue street dance continuing until 10 p.m. on Saturday night. All activities will re-open Sunday, April 27, from noon to 6 p.m.

More than 130,000 visitors are expected to attend the weekend that’s packed with family-oriented activities, non-stop musical entertainment and international flavors provided by the 20-plus food vendors.

Artisans and crafters will be selling handmade work, including original oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, stained glass, photography, home and garden accents, birdhouses, leatherwork and much more.

In addition to a juried arts and crafts show projected to host more than 200 entries, the festival will offer two special areas of children’s activities on Third Avenue South and Third Avenue North.

Patrons will also enjoy live entertainment throughout the two-day event at any of the three stages: the First Tennessee Stage on the Public Square; the Heritage Stage on Fourth Avenue North; and the Beer/Wine Garden Stage on Fourth Avenue South.

Three designated food areas will offer a tasty variety of everything from roasted corn on the cob and stuffed baked potatoes to Polish sausage, Greek gyros and Asian and Mexican cuisines. And don’t forget the Southern fare: barbeque, burgers and hotdogs, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and more will be offered.

A shuttle service provided by the Franklin Transit Authority will be available to transport people from the free parking lots at Harlinsdale Park on Franklin Road and at The People’s Church on Murfreesboro Road. Shuttle rides to the event are $1 for adults and 50 cents for children and seniors. Both sites will operate on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Only the Harlinsdale site will operate on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Main Street Festival is presented by First Tennessee with major sponsors Hidden Valley, The Kroger Co., Williamson Medical Center, The Grove, Patterson Company, AT&T U-Verse, Wyndham Resorts, LeafFilter and The City of Franklin. Supporting sponsors include Fox 17, Clear Channel Radio, The Tennessean/Williamson A.M., Franklin Home Page, Schroeder Chiropractic, K-9 Off-leash, Durante Home Exteriors, Summerwinds Resorts and FranklinIs.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association, and their missions, respectively: to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of Downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

The Main Street Festival is located in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn., exit No. 65 from I-65, three miles west to the Public Square.

For more information, see or call 615-591-8500615-591-8500


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