Boat House Launches Year-Long “Dollar For Your Thoughts” to Benefit Heritage Foundation

Our Puckett’s family has been champin’ at the bit to tell y’all about an exciting initiative at Puckett’s Boat House that begins this Friday!

We’re launching “Puckett’s Dollar For Your Thoughts” Friday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.–and we’re hopin’ it will generate lots of dollars for the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County over the next 11 months.

Beginning tomorrow, our bar, grill and bait shop on East Main Street in downtown Franklin will provide each table with buckets of tape and markers, and encourage customers to stick dollar bills—with their own custom messages—to the restaurant’s low ceiling. At the end of the year, all of the money pinned will be gathered and given to the Heritage Foundation.

Mary Pearce, director of the Heritage Foundation, will tape the first dollar to the eatery’s ceiling at 5 p.m. on Friday. Both the Boat House and the non-profit organization hope that a crowd will join to see Mary stick the first monies up there!

The Boat House is launching “Puckett’s Dollar For Your Thoughts” in conjunction with the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) coordinated evening event, “Open Your Heart.” The DFA promotion will unite 24 downtown merchants, who are supporting two-dozen local charities through a collaborative fundraising effort.

The 24 businesses will leave their doors open later and donate 15 percent of sales between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to a non-profit organization of their choice. The Boat House will support the Heritage Foundation!

For a complete list of participating merchants and event details, go to www.downtownfranklintn.com/openyourheart.

Who: Puckett’s Boat House; The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County; Downtown Franklin Association (DFA)

What: “Puckett’s Dollar For Your Thoughts” at Puckett’s Boat House; “Open Your Heart” promotion coordinated by DFA

When: Friday, Feb. 8; 5 p.m.

Where: 94 East Main Street, Franklin, TN

One Joyful Night with Nashville Rescue Mission

This past weekend, our crew at Puckett’s 5th & Church was gifted a special kind of holiday memory.

The place was packed Sunday evening with men from the Nashville Rescue Mission’s life-recovery program, guys who’ve worked with the organization to get back on their feet after experiencing addiction, abuse or some other life-debilitating situation. We collaborated with the Mission to host a private, sit-down dinner with an accompanying live performance from The Renegades—and it was a more joyful experience than we could have ever anticipated.

Puckett's Nashville Rescue Mission

Let’s backtrack for a second. When the team at Puckett’s 5th & Church was brainstorming about ways to give back during the Christmas season, several of the staff members mentioned the Mission. We’re all familiar with the Mission and its programs through past projects, and know what a difference they make for the hungry and the homeless. Just working downtown gives us a front-row seat to the challenges they face every day, and it hits close to home. Our Director of Operations Claire Crowell reached out to Lee Ann Dichtel, the Mission’s marketing director, and they immediately set this event up.

The night started out with the 75-plus men filing in—all smartly dressed—and digging into plates piled high with pulled pork BBQ, Southern fried catfish and our special Chiliburger. Our all-volunteer staff spent time with each table, getting to know the guys and sometimes, sitting down to hear their stories.

After cobbler and coffee, the Renegades took the stage. Let’s start out by saying this group is not your average praise and worship band. The small man getting down on the harmonica all night? That was none other than Charlie McCoy, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and musician who’s played on the records of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and more.

By the time the group’s hour-long set was over with, there wasn’t a man left in a chair. The whole room was clapping and singing to the likes of Collective Soul’s “Heaven Let Your Light Shine Down” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Some were even dancing—we caught a fun moment with Tyrus and Michael on film (see below)!

The most emotional part of the night was one of the closing songs, “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin. Lee Ann said it’s a Mission favorite, and it stopped the whole room. Every man was on his feet, most singing along with our staff members.

The Renegades

From the moment the menus were passed out to the last tune, the night felt like a celebration…. A party for these guys and what they’ve accomplished. It was a special experience for both the men and our Puckett’s family: Program Director Curray Womack told us than in his 23-year experience with the Mission, the guys have never had a night like this one.

There was fellowship and and there was service, but I think everyone at Puckett’s that night would agree that we were the ones who were ultimately served.

More About the Mission
The Mission is dedicated to helping the hungry and homeless, and offers programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment and life-recovery. The men’s life-recovery program uses a Christ-centered approach to helping men 18 years and older resolve personal problems and chemical addictions.

Nashville Rescue Mission event

As you can tell from this photo, we all had a lot of fun!

Charlie McCoy

Charlie McCoy gettin' down on the harmonica!

Tyrus in mid-groove

Autumn, Lee Ann and Claire

General Manager Autumn with some of the guys

David, a program participant, and two Mission volunteers

Puckett's 2012 Hatch Show Print

The Puckett’s Hatch Show Print

Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the country, and it just so happens to be down the hill from us in Nashville, right on the Broadway strip. They’ve been creating these amazing posters for everyone from Hank Williams to Garth Brooks, The Grand Ole Opry to small tent revivals for many years. In fact, when you go to a show at the Ryman today, and you see those cool posters that they sell for every show, you’re looking at a Hatch Show Print.

We’ve known for a long time that a Puckett’s Hatch Show Print was something that we wanted to do, but it wasn’t until we started discussing our plans for Christmas fund-raising that we found the right time to do it. The idea was to have the team at Hatch create a limited edition Puckett’s poster, and we would donate the sales to local organizations in our Nashville and Franklin communities. The idea was a hit with everyone, so we connected with Hatch right away on coming up with something really cool.

It was neat to see how they run their letterpress shop. Type is laid out by hand, chosen from the drawers and shelves that contains letters, some over 100 years old. Rolling the poster through the press is done in stages, so if you have a 3 color poster (like we do), they would roll each sheet through the press three seperate passes. Even the design process itself is nostalgic- no high-tech computer programs involved what-so-ever, you deal with them in person or via fax. You let them know the text you’d like and they take it from there. A mock-up was made, with simple black ink, we loved it and the presses started rolling! What they are doing in that shop is really amazing, and their team of artists are so good at what they do, they actually make it look easy! (Y’all really owe it to yourselves to take a little field trip to Hatch Show Print. The historic Nashville institution is open Monday-Saturday, and it’s free to stop in and browse.)

Hatch Mock up and Inside

We’re so happy with the final product, and hope y’all love it as much as we do! We’re selling them now at our Nashville and Franklin Puckett’s Gro. locations for a minimum donation of $25. These limited edition prints are the first in what is sure to be a long running series. We invite y’all to stop by in person and purchase one. We’re especially excited to be selling these on Small Business Saturday, November 24- which is a day to celebrate and support small businesses.

Puckett's 2012 Hatch Show Print

In Nashville we’re donating the sales to the The Nashville Rescue Mission. Many of y’all have heard of the Mission, but just in case- The Nashville Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community dedicated to helping the hungry, homeless and hurting. They strive to restore hope and transform lives by offering programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment and life-recovery. $2.26 provides a meal to a homeless man, woman or child.

In Franklin, we’re donating to Mercy Community Heathcare (formerly Mercy Children’s Clinic), which provides complete primary healthcare to patients of all ages, both insured and uninsured. Their services include sick and urgent care, counseling and social services, chronic illness management, and psychiatry. Because 70% of Mercy’s patients are uninsured or on TennCare, they need to raise $1.3 million annually.

Both of these organizations do so much for our communities in Middle Tennessee. We’re really honored to be able to do something for them this Christmas season!

Studio Tenn celebrates at Puckett’s!

Puckett’s in Franklin is so proud to help sponsor Studio Tenn’s production of “Guys and Dolls” at the Franklin Theatre going on now.  We celebrated their opening night last Thursday with a reception for the cast, crew and sponsors  at Puckett’s.  Everyone was in great spirits.  It was a packed house was lively as all were enjoying the evening with food, beverage, and singing from the cast.

Studio Tenn celebrates at Puckett's in Franklin!

Studio Tenn’s Theatre Company is stacked with wonderful talent straight from Broadway itself.  We all know Nashville is loaded with great musical talent.  However, it doesn’t stop there.  Studio Tenn’s founders, directors and actors have had major roles on Broadway such as “Jersey Boys,” “Kiss Me Kate,” and in movies such as “Country Strong.”

Several of the cast members, including the two directors were raised in this area before they took their talents across the nation. They are proud to come back home and be a vital part of this community through theatre and the arts.

Andy and I enjoyed the “Guys and Dolls” production every bit as much as what we’ve seen in New York.  The lovely and intimate seating in the Franklin Theatre is like having a private showing of a major production.

Guys and Dolls

“Guys and Dolls” plays a few more days and is almost completely sold out, however, I would recommend trying to get a ticket online at franklintheatre.com.

This Christmas, the company is performing “A Christmas Carol,”December 8-18.  They will perform “The Miracle Worker, February 23-March 4.  I would highly suggest that you get a ticket to all of these.  It is something to be proud of for Franklin and the Nashville community.

Summertime Festivals in our hometown

The Franklin Theatre

Summer is a time of festivals all over this country, and the South in particular.  We love to celebrate life around here, and there is nothing like a festival to do it.  Last week in Franklin, we re-opened our beloved historic Franklin Theatre.  It is spectacular, indeed, and worth a trip just to see how versatile and spectacular it is.  To celebrate, we had a festival of big proportions.  Since the theater first opened in the 1930’s, we had big screens set up on the street playing the classics of “King Kong,” and “The Wizard of Oz.”  There was a swing band dance, and a “speak easy” going on at the same time.  Of course, there was festival food.  At the end of the night, the historic theatre played “Gone with the Wind.”  It was a party indeed!

CMA Logo

In Nashville, we are gearing up for the biggest festival our city hosts:  the one and only CMA fest.  We are expecting thousands to converge on our fair city and enjoy a large celebration of all that is country music.  There is nothing like the loyalty of the country music fan and the appreciation of the artist.  Where else in this nation do you have five days of concerts of mega proportions plus the chance to meet and greet with your favorite artist while walking through a whole convention center of booths celebrating the relationship between fans, the artists and their music.  It’s our first CMA fest at Puckett’s in Nashville.  We are geared up and excited to serve our guests as they enjoy our hometown and it’s biggest party.