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.

Football is back!

It’s August, and we’re all living the dog days of summer in a big way around here.  As much as I love warm weather, and I do, August makes me day dream about crisp fall days and watching some grid iron action.  You can’t really be a girl from the South, and not love some football.  It’s one of the things that carries us all through the end of summer; seeing football camps going on at school yards, college campuses, and pro football practice fields.

Titan's Training Camp 2011! Football is back!!!

Though I was concerned about the budget crises, and our politicians getting it together, I was really checking out my sports channels to see if the strike would ever end; and thank goodness, it did!  Seriously, what would we all do on a Sunday afternoon without football?

That’s why I was so proud to have Puckett’s cater our local sports radio stations as they broadcasted the first day of Titans training camp here in Nashville today.  We had a great time, and look forward to being there more this week as we all watch the promise of a new season and relish is one of our favorite pass times.  After all, it was one of Nashville’s native sons-Hank Jr. that says “Are You Ready for Some Football!”

Andy at Titan's Training Camp

The Men Behind The Table of Wisdom

We live and work in an area that is unique for sure.  Some of the nation’s top music producers, artists, and writers call this place home…whether in Franklin, Leiper’s Fork or Nashville.   Celebrities are special in their own way, but just as famous in some of these parts are our local heroes, Goose, Gatlin, Bruce, Larry, and more.

Table of Wisdom

Bruce, Goose, and Gatlin are the heart of Leiper’s Fork, and the kings of our “Table of Wisdom.” You can see pictures of them on the back of all of our Puckett’s t-shirts.  Many people ask me if these guys are real or just contrived façade, modeling for the shirts.  They are certainly real, and I’m honored to call them friends.

Goose (also known as Mike) is Leiper’s Fork’s unofficial mayor.  He knows every corner around southwest Williamson County, and just about everyone.  Goose got his name because as a child, he bought a goose in downtown Franklin.  He wanted it so badly that he carried it up Main Street, and hid it in the back of his dad’s car.  It honked all the way home!  Goose attends some of Nashville’s best parties with the most influential celebrities.  He is the emcee of the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade, which brings in onlookers by the thousands.  However, most days you can find Goose at Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork helping out anyone at any given time.  If you need directions, home improvement or fending off the paparazzi, Goose is always ready to serve.

 

Goose & Gatlin

Gatlin is the town organizer and electrician extraordinaire. I’ve seen him put cable wire where no man should go.  Whether it’s running electricity up a field for the village Christmas tree, or making sure the corn hole competition is well lit, he’s the man.  He’s there to be sure the party, parade or chili cook off is running on all cylinders; and Leiper’s Fork gatherings are no ordinary shindigs.  When the press shows up for interviews of these events, you’ll not see Gatlin in the limelight, but…knowing him, he likes it that way.  Tough on the outside, Gatlin is all soft when it comes to people in need.  He’s right there to organize a fundraiser, or repair a home damaged by weather or tragedy.  Without second thought, he’s the go to guy.

Bruce is the real King around here. A retired advertising executive, he and his lovely wife, Marty, have been the official greeters and organizers of the village of Leiper’s Fork for years.   They owned and operated Leiper’s Fork Antiques when Andy and I bought Puckett’s over a decade ago, Bruce was the guy that Andy went to for any questions that a new business in town would want to ask.  He is always kind, always clever, and ever so creative.  Quite the sleuth that he is, Bruce helped us with the great fern caper at Puckett’s years ago.  We had someone stealing our ferns outside of Pucketts, and Bruce put hidden cameras in and around the whole area.  The lady was caught and turned into authorities. It reminded me of “Mayberry.”  On a different note,  I’ll always thank Bruce for his creative design of my home.  One day just before we moved there, Andy told Bruce what kind of home I wanted.  Bruce drew it up on a napkin.  We took it to our builder, and voila!, my home.

Bruce

This area is full of people that want to help.  We can’t have Christmas lights, clean buildings or movies in the park without Larry and his brother Mike.  And of course, whether its weddings, funerals or parties, my own husband, Andy, is always there at the ready to make the moments complete with his amazing southern food.  It’s Southern charm for sure around here, and I’m all the more blessed for it.

 

Slowing down

“There is absolutely no reason for being rushed along with the rush.  Everybody should be free to go very slow”—Robert Frost

I admit that I hate that our society is so rushed.  We hurry through too many great moments of our lives.  Some of life’s best times are tucked away in an ordinary day.  I’ve always told my children that to never take for granted the beauty of an ordinary day.  When some days are crazy for me, I try my best to slow down, and enjoy the little moments.

There is no better time for that than around a meal with loved ones. Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement, recognized the need for us all to enjoy the entire experience of a meal from the farm to the table.  From it, he formed an international reminder of the power of taking care of what we eat and knowing its origins.

It is also widely known that slowing down to a meal with loved ones is one of life’s most nourishing moments.  Whether a wedding celebration, or a slice of local fruit at home….savor the moment and taste the food.  Want a little therapy? Go to your local farmer’s market or produce stand.  Sip some ice tea.  Swing in a hammock.  Take your honey to your favorite locally owned restaurant, and chat with the owner.  You’ll be glad you did, I promise!

 

Enjoy you local Farmers Market!

 

Happy Birthday to Us All!

Happy Birthday to us all!  The Fourth of July is the biggest holiday we should all be celebrating together.    Because of Independence Day, we can worship who we choose, live a life of our choosing our own pursuit of happiness, and speak our minds—all without fear of being abused or martyred.

I’ve often wondered if our forefathers realized the magnitude of what they created as they fought for independence from Great Britain.  Many of them lost all they had, some died of illness, and I’m sure all of them were shunned by many in society of that day.  Yet, they had to believe they were moved to do something bigger than who they were.  Their sacrifices are the reason we celebrate so freely over 200 years later.

We also can celebrate because of the great sacrifices of our troops today.  Yes, our generation has learned that freedom is a sacrifice, but a worthy one indeed.  Today, as I celebrate with friends, family, and community, I am going to be remembering with prayers and thoughts our fellow humanity across the world who would only hope to have the freedoms we possess.  I will be praying for those in the Middle East and Asia who are fighting for their ideals of freedom.  I will certainly be praying for our beautiful troops and their courageous loved ones who are helping to defend freedom here, and support the cause of freedom everywhere.

Whether you are conservative, liberal or somewhere in between; let’s all be thankful to our God, our forefathers and our troops.

God Bless the USA!

Happy Birthday to Us All!