This weekend, you can enjoy a celebration of music, food, culture and literature for absolutely free!

Celebration of Nations

Sat, Oct 10th, 10a-9p
Historic Downtown Franklin

The mission of the Celebration of Nations Festival, hosted by Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County, is to create global and cultural passion, beginning with a personal knowledge and understanding of the interconnectedness of people universally. Sister Cities believe one way to accomplish this goal is through genuine artistic and sensory representations of various cultures.

Enjoy international beer & wine, ethnic food and 2 stages featuring international music and dance.

Learn more at sistercitiestn.org

The Nashville Symphony Free Day of Music

Sat, Oct 10th, 11a-9pm
1 Symphony Place, Nashville

On Saturday, you can enjoy 20 acts, including the Nashville Symphony, performing on four stages, located inside and outside the Schermerhorn throughout the day for absolutely free! There is also a kids zone featuring the instrument petting zoo, and arts and crafts during the day. The symphony performance will be at noon, and the full schedule will be announced closer to the event. Learn more at nashvillesymphony.org

Touch-a-Truck

Sat, Oct 10th 9a-1p
Thompson’s Station Church

Williamson County Parks and Recreation’s fun Touch-a-Truck event for children is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Thompson’s Station Church parking lot at Highway 31 South at Thompson Station Road. Emergency vehicles, fire trucks, construction equipment and military vehicles will be on hand for children to explore inside and out.

3X3 Art Show

Sat, Oct 10th, 6p-9p
4144 Old Hillsboro Road (in Leiper’s Fork)

The Copper Fox Gallery, Leiper’s Creek Gallery, and David Arms are joining hands again. 3X3 (three by three) represents three galleries, three shows and equals one magical evening in the country.

Southern Festival of Books

Fri-Sun, Oct 9-11
Friday 12p-5p, Saturday 10a-6p and Sunday 12p-4:30p
Legislative Plaza, Downtown Nashville
(6th Avenue North)

Each year the Festival brings to Nashville approximately 200 of the nation’s and region’s most prominent authors, from legendary mystery writers to critically acclaimed debut novelists, from poets to biographers, from chefs to children’s authors. Every author on the program takes part in a session, either a solo reading or a panel discussion, followed by a book signing in our Author Signing Colonnade. Books by all the participating authors are available for sale at Festival book sales area where proceeds support the Festival.

Several local authors are participating, including:

Bobby Braddock— a songwriter and producer who has worked for five decades with singers and musicians in Nashville. He was inducted into the  Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011, the Nashville Songwriters Hall  of Fame in 1981, and the national Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.  He is author of Down in Orburndale: A Songwriter’s Youth in Old Florida.

Dennis Bryon– the acclaimed drummer who first tasted success with Amen Corner, the celebrated Welsh rock band that had six hits in the U.K.,  including a number one. In 1973, Dennis joined the Bee Gees and played drums on nine #1 singles and on the 40-million-copy album Saturday Night Fever. Dennis lives in Nashville.

John Neely Davisgrew up on a farm in West Tennessee. He retired in 2000 after working with various branches of the federal government in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico. He is an avid whitewater rafter and lives with his wife, Jayne, in historic Franklin, Tennessee.

Guy Gilchrist-cut his cartoon teeth on the stylings of Walter Lantz (Woody Woodpecker), Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney.  After high school, Guy was already working on his own children’s books and working for Weekly Reader Books. At the age of 24, he was hand-selected to draw Jim Henson’s The Muppets cartoon strip (which was wildly successful and printed worldwide in over 660 newspapers daily from 1981 – 1986). Throughout the years, Guy has set his hand to such notable cartoons as Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry,Fraggle Rock and The Pink Panther (to name a few), and was the co-creator of Muppet Babies.

Guy took over Nancy in 1995. As a music lover, musician and songwriter living in the Nashville area, references to music are often a part of the Nancy comic strip. Guy has mentioned songwriters as well as very obscure musicians from the 1920s and ’30s, rockabilly acts, one-hit wonders and the biggest music stars.

Guy never takes his job for granted and both Guy and Nancy’s sole mission is simply to make people smile. He knows that he must write and draw as well as he can to keep his audience of millions of people around the world smiling.

Jeff Hardin-teaches at Columbia State Community College. Winner of the 2004 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, he has published poetry in Ploughshares, Puerto del Sol, Mid-American Review,The New Republic, West Branch, and many other journals. His previous books include the collection Fall Sanctuary.

Learn more at humanitiestennessee.org.

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