Local Living: 5 Things to Do This Week

1. Battle of New Orleans

WHAT: Enjoy FREE admission to The Hermitage as the Hermitage commemorates The Battle of New Orleans, a crucial American victory during the War of 1812 and the event that catapulted General Andrew Jackson to national fame and recognition.

Guests will enjoy access to the museum, historic buildings, and grounds as well as special programs scheduled throughout the day. At 11 am, all guests are invited to gather at the president’s tomb for our annual wreath-laying ceremony featuring the Tennessee National Guard. Complimentary hot cocoa and cookies will be served following the ceremony.

From 10 am – 4 pm, guests can stop by the Museum and speak to militia and regular soldiers who will share stories of daily life as they served under General Jackson’s command. Bring your kids and enjoy 19th-century games and activities inside our Education Building.

Learn more here.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 8, 9am-4pm

WHERE: Andrea Jackson’s Hermitage, 4580 Rachels Ln, Nashville

2. Walk the Hill

WHAT: Join Spring Hill Parks & Rec for a local walk at the beautiful, historic Rippavilla Plantation.

This walk is a little over a mile long and is not stroller or wheelchair friendly. If the weather is too rainy or snowy, the walk will be cancelled.

Volunteers will be leading this walk with talks about the history of Rippavilla. Feel free to go at your own pace. If you feel like walking a little faster or slower, that is perfectly fine.

Those interested in joining the “Walk the Hill” will be given a free T-shirt while supplies last thanks to our sponsor, The Bearden Group and James Gregory Bearden.

Learn more here.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 9, 8am

WHERE: Rippavilla Plantation, 5700 Main St, Spring Hill

3. Stories from Appalachia

WHAT: Come to Timberland Park and sit by the fire at the visitor center and listen to a few traditional Appalachian stories.

Learn more here.

WHEN: Friday, January 11, 3pm-3:40pm

WHERE: Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on the Historic Natchez Trace Parkway, Franklin

4. Otherworld Encounter


WHAT: Otherworld Encounter is a science fiction themed immersive art and technology exhibit running now through January 13 at the Nashville Fairgrounds. Explore fully interactive art installations tied together through a science fiction story and a puzzle to solve through exploration of the art.

Visitors can see, touch, swing, play, dance, create, solve and INTERACT with contemporary art, digital art and the newest creative technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality and interactive projection mapping!

Learn more here.

WHEN: Sunday-Thursday from 10am-8:30pm (January 13 closing 4:30pm)
Friday-Saturday from 10am-9:30pm

WHERE: Nashville Fairgrounds, 500 Wegdewood Ave, Nashville

5. Adult Board Game Night

WHAT: All grown up and like to play board games? Wish you had enough people to play your favorite game? Come and meet other adults who also enjoy playing board games! Bring a game you like or play one of ours. Our current favorites are Fact or Crap, Apples to Apples, plus quite a few others.

Registration requested so we know how many people to expect. Add your fave game in the special needs section when registering and we’ll plan to have it out (if we have it) for everyone to vote on about playing.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Learn more about this event or other library program and services by calling the library at 615-595-1243 x1 or visit the library’s web site at http://wcpltn.org.

Learn more here.

WHEN: Thursday, January 10, 6pm – 7:30pm

WHERE: Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave, Franklin