Art, music, a Roaring ’20s wine tasting party, prom dress shopping and Mardi Gras festivities all fill February in Williamson County. The month that is dedicated to love — Valentine’s Day and all that — has events galore to make you fall madly in love with all of the fun things you can opt to enjoy. Here are a few of the best happenings in Williamson County for February 2015!
February 6: Boots and Bears – A Songwriters Night Featuring Lee Thomas Miller and Friends
Lee Thomas Miller has a laundry list of hits including Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This,” and Brad Paisley’s “The World” and “I’m Still a Guy.” And, oh yeah, in his spare time he is president of Nashville Songwriters Association International. He will play his hits (and invite some surprise guests) to this songwriter event benefiting Lipscomb Elementary School. Tickets start at $40. For more information and to buy tickets, go to www.franklintheatre.com.
February 7: Franklin Art Scene
Stroll through historic downtown Franklin and enjoy art from more than 30 local galleries featured in stores and businesses at the Franklin Art Scene. Most of the locations are within walking distance of each other, and many serve wine and nibbles along the way. The event is free and runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. For more information, visit franklinartscene.com.
February 7: Love the Dress
Love the Dress Tennessee is a great way to find an affordable prom dress! The sale is on Saturday, February 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Columbia State Community College, and offers more than 700 new or gently used dresses with prices from $10 to $20. All profits benefit local charities. For more information, visit www.lovethedress.com.
February 13: Hippie Radio First Annual Pre-Mardi Gras Shrimp Boil
Featuring artist Jason D. Williams, this lively shrimp boil features Blackstone Beer and libation specials all night. The event starts at 7 p.m. at The Factory at Franklin. Tickets are $25 or $40 for a couple. For more information, go to www.musiccityroots.com.
February 14: Mardi Gras Ball
Grab your beads and ballgown for the Mardi Gras Ball benefiting My Friend’s House in Williamson County. Dinner, dancing and a King and Queen of the Ball parade make for a “let the good times roll” festive time at this fun party. At the Embassy Suites of Cool Springs, tickets start at $125 per person. For more information, go to www.myfriendshouse.org.
February 16: Mercy Monday
Puckett’s Boat House is offering food and drink specials and more to kick off a year-long fundraising partnership with Mercy Community Healthcare. The Boat House is known for dollar bills tacked to the ceiling — and all are donated to charity at year’s end. This year, each dollar donated on Mercy Monday will be matched by Puckett’s Boat House with surprise food and drink specials also benefiting Mercy Community Healthcare.
February 17: Music That Touches the Heart
Music That Touches the Heart is an evening of music provided by singer/songwriters to benefit BrightStone, a nonprofit serving adults with special needs. Headliner for 2015 is Ricky Skaggs at Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin. The evening includes a full buffet dinner, silent auction and music. Tickets are available at $150 per person and tables of eight can be reserved at $1,200, $3,000 and $6,000. brightstone.org
February 20: Three Blind Vines
Grab your Gatsby attire and get ready for Three Blind Vines benefiting Franklin’s Old, Old Jail. Tickets start at $45 when purchased in advance;$50 at the door. The 1920s- themed event includes wine tasting, food from local chefs and a chance to wine a “wine vault” with every wine featured at the tasting. For more information, visit www.threeblindvines.com.
February 27 – March 1: The Cash Legacy: A Musical Salute to the Man in Black
Studio Tenn’s all-new, original production, The Cash Legacy: A Musical Salute to the Man in Black, is a musical revue that offers a catalog of the songs that helped shape the legend of Johnny Cash. With an ensemble cast of singer-musicians re-inventing Cash’s hits, this new production will offer a look at the Man in Black as you have never seen him. The show runs February 27 through March 1 at The Factory in Franklin, with tickets starting at $42.75. For more information, visit www.studiotenn.com.