Williamson County Fair Earns International Recognition

The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) gave out five first-place awards among 282 entries to the Williamson County Fair in the Competitive Exhibits contest. Several of the winning exhibits were featured in the new 4-H & Youth Village area at the 2017 fair, including the Robotics Challenge that won for Participatory Contest, the 3-D Rocket Challenge for New or Unique Contest to Attract New Competitive Exhibitors, and the Farm Eggs Display for Competitive Exhibit Display Photo Series. Other first-place awards included Single Photo of a General Display (Non-Animal) for the Veteran’s Wall Display, themed Country Pride, County Wide, and the Ruminant Digestive Display for the General Display Photo Series (Non-Animal) category. The Williamson County Fair will mark its 14th year in 2018 and will be held from August 3-11. For more information, visit WilliamsonCountyFair.org.

New Tutoring Service Launches in Franklin 

Thrive Tutoring is a high-end, boutique-style academic service offering private, in-home tutoring and college coaching, as well as summer camps and workshops. Thrive was founded by former statewide education leader Katy Schmitt. Thrive’s services are highly personalized—tutors develop lessons specifically for each child’s learning needs and learning style; they do not use a predetermined curriculum. Thrive works with students in kindergarten through 12th grade across all subject areas. Consultations are free, and a portion of tutoring profits go toward providing their services for free to students in need. Learn more by visiting ThriveTutoring.org.

Lotz House Announces Newest Matilda Lotz Original Painting 

The Lotz House unveiled its newest Matilda Lotz painting, an oil and canvas depiction of a dog. Lotz created the painting of a dog while she was studying in Paris at the age of 21. This piece is the eighth original Matilda Lotz painting on display at the home. A foundation member purchased the damaged Lotz painting 18 months ago. After several donations from Lotz House supporters across the world, the painting was repaired. It will be on display in the entryway of the Lotz House and can be seen on tours of the home.

The Lotz House, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976, is located at the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin, which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War on November 30, 1864. Matilda Lotz was only 6 years old at the time of the war but went on to become a renowned oil painter and animal portrait artist. For more information, visit LotzHouse.com.

Feeling Lucky? Be a High Roller at Best Buddies Gala 

Casino Royale: On Friday, March 9, more than 500 guests, artists, athletes, coaches, legends and faithful Best Buddies supporters will fill the luxurious Omni Nashville Hotel Grand Ballroom in support of and celebration of the Best Buddies mission of inclusion for all. Come try your hand at the tables, bid on fabulous silent auction items and grab a martini or two—shaken, not stirred. Tickets for an inspiring evening of friendship and great food and drink can be purchased at BestBuddies.org/NashvilleGala.