March 2017 Lifestyle Letter

I’m Christian Houston and I’m the new publisher of Franklin Lifestyle. I have an extremely talented 14-year-old son who makes his mom proud! And I’m grateful to be able to raise him in such a warm and welcoming community with excellent schools.

“The Gift of Music” Presented by 
The Dustin J. Wells Foundation

Stars took to The Ryman stage to give "The Gift of Music" on behalf of The Dustin J. Wells Foundation. The event was hosted by Dr. Dennis Wells of Brentwood, in honor of Dustin, his late son and a former Belmont music student. Proceeds benefitted the W.O. Smith Music School. PHOTOGRAPHY FRED BERGMAN.

A Season of High Hopes: “A Baby Changes Everything”

Supporters of High Hopes Development Center gathered recently to celebrate the miracle of how “A Baby Changes Everything." The annual concert-fundraiser was hosted by Grammy Award winning songwriter Tim Nichols. Jamie O’Neal sang “A Baby Changes Everything” and Lee Greenwood, delighted guests at the piano. PHOTOGRAPHY FRED BERGMAN.

March 2017 Around Town

Nashville-based nonprofit agency Play Like a Girl hosted an Empowerment Forum emphasizing confidence, leadership and Playing Like a Girl on National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 1 at First Tennessee Park. The Empowerment Forum was one of more than 1,000 events that took place across the country for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

It’s Time to Hoist the Mugs

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, comes the Main Street Brewfest! Held in Historic Downtown Franklin on Saturday, March 11 from 5-8 p.m., Brewfest is the first outdoor festival of the season and is expected to draw a crowd of close to 2,500 people. Last year, Brewfest had moved to May but this year is returning to its St.…


The Franklin ArtScene makes several stops in historically significant buildings. Two of them are the Abbey Leix Mansion on the Campus of O’More College of Design and Clouston Hall, home of Gallery 202. Located at 423 South Margin Street, the Abbey Leix Mansion is the centerpiece of O’More’s downtown Franklin campus. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the…

A Most Unlikely Destination for a Night Out

Travel a few miles south on Wilson Pike and you’ll find an art gallery with a history that’s as quirky as the one-lane, beneath-the-railroad-tracks, hairpin-turn you have to make to get there. You know you’re in for something special when you pull into the parking lot and see the original, 1970s-era gas pumps in front of the boxy old general…

Making Her Own Brand of Music

With so many people moving to Franklin these days, it’s not often you meet someone who has actually lived here all of their life. But independent singer-songwriter Alyssa Bonagura has, and she adores everything about it. “Franklin’s a magical area because of the history. And the people are just so lovely. It’s really special to me.” Her parents (former country…

Connecting to the Past and Savoring the Present

With a location right on the outskirts of the Music City, it’s no surprise that Franklin has a vibrant nightlife. But what makes Franklin unique is the undeniably old-fashioned feel that perfectly balances its modern entertainment scene.

Hands-on Experiences for Recreational Artists

If you’re old enough to hold a paintbrush, you can create a one-of-a-kind ceramic masterpiece at Third Coast Clay. Almost 20 years ago, Third Coast Clay founder Deborah Brannan was searching for a way to bring what she calls "a much-needed artistic outlet" to Nashville: pottery painting. She opened Third Coast Clay in the 12 South neighborhood in 1997. In…