I’ve been told that you will normally meet people born elsewhere when talking to your neighbors in Williamson County. So it was no surprise that my second Coffee Connect moved here less than a year ago. Like David before her, SoCalGal found me on the Brentwood-Franklin Connections Group on LinkedIn. Through word of mouth she’d heard good things about the Frothy Monkey on 5th Avenue in downtown Franklin so that’s where we agreed to meet.
First about the Monkey. I too had heard about it and the day we went the place was bustling. This is obviously a popular local haunt. She got an iced caramel mocha and I thoroughly enjoyed a monkey mocha with just a hint of banana. Plenty of seating, both inside and out, where you can people watch. Nice ambiance as well. It’s a repeat location for me.
As an excited new member of the community, SoCalGal has diligently kept her eyes and ears open for local events and highly recommendsthe monthly art crawl. The First Friday Art Scene Art Crawl, takes place, that’s right, on the first Friday of each month in downtown Franklin. What can you expect? Local art from blown glass and photography to paintings and jewelry for a start. Historic buildings, complimentary wine and hors d’ouevres, and even a trolley. There’s even a google app for that. SoCalGal called it “amazing and so much fun!”
If you like that you’ll love her next suggestion, Dickens of a Christmas. For 30 years now, downtown Franklin becomes Main Street England during the time of Charles Dickens on the second week in December (Dec. 13-14, 2014). This is a free, open to the public street festival with upwards of 250 in-character street performers and vendors. Carriage rides, performances, arts & crafts, period food, and a Town Sing feature in one of the Southeast’s premier events.
But wait there’s more. Another regular happening is the Main Street Brew Fest held each year in downtown Franklin on St. Patrick’s Day. You can easily arrange transportation to local hotels and even your Franklin neighborhood but be forewarned, tickets for 2014 sold out so order early for March 14, 2015.
For the historically minded you’ve got to check out the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. That’s correct we had our own Civil War Battle and it was big. Enthusiasts will be converging on Franklin from all over the world for this one but we have a front row seat, just as our ancestors did on November 30, 1864. There’s also a Descendants’ Reunion planned so I’ll have to see if any of my ancestors had made it this far into the war before they were killed or captured.
And finally when you need a day out of Franklin, SoCalGal says go to Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant in Lieper’s Fork and catch top notch artists playing live sets.