Author: Amy Nichols


4Th Of July Happenings In WilCo


Wilson County Tennessee is ready to celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4th! Here are some fun ways to celebrate at events happening around the county!

City of Lebanon’s 4th of July Celebration

City Of Lebanon 4th of July Celebration

The festivities begin at 5:00PM on Wednesday, July 4th at the James E. Ward AG Center grounds with FREE Hot Dogs and Watermelon until 6:00PM. The celebration continues with live music, face painting, food trucks, and National Guard Displays. Performances by Fred VanHook, The Harmoneers, Evermean Evergreen Cloggers and Michael Neal.

Fireworks will light up the sky at 9:00PM, so grab the family and head to the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on July 4th to end your Independence Day celebrations with a bang!

Providence 4th of July Celebration

Providence 4th of July Celebration in Mt Juliet

Head to Providence Marketplace in Mt. Juliet for live music, inflatables, face painting, balloons, putt-putt golf and more family fun this 4th of July! Fireworks are a “one size fits all” to end your shopping day at Providence!

Stars, Stripes and Squirt Gun Parade

Sars Stripes and Squirt Gun Parade in Watertown, TN

Head to Watertown, TN for the insanely fun Stars, Stripes and Squirt Gun Parade! Hosted by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, bring your squirt guns down to the Watertown Square to celebrate the 4th of July. The parade encourages its participants and spectators to get wet by squirting each other with water guns! Of course, there is a section of the parade reserved for those participants who do not wish to get wet, but other than that, squirt at will! Parade begins at 3:00PM on Wednesday, July 4th.

Photo credit: Lebanon Democrat


Top 5 Ways to Beat the Heat in WilCo


The summer sun shines bright here in WilCo, but we know how to beat the heat by visiting some of the best watering holes around! Here is our top 5 ways to make a splash this summer in WilCo!

1. The 2018 Splash Day at Charlie Daniels Park!

On Saturday, July 28th from 11AM – 2PM, Charlie Daniels Park in Mount Juliet, TN will transform into a mini water park for children! In addition to the splash pad that is located inside the park all summer long, the event boasts inflatable water slides and an inflatable slip-n-slide! The event is recommended for children ages 5 – 12, and all children under 18 must have their legal guardian sign a waiver to participate – Learn More

2018 Splash Day at Charlie Daniels Park - VisitWilCo

2..Cedars of Lebanon State Park Pool

The Cedars of Lebanon State Park is home to an Olympic-sized pool right here in Wilson County! Complete with diving boards and a two foot wading pool for little ones, this is one BIG way to make a splash with the family this summer! The pool is available for pool party rentals as well, all you have to do is contact the park for pricing and availability. The pool is open from Memorial Day to August 1st (closed on Mondays!) and admission is $5 (ages 2 and older) or $2.50 for campers or cabin guests – Learn More

Cedars Of Lebanon Pool - VisitWilCO

3. Don Fox Park Wading Pool

This 60 ft. wading pool is the BEST place to bring the kiddos this summer! Admission is FREE and the wading pool includes fun splash features to make cooling off this summer fun for all ages! As an added bonus, the park itself has two beautiful playgrounds that have been recently updated and complete with handicap accessible swing sets and shaded areas with musical play equipment! – Learn More from Wilson Post Story

*Photo Credit Wilson Post

No More Waiting On Wadding - VisitWilCO

4. Bryant Grove at Long Hunter State Park

This small swimming hole located inside of Long Hunter State Park is a great way to visit one of our awesome WilCo Parks, while also beating the heat! Complete with a beach area, sand volleyball court, and tables, grills and a playground area, this is a great opportunity for the family to enjoy a picnic and make a splash this summer!

Bryant Grove at Long Hunter State Park - VisitWilCO

5. Laguardo Recreation Area

Located on Old Hickory Lake in Lebanon, TN, Laguardo Recreation Area has fishing, boating and swimming to turn your hot summer days into fun-filled adventures for the whole family! There is a fee of $5 per car to enter the recreation area or $2 for walk-ins! In addition to swimming, Laguardo offers a nice sandy beach area as well as picnic tables, a pavilion, bathroom facilities and a playground!

*Photo credit Nashville Fun For Families

Laguardo Recreation Area - VisitWilCo



Fun In The Sun – Get Outside in WilCo This Summer!


Now that winter is behind us, it’s time to get outside and discover everything that WilCo has to offer for those seeking outdoor fun and adventure! Here are some of our favorite ways to explore the WilCo wilderness and have fun with your friends and family outside this summer.

Pine Creek Golf Course

Located in Mt. Juliet, TN, Pine Creek Golf Course offers a quiet, picturesque escape to hit some drives and grab some libations with your fellow golfers. The log cabin clubhouse welcomes you as you shop their fully stocked pro shop, eat at their bar & grill, and enjoy the views on the outdoor deck area before you hit the course! Pine Creek boasts an 18-hole course with pristine fairways, smooth greens and weekly entertainment sure to keep your summers fun and your golf swing straight!

Horseback Riding

There’s no better way to take in the WilCo wilderness than by horseback! The Cedars of Lebanon Riding Stables located inside Cedars of Lebanon State Park is a fun way to enjoy the local flora and fauna on your guided trail or gather your friends and head to Juro Riding Stables in Mt. Juliet for a relaxing ride! Horseback riding is a MUST this summer to create lasting memories with your loved ones.

Horseback Riding Cedar of Lebanon - VisitWilCo

Disc Golf

Cedars of Lebanon offers a disc golf course that was one of the first in the state! This 18 hole course winds through the cedar forest and is an absolutely gorgeous way to spend time outdoors with your friends and family this summer! The course was designed by Ed Headrick (known as the father of disc golf!) in 1977. The best part? It’s FREE!

Disc Golf At Cedars Of Lebanon - VisitWilCo

Cedar Creek Sports Center

Located in Mt. Juliet, Cedar Creek Sports Center has everything you need for fun with the whole family this summer! Go karts, putt-putt, driving range, arcade, batting cages, even bumper boats – Cedar Creek Sports Center has it ALL! We know its hard to keep the kids entertained when they are out for the summer, so head to Cedar Creek Sports Center for a fun filled day with the kiddos!

Cedar Creek Sports Center - VisitWilCo

Star Dust Drive-In

What is more nostalgic than an evening at the drive-in on a cool summer evening? Head to Watertown’s Star Dust Drive-In for a unique date night idea this summer!  With double features and two different screens each night, the Star Dust Drive-In offers entertainment all summer long, seven days a week! Admission is $8.50 per person (ages 12 and over) or $6.50 for kids (ages 6 – 11.) Not only does Star Dust Drive-In offer an array of food and beverage options, they even allow patrons to bring in outside food and beverage for a small fee! So load up the car and head to Watertown for this unique WilCo offering!

Star Dust Drive In - VisitWilCo


Batch & Bushell Farmer’s Market


It just isn’t summer without all the fresh fruits and veggies that Wilson County has to offer! And where’s the best place to stock up on all the great produce? The Batch & Bushel Farmer’s Market at the Wilson County Expo Center!


Batch and Bushell At Wilson County Expo

This summer, you can purchase homemade products like soaps, salsas and marinades, as well as farm fresh fruits and a variety of vegetables at the Batch & Bushel Farmer’s Market from 4PM – 7PM every Thursday from May 31st thru July 26th. Let someone else do all the planting, while you sit back and enjoy the farm-fresh taste in every bite – and there’s no need to check sell by dates, as every item just arrived from your neighbors’ farm and gardens! The Batch & Bushel Farmer’s Market is a family event, so bring everyone out to enjoy live music, shopping and food trucks!

Batch and Bushell At Wilson County Expo

To experience everything homegrown and homemade, stop by the Batch & Bushel Farmer’s market this week!

Batch and Bushell At Wilson County Expo

Batch and Bushell At Wilson County Expo

Batch and Bushell At Wilson County Expo

Batch and Bushell At Wilson County Expo


I Scream For #WilCo Ice Cream


In anticipation for warmer weather, I decided to make a trip around Wilson County to restaurants that are known for serving sweet treats on warm spring days! Here’s the scoop on some places to go in Wilco if you’re a softie for some soft serve!

Adelita's Ice Cream Shop Located in Lebanoin TNAdelita’s Ice Cream Shop Located in Lebanoin TNMy first stop was Adelita’s Ice Cream Shop located in Lebanon. This ice cream shop is unique because of its Hispanic flair and hospitality. First, I walked in and my eyes were drawn to a wall that is popping with color. Greens, pinks, purples you name it; arranged in a way that’s both exciting and inviting. My eyes were peeled away only to find a wall of ice cream and popsicles. At first, it’s a bit overwhelming; There were so many different colors and flavors, but the staff was very charming and happy to help me decide what flavors to get. I was able to narrow it down to two types of ice cream: vanilla with M & M’s and chocolate with Kit-Kats. I sat down to enjoy my frozen treats at their cute tables, perfect for a small group of people. I took a spoonful of both flavors and was blown away. This place puts the cream in ice cream. Seriously y’all, the Kit Kat was delicious and chocolatey, and the vanilla with M & M’s was a pair made in heaven. Adelita’s Ice Cream Shop is a hidden icy gem that is definitely not vanilla.

Snow White Drive-in in Lebanon, TNSnow White Drive-in In Lebanon, TNThe second stop, Snow White Drive-In on West Main Street, was a step back in time. A typical 1950’s diner complete with a jukebox and spunky waiting staff.  I decided to keep the sweet theme going by ordering a banana split. This banana split was to die for! Underneath the mountains of whipped cream were walnuts, strawberries and even more ice cream, which was quite the pleasant surprise! Other patrons were also eating a banana split, and they were enjoying it just as much as I was. The sounds of town chatter and laughter filled this homey restaurant, making it the perfect place to take the family, or your lunch break. As I was leaving, one of the waitresses told me they served milkshakes. Worried I’d go into a sugar coma if I had anything else sweet, I told them I’d absolutely be back to try one.

adalitas image 1 297x300Today was a sugary adventure I plan on attending more often. Adelita’s Ice Cream Shop and Snow White Drive-In are unique places that call Wilson County home. One gives you scoops of yummy Latino culture, while the other is a historical trip for both you and your taste buds. They are the places to go if you’re looking for a tasty and fun time with your friends and family. Only in #WilCo will you find such frozen fun!

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Foodie Friday: #WilCo Donuts


Is it just me or are there a LOT of donut shops here in WilCo? I don’t mean Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts (not that I don’t also frequent those stops as well). I mean made-from-scratch, mom-and-pop, fresh out of the oven, melt in your mouth donut shops.

Since I’m new to the area, I felt like it was my duty to officially taste test those donut shops – it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

Stop #1: Donut Time (Lebanon)

Donut Time In Lebanon, TN Donut Time In Lebanon, TN Donut Time was my first stop on and did not disappoint! The staff was super friendly, and with a steady stream of customers entering while I was there, I could tell that this was clearly a local favorite. I tried an obscene amount of donuts here (for research purposes of course), but my favorite was the apple fritter! I’m usually not a big apple fritter person when I’m in a donut shop but upon the prompting of fellow customers and staff I tried one – and will definitely be getting them more frequently here at Donut Time!

Stop #2: Donut Palace (Lebanon)

Donut Palace In Lebanon, TNDonut Palace In Lebanon, TNDonut Palace is actually on my way to work every day, and what’s even MORE convenient, is their DRIVE THRU WINDOW! That’s right, I don’t even have to get out of my car to stock up on these sweet, glazed babies! Although, I decided for my first trip, to go inside and check out all the donuts they had to offer. The selection did not disappoint and I left with my “traditional” favorites: glazed, blueberry and chocolate with sprinkles. Delicious!






J. Clayborn's in Lebanon, TNStop #3: J. Clayborn’s (Lebanon)

I’ve been hearing about J. Clayborn’s ever since I moved to #WilCo so I was excited to finally try it out! It definitely won my heart by it’s nostalgic café atmosphere where the smell of fresh brewed coffee and sweet baked goods welcomes you as you enter this tucked away gem. I decided to let the staff at J. Clayborn’s pick out two donuts I should try, which ended up being a pumpkin cake donut with a maple frosting and a classic cake donut with chocolate frosting. J. Clayborn’s isn’t playing around when it comes to their donuts – the frosting was rich and the cake texture was thick but fluffy! This is definitely a place I will continue to visit!




Stop #4: Gourmet Donuts (Mount Juliet)

Gourmet Donuts 3 300x225Gourmet Donuts 3 300×225My last stop on this “Tour de Donuts” was Gourmet Donuts located in Mount Juliet. This time, I had a helper with me (my 18-month daughter Lucy) to help me taste test! The staff was super friendly and the donut selection was substantial. We decided to pick up a dozen (plus a couple…) to take to Lucy’s daycare as a treat! It was so hard to choose which one I was going to try, but at the end of the day, I thought I’d try a traditional glazed (ok, I also had a few donut holes but who’s counting…) Since I live in Mount Juliet, Gourmet Donuts has now become my weekend “go-to” morning treat!

So if you are looking for a sweet start to your day in #WilCo, try one of our amazing donut shops (or all of them – I won’t judge!)

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Springtime in #WilCo


Spring weather is finally here! I know I’m new to the area and you may be saying “Amy, we will still get frosty mornings and cold fronts before we can officially welcome spring.” And to that I say, stop raining on my parade and let me wear my flip flops.

So in honor of this early warm-ish weather, I present to you a SPRING theme for this week’s #WilCo happenings!


This weekend marks the beginning of the Stardust Drive-In season! I have heard about this place and I have to say I am SO EXCITED to check this spot out! Short of drinking a bottled coca cola while watching a Yankees game and eating a hot dog, there is nothing more “Americana” than a drive-in movie. Also, where else can you see TWO movies for $8.50. You can stop by their concession stand of course, OR, you can bring your own food for a charge of $6.00 – which is a pretty cool concept and totally worth me begging my husband to grab a Pizza on our way to Stardust!


Since it’s finally nice outside, we can start being more active outdoors! Head to Charlie Daniels Park in Mount Juliet on Saturday, March 3rd for the “Paws For A Cause” 5K race benefiting the New Leash on Life organization! The race is sponsored by Tito’s Vodka and registration includes all sorts of fun goodies (t-shirt, medal, race photos, and other fun items!) After the 5K, there is a post-race party at the Corner Pub – and get this, the whole event is DOG FRIENDLY! So register HERE and bring your furry friend with you (your dog of course, not your friend who still hasn’t prepared for wearing shorts after the winter months…)


On Sunday, March 4th at 1:00PM, head to Long Hunter State Park for their Spring Hiking Tour. The hiking tour will include a one-mile hike along the inland trail and will be Ranger-led. Leashed pets are permitted, so bring the whole family. You will turn onto the third road (on the right) after turning into the park to meet the Ranger and fellow hikers! For more information and to register, click HERE.


A nation-wide initiative called “Weed Wrangle” is a program where volunteers from the community gather in public parks to help eradicate exotic, invasive plants in preparation for the spring and summer seasons. So come to Cedars of Lebanon State Park on Saturday, March 3rd from 9AM – 1PM to help us wrangle those weeds! This is a great way to give back to the community, and if you have any kiddos, bring them to help too! To register for the event, click HERE.


I’m not a “country girl” by any stretch of the imagination, but I LOVE horseback riding! One of my favorite memories from visiting Ireland was riding horseback through Killarney National Park. I believe horseback riding is a MUST when visiting a new area, as it is a fun way to get a sense of the natural beauty of a destination. So definitely check out Juro Stables when you are visiting #WilCo. Juro Stables is located in Mt. Juliet, and they offer group trail rides as well as private rides and lessons. For more information or to reserve your ride, call (615) 773-7433.

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Catch A Show In #WilCo


There is nothing better than live entertainment, especially live THEATRICAL entertainment! So check out some upcoming shows here in #WilCo – and don’t just save the drama for your mama, bring the whole family!

StageStruck Productions Presents: “Mayberry, Maybe?”

This weekend, StageStruck’s “Come Laugh With Us” comedy series begins with their production of “Mayberry, Maybe?” Audiences will enjoy this hilarious comedy of Deputy Dooley and the town folks preparing for an armageddon while the Sheriff is out of town. The show will take place at the Westland United Methodist Church located at 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon, TN 37087. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased HERE.

Wilson Central Wildcat Theatre Presents: “Shrek the Musical”

Shrek the Musical - Wilson Central High SchoolShrek the Musical – Wilson Central High SchoolWilson Central High School’s Wildcat Productions presents “Shrek the Musical” February 22nd – 25th at the Wilson Central High School Wildcat Theatre. Join fairy tale characters and your favorite grumpy, green ogre, Shrek, as they attempt to rescue Princess Fiona in order to restore order to Shrek’s swamp. Shrek the Musical will delight as it transforms the popular animated film into a high energy musical that is sure to delight audiences of all ages! Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE.

Audience of One Productions Presents: “Singin’ In The Rain”

Singing In The Rain - Capitol Theatre Lebanon, TNSinging In The Rain – Capitol Theatre Lebanon, TNHead to the Capitol Theatre February 28th – March 4th to catch “Singin’ In The Rain!” The story of famous movie stars Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont trying to hold on to their fame as their industry moves from “silent” to “talkies.” Lina, who’s voice is not suited for the task, struggles with the transition until the musically inclined chorus girl Kathy Selden is brought in as her voice double. This is one of my all-time favorite shows, so you can bet I’ll be grabbing my family and heading to the Capitol Theatre to catch this show before it ends! You can purchase your tickets today by clicking HERE.

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#WilCo Happenings This Weekend


Sing your heart out!

Head to the Woodfire Grille in Mount Juliet on Saturday, February 17th at 7:00PM for a Karaoke Night with DJ Krazee D! Try some of Woodfire Grille’s famous Nashville-style hot chicken, and then hit the stage with some equally hot tunes!

Have a “far out” time at a 60’s themed event.

The Roast will be having a 60’s night featuring the band “Feelin’ Groovy.” Guests are encouraged to dress in their 1960’s best! The event will take place on Saturday, February 17th at 7:30PM at The Roast in Lebanon, TN.

Grab your partner and do-si-GO to The Mill!

The Mill will be hosting a line dancing event with Instructor Dorothy Bard this Saturday from 2:00PM – 4:00PM. Don’t forget to check out the shops at The Mill with your dance partner after the class is over!

Check out the latest Centerstage production “The Piano Lesson.”

Centerstage Theatre Company proudly presents “The Piano Lesson.” The production tells the story of a brother and sister’s struggle to determine the fate of a piano that has been in their family for generations. The story shines a light on the struggle between keeping your heritage while also focusing on the future. You can catch “The Piano Lesson” this week or next. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click HERE.

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Valentine’s Day in WilCo!


Love is in the air here in #WilCo!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but no need to panic, we are here to help make your Valentine’s Day easier with our guide to a fabulous WilCo Valentine’s Day!

Treat your Valentine to a spa day!

Body Kneads, Etc. in Lebanon, TN is offering a 5-hour spa package that includes a 60-minute massage (complete with a vanilla spice coffee back scrub), Image O2 Oxygen facial, and a chocolate / peppermint pedicure! The package also includes a toasted marshmallow latte before your treatment and a mid-day lunch! For more details, click HERE. Aqua Bella Day Spa in Mt. Juliet, TN is offering a couple’s massage complete with champagne and chocolates! Why not give your Valentine (and yourself) the gift of pampering? Forget the World Massage Therapy in Mt. Juliet, TN may not be offering a special just for Valentines, but we couldn’t miss the opportunity to point out that they have been voted the “Best Massage” in Mt. Juliet for both 2017 and just recently the 2018 title! You can check out their Facebook page HERE for a list of services and pricing.

Give your Valentine a sweet treat!

Sweet Biscuit Co. in Mt. Juliet, TN is offering a special Valentine’s package where you can mix and match their popular mini dessert biscuits. Choose from strawberry lemonade, cherry cordial and white chocolate raspberry for your sweetie! You can mix and match flavors in packs of 4 ($3) or 9 ($7). You can call 615-288-3649 to place your order. Stop by Short Cakes Cakery in Mt. Juliet, TN to place an order for cake pops or chocolate covered strawberries for your “cupcake” on Valentine’s day! Clayborn’s bakery in Lebanon, TN has special Valentine’s Day heart cookies as well as gorgeous heart-shaped donuts that are sure to make your Valentine’s morning!

Head to a Valentine’s Day event!

The Goat will be hosting an “Anti-Valentine’s Day” event for couples and singles alike for those who don’t get all mushy for the typical Valentine’s Day activities. So if a traditional Valentine’s Day isn’t your style, come to the Goat where they will have games, food, drinks and activities such as exercise Jenga and raffles! This is a free event from 6PM – 9PM on Valentine’s Day, but they do ask that you register in advance by clicking HERE. Take your Valentine to the Heart of Tennessee 3rd Annual Antique Show at the Wilson County Expo Center! The cost is $20, but the ticket will be good for the duration of the show (three days total). Have some wine and some finger foods as you stroll through the show to see and shop the fabulous antiques! Bloom Yoga Studio in Lebanon is offering a special Valentine’s Day couple’s yoga class led by Leighanne Buchanan. The class will cover partner yoga poses as well as Thai yoga massage techniques. The cost is $25 per couple, but the space is very limited – so make your reservation online today by clicking HERE.

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