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!
What's Up Wilco?
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.
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!
My 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.
The 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.
Today 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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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 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 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!
Stop #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)
My 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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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!
STARDUST DRIVE-IN THEATRE
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!
PAWS FOR A CAUSE 5K RUN
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…)
LONG HUNTER STATE PARK SPRING HIKING TOUR
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.
WEED WRANGLE AT CEDARS OF LEBANON STATE PARK
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.
HORESBACK RIDING AT JURO STABLES
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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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”
HERE.Wilson 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
Audience of One Productions Presents: “Singin’ In The Rain”
HERE.Head 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
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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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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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There are many reasons to visit Wilson County: the parks, boutique shopping, dining, the local attractions, or for the many historical sites. However, many times we find ourselves in a new town or city not necessarily for leisure purposes, but because a product or service is available there that is difficult (or maybe impossible!) to get elsewhere. The businesses that offer these products and services play an important role to our tourism industry, so we would like to put a spotlight on those businesses in a segment called…
Business Spotlight Saturday!
This week’s spotlight is on the New Leash On Life organization located in Lebanon, TN. New Leash On Life is dedicated to improving the welfare of companion animals in the community through shelter, placement, spay/neuter, and education and awareness opportunities. The organization boasts three main programs: The Adoption Center, The Joy Clinic, and the Paw Pantry.
Buddy the Chihuahua
The Adoption Center is where our tour begins and is the longest-standing operation of the New Leash On Life organization. The Adoption Center provides shelter, food, basic medical care and training to rescued animals. The Adoption Center is a no-kill shelter that last year helped over 550 companion animals.
Monkey the cat who roams the halls during the evenings
The Joy Clinic is the spay and neuter servicing area of the New Leash On Life organization. The Joy Clinic is a proud partner with the National Spay / Neuter Response Team. This means that the Joy Clinic has been trained at the National Training Center of the Humane Alliance (a program of the ASPCA). The quality of care that companion animals receive at the Joy Clinic, coupled with the affordable pricing, is what sets this program apart from any other spay / neuter facility in the area. The surgery price range is between $35 – $75 (WELL below the industry average!).
Smelling all the visitors who pass by!
The Paw Pantry program provides monthly assistance with pet food for Wilson County residents (this may also be available to people in surrounding counties if supplies are available). The first time assistance is needed, they have a “no questions asked” policy. However, beyond the first time use of the program, the Paw Pantry asks that you provide proof of need as well as proof that your companion animal is spayed or neutered. Proof of need can include: unemployment, government assistance, fixed income, veteran services or referral from another nonprofit.
The Joy Clinic’s mascot, Bandit, getting up-close and personal with CVB Director Amy Nichols
Our visit with the New Leash On Life organization was a powerful one – full of people who are passionate about providing quality care and improving the lives of animals in need. The love that is felt for these animals from those who volunteer their time with New Leash On Life is powerful, but love is not the only thing needed to keep these valuable programs running! Visit the New Leash On Life website to see how you can help through donated items, donated time, and monetary donations.
The Titans may not be playing this weekend, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy all of the Super Bowl festivities around town. Check out one of these awesome Super Bowl parties happening right here in #WilCo!
The Rhythm Saloon
The Rhythm Saloon will be hosting a Super Bowl watch party at their location in Mt. Juliet. The party boasts specials on food as well as 11 big screens throughout the venue to watch the big game!
Jug Creek Distillery
Jug Creek Distillery will be hosting their first Super Bowl Party this Sunday. The game will be playing on a projector inside their new weather-proof venue, so all you will need to do is bring a chair to sit back and enjoy the game! Light snacks will be provided, and of course, drinks will be available at the bar! You do not have to be 21 to attend this Super Bowl party, and the best part is, no tickets are needed!
Legends Sports Grill
Head to Legends in Lebanon for a Super Bowl party with themed Patriots and Eagles food and beverage offerings such as Philly steak sandwiches or New England fish & chips! The party starts at noon, so come grab your spot to watch the big game (or if you are like me, the commercials!).
Super Bowl Potluck
The Riverfront Tavern in Mt. Juliet is hosting a Super Bowl potluck from 5PM – Midnight. If you’d like to bring a dish to the potluck – great! If not, bring your team spirit and come ready to cheer on your favorite team!
Pickin’ Party at Nona Lisa’s
Although not technically a Super Bowl party, Nona Lisa’s monthly “Pickin’ Party” will take place this Sunday in Watertown! At the Pickin’ Party, guests are invited to bring their own instruments and join in on the fun. The party starts around 1:30PM and goes until…..well until the musicians call it quits! Here’s where the Super Bowl part comes in – for the football festivities, Nona Lisa’s will be bringing back their 2×2 for $20 deal where you can get two large pizzas with a total of four toppings for $20. So come to Nona Lisa’s for the jam session, and leave with some pizzas as you head home to watch the big game!
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A few weeks ago, we highlighted some events and activities in Wilson County for the kiddos in your life. So this week, our blog will focus on activities for the adults – so call the babysitter, grab your friends, and let’s get this weekend started!
1. Put on your dancin’ boots and head to Cahoots!
Cahoots Dance Hall & Honkytonk is hosting a special event on Friday, January 26th , featuring a live performance by Parmalee, and special guest Kasey Lyndall. Dinner will be available and catered by Blue Moon Bar-B-Que. Tickets are $25 at the door, or $20 if purchased in advance by clicking HERE.
2. Feeling outdoorsy? Head to Long Hunter State Park for a wildflower identification class!
In this Wildflowers 101 class, participants will learn the basics of plant identification to flowers common to Tennessee. The material learned in this class will serve as a foundation for future wildflower identification classes to include flowers such as roses and buttercups! The class, led by Ranger Rawlings, will take place from 11AM – 2PM and is $10 per person. Registration is required for this class and can be completed by clicking HERE.
3. Know a “wine-o”? Well wine-not head to Cellar 53 Winery!
Between the hours of noon and 6PM Thursdays through Sundays, Cellar 53 Winery offers tastings of their small-lot, handcrafted wines. The wine list varies month to month, so if you haven’t stopped by in a while, then there are new menu items to try! One particular wine, Independence Red, is currently in stock at the winery for purchase. For every bottle of Independence Red sold, $1 goes to the Fisher House for Veterans.
4. Attend a FREE parenting workshop!
The Lebanon Campus of the Bridge Fellowship Church is hosting a parenting workshop from 9AM – noon on Saturday, January 27th. The workshop will include sessions such as Living Successfully with a Strong-Willed Child, Surviving the First Two Years of Parenting, Navigating the Early Elementary Years and Help! Is My Child Normal? Speakers from the Branch Counseling Center will also be featured. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, click HERE.
5. Find some zen and combine yoga with salt therapy!
On Saturday, January 27th, the “Be Still and Breathe Salt Room” in Lebanon will be holding a “salty yoga” session. This session combines the stress relief of yoga with the wellness benefits of salt therapy! This session has limited availability, so to reserve your spot, click HERE.
I haven’t driven on snow or ice in YEARS, so this past week has been quite the adventure! Now that warmer weather is gracing us for the weekend, I’m ready to get out of the house and explore! Here are some things to do this weekend in and around WilCo to help you and your family thaw out…
Daddy Daughter Date Night
A Daddy Daughter date night will be held this Saturday at Imagine That Art Studio! The event, located at 404 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite H. in Lebanon, will consist of you and your date creating individual paintings that combine to form one precious work of art. The image to be painted is seen here (above) called ‘Owl love you forever’. A ticket for this event is $50 per Dad and Daughter duo (or $60 for Dads with two daughters) and includes a meal from Taters! **Spaces are Limited, so be on the look out for more Daddy Daughter Date Nights soon!**
Get Outside at Long Hunter State Park!
This weekend’s temperatures will inspire you to get outside and enjoy the milder weather here in Wilson County. So grab the family and head to Long Hunter State Park for one of two hiking opportunities. Both opportunities are FREE, but guests are asked to please register in advance.Inland Trail Hike: Sunday, January 21st at 11:00AM
Hikers will meet in the area 4 parking lot and then enjoy a short hike around the inland trail! The approximately 1 mile trail will be a great opportunity to enjoy this weekend’s weather, but be sure to wear proper footwear as trails will be a little muddy due to this week’s melted snow. To register, click HERE.Hiking with a Buddy: Healthy Hiking Series, Sunday, January 21st at 1:00PM
Join Ranger Blackwell for a hike around Couchville Lake! Hikers are asked to meet at the area 2 Couchville Lake Shelter for this free guided hike. To register, click HERE.
See “Jeeves In Bloom” Presented by Encore Theatre Company
This weekend, the Encore Theatre Company presents their first production of the 2018 season, “Jeeves In Bloom.” Join Bertie Wooster and his valet, Jeeves, in the peaceful English countryside in their match-making effort of amphibian-loving Augustus Fink-Nottle and poetry-loving Madeline Basset. Their journey quickly takes a comedic turn that is sure to delight guests of all ages! The show will run January 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th at 7:30PM, and January 21st and 28th at 2:30PM at the Encore Theatre Company (located at 6987 Lebanon Rd., Mt. Juliet, TN.) Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by calling 615-598-8950.
Visit the Batch & Bushel Showcase
The Batch & Bushel Showcase is a family friendly event featuring the best in local food, gardening and sustainable farm living! Batch & Bushel celebrates preserving the traditions of local foods, farmers markets, home gardens and supporting local, small businesses. In addition to shopping with local vendors, they will have seminars with local experts, live music, food vendors and children’s activities. Batch & Bushel will take place on Friday, January 19th from noon – 6:00PM and Saturday, January 20th from 10:00PM – 6:00PM at the Wilson County Expo Center.
Discover Ways To Feel and Stay Healthy At The Health & Wellness Expo
Head to the Capitol Theatre in downtown Lebanon for a FREE Health and Wellness expo this Saturday, January 20th! Visit with local health experts and small businesses from the Wilson County area. For more information, including a list of vendors, click HERE.
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As we approach this long weekend to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, I hope we all pause to reflect on those individuals who promote human rights and equality around the world. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, here are some activities and events that you and the family can enjoy this weekend that promote the education of civil rights and African American history in and around Wilson County!
Centerstage Theatre Co. Presents “The Meeting”
The Centerstage Theatre Company will be presenting a production called “The Meeting,” which depicts a conversation between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X taking place approximately one week prior to the assassination of Malcolm X. The play will take place Saturday, January 12th at 7:30PM, and Sunday, January 13th at 2:00PM. The production will be performed at the June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center located at Cumberland University. Tickets are $15 and are available to purchase HERE. Following the performance on January 13th, A.C. Wharton (former Mayor of Memphis and Lebanon resident) will be hosting a talk-back session to discuss his experience with the civil rights movement here in Tennessee.
The sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March will be held this Saturday, January 13th at 9:45AM. The march will begin at Cedars of Lebanon Baptist Church (located at 211 Beard Ave. Lebanon, TN) and end at Pickett-Rucker UMC (located at 633 Glover St. Lebanon, TN). The march symbolizes the community coming together in unity to promote equality and civil rights for all. Participants can bring signs with them during the march, but please note that any participants under the age of 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult. The annual Unity Brunch and short program will follow the Unity March at Pickett-Rucker UMC. (Photo Courtesy of WKRN; Read about the 2016 march HERE)
“We’re Better Together” Event
The NAACP Sumner County Branch presents their annual MLK Unity Day event on January 15th. This year’s theme “We’re Better Together” highlights the following activities:
9AM – 11:30AM – We Learn Together youth workshop will include creating signs for the march as well as provide information on Martin Luther King Day. This portion of the event will take place at Gallatin’s City Hall located at 132 Main Street.
12:00PM – We March Together walk to take place from Gallatin City Hall to Gallatin High School (located at 700 Dan P. Herron Drive).
1:00PM – We Gather Together celebration to take place at Gallatin High School featuring special speakers and live performances.
Gray Line – African American History Tour
In honor of the upcoming Black History Month, join this Nashville city tour highlighting African American history and heritage in Nashville, TN. This narrated tour will feature stories of the people, places and events that have contributed to the African American history in Music City. The tour covers popular attractions such as Fisk University, Greenwood Cemetery, Jefferson Street, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, The Ritz Theatre and more. Gather your family and friends to book this private tour by calling 1-800-251-1864. (Photo courtesy of Fisk.edu)
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This Florida girl is COLD!
But that doesn’t mean I am going to barricade myself inside my house this weekend. My daughter and I would surely drive each other mad if we were confined to our living room for longer than approximately three Daniel Tiger episodes. If you are anything like me, you struggle to find inside activities during the winter months, which inspired me to write today’s blog:
5 Things To Do In Wilson County This Weekend With The Kids (That Doesn’t Include Freezing!)
1. Bowling at Pro Bowl West
This place is a gold mine for keeping the kids (and the adults) entertained for hours! With 16 lanes, arcade games, air hockey, pool table, and a full food and beverage offering, Pro Bowl West is the perfect remedy for the winter blues!
Oh, and did I mention COSMIC BOWLING every Friday and Saturday after 7:00PM?! Grab the family and head to Pro Bowl West for some family friendly competition!
2. Resolution Revolution at Capitol Theatre
Resolution Revolution is a worship event held TONIGHT, January 5th, at the Capitol Theatre located on the square in downtown Lebanon. This event focuses on the middle school, high school and college crowds and promises to be an enlightening and entertaining evening!
Resolution Revolution begins at 7:30PM with opening act, comedian Jeremy Rochford, followed by a local worship band, and ending with guest speaker Brian Earley with Think 2 Change. This is a one-time event, so don’t miss the chance for your kids to participate!
3. Let’s Go To The Movies!
There are some AWESOME movies playing right now, and if you haven’t seen the new Star Wars movie yet, what are you waiting for? Grab the kids and head to one of Wilson County’s incredible movie theaters – and may the force be with you!
Roxy is the perfect “boutique” movie theater experience. They have the MOST COMFORTABLE SEATS I have ever seen in a movie theater (think big, plush recliners) and TONS of leg room! There’s also something about Roxy’s décor that feels retro and nostalgic. So gather the family, and head to Roxy this weekend! For movie times, click HERE.
Regal Cinemas Providence 14
This modern movie theater also has plenty of shopping and dining nearby, making it a great option for a day’s worth of activities! With 14 screens, you are sure to find a movie with plenty of time to enjoy some of the Providence shops and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants near the theater (I highly recommend The Goat if you haven’t tried it yet!) For movie times, click HERE.
4. Pottery painting at FIRED UP!
With little ones, the key is to keep them busy (what’s that saying about idle hands?) or else they will FIND something to get into. Leave the cleanup for someone else, and let your kids get creative at FIRED UP! Here’s how it works….
You select a piece of pottery that is “unfinished.”
You then get to paint the piece of pottery however you choose.
Fired Up will then put a special glaze on the pottery to make it safe for food use, and then begin the final processing of the pottery.
A week later, your artwork is complete and ready for use!
This is EXACTLY where I will be with my daughter this weekend – we need a perfect gift for grandma, and Lucy’s little hand prints on a serving platter will be a big hit! Plus, if you mention this blog post (Whats Up Wilco) this weekend, you will get 50% off your paint fee!
1233 N. Mount Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
Weekend Hours: Friday & Saturday 10AM – 9PM, Sunday 1PM – 6PM
5. Support an awesome cause at the Vietnam Veterans of America Pancake Breakfast!
Tomorrow, January 6th, the Vietnam Veterans of America Lebanon Chapter will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast benefiting Wilson County Veterans.
The event will be held from 7:00AM – Noon at the Lebanon National Guard Armory at 1010 Leeville Pike. Menu items will include pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy. Eating pancakes for a good cause? This is a no-brainer! Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children (children 5 and under are free!).
There you have it – five things to do this weekend in Wilson County with the kids!
Stay warm, and I’ll see ya around town!
P.S. If you see a frozen Floridian wandering around, don’t worry, it’s just me… please point me to the nearest hot chocolate…
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Howdy, Wilson County! Did I say that right?
I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it…
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Amy Nichols, and I’ll be exploring Wilson County and sharing my experiences and findings with all of you guys (I mean ya’ll) right here on our “Whats up Wilco” blog and our social media pages (here is where I insert my shameless plug to like our Facebook page and to follow us on Instagram and Twitter!)
I was born and raised in a faraway land known as southern Indiana, where my family still resides. I graduated from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana and spent the last nine years in the hospitality and tourism industry, starting with Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, KY and most recently with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, FL.
As a recent transplant to the Wilson County area, I am thrilled to experience all the amazing events, activities and entertainment that Wilson County has to offer and to develop new and exciting ways we can share these experiences with people who visit us! I have a unique opportunity to view our county through the eyes of a tourist and to use this insight as a tool to grow our tourism (and economy) for years to come.
One thing I’ve learned from my experience at “the most magical place on earth” is that we can have amazing entertainment, dining, shopping, attractions, etc., but what makes a truly great guest experience is the people who make the area come alive. Without “characters” who live in these worlds, it is just a façade. It is the people who make it a real, living and breathing immersive experience that people will come to visit again and again.
That’s where you come in…
You are the business owners, the politicians, the retailers, the servers, the museum ticket collectors, the concession stand cashiers, the bartenders, the local artists, the hotel lobby staff…YOU are who our guests will interact with. YOU will make a lasting impression on our tourists, and it is YOU who represent who Wilson County is as a culture and destination.
So I want to hear from YOU…
I want to hear from all of you! Tell me who we are here in Wilson County. Tell me the local stories, the “must see” attractions, where the BEST cupcakes are, tell me EVERYTHING!
Until then – I will start exploring and experiencing!
See ya around town!
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The Wilson County Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited about everyone coming to Wilson County for a unique holiday experience. We’ve got Christmas tree lightings, parades (Lebanon & Mt. Juliet), Christmas dinners, caroling and the North Pole Express Train with Santa.
You can build your own holiday party at Venue 142, Jug Creek Distillery, Capitol theater, and the wonderful Wilson County Expo Center. You’re only as limited as your imagination for your party theme and will have expert event planners to assist. You can feel like a guest at your own Christmas/New Year party (corporate or personal) and leave the work to the experts.
Wilson County’s shopping experience is extraordinary. We have two malls (Lebanon & Mt. Juliet). Dozens of boutiques on the Lebanon Square and along Mt. Juliet Road to locate those rare gifts for your special loved ones. Wilson County offers handmade jewelry (Thornton Metal Works, & The Lucky Pearl), pottery (Silver Ridge Pottery), and several dining options when you need that break. Be sure to visit Jug Creek Distillery for all your holiday spirits, gift options and stop long enough for their tour. Another great tour is the new Wilson County Veteran’s Museum. It’s a great reminder of all we have to be thankful for this season.
Holidays are a special time of year and in Wilson County, we specialize in making it the BEST ever!
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If you love Christmas as much as I do, it’s going to be extra special this year! Wilson County is hosting “The Dancing Lights of Christmas” at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The move from their original site in Nashville’s Jellystone Park is a huge plus for Wilson County, but we want to share this adventure with all surrounding counties. So fill your thermos with hot chocolate and don’t forget the marshmallows, also pack those special Christmas treats. Ho, Ho, Ho, Come one – Come all!
It’s a great evening for the entire family or a carload of your closest friends. Each visit will be a new experience, with over one and a half million lights dancing to the music on your radio. The new location comes with new displays and an extended drive route, some new rocking Christmas tunes, and an expanded Fox17 Santa’s Village.
Come early and visit all the unique shopping opportunities. The perfect present awaits your special someone in Wilson County from handmade jewelry, pottery, or clothing found in our one of a kind boutiques.