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Celebration of Nations moves downtown

Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County is holding their sixth annual Celebration of Nations scheduled for Oct. 12, 2013 in downtown Franklin on Fourth Avenue and in the alley behind Main Street by the 4th Ave. parking garage. The international event will be held 3 to 8. p.m. featuring an international beer tasting in the alley from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will also include multi-cultural performances including music, singing, and dancing and plenty of food and booths. There will also be many international vendors. 

The week kicks off on Oct. 4, with international entertainer Maura O’Connel at the Franklin Theatre. Maura is an Irish singer and actress. She is known for her contemporary interpretations of Irish folk songs, strongly influenced by American country music. Tickets are available through the Franklin Theatre at The theatre will also show a line-up of international films on Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
Several international entertainers will be featured on the main stage from 3:00-8:00 p.m. New this year will be the Chinese Arts Alliance Lion Dancers. To see a full list of entertainers go to 
Twenty beers from ten countries will be served at the International Beer Tasting event. Beers from Canada, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, Italy, Jamaica, Ireland, England, Germany, and the Netherlands will be served. Tickets are ON SALE NOW at The tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door and include a commemorative beer tasting glass. The tasting will take place from 5-8 p.m. 
Downtown restaurants are participating by featuring international dishes during the week. Participating restaurants include Puckett’s, Puckett’s Boat House, Grays, Red Pony, Cork and Cow and Zolos. 
The City of Franklin, Williamson County, The Factory at Franklin, Williamson Medical Center, Southern Events, Zia Productions, The Franklin Theatre, Franklin Synergy Bank, and the Williamson Herald/Southern Exposure are all sponsors of this year’s event. Sister Cities is currently exploring relationships in Germany, China, Japan and France. Monies raised will help fund student exchanges, the Passport Series and the annual Celebration of Nations Festival. 
The Franklin Transit Authority will offer the Transit on Demand twilight service for safe rides home. The service is in Franklin City limits only and people must call at least 72 hours in advance to schedule their pick-up and return. The cost is only $6.00 per round trip. To schedule, email or call 615.628.0263.

Posted on: 9/18/2013


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