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Next Gen preserves character of old, looks forward to new


Board members of Next Generation Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County celebrate the lighting of the Franklin Theatre marquee. The organization raised money to restore it a few years ago.

The 7th annual Three Blind Vines (3BV) event benefitting the Franklin Theatre will roll out its red carpet Friday, Feb. 21.
The Next Generation Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County will host the event, presented by GRAY’S On Main, at Liberty Hall in The Factory at Franklin, starting at 6:30 p.m. 
A crowd of 500 people attended the event in 2013 and an even bigger turnout is expected this year. The 3BV theme for 2014 is a tribute to “Classic Hollywood” - giving guests the glitz and glamour of a big screen movie premiere. 
Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite red carpet attire and enjoy live entertainment by Art For Sale and Groove Addiction, food from local restaurants and chefs, and of course, the wine.
Sean Carroll, president of Next Generation Heritage Foundation, said the organization—established in 2006—has doubled its membership in the last two years to 130 members “from all walks of life.”
One of the organization’s most significant accomplishments Carroll said is the funding of the marquee for the Franklin Theatre that shines as a significant historical marker in downtown Franklin.
The group strives to preserve the city and county’s rich history and character and supports the continued revitalization of downtown within a historical context. 
“Main Street is the heart and soul of Franklin. It’s important to stay true to the character of the past, while moving forward into the future,” he said. 
A new project for the group is the renovation of the Old, Old Jail in downtown that will serve as the next office space for the Heritage Foundation. “We are looking forward to taking an old, abandoned building and breathing new life into it,” Carroll said.
A silent auction will be held and a cash bar for beer. Next Gen will also offer a VIP area, for $100 a ticket, where guests will be treated to plush accommodations on the mezzanine level, overlooking the tasting floor. The private VIP area includes an exclusive catered dining selection and espresso bar from Frothy Monkey, along with complimentary cocktails.
Back by popular demand, TV personality and musician, Evan Farmer, returns as emcee for the evening.
Attendees will have the opportunity to compete and vote in this “blind wine” contest. Check in begins at 6:30 p.m. and will go until 7:30 p.m. at which time no more wine will be accepted. Each teams’ first two bottles of wine will be collected, disguised, and set out for tasting and voting.  The “repeat” bottle is set aside unopened to be given to two Grand Prize winners. The winners of the favorite red and favorite white wines will be announced at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $35 per person and $45.00 at the door. All proceeds will go directly to The Franklin Theatre.
Advance reservations and prepayments are encouraged by visiting or calling 615-591-8500. The event is open to everyone 21 years and over.  IDs will be checked at the door.

Posted on: 2/13/2014


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