It comes as no surprise that Franklin is one of the most supportive artist communities in Middle Tennessee. From art, music and film, to dance and theatre, it’s the perfect place to have a good time and celebrate the arts. So… why not implement a little comedy into the mix? Let’s face it, Williamson County is a fun-loving community, it loves to laugh. That’s why, The Factory at Franklin is excited to announce its new resident super group improv troupe—The Franklin All-Stars!
This comedic super group consists of a core of four main performers. At the heart of the All-Stars we have Barry McAlister and Cindy Carter from Sprocket Improv, and Lacie Madison and Michael Kearney from the Nashville Improv. Both Sprocket Improv and the Nashville Improv have hosted and performed several shows at The Factory’s Little Brick Theatre earlier this year. These two groups have performed successful shows all over Nashville, the Tennessee Region, and beyond, and the shows performed at the Little Brick Theatre were no different. In fact, the audience enjoyed these performances so much The Factory decided it needs a little more laughter in it’s life, a little more fun, and a lot more “yes, and…”
Each month this group will also invite other performers and comedians from other local improv teams to perform along with them in The Factory’s Little Brick Theatre.
The Little Brick Theatre is truly the perfect host for these events. The gorgeous old brick building makes for a beautiful back-drop, and the theater is a perfect size for and intimate show—the more intimate in improv, the better the audience/performer dynamic. We can’t wait to see what magic the All-Stars come up with this season!
When asked what the All-Stars are looking forward to most about their Factory residency, Barry McAlister replied, “Franklin is an incredible town! There’s a vibe there unlike anywhere else. It’s historic, artsy, vibrant and they’ve been supporting local theater there for years and we are excited to add improv to the mix. There’s no other regular comedy opportunity in the area, either, and we’re looking forward to getting to know folks as they come out and give our shows a try.”
For more information and to purchase tickets ahead of time go to www.franklinimprov.com. The next show is November 25th, and then shows will be held regularly on the second Saturday of each month.
No other venue in Williamson County offers the historic charm and creative possibilities that The Factory does, and holiday season is clearly no different! The Factory is proud to kick off a season of holiday events to keep your days merry and bright, and your creative gift ideas flowing. Between pop-up fairs, holiday markets, and all the live music events—you’ll be sure to find an event (and gift) for everyone in the family to enjoy this year!
To kick off the big season, we’ve got two major must-attend holiday events this year: Made South Holiday Market and City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-Up Fair.
November 18-19th, Made South will take over The Factory as more than 130 artisans, makers, and creators will celebrate the best in creativity and Southern hospitality. This event will feature everything from Southern distiller tastings to chef demonstrations, live music, and more. Friday night will host a VIP party before the big event on Saturday that you will definitely not want to miss… Did someone say complimentary drink tickets? Between the party, the tastings, and the wares, this event is one for the books. Be sure to come #ShopSouthern with Made South this year!
As the holiday season continues, our very own resident antique experts, City Farmhouse, will host their annual Holiday Pop-Up Fair on December 3-4th! The #CityFarmhousePopup Fairs have been named one of the top five events to attend in October by Southern Living, the top October event to attend in Tennessee by Garden & Gun, and the #1 Flea Market/Antique Show by Romantic Country… Now just imagine what their holiday event might entail!
This year, they will have Flea Market Style Magazine at the event to celebrate its re-launch, as well as Whitney Miller (Master Chef Season One winner) who will host a cooking demonstration, as well as signing her newest cookbook for those who purchase it. It truly is a not-to-be-missed event for all things Southern, creative, and stylish this season.
Last, but certainly not least, we can’t leave out The Factory’s favorite holiday tradition, The Trees of Christmas! We hope you and your family will join us this holiday season as we present one of our favorite annual events. The Factory will have all its halls decked out, and display more than 40 real Christmas trees, each beautifully and thoughtfully decorated for the season by our local artisans and merchants! Come down, grab some coffee from Honest Coffee Roasters and something sweet from Five Daughters and stroll around our grounds. We look forward to seeing you all there and are so excited to celebrate the season with you!
It’s no surprise that Williamson County’s theatre scene just gets better and better with each forthcoming season. Franklin teems with talent and creative purpose. The Factory at Franklin’s own, StudioTenn, is one of the many reasons Willaimson County sets itself apart in terms of creativity. In fact, they are set to kickoff their 2016/2017 season with the locally written, produced, and performed play, “The Battle of Franklin: Civil War Reflections Through Word and Song.”
This historical drama details the city’s famed 1864 Civil War battle through theatrical representation and song. The Factory at Franklin is so pleased this resident production company aims to represent the deeply-steeped history of Franklin, Tennessee, their home base for last five years. By working with leading local historians, the production aims to remain as historically accurate as possible, while melding actual historical accounts with creative license. The result is a moving piece that illuminates the lives of those in a war-torn South.
“The Battle of Franklin: Civil War Reflections Through Word and Song” runs November 3rd-13th, at the Jamison Theater inside The Factory. Tickets start at $35, and believe us when we say that you do NOT want to miss out on this incredible event.
StudioTenn is well known for producing emotionally arousing, professional theatre that taps into your existence as a human and stirs your innate desires. Their vision to create locally-produced theatre that is both regionally engaged and nationally recognized is quickly becoming a reality.
Artistic Director Matt Logan and Managing Director Jack Speck fulfill lifelong dreams through their StudioTenn repertoire by producing locally written pieces of theatrical magnificents performed by local actors.
Recently, the production company received endless acclaim for their performance of Tennesse Williams, “The Glass Menagerie” and “Evita.” In fact, the latter even drew in nationally recognized Broadway actor and Tony Award winner, Anthony Crivello.
This on-the-rise production company gathers endless accolades from the local arts community including The Tennessean and the Nashville Arts Magazine, and is the only local production ever asked to be featured in Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) series.
The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization works to present creative, original, works while casting new light on well-known pieces in the theater canon. It also produces an original “Legacy” series that focuses on the classic works of well-honored musicians.
Don’t miss this theatrical treat while it’s still a hidden gem at The Factory at Franklin.
So let’s say you’re looking to impress your date, or maybe a friend or family member with a great meal, unparalleled local shopping, and a class act of a show. Immediately, the Factory at Franklin pops into your mind, right? Right.
Knowing no better place to tackle all three, your heart is set…but which tastebud-enticing restaurant you’re going to eat at is still undecided. You want something flavorful, filling, and classic. Good news! MAFIAoZA’s Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub is opening a new location at the Factory! We know, we know, how exciting!
Stepping into MAFIAoZA’s you’ll realize they’re about to make an offer you just can’t refuse. With a menu boasting everything from pizza and a traditional caprese salad – hello, tomato season! – to modern twists on classics like Saltimbocca, MAFIAoZA’s represents fine Italian cuisine to the fullest extent. (Check out their killer menu here and see for yourself).
Though MAFIAoZA’s specializes in all the old world Italian specialties, they will immediately win over your heart the minute you browse the pizza list. With options like these, you’re ready to join the Don and his family.
Take The Last Request for example: Black olives, extra cheese, pepperoni, salami, italian sausage, portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, green peppers, red onion and jalapeños…? Honestly, need we say more?
MAFIAoZA’s true Italian authenticity reveals itself. The Don and his Family know Italian…which is why their extensive old and new world Italian wine list is sure to be the best in Williamson County. It’s the type of wine list that knocks you dead…er, um, we mean swimming with the fishes.
MAFIAoZA’s knows that great Italian food isn’t born great, it’s grown great. That’s why they focus on the best of ingredients in all of their dishes. So before you go out settling family business, why not tackle it at the dinner table over a nice plate of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” spaghetti and meatballs? Because no one gets the job done better than MAFIAoZA’s.
The Factory at Franklin is so pleased to announce our new relationship with MAFIAoZA’s, and we guarantee you’re going to love it…or else.
A PURPOSE STORE
All Things Co. exists to curate maker and artisan’s purposed products from all over the world. It is an access point for the community to shop for quality goods while being educated in major world issues such as hunger, sickness, the water crisis, etc. It is a place for families to gain perspective and choose to make an impact. All Things Co. will give a portion of all proceeds to help bring change in both domestic and foreign matters, operating from faith, hope and love.
Our website is: www.allthingsco.us
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9am-5pm
Full service butcher shop offering fresh meats cut daily as well as South African biltong, a wide variety of beef jerky, salamis and house-made sausages. Ste. 12F – Located at the North East side of the Factory…just below the Little Brick Theater
Tel: (615) 614-3134 Fax: (615) 807-3808
Monday thru Friday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 2:00pm