A Fresh Look At A Familiar Place - 10/18/13

  Because of my work schedule I'm not usually running around seeing the sights on Friday nights much.  Last Friday, however, I was off and drove to downtown Franklin with my wife and children around dinner time.
  The weather was perfect.  We parked for free in the garage behind city hall and walked up and down the street checking out the shops off the square.  It was such a vibrant scene filled with cool stores, interesting people and music on the street. 
  I saw a young man playing his songs on a bench a few doors from the toy store where my youngest convinced us to buy him a New York state patrol car with doors that pop open when you hit the front bumper.  The marquis on the Franklin Theater flashed names like Macy Gray and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, both of whom have upcoming shows.  About a half a block away, what I perceived to be a songwriter waiting for his big break was banging out "Folsom Prison Blues" on an acoustic guitar outside the Mellow Mushroom pizza parlor.
  The sidewalks were bustling but not overflowing with people.  Young couples who appeared to be out on a date, older folks, families with little ones in strollers and being led by the hand and everything in between.  I was just back from a vacation in Florida and couldn't help but think this was as cool as anyplace I just drove six hundred miles to see. 
  It's always great to check out new places but middle Tennessee is a fantastic place to come home to.  It's why so many people vacation here.  And it's constantly changing.  So if you haven't been out of your little corner of our world lately, set a course for downtown Franklin, or lower Broadway where the music is always live and there's never a cover charge and get a fresh look at what all the tourists are coming to see.   

 

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