Mardi Gras Ball

Saturday, Feb. 22,

Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

6 p.m.

This year will be the 16th annual Mardi Gras Ball. Every year, four or five amazing couples agree to serve on the Mardi Gras Ball Royal Court. With a unique voting system, nominees battle each other to see who can raise the most money and become the King and Queen of the Court. The 2020 Mardi Gras Ball Royal Court nominees are: Ellen & Mason Hart, Suzanne & Bentley London, J.A. & Kathy Reynolds and Christy & Jason Whitt.

If you would like more information about My Friend’s House, the Krewe Party (held on Tuesday, February 18th) or the Mardi Gras Ball, visit My Friend’s House website at https://myfriendshousetn.org/, or contact Laura Jumonville at 615-790-8553 or Laura.j@myfriendshousetn.org.

Studio Tenn presents

“Steel Magnolias”

Feb. 7-23

Jamison Theater at the Factory at Franklin

Studio Tenn is bringing back the quintessentially Southern classic, “Steel Magnolias,” to the Jamison Theatre in The Factory at Franklin. Robert Harling’s beloved play about the hope, healing and humor possible in the midst of heartache is brought to life with a cast of Louisiana ladies in Truvey’s hair parlor as they bond through beauty shop gossip, laughter, loss and love. Tickets are $30-85 and are available at studiotenn.com.

Southern Whiskey Society

Winter Edition

Saturday, Feb. 29, Liberty Hall in

The Factory at Franklin

6-9 p.m.

Join 10 award-winning Southern chefs and 30 of the South’s leading distilleries for an evening of delicious dishes and drinks and live music from Reed Turchi’s Kudzu Quartet. Attendees will sample whiskey from over 30 regional distilleries and food from the region’s top chefs. The event, including a silent auction of single barrel selections, will benefit One Generation Away. This is a 21-and-over event, and general admission, VIP and Designated Driver tickets are available for purchase at SouthernWhiskeySociety.com.

Button Ball

Saturday, March 7, Liberty Ballroom at

The Factory at Franklin

6-10 p.m.

Davis House Child Advocacy Center’s annual fundraiser, Button Ball, formerly known as the Legacy Ball, will be emceed by NewsChannel5’s Rhori Johnston. Former MLB pitcher and author R.A. Dickey, the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner, will be the guest speaker. This event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization and starts with a wine reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dancing will follow the dinner, program and live auction as well as a unique “not-so-silent auction.” The black-tie-optional gala raises funds for the services and programs Davis House provides to children facing sexual or severe physical abuse. Ticket prices are $125 per person and may be purchased at www.davishousecac.org.

Taste of Williamson

Sunday, March 8, Cool Springs Galleria

7-9 p.m.

Taste of Williamson, presented by Nissan, is an annual favorite of the local and regional community, featuring the area’s best food and beverages. Cool Springs Galleria hosts this sampling event where ticket holders meet chefs, sip a favorite beverage, taste local restaurant and caterers’ offerings and enjoy musical entertainment as they stroll from station to station. Proceeds support programs that are creating opportunities for a better life for all in Williamson County via the United Way and its partner agencies. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door; children under age 5 are admitted without charge. For more information, visit tasteofwilliamson.com.

Changing Lives by Making Waves

Tuesday, March 10,

Enrichment Center at Academy Park

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Help Waves celebrate its anniversary at the annual Changing Lives by Making Waves fundraising breakfast. Waves staff and board members will share how much impact the community is making and can make in the lives of those benefiting from Waves' services. The organization serves hundreds of children and adults with disabilities in the community every year. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://wavesinc.com/annual-breakfast/.

Whiskey Warmer

Saturday, March 28,

Westhaven

6-9 p.m.

Westhaven is creating a whiskey wonderland as folks welcome in the warmer weather. Bring a jacket (this is an outdoor event) and sample whiskeys from around the world, chat with master distillers and cozy up over some great local food and live music. Tickets include 15 tastings and access to all areas of the event. Food will be available for purchase from the Two Thompson’s Catering and Cousin’s Maine Lobster. There will also be a cash bar with full size cocktails and beer available. Proceeds will go to the Westhaven Foundation which provides grants and scholarships and acts as a catalyst for raising much-needed funds for charities and organizations serving Franklin and the surrounding communities. This event is 21 and up. Tickets are $44, and for more information and to purchase, visit whiskeywarmer.com.

Hard Bargain Celebration Dinner

Tuesday, March 31,

Williamson County Enrichment Center

Doors open at 6 p.m.;

dinner served at 7 p.m.

Hard Bargain Association’s (HBA) annual Celebration Dinner will begin with appetizers and a silent auction with amazing items from local businesses, artists and restaurants. A delicious dinner by Catering & Events by Suzette will be followed by a brief program and video of families impacted by Hard Bargain Association. All proceeds will benefit HBA, whose mission is to impact lives and preserve the Hard Bargain neighborhood by rehabbing existing homes, building quality affordable housing and enriching the lives of their neighbors. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at hardbargain.org or at the door.

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