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  Historic Main Barn is Focus of August 18th Fundraiser at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm

Historic Main Barn is Focus of August 18th Fundraiser at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm


FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The seventh-annual Friends of Franklin Parks “Raise the Roofs” fundraiser is set for August 18th at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, and the focus is back where it began: on the historic Main Barn.

More than 35 key sponsors and 17 local restaurants have teamed up with the non-profit organization to produce the event, to be held Saturday, August 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mayor Ken and Linda Moore have joined Randy Jones & Associates/Nationwide Insurance as the presenting sponsors.

Friends of Franklin Parks Executive Director Torrey Barnhill says it’s an indication of the importance our community places on bringing the Main Barn at Harlinsdale into full operational service to the community.

“The restoration of the Main Barn provided the impetus for the inaugural Raise the Roofs event by Friends of Franklin Parks, when the roof was in danger of caving in. Since then, we’ve worked with the City and a host of partners to support that project while also collaborating on a multitude of other park initiatives for the community’s benefit,” Barnhill said. “We’re so close to having the barn fully open, and this event will be focused on getting that initiative completed.”

The evening will kick off with an interscholastic polo match and cocktail hour in the Arena, then transition to the main event that includes great food, drinks, and a silent auction in the lawn adjacent to the Main Barn.  The evening will then culminate with an “after party” and concert at the adjacent worker’s cottages on the Shady Grove stage.

Participating purveyors and restaurants include Catering and Events by Suzette, Chuy’s, Circa, Elliston Place Soda Shop, Franklin Chop House, Granite City Brewery, Jim ‘N Nick’s Community BBQ, Juice Bar Franklin, MafiaOza’s, Moonshine Gypsy’s Catering, Papa C’s Pies & Bakery, Padrino’s Pops, Popcorn Village, Publix, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Scout’s Pub, Taziki’s and Triple Crown Bakery. Lipman is providing beer, wine and cocktails for the event.

A limited number of tickets are still available online for $125 per person, and all proceeds benefit Friends of Franklin Parks and the organization’s efforts to continually enhance and connect the City’s incredible park system.

Platinum sponsors include 906 Studio Architects; Amy Cross Nance, Attorney at Law; Battle Ground Academy; Berry Farms; Boyle Investment Company; The Tyler Berry Group at B. Riley Wealth Management; Chartwell Hospitality; Civil Constructors; Cooper Steel; Franklin Synergy Bank; Jones Bros; Lee Company; the Parker McCoy Group at Morgan Stanley; Pfizer; the Retreat at Iron Horse; Stites & Harbison, PLLC; SunTrust Bank; and Tennessee Equine Hospital.

Gold sponsors include Barry & Jackie Alexander; First Tennessee; Ford Custom Classic Homes; Highwoods Properties; Hoar Construction; Lipman; Regent Homes; Thompson Burton PLLC; TTL; and Williamson Medical Center.

Supporting sponsors include Franklin Home Page; Outdoor Classic Structures; Southern Events; Your Williamson; and Williamson Herald.

 Thank you to our event sponsors, without whom this event wouldn't be possible. 

Thank you to our event sponsors, without whom this event wouldn't be possible. 

 Thank you to our participating restaurants for making this one tasty event!

Thank you to our participating restaurants for making this one tasty event!

Friends of Franklin Parks, Inc. exists to cultivate stewardship within our community to preserve our cultural and natural resources, enhance the park experience and expand its legacy for future generations.

Our Mission
Friends of Franklin Parks is a not-for-profit organization that formed to bridge the gap between the services and amenities offered by government funding and those that allow us to take full advantage of the incredible natural and historic resources of our community. 

Working closely with the City of Franklin and its Parks Department, the public-private partnership is dedicated to identifying needs that exist within the 16-park system, casting a vision for future enhancements and connecting the dots between existing public open spaces. 

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“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.”

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In April 2016, the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm was opened to the public, and now holds polo matches, equestrian events and other fun activities throughout the year. Friends of Franklin Parks raised the funds to construct the Arena, in conjunction with the City's Parks Department and a host of corporate and individual partners. As a result, the horses have come back to this historic farm at the northern gateway to Franklin. 

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  The Harpeth River  by Tom Thomson

The Harpeth River by Tom Thomson


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