Look Ahead to November

November Newsletter

Taste of Nashville

A night to celebrate Nashville’s premier culinary destinations will be on November 4th from 7pm-12am. This food festival will feature Nashville’s best restaurants, bars, desert-makers, distillers, brewers, and more. The Taste of Nashville is the longest running food festival in the area and benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, W.O Smith Music School, and more. Support Nashville’s youth by coming out to eat and drink. You can purchase tickets here.

 

Brunch & Bid

Gather for the 16th Annual Brunch and Bid for an afternoon of delicious food, silent and live auctions and special appearances from Tennessee’s School for the Blind’s choir and santa! 100% of the proceeds go to the Tennessee’s School for the Blind. Held on November 16th at the Courtyard Marriott in Mt. Juliet from 11:30am-1:30pm.

 

Nashville International Auto Show

Car enthusiast? The Nashville International Auto Show will be held at the Music City Center from November 18th-20th and will be featuring over 350 vehicles. The best part is, you can test drive over 50 different cars! There will be everything from domestic to exotic vehicles. Product specialists will be there to answer any questions with no sales pressure. This is fun for the whole family and kids get in free.

 

Acorn Festival

On November 19th, Oaklands Mansion will host a local and national Indie Rock and Folk music festival. For just $10, you can see Rye Baby, Mountains Like Wax, Boy Named Banjo, The Hardin Draw, and Frontier Ruckus. Tickets and more information can be found here.

 

Music City Yoga Festival

Come out to the Music City Yoga Festival on November 19th to celebrate yoga with like-minded people. Teachers from all over will be hosting yoga sessions to help improve your skill sets, body, and mind. In addition to plenty of yoga, there will be food trucks, live music, vendors, a silent auction and more. Find out more information here.

 

Other events include:

First Friday Art Scene Downtown Franklin on November 4th

2016 Turkey Run on November 5th

Wine Down Main Street on November 5th

Crafty Bastards on November 5th

A Country Christmas starts November 11th

Nolensville Veterans Day Parade on November 12th

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood starts November 25th

Made South Holiday Market on November 28th

 

 

Listing of the Week

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This listing of the week comes from Brentwood in an unbeatable location near a library, park, & YMCA, which makes it the perfect family home. Everything is new in this home like new paint and carpet, new kitchen with Wolf range and stainless steel appliances, Cambria Counters, and a new luxury master bath. The master bath is one of the best features of this home with a free standing tub, chandelier and 2 separate full-sized “his and her” closets. Outdoor space is no concern with a large lot with enough space for a pool and a considerable sized screened-in porch which is perfect for outdoor entertaining or relaxing evenings. The final touch is the spacious finished basement. Listed for $1,080,000 by Rachel Brooks from Parks in Green Hills. Find out more about this listing here.

5 Steps to Pumpkin Carving Success

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Fall weather has arrived in much of the country, and with it comes a desire to partake in autumn-inspired activities. Apple-picking, haunted hay rides and pumpkin carving are among some of the most popular things to do at this time of the year.
 
Whether you’re carving your pumpkin with or without kids this year, it can be a blast! Most people have experienced at least one jack-o-lantern “fail”, but if you follow some basic guidelines, you’ll be more likely to end up with a handsome looking result.
 
For pumpkin carving success, be sure to follow these 5 basic steps:
 
1. Select the right kind of pumpkin and tools for carving – The smaller the pumpkin, the more difficult it will be to work with, so choose one that’s large enough to carve but not too large for you to carry home. Look for nicely rounded pumpkins that aren’t misshapen. It’s a bonus if they still have their stems attached. For carving, you’ll need a serrated knife that is easy to handle. Remove the very top of the pumpkin so that you can scoop out the inside of the gourd, including all of the seeds and fiber along with some of the tougher pumpkin flesh. This will allow you to cut out the face of your pumpkin in step #3.
 
2. Draw your desired jack-o-lantern face with a dark-colored, waterproof marker. Be sure to draw the face on a side of the pumpkin that has few flaws, dents or discoloration so that the end result is as attractive as possible! Remember that a pumpkin can express many moods, not just fright, so a happy, goofy or confused jack-o-lantern can be fun, too.

 

3. Carefully cut out your pumpkin’s face using a sawing motion. Remember that you should always cut away from yourself to avoid any pumpkin carving injuries. Cut all the way through to the inside of the pumpkin around each edge of the facial features that you drew with marker. Then simply ‘pop’ each cut out piece out so that you’re left with a hole where you want light to shine through.
 
4. Place a small candle (*tea light) inside the finished carving. Replace the cut out portion of the top of the pumpkin’s ‘head’ so that he looks complete. Find a great place to display your jack-o-lantern – on your front porch is a great way to showcase your fall spirit and to help your neighbors get into the spirit, too. *Instead of using traditional tea light candles, consider the LED flameless variety that run on batteries. You’ll get the same effect without running the risk of a fire.
 
5. Roast your pumpkin seeds and enjoy! Perhaps one of the greatest things about carving a pumpkin is getting to munch on the seeds at the end of your project. Separate all of the seeds from the pulp they’re connected to inside the pumpkin. Place 1-2 Tbs coconut oil (or cooking oil of your preference) into a pan. Add pumpkin seeds, cooking them for several minutes on each side at medium heat. Add salt as desired.

Best Neighborhoods in Middle Tennessee to go Trick-or-Treating

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Trick-or-treating is all about family fun, halloween decorations, costumes and of course…..CANDY! Going door-to-door screaming “TRICK-OR-TREAT”, collecting candy, and showing off your best costume is a halloween tradition. And Nashville has landed in Zillow’s Top 20 Best Places to Trick-or-Treat. Middle Tennessee has some of the best streets to take your children to, complete with out of this world decorations, spooky haunted houses, spider webs, zombie graveyards and so much more. Here are some of the best neighborhoods to go trick-or-treating this halloween:

  • River Plantation in Bellevue
  • The Richland Neighborhood off West End
  • Fatherland Street in East Nashville
  • Belmont Boulevard in Nashville
  • Essex Street in Hillsboro/West End
  • Westhaven in Franklin
  • Hampton Avenue in Green Hills
  • Eastland Street in East Nashville
  • Willoughby Station in Mount Juliet
  • Hampton Hall in Hermitage
  • The Ballentrae subdivision in Hendersonville
  • Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville

Listing of the Week

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Breathtaking home nestled in the hills between Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Percy Warner Park. This home features a gorgeous kitchen, oversized reclaimed wood island, Thermador appliances, 2 show-stopping master suites, Lyric Smart Home technology, plus 888 square feet expansion space in basement. The front yard comes with landscape lighting and cedar flower boxes to complete the outside of this home. Listed at $1,190,000 by Kyle Mullicane from Parks in the Gulch. Find out more details about this home here.

13 Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

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Along with decorating your home for fall, there are some important home maintenance tasks that you should attend to this season to ensure that your home is in tip-top shape all year-round. Autumn is a great time to take care of the following:

  • Clean out your gutters – There’s a reason we’ve nicknamed autumn as “fall” – because of all of the leaves fluttering to the ground. Naturally, many of them will end up in your gutters, leaving them clogged and ineffective. Clean them out several times a year, but most importantly in, after most (or all) of the leaves have fallen closest to your home.

 

  • Examine exterior for peeling paint or mildew – If you need to repaint your home’s exterior, fall is the best time to make it happen because the heat of summer has passed, and the biting cold of winter has yet to arrive.

 

  • Check your roof for leaks – Because winter is just around the corner, you want to make sure your roof is in good shape now so that you don’t have to brave the freezing elements that will be coming soon.

 

  • Redirect airflow by changing ceiling fan directions

 

  • Weather-proof windows with caulking – Doing so not only keeps you more comfortable during the colder months, it also cuts down on your heating bill!

 

  • Remove window AC units

 

  • Store outdoor furniture – Failure to put your outdoor furniture away for the winter could lead to them being damaged by the cold weather.

 

  • Have your chimney and fireplace cleaned – Hire a professional fireplace/chimney inspection and cleaning company to ensure that your home isn’t at risk of a chimney fire.

 

  • Change out your heating filters – Ideally, your heating and AC filters should be changed on a monthly basis, especially if you live in a particularly dusty area or have pets in your home. Realistically, you should change them seasonally and more often if they seem exceptionally dirty when you do switch them out.

 

  • Protect perennials – Although you may think that your perennial plants have died right along with any annuals you planted, most perennials have quite hardy root systems that can stay alive right through the cold winter months. In order to give them the best chance at coming back up in the spring, cover your perennials with a layer of mulch after the first freeze of the season.

 

  • Repair and seal any cracks in your driveway – Do the same for any concrete walking paths or sidewalks on your property, including steps and porches. It’s best to repair and seal asphalt driveways and concrete after the heat of summer has passed.

 

  • Check your humidifier – Given how dry winter air can be due to turning on your heating system, running a humidifier through the coldest months will help you avoid severely dry skin and will make breathing easier. In fall, give your humidifier a thorough inspection to make sure it is running efficiently, and give the pads and plates a good cleaning.

 

  • Have your heating system inspected – You should make and keep a regular appointment with your HVAC company every fall and spring. They’ll check all of your heating system’s parts, like the motor and blower as well as your thermostat and heating ducts. By keeping your heating system regularly maintained, you’ll avoid system failure in critically cold weather.

Best Pumpkin Patches in Middle Tennessee

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Nothing screams fall quite visiting a local pumpkin patch. Getting to be outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, selecting the best pumpkins to take home, running around a corn maze, and experiencing a hayride are all available in Middle Tennessee. Here are some of the best places to relish in all things fall:

 

 

Williamson County

Rutherford County

Sumner County

Wilson County

Davidson County

Listing of the Week

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Exquisite custom built home in Hidden Point located in Hendersonville, TN. Enjoy the gourmet kitchen that comes complete with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Love to entertain? This home has a wine cellar and a screened in porch that has a new timber tech deck and two built-in grills, so bring family and friends! Listed for $589,999 by Irene Leonard from Parks in Sumner County. Find out more here.

How to Decorate the Exterior of your Home for Fall

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Seasonal decorating is fun regardless of the time of year, but fall is an especially popular time of year to add cozy touches to both the interior and exterior of a home. Because of its simplicity and affordability, outside decorating in autumn is something everyone can participate in.
 
Fall brings about comforting feelings of nostalgia for many people, along with cooler temperatures that turn our minds toward spiced coffees and warm muffins in the oven. The scents of fall beget memories of our childhoods that most of us look back on fondly.
 
Here are a number of ideas to spruce up your home’s exterior as you find yourself getting into the autumnal spirit:

 

Make it colorful

While the colors of fall are typically darker and deeper than those associated with spring and summer, you can (and should) use a wide variety of deep reds, purples, golds, oranges, browns, greens and more. The more colorful your outdoor fall décor – the better.

 

Keep it natural

So much of fall is all about celebrating nature! Along with pumpkins, adding other colorful gourds, corn stalks, hay bales, and fall flowers to a porch or entryway will give it an immediate fall feeling.

 

Go for the gold

Whether you prefer gold, silver or a more coppery rust color – metallic are “in” like never before. If you want to elevate your fall décor to glam status, use metallic spray paint on pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes.

 

“Urn” your neighbors’ respect

Nothing says fall more than a stately urn filled with autumn flowers. Keep things symmetrical by placing one urn on each side of your home’s main exterior doorway. Consider filling the urns with richly colored mums and surrounding their bases with some other fall plants and/or gourds.

 

White wash out

Even though autumn is famous for its rich colors, a sophisticated décor twist is to go with an all-white and neutrals palette on your porch. White mums surrounded by white gourds and white pumpkins look beautiful when paired with the natural tones of a few corns husks tied to the railing and an earthy-toned wreath hanging from the door.

 

Stylish Halloween

Even if you don’t have (young) kids in the house, getting into the spirit of Halloween can be fun and festive for virtually anyone! To avoid looking kitschy or tacky, stay away from bright colors and artificial decorations. Think: chalkboard drawings, jack-o-lanterns, wrought iron candle lanterns, chicken crates, and a re-purposed burlap sack painted with stencils to spell a seasonal message. Halloween can merge with fall for a classic yet slightly spooky feel.

 

Country scene

Imagine a picture straight out of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Recreate a classic country porch this fall using vintage items that may already be stashed in your shed, like an old wooden ladder (the dirtier, the better), an apple basket, gardening boots, a rustic bench or chair, and some faded throw pillows. Add natural wreaths, a few plaid blankets hung on the rungs of the ladder and a small woodpile to finish off the look.

Fall Festivals in Middle Tennessee

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The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting cooler, and Middle Tennessee is beginning to welcome fall. With fall comes pumpkin patches, hayrides, and festivals to enjoy with friends and family, and fortunately there are countless events to celebrate Autumn.

 

Cheekwood Harvest

Cheekwood has planned a month of family-friendly activities to showcase all that fall has to offer. From now until October 30th, enjoy scarecrows, a house made of all pumpkins (must see!), pumpkin patch, fairytale cottage, trains, and treehouse’s. This year, Cheekwood added something for the adults, the Cheekwood Beer Garden! Sip on craft beers on tap and delicious pub fare on a delightful autumn afternoon. Find out more information here.

 

Pumpkin Patch Festival (Hendersonville)

Located in Hendersonville at the Streets of Indian Lake, the Pumpkin Patch Festival will be in full-swing on October 8th from 10am-2pm. This is the perfect festival for a kid’s day out. Kids can experience a free pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, a magic show, face painting, carnival games, live music and a costume contest! Check here for times and additional information.

 

Boo at the Zoo

Animals love to celebrate fall too! The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere will host Boo at the Zoo presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial and invites all “little ghosts and goblins” to dress up in their favorite costume and have some frightful fun. Tickets include trick-or-treating, hayrides, and carousel rides. Enjoy the fall festival field, story tail treat trail, enchanted village and the frightful farm. Happening 10 nights in October from 5-9pm. Find out the dates and more information here.

 

Pumpkinfest 2016

Come out to Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival, Pumpkinfest 2016! For it’s 33rd year, more than 65,000 people gather along Downtown Franklin’s main street to experience festive fall fun. Pumpkinfest covers everything you would expect to find at a fall festival, like costume contests, live entertainment, food and beer street vendors, pumpkin carving, photo ops, and even a circus show. You can even guess the weight of the “great pumpkin” located on the public square for a chance to win an awesome prize. Experience one of downtown Franklin’s most popular events on October 29th from 10am-6pm.

 

Twilight Trail (Murfreesboro)

The happiest hayride in Rutherford County! For $4, the family can participate in a backcountry hayride to put everyone in the fall spirit. The kids will have fun listening to story time, playing with live animals, playing games and watching a puppet show. October 21st and 22nd at Barfield Crescent Park from 5-7pm.