Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Wanna Dress Up? Your Guide To Nashville-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Wanna Dress Up?

All Hallows Eve. It means different things to different people. Parking it in front of the TV for the millionth viewing of Hocus Pocus since October 1 (it really WILL cast a spell on you). You-tubing the classic episode of Boy Meets World (“we’ll always remember he was that tall”). Going to your local five and dime to pick up the best candy money has to offer, because you WILL be the most popular house on the block. Planning a way to hide from trick-or-treaters.

Whatever you’re doing, the Wannado team urges you to go all out and dress up this year. What other holiday allows you to transform into literally anything you want? We also know that you probably want to wear that Nashville pride on your sleeve this Halloween, so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Wannado guide to the best Nashville-inspired costumes to:

Strike While The Iron Is Hot:

A Character From Nashville


But let’s be real, Connie Britton will never stop being relevant.


Halloween is the unofficial test of being up-to-date on pop culture. However, Nashville keeps it classy. Instead of donning your best Miley-Cyrus-twerking-at-the-VMAs get-up (which, honestly, you could just pick up some nude colored latex to wrap yourself in from Lowe’s but DON’T let us give you any ideas on that), try paying homage to the show that’s putting us on the map. Bonus: they’re all ridiculously attractive, so you won’t have to ugly it up if your end game is to find some romance this October 31st. You probably have most of the elements in your closet, because you’re Nashville-fashionable on a daily basis, you handsome devils.


Ladies: Take a cue from both Rayna and Juliette – if you have some extensions, now is the time to give that Southern hair a little oomph. Check out our Pinterest board for Nashville-inspired beauty. You could even check out the place where Juliette got her corset made for the music video she filmed in Buddy Killen Traffic Circle – the corsets are for rent at Ani & Ari. If there is a time to wear a bedazzled corset, it’s Halloween.

Fellas: Don’t shave for a day, pick out a flannel, and put on your Imogene + Willies. Because you’re all Deacon, you studs (minus the alcoholism and self-loathing, we hope). Carry around a guitar for effect…we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to find one on short notice.

Be A Walking Inside Joke:

A Local Celebrity


No one gets us like the Bang This twins.


Yes, Nashville is notoriously friendly and welcoming. We’ve heard of someone at the airport who sneezed and a chorus of Nashvillian’s sang out “bless you” at the same time. We know how to be inclusive. BUT, there’s nothing wrong with a little “you-had-to-be-there” every once in awhile. If you’re a local, odds are you’ve heard of the Bang This Twins. These dudes go around downtown Nashville spreading super weird cheer, dancing and taking pictures with tourists and locals alike (and being each other’s ultimate wingman). Walk into a party as a local celebrity, and you’ll be able to identify your fellow Nashville lovers by the look of recognition on their faces.


To be the Bang This Twins, just go get some simple blue T-shirts, visors, and some fabric paint. Make sure you have some courage, too, because if people don’t get this costume right off the bat, things can be awkward for a minute (trust us).

Make Your Outfit A Game:

Hipster Band Member or A Guy From Duck Dynasty?


Keep em’ guessing, Jack.


This works best in a group. Gather your bros (or your ladies, if you gals don’t mind sporting some luscious fake beards). Have half of you dressed as members of some toe-tappin’, barefoot, beard-and-harmonica-clad rag tag indie group. Preferably the guys from Old Crow Medicine Show, Iron & Wine…you get the idea. Have the other half dress up as Louisiana’s favorite redneck entrepreneurs. You’d be surprised at the similarities. Do the big reveal at the end of the night and see if your fellow Halloween party-goers could tell the difference. Oh, you and your whimsical costume and social commentary about the similarities of seemingly different subcultures! Well done.


Anything from Bass Pro, Goodwill, or a trash can. Not too hard, y’all. As far as grooming, you should have stopped shaving 5 years ago.

Be Clever & Show Some Local Love:

Local Business Puns

bonBecause OMG you might get retweeted by your favorite coffee shop.


We’ve got local pride for days. We also have an aching desire to showcase our biting wit – such is the nature of mankind. Embrace it for the night and give your favorite local biz some love! What do we mean? Well, are you a fan of Bongo Java? Dress as a cup of coffee and borrow a bongo drum from your free-spirited, noisy neighbor. Presto! You’re a genius. Love the sandwiches from The Silly Goose? Paper mache a beak of some sort, tie a string around it, and tell jokes all night, you silly goose!


BONGO JAVA: Wear all brown (whatever shade represents how you take your cup of joe). Put on a white hat and get a red pipe cleaner coming out of the top like a straw. Hold a bongo drum. Play it until you get kicked out of the party.
FROTHY MONKEY: This one could get weird, but we think you should go for it. Dress up as a monkey and foam at the mouth with the help of some toothpaste and baking soda. Looks more like a rabid monkey, but locals will get the joke.
SILLY GOOSE: Find some sort of cone to spray paint gray and attach it to your nose. Wear all white. Tell jokes all night long, and behave in a silly manner. It’s that easy.
WILD COW: Personify the East Nash vegan restaurant by Sharpie-ing a cheap white shirt/pants with cow spots. Then get wild. We suggest Mardi Gras beads.
THIRD MAN: Find two dudes who are too lame to dress up. Follow them around & carry a tape recorder, recording all the spooky Halloween party sounds. THIRD MAN RECORDS. Ba-dum-ch!
MAD DONNA’S: Dress up as Donna Summer (any jumpsuit with sequins). Act really angry.
THE SMILING ELEPHANT: Wear head to toe gray, fashion some elephant ears/a trunk out of pipe cleaner/fabric, and smile all night long. THERE! You are pleasant AND you’re reppin’ everyone’s favorite Thai Restaurant.

Stick With A Classic:
A Country Legend

Because in the wise words of Dolly Parton, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” Bonus points if you dress up your baby like Willie Nelson.


Music City’s got the richest musical history in the south. Why not play it up? Halloween can let you transform into a Nashville great – if you do it right you might even get a double-take from some tourists and sign a few autographs!


You can go so many directions with this one! Whether you want to be Dolly, Reba, Faith, Merle, Willie, Hank…you can do it! We suggest dropping by Katy K’s for some down-south vintage glamour. Also, you’re going to want to walk through the new Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville – they have country star’s wardrobes from yesteryear on display, and it will give you a world of ideas to recreate in time for this Thursday!

Bring out the big guns, Nashville, and don’t be afraid to get a little festive. Tag us in your Halloween snapshots at @wannadolocal so we can see what you end up wearing! Because you’re better than “I’m a mouse…duh.” Grab the Wannado app to plan all your Halloween festivities and get local tips!

– Your local guide.

A Nashville Thanksgiving: Dine In Or Carry Out!

Ahh.. Thanksgiving. The time of year to gather all your loved ones around a table to celebrate life’s many blessings and indulge in a delicious, home cooked meal with a turkey as the centerpiece.



That’s right. Thanksgiving fails are more common than you think so we’ve come up with a foolproof way to have the perfect holiday meal without any stress or effort!
Yep, dine out or order in, folks! There’s no shame in that game! In fact, it’s genius.

So here are our top picks for the perfect Nashville Thanksgiving!



Dining Out for Thanksgiving in Nashville

1. Monell’s


For a very traditional, very delicious Thanksgiving meal, we highly recommend Monell’s, a Nashville Originals restaurant. You just can’t go wrong here. Turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, pie.. everything you’d expect at Thanksgiving with no prep or clean-up! Monell’s is open from 10am to 6pm on Thanksgiving Day so we would plan for a midday Thanksgiving meal.

Monell’s | 1236 6th Avenue South | Germantown


2. Merchant’s

A downtown Nashville staple for more than 30 years! Merchant’s is three floors of deliciousness. In addition to serving items off their regular menu, Merchant’s will offer a special Thanksgiving meal for $24 on the first floor and $55 on the second floor!

Merchant’s | 401 Broadway | Downtown


3. Sperry’s

For a super cozy Thanksgiving dinner, make reservations at the Belle Meade location. They’re offering traditional Turkey Day fare for only $32 which includes roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, salad bar and bread board. Mmm.

Sperry’s Restaurant | 5109 Harding Pike | Belle Meade


4. Adele’s

Adele’s is hosting a big Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 8pm! You can expect all the traditional food and the best part is.. it’s a buffet! Wear your stretchy pants and c’mon!

Adele’s | 1210 McGavock Street | The Gulch


5. Kitchen Notes

If you’re wanting to chow down a little earlier in the day, Kitchen Notes, inside the Omni Hotel, is hosting a Thanksgiving brunch! You’ll enjoy everything from turkey to king crab legs as well as sides like an acorn squash salad. $55 for adults and $30 for children.

Kitchen Notes | 250 Fifth Avenue South | Omni Hotel Downtown



Ordering Out for Thanksgiving in Nashville

1. Henley

It’s turkey time! Henley is offering a “Turkey Call” that will feed 4-6 people for $200. It includes all you need for a tasty Thanksgiving meal from the turkey to the pie. The coolest thing is Henley is donating a portion of every Turkey Call to benefit the non-profit, No Kid Hungry.

Henley | 2023 Broadway | Downtown


2. The Loveless Cafe

?If you’re looking for a good ole southern Thanksgiving dinner, we have three words for ya.. The Loveless Cafe. You will need to order early (by November 18th) to secure a Thanksgiving Meal Pack which feeds six people for $124.99. Of course, the pack will include all the classics.. turkey, gravy, bourbon cranberry relish, and three side dishes. Yes, please!

The Loveless Cafe | 8400 Highway 100 | Nashville


3. Porter Road Butcher

We have a feeling Nashville’s undisputed King of Meats, Porter Road Butcher, offers up a delish turkey. But that’s not all! They’re offering all kinds of meats from ham to lamb to roasts! Their meats are quality.. pasture-raised and hormone free! The catch here is you do the cooking, they provide the meat! You can either pick it up or Porter Road Butcher will deliver it to your door!

Porter Road Butcher | 501 Gallatin Avenue | Nashville

4. Puckett’s

Whether you want your turkey fried, smoked or roasted, Puckett’s has you covered! Their meal packs, which need to be ordered by November 23rd, include a variety of options from meats to sides to desserts. Too many options to name.. it’s making us hungry.

Puckett’s | 500 Church Street | Downtown


5. Edley’s Bar-B-Que

Okay, so, this just opened its’ doors in Nashville. Central BBQ.. aka.. BBQ heaven! They specialize in that slow, smoked Memphis-style BBQ that melts in your mouth. We recommend everything on the menu but a personal favorite? The nachos. Mmm.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que | Three Locations: 12th South, Sylvan Park and East Nashville


How to Identify a Fake IRS Letter

from Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee

A few months ago, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported complaints from people receiving fake letters supposedly from the IRS. In the past, it was made clear to potential victims of IRS scams that the agency will never call or email regarding debt due. Mail was always the primary form of communication. Scammers have obviously caught on and have started mailing fake correspondences. In some cases, real tax information has been included in these false letters. Which makes it harder for you to determine what is real and what is a scam. Keep in mind, some details, like a tax related lien, is public record. Don’t allow scammers to frighten you into revealing additional information or paying money.


Here are some ways to spot the differences between a fake and real IRS correspondence:

  • The IRS will NEVER threaten to arrest you by any form of communication.
  • An authentic IRS letter will include their toll-free 800 number. If a phone number is included, don’t call that one. Call IRS at 1-800-829-1040. When using any government website make sure the web address ends in .gov and starts with “https”.
  • An IRS envelope will include the seal and legitimate letters will include your partial tax ID number.
  • There will be information on how to make a payment and/or setup payment options. Payment will ALWAYS be made out to U.S. Treasury. Asking for banking information over the phone or for gift cards as payment are sure signs that it is a scam.

If you believe you are a victim of an IRS scam, report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) online at the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting site.

Sources: Business Insider, Forbes & IRS.gov

Parks & Rec: Fall Day Trips for Area Seniors (55+)

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department (WCPR) invites area seniors (55+) to participate in upcoming day trips to visit area attractions. All activities are open to the public.

Cheeks Bend Bluff Hiking Trip
Join us for a hike at Cheeks Bend Bluff on Wednesday, November 20. This trail is a two-mile trail that wanders along the bluff overlooking the Duck River. Participants must be able to walk independently on different types of terrain. Some places we go may have easy and more difficult trails for seniors to choose from or we will stay together as a group. This outing is weather dependent, and participants will be notified as early as possible if
weather related issues arise to cause cancellation. The cost of the outing is $3 for transportation. The group will depart the Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin at 9:00 a.m. and return at 1:00 p.m. Register for activity #15253 at www.wcparksandrec.com.

Diskin Cidery
Autumn is almost over but there is still plenty of cider left to try. Join us on a tour of local brewery, Diskin Cider, on Thursday, November 21. What started off as a fresh crisp apple has been turned into a variety of brews and cocktails at this Nashville craft cidery. After the tour, the group will stop at Smokin’ Thighs. Dinner is Dutch treat.

Cost of the outing is $15. The group will depart the Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin at 3:00 p.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. Register for activity #15459 at www.wcparksandrec.com.

For more information contact Rebecca Fulcher (Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill) at (615) 302-0971 ext. 2218, Rebecca.Fulcher@williamsoncounty-tn.gov or Carrie Cartwright (Williamson County Enrichment Center) at (615) 786-0186, ext. 2519 or Carrie.Cartwright@williamsoncounty-tn.gov. For information about the hiking trips,
contact Krystal Turner at (615) 786-0186 ext. 2048.

Coming Soon to Nashville!

If you drive anywhere in Nashville, you know our city is booming! While traffic is a negative, there are a lot of perks to a growing city and one of those is.. new restaurants e’rywhere! So we put together a list of 10 new spots to check out once they open!
Here goes..
10 Restaurants Coming Soon to Nashville!




1. Ladybird Taco


If you’re like us and eat tacos for dinner almost every night, we have good news! You can now eat ’em for breakfast and lunch too! Yes! A new fast-casual restaurant coming to 12 South, Ladybird Taco, will specialize in breakfast and lunch tacos inspired by the taco scene in Austin, Texas. Think house-made tortillas, queso and salsa from fresh ingredients. YESSS.

Ladybird Taco | 2229 10th Avenue South | 12 South


2. Greenery Co.

Have you wondered what will take the place of the old Provence location in Hillsboro Village? Wonder no more! A new healthy, fast-casual restaurant called Greenery Co. will offer folks lighter choices in the heart of Hillsboro Village. Not too many details have been released but we do know they’re expecting to open in the spring of 2020!

Greenery Co. | 1705 21st Avenue South | Hillsboro Village


3. welovEmilia

If you want to indulge in authentic Italian cuisine without traveling to Italy, welovEmilia is your place! They’re going to serve seasonal cuisine that’s inspired by the Emilia-Romanga region of Italy! You’ll find ’em in the heart of downtown Nashville on 4th Avenue North.

welovEmilia | 159 4th Avenue North | Downtown Nashville


4. Honest Coffee

Let’s be honest. The L&L Marketplace on Charlotte Avenue is going to be lit! So many cool new spots will be opening up in that location including Honest Coffee! If you haven’t been to their shop in the Factory at Franklin, we’ll warn you – you’re missing out! The coffee is, honestly, the richest, most flavorful cup of joe you’ll probably ever get your hands on. We’re thinking this will be our new favorite coffee shop hang.

Honest Coffee | 3820 Charlotte Avenue | Nashville


5. Penne Pazze

A new Italian restaurant will be opening soon in the new L&L Marketplace (where the Living with Landyn store is located) on Charlotte Avenue. Penne Pazze is all about fresh, authentic Italian food.. they’re even partnering with local farms to bring us the freshest ingredients! Needless to say, we can’t wait!

Penne Pazze | 3820 Charlotte Avenue | Nashville


6. Fat Kat Slim’s

Want to take a step back in time? The new restaurant/bar, Fat Kat Slim’s, will take you on a trip to the 1950’s! The nostalgic vibes will be strong plus the food and drinks are supposed to be killer!

Fat Kat Slim’s | 730 8th Avenue South | The Gulch


7. Five Daughters Bakery

Nashville favorite, Five Daughters Bakery, is opening a new location in the L&L Marketplace on Charlotte Avenue! Yes! They’re known for their fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth, masterpiece donuts. Want to see yourself? Just hop on their website and take a look at their Donut Cams! Then, (while we wait for the new location), head to one of their other existing locations in 12 South, East Nashville, or Franklin and treat yo’self.

Five Daughters Bakery | 3820 Charlotte Avenue | Nashville


8. Nicoletto’s Pasta Company

We’re starting to see some themes in this list.. new restaurants in Hillsboro Village, new restaurants in L&L Marketplace and new Italian restaurants! Both of which make us HAPPY! Nicoletto’s is a Nashville favorite. They have two other locations in the area and specialize in “bronze cut, fresh and dried pasta”. We love the Build Your Own Pasta Bowl concept as well as.. well, everything, on their menu.

Nicoletto’s Pasta Company | 2123 Belcourt Avenue | Hillsboro Village

9. Ruby Sunshine

NOLA-inspired breakfast cuisine in Nashville.. YES! Ruby Sunshine will be going into one of the spots along the main drag in Hillsboro Village. This will be your new favorite place to brunch! That’s right, they serve breakfast all day. We like the way they think.

Ruby Sunshine | 1800 21st Avenue South | Hillsboro Village


10. Central BBQ

Okay, so, this just opened its’ doors in Nashville. Central BBQ.. aka.. BBQ heaven! They specialize in that slow, smoked Memphis-style BBQ that melts in your mouth. We recommend everything on the menu but a personal favorite? The nachos. Mmm.

Central BBQ | 408 11th Avenue North | Capitol View


4 Ways to Experience Alaska

Is visiting Alaska on your travel bucket list? Glacier hiking, white water rafting, dogsledding, whale watching – Alaska brings out the adventurer in anyone. With its breathtaking views, wildlife and exciting excursions, an Alaskan vacation is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Hollie Birckhead, your local Dream Vacations Travel Specialist, can get you there. The best part? You don’t have to worry about any of the travel arrangements!

“By working with me, I make planning your vacation fun, simple and easy. I will listen to what you want out of your dream vacation and then I will do the research and present you with a wonderful option,” says Hollie.

“As a franchise owner, I have access to the expertise of Dream Vacations. They book more cruises than anyone else.” Right now, Hollie has four Alaskan vacation options that are perfect for anyone.

1. Inside Passage Cruise – Roundtrip cruises from Seattle, Wash. or Vancouver, B.C. provide a taste of Alaska with stops in towns such as Juneau, Skagway, or Ketchikan.The breathtaking scenery of Alaska is an unparalleled sight, one that can arguably be best captured by taking a cruise tour. A cruise tour will package the sailing experience with an amazing adventure on land. Whether you sail round trip to Glacier Bay through the inside passage or one way across the Gulf of Alaska towards the Hubbard Glacier and College Fjord, you are guaranteed to see the majesty of Alaska in all its glory.

Popular trips include:

2. Northbound or Southbound Cruise – For a more in–depth Alaskan experience, a one way itinerary may better suit you. You will need flights to accommodate your departure and arrival location, and most itineraries sail between Vancouver or Seattle and Anchorage. These cruises encompass what is covered on a round-trip sailing, with additional destinations such as Valdez, Hubbard Glacier, College Fjord, or other towns along the Gulf of Alaska. If you are determined to explore all that Alaska has to offer, you can pair this itinerary with an additional land tour in Anchorage.

Popular trips include:

3. Organized Land Tours – If not traveling by cruise ship, a land tour makes it easy to experience the great outdoors of Alaska. It often includes transportation on the famous Alaska Railroad and stops at national parks and other attractions not possible from a cruise. Land tours can be added to a cruise or completed on their own.

Popular trips include:

“Alaska is the perfect destination for anyone, it is the ideal multi-generational trip. Guests of all ages will enjoy all there is to see and experience in Alaska and getting away together for an amazing experience like this will deepen relationships with friends and family you vacation with,” says Hollie.

Now is the time to plan an Alaskan getaway because this is one of the hottest destinations.

“You can still find sailings available for May through August 2020, but would need to book right away, so you can get all that you dream of with your Alaskan vacation. It is not too early to plan a 2021 Alaskan vacation either. Booking early provides you with many options and the best cabin selection,” advises Hollie.

Book a 2020 or 2021 Alaskan Cruise by the end of November and receive $50 onboard credit per state room.

For More Information or to Book your Alaskan Adventure:

About Dream Vacations & Your Local Travel Planner Hollie Birckhead
Travel agents with the top-ranked home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations have the resources to plan and create seamless vacation experiences for their customers while offering the best value. A member of the International Franchise Association, Dream Vacations is part of World Travel Holdings and has received partner of the year, a top-ranking status by all the major cruise lines as well as national recognition for its support of military veterans.

Hollie Birckhead has been traveling all over the world since she was a kid. Hollie can plan a customized trip anywhere in the world for anyone. You name it and she can plan it – family trips, individual trips, destination weddings, honeymoons, reunions, company trips and everything in between – Hollie does all the research to make your dream vacation a reality. She is also a Certified Autism Travel Professional and Special Needs Certified and Accessible Travel Advocate, making travel fun and easy for all families. Learn more at dreamvacations.com/hbirckhead.


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Williamson County Public Library
Tue, Nov 19 6:00 pm
Ryman Auditorium
Wed, Nov 20 7:30 pm
Frist Center Cafe
Thu, Nov 21 6:00 pm
Ryman Auditorium
Thu, Nov 21 7:30 pm
The Factory at Franklin
Fri, Nov 22 7:00 pm