Those who enjoy glitz and glamour will be particularly taken with this year’s Three Blind Vines fundraiser at The Factory in Franklin on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014: the Next Generation Heritage Foundation has promised that the “Classic Hollywood” theme will offer a movie premiere-like ambiance with wine tastings, food pairings, live entertainment –and an extensive list of swanky silent auction items.
Next Gen President Sean Carroll says that topping the string of sought-after pieces and packages will be one that goes along with the preservation organization’s mission: HISTORY’s American Pickers stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have hand-selected a vintage corbel made of plaster and hay that dates back a century.
Other notable takeaways from the 80-plus items on display include a private backstage tour, meal and movie screening at the Franklin Theatre; a weekend getaway to Knoxville with two nights in the historic Oliver Hotel in Market Square; a custom wine bar, created by local design firm Austin Bryant Moore; a paranormal investigation of the Old, Old Jail in downtown Franklin that includes a 20-person tour lead by Syfy’s Killer Contact host Austin Cook; a soaring hot air balloon ride over Tennessee’s rolling hills, capped off by a romantic dinner at Sopapillas and hand-picked chocolates from Schakolad; and more.
The event, presented by GRAY’S on Main, benefits the Franklin Theatre. Carroll says that if all goes accordingly this year’s fundraiser will pay off the non-profit’s financial commitment for the Franklin Theatre’s famous marquee, donated by Next Gen during the historic venue’s grand re-opening in 2011.
To see a complete list of the 2014 silent auction items and descriptions, go here.
A $35 ticket may be purchased in advance on the Three Blind Vines’ website for $35, or at the door for $45. To learn more about the event, go to www.threeblindvines.com.
The Next Generation Heritage Foundation consists of members aged 21-40, and is part of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. To learn more about the organization, visit www.historicfranklin.com.