Next Gen’s Three Blind Vines (Feb. 21) Boasts 88 Silent Auction Items

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

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