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Arts & Antiques Festival Shines Spotlight on Goodlettsville

Discover the small town charm of a city filled with hidden treasures. Goodlettsville is celebrating its Second Annual Arts & Antiques Festival this weekend, and will showcase antiques, art, and the best of local artisans, businesses, restaurants and caterers on Saturday, September 15, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

As a special bonus, the Little League baseball team that has brought Goodlettsville to international center stage, will officially open the festival. Led by the Pope John Paul II High School Marching Band, the Goodlettsville USA World Series Little League Champions will begin at Artists on Main at 9:45 a.m. and parade down Main Street, past all the tent vendors to City Hall.

Historic Main Street is a center for antique stores, specialty shops, and home to Artists on Main, an art studio that springboarded the dream for the Arts & Antiques Festival two years ago.

Director and artist David Gillihan has partnered Imagine Goodlettsville with the Goodlettsville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Goodlettsville to present the festival, showcasing over 100 local vendors and businesses.

Goodlettsville has that hometown atmosphere that is all too rare these days. A mere 16 miles north of Nashville, 20 minutes from Nashville International Airport and intersected by 1-65, the town’s historic roots go back to the late 1700s when longhunter Kaspar Mansker discovered a salt lick that drew abundant herds of buffalo and wild game. Indians and early pioneers often clashed in their struggle to make a living off the land, and Mansker’s Fort played a critical role in protecting the early settlers from the fierce and frequent Indian attacks.

The town grew up around the settlement with a strong sense of community that flourishes today. The early circuit riders gave way to permanent churches and businesses that clustered around Main Street and the railroad. Mansker’s Station was renamed Goodlettsville after the well respected Goodlett brothers, and incorporated in 1857. 

The Arts & Antiques Festival is an occasion for all the family! Artists on Main will feature a “100 for 100 Art Show and Sale,” where you can also watch artists painting masterpieces on canvas out on the lawn.

Bring your treasures for antique appraisals and browse for Goodlettsville’s finest arts and antiques.

Hunt for bargains from tent vendors scattered along Main Street and surrounding side streets, and sample a tantalizing array of food offered in the Goodlettsville Flavorfest by local restaurants and caterers. There will be plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy meeting up with old friends and making new ones. Live music will play throughout the day in the gazebo overlooking City Hall, with a new band performing every hour.

Is eating healthy your passion? The Farmers Market sells fresh organic produce every Saturday, and will have an abundance of delicious produce at the festival.

Children’s activities include face painting, bounce house and games. For the guys, there will be displays of antique cars and antique tractors. Arts, antiques, crafts, jewelry and a kaleidoscope of shopping bargains – this is a great opportunity to redecorate your home, buy those early Christmas gifts, or simply pamper yourself.

Free trolley rides up and down Main Street will take festival goers to the various event destinations, and give tired feet a rest!

The original Bank of Goodlettsville, built from locally quarried limestone in 1900, is now the home of the Goodlettsville Chamber of Commerce. Stop by during the festival for a tour and hear tales of the first bank robbery, while your kids enjoy activities in the courtyard.

The Arts & Antiques Festival will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Goodlettsville Help Center. Collection bins will be placed around the vicinity of City Hall, so bring along any donations for these worthy causes and share from your own bounty.

Let us know in the comments what you’re most looking forward to seeing!

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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    Claude Reese

    I’d sure like to be in Goodlettsville tomorrow. I know it will have a joyous, pleasent day!

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