The fifth annual Music On Main, Dinner Under The Trees at Braxton Lee Homestead and 160 years of incorporation for Ashland City were among the events discussed at the Ashland City Events Committee meeting held last week.

Committee Chair Melissa Womack of the Senior Center at Ashland City and Co-Chair Lisa Walker of Cheatham County Historical and Genealogical Association led the meeting that was attended by former Ashland City mayor Rick Johnson, Adrian Johnson, Gina Binkley, James Riley, Mary Weber, Ashland City council member Awilda Binkley, Pleasant View Mayor Perry Keenan and Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce president Misty Keenan.

Womack and Walker provided an overview of the 160 years of incorporation for Ashland City celebration that is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15 from 1-4 p.m.

“There will be music, food trucks, as well as free cupcakes,” Womack said. “There will be horse and carriage rides provided by American Melody Carriages, activities for the children, and a fire truck will be set up providing a sprinkler system if it gets too hot so people can cool down.”

Womack said that CCHGA has partnered with the events committee to provide a history of Ashland City that will be shared by the mayor and former mayors of the town.

“Ashland City was established in 1856 as Ashland and incorporated as Ashland City in 1859,” Walker said. “That year the mayor and aldermen did not do their job, and the town was reincorporated in 1904, But it was overlooked, so we celebrate the 1859 date.” 

One of the highlights of the 160-year celebration will be a living history presentation performed by actors representing a “living cemetery tour” at the Forest Hills Cemetery.

“The public cemetery was deeded by Braxton Lee in 1834,” Walker said. “There are over 1,500 buried there, including doctors, lawyers, legislators, mayors, doctors, lawyer, and inventors. Actors portraying prominent residents that are buried there will go from station to station, offering a history of the people and Ashland City. Tickets will be $10 and the money goes to the Cheatham County museum.” 

Womack said that parking for the Ashland City celebration will be at Riverbluff Park with shuttles provided to and from the cemetery tour from 2-4 p.m.

Womack said that this year’s fifth annual Music On Main event that is set for Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“There will be live music from the stage on the courthouse lawn, food trucks, artisans, vendors, and the event is family-friendly, so bring lawn chairs,” Womack said, adding admission and parking are free.

Womack said that James Riley will be serving as emcee for Music on Main for his third year in a row, and she also provided an overview of the five acts headlining the event this year.

Trish Kaberle and the Wayward Junction features classic country along with touches of Southern rock.  Boomerang is a seven-piece band that pays tribute to music from the 1960s. Big Shoes is a progressive blues band based in Nashville, influenced by B.B. King and Ray Charles. Kentucky tenor Clayton Quisenberry has been featured ABC’s “Nashville”. World Turning Band is a tribute band for the iconic rock group Fleetwood Mac.

Mary Weber led a discussion of the “Dinner Under the Trees” event that is set for the Braxton Homestead on Sept. 14.

In addition to a fundraiser dinner for the Braxton Lee Homestead Foundation, Weber also plans croquet on the lawn.

“It used to be a tradition in Ashland City, with croquet played on the courthouse lawn,” Weber said. “We will have mocktails and cocktails, with house tours to be confirmed. There will be a silent auction with items from local artists, as well as some sports memorabilia. The dinner will be farm to table with roasted chicken, beef brisket, and seasonal vegetables. The Homestead Boys will provide instrumental old-timey music to set the mood for nostalgia and fun.”

The event will run from 4-8 p.m. She said that tickets are available online through Braxtonleehomestead.org

The committee has plans to collect audio of what people like about Ashland City to be kept in the county’s archives.

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