Leiper's Fork Country: Blog https://www.leipersforkcountry.com/blog en-us Lavana Deal lavana@leipersforkcountry.com (Leiper's Fork Country) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:02:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:02:00 GMT https://www.leipersforkcountry.com/img/s/v-12/u89031798-o827705653-50.jpg Leiper's Fork Country: Blog https://www.leipersforkcountry.com/blog 120 80 2016 Leiper's Fork Christmas Parade Day Activities https://www.leipersforkcountry.com/blog/2016/12/2016-leipers-fork-christmas-parade-day-activities  by Lavana Deal

The 12th annual Leiper's Fork Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The Leiper's Fork merchants and community members get pretty excited this time of year because the "almost world famous" Leiper's Fork quirky & wacky Christmas Parade Day is filled with so much FUN and community spirit!   Leiper's Fork Christmas ParadeLeiper's Fork Christmas Parade Parade Day is a special day in this little village and we call the parade.....a parade with a purpose! The purpose is to benefit animals in Williamson County and most of the participants will have an animal of one kind or another, included in their parade entry.

Laura Musgrave is our fearless parade coordinator and she has been coordinating our wacky parade for 12 years. Every year this has been a labor of love for Laura. She does not get paid anything for all the work she puts into it, it's all volunteer work! So if you see her, please give her a hug and a word of thanks and ask her if there is any way you can help her.

Parade participants are asked to be in the field and in the line up by no later than 1pm. The parade begins at 2pm and all roads leading into the village will be closed, so get here early so you are not stuck in traffic on the road.

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Below you will find a list of activities happening on parade day, which is Saturday December 10, 2016. (if you know of an activity happening in the Leiper's Fork area that day and I don't have it listed please shoot me an email and I'll check it out: Lavana@LeipersForkCountry.com)  2015 Leiper's Fork Christmas Parade2015 Grand Marshal: Naomi Judd

 

Before the Parade:

All the shops in the village will be open for shopping, so if you have Christmas gifts to purchase, come early and finish up your shopping before the parade begins!

10am:

Leiper's Corner is having a pre-parade party: 

* Music by The Bedrock & Kira Hooks

* Food & Drinks by Fruit Tea Chicks

* Pap Boudreaux's Cajun Pop-Up Cafe  

 

 

 

The Country Boy Restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch but will close for the parade. They will open back up after the parade and carry on as usual.

Puckett's Grocery of Leiper's Fork will be open as usual with breakfast and lunch. At noon Mike Wootan & Montana Swing will perform until 2pm when the parade begins.

11am:

Santa will be in the Lawn Chair Theater from 11am-1:30pm listening to everyone's Christmas wishes!

After that he has to hurry to his sleigh in order to participate in the parade!

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The Williamson County Animal Center WCAC LogoWCAC Logo will have a booth at the arbor, between Puckett's and the Leiper's Creek Art Gallery. You will be able to meet and greet with adoptable pets there from 11am - 4pm. If you are unable to attend the parade, but wish to donate, click the link below to visit their online wish list where you can purchase items directly! Amazon Wish List Here  WCACWCAC

Before & During the Parade Sugar.A Bakery will have delicious food and drink inside and outside their building:

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* Hot Dog box lunches

* Coffee

* Hot Apple Cider

* Hot Sandwiches

* Cold Sandwiches

* Soup, if they have room on the stove

* Espresso Drinks

 

After the parade:

 

Leiper's Fork United Methodist ChurchLeiper's Fork United Methodist Church The United Methodist Church in Leiper's Fork will have free hot chocolate, cider and cookies after the parade. Please stop by and warm by our roaring fires in our pavilion.

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West & Company:

Come by after the parade in Historic Leipers Fork and enjoy Loco Vibrato Music playing on the back porch, and look for a special visit by Santa at 3:30! loco Vibratoloco Vibrato

 

Puckett's Grocery Of Leiper's Fork:

Mackenzie & Casey Wasner will be playing starting at 8pm Puckett's in Leiper's ForkPuckett's in Leiper's Fork

 

The Country Boy Restaurant:

We will close at 1pm as our owners and employees have an entry in the parade and re-open at 4pm until 8pm. Our parking lot will be roped off with seating available for elderly, expectant mothers and handicapped guests. We will have a tent set up where you can purchase coffee, hot chocolate and goodies. Don't miss the best parade in Tennessee! Be sure to give us a shout out when you see our float! The Country Boy on Cloud 9!! See ya there!!

Come join us in the basement from 8pm-11pm for an ugly sweater fundraiser party presented by Friends of the Fork, Inc! $10 per person at the door, music, appetizers, beer & wine and the winner of the ugly sweater contest receives a prize!

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Leiper's Fork Christmas Parade is on Facebook! Like us there and if you have parade photos you post on Facebook or Instagram, please use the hashtag #LFChristmasParade so we can see all of them!

Please leave your comments below, we would love to hear your parade experiences!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spirits of Leiper's Fork (Distillery) https://www.leipersforkcountry.com/blog/2016/11/spirits-of-leipers-fork-distillery Photos & Written by: Lavana Deal

After spending several hours with Lee Kennedy talking about the brand new Leiper's Fork Distillery, I carried away a wealth of knowledge about the science and history of Tennessee whiskey! Lee & Scout at Leiper's Fork DistilleryLee & Scout

Leiper's Fork DistilleryLeiper's Fork DistilleryTennessee Whiskey Lee has had a fascination with the science behind the whiskey distilling process since he was a young boy. Before the internet was born, he read any type of information about how to distill whiskey he could get his hands on. He found and devoured a book with several volumes called the Foxfire Books, written in the 1920s by an Appalachian State professor. Within one of these volumes contained information describing in detail how the Indians performed tasks in their daily lives and one of the tasks in this book was how to distill whiskey.

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Lee took this information and created his first still when he was 16 years old. His passion for the history of how whiskey is made has only increased over the years and his love of the science and chemistry involved in creating a bottle of spirits Lee rolling full barrel of whiskeyLee rolling full barrel of whiskey is obvious by the new facility he opened to the public on October 1st 2016!

 

When asked what's the most important role the Leiper's Fork Distillery can play in the community, Lee answered, "educating people about the rich history Leiper's Fork DistilleryLeiper's Fork DistilleryFront porch rocking chairs of distillers across the world and to be a place where people can check in to find out about the history of the Leiper's Fork community". Leiper's Fork DistilleryLeiper's Fork Distillery

 

The gift shop & the tasting cabin are combined in the first building you see when you drive up to the facility. This cabin was carefully dismantled at the original site, then reassembled piece by piece in its current location, so that it would be preserved for its rich history. When you walk in the front door, you are greeted with a feeling of.........WOW!!......because it stands on this property with all the original character of an 1800s log cabin!

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The spacious front porch is full of character as well. The atmosphere you notice when you walk onto this porch gives you the feeling it is time to relax. After taking a minute (or five) to take in the view, you begin to look around the porch and you find interesting items to look at and talk about while you sit a spell. A well placed checkerboard on a unique table with unique matching benches is just beggin' someone to sit and jump into a game!

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Inside, you will find a room with a bar custom made from other log cabins and burnt pieces of wood. This room is the tasting room and includes cocktail style tables with bar stools as seats adjacent to the bar itself.  Here is where you can get a taste of the TN whiskey they make at the distillery now. Leiper's Fork DistilleryLeiper's Fork DistilleryTasting bar Leiper's Fork DistilleryLeiper's Fork DistilleryTasting room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kennedy family created a nook just inside the front door, called the "picker's corner"! They hung guitars on the wall and placed a whiskey barrel and two stools there for the purposes of encouraging people, who play music, to grab an instrument and do some pickin' and grinnin'!

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Finding gifts for the adults in your life for holidays and special occasions is easier than ever! Take a look at a few items for sale in the gift shop! From silver flasks to a unique shot glass with the Leiper's Fork Distillery logo, the merchandise is classy and readily available for purchase.

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When you tour the Leiper's Fork Distillery, be sure to look in all directions.......... including UP!! A massive moose antler chandelier hangs quietly above all the action taking place in the cabin. 

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Moving from the cabin into the building sitting behind the cabin, the atmosphere changes drastically, because this is where the magic happens! When you open those giant doors, you are instantly greeted with a HUGE copper still that looks like it was made for cooking! This thing is definitely an overwhelming presence in this building and it is polished and always ready to be admired. Leiper's Fork DistilleryLeiper's Fork DistilleryThe still and the thumper Leiper's Fork DistilleryLeiper's Fork DistilleryThe Still

Catlin is pictured here watching the gauges on the still to make sure they stayed where they needed to be in the brewing process. I stood and watched him for at least 30 minutes and he stayed right there intently keeping an eye on them and making adjustments to the still as needed. Catlin & Lee were very patient and answered all my questions (I had a LOT of questions) with great passion and full explanations. I suspect they have given these same explanations a thousand times before, but their answers sounded like I was the first person to ever ask those questions.

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As you look around the open building, you will spot various unique elements such as an exotic looking bobcat resting on one of the beams overlooking the copper still and the daily brewing activities. The huge flag in the background is a "made in America" symbol as well as a way of letting visitors know that the Kennedy family & distillery employees are proud to be Americans and that they support our troops!

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Barrels and barrels of whiskey are beginning to accumulate in the warehouse as the daily brewing of bourbon brings the first barrel one day closer to completion. Just imagine...... bourbon created right here in Leiper's Fork Country! 

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Scout worked his way around the copper still and was sneaking up the steps in hopes of snatching a piece of pizza! He is just adorable!

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The Distillery offers tours of the facility daily that includes learning about the distilling process from start to finish. The tours begin at 9am and end at 4pm

Be sure to visit their website to find out all the important information & click Here to view more Leiper's Fork Distillery photos in our photo gallery.

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The Pot calling the Kettle....... WHAT? https://www.leipersforkcountry.com/blog/2016/9/the-pot-calling-the-kettle Pot N' Kettle Cottages

Owned and Operated by Eric and Samantha Coghlan

Leiper's Fork is now home to Eric and Samantha Coghlan, but they haven't lived here all their lives like some of the other locals. Eric and Sam are transplants from Mississippi and Idaho, and when they moved to Leiper's Fork they found their home. They fell in love with the charm of the neighborhood during a visit some years ago and just knew that this is where they wanted to raise their family and live their lives. Since moving here and settling in, they have created important relationships with neighbors, business owners and community members and are expecting those relationships to last a lifetime.

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Eric & Sam love this community and giving back to it is high on their priority list. They look for ways to do just that by using the resources at hand. The resources they have been using the last couple of years include 3 cottages on Joseph Street that are used as overnight accommodations in the village.

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These cottages are in the heart of Leiper's Fork Country and, as Sam says, "just a leap from the Fork"!

Because they are in the heart of the community, Sam and Eric take great care to make sure the guests are well taken care of and the neighbors are happy with the tenants that visit.

Eric and Samantha have been loyal to the community and very generous to the various events that take place annually. They generously sponsor events such as the GRAND OL' CHILI COOKOFF and Fork Fest each year with the knowledge that these events help keep the community healthy, happy and prosperous.

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When asked if they thought their sponsorship money to the GRAND OL' CHILI COOKOFF was well spent, this was their answer: "We absolutely feel like it is money well spent, it is giving back to the community that we call home. Having a business here is one thing but Leiper's Fork is our home first, if events like the GOCC do not take place our town would fade away, so to support this event is to support everyone and everything in our community."

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IF you would like to find out more information about Pot N' Kettle Cottages, just leap on over to their website and spend some time gazing at the beautiful photos of the well designed interior of each cottage. You will find lots of information there, but if you still have questions, feel free to call or email Sam.

 

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Website: www.potnkettlecottages.com

Phone: 615-864-3392

Email: Sam@PotNKettleCottages.com

 

 

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