By BROOKE WANSER
Festival-goers found many opportunities for fun throughout September’s Pilgrimage Festival located in Franklin, Tenn. At the ASCAP Shady Grove stage, there was plenty of fun to be had with corn hole or up-close access to meet local artists.
“It’s hot, but it’s awesome,” said Tammy Williams as she chowed down on a taco in one of several food courts. “The music is great, the people are great, food’s been good.”
Justin Timberlake’s William Rast fashions were on display in this area. Right next door was the vendor village where festival-goers could turn into shoppers. Much of the merchandise was from local companies from Nashville to Thompson’s Station.
Kristen Pellegrino, the brand representative for Project 615 in Nashville, was in a Pellegrino said the faith-based retail project involves teaching men to screen print shirts and ball caps. “They have a ranch where everyone will go there and pretty much dive into the word of God,” she said. “They all give their testimonies and work together every single day to better themselves.”
Items feature Nashville insignia, like the 615 area code, and “Spread Love: It’s the Nashville Way.”
Tonia Sellers is a Franklin-based artist who sells guitar themed pieces with a “folk art flair” under the label of Clever Clogs.
After being a stay-at-home mom for several years, Sellers said she “transitioned into a creative period of my life,” and began her retail art business in 2010.
She wrote songs and released a CD, then deciding to focus on her artwork. Sellers has been a vendor at each of the past two Pilgrimage festivals, as well as this year.
Sellers said the name of her business is a British expression and came from a friend: “You think you know it all, you’re Miss Clever Clogs,” she said. “I’ve always been creative all my life, it’s full-time work for part-time pay, but I love connecting with the people.”
Larissa Loden is a jewelry creator who designed her own line 15 years ago, after moving from upstate New York to Minneapolis.
She attended the University of Minnesota as an art education major as her line
Her five cousins live in Franklin and convinced her to bring her wares to sell during the first year. She has been coming since then, and her ties make it a favorite.
“The whole Nashville, Tennessee area is special,” Loden said.