If one thing's for sure about our historic district, it's always changing. It's not the first time things have shifted there, and I'll bet it won't be the last. As that's happening, the merchants are getting ready for the annual Buttercup Festival on Saturday.
Four stores are about to close and/or sell. Curly Willow owners are selling the business and the building. Art of Adornment is moving merchandise to a booth inside the Nolensville Feedmill. Leonard's Antiques and Uniques and Marishell's Gifts are closing, but will be open for business through festival day. And, yes, that means sales.
Becky Leonard has seen quite a drop-off in business. "The recession and gas prices have hit hard since fall," she says. "People aren't letting go of their disposable income on collectibles."
"God's in charge," Leonard says, who also plans to move items to a booth inside the feedmill. "He always changes a path for some reason."
Marishell's owners decided to retire and have been selling off inventory. Oh, my Webkinz supplier! Leaving!
Carol Hackett of Anna's Children's Clothing recently took over the business from her daughter and plans to try some new things in the coming year. She's going to miss her neighbors at Marishell's tremendously but still sees so much in the district's future.
"There's lots of potential here," she says. "I'd bet two to four months after sewer gets in there will be a turnaround." There's a group of people working to get sewer, as all of the buildings have septic tanks, but it's not a done deal yet. By the way, Hackett is working on getting Webkinz to sell at her store.
The Buttercup Festival will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the district. The stores will have door prizes and light refreshments. Food vendors outside will include the famous Steve Dornan barbecue, kettle corn and baked goods. Booths include crafts, toys and wellness products. It's a rain-or-shine event. Music by Jessica Miller's band will start at the Nolensville Feedmill at noon.
Be sure to look for a booth by Boy Scout Ben Leach of Troop 298. Leach, a 10th-grader at Ravenwood, is working on his Eagle project, which will be an educational setup about reducing, reusing and recycling.
Another must-see will be a booth by Nolensville Historical Society on The Homeplace Bed & Breakfast's front porch. Members, some of whom have lived in Nolensville their entire lives, plan to tell some stories about the old days at school, talk about the buildings, sports and farm life. They'll have lots of old photos to share, an antiques show-and-tell and town historical journals for sale.
Parent's Day Out: Stonebrook Baptist Church's Parent's Day Out program is accepting summer camp and fall registrations for children 18 months to 4 years old. Director Natalie Erskine is looking for a couple of teachers to work part time. Call Erskine at 870-4770 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friendly Neighbors: Friendly Neighbors group plans to visit Graceworks Ministries and the Williamson County Archives for its May 1 meeting. Lunch at Monells will follow. New members are always welcome. Meet at Nolensville Recreation Center at 9:45 a.m. to leave by 9:55 a.m. sharp.
Breakfast money: The Nolensville Lions Club raised $2,400 at its recent pancake breakfast. Funds will be divided among the PTOs at Nolensville Elementary, Sunset Elementary and Sunset Middle schools. Lions members say it was by far the largest crowd they have served. I chatted with David Rowland at the breakfast who said supplies had to be replenished with at least three different grocery runs that morning. The Lions are very grateful for the tremendous community support.