By RACHAEL LONG
A free, community concert will be held Friday night at the Nolensville Historic School hosted by the Nolensville Historical Society (NHS).
June 28 will be the second NHS “Finally Friday” community concert in the summer series, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the old school gym. Arrive a bit earlier, and concert-goers will enjoy free line-dancing lessons from a volunteer instructor.
This is the first year the NHS has organized the concerts, and member Vicky Travis said the concerts were designed as a way to thank the community for their years of support.
It’s a thank you ten years in the making, as the Nolensville community is the reason the historic school is still standing.
The Nolensville Historic School was built in 1937, after the community raised money in the Depression era to fund the school which used to hold horse shows.
In 2009, Nolensville again rallied around the school — which at that time was functioning as a recreational center — when Travis said the county closed it due to its deteriorating condition. It was during the recession that Travis said community members gave donations to restore the building.
Travis — who co-authored the “Images of America: Nolensville” book published earlier this year — said the school was reopened in 2012 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“So it’s been open for a few years now, doing really well, it’s used as an events center,” Travis said. “And so Pete just wanted to do something…to give something back.”
Travis said the idea behind the concerts was one by NHS President Pete Mosley. He organized an events committee who got to work on the free concerts.
Mosley is also responsible for the musicians who have agreed to play the concerts, Travis said, noting that he had a connection with the band Ike Ladd and Friends who will perform Friday, June 28.
Fresh popcorn and water will be served to attendees, and donations will be collected for Meals on Wheels. Travis said the first concert, which took place on May 31, raised about $600 for the Nolensville Food Pantry.
Each event will feature an opportunity for donations with collections for the Nolensville Food Pantry at the July 26 concert and collections for Meals on Wheels at the concert on Aug. 30.
The Jack Wiesner Band will play at the gym on July 26 with ’70s and ’80s classics. The concert in August will feature local praise bands.
For more information, contact the Nolensville Historical Society through its website here.