01 Jul Southern Land Company Porchfests Bring Communities Together
Each year, Southern Land Company’s single-family neighborhoods host a variety of events and special programs designed to enhance the quality of life for residents and others living in surrounding communities. Perhaps the most popular of Southern Land’s programs is Porchfest, which transforms front porches of resident homes into performance stages for an evening of entertainment for people of all ages.
“There is nothing else like Porchfest in Nashville,” said Mary Lee Bennett, marketing manager at Southern Land Company’s Westhaven community in Franklin. “We’re proud that even in a place known as Music City, we offer people a truly unique entertainment experience.” She adds that a high level of community engagement is part of the fabric of Southern Land Company’s culture.
More than 100 musicians performed on porches and stages at Westhaven’s Porchfest event on June 18. Sixwire, a country rock group known for being the backing band for character ‘Rayna Jaymes’ on ABC’s hit drama ‘Nashville,’ headlined the evening concert.
The successful event attracted thousands of people to hear artists, shop with 60 local vendors at the Makers Market and enjoy some of Nashville’s favorite food trucks. All of the residents and musicians that worked and performed at Westhaven’s Porchfest were volunteers, happy to participate in the unique music and art event.
The atmosphere was vibrant and inviting, and the energy was almost tangible throughout the neighborhood as local artists performed for loyal fans. Neighbors and members of the Franklin and Nashville communities mingled, exploring Westhaven’s walkable streets. Many people stood in line to meet and take pictures with James Taylor from ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette,’ and children danced all evening as different bands performed on the main stage.
Westhaven wasn’t the only community to host a Porchfest this year. Tucker Hill, a Southern Land community in McKinney, TX, held its first Porchfest event on May 7. More than 700 people from within the community and the greater Dallas area attended and explored Tucker Hill. Infinite Journey, a popular Journey tribute band, headlined the event and performed the closing concert.
“We are excited to grow our Porchfest, which was a huge hit in its inaugural year,” said Vicki Northcutt, marketing manager at Tucker Hill. “We are one of the most beautifully landscaped, walkable neighborhoods in the Dallas area. People were thrilled to spend time in such a fun, family-friendly space.”
Tucker Hill’s Porchfest also featured a vintage home décor market, a complementary wine tasting hosted by McKinney’s Mitas Hill Vineyard and an HOA bake sale. The first 500 attendees were given a free Mooyah hamburger.
In honor of Mother’s Day, Tucker Hill had a photographer available to take professional pictures of children with their mothers. There was also a space for children to make crafts for their moms.
While each community put its own spin on Porchfest, both events were free and open to the public and packed with activities for the whole family to enjoy. Porchfest has become a Southern Land Company tradition, and one that both residents and members of surrounding communities look forward to attending each year.