Jars of Clay will close out Dickens of a Christmas festival


Jars of Clay will close out Dickens of a Christmas festival

Jars of Clay, a Franklin-based Christian and crossover rock band, will perform at the 33rd annual Dickens of a Christmas, according to an announcement from the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County.

“We are so excited Jars [of Clay] will be closing out Dickens of a Christmas on Saturday. This is one of only two performances this year. Both are in Franklin, but very different shows,” said Teryl O’Connor, festival director for the Heritage Foundation. “We are so honored that Franklin is getting so much love from this
magnificent band.”

The band is best known for their 1995 hit “Flood,” which appeared on their double-Platinum-selling, self-titled debut album.

In 2004, Jars of Clay founded the nonprofit organization Blood:Water. The organization focuses on supporting African civil society organizations that are working to end the HIV/AIDS and water crises in their home communities. Blood:Water will have a booth at the festival to raise awareness of this ongoing
crisis. The free live performance will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Public Square in Historic Downtown Franklin.

Long time Franklin resident and founding member of the GRAMMY award-winning band, Dan Haseltine added, “When Jars [of Clay] was touring, I always felt like I missed out on all the wonderful, small-town Christmas experiences in Franklin. Now that Jars of Clay is no longer on the road, I’m grateful to play a
bigger part in how we celebrate.”

The Heritage Foundation’s Dickens of a Christmas, presented by First Citizens National Bank, is a Victorian-themed street festival that takes place every December in Historic Downtown Franklin. Joining the arts and crafts vendors, there will be over 200 musicians, dancers and characters strolling the streets. For the first time, there also will be ice-skating on the Public Square on both Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about Dickens of a Christmas, Presented by First Citizens National Bank, or the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, visit www.WilliamsonHeritage.org. For more information about
Jars of Clay’s Blood:Water, visit www.bloodwater.org.

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