When A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival makes its debut at the Wilson County Expo Center on April 29, Wilson County, RTA and the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce will offer a train ride to the event on the Music City Star.
The train will depart from Nashville at noon and return to Music City leaving the expo center at 5:15 p.m., offering riders plenty of time to enjoy the festivities while ensuring a safe ride home. The proceeds from the train ride will also directly support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"In Wilson County, we are always looking for ways to utilize the train to make everyone's commute a little easier. With the popularity of the Toast to Tennessee event, we knew we had to offer this service. It's a win-win for everyone," Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said. "There is so much going on in Middle Tennessee, especially Wilson County. Residents shouldn't have to worry with the hassle of a commute to experience all that we have to offer.
"It's also rewarding to see community leaders such as the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce step up and sponsor the event so that the proceeds can go to organizations such as St. Jude."
The Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce has been the long-time host of A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival. Until the recent opening of the Wilson County Expo Center, there was not a local venue large enough to accommodate the event. Bringing the event home was a priority for the chamber. However, transportation to the event was also a priority. Sponsoring the Music City Star for the event seemed like a no-brainer, event officials said, especially when the proceeds benefit an organization such as St. Jude.
Hutto said he believes offering the train ride to the festival will encourage more citizens to take advantage of the Music City Star.
"I always have something in mind for the Music City Star because it's unique to our county and would help alleviate some of that traffic that we fight going in early in the morning," he said. "There's also an opportunity to understand that you can have the luxury of the train every day at work if you wanted to. It's an easy ride in and an easy ride home. You don't have to fight traffic; you don't have to waste gas; and you don't have to worry about parking."
On Saturday, April 29, the Music City Star will depart Riverfront Station at noon, get to the Donelson station at 12:11 p.m., the Hermitage stop at 12:24 p.m., the Mt. Juliet station at 12:33 p.m., the Martha stop at 12:43 p.m. and arrive at the Lebanon station at 1 p.m. The return train will leave Lebanon at 5:15 p.m. and stop at all stations on the way back to Riverfront. The train is scheduled to arrive back at Riverfront at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online through the RTA website or at ticketsnashville.com and will be on sale until 24 hours prior to the morning's departure or until tickets are sold out, whichever comes first. Children age 4 and younger will not need a ticket to board; however, they are required to sit in a parent or guardian's lap. Anyone who needs special accommodations to board should call (615) 862-5925 prior to the trip.
To learn more, contact Customer Care at (615) 862-5950 between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays or visit the Music City Star website at www.musiccitystar.org.