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For many, the holidays are a time to get together and revive old family traditions. Tennessee Crossroads visits one Brentwood, TN resident that has been sharing his family’s tradition with others for over 30 years. After you hear his story, you may just want to make visiting his home during the holidays, one of your family traditions as well. Join Nashville Public Television’s Tennessee Crossroads to find out more.


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For many, the holidays are a time to get together and revive old family traditions. Gretchen Bates visits one Brentwood resident that has been sharing his family's tradition with others for over 30 years. After you hear his story, you may just want to make visiting his home during the holidays, one of your family traditions as well.

Gretchen Bates joined Tennessee Crossroads in 2007 but had her first appearance on the show in 1991 when her community, The Farm, was featured on the show. Though born and raised in Lewis County, Gretchen left Tennessee to move to New York City and pursue a career in theatre. Highlights from her time in New York City include two summers at the Chautauqua Theatre, working with the Circe du Soleil, and seeing every show on Broadway. After six years on the stage in New York City, Gretchen returned home to Tennessee.

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