PHOTO: Last year’s Swanky Plank, the Rippavilla Plantation’s largest fundraiser of the year, saw well over 1,000 in attendance. // Photo by Alexander Willis
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Originally scheduled to kick off Thursday, Riappvailla’s Swanky Plank Vintage + Handmade market has been delayed until July 18 due to weather concerns, with rain forecast throughout the week and well into the weekend. Previously purchased tickets will still be usable when the market opens next month, with tickets still available for purchase online.
“As you might imagine, we have been closely monitoring this weekend’s forecast for the past several days,” Rippavilla staff wrote in a social media post. “In addition, we have been in conversation with the Maury County Emergency Department and received feedback from our retail vendors. After much consideration, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Swanky Plank 2019 and reschedule the event for July 18-20, 2019.
“In planning this event, our main priority is the safety and security of our vendors, guests, musicians, volunteers, and staff. Since this is an outdoor event, we saw no other option other than ensure everyone’s safety. We hope that you understand this decision and will join us in July for the rescheduled date.”
Now in its seventh consecutive year, Swanky Plank is known for its handmade goods vintage offerings, as well as its live music, food vendors and other festivities. General admission tickets are $7 and are good for either Friday or Saturday, whereas the VIP package, which is $30, grants guests access to the market on Thursday as well as Friday and Saturday – along with some other goodies.
The VIP package firsts grants guests access to a VIP party on Thursday, giving them first access to all the vintage, antique and handmade items, as well as one complimentary pour from Asgard Brewery. VIP ticket holders also get a guided tour of the plantation, and as mentioned earlier, full access to all three days of the event.
All proceeds from the Swanky Plank – the plantation’s single largest fundraiser for the year – will go toward maintaining and preserving the historic property.