Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Friday, March 1, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. Click on links for additional details.

Ongoing

Memphis – Spring Break Camps at CMOM – Reserve your spot for spring break camp at the Children’s Museum of Memphis for March 11–15 and March 18–22. Camp is for children 4–6 years old and 7-10 years old. Admission is $150 per session. For more information, visit www.cmom.com.

March 1

Nashville – Belcourt Theater’s Spring Schedule – Belcourt Theater opens its spring schedule with three new releases: “TABU,” “John Dies At The End” and “A Place At The Table.” Belcourt will also feature classics like “Jaws” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” as well as Saturday Kid Shows. For more information, visit www.belcourt.org.

Nashville – “Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection” – See John Bourne’s collection of ancient South and Central American art and artifacts at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts until June 23. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit www.fristcenter.org.

March 2

Memphis – Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! – Celebrate the wild and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss with crafts, activities, a book give-a-way 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis. The Cat in the Hat character will join the celebration at noon. For more information, visit www.cmom.com.

Maryville – Edith Pattou to speak at Blount County Public Library – Meet Edith Pattou, the award-winning author of “East,” which is currently being made into a movie, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Sharon Lawson Room at the Blount County Public Library. Admission for the event is free. For more information, visit www.blountlibrary.org.

Jonesborough – “Contra Dance 101” A Workshop for Beginners – Enjoy a three-hour comprehensive workshop on how to contra dance, a folk dance, 3– 6 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. The workshop is free. For more information, visit www.jonesboroughtn.org.

March 4

Maryville – UT Jazz Singers Launch Spring Concert – Listen to the rhythm of jazz as the UT Jazz Singers perform at 7 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.blountlibrary.org.

March 8

Memphis – Listen to the courageous story of Rosa Parks, play Picture Bingo and listen to the Seussical tale of “The Cat in the Hat” from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis. For more information, visit www.cmom.com

March 8 – 9

Memphis – Sleep Under the “Saurs” – Have a museum camp-in with a preview of the “Bear Tales” planetarium show, “Titans of the Ice Age” IMAX film, explore exhibits and more 6:30 p.m. – 10 a.m. at the Pink Palace Family of Museums. Tickets are $50. For more information, visit www.memphismuseums.org.

March 9

Huntingdon – Kevin Eubanks in Concert at The Dixie – Enjoy a night of jazz-rock, funk and blues by music genius and former musical director of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Kevin Eubanks at 7:30 p.m. at The Dixie. Tickets are $22. For more information, visit www.dixiepac.net.

Memphis – Cosmic Trunk Show – Browse fine art and craft artisans and featured Metal Museum Store artists from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Metal Museum Grounds along River Bluff. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.metalmuseum.org.

March 14

Jackson – 150th Birthday of Casey Jones – Celebrate the 150th birthday of American railroad hero Jonathan Luther “Casey” Jones 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum. For more information, visit www.caseyjones.com.

March 15

Nashville – Celebrating Andrew Jackson’s Birthday – Celebrate the 7th President of the United States, Andrew Jackson’s birthday at 11 a.m. at the Hermitage with a wreath laying ceremony, birthday cake, wagon rides and living history demonstrations. For more information, visit www.thehermitage.com.

Memphis – When Weather Moves Metal: Whirligigs and Weathervanes – See the exhibit which features kinetic, weather-driven machines at the Metal Museum James A. Wallace Building until June 9. For more information, visit www.metalmuseum.org.

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