Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Explore New Exhibits

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.


Memphis – “Race – Are We So Different?” – This exhibition brings together the everyday experience of living with race, its history, the role of science, and contemporary science with interactive components, artifacts, and more through May 4, 2014 at the Pink Palace Family of Museums.

Savannah – “In the Footsteps of Alvin York” – Learn the complete story of Tennessee war hero Sergeant Alvin C. York in this exhibit on display through May 28 at the Tennessee River Museum.

Cookeville – Velma Thompson Doll Collection – Old Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, First Lady Dolls and more than 2,000 dolls and doll furniture are featured in this collection 1-4 p.m. every Saturday at The Patton House Museum.

Etowah – The Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association has published its 2014 Visitor’s Guide and the 2014 Lodging Brochure with more than 60 attractions, outdoor recreation, and more. For more information, call 423-263-7232.

Jan. 24-25

Knoxville – Monster Jam – The Monster Jam truck series features USHRA Monster Trucks Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, Predator and more 7:30 p.m. at Thompson Boling Arena.

Jan. 25

Vonore – Winter Lecture Series – Hear from Joseph Gamble as he presents insightful information on the recruitment, use and impact of the Scottish Highland Regiments in the British Army during the French and Indian War 1 p.m. at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park’s visitor center.

Jan. 25 and Feb. 1

Gatlinburg – Disney Stars – Adam Irigoyen who plays “Deuce on the series “Shake It Up” will be at Ripley’s Kid’s Fin-Tastic Winter Warm Up 2-5 p.m. Jan. 25 and Blake Michael who plays Tyler on “Dog with a Blog” will be there 2-5 p.m. Feb. 1 at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

Jan. 31

Nashville – Marcus Roberts Trio – Hear some of the greatest jazz songs ever written when Marcus Roberts and his trio pay tribute to John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk 8 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Feb. 1-2

Johnsonville – Winter Garrison – Infantry and artillery drills will begin at the park 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Feb. 1 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb 2 at Johnsonville State Historic Park. For more information, call 931-535-2789.

Feb. 3

McNairy – “Exhibit of Paintings by Sheila Treece and Her Students” – Treece, owner of Studio85 Fine Art Gallery and Studio will have a selection of paintings on display through Feb. 28 at the Latta Galleries.

Feb. 5

Paris – Search for Civil War Memorabilia – Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for the exhibit “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee” 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center.

Feb. 6-7

Nashville – Dance performance: “Pools of Glass” by Company Rose – Choreographer Marsha Barsky drew inspiration from the exhibit “Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan” for this dance piece 6:30 p.m. in the Frist Center Auditorium. Seating is first come, first seated.

Feb. 6-9

Blount County – 2014 Winter Heritage Festival – Get a first-hand look at the cultural traditions, heritage and history of the Appalachian region at various locations throughout Townsend and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Feb. 8

Memphis – Cirque du CMOM 2014: Memphis Strong! – This 21+ party features hors d’oeuvres, open bars, barbecue and BB King’s Club’s House Band 7 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. 

Maryville – Scotch Tasting to Benefit the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games – Learn about a variety of Scotch whiskies, traditional foods and music 6-8 p.m. at the Fox Den Country Club. Tickets are available at a first-come, first-served basis.

Jackson – Golden Circle Opry – Listen to a variety of music groups perform bluegrass, old time country and gospel music 5 p.m. at the South Jackson Community Center. Tickets are $5.

Memphis – Chinese New Year Family Day – Enjoy a free day of activities, crafts, cultural performances, raffles, and a storyteller noon to 4 p.m. at the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art.

Etowah – Studdard Bluegrass Gospel Festival – Enjoy music from groups Journey Home, Rocky Flatts, and Just Us 7 p.m. at the Historic Gem Theater. Tickets are $10.  

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