Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Examining The Past

Friday, January 03, 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.

Ongoing

Memphis – “Dear Dr. King” – Children have the opportunity to share their thoughts on peace, unity and equality as part of the annual “Dear Dr. King – Kid’s Dream Project” at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. Entries are due Jan. 14.

Nashville – “’War Horse’ and Tennesseans in World War I” – Browse information on World War I and about the role Tennessee played in the war along with information about “War Horse” on display through June 2014 in the lobby of the Polk Cultural Center.

Memphis – “Tributaries: Andrew Hayes” – Rigidity of metal meets the fragility of paper in Andrew Hays’ sculpture on display through March 2. Attend the reception 3 p.m. Jan. 12 which will include a tour through the Keeler Gallery by Hayes.

Jan. 4-5

Pulaski – Hot Fudge Manor Tours – Explore the 20-bedroom estate of Milky Way Farm 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7.

Jan. 6

Jackson – “Carol Norman: New Horizons” – The local artist’s work will be displayed at The Ned R. McWherter West Tennessee Cultural Arts Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Pigeon Forge – Limo Tour of the Rocky Top Wine Trail – Visit five wineries with free tastings all while traveling along in a luxurious limo with Elite Limos. Tickets start at $62.50. For more information, call 865-389-9490.

Selmer – “The Roots of Rhythm” – Go on a journey of music history as The University of Tennessee at Martin World’ Percussion Ensemble performs their “The Roots of Rhythm” concert 7:30 p.m. at the Latta Theater of the McNairy County Visitor’s and Cultural Center.

Jan. 8

Nashville – 199th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans – Attend this annual event that commemorates General Andrew Jackson’s victory over the British Army at the Battle of New Orleans 9 a.m. at The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson. Free admission will occur all day.

Jan. 8-11

Memphis – Elvis’ Birthday – Honor Elvis with fans from around the world as they celebrate his birthday at Graceland and kick off a yearlong celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Rock n’ Roll.

Jan. 9

Chattanooga – Beethoven’s 7th Listen to Beethoven’s lively 7th Symphony performed by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre.

Jan. 10-11

Nashville – Guerrero Conducts Mahler – The Nashville Symphony will perform Mahler’s “Seventh Symphony,” a powerful and dramatic piece using sounds ranging from cowbells and birdcalls to mandolins and guitars 8 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Jan. 17

Memphis – The Science of Beer – Taste beer from professional and home brewers while learning the science of beer making 6-9:30 p.m. at the Pink Palace Family of Museums. Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non-members.


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