Tennessee Tourism Round Up: An Artful Spring

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visittnvacation.



Knoxville – “Woven of Wood: East Tennessee Baskets, 1880-1940” – See the hand-woven containers along with family stories and photographs on display through June 1 at the East Tennessee History Center.

Memphis – Don Estes and Carroll Todd – “Fabricated Lies,” Todd’s latest body of work and “Perdido” by Estes will be on display through May 31at the David Lusk Gallery.

Chattanooga – Dr. Pepper Fridays – Every Friday, all guests who purchase one Unlimited Ride Ticket at regular price will receive an additional one at half-price with a can from any Coca-Cola product at Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park.

April 19-26

Statewide – National Park Week – Celebrate with fee-free days during the weekend and week-long celebrations at all Tennessee national parks.

April 19

Nashville – Earth Day Celebration – Learn about forms of renewable energy and “green building.” See the special presentation of “Giants of Electrical Science” and more 10 a.m. at the Adventure Science Center.

Memphis – “Southern-Soul Blues” – Author David Whiteis will sign his new book “Southern-Soul Blues” 2 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

April 21

McNairy – UTM World Percussion Roots of Rhythm – The University of TN at Martin World Percussion Ensemble will perform a sampling of African, South and all-American, and rhythm music 7:30 p.m. at The Latta stage in the McNairy County Visitors and Cultural Center.

April 22-27

Memphis – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – Attend the family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son at The Orpheum Theatre.

April 24

Chattanooga – The Rite of Spring – Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 will be performed as well as Stravinsky’s avant-garde ballet and orchestral work 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre.

April 24-26

Memphis – Twin 25 Lap Shootouts – Don’t miss your chance to race in The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience Twin 25 Lap Shootouts at Memphis International Raceway.

April 25-26

Nashville – All Mozart! – Listen to the Nashville Symphony pay tribute to one of the greatest musical geniuses in history 8 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

April 25

Nashville – “Looking East” Food and Film Event: “Yojimbo” – Have a bento box supper from Zumi Sushi and see the movie set in the 1860s during the decline of the Tokugawa Shogunate, a nameless, rogue samurai.

Jackson – Spring Choral Concert – Performances include Union University Singers, Voices of Proclamation, Women’s Choir and Men’s Choir7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church.

Townsend – Music of the Mountains Concert – Featuring Good Thymes Ceilidh Band, Celtic music will kick off a weekend of music to celebrate the mountains’ musical past 7 p.m. at the Great Smoky Mountains Amphitheater.

April 26

Murfreesboro – 28th annual Pioneer Days – Cloggers, Old Time music, blacksmith demonstrations, an art car show and a Bluegrass concert are on the bill 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cannonsburgh Village.

Memphis – National Autism Awareness Day – Create symbolic candles; enjoy music, sensory crafts and fun 1 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Rugby – Appalachian Writers Series – Anita Skeen will do a free reading and book signing 7 p.m. in the Rebecca Johnson Theater.

Gallatin – Gallatin Square Fest – Hit the downtown square for a sampling of area fare, arts and crafts for kids and area vendors 10 a.m. in Gallatin’s Historic Downtown Square.

Jackson – Casey Jones Day and the Spring Arts Festival – The arts festival welcomes more than 60 artisans and is held in conjunction with free admission in honor of the legendary railroad hero Casey Jones at Casey Jones Village.

Huntingdon – Moe Bandy – See one of America’s all-time leading classic country music artists 2 p.m. at The Dixie.

Nashville – Zoovie Night – The first feature, “The Croods,” will kick off the family movie night series 6 p.m. at the Nashville Zoo.

Statewide – Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup – Tennessee counties will participate in beautifying the state’s communities as part of the largest volunteer event in America.

Spring City – An Evening with Josh Miller – Singer/songwriter Josh Miller will perform a selection of songs he’s written over his 10-year career7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Theatre.

April 26-27

Kingsport – Spring Garden Fair – The oldest garden fair in the region will feature artisans, musicians, writers and more at the Exchange Place Living History Farm.

April 27

Cookeville – A Gentle Ending – Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G major will be performed by the Bryan Symphony Orchestra 3 p.m. at Tennessee Technological University’s James A. Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Crossville – Rigney Family Bluegrass Band – This award-winning family band will play their own blend of original work and traditional arrangements 2:30 p.m. in the Adventure Theater at Cumberland County Playhouse.

Tennessee Aquarium Has Underwater Pumpkin Carving On Saturdays

Tennessee Aquarium guests can see underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations each Saturday at 11 a.m. throughout October in the River Journey building. Costumed SCUBA divers will make weekend appearances for the rest of the month.  Lots of costumed divers will be seen during the AquaScarium family Halloween Party at the Aquarium. Pirates, mermaids, and super heroes will be ... (click for more)

Ghostly Gathering At Historic Rugby Set For Oct. 22 And 29

Historic Rugby’s annual “Ghostly Gathering” celebration will take place on Oct. 22 and 29 (Saturdays) this year at 6 p.m. Eastern. The yearly Halloween-season celebration is a favorite among village visitors, who enjoy a homemade chili dinner with dessert at the Historic Rugby Community Building, followed by a ghost movie, then candle and oil lamp tours of several historic ... (click for more)

Domestic Assault Charge Dismissed Against Bobby Stone In Case Involving Mayor's Top Advisor; Stone Says Berke Had Inappropriate Relationship With His Wife; Says Berke And Fletcher Conspired To Arrest Him; Lacie Stone Says Charges Completely False

A charge of domestic assault was dismissed Friday morning against Bobby Stone in a case involving a top advisor to Mayor Andy Berke.  Afterward, Mr. Stone told reporters that the mayor had an inappropriate relationship with his wife, Lacie Stone. He also charged that Mayor Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher conspired to arrest him. Mr. Stone is expected to file ... (click for more)

Christopher Padgett Taken Into Custody

A Chattanooga man who went on the lam after cutting off his ankle monitor and failing to show up for the third day of his felony murder trial is back in custody. Christopher Padgett was arrested by Chattanooga Police in the 3200 block of South Street at 12:55 a.m.  He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Hamilton County Jail for booking. ... (click for more)

Bobby Stone, Is It Really A Win?

It brought a smile to my face this morning when I saw where the case was thrown out of court against Mr. Stone and the domestic violence charge.  I have supported his cause from the beginning, but I do feel heartbreak because his personal life had to be tossed out there for all of us to see.   I truly hope and pray things turn around for him and his wife, while I feel ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Prayer Over Despair

As a strong proponent of early voting, I joined hundreds at the Hamilton County Election Commission headquarters on Amnicola Highway yesterday to exercise what I consider one of our greatest freedoms – “for the people, by the people.” Candidly, I have never been as upset or as disappointed over my choices for President in my life. Locally I am fine with our candidates but to pick ... (click for more)