Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Ice Cream, Theater, And Bluegrass

Friday, July 11, 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.

July 12

Humboldt – Classic Car Show – Browse cars from different eras, music, food and more 3-5 p.m. at the Humboldt Downtown Mini Park.

July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 1

Memphis – A Bug’s Life – See the Disney and Pixar film in 2D 7 p.m. at the CTI Giant Theater at the Pink Palace Family of Museums.

July 13

Chattanooga – Ice Cream Social – Savor samples from Milk & Honey, Mayfield, Cold Stone Creamery and more for $5 12:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Market. 

July 14-18

Townsend – Gardening – Have a hands-on agricultural experience with farm chores like beating rugs, picking apples, digging for potatoes, and gathering eggs 10 a.m. to noon at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Memphis – Center Stage Theatre Camp – Campers will participate in script writing, improvisation, directing and marketing with the help of local artists at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

July 17

Nashville – Climate Change – The Evidence – Investigate the evidence of climate change with Chester T. Little of Austin Peay State University during Science Café 6:30 p.m. at the Adventure Science Center.

July 18

Franklin – 40th annual Bethlehem Fish Fry – Enjoy all-you-can-eat catfish, performances by 5 Points Swing and the Bethlehem Bluegrass Band, a children’s game area and more 4:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem United Methodist Church.

Sparta – Bluegrass – Enjoy live music outdoors by Across the Mountain and The Bilbreys 7 p.m. on Liberty Square. The event is free and open to the public.

Oak Ridge – Pirate Night – A series of three pirate-themed movies and a family-friendly comedy troupe will entertain audiences of the Oak Ridge After Dark 7 p.m. at A.K. Bissell Park.

July 18-20

Crossville – Front Page News – See the play about the historically accurate Scopes Trial play with music, multimedia historic imagery and more at the Cumberland County Playhouse.

July 19

Linden – Music on Main Street – Local artists perform during the free outdoor concert series 7:30 p.m. at the Perry County Courthouse Square.

Dover – Fence building Part 1 – Make split rails for the farm’s fence 10 a.m. to noon at the Homeplace at Land Between The Lakes.

Jonesborough – Graveyard Tales – Enjoy stories that will give a chill on a hot July evening 7 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Historic Site.

Union City – Summer Concert Series – See Survivor, Starship, and Exile perform their Classic Rock hit songs with doors opening at 6 p.m. on the Great Lawn of Discovery Park of America.

Gallatin – The Temptress – Silent film actress Greta Garbo stars in the movie with live music accompaniment by Ricko Donovan at The Palace Theatre.

Nashville – Ray Stevens – Preschoolers can enjoy a song and story time 10:30 a.m. while others can participate in a songwriter session with Ray Stevens 11:30 a.m. and a Guitar 101 program 1 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Spring City – Divas and Gents – Four professionally-trained singers will perform selections from “Tosca,” “Rigoletto,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “Les Misérables” 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Theatre. Tickets are $10.

July 24

Memphis – Steel Magnolias – Herbert Ross’s 1989 American drama of a friendship of six women in Louisiana will be shown 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater.

Nashville – Mark Hosford and Barry Jones – The Nashville artists will discuss the thoughts and processes behind their work 6:30 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ Rechter Room. The event is free and open to the public.

July 24-25

Jackson – The Pale Pink Dragon – Learn why the kingdom of Caladar is in an uproar in this play presented by Jackson Children’s Theatre 7 p.m.at The Ned.

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: Kelly Could Win It

I am neither a sleuth nor an odds maker but I’d say there is about a one-in-three chance that Interim Hamilton County Department of Education Superintendent Kirk Kelly could become the permanent superintendent of our public schools next Thursday. I am assured something squirrelly is happening on our newly-seated school board. It has been seven months since the last superintendent ... (click for more)