Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Art, Festivals, And Pioneers

Friday, July 18, 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 -– Purchase a pair of season tickets for the 2014-2015 Broadway Season at The Orpheum Theater between now and Aug.

4 and receive a free $50 gift certificate to The Majestic Grille.

July 18

Union City -– The Art Vine Wine & Paint Classes – Enjoy the perfect night out and create a canvas masterpiece 6:30 p.m. in the Life Enrichment Center at Discovery Park of America.

Crossville -– Gypsy – One of “the best musicals ever” tells the story of the archetypal stage mother, Rose and her daughters June and Louise in the 1920s plays through Sept. 5 at the Cumberland County Playhouse.

July 19

Memphis -– Dino Egg Hunt – The dinosaurs have invaded and dinosaur eggs are everywhere. Find an egg and win a prize 11 a.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Nashville -– Music City Brewers Festival – Sample brews from more than 40 local, regional, national, and imported breweries noon at Walk of Fame Park.

Union City -– The Settlement – Birds of prey will visit for an informational program 11 a.m. at The Settlement at Discovery Park of America. 

Monteagle -– Geocaching – Fierce competitors will compete in a modern-day scavenger hunt 10 a.m. beginning at Mountain Works. Tickets are $10 per vehicle.

July 20

Jonesborough -– “Christmas in July” Craft Sale – Browse vendors with handcrafted items like jewelry, decorations, crochet items and morenoon to 5 p.m. at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center.

July 21-25

Memphis -– Smart Art Photography Camp – Children will learn the basics of photography, learning to see the world through the eyes of a lens at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Hendersonville -– Frontier Camp – Get the kids out for a week full of fun outdoor activities exploring life on the Tennessee Frontier at Historic Rock Castle.

Townsend -– Move Like a Pioneer – Build a cabin, travel as a pioneer, and play pioneer games 10 a.m. to noon at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

July 24

Nashville -– Music at the Frist – Serenatta, a Nashville-based romantic Latin ensemble, will play songs lush in violin, vocals, flutes, Spanish guitars, and more 6 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

July 24-26

Lawrenceburg -– James D. Vaughan Gospel Quartet Festival – Chuck Wagon Gang, Gospel Singing Caravan, Blackwood Brothers, and more are scheduled for the festival in the Crockett Theater.

July 25

Allons -– Christmas in July and Night Boat Parade – Mitchell Creek will light the night with dock displays and a boat show 5-9 p.m. at Mitchell Creek Marina.

Millington -– Midnight Madness – Join the party that includes a car show, live music, and nonstop drag racing 7:30 p.m. at Memphis International Raceway.

July 26

Lobelville -– Music on Main Street – Local musicians perform during the outdoor concert series 7:30 p.m. at the Lobelville City Hall grounds. The event is free and open to the public.

Jonesborough -– Movies on Main – Cuddle up to watch the heart-warming Disney-Pixar film “Up” 8:30 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Jonesborough.

Maryville -– Maker Faire – Join Knox Makers for 3-D printers, a polygraph, tech arts, crafts and more 2 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library.

Goodlettsville -– Vintage Base Ball – The 19th century comes to life through base ball events that use rules, equipment, costumes, and culture of the 1860s-1880s noon at Moss-Wright Park.

Memphis -– Dinner on Stage – The evening will include a cocktail reception, tour, a brief film, a three-course meal, Broadway trivia, and more 6 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $75.

Nashville -– Ice Day – Beat that summer heat with an inflatable water slide, ice cream samples, special keeper talks and more 9 a.m. at the Nashville Zoo.

Humboldt -– Concert on the Hill – Enjoy a night of music from MsGuided Band, Reverend Jessie & the Holy Smokes, and Little Boy Blue 6:30 p.m. at Crown Winery’s HRH Vineyard Amphitheater.

 



Windsor Hotel In Americus, Ga., To Celebrate 125th Anniversary At Gala

The Historic Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel (125 W. Lamar St., Americus, Ga. 31709) will host a 125th anniversary celebration gala on Sept. 16 with part of the proceeds used to beautify downtown Americus, Ga. The event, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m., will be sponsored by the Windsor Hotel and Cousins Catering.   The dress code will be Victorian 1890s to Roaring 1920s. ... (click for more)

Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern Moves For All-New Dread Hollow Experience

Every town has its secrets, even the Best Town Ever. 2017’s Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern, in partnership with Fear Connection, takes visitors to an all-new, 29,000-square-foot location in Lookout Valley to the town of Dread Hollow. The haunt begins  September 29 , and every  Thursday  –  Sunday  through October including Halloween night. Once bound ... (click for more)

TVA Budget Remains Flat For FY 2018; Includes 1.5 Percent Retail Rate Increase

The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday approved a $10.37 billion budget that will keep TVA on track to achieving its long-range goals of improving financial and operational performance and reducing debt. The FY 2018 budget keeps operating and maintenance spending flat, maintains low energy costs and invests in TVA’s generation and transmission systems.  ... (click for more)

Girlfriend Says Wright Was Driving Her PT Cruiser When He Left With Pair Whose Bodies Were Found At Cemetery

The girlfriend of William Howard Wright testified Tuesday that Wright and "Little Tony" were with two youths whose bodies were afterward found in a cemetery at Shepherd. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck bound two counts of criminal homicide and especially aggravated robbery to the Grand Jury against Wright. A 17-year-old is facing similar charges. The girlfriend ... (click for more)

Is This Really About Slavery?

The greatest thing that came out of the American Civil War came after the cessation of hostilities. After four years of deadly, devastating, agonizing war and over 600,000 Americans had died, the armies came to a halt. The killing ended, but the suffering continued for many of the wounded and those whose homes and fortunes had gone up in smoke and been left as rubble. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ordinary To Extraordinary

A handsome black guy, from the looks of it still in high school, appeared in a video during the A Celebration of Valor luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center Tuesday afternoon and described a Medal of Honor winner. Easily over 500 were there, including our famed Charles Coolidge, and all heard this young achiever say, “A Medal recipient is an ordinary person who performs ... (click for more)