Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Safari, 'Shine, And Shrek

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

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


Murfreesboro – Tea in the Mansion – Enjoy PositiffiTEA blends, treats and a behind-the-scenes museum tour every Monday in July at Oaklands Historic House Museum. Tickets are $25.

Nashville – Kroger Safari Fridays – Kroger Plus Card holders can receive buy one, get one free zoo admission when a Kroger receipt and card are presented Fridays in July and August at the Nashville Zoo.

July 4

Pigeon Forge – July 4 Party – You never know who might show up at the concert happening at the Cyrus Family Theater. Fireworks will follow the event. 

Paris – Summer in the Park concert series – Michael S. Williams will provide country tunes 5 p.m. Patrons can enjoy fireworks starting at 9 p.m. at Paris Landing State Park.

July 6

Memphis – Anne Frank – See the sensitive televisual portrait of the Holocaust’s greatest diarists at the Belz Museum.

Chattanooga – Peach Festival – Celebrate everything peach with vendors, food, music and more 11 a.m. at the Chattanooga Market in the First Tennessee Pavilion.

July 7-11

Memphis – Around the World Sports Camp – A variety of sports activities around the world will be learned like cricket, archery, martial arts, trapeze and more at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Townsend – Native American Hunting – Learn about the seven Cherokee clans, play games, throw an atlatl, use a blow gun and more at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

July 8

Chattanooga – Brendan Gaughan – Watch NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan dive with sharks 11 a.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium.

July 10-13

Jackson – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Enjoy the ensemble musical directed by Scott Conley 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays and 2:30 p.m.Saturdays and Sundays at The Ned.

July 11

Oak Ridge – Beat the Heat Night – Enjoy musical entertainment and “Frozen” part of the Oak Ridge After Dark summer series 7 p.m. at A.K. Bissell Park and Pavilion Stage. 

July 11-26

Woodbury – SHREK The Musical – Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, the story of Shrek is brought to life on stage at the Arts Center of Cannon County.

July 12

Gatlinburg – BioBlitz: The Fungi Among Us – Discover as many life forms as possible in one location 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Twin Creeks Science Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Baxter – Wine, Shine & Stein Tour – Take a tour through DelMonaco Winery, Calfkiller Brewery and Short Mountain Moonshine Distillery 9 a.m.starting at DelMonaco Winery. Tickets are $35.

Portland – Flashback to 70s and 80s – Enjoy music from the 70s and 80s while sipping wine 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of Sumner Crest Winery. The event is free and open to the public.

Lobelville – Music on Main Street – Listen to local artists during the outdoor concert series 7:30 p.m. on the Lobelville City Hall grounds. 

Rugby – Janie Dempsey Watts – Enjoy an evening with Janie Dempsey Watts as she reads and signs copies of her book, “Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge” 7 p.m. at the Rebecca Johnson Theater.

Nashville – Southern Roots – Celebrate African and Southern influenced customs with songs, stories, food and more 2-4 p.m. at the Tennessee State Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

Union City – Dinosaurs Among Us – The program discusses modern-day reptiles, mammals and insects which have traits similar to dinosaurs 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Discovery Park of America.

Millington – Chase to the Championship – Have a thrill as drivers battle it out for top honors starting at 5 p.m. at Memphis International Raceway.

July 13

Dover – History Mystery – Test your knowledge of the 19th century tools and uses 1-3 p.m. at the Homeplace at Land Between The Lakes.

July 14

Goodlettsville – Worm’s Story – Metro Beautification presents the fun story about why the earth needs worms, how to turn garbage into nature’s plant food and more 2 p.m. at the Nashville Public Library’s Goodlettsville branch.

July 14-15

Morristown – Geekin’ Out! – Middle and high school students can take five workshops in artistic areas like visual arts, theatre, dance, vocal performance, creative writing and more 3-9 p.m. at the Rose Center. Admission is $40.

July 17

Nashville – Drop-in Drawing – Learn different animation techniques while brushing up on drawing skills with animator John Hamm 5 p.m. in the Ingram Gallery at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Memphis – The Wizard of Oz Sing-Along – Sing with Dorothy as she travels “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to the “Merry Old Land of Oz” during this sing-along summer movie 7 p.m. at The Orpheum Theater.

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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)

Mayor Berke, Lacie Stone Were At Swanky New York City Hotel While Bobby Stone Was Plying The River

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Fire Displaces Family Of 7

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire on Saturday afternoon that displaced a family of seven. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 4:11 p.m. and responded to 3308 Dodson Ave. with five fire companies. Captain Wadie Suttles with Engine 4 said heavy fire was showing when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. As additional firefighters ... (click for more)

Please, No Short Term Vacation Rentals In My Neighborhood

Approval of the short term vacation rental item on the City Council agenda for Tuesday  will be the next step toward commercializing our residential properties and communities to benefit those more interested in making money than preserving an old, well-established, rich community of like-minded families.    Anything requiring a business license is ... (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)