Exhibitions, Concerts And Festivals On This Week's Tennesee Tourism Calendar

Thursday, August 28, 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.

Aug. 31

Nashville – “A Creative Legacy: African American Arts in Tennessee” and “Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation” are soon coming to an end 5 p.m. at The Tennessee State Museum. Make a point not to miss these popular exhibitions.

Sept. 1

Union City – Labor Day will be celebrated in a big way with games, food, children’s activities and more beginning 10 a.m. at Discovery Park of America.

Sept. 1-7

Memphis – The Delta Fair & Music Festival will feature performances by Uncle Kracker, R5, Jason D. Williams, and The LACS during this family-friendly event at the Agricenter International.

Sept. 5-14

Spring City – “The Cemetery Club” is a comedic drama in two acts that will be performed 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Tennessee Valley Theatre. Tickets are $10.

Sept. 6

Memphis – Zoo Rendezvous 2014 is the Memphis Zoo’s largest fundraiser and this year is no different with fare from more than 80 restaurants and bars and music on four stages 7-10:30 p.m. at the Memphis Zoo.

Nashville – Family fun provided by The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. and Bass Pro Shops will include mechanical bull rides for all ages, free fishing seminar, and PBR rider autograph signings 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nashville Bass Pro Shops located at 323 Opry Mills Drive.

Sept. 6-7

Germantown – One of the longest-run festivals in the area, the Germantown Festival will have art, children’s activities, music, food, and even the Running of the Weenies Dachshund race in the Germantown Civic Club Complex.

Sept. 7

Chattanooga – Catch the encore of Ranger Rick presentations filled with owls, parrots, woodchuck, tropical birds, and a flying squirrel 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Rugby – Amy Greene, best-selling East Tennessee author, will read passages of her novels and do a book signing 7 p.m. in the Rebecca Brown Theater.

Memphis – See “Protective Ornament” by Suzanne Ramljak before it closes at the Metal Museum. The exhibition features jeweled amulets, armor, and engagement-rings-turn-brass-knuckles.

Sept. 9

Memphis – NEED TO BREATHE will perform hits from their new album “Rivers In The Wasteland” with special guest The Oh Hellos 8 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

Sept. 9-10

Murfreesboro – History Days in Oaklands Mansion allow students to experience the history of Oaklands through artifacts, tours, and stories at the Oaklands Historic House Museum.

Sept. 11-13

Memphis – The Southern Heritage Classic will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a line-up of special events leading up to Saturday’s game between football rivals Jackson State University and Tennessee State University.

Cornersville – The Civil War 8th annual Living History Event will have demonstrations, reenactments, and a recreation of a mid-19th century village 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Historic Lairdland Farm House.

Sept. 12-13

Millington – The 25th annual International Goat Days Festival features goat chariot races, car show, antique tractor parade, tractor pull, barbecue contest and more at the USA Stadium Complex.

Sept. 13

Nashville – The 2nd annual Nashville Mini Maker Faire will showcase do-it-yourselfer’s projects from costume design, knitting, robot building, car and cycle modifying and more at Adventure Science Center.

Jackson – The Casey Jones Village Old-time Music Festival celebrates local heritage with bands playing throughout the day and a special performance by the Jackson Area Plectral Society.

Nashville – Amateur photographers can participate in Animal Art Photography instructed by Amiee Stubbs, official photographer for Nashville Zoo.

Hampshire – Hear music while enjoying a starry summer night during the Sunset Symphony 6:30 p.m. at Natchez Hills Vineyard.

Gallatin – The 3rd annual Farm to Table Dinner will be an evening of wine, appetizers, farm-to-table dinner, and entertainment by LaTresa and Lily Nelson 6 p.m. at Sumner County Tourism’s Corner House.

Sept. 13-14

Knoxville – The 50th annual Country Market will have a selection of artisans and crafters, organic items, fall plants and flowers, and grass-fed beef 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Historic Ramsey House.

Sept. 14

Clarksville – Enjoy classical music during Classical Elegance with Charles Neidich 3 p.m. at the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall at Austin Peay State University.


Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Excursion To Benefit Kennesaw Museum Foundation, Southern Museum

The  Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and the Kennesaw Museum Foundation are teaming up to raise money in support of the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. Proceeds from the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway excursion on  Saturday, March 28 , will benefit the museum ’s educational programs.   The excursion departs downtown ... (click for more)

Humpback Whales 3D Makes A Giant Splash At IMAX

There are 78 whale species in the world but, among them all, Humpback Whales are unique. They’re the only whales that sing.   Specifically, it’s the males that do the crooning which occurs primarily during the mating season. Their haunting melodies are complex and get repeated over and over. The compositions often change, yet all of the singers in one population seem to ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed By Husband In Dalton Dies From Her Wounds

A woman who Dalton Police say was stabbed Thursday by her husband has died of her injuries.   Glenda Dyer had been transported to Hamilton Medical Center. She initially was listed in stable condition.   The incident happened at the couple's home at 1603 Elaine Way.   Police said a murder charge will be added to the counts already facing ... (click for more)

Signal Council, Residents Concerned About Unsafe Driving En Route To Schools

The town council of Signal Mountain is dealing with a traffic problem caused by increased traffic to and from Signal Mountain Middle High School and Nolan Elementary. Mayor Dick Gee said, “This is a tough issue that we wouldn’t have to deal with if everyone would drive responsibly.” The main concern is for safety and in November the council agreed to try to fix the problem by ... (click for more)

Net Neutrality: The Beginning Of The End Or Just A New Beginning?

“The Internet is simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field,” says Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, “Today’s order is more powerful and more expansive than any previously suggested.”  The FCC’s vote for so-called Net Neutrality purports to allow the agency to regulate the Internet as a public utility.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden On March 1

As I try to do at the beginning of each month, I stroll through my garden to see the good and the bad. This morning there is still a solid covering of snow but, as usual, there is still a lot to see. March is historically known for “coming in like a lion and leaving like a lamb” so let’s see who gets what: A LAMB to the fact 90-year-old Floyd Hartwig of Easton, Calif., and his ... (click for more)