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.

Ongoing

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.


No Way Home (For The Holidays): Spider-Man’s Latest, Polar Express Bring Big-Screen Joy To Aquarium’s Seasonal Celebration

PHOTOS: Rock City Opens 27th Season Of Enchanted Garden Of Lights

Scenic Overlook Panels Unveiled, Marks New Designation For Sequatchie Valley Scenic Byway


The holidays are the one time a year when families and friends brave claustrophobic flights and bumper-to-bumper traffic to see one another. The same is true for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, ... (click for more)

Rock City Gardens has begun its 27th season with its annual Enchanted Garden of Lights that includes over a million sparkling LED lights and 30 scenes. The event opens nightly at 5 p.m. and continues ... (click for more)

Two new interpretive panels were unveiled Tuesday morning in Sequatchie County. Located at the SR-111 overlook near Dunlap and the US-127 overlook near Signal Mountain, these educational signs ... (click for more)



Travel

No Way Home (For The Holidays): Spider-Man’s Latest, Polar Express Bring Big-Screen Joy To Aquarium’s Seasonal Celebration

The holidays are the one time a year when families and friends brave claustrophobic flights and bumper-to-bumper traffic to see one another. The same is true for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but Marvel Comics’ wall-crawler probably won’t enjoy the reunions awaiting him in Spider-Man: No Way Home . The third Spidey flick to star Tom Holland as the beloved superhero ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Rock City Opens 27th Season Of Enchanted Garden Of Lights

Rock City Gardens has begun its 27th season with its annual Enchanted Garden of Lights that includes over a million sparkling LED lights and 30 scenes. The event opens nightly at 5 p.m. and continues through Jan. 2. (click for more)

Breaking News

City Council Approves Ordinance That Gives City More Leeway On Removing Homeless Camps

The City Council on Tuesday approved on second reading an ordinance designed to give the city more leeway in removing homeless camps or individuals camping out on city property. The ordinance says: "It shall be unlawful for any person to obstruct, vandalize, place or cause to be placed any buildings, erections, depositories, fires, or other obstructions, for private use, benefit ... (click for more)

8 Apartments Damaged And 17 Residents Displaced After Fire At Waterford Place Apartments Tuesday Evening

Eight apartments were damaged and 17 residents have been displaced after a fire Tuesday evening. Residents knocked on doors to make sure their neighbors safely escaped their burning apartment building. At 6:49 p.m., the Chattanooga Fire Department was called to the Waterford Place Apartments at 6220 Shallowford Road. The first company on the scene advised that heavy smoke ... (click for more)

Opinion

School Board Members Deserve The Raises

School boards serve any community in a variety of ways and the hiring of a superintendent describes just one. The school board serves as the fiscal referee as well on all finance matters - building services and all the many requirements running the individual schools. State rules and regulations must be followed. The budget that comprises all the expenditures is overseen by the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: School Board Folly

My friend and classmate Todd Gardenhire is sadly off base when he lobbies for doubling the pay of the school board. I don’t know which worm has gotten into him, but the fact is the school board doesn’t do anything to merit over $2,000 a month, must less exist. We could do away with the school board and not skip a beat and that's the truth. Please … all the school board does is hire ... (click for more)