Sunday, October 19, 2014

Get Out & Explore: Events and Festivals for the Week/Weekend of 10/24-10/26

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! We have compiled a list of festivals and events that are happening around Tennessee for the upcoming week/weekend. You will find that the listings below are divided into three categories based on the areas of the state. I hope you find the list useful. Please feel free to leave a comment if this was beneficial for you. If you have an event you would like for us to post, please let us know! Have a fun and safe week! :)

West TN
  • Oct 24-26, Pelican Festival
Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tiptonville, TN
  • Oct 24-26, River Arts Festival
South Main Street, Memphis, TN
  • Oct 25, Sixth Annual Tennessee Cigar & Brew Festival
Jackson Fairgrounds, Jackson, TN

Middle TN
  • Now - Oct 26, Ghouls at Grassmere
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 24-26, Nashville Flea Market
Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 24, Hip Donelson Farmers Market
2730 Lebanon Road, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 24, Annual Spaghetti Day Lunch & Dinner
Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, Mt. Juliet, TN
  • Oct 24-26, EquiFest of Tennessee
Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Park, Franklin, TN
  • Oct 25, Tap Root Farm Ranch Rodeo
Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Park, Franklin, TN
  • Oct 25, Spirits of Rock Castle
Historic Rock Castle, Hendersonville, TN
  • Oct 25, Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church Bazaar
516 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN
  • Oct 25, 10th Annual Re-Enactment Walk of the 1838 Bell's Route of the Trail of Tears
Downtown, Fayetteville, TN
  • Oct 25, Cannon Creek Bluegrass Concert
Rocky River Community Center, Rock Island, TN
  • Oct 25, Cedars Antique Motor Show benefiting the Lebanon High School FFA
James E. Ward Ag Center, Lebanon, TN
  • Oct 25, Fourth Annual Boo Bash Dash benefiting CASA of Robertson County
Travis Price Park/Springfield Greenway Trailhead, Springfield, TN
  • Oct 25, Manchester Harvest Bootique Craft Show
Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center Holiday Inn Express, Hartsville, TN
  • Oct 25, McClain Christian Academy Annual Benefit Airsoft Tournament
Bad Karma Airsoft Field, Lebanon, TN
  • Oct 25, 15th Annual Mt. Juliet Homecoming & Music Fest  
563 Main Street, Mt. JulietTN
  • Oct 25-26,  Autumn Artisan Showcase
Pickel Field House Gym, Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN
  • Oct 25-26,  Music City Halloween Rod Run
Holiday Inn Express, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 25, Wags to Witches Fur Ball Bash
Riverview Ballroom, Clarksville, TN
  • Oct 25, Jazzmania 2014
The Factory at Franklin, Franklin, TN
  • Oct 25, Cheekwood Harvest
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 25, Jazz on the Lawn: Handsome White Boyz
Beachaven Vineyards & Winery, Clarksville, TN
  • Oct 25, Day of the Dead Art Crawl
Coleman Park, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 25, ALIVE Festival
oneC1TY, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 25, Regions FREE Day - Hauntings at the Hermitage
The Hermitage, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 25, 26th Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue
Lynchburg Square, Lynchburg, TN
  • Oct 25, Zombie Walk
The Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Oct 25-26, Whispers from the Past: An All Star Weekend
RippaVilla Plantation, Spring Hill, TN
  • Oct 25, United Methodist Women Fall Extravaganza
First United Methodist Church, Hendersonville, TN
  • Oct 25, Harvest Days
Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Oct 26, Trunk or Treat
Newton Nissan of Gallatin, Gallatin, TN
  • Oct 26, Community Trick or Treat Event
Belle Meade Plantation, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 27, Robertson County Historical Society Chili Supper Fundraiser
Springfield Senior Center, Springfield, TN

East TN
  • Oct 24- Nov 01, Trick or Treating in the Cave at Cherokee Caverns
Cherokee Caverns, Knoxville, TN
  • Oct 25, Steve and Ruth Smith
Heritage Hall Theatre, Mountain City, TN
  • Oct 25-26, 39th Annual Mountain Makins Festival
Rose Center, Morristown, TN
  • Oct 25, Mountain Makins Festival
Rose Center, Morristown, TN

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Get Out & Explore: Events and Festivals for the Week/Weekend of 10/17-10/19

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! We have compiled a list of festivals and events that are happening around Tennessee for the upcoming week/weekend. You will find that the listings below are divided into three categories based on the areas of the state. I hope you find the list useful. Please feel free to leave a comment if this was beneficial for you. If you have an event you would like for us to post, please let us know! Have a fun and safe week! :)

West TN
  • Oct 17-18, Annual McNairy County Quilt Show & Sale
The Springs United Pentecostal Church, Bethel Springs, TN
  • Oct 17, Fall Arts & Crafts Festival
Bartlett Hills Baptist Church, Bartlett, TN
  • Oct 18, Fall Folklore Jamboree
highway 70/79 North, Milan, TN
  • Oct 18, Hatchie Fall Fest
Court Square, Brownsville, TN
  • Oct 18, Caravan of Stars 28
Carl Perkins Civic Center, Jackson, TN
  • Oct 18, Celebrate Art Fall Festival
Casey Jones Village, Jackson, TN
  • Oct 19, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN

Middle TN
  • Oct 16, Third Thursday on Main Free
Historic Downtown Square, Gallatin, TN
  • Oct 16-18, Clay Harris Theater Production of "Trick or Treat"
Hickman County Fairgrounds, Centerville, TN
  • Oct 17-18, CultureSmash Nashville
Music Valley Event Center, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 17, Franklin Wine Festival
The Factory at Franklin, Franklin, TN
  • Oct 17, Smyrna Seniors Center Bean Dinner by the Smyrna Lions club
Lifepoint Church, Smyrna, TN
  • Oct 17-18, Mid-South Barbecue Festival
Historic Downtown, Mount Pleasant, TN
  • Oct 17-18, Tractors & Trucks Shackle Island collectors Club Annual Show
Long Hollow Jamboree, Goodlettsville, TN
  • Oct 17-18, Family Harvest Days
Rutherford County Baptist Church, Smyrna, TN
  • Oct 17-19, 33rd Annual Indian Education Pow Wow & Fall Festival
Hunter State Park, Hermitage, TN
  • Oct 17-26, "Monty Python's Spamalot"
The Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury, TN
  • Oct 17, The Tennessee History Festival
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18, Stewart County Open Horse Show
245 Sandy Road, Dover, TN
  • Oct 18, Choir Day
St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Hartsville, TN
  • Oct 18, Middle Tennessee Dutch Oven Gathering
Barton Springs Campground, Normandy, TN
  • Oct 18,  Silent Auction & Hamburger Supper
St. Paul Methodist Church, ManchesterTN
  • Oct 18,  All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry
131 E. Commerce Street, Lewisburg, TN
  • Oct 18,  Sewanee Arts & Crafts Fair
Shoup Park, University of the South, Sewanee, TN
  • Oct 18, Arts & Ag Harvest Market
Grinder's Switch Winery, Centerville, TN
  • Oct 18, Food, Fiddlin', & Fun VII
Downtown, College Grove, TN
  • Oct 18-19, Webb School Art & Craft Show
Various Locations, Bell Buckle, TN
  • Oct 18-19, Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival
Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18-19, Oktoberfest
Wilson Bank & Trust Main Office, Lebannon, TN
  • Oct 18-25, Super Fall Foliage Excursion Train to Cookeville
Tennessee Central Railway Museum, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18-19, Bell Buckle Downtown Show
Downtown, Bell Buckle, TN
  • Oct 18-19, Intergalactic Bead Show
Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18, The Tennessee Beer Festival
Two Rivers Mansion, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18, Cheekwood Harvest
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18, Blocktober Fall Block Party
Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18, 2014 Elks Craft Bizarre
Sparta Civic Center, Sparta, TN
  • Oct 18, Fall Festival
Hamilton United Methodist Church, Antioch, TN
  • Oct 18, NOLS Exploration Film Tour
Cookeville Performing Arts Center, Cookeville, TN
  • Oct 19, Pedestrian Paradise
Elmington Park, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 19, Here Come The Brides Bridal Show
The Factory at Franklin, Franklin, TN


East TN
  • Oct 17, Barter Theatre's "Wash, Rinse, Spin Dry"
Heritage Hall Theatre, Mountain City, TN
  • Oct 17-19, 2014 Knoxville Gem Mineral Society Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show
Kerbela Shrine/Masonic Temple, Knoxville, TN
  • Oct 17-19, Foothills Fall Festival
Downtown, Maryville, TN
  • Oct 17-19, On Cosby Festival
Smokey Mountain Visitors Center "On Cosby", Cosby, TN
  • Oct 18, October Sky Festival
Arrowhead Park, Oliver Springs, TN

Friday, October 3, 2014

Simply Sinful Brownie

I hope everyone had a great week.  We have a simple dessert recipe for you today.  It's an over the top chocolate fantasy!

Sinful Brownie


1 lb - Cookie Dough
2 - 10oz Brownie Mix Packages
1 - Package of Resse's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups

1.  Lightly Grease/Butter an 8x8 casserole baking dish and preheat the oven to 375 F.

2. Spread the cookie dough evenly across the bottom.

3.  Place a layer of Reese's peanut butter cups.

4.  Prepare both packages of brownie mix according to package directions and then pour over the cookie dough and peanut butter cups.

5.  Bake for 45-50 minutes.

6.  Let cool and enjoy!

Have a great weekend and check back with us on Sunday, when we will let you know what events/festivals are happening around Tennessee for the next weekend. If you missed this weekend's list, you can find the post on our blog from this past Sunday, September 28, 2014!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Simply History: The Bell Witch

Welcome to October! Yes, it's time for Halloween with spooks and creeps. I wanted to start us off with a Spook from Tennessee. The entity is known as the Bell Witch. The Bell Witch is the most famous haunting in America. The story begins in Red River, which is now known as Adams, Tennessee in 1817, when John Bell Sr. began to be terrorized by the spirit of a witch. The Bell family had moved to Tennessee from North Carolina in the early 1800's. Mr. Bell was a farmer and had expanded his property to around 328 acres. It was during this expansion that he happened to come across a woman by the name of Kate Batts. According to legend, Kate had a disagreement with Mr. Bell over a slave and also believed that he had claimed/stolen some of her property that was adjacent to his. From then on, she was known to have cursed the Bell family regularly in public, so when the haunting began in 1817, many believed that Kate had conjured up a spirit to get even with the Bell family. The haunting began when John Bell came across an odd creature in his pasture. He was said to have shot the creature but it soon vanished. Later that evening, the home was disturbed with knocking on the doors and windows, the sound of wings on the ceiling and rats gnawing at the bed posts. The family did not find any evidence when they arose the next morning and decided to keep quiet about the events. Unfortunately, the haunting was only beginning. The "Witch Spirit" continued the assault on the family. Blankets would be ripped from the beds of their children, milk and sugar spilled across the kitchen floor and even food pulled from the mouths of the children. Betsy Bell was one of the children that the spirit seemed to focus on. She was subjected to being struck, pinched and having her hair pulled. Lucy and John Junior were mostly spared from the torture. However, John Jr. was said to have had many long and intense conversations with the witch spirit and held great animosity towards it. The children were not the only ones to deal with the spirit. The witch spirit disliked the family's slaves and would torture them with beatings, and not allow them to enter the home. One slave would carry an axe and "witch ball" to protect himself. No visitor to the property was safe. The future President of the United States, General Andrew Jackson, owned property in the town and insisted on visiting the Bell family due to all the stories. When Jackson came upon the property, the wheels of his wagon became stuck by an unforeseen force. The General was quoted as saying "By the eternal boys, this is the witch." The spirit replied, "All right, General, let the wagon move on. I will see you again tonight." The wagon was then released from the unforeseen hold and they continued on to the camp site.  When the evening came, a witch hunter was brought in to rid them of the evil. Soon, the sound of light footsteps was heard and a voice stated, "Alright, General, I am on hand and ready for business." The witch hunter had brought a gun with a silver bullet to shoot the witch spirit, but the gun would not fire. The hunter then ran from the tent in terror, proclaiming that he was being stuck with needles and had been grabbed by the nose. The spirit then stated, "How the devil did run and beg; I'll bet he won't come through here again with his old horse pistol to shoot me. I guess that's fun enough for tonight, General, and you can go to be now. I will come tomorrow night and show you another rascal in this crowd." Andrew Jackson was excited about the prospect for another visit, but his party did not want to stay any longer and he returned to Nashville. The haunting continued for several years and many believed that it caused the death of John Bell Sr. on December, 20, 1920. It was said that the witch spirit even crashed his funeral by singing vile drinking songs. You would think that after the death of Mr. Bell, the witch spirit would subside, but she did not. There are many stories left to tell about the Bell Witch, but it would be a very long blog post to tell you of them all. You can find out more online, or you can bravely visit Adams, TN and ask her yourself! I hope everyone has a great rest of the week, and be sure to join us again on Friday, for our Recipe of the Week! Till the next Haunting!

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