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What does your family like to do in the Shelbyville area?

Posted Monday, July 11, 2011, at 6:55 AM

QuietMike wants to know "What are some of your favorite family activities in the Shelbyville area?"

I suppose a family can be the traditional parents and kids, but since our daughter went to the University, ours is a little "older" in perspective.

If you know someone who has strong opinions about this, make sure they get on here to have their say.


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Since we live out of town it is mostly to visit with family and friends, and drive around the city and county to see what has changed since we were last there. We are looking forward to driving the new bypass to see Northeast Bedford County from a different perspective.

-- Posted by leeiii on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 10:04 AM

I occasionally take my girls to the Rec park to play on the playground as well as walking the trail that is there. But that is just about it. Shelbyville doesn't really offer that much when it comes to families and pre-teens.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 10:35 AM

My family doesnt really do much together as family activities in Shelbyville. We like to go out to eat but prefer places that are that are out of town compared to what Shelbyville offers. We go shopping but what does Shelbyville have? Walmart?.......We like flea markets, drag races, an occasional trip to a waterpark and went recently to a horror convention that we really enjoyed. There is nothing like that here. My teenagers and I go to the Capri theater for a movie sometimes but not often. I have lived here all of my life and probably will always live here but we go out of town for most everything we do. The only other things that we do as a family that Shelbyville has to offer is the Christmas parade to take my grandson and to the fireworks show on the 4th of July at the park which was cancelled this year and my husband sometimes takes my son fishing at fishermans park.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 11:06 AM

We like to go bowling, especially now that it's too hot outside. We also go to the free horse shows at Calsonic and special events, like the Shakespeare Festival.

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 12:41 PM

Movies at the Capri, but they need so do major updating of their equipment. The picture quality is poor to say the least~! I am not sure, but I don't think their equipment is digital, is why it appears their picture quailty is inferior to other theaters. When my sons come from out of town they won't even consider the Capri because of the picture quality.

-- Posted by justwanaknow on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 12:41 PM

Actually the Capri has done a lot of renovating over the past several years with new seats and etc. No, they don't have digital projection but that kind of equipment is very expensive and considering they charge far less for tickets and concession than the big chain theaters, I am sure they would be hard press to afford and maintain such equipment. I saw a movie there last year and I didn't think the picture quality was that bad and I go see a lot of movies in digital and 3D at the bigger theaters. I think the current setup they have gives it a certain charm and nostalgia that takes me back to when I was child.

But yeah, you can't expect the Capri to have all the amenities of a bigger chain when it only has two screens and offers a lower price that is more reasonable for families.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 7:45 AM

We like to "hang out" with friends, hence the garden club. Many of us do not have the space or ability to host the group, so meeting at a public site seems to work well.

The Fly offers a good selection of art, (go to see Shawna's work there now) but somehow I don't see it as an adult "hang-out". They probably appreciate that.

I enjoy nature, so the "area" provides many selections. Not just Bedford County, but you can't expect one County to have it all. I do not hunt anymore, but there is still fishing and water sports, camping, hiking, bicycling, regular sports (surprised that was not already covered).

During my wild and crazy college days, I used to just get in the car and drive to places I had never been. That took me down a lot of small roads, small towns (sometimes just a general store) and always interesting people if I stopped and took the time to start a conversation.

Boring? Not really. I like learning and I was heavy into photography, so all of this went together well. That stuff exists today, but we have allowed our interest to flow towards technology, handheld games, the internet, etc.

Those are great too, in moderation but ....... I am getting on my soap box. Time to step down.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 7:50 AM

Many years ago when I had a car (before it died) and gas prices were cheaper, I used to load the kids up and just start driving around. My kids love seeing how smaller towns operate without all of the fast food restaurants littering the streets. And people sitting out on their front porches who are the most polite people that you could ever meet and always throw their hands up as you drive by. We still take trips through Alexandria sometimes to visit my where my great grandparents grew up, which of course is not in Bedford County, but it's a quite small town.

We haven't gotten the chance to drive around here in Bedford County to see what we could find yet.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 9:45 AM

Alexandria is one of the towns I used to visit! It was on one of my main "wandering" conduits out from MTSU.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 10:14 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.