Destinations and Diversions: It's Wartrace Horse Show time

Thursday, July 31, 2014
The Wartrace Horse Show has more than a century of tradition, and ties in with Wartrace's status as the Cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse. This year's show will take place Saturday night at the show grounds in Wartrace. (T-G File Photo by René Capley)

The 108th annual Wartrace Horse Show will start at 6 p.m. Saturday. The show will feature 31 classes; nine are Riders Cup. For more information, call show manager Roy Ferguson or show secretary Heather Beard at 931-703-3349.

Relay fundraisers

The Calsonic Kansei North America (CKNA) "Fight Club" team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold a poker run Saturday beginning at CKNA's location on Stanley Boulevard. Registration is 8-9 a.m. with the last bike out at 10 a.m. and the last bike in at 2:30 p.m.

* Meanwhile, the Relay For Life county organizing committee will have a yard sale 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Edgemont Baptist Church, 150 Fairfield Pike.

Country gospel

County gospel singer Roy Wilson will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Living Water Church for First Saturday Night Singing.

Ice cream supper

Flat Creek Community Center will host an ice cream supper from 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Cost includes hamburgers, baked beans, slaw, drink, and homemade dessert and ice cream.

At the Fair

Bedford County Fair continues through Saturday night at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. Tonight, there will be an open beef show, a smoker truck and tractor pull, and entertainment by the Midstate Cloggers and Payton Taylor. Friday, there will be a lawn and garden tractor pull, a pleasure horse show, a sheep show, and entertainment by the Wanna Beatles, a tribute band. Saturday, there's a miniature donkey show, an antique tractor pull, a meat goat show, a mule show, and entertainment by Jeff Whitlow and the Old Barn.

The carnival midway opens at 6 p.m. tonight and Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday.

'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'

The Teen Actors Guild will present "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" opening Friday and continuing through Aug. 10 at the Manchester Arts Center. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, 2 p.m. on Sundays.

The lively musical is about frontiersmen in 1850s Oregon -- when one brother marries, the other six decide they need wives too and decide to kidnap six women from a neighboring town. It's based on the classic MGM film and on the story "The Sobbin' Women" by Stephen Vincent Benet.

For ticket information, go to or called 931-570-4489

Saddle up

Middle Tenneessee State University's Ann Campbell Early Learning Center will benefit from "Saddle Up," a western-themed fund-raiser with beer, barbecue and wine, 6:30 p.m. today at the MTSU Foundation House, 324 W, Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro (next to Tennessee Miller Coliseum).

Funds raised at this year's event will be used to continue expanding services at the ACE Learning Center, which is Rutherford County's only community- and center-based program serving very young children, including those with special needs. The center was formerly known as Project Help and was renamed last spring to honor its founder, the late MTSU special education professor Ann Campbell.

For only $50 per ticket, guests can show off their favorite jeans, boots and cowboy hats while they enjoy a Western-themed evening filled with barbecue from Bob's BBQ, beer donated by Mayday Brewer and wine from Stones River Total Beverage.

Guests will be treated to live music from Rhythm Kitchen as well as a "step & repeat" with Cynthia Jones Photography at Studio C. "Saddle Up" also will include a silent auction featuring spa packages, golf excursions, gift baskets and cards, cookware, trips to the Nashville Zoo, a hosted holiday party and more.

For information on sponsoring the event and tickets, contact Saddle Up Chair Lindsey Fournier at Tickets also are available by calling the ACE Learning Center at 615-898-2458.


Walking Horse Owners' Association's 36th annual International Pleasure & Colt Grand Championship Walking Horse Show continues through Saturday night at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro. Show time is 4 p.m. today, 4 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday. Go to for more information.

Civil War author

Author and Civil War historian Shirley Farris Jones will recount the story of General John Hunt Morgan and his wife Mattie Ready Morgan 5:30 p.m. in the parlors of Oaklands Historic House Museum in Murfreesboro. Tickets are $10.

The mansion is located at 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro. For more information, call 615-893-0022 or go to

Women's show

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna will hold its annual Women's Show from 5-7 p.m. today. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required by going to or calling 615-342-1919.

The show will include more than 40 vendors featuring health, wellness, beauty and fashion, along with women's and back-to-school fashion shows, food and wine presentations, and health screenings.

The hospital is located at 200 StoneCrest Blvd. in Smyrna.

Battle of Franklin

The Battle of Franklin Trust will reveal "Battle Scarred," an exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, Saturday in The Fleming Center at Carnton Plantation in Franklin.

This special showcase will be on display until April 26, 2015, which is the 150th anniversary of the day Confederate Gen. J. E. Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee in 1865.

"Battle Scarred" is a chronologically-organized experience that will begin in 1860 and continue through the events of Nov. 30, 1864. Covering more than 1,600 square feet, this display will capture the importance of the Battle of Franklin as part of our national heritage. The eyewitness accounts include graphics, light, sound, and more than 100 artifacts.

Highlights of the exhibition include a variety of never-before-displayed items and enlistment cards for each visitor outlining the military service of a soldier involved in the Battle of Franklin. The enlistment cards are intended to help participants personalize the ramifications of such a battle, and the fate of each soldier will be revealed.

The average self-guided tour can last from 30 to 60 minutes. Tickets are $10 per adult and can be purchased on-site and do not include a tour of Carnton Plantation. The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Local families and visitors will have additional time to explore and enjoy the exhibit at monthly family nights sponsored by Williamson Medical Center. These educational evenings will take place after hours on the third Thursday of each month during the exhibit.

For more information, go to

Art show and sale

The Maury Regional Health Care Foundation will hold its annual Art Effects Show and Sale from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Memorial Building in downtown Columbia. The show will feature works from more than 30 regional artists. The

Memorial Building is located at 308 West 7th Street in Columbia. For more information, call 931-380-4075 or go to

Holly Williams

On Friday, Holly Williams will perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's summer fundraising series, Hot Nights at the Hall. Free to members and staged in the museum's sixth floor event hall overlooking downtown Nashville, the evening, hosted by WSIX-FM's Amy Paige, will feature an acoustic set by Williams, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Proceeds will benefit The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Williams has released three studio albums and owns a popular women's boutique in Nashville, Tennessee. Williams' most recent album released in 2013, "The Highway," ranked #1 on the Billboard heat-seekers chart and features Dierks Bentley, Jakob Dylan, Gwyneth Paltrow and others. Williams has been on tour with legendary acts like Loretta Lynn, John Prine and Sheryl Crow. Her hit singles include "Keep The Change," "Mama," and "Drinkin'."

Individual tickets are available to non-members for $20 per show; individual museum memberships start at $45. Show tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (615) 291-8419 or online at

Fall Hunting Classic

Bass Pro Shops stores across the country, including the one at Opry Mills on Briley Parkway in Nashville will hold their annual Fall Hunting Classic beginning on Friday. The event offers free seminars led by nationally recognized professional hunters, special offers, and a chance to win a special hunting trip.

A sweepstakes will offer attendees the chance to win a $9,000 helicopter hunting trip in Texas with Brian "Pigman" Quaca. Go to for details.

This Sunday, the Nashville location will feature free hunting classes; a meet-and-greet with Randy Birdson of the TV show "HeadHunters"; a program on "Youth in the Outdoors" by Kelsey, host of "Bass Pro Shops Next Generation"; a presentation on deer hunting by Alex Rutledge of the TV show "Wright Tool's Bloodline" and Ty Smith, a Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame member; and a presentation by "First Lady of Hunting" Brenda Valentine. Special workshops will be available for women interested in learning to hunt or improving their skills.

A bow and crossbow trade-in event will benefit shoppers, while the old bows and crossbows will be given to non-profit groups which teach children about the outdoors.