Destinations & Diversions: Wildlife, wine, and holiday cheer

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Duck River chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold a youth event from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road. There will be free food along with a variety of activities and displays, including air rifles and archery. All children under 18 are welcome, along with their parents. The purpose of the event is to promote sportsmanship and citizenship. For more information, call 931-703-4452 or email

Other places to be jolly this week:

Wine walk

Participants at last year’s Wine Walk enjoy a tasting. This year’s event, the seventh annual, will take place 4-8 p.m. Friday at various merchants on and near the square. Tastings are free, but you can purchase a special commemorative wine glass, with proceeds to benefit the library.
T-G File Photo by Jason M. Reynolds

The 7th annual Wine Walk will take place 4-8 p.m. Friday at various merchants around and near the square. Merchants will have free wine tastings. There's no charge to participate, but for a $10 donation you can purchase a special commemorative wine glass, with proceeds to benefit Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library.

'Christmas Belles'

The comedy "Christmas Belles" will be presented in dinner theater format Friday and Saturday, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the performance at 7 p.m. There will also be a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m., without a meal. Tickets for the evening performances are $23 and $25, depending on seat location, and tickets for the matinee are $11.50 and $13.50. Tickets can be purchased at

Celebration Christmas

The third annual "A Celebration Christmas" will be held Saturday inside Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds. Hours will be 4-7 p.m.

Attractions at the event include a live nativity scene; free photos with Santa Claus; live entertainment; an indoor "Polar Express" ride; a petting zoo; pony rides; vendor booths and more.

Admission and parking are free, but those attending are asked to bring either canned food items or a toy.

For more information about the event, call the Celebration, 931-684-5915.

Pictures with Santa

First Community Bank, 207 Elm St., will host Santa Claus for photos between 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Bring a camera. Pick an ornament and have it personalized. Also, you may mail your Santa letters from the bank.

Lessons and Carols

The Webb School will host its annual celebration of Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. today in the chapel. A reception will follow in the Grace Follin Dining Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Christmas market

Carriage House Inn will host a Christmas mini-market for residents and for the public from 2-6 p.m. Friday.

Dementia tour

The Caregiver Relief Program will host a virtual dementia tour at Carriage House Inn, 311 Colloredo Blvd., from 1-4 p.m. Friday. To RSVP, call 684-1155.

Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast with Santa will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday at St. William Catholic Church. The cost for the pancake meal will be $5.


God's Plan Ministry will hold a giveaway from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Gateway Church, 1250 Madison Street. Items will include clothing, household items, baby items, bedding, purses and more. Items may not be re-sold. Prayer partners will be available.


The Loft church on Elm Street will hold its monthly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday, open to the public. The guest speaker is Jeff Rogers from Cleveland.

Christmas concert

The First Baptist Church Celebration Choir will hold a free Christmas concert for all ages on Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. No tickets are required.

'Knife's Tell'

Daniel Dark will hold an author reading and book signing at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. His book, "Knife's Tell," is horror fiction set in 1888 London featuring a serial killer.

Guns sell

A gun show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Tullahoma National Guard Armory, 142 East Carol St. Hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 865-310-5427.

Candle lighting

The Highland Rim Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will join hundreds of chapters around the globe Sunday for the 21st TCF Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony. A continuous circle of light is created to honor the memory of all children who have died, at any age and from any cause.

The ceremony will take place at Cedar Lane Church of Christ, 1200 Cedar Lane in Tullahoma.

Participants are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. and to bring a memento or photo of their child, no larger than 8" by 10". They may also bring Holiday finger foods to be shared after the ceremony. For more information, call 931-455-2964 or 931-962-0458.

'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

The Arts Center of Cannon County, in Woodbury, will present the comedy "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" this Saturday at 2 p.m., and again Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.

Everyone agreed that the six Herdman kids were absolutely "the worst kids in the entire history of the world." They lied, they stole, they hit little kids, they talked dirty, and even the girls smoked cigars. They were guilty of every unmentionable childhood crime and had thought of more than a few original ones! Sunday school was a safe haven for the other children because the Herdmans never went there. But, when they take over the church Christmas pageant (although none of them has ever attended church, or heard the Christmas story before), the first Christmas becomes new and real in some pretty surprising ways.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling the Arts Center box office at 615-563-2787 or online at

The Arts Center is located on 1424 John Bragg Highway, just west of Woodbury.

Dailey & Vincent

Grand Ole Opry members Dailey & Vincent will perform their show "Spirit Of Christmas" at 7 tonight at Columbia State Community College in Columbia. The newest members of the Grand Ole Opry, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music. Their unique blend of bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music along with the fantastically instinctive vocal blends of Dailey's tenor and Vincent's reedy harmonies, has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students. The box office opens at 6 p.m. in the Kenneth and Ramona Cherry Theater, located in the Waymon L. Hickman Building on the Columbia campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Columbia Campus is located at 1665 Hampshire Pike.

Holiday fest with Santa

Brightwood College will host its second annual Holiday Fest with Santa Thursday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the campus located at 750 Envious Lane in Nashville. The event is free and open to the public. Family-friendly activities will include photos with Santa and writing "thank you" notes for military troops in partnership with Operation Gratitude. The event will feature refreshments, a tacky sweater contest, crafts, giveaways and more. Attendees 18 and older can enter to win prizes such as Amazon gift cards.

"This event always serves to bring our community together as we celebrate the season," said campus president Haley Johnson. "We love hosting the community at our campus, from faculty and students to families and even Santa! Plus, through Operation Gratitude, we have the chance to share our thanks and spread the holiday cheer beyond our neighborhoods with the military serving our country."

For more information about Brightwood College in Nashville, go to

Tim Rushlow

Tim Rushlow & His Big Band will perform numerous times throughout December as part of a residency at the historic Nashville Palace, which will be transformed into a 1960s-style Las Vegas supper club.

Rushlow, joined by his daughter Bailey, and his 20 piece all-star Big Band, will entertain audiences with Christmas classics made famous by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Dean Martin, as well as fan favorites from Judy Garland, Buddy Holly and many others.

"As a true fan of the holidays, the celebrations and music that goes with them, it is an honor to have the opportunity to perform my Christmas shows at The Nashville Palace," said Rushlow. "These timeless songs are national treasures and doing them exactly as they were written with a 20 piece Big Band takes us all to that magical place where everyone is a kid! This is an unbelievably special show!"

The show will be presented Friday and Saturday, as well as Dec. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 and on New Year's Eve.

For more information, go to

'A Christmas Carol'

Martin Methodist College in Pulaski will present a stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story "A Christmas Carol" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Martin Hall Auditorium on campus. There's no admission charge.

English Professor Dr. Kayla Wiggins adapted the story to the stage and serves as the director.

"When Charles Dickens wrote 'A Christmas Carol,' he kicked off a vogue for Christmas ghost stories and produced the best-loved and most-adapted Christmas novel of all time," said Wiggins. "I have been a lifelong fan of Dickens' tale, and I've read it every Christmas for over 30 years. I wanted to present a version of the story that would speak to modern children but still interest adults and keep the flavor of Dickens' wonderful writing. I also wanted everyone to have fun, and I think we've achieved that."