Destinations & Diversions: Quoth the raven, 'See this show!'

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Jonathan Rodriguez, playing Edgar Allan Poe, and Emily Winnette in a scene from “Nevermore.” Tickets can be purchased at
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The musical "Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe" will be presented July 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28 at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street.

Terry Cooper, left, and Rick Ruiz in a scene from “Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe,” which will be presented the next two weekends at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street.
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The musical depicts a fictionalized version of Poe's last days, as he looks back on his life and career.

Show times are 7 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances, 2 p.m. for the Sunday, July 28 matinee. Tickets can be purchased at

Other places to be this week:

Bedford County Fair

The 22nd annual Bedford County Fair will begin Monday and continue through July 27 at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road. The event features livestock shows, competition in everything from preserves to photography, live entertainment and a carnival midway.

The fun will actually get started early with a preview concert Saturday night at the ag center. Gates open at 5 p.m. Trailer Choir will be the main attraction, with Carly Collura and Carter's Chord also featured.

Admission is $10 at the gate, $9 in advance, with ages 6 and under admitted free of charge. For more information about the concert, call 931-684-0239 or go to

For more information about the fair, go to, call 931-842-4242 or email

Stuff The School Bus

United Way of Bedford County's "Stuff The School Bus" school supply drive continues through the end of the month but will have its namesake collection event 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Walmart, where donated school supplies will be loaded onto a school bus.

Ice cream supper

Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church will hold its annual ice cream supper Saturday at 5 p.m.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade ice cream and baked goods will be featured at this traditional event, which goes back decades.

VFW Music

VFW Post 5019, 1320 Wartrace Pike (Depot Street), will hold its monthly third-Saturday music night this weekend. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with the event from 6-9:30 p.m. James Smotherman & Friends will be featured but other acoustic musicians and singers are welcome. Admission is $3, and there will be a potluck meal. No alcohol or outside beverages are permitted. For more information, call 931-607-3149 or 931-684-2523.

School supply giveaway

From 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. today, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 203 East Lane St., will have a "fill your backpack" event. Families are invited to collect donated school supplies at no cost. Lunch and snacks will be served. Any supplies not given away will be given to United Way of Bedford County's "Stuff The School Bus" drive.

Tractor Pull

The Lions Super Pull of the South takes place Friday and Saturday in Chapel Hill.
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The Lions Super Pull of the South will be held Friday and Saturday in Chapel Hill. The massive tractor pull takes place next to Forrest School in Lions Motorsports Park.

The National Tractor Pull Association event features classes of Super Stock Diesel and Pro Stock Tractors, Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Mini and Unlimited Multi-Engine Modifieds competing for their share of a $100,000 total purse in the two-night event.

For tickets, go to or call 931-364-2236.

Car show and craft fair

Caney Spring Baptist Church in Chapel Hill will hold a car show and craft fair 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday. To register a vehicle, call 931-364-3180. To sign up for a craft fair booth, call 615-300-5784.

Clothing giveaway

Caney Spring Baptist Church in Chapel Hill will have a clothing giveaway Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Because of the large amount of donated clothing the church has on hand, the giveaway is open to everyone regardless of need. On Friday only, from 2-7 p.m., the Maury Regional Mobile Health Van will be conducting free screenings.

For more information, call 615-300-5784.

'The Wiz'

"The Wiz," a soul-filled stage adaptation of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," continues through Sunday at the Center For The Arts in Murfreesboro.

"We've been trying to get 'The Wiz' on the Center's stage for a decade now," said Center for the Arts board member Dr. Gloria Bonner. "My daughter is now a professional actress. It all started when she was 3 years old and I took her to see 'The Wiz.'She realized at that young age that is what she wanted to do with her life.I would love another little child to look at our stage and become inspired to be something great."

After Dorothy gets swept up in a tornado, she finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz.

"It beautifully provides social commentary while remaining consistent with the central themes of family, self-love & home. It was an influential work of art that informed me about the potential of creativity... the importance of knowledge," said director and choreographer Patriq James.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets start at $14 and are currently on sale at, by calling 615-904-2787, or at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 110 West College Street in downtown Murfreesboro.

Natural Fiber Extravaganza

The Alpaca Owners Association Natural Fiber Extravaganza takes place Friday through Sunday at the Wilson County Exposition Center in Lebanon and will feature:

• Dozens of vendors selling a variety of items, many all natural and local

• Alpaca Yoga (free to the public Friday 9 -- 10 a.m. and Saturday 9 -- 10 a.m. and 10:30 -- 11:30 a.m. The class is free and open to the first 50 participants to arrive. To reserve a spot, visit

• Free Knitting Circle

• Hands-on Workshops

• Children's Activities

• Selfies with alpacas

• Fleece, Fiber and Farm Seminars

• Livestock Business Seminars

• AOA Annual Meeting

• Photo Contest Display

• Student Design Competition Winners' Display

• National Fleece Show

Admission to the event is free. Workshops and seminars are available to paid registrants or can be purchased α la carte. Details are available at

About those alpaca selfies: Because alpacas don't have the opposable thumbs required to operate the camera, you are going to have to help them out a bit. Some alpaca selfie suggestions:

• Bring a smart phone or camera.

• Bring your sense of humor and perseverance.

• Alpacas prefer to be touched on the neck, sides and back. They don't love being scratched behind the ears or on the head.

• Do not stand behind the alpaca. They think you're pretty cute too and prefer to keep you in sight!

• They may hum a tune for you while you are taking your selfie. Feel free to sing along!

The alpaca product vendors at this event will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. -- 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 am. -- 4 p.m. These vendors will offer a variety of spectacular and one-of-a-kind items such as alpaca sweaters, shawls, socks, stuffed animals and for the knitters and weavers out there, a variety of natural yarns to choose from! Vendors will also offer a variety of natural and locally produced items.

For more information about the alpaca business, watch the industry's video at To learn more about the show visit

'We Will Rock You'

"We Will Rock You," a stage musical based on the songs of Queen, will open Friday and continue through July 27 at the Arts Center of Cannon County, in Woodbury.

The play is set in a globalized future without musical instruments. A handful of rock revels, the Bohemians, fight against a corporation called Globalsoft, headed by the Killer Queen.

Ben Elton, who has written for "The Young Ones" and "Blackadder," wrote the book, incorporating 24 hit songs by Queen.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays. For tickets or more information, go to or call 615-563-2787. The Arts Center is located on 1424 John Bragg Highway, just west of Woodbury.