Even though there is a small chance of snow this weekend, ugh, our annual Trails and Trilliums Festival is the BIG ‘welcome to Spring on the mountain’ event this Saturday 9:30 am-3:30pm and Sunday 10 am-2pm at DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle. Although the date has passed to register for one of their 25 guided hikes, naturalist presentations, workshops, and author talks, there will still be plenty to see and do. All weekend you can shop for native plants to add to your landscaping, purchase worm castings for your garden, and visit numerous garden and outdoor-themed vendors / crafters and food trucks. There will also be music too. One of the coolest components of this fun weekend is the family-focused activities, like the hands-on wildlife program, marshmallows and marsupials at the fire circle, owl-ology learning, explore the firefly fairy village, nature night family campfire and the Davy Crockett program. All of the family activities are free for both the kids and the parents. This wonderful event is put on every year by the Friends of the South Cumberland, with all proceeds benefiting our state park.
Congratulations to the Cumberland Heights Thrift Store grand re-opening this past Tuesday. They will now be open 9 am-2pm every Tuesday. The store is located on old Hwy 56 across from GRACE and SDA church, and down the street from Mountain TOP. This is a non-profit thrift store benefiting the residents of Grundy.
Big local news, HunterGirl made it to the Top 24 on American Idol, and The Caverns made it to the Final Round of Garden & Gun magazine’s 11th annual ‘Favorite Southern Music Venue’. As of this writing, they were neck and neck with Asheville’s iconic music venue, The Orange Peel. Bring home the win!
Lastly, don’t forget to sign-up for this year’s Mountain Goat Trail Run on April 16!
Weekend highlights: (Disclaimer, events may change or cancel)
Friday – Sunday – Zipline at Bigfoot Adventure, Tracy City. Fri / Sat 9 and 11 am, 1, 3, and 5 pm Sun 11 am, 1, 3, and 5 pm Book online www.bigfootadventure.com or call (931) 488-8652. $$
Friday – Sunday – Live music at The Local 2, Monteagle, Fri / Sat 8 pm, Sun 2-6 pm No Cover. No Cover.
Friday & Saturday – Live music at Smokehouse Patio Grill, Monteagle, Friday starts at 6:30 pm, Saturday starts at 4:30 pm No Cover.
Friday & Saturday – Social at Hank’s Corner Grille, Tracy City. No Cover
Friday & Saturday – Pool / Social at The Green Room, Tracy City, opens at 4 pm No Cover.
Friday & Saturday – Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Caverns, 6 pm www.thecaverns.com $$
Saturday & Sunday – 18th Annual Trails & Trilliums Festival at DuBose Conference Center. Sat 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Sun 10 am – 2 pm
April 9 – Monthly Food Distribution at Morton Memorial UMC, Monteagle. 8 am – 10 am
April 9 – St. Thomas Mobile Health Unit at Christ Church Episcopal, Tracy City, 9 am – 1 pm Free
April 9 – Monteagle Egg Hunt, 10 am at Hannah Pickett Park. Tracy City Egg Hunt, 11 am at Old Roundhouse Park.
Every Day – The Caverns offers daily cave tours on the hour, every hour. 9 am to 5 pm $ 22.95 adults / $ 12.95 ages 3-12 plus tax and fees. Adventure tours available.
Every Day – Coalmont OHV Park is not open yet, but the parking lot at the end of B Mine Rd is available for use. $ 10 donation.
April 16 – Annual Mountain Goat Trail Race, half marathon, 5 mile run, and 2 mile walk, all end at Mountain Outfitters, Monteagle. Register at www.mountaingoattrail.org
April 16 – Beersheba Springs Egg Hunt, 11 am at the ball park.
April 23 & 24 – National Cornbread Festival at Downtown South Pittsburg.
April 2022 – Coalmont OHV Park Grand Opening!
June 9 – July 2 – Camp Gailor-Maxon at DuBose Conference Center, 1st-12th graders. $$
June 11-Aug 7 – 140th Season at Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, Monteagle.
June 12 – July 23 – Mountain TOP Summer Camp programs. All ages.
June 17-20 – 20th Annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (18th & 19th cxld) at Great Stage Park, Manchester. Tickets on sale now. 4-day tickets starting at $ 330pp
June 18 – July 17 – 65th Annual Sewanee Summer Music Festival at Sewanee. For more information call: (931) 598-1225
June 26-July 9 – 28th Annual Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference at Sewanee. For more information call: (931) 598-1541. $ 2550pp
July 19-31 – 32nd Annual Sewanee Writers’ Conference at Sewanee. For more information call: (931) 598-1654. $ 1800pp
July 30 – Swiss Heritage Festival at Stocker-Stampfli Farm, Gruetli Laager. Celebrating the 153rd year since the Swiss families settled the Colony of Gruetli. Call (931) 235-3029 or (615) 800-9617 for info.
July 30 – Car Show at Beersheba Ball Park, 3 pm Food vendors, raffle, $ 10 per car.
July 30 & 31 – 63rd Annual Monteagle Mountain Market for Arts & Crafts at Monteagle. Call (931) 924-5353 for info.
Aug 4-7 – 127 Yard Sale, world’s longest yard sale. www.127yardsale.com
Aug 27 & 28 – 56th Annual Beersheba Springs Arts & Crafts Fair at Beersheba Springs. Call (931) 235-4081 or (931) 281-9014 for info.
Oct 8 – Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp, Altamont.
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