MEMPHIS ZOO TURNS 100
The Memphis Zoo recently celebrated its 100th birthday with a series of special events over Memorial Day Weekend. Founded in 1906, the zoo resides on 70 acres in Overton Park and has completed more than $77 million in renovations and expansions since the early 1990’s. Memphis is home to some of Tennessee’s great treasures, including Ya Ya and Le Le, the famous giant pandas.
BLACKBERRY FARM RANKS #1 FOR SERVICE IN THE WORLD BY TRAVEL + LEISURE Magazine
Topping the charts for the greatest service in the world, Blackberry Farm was recently rated by Travel + Leisure readers in the magazine's annual reader's poll as the best hotel around the globe for service.
Proprietor Sam Beall attributes the honor to the genuine southern hospitality of the local staff. "… The combination of having simply great people on staff and working hard to exceed guest expectations has made all the difference in the level of authentic service we provide our guests," says Beall.
Blackberry Farm's ranking is only the second time in history that an American property has held the top position. "It is just beautiful to see France, South Africa, Bali, India, Bangkok and Walland, Tenn. in the same survey,” Beall comments.
Travel + Leisure conducts its annual Reader's Poll that ranks properties all over the world in a variety of categories including service, cuisine, rooms, location and value. This is Travel + Leisure's 11th year to conduct the survey.
TENNESSEE BOASTS FIFTEEN EVENTS ON SOUTHEAST TOURISM SOCIETY’S LIST OF TOP 20 EVENTS
Tennessee landed 15 of the Top 20 Events on the Southeast Tourism Society’s third quarter list of Top 20 Events. A complete listing follows.
National Championship Fiddlers Jamboree and Craft Festival - June 30 - July 1
Family oriented fun and entertainment with old hand-made crafts found only in the Appalachian area of the U.S., Smithville, TN (615) 597-8500, www.dekalbtn.com
Jonesborough Days - July 1 - 2
A living historic town - Jonesborough,Tennessee's oldest town and the storytelling capital of the world, offering family fun and events. Jonesborough, TN (423) 753-1010, www.jonesboroughtn.org
Annual Patriot Festival - July 4
Outstanding entertainment, free admission, fun for the entire family. Pigeon Forge, TN (800) 251-9100, www.mypigeonforge.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Music City Independence Day Concert Spectacular - July 4
An evening of free entertainment, fun and fireworks. Nashville, TN (800) 657-6910, www.visitmusiccity.com
Fun Fest - July 14 - 22
Visitors come for the Crazy 8's 8-K run, the Tour de Possum Creek bike rides, the concerts and the hot air balloon launches. Kingsport, TN (423) 392-8800, www.funfest.net
For the Good Times: The Ray Price Story - Aug. 3, 2006 - June 2007
A tribute to American music architect Ray Price with exhibit running through June 2007. Nashville, TN (615) 416-2001 www.countrymusichalloffame.com or email@example.com
4th Annual Spring Time in the Smokies - Aug. 12 - 14
A gathering of top bluegrass musicians share one stage for two days of concerts, offered free of charge, in Patriot Park. Pigeon Forge, TN (800) 251-9100, www.mypigeonforge.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
7th Annual Celebrate Freedom - Aug. 12 - 19
An eight-day salute to America's veterans, patriots and heroes with a musical, theatrical journey through America's military history. Pigeon Forge, TN, (800) 251-9100, www.mypigeonforge.com or
Wilson County Fair - Aug. 18 - 26
Nine days of fun for the entire family includes entertainment, rides, pageants, agricultural exhibits and much more. Lebanon, TN (615) 443-2626, www.wilsoncountyfair.net or email@example.com
68th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration - Aug. 23 - Sept. 2
The oldest continually-running event in the state. Champions in 29 different divisions will be crowned. Also featured: a trade fair, stable decorating, BBQ cookout and much more. Shelbyville, TN (931) 684-5915, www.twhnc.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Music City Jazz, Blues & Heritage Festival - Sept. 2 - 3
Outstanding national and international talent will take the stage, along with some of Nashville 's finest local talent. Nashville, TN (800) 657-6910 www.visitmusiccity.com or email@example.com
BoomsDay - Sept. 3
Known as the nation's largest Labor Day fireworks show. Enjoy live music, all American food, and the "Goody's Family Fun Zone. Knoxville, TN (800) 727-8045, www.knoxville.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival - Sept. 22 - 23
This one of a kind event features more than 20 high flying hot air balloons, a balloon "glow", tethered balloon rides, arts and crafts and entertainment by local and national talent. Knoxville, TN (865) 694-6528, www.pstcc.edu or email@example.com
25th Annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow/Don Yahola Memorial - Sept. 23 - 24
Experience the beauty and passion of an American Indian Pow Wow - a time of gathering and celebrating with friends and family. Mt. Juliet, TN (615) 443-1537 firstname.lastname@example.org
10th Annual Pigeon Forge Harvest Festival - Sept. 29 - Oct. 31
A celebration of the harvest season, complete with colorful decorations and craft festivals. Pigeon Forge, TN (800) 251-9100, www.mypigeonforge.com or email@example.com
Tennessee, The Stage is Set For You