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Make Summer Last in Tennessee

If you haven’t had all the summer fun you can this year, (and who has?) then now’s the time to hit the road for Tennessee. It is NOT time for summer fun to end! Tennessee Tourism is helping travelers take advantage of the last few weeks of summer with a “Make Summer Last” Campaign. What better way to get Tennessee on everyone’s mind than presenting awesome ways to soak up summer? Here are a couple of ways YOU can make summer last, too. For even more ideas, visit


Hear the crack of a bat while chowing down on hotdogs and waiting for that perfect foul ball catch at an upcoming Smokies baseball game. Games are scheduled throughout the summer with a decent amount scheduled at their home stadium, Smokies Park. Spend a balmy summer night under the baseball field lights. Fireworks are even set off every Friday night.

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Of course, if you want to be in on the outdoor action, East Tennessee is full of outdoor adventures from rock climbing to kayaking and even tubing and riding ATVs. Soar high above the trees hang gliding in Chattanooga; rock climb in Knoxville or hike along trails to Abram or Laurel Falls in Sevierville. Whichever action-packed activity you’re itching to try, Tennessee has you covered.


It’s not surprising Nashville is bursting at the seams in cultural activities slated for the rest of the summer with Live on the Green, art exhibits and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

Live on the Green will perform its first 2013 concert 5 p.m. Aug. 8 with Matt and Kim, ZZ Ward and Gin Wigmore in Public Square Park, adjacent to Nashville’s Metropolitan Courthouse. Concerts will continue through the summer 5 p.m. every Thursday night until Sept. 12. Food, music and fun activities can be expected every week.

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Help the Nashville Shakespeare Festival celebrate 25 years by attending the festival’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and Labor Day Monday Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 at Centennial Park Bandshell. Food and drinks will be available on-site and patrons are encouraged to give a $10 donation.

You still have a chance to catch Bruce Munro’s stunning “Light” exhibition until Nov. 10 at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. The fiber optic lights and creative materials form a kind of wonderland for the visitor. Family Night Out is also happening 6:30 p.m. every Thursday evening until July 26, featuring music, a magic show, a puppet show and, of course, the opportunity to see Munro’s exhibit. Tickets are $15.


Take it easy with shopping, music and a sunset cruise as you face the remaining summer months. Browse over 200 vendors at Friendly Frank’s Flea Market Aug. 2-4 at the Jackson Fairgrounds Park in Jackson, Tenn. The market is open the first full weekend of every month with the exception of July and September. From art to jewelry and crafts, you’ll find a plethora of things to see and purchase.Memphis riverboat

Take a Paddlewheeler boat a few miles up and down the Mississippi River, which is a great way to sightsee and learn about Tennessee’s rich history in Memphis. Evening Dinner and Music Cruises make for a lovely evening on the water for two hours. Tickets include a buffet-style meal of barbecue pulled pork, grilled marinated chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, vegetables and dessert. Music ranging from R&B, blues and jazz will orchestrate your night under the stars.

Catch a blues concert series, “Concert on the Porch,” which will feature two of West Tennessee’s most noted bluesmen, David Evans and Elmo Lee Thomas. They will perform 7 p.m. July 20 on the porch of the Sleepy John Estes home on the grounds of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tenn.  Local and regional artists will perform on the porch during this summer music series.


How will you spend the remaining summer months? Let me know in the comments below!

Hey! I’m Amanda Stravinsky, a born-and-raised Jersey girl who now makes her home in the awesome, musically-inclined city of...Read on

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