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The Rural Heritage Trust of Southwest Tennessee invites everyone to get out and enjoy many opportunities in the countryside of Shelby County, southern Tipton County and western Fayette County between now and the end of the year (2019). Whether it is a leisurely drive through the rolling hills and meadows to view the Fall Foliage, a visit to one of the unique restaurants along the way or to a holiday season event in one of the municipalities or communities – there is plenty of charm and enlightenment!





******    January, 2020    ******


Friday Evenings in January

Steak Night
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Shelby Forest General Store – 7729 Benjestown Road, Millington, 38053
Join us every Friday night from 6:00 – 8:00 PM for Steak Night. It’s a friendly and social event, offering live bluegrass banjo pickin! (Last steaks go on the grill at 7:45 PM)
Our 10-oz Grade A Select, custom-cut ribeyes (fresh, never frozen) are from Charlie’s Meat Market and they bathe in Kristin’s own secret marinade until they are grilled to perfection. The $14.99 steak dinner comes with sides of slaw, Texas toast, and french fries. Add 1/2 dozen fried shrimp for only $5.99-our ‘Surf and Turf.’ Still hungry? We’ve got cheesecake, chocolate satin pie, and key lime pie for only $2.99. Or, your choice of 12 different fried pies, for $1.99. For the lil’ tykes, we offer a kid’s meal for only $5.99.  They receive a 2-piece chicken strip dinner with french fries and applesauce.
When we started Steak Night nearly 15 years ago with our lone banjo-picker Tony Butler, we would say folks came for the steaks and enjoyed the music. Through the years, more and more musicians started coming and now we regularly have 8-10 including a stand-up bass or two, a fiddle, guitars, mandolin, harmonicas, and more. Now it feels more like people are coming for the music and enjoying the steaks!
Come see for yourself and you decide which it is.(901-876-5770) www.shelbyforestgeneralstore..com


Now thru January 10

Christmas Tree (and more) Recycling
24 Hours a Day
Showplace Arena at the Agricenter
105 S. Germanton Road

People and business are dropping off their discarded holiday waste and greenery at the Agricenter, where Shelby County Public Works is once again operating a recycling center. From now until Jan. 10, people can drop off their old trees and other greenery such as wreaths at the designated location near the Showplace Arena on South Germantown Road, just as long as all tinsel and decorations are removed. The county says the mulch from the trees will be used in county sponsored environmental projects. Right next to the tree dropoff location, there’s an area for people to recycle their Christmas boxes and wrapping paper.
Before you put out those Christmas boxes, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office wants you to be mindful that those boxes you put out may entice criminals and thieves to come to your house. They suggest making sure you’re tearing those boxes down, cutting them up or recycling them if you can. The initiative is funded by a litter removal grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

(www.agricenter.org  901-757-777 or Showplace Arena, 901-378-7470)


Saturday, January 4

BuffaGLO 4K Fun Run 6:00 p.m.

Shelby Farms Park, 6903 Great View Road North (901-222-7275)
Contact Information: Caroline Norris (cnorris@shelbyfarmspark.com, 901-222-7292)
See the lights of Starry Nights at the speed of light at the BuffaGLO Run! This untimed 4K fun run winds through the lights show in Shelby Farms Park. This last night of Starry Nights, presented by International Paper, is fun for all ages! Dogs are welcome, but must remain on leash, leash in hand during this event. Participants will receive a special glow-in-the-dark race shirt. Hang out in Mistletoe Village to enjoy the firepits with your free hot chocolate. The Glice skating rink will be open, along with beer & s’mores for sale. Get a running start on your new year! Proceeds from the BuffaGLO Run help keep Shelby Farms Park + Shelby Farms Greenline running.


Friday, January 10

Wolf River Conservancy Full Moon Bonfire
6:30 p.m. – 10:00p.m.

William B. Clark State Natural Area (www.wolfriver.org  901-452-6500)
On the Banks of the Wolf River, TN Hwy 194 at Rossville, 38066
This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are requested.

Come celebrate the first full moon of 2020 with the Wolf River Conservancy on the banks of the Wolf River just north of Rossville, TN. The Native Americans (ie, First People) knew it as the Wolf Moon. The howls of the wolves increased in both volume and frequency along with the length of the nights and the cool weather carried their songs a greater distance. The difficulty encountered in finding adequate prey often brought the pack closer to the villages.
At 6:30 pm, we will gather around the bonfire at the boat ramp on the east side Highway 194 just north of Rossville, Tn. You will notice the group on your right just after you cross the river. Turn right into the parking area when you see a sign marking the entrance to the William B. Clark State Natural Area. There is no rain date for this event. The parking area consists of small, limestone rock so it will usable in the event rain occurs earlier in the day. Remember, this is an outside event so be sure and dress accordingly. If you love to stand close to the flame, you may want to wear old clothing because sparks often get airborne out of the fire. Also bring a small flashlight, chairs, food to share and your choice of beverage. For any questions, please contact Jim Gafford, Director of Outreach, at (901) 573-2353 (call/text) or by email at jim.gafford@wolfriver.org.


Friday, January 17

Marty Haggard, A Tribute To Merle Haggard, My Dad
7:30 p.m.

Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center, 3663 Appling Road, Bartlett
Box Office: 901-385-5588 (Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) www.bpacc.org
Celebrate the music of country music legend Merle Haggard thoughtfully performed by his son Marty.


Saturday, January 18

15th Annual Swamp Stomper 25K/50K Trail Race
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, 910 Riddick Road, Millington (901-876-5215)
The Swamp Stomper 50k/25k has taken place annually in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park since 2006. This year marks the 15th running of Swamp Stomper. Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park or simply "The Forest" as it's referred to by many local trail runners, is a common destination for area trail runners looking for a solid workout and a quiet place to escape to. The park trails (and race course) offer a little bit of everything from fast flowing sections to tough climbs and technical descents. The race course is 99% single-track trail and makes use of the Pioneer Springs Trail (blue blazes), Woodland Trail (red loop), and Chickasaw Bluff Trail (white blazes). The 25K is an out-and-back course with approximately 1500ft of elevation gain and the 50K is a double out-and-back of the same course as the 25K with approximately 3000ft of elevation gain. The 50K starts at 7:30 am CST and the 25K starts at 8:30 am CST. The cutoff times for the event are 9 hours for the 50K and 8 hours for the 25K. In the interest of safety for our runners and volunteers, all cutoff times will be strictly enforced.
Email: swampstomper50k@outlook.com.


The Town of Collierville Celebrates its 150th Birthday
Monday, February 17 * Town Square * www.collierville150.com



******    Events to Look Forward To In 2020    ******


Arlington In April
Down To Earth Festival in Shelby Farms Park
Steak Night at Shelby Forest General Store (Every Friday)
34th Annual Super Chevy Show at Memphis International Raceway
Wolf River Conservancy Earth Day Celebration (Kennedy Park)


11th Annual Shelby County History Festival at Davies Manor
Agricenter Junior Fishing Rodeo
Town of Arlington’s Memorial Day Service
Town of Arlington’s Music On The Square (Third Saturdays thru October)
Steak Night at Shelby Forest General Store (Every Friday)
Lakeland’s Annual Fishing Rodeo


72nd Annual Germantown Charity Horse Show
Bartlett Children’s Fishing Rodeo (Appling Lake)
Steak Night at Shelby Forest General Store (Every Friday)
Lakeland Amphitheatre (LAMP) Concerts June thru September


Steak Night at Shelby Forest General Store (Every Friday)
Town of Arlington 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks (Arlington Sports Complex
Independence Parades and Celebrations in All Communities!


Steak Night at Shelby Forest General Store (Every Friday)


Corn Mazes – Agricenter & Jones Orchard
Germantown Festival
Bartlett Festival
Goat Days in Millington
Rosemark Country Fair Steak Night at Shelby Forest General Store (Every Friday)


Corn Mazes – Agricenter & Jones Orchard
Shelby Farms Ironman
Arlington Chili Supper Steak Night at Shelby Forest General Store (Every Friday)
Lakeland Halloween Festival
Celebrate Munford
Mempho Music Festival in Shelby Farms Park
Agricenter Harvest Festival


24th Annual Davies Manor Quilt & Fiber Arts Show
Veterans Day Ceremony in Bartlett
Bartlett Turkey Shoot
Town of Arlington’s Christmas on the Square
Collierville Christmas Tree Lighting
Germantown Holiday Tree Lighting
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park “After Thanksgiving Hike”
Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park
Starry Carriage Rides at Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park Steak Night at Shelby Forest General Store (Every Friday)


Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park
Starry Carriage Rides at Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park Steak Night at Shelby Forest General Store (Every Friday)
Millington Tree Lighting Ceremony
Atoka Adison Park Tree Lighting
44th Annual Collierville Christmas Parade
Town of Arlington’s Who-ville Christmas Parade
Bartlett Christmas Parade
City of Munford Celebrate Christmas Parade
Germantown Holiday Parade
Lakeland Christmas Festival
Christmas In Collierville (Saturdays)
Agricenter Christmas Crafts Show




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