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Rural Heritage Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS

 

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. Whether it is a leisurely drive through the rolling hills and meadows, a visit to one of the unique restaurants along the way or to an event or festivals in one of the municipalities or communities – there is plenty of charm and enlightenment!

 

 

 

 

 

******    HAPPY 2024    ******

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural Heritage Trust Honors Ed Haley
With 2024 Susan Jones Century Award

  At the March 3rd meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society in Hillwood at Historic Davies Manor, Rural Heritage Trust provided a program devoted the lifelong achievements of one of north Shelby County’s most dedicated and beloved leaders of the last sixty years – Ed Haley, City Manager of the City of Millington. Mr. Haley is retiring later this year at the age of 86.

  Acclaimed historian and videographer, Willy Bearden, developed a short film of Mr. Haley talking about his humble beginnings as a member of a sharecropper family in Kerrville in the 1940s and his years of public service in local communities of Millington and Arlington, and even in the State Legislature. The Honorable Mark Norris, U.S. District Court Judge, gave an all-encompassing introduction of Ed Haley.
Laura Todd, along with fellow members of the Rural Heritage Trust, then presented the 2024 Susan Jones Century Award to Mr. Haley. The award honors the late Susan Jones, a long-time resident, civic leader and doer in Shelby County and a founding member of the Rural Heritage Trust organization. The wording on the award is:

“In Recognition of Decades of Wise, Effective and Compassionate Leadership That Contributed to Preservation and Awareness of Cultural, Educational, Historical and Natural Resources in West Tennessee.”

 

Approximately 120 people attended the meeting, and a good time was had by all.

 

VIEW WILLY BEARDEN'S

TRIBUTE VIDEO HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2023 Independence Fireworks Celebrations



Thursday, June 29
Millington 6:00-9:30pm Millington Sports Complex
Info: 901-872-1486 Jack Huffman Blvd. & Newport Road
Somerville 7:00-9:00pm Fayette Ware High School
Info: 901-465-9500 13470 TN-59, Somerville

Friday, June 30
Arlington 6:00-9:30pm Arlington Sports Complex
Info: 901-867-2620 11707 Memphis-Arlington Road
Oakland 5:00-9:30pm West Junior High School
Info: 901-465-8523 13100 Hwy 194, Oakland

Sunday, July 2
Eads 6:00-9:30pm Crossroads Baptist Church
Info: 901-309-7777 125 Houston Levee Road, Eads

Monday, July 3
Bartlett 6:00-9:30pm Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center
Info: communityrelations@cityofbartlett.org Hwy 70 & Appling Road
Collierville 6:00-10:00pm Herman W. Cox Park
Info:colliervilletn.gov/collierville4t 440 West Powell Road
Munford 8:30pm Poplar Park
Info: 901-837-0171 Johnny Jones Blvd.

Tuesday, July 4
Germantown 5:00-10:00pm Municipal Park
Info: 901-751-5665 Exeter Road

 

 

 

 

Jr. Master Gardener Plant Camp

Agricenter International, UT-TSU Extension Shelby County, and Memphis Area Master Gardeners unite as a team to host the Jr. Master Gardener Plant Camp. Learning will be through hands-on activities, crafts, and music, including a service project. This year’s theme will focus on pollinators and how to create a welcoming habitat for them.

Enroll today!

 

 

AgTech Summer Youth Program Applications are Open!

AgTech Summer Youth Program is a multi-year program focused on Agriculture, Life Skills, Workforce Readiness, and STEM. AgTech is designed to provide youth with the opportunity to work in an educational setting and learn from area experts. This is a six-week summer work-study paid program and will be treated as employees of Agricenter International and UT-TSU Extension.

Application

 

 

Junior Chef Camp

When: July 10 - 14, 202
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Join UT-TSU Shelby County Extension for a week of fun in the kitchen! This day camp gives kids ages 9-16 the tools to be confident in the kitchen and the opportunity to explore their palates! Learning topics include food preparation and safety, knife safety, reading recipes, and shopping at local farmer's markets.

 

 


Junior Fishing Rodeo

* Agricenter Catch’Em Lake *
6913 Smythe Farm Road (via Walnut Grove)
Saturday, May 13 * 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. * For Info: 901-737-1200

The rodeo lasts from 8 - 10 AM. Any child between the ages of 5 and 15 can be registered,
but there must be a parent present.

All catfish caught can be taken home with no extra charge,
and only a small fee to have cleaned on-site!

Awards will be presented for the heaviest fish in two age divisions,
and the largest fish caught by boy and by girl.

Registration is on-site only.
Come in ahead of time and pre-register, or register day-of starting at 7 AM. Entry is $10 per child.

 

 

 

 

Join us at 2630 Epping Way Drive for our Earth Day on the Greenway
service event on Saturday, April 22! For information contact:

Ryan Hall
ryan.hall@wolfriver.org
901-452-6500, ext. 104

We will be focusing our efforts on the Epping Way section of the Wolf River Greenway, removing litter, restoring trails, and enjoying the great outdoors while doing a variety of projects to improve the area.
Our Earth Day on the Wolf River Greenway service project is the fourth (and culminating) event in the Wolf River Conservancy Restoration Series presented by Brother International.

        

 

 

Farm Safe Featured at New Farmer Academy

The Tennessee New Farmer Academy is a seven-month certificate program for those interested in becoming agricultural entrepreneurs. Our Farm Safe team will provide training on heat stress, harvesting, and tractor operations safety.

Ideal candidates include those new to agriculture, transitioning from another field, and post-retirement. The Academy focuses on the concepts and hands-on experience needed to build solid, viable, and successful agricultural businesses.

For more information, please contact: Jo Anne Waterman – TSU Extension Agent, jwaterm1@tnstate.edu 901-752-1207

 

 

News from Shelby Forest General Store

  

7729 Benjestown Road * 901-876-5770 *shelbyforestgeneralstore.com

Due the classifications of convenience stores and eateries during the COVID season, the highly popular Steak Night on Fridays nights (with live music) took a pause, and all eating must be outside the indoors. In the meantime, very popular products from another part of West Tennessee of Backermann’s Country Market (on US64 between Somerville and Whiteville – backermanns.com) are lining the shelves of Shelby Forest General Store and moving rapidly!

  

You name it – Old Fashioned Grape Jelly, Apple Butter, Blackberry Jam, Muscadine Jelly; Pickled Eggs, Muscadine Grape Cider, Southern “Possum” Hot Sauce, Peach Jalapeno Jam, Pineapple Salsa, Pear Halves, Mild Chow-Chow, Chocolates and Candies of all kinds, Garlic Summer Sausage, Horseradish Cheddar, Green Onion Cheddar, Jalapeno Beef Stick, Mild Beef Stick, Hickory Beef Jerky, Mackinac Island Popcorn, and over a dozen kinds of fresh bread including Rosemary Garlic Bread, Cinnamon Rolls, Sourdough Bread, and Carrot Cake.

     

 

 

 



Starry Carriage and Hay Rides at Shelby Farms

November 25th through January 2nd

www.StarryCarriageRides.com

 

 

Holiday Activities in The Crescent Area

 

 

Arlington
Christmas On The Square

Historic Depot Square * 6265 Chester Street
Friday, December 2 * 4pm – 7pm

This is a fun, family event geared to be magical for children at Christmas. All activities are free and include the following themed tents and areas: Gingerbread House, Ornament Shop, Christmas Card Shop, Sweet Shop, Candy Shop, Santa's Workshop, Reindeer Food, Carriage Rides, and Live Nativity Scene.


Atoka
Santa’s Ride

Friday, December 9 * 6:30pm & Saturday, December 10 * 5:30pm
For More Information & Neighborhood Routes, email: disbell@townofatoka.com
Born as an idea submitted to the Town through Facebook, the Town of Atoka hosted our first Santa's Ride in December of 2012. The event features the Jolly Elf riding atop an Atoka fire truck, bringing extra Christmas cheer to every street and neighborhood visited. Before the ride Saturday, Santa will host a Meet and Greet back at the fire station - complete with candy canes, cookies, and hot cocoa and a chance to get those last-minute gift requests directly to the Big Guy. This year, Santa's Ride will again cover two nights - visiting more subdivisions and delivering more Christmas cheer than ever before. We have added more areas and streets so please check the maps.



Bartlett
Bartlett Christmas Event

“Walking Through a Christmas Wonderland”
W. J. Freeman Park * 2629 Bartlett Blvd.
Saturday, December 3 * 4pm – 7pm
"Walking Through a Christmas Wonderland" Christmas event will be held at the A. Keith McDonald Pavilion and the parking lot in front of the pavilion. We will have Santa and Mrs. Claus, scheduled entertainment, a static display of floats, and children’s activities and concessions for sale. The community will be invited to walk through the area and participate in the activities. This is a fun filled family event.



Collierville
Christmas in Collierville Saturdays

Town Square Park * 96 Center Street
Saturdays * December 3, 10, 17 *10am – 2pm
Each year the Town of Collierville goes all out to help create a magical Christmas season for Collierville’s families and guests. On Saturdays, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, families can visit Santa in the Gazebo (10am-2pm) and enjoy special music performances designed to get you in the holiday spirit.


Germantown
City of Germantown Holiday Parade

Corner of Kimbrough Road & Farmington Boulevard
Saturday, December 10 * 2pm – 4pm
Lining the streets, residents watch as decorated floats, horses, school groups, clubs and booming marching bands slowly make their way along the parade route, culminating with Santa aboard a Germantown fire truck.


Lakeland
Chili Cookoff & Holiday Shopping Event

International Harvester Clubhouse * 4523 Canada Road
Sunday, December 4 * 3pm – 5pm
HHMF is hosting our first annual Chili cookoff and craft fair on Sunday, December 4, 2022 from 3 - 5pm. If you like to cook OR like to taste chili and enjoy a crafts fair and games for the kids, please join us for this fundraiser.


Millington
City of Millington Christmas Tree Lighting & Pictures with Santa

The Millington Fire Station * 4836 Navy Road
Thursday, December 1 * 6pm
Join us for our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. We will have pictures with Santa, hot chocolate, cookies and goodie bags for the kids. Live music will be provided by the MCMHS Jazz Band. For more information, contact 901-873-5770.


Munford
Munford Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Munford Memorial Library * 1476 Munford Street
Saturday, December 3 * 5pm
For more information, contact: CYarbrough@munford.com or 901-837-5965.


Rosemark
Community Christmas Tree Lighting

At the Intersection of Rosemark Road & Rosemark-Kerrville Road
Sunday, December 4 * 6pm


Somerville
Fairy Tale Christmas Parade

# 1 Court Square
Saturday, December 3 * 3pm – 5pm
For more information, contact Mendi Donnelly at 901-465-9500 or mdonnelly@somervilletn.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

Jones Orchard Pumpkin Patch

Fall Family Fun at Jones Orchard

Corn Mazes, Pumpkin U-Pick, & More
6880 Singleton Parkway

10-Acre Corn Maze Opening on October 7th, Every Friday (6-11pm),
Saturday (12-11pm)and Sunday (12-10pm) in October,
plus Halloween Monday (6-10pm) * Closed Mondays-Thursdays

 
Farm Scene Investigation

Looking for more a-maze-ing fun? Try solving this farm fun game of who-dunnit! How kidnapped Farmer Joe? Was it Billy the Goat, Frank the Pig or Boots the Dog
 Find out in this fun, in-maze puzzle game!


Search the maze for hidden clues that will tell you who, what, and where! Find all of the clues to get the answer and win the game!

Monsters have invaded the farm and we need your help to rescue Boots the Dog and send the monsters back where they came from.

7170 Hwy 51 * Millington
Open Monday-Sunday from 8am - 6pm.
901-873-3150

www.jonesorchard.com

 

 

 

 

International Goat Days Festival

Saturday, September 10 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Millington South Park (Centennial Park) - 4885 Bill Knight Road

The entertainment includes live music all day, goat yoga hosted by Hot Shot Farms and the Millington Family YMCA, craft and local vendors, multiple food vendors, blacksmith demonstrations, the El Toro Taco and Hot Rod Barn Show and Shine Car Show benefiting the Millington Crisis Center, an Antique Tractor Show, and the KCBS Championship BBQ Contest on Friday and Saturday. Saturday also features a Corn Hole Tournament hosted by 901 Nation, an all-day kid zone benefiting the Kiwanis Club of Millington, Twisted Mr. Rogers the balloon twister, a free rock wall, and more! The day will end with the main stage entertainment provided by Jeremy Haley, The Otherlands and the Risky Whiskey Boys. For more information, go to millingtontn.gov

 

 

49th Annual Germantown Festival

Saturday, September 10 & Sunday, September 11
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Germantown Civic Club Complex, 7745 Poplar Pike

The Germantown Festival is one of the longest, continually running festivals in the region for good reason. This weekend marls the 49th weekend of free, family-friendly fun with children’s activities, rides and games, arts and crafts shopping from nearly 400 local and national vendors, live entertainment, tasty food, car exhibits and the hilariously competitive Running of the Weenies (Dachshund) Race – there is something for everyone. A free shuttle will run, too. For details, visit germantownfest.com

 

 

Collierville Balloon Festival

Friday-Saturday, September 17-18 3:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The Collierville Balloon Festival will take place on Maynard Way (behind Walmart). The festival brings together more than 20 stunning hot air balloons, live entertainment, food vendors, arts & crafts and more for the whole family. Proceeds from the event will support educational programs in the local community. Visit the event’s website for more details and to purchase tickets: colliervilleballoonfestival.com

 

 

Rosemark Country Fair

Saturday, September 24 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
8658 Rosemark Road in the Heart of the Rosemark Historic District

Enjoy a fun-filled day of food, music, crafts, displays, livestock, antique farm equipment, military vehicles, and much more. For details, go to rosemarkhistoricdistrict.com

 

 

Bartlett Festival, BBQ Contest & Car Show

Friday, September 30 (5:30-9:30pm) & Saturday, October 1 (9am-5pm)
W.J. Freeman Park, 2629 Bartlett Blvd.

This fun-filled family event will kick-off on Friday evening with live musical entertainment starting at 6:00 p.m. The Judge Freeman Marr Panther Pride 5k run (for runners and walkers of all ages and experience levels) will kick things off at 9:00 am on Saturday morning, followed by some great local music, arts & crafts, a car show, children’s activities, the awards for the MBN sanctioned BBQ cooking contest, concessions and much, much more. The perfect place to spend an autumn weekend.
For more information, go to cityofbartlett.org

 

 

Best Cities to Live in Tennessee
Millington #2 in Tennessee

Moving to Tennessee? Check out the guide to Starting a Business in Tennessee.
As one of the main culture and music hubs of the south and home to some of the loveliest natural areas in the United States, you’ll be surprised to discover that Tennessee has some of the most affordable real estate in the country, as well as a very low cost of living. What more reason do you need to move to the Volunteer State? Have a glance at our rundown of Tennessee’s five best cities to live in for advice on where to establish yourself in the state.

1. Franklin
Franklin, an affluent, fast-growing city of nearly 81,000 in Williamson County, is the best Tennessee city to live in. The city has witnessed rapid development in recent decades, building up the healthcare and manufacturing sectors of its economy and providing tons of jobs to the community.

2. Millington
Millington is a small city in the southwest corner of the state that is best known as home to the Naval Support Activity Mid-South naval base, which provides over 7,000 jobs to residents in the area and is one of the largest employers in Tennessee.

3. Germantown
Third in the ranking is Germantown, a wealthy suburb of Memphis with a high median household income owing to a strong commercial and retail-based economy. Germantown residents enjoy a large number of scenic parks housing numerous amenities that are great for weekend outings.

4. Brentwood
Brentwood is an idyllic suburb of Nashville located in Williamson County, one of the most affluent counties in the country. The city is home to the headquarters of major companies like LBMC and EMI Christian Music Group.

5. Collierville
Filling out the top five is Collierville, another affluent suburb of Memphis that is home to a historic town square once voted “Best Main Street” in America by Parade Magazine.

 

 

 

Millington

Arlington

 

 

 

Thursday, June 30

 

Millington


“Flag City Freedom Celebration”
Millington Sports Complex, 4885 Billy Knight Road
(Entry at Jack Huffman Road and Newport Road)
Festivities begin at 6pm; Fireworks at Sundown
Contact: millingtontn.gov (901-873-5770)

 

Oakland

 
Oakland Parks & Recreation
West Junior High School, 13100 TN194
Festivities begin at 5pm; Fireworks at 9pm
Contact:
sparker@oaklandtennessee.org (901-465-2921)

 


Friday, July 1

 

Somerville

Fayette Ware High School Front Lawn, 13470 TN59
Festivities begin at 7pm; Fireworks at Dark
Contact:
www.somervilletn.org (901-465-9500)

 

Eads

 
“Light Up The Night – Celebrating Our Nation’s Freedom”
Crossroads Baptist Church, 125 S. Houston Levee Road
Fun begins at 6pm; Fireworks at 9pm
Contact:
frontdesk@crossroadsmemphis.com (901-309-7777)

 

Saturday, July 2

 

Collierville

36th Annual Independence Day Celebration
H.W. Cox Park, 440 W PowellRoad) starting with
Food Vendors open at 6:30pm, Entertainment at 7:00pm,
Fireworks Show at 9:30pm (Rain Date: July 4)
Contact:
colliervillepio@colliervilletn.or (901-457-2200)

 

Monday, July 4

 

 

Bartlett

Fireworks Extravaganza
Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center, Stage Road @ Appling Road
Festivities start at 6pm; Fireworks start at 9:10pm
Contact:
communityrelations@cityofbartlett.org (901-385-64000

 

Germantown

Festhund Fireworks Extravaganza
Germantown Municipal Park, 1900 S. Germantown Road @ Exeter Road
Festivities begin at 5pm; Fireworks start at 9:00pm
Contact:
AHorobetz@Germantown-TN.gov (901-757-7379)

 

 

Munford

“Celebrate Independence”
Poplar Park (behind City Hall, 1397 Munford Avenue)
Festivities begin at 8:30pm; Fireworks at Sundown
Contact:
gstringfellow@munford.com (Celebrate Munford: 901-837-5963)

 

 

Blue Skies, Blue Angels

The Midsouth Airshow featuring the United States Navy Blue Angels, and sponsored by FedEx is happening on June 18-19 at the Millington-Memphis Airport, 81821 Hornet Avenue in Millington.
For more information, contact info@midsouthairshow.com

 

 

 

 

It’s Spring Time . . . Let’s Go Hiking Outdoors!

The Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association is hosting hikes every Saturday on public trails throughout the Shelby County area, beginning on New Year’s Day (January 1) all day at W.C. Johnson Park in Collierville, 419 Johnson Park.

The planned hiking schedule is (Saturdays):

Go to the Tennessee Trails Association – Memphis Chapter web site for more details: tennesseetrails.org/chapters/Memphis-chapter
For more information, contact Lynne Witherington at 901-230-1501 or withlynne@aol.org.

 

 

 

 


Wolf River Conservancy Annual Tree Planting Days

Volunteer to help plant over 2,500 trees at the end of the scenic Ghost Section of the Wolf River in Fayette County, helping restore the local conservation value of the watershed.

Day 1 - Saturday, February 19 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Day 2 - Saturday, March 5 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Volunteer to help WRC pot over 3,000 tree seedlings (Urban Earth, 80 Flicker Street) which will later be planted along the Wolf River, further restoring the conservation value of the watershed.
Wolf River Conservancy programs are free to attend and open to all nature enthusiasts; however WRC requests prior requested. For directions and information, contact 901-452-6500 or wolfriver.org.

 

 

 

Bartlett

"Walking Through a Christmas Wonderland"
A. Keith McDonald Pavilion, W.J. Freeman Park
Saturday, December 4, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate this Christmas season with a leisurely stroll at the Mayor A. Keith McDonald Pavilion featuring live entertainment, holiday floats, fun activities for the children, yummy treats to eat, and best of all, a visit with Santa Claus! This event will be held inside the pavilion and the parking lot in front of the pavilion. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, see scheduled entertainment, a static display of floats, children’s activities and concessions for sale. The community will be invited to walk through the area and participate in the activities.

Entertainment Schedule:
4:30 p.m. The Dance Academy of Bartlett
5:00 p.m. Tennessee Twirlers
5:30 p.m. Delta Rhythm Cloggers
6:00 p.m. Esprit De Corps Dancers

Collierville

Christmas in Collierville & Holiday Events on the Square

Christmas Tree Lighting
Tuesday, November 23 * 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Town Square Park, 96 Center Street

Experience the magic and beauty of Collierville Town Square during the holiday season with festive events and a quarter-million holiday lights in the historic district from Thanksgiving to the New Year. The season officially kicks-off in Collierville with the Christmas Tree Lighting on Collierville Town Square, Tuesday, November 23.

The program starts at 5:30 p.m. with free hot chocolate served by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. Kevin and Bethany Paige will perform a one-hour holiday concert with all the Christmas classics to keep the festive mood going until the countdown to lighting the tree and nearly a quarter of a million lights on Town Square at 7:00 p.m. Rain date is Tuesday, November 30.

44th Annual Christmas Parade
Friday, December 3 * 7:0 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Byhalia Road, from Polo Run to Frank Road
Thousands of spectators line the parade route from Byhalia Road north of White Road at Polo Run Road to West Collierville Middle School. Rain date is Saturday, December 4.

Christmas in Collierville
Town Square Park, 125 N. Rowlett Street
Saturdays – November 27 & December 4, 11, 18 * 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas are extra special. Families can visit Santa in the Gazebo, take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Town Square, snap pictures along the Holiday Photo Stroll, experience a quarter of a million Christmas lights and more! All events are free.
For more information, contact:
Ashley Carver
Director of Tourism
Town of Collierville
901-457-2776
colliervilletn.gov

Germantown

Holiday Tree Lighting
Friday, November 26 * 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Municipal Park Lake, 1900 S. Germantown Road

Outdoor festivities 5:00 p.m. - Tree Lighting 5:30 p.m. Watching the first flicker of the white light on the holiday tree is a longstanding tradition in Germantown. Families gather in Municipal Square to sing holiday songs, toast marshmallows and enjoy the beginning of the holiday season as a community. Afterward comes the much anticipated lighting of the tree. Following the festivities, merrymakers can enjoy refreshments and visit with Santa inside City Hall. No rain date.

Pet Photos with Santa and the Grinch
Saturday, December 4 * 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Germantown City Hall, 1930 S. Germantown Road

‘Tis the season to snap the cutest and probably the most hilarious photo of your pet with Santa Claus and the Grinch to share with your friends and family. The Friends of the Germantown Animal Shelter will be hosting a festive photo shoot on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Germantown City Hall, 1930 South Germantown Road.
All house pets are welcome. For a $10 donation, you will receive a 5 minute photo window with Santa and the Grinch. Participants must bring their own phone or camera and the Shelter will have elves on hand to help take the photo. All proceeds will go directly to the Friends of the Germantown Animal Shelter.

Germantown Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 11 * 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kimbrough Road – Farmington Road – Exeter Road to Germantown Athletic Club

Lining the City streets, residents watch as decorated floats, horses, school groups, clubs and booming marching bands slowly make their way along the parade route and wave to their neighbors. Be sure to stay until the end to get a glimpse aboard a Germantown fire truck. This year, in support of the U.S. Marines Reserves Toys For Tots organization, uniformed Marines and volunteers will travel along the [parade route to collect new, unwrapped toys for children. The parade begins at the corner of Kimbrough Road and Farmington Boulevard, proceeds west on Farmington Boulevard to Exeter Road, turns north on Exeter Road and ends at Germantown Athletic Club.
For more information or to participate, contact Michelle Forbert at (901) 757-7638 or MForbert@Germantown-TN.gov. The rain date us December 12.

 

Lakeland

Millington

         

2021Tree Lighting and Pictures with Santa

Join us for the Tree Lighting Ceremony & Pictures with Santa on December 2nd beginning at 6:00 p.m. The tree will be located at the Millington Fire Station located 4836 Navy Road. Parking will be available at Millington City Hall. Mini stockings will be given to the first 50 children in attendance. The child must be present to receive a stocking. Hot chocolate and some sweets will also be served. Be sure to join us for a jolly good time. For more information, call 901-873-5770.

2021 Christmas Parade

Join the City of Millington for the 2021 Christmas Parade! The Parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4. The parade route will begin at Newport Avenue traveling down Navy Road to Leroy Boatwright Street.
For more information, call 901-873-5770.

Munford

Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 4 * 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.”
Munford Memorial Library, 1476 Munford Street

Celebrate Munford Christmas Festivities
Downtown Munford, 79 College Street (901-837-0171)

Fireworks Display
Friday, December 31 * 1:00 p.m.
All along Munford Avenue

Rosemark

    

Community Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 5 * 6:00 p.m.
At the Intersection of Rosemark Road and Kerriville-Rosemark Road

Somerville

Atoka

Atoka Adkison Park Tree Lighting
Adkison Park, 6 85 Atoka-Munford Road
Sunday, November 28 * 7:00 p.m.

Santa’s Ride
Tuesday & Wednesday, December 14 & 15
Neighborhood visits and fire station meet-and-greet
For more information, contact: 901-837-5300

 

 

STARRY NIGHTS & STARRY CARRIAGE RIDES

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS AT SHELBY FARMS PARK

OPEN SELECT NIGHTS
NOVEMBER 26, 2021 - JANUARY 3, 2022
FROM 6PM-10PM

   Experience the magic of the holidays at Shelby Farms Park's largest event! Starry Nights brings the spirit of the season to life with dazzling displays featuring more than 3.5 million lights (yes, million!) in an all new show! Festive fun is in store for kids and kids at heart at this socially distant, drive-through (or walk or bike-through on select nights) holiday event, so don't miss out!

FOR INFORMATION OR RESERVATIONS
www.starrycarriagerides.com
or call 901-522-2862, between 10:00a.m.–5:00p.m.

Your presence at Starry Nights is a present for Shelby Farms Park.
www.shelbyfarmspark.org (901-757-7777).

All proceeds support the daily operations of Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline. In fact, Starry Nights is the largest annual fundraiser for these special places, so we hope you'll join us for some holiday fun!

 

 


2021 Davies Manor Quilt Show

Friday tru Sunday * November 5-6-7 * 10am-4pm
3570 Davieshire Drive, Bartlett * $10 Admission

Vendors, House Tours, Demonstrations,
Music, Games for Kids, and Door Prizes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jones Orchard 10-Acre Corn Maze
Opens on Friday, October 1
jonesorchard.com * 901-873-3150


The 2021 Corn Maze at Jones Orchard, 6850 Singleton Parkway in the Millington area,
and remains open every Friday-Saturday-Sunday in October and on Halloween night!
The Corn Maze features a festive fall farm theme!
Explore this year's maze and embrace this autumn adventure!

Getting lost is part of the fun!

Pumpkin Patch


Open Monday-Sunday from 8:00 - 6:00 pm.
Make sure to visit the Great Pumpkin Patch at the Singleton Parkway market, just down the road from the corn maze and haunts!

Festival of Fear


Our maze is only the beginning of the terrific and terrifying Fall Fun at Jones Orchard. Brave your way through our haunted attractions in the Festival of Fear!


Sunflower Field

Coming soon! More details to follow!

 

 

The Mid-South Maze
midsouthmaze.com 901-870-6338

One of the premier “agritainment” experiences in the region, the Mid-South Maze, returned on September 17. Located on the Agricenter International campus in the heart of East Memphis (7777 Walnut Grove Road & Germantown Road), the maze is the place for Fall Fun. Check out the corn cannon, haunted maze and hayrides!

The maze turns into everyone's favorite place to celebrate all things spooky on October 1!
“Have Fun, Get Lost . . .”

Come Get Lost in the Maze and BEWARE, after sundown on Friday and Saturday Nights in October, the Monsters and Ghosts can appear at any turn! Tickets are all ages and the last admission to the Haunted Maze is 10 p.m.

Manage a Scout troop? Sports Team? Greek life? Employees? Have a group of 25 or more? Any group with 25 or more people can receive a discount for Regular Maze Admission during regular Maze hours. Perfect for team building! Motivate people to work together, encourage group communication, and improve navigation skills.

 

 

 

CELEBRATE MUNFORD
Saturday, October 16

Celebrate Munford, Inc. is a non-profit group of citizens from the community, who exist to promote Munford - its people and places. Money raised by this organization is returned to the community through its programs, events, and scholarships.

Since 1984,Celebrate Munford has sponsored an arts and crafts festival. The festival is a day-long event that is held in the downtown area of Munford and features vending areas for local artists to sell and show off their works. It also features a center stages that features local talent, gospel and country music, and a multitude of musicians and acts. We encourage vendors to attend and sign up for a booth space for a nominal fee.

For more information, contact 901-837-5963 or www.munford.com.

 

 



 

 

 

 

CATCH’EM LAKES AT AGRICENTER
ARE OPEN FOR THE SEASON

 

Catch'em Lakes are operated by Walnut Grove Bait & Tackle, a tenant of Agricenter International, and are located near the intersection of Farm Road and 6913 Walnut Grove Road. There are two stocked catfish lakes and two game lakes with bream, bass, and crappie. No fishing license is required for catfish lakes. If it is raining or is likely to rain the Lakes will be closed.

Admission Prices:
* Catfish Lakes Admission: Adults $10.00, Children 12 and under $5.00
* Game Lakes Admission: Adults $13.00, Children 12 and under $6.00

* Catfish Price: $2.50/lb
* Cleaning Fee: $0.75/lb in addition to pound fee
* Clean and Filet Fee: $1.75/lb in addition to pound fee

Group events are welcome! Call for reservations 901-737-1200.

Hours of Admission: Wednesday-Friday (9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
Saturday & Sunday (8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) * Monday & Tuesday (CLOSED)

 

 


                

 

 

 

 

Register for Discover the Greenway

Join us for a fun-filled two-week scavenger hunt and safely explore sections of the Wolf River Greenway throughout the city of Memphis. Along the way, you'll earn chances to win one of five grand prizes!
Register today and Discover the Greenway !

How it works: Discover the Greenway signage will be placed at scenic locations along the Wolf River Greenway. Sign up, scout specific locations, snap a photo, and share — it's that easy. The more #DiscoverTheGreenway signs you find, the greater your chances at winning a fantastic prize! There's also an opportunity to fundraise for the Conservancy, earning even more chances to win.

Register today and #DiscoverTheGreenway !

 

Register for
Discover the Greenway

Discover the Greenway
Presented by Jim Keras Subaru
Saturday, May 22 — Saturday, June 5
Wolf River Greenway
wolfriver.org

 

 

!! Rural Heritage Trust Unveils First Set of Heritage Panels !!
Wayside Exhibit Panels Unveiled at Edmund Orgill Park

"History Was Made" when the Rural Heritage Trust unveiled its first set of Wayside Exhibit Panels for the Rosemark Kerrville Heritage Tour Routes on Saturday, April 24 at Edmund Orgill Park by the golf clubhouse.

Dignitaries attending included Shelby County Commissioner Amber Mills, and such luminaries as Ed Haley, City Manager of the City of Millington and Terry Roland, President of the Millington Chamber of Commerce. Also present were members of local history and civic institutions such as Historic Archives of Rosemark and Environs, Raleigh Springs Conservancy, Elmwood Cemetery, Shelby County Conservation Board, and the Shelby County Historical Commission. A good time was had by all . . .

                          

The feature of the two panels is the Rosemark-Kerrville Heritage Tour, which consists of one 24.9-mile loop beginning in Edmund Orgill Park and heading east to the Rosemark, Barretville and Mudville communities, before returning westbound on Mudville Road to the Kerrville community and Edmund Orgill Park. Two additional “short” routes are also included, both for a more detailed drive on the east side - the Rosemark, Barretville, Mudville area (6.3 miles in length), and Kerrville and Edmund Orgill Park on the west side (5.8 miles in length).

Along the way, the routes will cover historic homes, churches and cemeteries, beautiful barns, historical markers, agricultural fields, livestock, lakes, rivers, creeks, and pass through several canopied lanes.

Downloadable maps and descriptive tour information are located in the TOURS section of this web site. Community histories are also available in the COMMUNITY HISTORIES section.
This event is free and open to the public. Ample parking is available at the site.

For More Information about the unveiling ceremonies, contact Jimmy Ogle at 901-604-5002

 

 

Friday Evenings In The Forest
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

 

 

Every Thursday Morning
“Main and Mulberry” from Collierville

Main and Mulberry is now hosted as a Live Event for Public Policy every Thursday at 10:30AM on both it's Facebook and YouTube channels.
These links are listed below to find previous episodes and future event dates:

https://www.mainandmulberry.com/series/radio-show/

https://www.facebook.com/mainandmulberry/events/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvstURkksQluZ7LsSrWSVdA

The Mission of Main and Mulberry is to capture the modernization and growth happening in areas full of small-town tradition and local charm.  Wherever your Main and Mulberry may be, we’re here to tell the story.

For more information, contact 901-568-2513 or info@mainmulberry.com
114 E. Mulberry Street, Collierville, TN, 38017

 

 


Every Tuesday – Thursday – Saturday

Agricenter International's Farmer's Market has been a trusted partner for the area's farmers and ranchers since 1986 and is the oldest continuously operated farmer's market in West Tennessee, offering produce and other farm-raised products. For now, crafts and other non-food items will not be sold.

Farmers Market Agricenter International

7777 Walnut Grove Road 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact: 901-757-7777, agricenter.org, info@agricenter.org


 

SUNFLOWERS

The Agricenter Sunflowers may be gone, but look for them this summer! Each year we plant over 78,000 sunflower seeds for the public to enjoy! Please enter at Walnut Bend Road and park in the lot.

Agricenter International has always encouraged people to enjoy these sunflowers on the campus. We ask that you please do not pick them so others can enjoy them also - they are our gift to the community. Please remember the rest of the crops on the land are in research or production and thus cannot be picked either.  Agricenter does not charge a fee to enjoy flowers.

Check Out What's New On Our Sunflower Trail! Benches, mile markers, and educational signs are a few of the things that are new on our Sunflower Trail. Stop and Yield signs have also been installed.

Tips: wear mud boots, stay hydrated, photos with your pet dog is allowed, but please no horses.

Tag us in your photos for inclusion on our social media pages #AgricenterSunflowers
or email info@agricenter.org!

 

 

Autumn Festivals Postponed Until 2021

All are sad that the annual Autumn Festival Season in Shelby County is being postponed until 2021 due to the concerns brought on by the COVID pandemic. We all want to be safe, for sure. Many festival organizers are looking optimistically to the 2021 season and have already announced next year’s dates.

So, put these October dates on your 2021 Calendar:

Event 2020 Dates 2021 Dates
Millington Goat Days September 11-12 (TBD)
Bartlett Festival September 11-12 September 10-11
49th Germantown Festival September 25-26 September 24-25
Rosemark Country Fair September 26 September 25
Shelby Farms Ironman October 3 October 2
Arlington BBQ Fest October 16-17 October 15-16
Celebrate Munford October 17 October 16
MEMPHO Music Festival October 17-18 October 16-17 (TBD)
Agricenter Harvest Festival October 17 October 16

 

 

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December 2020
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Holiday Parades & Events Throughout The Area!



Thursday, December 3 – 6:00 p.m.
Millington Tree Lighting Ceremony
Millington Library, 4858 Navy Road (901-872-1585)


Saturday, December 5 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Bartlett Christmas Parade
W.J. Freeman Park, 2629 Bartlett Boulevard (901-385-5589)

Saturday, December 5 – 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate Munford Christmas Festivities
Downtown Munford, 79 College Street (901-37-0171)


Community Christmas Tree Lighting at Rosemark
December 6, 2020

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Happy Holidays from
Murray Hudson Antique Maps, Globes, Books & Prints
109 S. Church Street * Halls, TN
www.antiquemapsndglobes.com (800-748-9946)

For a very nice daytrippin’ journey north up TN 51 through West Tennessee into Lauderdale County , past Millington, Covington and Ripley to Halls (about 50 miles and one hour) to visit one of the most unique shopping experiences anywhere, and Murray Hudson himself. View of 20,000 maps and globes from all over the world, and over quite a few centuries.

Our 50% off sale will continue through the end of December. We have changed the maximum discount to be $2,500 per item. Murray is continuing to help alleviate cabin fever by enthusiastically showing us the world, with our varied videos of his many favorite items and into our showroom too. We invite you, clients and friends of Murray Hudson Antique Maps, Globes, Books & Prints to send us requests via e-mail or comments sections of the video, of items in our inventory for Murray to show and discuss. Please enjoy, watch and subscribe.

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