Hooked on Tennessee

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, July 25, 1997

Go with me? It's not possible to have any more fun that we'll have in Crossville during TennFest. All stops are pulled at the Cumberland County Playhouse to showcase the arts and entertainment of Tennessee.

Tennessee? Yep. What could be more Tennessee than Mr Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band? Or Chattanooga's own Senior Theater Troupe the Ripe and Ready Players? That's the Friday doings.

The Cluster Pluckers join Grammy-winner Suzy Bogguss for two concerts on Saturday. You can catch Cheney & Mills throwing things at each other too. It's called "new vaudeville" and it's a little bit of comedy and a lot of juggling from two highly entertaining married folks.

What's a Sunday in Tennessee without gospel music? The Gospel Showcase kicks off at 2 PM. Get there a little earlier for the Olympic Mariachi Band. They may be from Mexico but they're in Nashville now.

Just wandering around the site is entertainment enough. The juried arts and crafts show features 27 artisans, with items for sale. You'll pass banjos and fiddles and even pipes and drums along the way.

The Playhouse Showtime Kids are there with song and dance as part of the KidsFest activities. Add to that the traditional crafts of Pioneer Days, food vendors everywhere, wagon rides, and the regular Playhouse bill of fare, and you've got yourself a festival.

Yes, it's true. Friday you can catch "Funny, You Don't Look Like A Grandmother" by grandmother and writer Lois Wyse in the Adventure Theater (last performance). Saturday and Sunday it's "The Music Man" on the Mainstage, with all 76 trombones and Marian the Librarian, which continues its run through August 30.

This is the fourth year for "Smoke on the Mountain," running through September 7. It's a gospel musical, and if you haven't caught it yet, don't let another summer get by you. It switches states, but seems even more fun when it's in the Outdoor Theater.

If you can't do it all this weekend, pick up a calendar and tune in to the almost year-long season. With three stages and widely varied shows, you'll be hooked in no time. See you there.

Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville, Tennessee
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