Local Living: 5 Things to Do This Week

1. Poetry Unbound

poetry unbound at bound booksellers

WHAT: Join us for the August Event of Poetry Unbound at Bound Booksellers. Our featured poet is Darnell Arnoult, writer-in-residence and teacher at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Darnell’s latest poetry book, Galaxie Wagon, is a tour-de-force. You don’t want to miss this reading! Join us on August 9 at 7:00pm and then stay and share your own poems at the open mic at 7:30 p.m. (Open-mic sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m.)

More about Darnell:
Darnell Arnoult is the author of two collections, Galaxie Wagon: Poems (LSU Press 2016), for which she received the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award in Appalachian Writing, and What Travels With Us: Poems (LSU Press, 2004), which received the Weatherford Award and was named SIBA Poetry Book of The Year. Her novel Sufficient Grace (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2005) receive a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was named a Book Sense reading group list selection. In 2007 she was named Tennessee Writer of the Year, and in 2009 she received the Mary Frances Hobson Prize in Art and Letters. She holds the MFA from University if Memphis, MA from North Carolina State University, and BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is Writer-in-Residence at Lincoln Memorial University, where she directs the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival, co-directs the Appalachian Young Writers Workshop, and is editor of draftfhorse: a lit journal of work and no work.

Learn more here.

WHEN: Thurs, Aug 9, 7pm-9pm

WHERE: Bound Booksellers, 158 Front St Suite 106, Franklin

2. Shakespeare in the Park

shakespeare in the park, centennial park

WHAT: Love. It is the dream that we want to be ensnared in. Powerful and magical, but at it’s worst, a fickle illusion. Shakespeare’s classical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream explores the duality of love in a magical, transformative production that asks: if we are in love are we ever in control? August 9 – September 9, 2018 Thursdays through Sundays and Labor Day Monday at Centennial Park Bandshell Food & drink vendors open: 6:00pm Talking Shakespeare with nightly special guest speakers begins: 6:00pm Preshow entertainment begins: 6:30pm Performance begins: 7:30pm Sign Language-Interpreted Performance: Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Learn more here.

WHEN: Thurs, Aug 9, 7:30pm

WHERE: Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave, Nashville

3. Williamson County Fair

What's on Tap at the Williamson County Fair - Aug 10

WHAT: The Williamson County Fair has been recognized among the best anywhere by its peers at the state and international levels, with last year’s event receiving a total of 16 awards from the Tennessee Association of Fairs and the International Association of Fairs and Expos.The festivities kick off Aug 3rd and runs through the 11th at the Ag Expo Center, 4215 Long Ln in Franklin.

The Fair includes exhibits, educational areas, livestock shows, attractions for kids of all ages, shows and competitive events.

Admission to the fair:

Adults: $7 at the gate
Children ages 6 – 12: $4 at the gate
Children ages 5 and under are free
*All stage shows and attractions are FREE with admission! Midway ride tickets sold separately!

Learn more about the Williamson County Fair here.

WHEN: Mon-Thurs, 6pm-10pm (midway closes at 11pm); Fri 6pm-10pm (midway closes at midnight); Saturday 10am-10pm (midway closes at midnight & Sunday noon-10pm (midway closes at 11pm).

WHERE: Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin

4. Movie in the Park: Justice League

justice league movie in the park

WHAT: Outdoor Movie Night for ages 21 & Up! This addition to the City of Frankin’s summer movie in the park series will be held at the Eastern Flank Event Facility (1368 Eastern Flank Circle). Concessions items will be available for purchase at this event!

Learn more here.

WHEN: Friday, Aug 10, 8pm

WHERE: Eastern Flank Battlefield, 1368 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin

5. Above and Below Guided Tour of Duck River

duck river

WHAT: This guided trip is designed to explore the wonderful diversity of wildlife that live above and below the Duck River. There are freshwater mussels, birds, and other aquatic life that you will explore throughout the day.

Click here to sign up for the trip.

The lead guide is Mandy Carter-Lowe, an Associate Professor of Biology at Columbia State Community College. Mandy holds a bachelors degree in biology and chemistry from Murray State University and a Master’s in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to her experience in academics, Mandy is an experienced paddler and previously worked at Henry Horton State Park conducting nature programming that included canoe trips and interpretive programs. Her time with the state parks taught her that the natural world is meant to be observed and enjoyed and teaching does not have to be limited to the classroom.

– Class Times: Arrive at 8 am at Higher Pursuits for a brief introduction. The class will paddle the 5.5 mile section of the Duck River. We anticipate that you will arrive back at Higher Pursuits around 2 to 3 pm.

The cost is $65 per person (Includes kayak rental) or $45 per person if you have your own kayak (includes boat shuttle).

Learn more here.

WHEN: Friday, Aug 10, 8a-3p

WHERE: Higher Pursuits, 3114 Cheeks Bend Rd, Columbia