This week’s Upper Cumberland tourism round up – April 5

By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ

UPPER CUMBERLAND – There is a lot to choose from this weekend in the Upper Cumberland from TTU’s Shark Tank styled Eagle Works to organic farming with the Barefoot Farmer. For the artsy types, check out the Craft Center, live theatre or live music. There’s something for everyone. For a complete list of events statewide, visit

April 5 – 7

Carthage – The Smith County Fine Arts Center presents Charlotte’s Web at the Hull Theatre inside the Historic Smith County Courthouse. Tickets are available at Smith County Drug Center in Carthage.

April 5

Cookeville – Come out and experience Amanda Jo live at Red Silo from 8 – 10 p.m. 

Crossville – Spike’s Sports Grille presents Blues guitarist Jesse Black live from 6-9 p.m. 

Crossville – Knoxville singer-songwriter, Travis Bigwood, uses southern ideology and folklore to create arrangements. He takes the stage live for “In the House” 6-8 p.m. at Grinder House Coffee Shop.

Fairfield Glade – Celebrate opening night of”A Breath of Fresh Art”, the annual Spring Art Show at the Plateau Creative Arts Center from 5 – 7 p.m. The art show will continue until May 1. For more information call (931) 707-7249

April 6

Cookeville – Come and enjoy the innovation and creativity displayed at Eagle Works, TTU’s own Shark Tank style competition showcasing the ingenuity of Tech’s students. It features a Trade Show at 10 and a live pitch competition starting at 1:30. 

Cookeville – Born on a star crossed night in Macon County, this band that is a blend of Kansas and Tennessee found “love at first strum”. The Fumblebuckers will be on stage at Red Silo from 7 -10 p.m.

Silver Point – ACelebration of Craft will be held at the Appalachian Center for Craft from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live demonstrations in blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, metals, painting and wood; live music and hands-on kids’ craft activities.

Sparta – Don’t miss The Lovers – Live at HTBC starting at 8 p.m. This songwriting duo will entrance you with the effortless magic that happens whenever they are together.

April 7

Red Boiling Springs – Join the Barefoot Farmer Jeff Poppen, the grandfather of biodynamic farming for the first of his Organic Workshop Series to learn all about Spring gardening. 

April 12-14

Carthage – The Smith County Fine Arts Center presents Charlotte’s Web at the Hull Theatre inside the Historic Smith County Courthouse. Tickets are available at Smith County Drug Center in Carthage.

April 12

Crossville – Spike’s Sports Grille presents Jake Hoot live from 6-9 p.m. 

Cookeville – Shannon McNeal brings her own blend of Folk pop to Red Silo from 8 – 10 p.m.

April 13

Cookeville – Window on the World (WOW) is an international festival celebrating cultural diversity and global harmony. Join us from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at TTU’s Hooper Eblen Center for a day of fun, food, and friendship. 

Cookeville – Red Silo brings Jake Hoot and his classic country and rock with an island feel sound to the stage from 8-10 p.m.

Crossville – Hailed as the “Polyester Princess,” the reigning Queen of Southern Sass delivers a high powered, take-no prisoners performance full of truth, irony, humor and wisdom, Etta May comes to the Cumberland County Playhouse for one show only. Tickets are available here.

Granville – Put on groovy clothes for Historic Granville’s “Memories: Rockin’ thru the 1960s.” Activities include historic home tours, an antique car show, twist contest, costume contest and Granville Genealogy Festival.

Granville – The Upper Cumberland Wine Festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Information is available at

McMinnville – Hunt for eggs filled with candy and prizes hidden 333 feet below during the overnight Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt inside Cumberland Caverns. Tickets are $47 per person and include a day tour, games & prizes and breakfast on the 14th.


Cookeville – The Sally Crain-Jager Putnam County Schools Student Art Exhibit will be displayed in lobby of the Cookeville Performing Arts Center from March 26 – April 26.

Crossville – Brace yourself for side-splitting chaos with this rip-roaring comedy starring an incomparable cast of Playhouse favorites in Noises Off running March 8 – April 18. Times and ticket information available here.

Crossville – Forever Plaid is a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps the audience laughing hysterically when they’re not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950’s. Times and ticket information available here.

For more information, contact Ruth Dyal, executive director for the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association, at 931-537-6347 or by email at

Michelle Price is the former managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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