As usual, there’s a lot happening around the Murfreesboro area this month.
The annual International FolkFest brings dance troupes from around the globe to Middle Tennessee for song and dance each year, with 2015’s groups hailing from Mexico, Latvia and France.
Up on Short Mountain near Woodbury, the Stillhouse restaurant has opened its doors, and will focus on creating gourmet meals from locally-sourced items. In pizza news, Sal’s Pizza is back in action, now located on Thompson Lane, across town from its former buffet location.
If the kids need something to do this summer, the Murfreesboro Fire Department will host a couple of afternoons in local parks allowing folks to splash around in water from the engines; additionally, the Movies under the Stars program shows movies in different city parks at nightfall all summer long; and for some live music, the free and family-friendly First Friday concert series will take place on the Square.
Otherwise, the artistic heroes keep the music playing, from EDM to songwriters nights, Matt Mahaffey to K Theory, Hoo Doo Men to Meth Dad.
Bonnaroo gets turned up the second weekend in June. Each year, many festival patrons will critique the lineup, compare it to past years and other festivals, and wish their particular favorite performer were coming, but I have to give it to the Bonnaroo organizers. They always bring some legends to the farm for the first time, and there is always a good variety of musical styles. Come on, you can take in Mumford and Sons, Slayer and Bassnectar within a couple of hours this year. Then, the next day, chill a little with The Punch Brothers, The Bluegrass Situation and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn. Good stuff. Happy ’Roo!
The following week, Afteroo at Hippie Hill will continue the good musical vibes for anyone who needs some more camping and live outdoor jams.
Get outside. Schedule a canoe or kayak ride with Float-A-Boat (hurry to reserve your boat and float time this summer!), take advantage of Murfreeboro’s parks and pools, ride the bike, watch the sunrise, play a game with your friends and family. Some of Murfreesboro’s parks contain great scenes in the summertime: local people from all walks of life will be throwing various balls, grilling and having picnics, and the kids and dogs will go full-throttle, leaving all their energy at the park.
I hope your garden is doing well. If you need a supplementary source for veggies, check out producefreshfromthefarm.com to find Happy Harvest (the official cabbage, bok choy and turnip-green provider of the Murfreesboro Pulse), or you can find the Colwell’s at the Murfreesboro Saturday Market on the Square, now open every Saturday morning!
Murfreesboro remains a healthy place to do business, with more people coming into the area each month, and new businesses opening their doors all the time.
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Well, enjoy your summer, do not worry about tomorrow, and party on, dudes!
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