Just because Easter is over doesn’t mean that the fun is over in April! Check out all of these fun events happening during the month in Murfreesboro and let me know if I missed any fun ones!
Adventures in Agriculture
April 14th from 10am to 2pm
Bring the kids out for a fun and FREE event where local farmers will share knowledge on crops, food, animals and more! There will be plenty of hands-on activities and games for kids and adults of all ages!
315 John Rice Boulevard
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Help up to 250 volunteers remove trash from Fortress Rosecrans, Old Fort Park and the Lytle Creek Greenway. Registration begins at 8:30am and the Friends of the Stones River National Battlefield and Walmart will be providing free lunch for volunteers at 12:30. Got a group who wants to help? Contact Jim Lewis to pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Fort Park and Greenway
1025 Old Fort Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Boro Adventure Fest
April 21st from 12-4pm
Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department and Candle Wishes Foundation are bringing this outdoor adventure to life fir Murfreesboro! The event benefits the local non-profit which brings birthday wishes to life for homeless and needy children. The event includes a hike through the woods, slacklines, rock climbing, and more! There’s also a Kids Zone that includes face painting, animal encounters, a tent playground, games and more! The cost is $10 with pre-registration and $17 with on-site payment. Kids 12 and under are FREE.
697 Veterans Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
42nd Annual Pioneer Days
April 28th from 10am-4pm
There’s free admission for the whole family to enjoy crafters, demonstrations, music, a car show, art show and more! Call for additional information about the event.
312 South Front Street
What events do you plan to attend this month in Murfreesboro?
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Annette Masterson is a licensed broker with EXIT Realty Bob Lamb & Associates in Murfreesboro, TN. She has developed one of the most successful real estate teams in Rutherford County, known as Masterson Network, that specializes in new home construction and residential listings and sales throughout Middle Tennessee. You can email Annette at email@example.com or call her at 615-896-5656 (Office) or 615-533-1660 (Cell) for more information.
Spring is here, it’s Easter weekend and the trees and flowers are beginning to look beautiful! It’s around this time of year that I always start to look for ways to freshen up my own home a bit. Here are a few spring decoration ideas that can breathe a little life into your home as well:
1) Bring the outdoors inside! All the flowers are blooming and it’s a great time of year to use things from your own yard to brighten up your home! Use different colored flowers in various shaded vases to create a beautiful table display. Find a hanger for your front door and tuck real or faux flowers inside to make a welcoming display. You can also plant flowers on your front porch or display them creatively in things like rubber boots or old teacups. Or just use greenery if you want a little extra display of color but also want to leave those beautiful flowers in the ground!
2) Change out your front door décor to add a fun pop! I always find that changing out my front door décor really gives some life to both the exterior and the interior of my home! Add a beautiful spring wreath to your door or a bouquet of flowers hung upside down from your door (think tulips!). If you’ve been contemplating painting your front door in a new fun color, do it!
3) Add some fun to your table. Add a fun centerpiece to your table with spring candles, greenery, or flowers – real or faux. Or add a fun tablecloth or cloth napkins to really add in some color. While a little more costly, you can also find fun spring plates that can really add some life to your table – especially if you plan on hosting a dinner party anytime soon!
4) Pick one thing in your house and make it more fresh! We all get in decorating slumps sometimes. Pick one thing in your house that just kind of feels “stuck.” Maybe it’s a side table that you’re never quite sure what to do with it or maybe it’s corner of your bedroom that needs a little love. Whatever it is, tackle that and you’ll find that it may just make a big difference in your whole house!
What is your favorite way to make your home feel like spring?
It’s Spring Break for most of Middle Tennessee and if you aren’t already at the beach or in the mountains, you may be looking for some family fun right here in our area! Here are some of the top attractions just down the road from us. Hopefully you can find something exciting for the week!
- The Nashville Zoo – The zoo is fun to visit anytime – with lots of animals, daily animal shows, a zipline, train and carousel rides and more! You’ll love the new exhibits and all the recent new upgrades they’ve put into the zoo.
- Nature Center at Warner Park – The Nature Center is open to visit Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4pm. The hikes in the area are beautiful and doable for even the smallest of kids. Be sure to check out a backpack from the visitor’s center to help you along as you explore! After you hike, let the kids get dirty in the dirt and mud area behind the nature center. Just be sure to bring towels and a change of clothes!
- Murfreesboro Discovery Center - This interactive kids museum in Murfreesboro features an arts and crafts area, giant slide, “mini” town, fire truck, water play station and more! Pack a lunch to eat at one of the many picnic tables outside and be sure to check their calendar before you go to see if there are any special activities happening while you’re there.
- Cumberland Park in Downtown Nashville – This fun park offers a splash pad in the summer but for now you’ll enjoy rock climbing walls, a giant see-saw, slides and more while also being located right under the pedestrian bridge into downtown.
- Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro – Cannonsburgh Village is only a block from downtown Murfreesboro and gives visitors a glimpse of Tennessee life in the 1800s and early 1900s. It features a schoolhouse, museum, caboose and doctor’s office among other things and there’s also a nearby stream for cooling off after the tour. Pick up a tour brochure in the visitor center so you’ll be well prepared for a self-guided tour.
- Downtown Nashville Library Storytime – Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:30, 10:30 or 11:30 you’ll find Storytime happening at the downtown Nashville Library. It features puppets, reading, music and sometimes even juggling and other activities. There’s also a fun and relatively new kids’ area with plenty of cozy reading nooks to enjoy.
What is your family planning to do in Middle Tennessee for Spring Break! Pass along any fun ideas that everyone can enjoy!
As Thursday and Friday approach (and many employees plan to become incredibly unproductive due to the NCAA Basketball Tournament starting in the middle of the day with multiple games that generally end in upsets and buzzer beaters) it is important to know some of the keys to winning your bracket challenge.
- The Big Ten is not nearly as deep as normal, but the four teams from the Big Ten can all make great noise in the tournament. Michigan State is a popular pick for many brackets with Purdue also getting some attention as a potential champion. Michigan won the Big Ten Tournament and Ohio State had some impressive conference wins.
- The old adage that defense wins champions could prove true this year. Tennessee, Virginia and Cincinnati are three teams that give their opponents 40 minutes of tough play. Virginia is the top seed, while Cincinnati and Xavier have had exceptional years. Kentucky joins Tennessee as a top team out of the SEC. Kentucky was able to take home the SEC Tournament crown, though they didn’t have a great regular season. The SEC has eight teams in the tournament field, but nobody in the conference is considered a strong contender for the Final Four.
- Perennial powerhouses Duke and reigning national champion North Carolina join Virginia with star power to finish the season cutting down the nets. All three teams have the talent to beat any other team in the country.
- The Big East’s top two teams are Villanova and Xavier. Villanova won the conference and is a one seed while Xavier was upset in the conference tournament in the semifinals and lost the potential of being a top seed. Arizona is the top team out of the Pac 12 and their freshman phenom Deandre Ayton could take them all the way. Kansas also owns a top seed and some believe they could make some noise in the tournament after winning the conference tournament. Finally, you can’t count out last year’s national champion runner-up Gonzaga. They have restocked and are ready for another long run in the tournament.
Who are you picking to win your bracket?
Murfreesboro always has so much to offer and this March is no exception! Check out just some of the many events below:
Aristocats Kids at Center for the Arts
This fun show about an eccentric millionaires who wills her entire estate to a cat and her kittens will provide laughs for everyone! Tickets are $12 for everyone.
The Center for the Arts
110 W. College Street
Bluebird in the Boro 5th Annual Concert Series
March 5th through 7th
This annual concert benefits Alive Hospice with one-of-a-kind “in the round” performances by top songwriters as well as catering by Five Senses and Mayday Brewery. The event lasts for three nights and is at 6pm each night. Admission is $100 per person per night.
The Grove at Williamson Place
3520 Wilkinson Pike
TSSAA Girls Basketball Championships
Come see some of the top players and teams in Tennessee play to try to win the top title for the season! Game times vary and can be found on the website.
Middle Tennessee State University Panhellenic Easter Egg Hunt
March 25th from 2-4pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy this annual Easter egg hunt at the MTSU President’s Lawn. Admission is free.
MTSU President’s Lawn
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
March 30th through April 8th
This is a full-length junior show and is about a group of disciples helping Jesus to tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling and comedy. Tickets are on sale now and season pass holders get $2 off. Admission is as follows: Adults $15, Students, Seniors and Military $13 and Children $11.
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Is the warm February weather just tricking us into believing that spring is here or will we have more cold weather before spring comes to stay for good? Regardless, now is the time to start your home to-do list so that your home is ready by April! Here are a few things you can tackle over the next few weeks:
- Clean out the trashcans. Spring is a great time to hose down both the indoor and outdoor trashcans to sanitize them and cut down on their smell before the weather gets warmer.
- Clear out the corners. Look high and low for cobwebs, dead bugs, dirt and grime in your ceiling corners, baseboards and windowsills. Use your vacuum’s attachment to make things a little simpler and quicker to clean.
- Air out the house. When the weather is warm, open up all the windows in the house to air it out. While the windows are open, vacuum the sills and the screens and wipe down the inside of the windows.
- Clean the carpet and upholstery. Call in the professionals, rent a carpet-cleaning machine from a home improvement store or just spot clean stains if nothing needs a deep clean.
- Wipe out the windows. Get the window cleaner to tackle the insides and then grab the hose to clean off the dirt and grime on the outside.
- Pressure wash the siding. If you have siding on your house, you know it’s prone to unsightly mildew. Grab the pressure washer to get rid of it and then turn the pressure washer to your driveway and sidewalks, too.
- Prune the bushes. Trim them back in both height and circumference so that the bushes can receive sunlight on all sides during the spring and summer months.
- Clear out anything dead. Pick out dead leaves, foliage and fallen tree branches from your beds and lawn so that new growth can get through.
- Pull the weeds. Pull any existing weeds and take steps to ensure they don’t come back for the rest of spring and summer.
- Plant annuals in your bed. Pansies, violas, cyclamen and English Primrose are good choices for spring planting because they can handle low temperatures down into the 50s.
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Sometimes you can get so excited about starting a renovation that you forget to do your due diligence in selecting a contractor! So before you jump into your next project, be sure to ask a contractor these five questions:1) What and for whom have you renovated before? Ask the contractor for references so you can talk to other homeowners who have used him or her. Then follow up with these homeowners to ask what they liked and didn’t like about him or her and the renovation process. If you’re tackling a similar renovation, you could even ask to see the work.
2) When is your estimated start and completion date? And a secondary question may be “What do you need from me to get started?” Some contractors may have months-long wait times and depending on when you need the work done, you may have to mark some of them off the list based on their availability to start. You’ll also want to ask if you will be their only project or if they plan to bounce back and forth between your project and others.
3) What licenses and insurance do you have? Your contractor should have all applicable licenses and as well as insurance and be able to show them to you for proof. From there you can find out what, if any, permits you or the contractor may need to pull from your local codes department before you can get started.
4) What is your estimate for the project? Request quotes from various contractors when you first talk to them. When you’re comparing quotes, be sure you’re comparing “apples to apples” and be leery of any quotes that fall too far below the others. When you ask about payments, avoid anyone who only wants to be paid in cash. Find out how much, if any, is due up front and who will pay the subcontractors.
5) How do you best communicate and how to do prefer to make final decisions? Ask the contractor how he or she prefers to communicate – via email, phone, text message or in person – and how often he or she will initiate more formal update meetings. You’ll also want to find out how the contractor will want you to make a final decision on everything or if he or she wants the ability to make decisions when you aren’t immediately available.
What other questions would you ask?
Are you starting to think through what you need to do to get your yard ready for spring and summer? Trends in landscaping are constantly changing but I’ve put together a list of trends for 2018 that are sure to stick around for a while. Take a look at the list below and let me know if you’re planning to add any of these to your home this year!
1) Simplified Lawns. Ten years ago, lawns were tending towards being heavily landscaped with less grass to mow but more flowers and plants to maintain. Today we’re seeing simplified lawns with minimal and easy-to-care for plants and flowers. In today’s busy world, homeowners are wanting more time to enjoy their lawns by taking less time to maintain them.
2) Wildlife Habitats. No we’re not talking about attracting deer and bunnies (you probably have enough of those eating your garden already.) Attracting wildlife like bees and hummingbirds by planting friendly plants and flowers is a fun way to add to your garden while also keeping it easy to maintain. Ask your landscaper or your local garden store how you can add to your garden and lawn to make it more friendly.
3) Dogscaping. Yes you read that correctly. Dogscaping is landscaping that is pet friendly! Homeowners may want separate parts of their yard for their dog to use for waste and play. Landscaping companies are getting creative in how they build backyards to keep both pets and their owners happy!
4) Firepits. More and more homeowners are wanting to build their backyard landscaping around a central conversation piece like a firepit. If you’re not ready to commit to a permanent fixture, start by using a portable and small firepit to see how you could begin to make changes to your yard in order to easily incorporate it. If you find out you’re using it a lot, you can start to make bigger changes.
5) Hardscaping. This should come as no surprise but we continue to see homeowners want to move their living outdoors! This means adding covered porches, outdoor kitchens, built-in seating and more. A great landscaping company can even add the perfect lighting and also audio options to create the perfect outdoor atmosphere for your backyard.
What do you plan to add to your yard this year?
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Check out what’s happening in and around Murfreesboro this month!
Monty Python’s Spamalot!
February 2-18, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm & Sundays 2pm
Spamalot the Musical was inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and includes the hilarious flatulent Frenchmen and the killer rabbits. This musical is rated PG-13.
Inaugural Murfreesboro Chinese Festival of Chinese Arts
Running through March 26
Come experience visiting professors lead workshops on topics such as Chinese calligraphy, Chinese modern painting and philosophy. For a full list of events and their locations, check out the Center for the Arts website.
Southern Invitational Truck and Tractor Pull
February 2 & 3
The whole family will enjoy the truck and tractor pull this weekend! The Friday night show begins at 7pm and is $18. The Saturday mid-day event starts at 11am and costs $15. The Saturday night event starts at 7pm and costs $18. Kids 10 and under are free!
Tennessee Miller Coliseum
304 West Thompson Lane
Cannonsburgh Valentine’s Tea
February 8 at 4pm
Dress up in your dressiest frocks and come enjoy the Valentine’s tea at Cannonsburgh Village. You must make a reservation by February 2nd by calling 615-890-0355 but tickets are only $2.50 per person. This event is for ages 7 and up.
Whiskey and Wine Valentine’s Date Night
February 10 from 7-9pm
Beat the Valentine’s Day crowd and celebrate a few days early! Admission is $20 per person and it includes drinks and catered food from Five Senses Murfreesboro. You’ll also receive 15% off shopping at Quinn’s Mercantile during this catered event. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon counties.
301 N. Spring Street
Murfreesboro Taco and Tequila Festival
February 24 at 1pm
This event will include live music, tacos, tequilas and more! Included in your $20 general admission ticket is five tokens with which you can purchase tacos and tequila. More tokens will be available to buy on-site. Early access tickets allow you to get in an hour earlier and include 10 tokens, all for $30.
The Grove at Williamson
3250 Wilkinson Pike
What’s on your list of things to do in February?