Relax and soak in the satisfaction of September. Early autumn air is circulating, and it’s a refreshing feeling. The stage is set for fun end-of-summer activities, including the season’s final concert in Dogwood Park and the long-awaited Cookeville Cemetery Walk. Be sure to enjoy simple pleasures, too, like evening strolls in our city parks under a slightly darker sky and those first glimpses of red and golden leaves in the trees. Prepare to be amazed. (Photo: Cane Creek Park)
Get tickets now
Several Cookeville City Cemetery “residents” will be sharing their stories during the Cookeville Cemetery Walk on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. This captivating theatrical experience only happens on even-numbered years, so get your tickets while they last. A guide will lead groups to gravesites along a candlelit path at 241 S. Walnut Ave. Tickets are $15. Get them online or at Cookeville Performing Arts Center. For more details, call CPAC at 528-1313 or Cookeville History Museum at 520-5455.
Big Band Sound
Summer’s final concert
Just one opportunity remains to see a concert this summer at Dogwood Park – and this one’s going to be fun. Big Band Sound Orchestra continues its Labor Day tradition by presenting a nostalgic evening of lively jazz and swing at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and concessions are available. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Seating is limited to maintain social distancing. For more information, call 528-1313.
Cane Creek Park
Days are getting shorter, so Cane Creek Park will be closing at 9 p.m. after Labor Day. Plan your hiking, biking, fishing, playing, picnicking, disc golfing and bird feeding times accordingly. The park opens daily at 7 a.m. at 201 C C Camp Road.
Exploring women’s suffrage
This month’s History Hike will be a Women’s Suffrage in Tennessee Jeopardy game. Get an entry form Sept. 12 at the Cookeville Depot (116 W. Broad St.) or Cookeville History Museum (40 E. Broad St.) between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and look for small panels on storefront windows and posts between the two museums. Each panel will feature suffragists and events that were instrumental in the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This is a free, fun and educational activity that encourages people to get outside and explore. Participants will be entered in a prize drawing sponsored by The Art Jam and Sky High Sports. To learn more, call 528-8570 or 520-5455.
Fall break fun
Fun awaits campers at Cane Creek Recreation Center, 180 C C Camp Road. Our fall break recreational day camp, to be held Oct. 5-16 from 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m., is open to children in kindergarten through age 12. Cost is $80 per week. Space is limited. To register, call 526-7393.
Park View Skate Park
Park View Skate Park is the place to be, especially now that the weather is getting a little cooler. So bring your skateboard or BMX bike and ride some walls. The concrete park – the first of its kind in the Upper Cumberland – features ledges, bowls, rails and more. It opens daily at 7 a.m. and closes at dusk. To learn more, call 520-4386.
New class on Fridays
Want to reduce stress? Tai Chi can help. This ancient Chinese martial art promotes serenity through gentle, flowing, low-impact movements. It’s also used to help with other health conditions. Registration is open for three sessions: Tuesdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and Fridays, Sept. 11-Oct. 16, 10-11 a.m., at Cane Creek Recreation Center with instructor Nikki Desch. All experience levels are welcome. Cost is $30 per six-week session. For more information, call 526-7393.
Cane Creek Gymnasium
Looking for a cool place to play volleyball, pickleball or cornhole? Check out Cane Creek Gymnasium, which is open for non-contact sports and walking. (Basketball and soccer are temporarily unavailable.) Hours have recently changed to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (It’s temporarily closed on Sundays.) Bring your own equipment if possible and practice social distancing. Admission is $1. For updates, call 526-9767.
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