Fiddlers Grove opens for new season

Xavier Smith • Apr 4, 2017 at 7:22 PM

Fiddlers Grove Historical Village received an official opening Tuesday as the well-known James E. Ward Ag Center attraction kicked off its 26th season.

Gwen Scott, Fiddlers Grove director, said this season would feature some past favorite events, as well as new events aimed to attract more people to the area.

“We’re really trying to grow Fiddlers Grove this year. We’re trying to expand the opportunities for people to come out here and participate,” Scott said.

Returning events include: Farm Days for second grade (May 10-11); Bark in the Park (May 13); Antique Tractor and Engine Show (May 20); Kidz Camp (June 9 and July 7); Pioneer Days for fourth graders (Sept. 12-13 and Sept. 19-20); Ghosts in the Grove (Oct. 28) and Festival of Lights (Nov. 24 to Dec. 31).

Scott said the Pioneer Days typically occur in the spring and fall, but TCAP testing caused the group to hold both set of days in the fall.

“We’re hoping that all the Wilson County schools can come,” Scott said.

Scott said Kidz Camp is also a great opportunity for children to learn about Fiddlers Grove and see first-hand some of the work that takes place. Scott said children learn a new craft and get to take home a finished product.

She said the age limit this year is 16 years old, as wood burning has been added.

Scott also highlighted some altered events, which include Spring Fest in the Grove and the Neddy Jacobs Days Craft and Music Fest.

Spring Fest in the Grove will take place April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature 40 vendors will various items for sale to help guests with spring ideas. Various gardening groups will also have plants for sale.

Guest presenters will include: Tanner Romsdal, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Authority, discussing small animals; Alan Windham, University of Tennessee, discussing plant fungi and bacteria; Linda Robertson, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, discussing butterflies; Cynthia Winfield, certified master gardener, discussing composting; and Marianne Pelletier will introduce the Fiddlers Grove History Garden’s newest additions.

Neddy Jacobs Days Craft and Music Fest, previously called Christmas in July, will feature two days of music and artisan July 14 and 15. The event will feature vendors selling handcrafted “Made in Tennessee” items and music by local musicians throughout both days.

Guests are also invited to bring their string instrument and jam with friends. The event will also feature a Kids Corner.

The event will be noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Admission is $3 for adults and children 12 and under are free.

Scott said blacksmith, fiber, garden and other classes are also available. She said the village is also open for guided tours, which are $10, and $25 with a meal.

“What we want to do is preserve the old pioneer way,” Scott said. “I really want it to be something people can really be proud of.”

Scott said more than 40 volunteers help make Fiddlers Grove what it is.

“Everybody has a niche of something they enjoy. If they have a niche, we have a place for them. We love our volunteers. If it weren’t for them, there’s no way we could do what we do,” she said.

For more information, follow Fiddlers Grove on Facebook, visit fiddlersgrove.org, or call 615-547-6111.

Some events book the entire grounds, which require admission to enter the Ag Center grounds.


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