Things to do in Murfreesboro and Smyrna April 6-14

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Star Party

Professor Eric Klumpe will bring the next Middle Tennessee State University Department of Physics and Astronomy Star Party starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, in Wiser-Patten Science Hall, Room 102.

Klumpe will share his “Funky Fizix in Film: Life on Mars” lecture with the audience.

First Friday Star Parties are a way for the department to bring the MTSU, Murfreesboro and surrounding communities together. There will be a lecture followed by telescope viewing outdoors, weather permitting.

The event, which is free, is open to the general public and MTSU students and faculty. Attendees should dress warmly for the outdoor portion. To find free parking after 6 p.m. and Wiser-Patten, visit online. Handicapped-accessible parking requires a state permit.

The final First Friday Star Party will be May 4 when physics and astronomy lecturer Irina Perevalova will discuss “Space Oddity.”

For more information about the series or the astronomy program, call 615-898-2130 or visit

M-Prov Bear-Hunt Bash

The comedy group MPROV Murfreesboro is celebrating its third year with a Bear-Hunt Bash starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Boro Bar and Grill, 1211 Greenland Drive in Murfreesboro. There will be food, drinks and comedy. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

The comedy group MPROV Murfreesboro is celebrating its third year with a Bear-Hunt Bash on April 7.

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Paws & Pearls

The annual Paws & Pearls fundraiser to benefit the Beesley Animal Foundation is set for 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the home of Ruth and Eddy Taylor, 7121 Cainsville Pike in Lascassas. Tickets are $75 per person and $15 for each well-behaved canine companion. Beesley Foundation focuses on spay-neuter services as well as education on responsible pet ownership. For details or tickets, call 615-890-6878.

Silly Saturday

Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Parkway, presents the next Silly Saturday event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Play games, overcome obstacles — and enjoy outdoor fun if weather permits. No registration is required. The event is free with SOAC admission. Email for more information.

Food truck fest

Cousins Maine Lobster is celebrating its two-year anniversary with a food truck festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 1932 Almaville Road in Smyrna. In addition to food from Cousins, others on site include The Grilled Cheeserie, MaggieMoo’s and Great American Cookies, Music City Brisket, Little Cancun on the Go, and Funk Seoul Brother. There will also be children’s activities.

On Stage
Murder mystery

Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro, hosts an Totally ’80s Murder Mystery Dinner from 6-10 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $75 and include dinner, drinks and a chance to use your sleuthing skills. Reserve your spot by emailing, purchase tickets at or call 615-893-0022.

Enjoy a totally ’80s murder mystery dinner theater production on April 6 at Oaklands Mansion in Murfreesboro.
"Dreamcoat" on stage

See Middle Tennessee State University’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Tucker Theatre, 615 Champion Way. Advance tickets are available online at General admission is $15, while seniors and students get in for $10. MTSU students will be admitted free with a current ID.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" takes stage at MTSU.
“Godspell Jr.” on stage

Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St. in Murfreesboro, presents “Godspell Jr.” on stage. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $11 to $15 and can be purchased online at or by calling 615-904-2787.

See ‘Godspell Jr.’ at Center for the Arts. (Photo: Submitted)
Magic show

Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd. in Murfreesboro, presents Middle Tennessee Magic Club members Alan Fisher and Jimbo Hooten on stage at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 each and on sale at

Magic comes alive at Murfreesboro Little Theatre.
“Flaming Idiots”

The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway in Woodbury, presents the award-winning “Flaming Idiots” on stage. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 13-14 and 20-21, and 2 p.m. Sunday and April 15. Tickets are $12-$15 and can be purchased online at or by calling 615-563-2787.

"The Boy Friend"

Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd. in Murfreesboro, presents "The Boy Friend" on stage at 7 p.m. April 13-15 and April 19-21, and 2 p.m. April 22. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $5 for members. To reserve tickets, visit or call 615-893-9825.


Springhouse Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Highway in Smyrna, presents "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery," on stage at 7:30 p.m. April 13-14, 20-21 and 27-29, and 3:30 p.m. April 29.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, and $10 for students, and are available at Group rates are available as well. For more information call 615-852-8499, or visit

‘Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’ will be on stage at Springhouse Theatre.
Coming up
Adventures in Ag

Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd. in Murfreesboro, hosts Adventures in Agriculture from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14. Learn about farm life, take hay rides, see farm animals and enjoy a fishing rodeo. Admission is free.

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Patrons Party

Charity Circle of Murfreesboro hosts the annual Patrons Party from 6-10 p.m. April 14 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Davis Young III, 2256 Oakleigh Drive in Murfreesboro. Tickets are $125 per person and reservations are due Saturday. Proceeds benefit the numerous charities supported by Charity Circle. Send checks to Charity Circle, 1535 Georgetown Lane, Murfreesboro, TN, 37129.

Boro Art Crawl

The next Boro Art Crawl is set for 6-9 p.m. April 13 at many businesses in and around the Murfreesboro Public Square. See the works of local artisans and crafters. For details and a map of locations, visit Admission is free and open to all ages.

Masquerade bash

The annual Bash Fundraiser: Masquerade starting at 6:30 p.m. April 14 at Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St. in Murfreesboro. A seated dinner is catered by Peter D’s and spirits provided by Murfreesboro Wine and Spirits. DJ Stephen Belk will be spinning classic and new dance music at the after party which takes place on the theater stage.

Proceeds from the event help support the mission and upkeep of The Center for the Arts. In addition to producing 14 theatrical productions a year, CFTA also showcases the work of local artists in its gallery, offers a wide range of youth programming, and partners with several local arts oriented non-profits.

Tickets are $100 each or $175 per couple. After-party tickets are $25 each. Reservations are due by April 12 and can made online at or call 615-904-2787.

Center for the Arts presents the annual Masquerade Bash.
CAC Heroes

The annual Child Advocacy Center’s Hometown Heroes Walk for Children is set to step off at 11:45 a.m. April 20 at Civic Plaza, located on the corner of Vine and Church streets in Murfreesboro. There will be a ceremony to honor Hometown Heroes who support the work of the center.

A 20-minute walk will then begin at the Civic Plaza and continue to the Child Advocacy Center, 1040 Samsonite Blvd. CAC provides services to sexually abused children and non-offending family members.

Earth Day at Ferrell Hollow

Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse and Cat Sanctuary, 5323 Ferrell Hollow Road in Readyville, will host an Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21.

The public can tour the horse and cat sanctuary at the 70-acre property, learn about programs, visit the new Memorial Gardens and see the senior equine and feline residents. There will also be unique merchandise for sale that will directly benefit the sanctuary and its residents. Nashville Singer/Songwriter Templeton Thompson will be performing from noon to 2 p.m. and homemade vegan food will be available for guests.

Tickets are $5 and each qualifies visitors for door prizes such as date nights, movie tickets, spa treatments and more. Purchase tickets at or at the door. For more details or to learn how you can help, email

Attend Earth Day activities at Ferrell Hollow Farm, a senior horse and cat sanctuary.
Earth Day downtown

Murfreesboro Electric Department hosts its annual Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 on the Murfreesboro Public Square. This year’s theme is Extreme Weather. In addition to kid-friendly activities, there will be free trees given away on a first-come basis.

Pioneer Days

The 42nd annual Pioneer Days is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St. in Murfreesboro. Enjoy old-time music and demonstrations, crafts, hayrides, blacksmithing, live music, antique cars and an art show. Admission is free. For more info, call 615-890-0355 or email

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