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Catch a Creative Vibe
The arts are in full bloom every March at Linden’s Blooming Arts Festival. An annual tradition since 2009, the Blooming Arts Festival celebrates the culture and natural beauty of Perry County with arts and crafts, live entertainment, music, food, kids’ activities and tributes to military veterans. More than 100 exhibiting artists display their work, ranging from quilting and pottery to handmade soaps and jewelry. Spectators can watch artist demonstrations of stained glass, blacksmithing, ﬁber art and more. The sixth annual Blooming Arts Festival takes place March 21-22, 2014. Visit
Prepare for Spring Tornadoes
Springtime in Tennessee is more than warmer temperatures and blooming ﬂowers – it’s also tornado season. Tornadoes can happen any time of year, but two-thirds of Tennessee tornadoes happen in the months of March, April and May. The best way to protect your family is to be prepared.Determine your home’s best tornado safety spot, and make sure all family members know where it is. A basement or an interior ﬁrst-ﬂoor room or hallway (away from windows) is best.Gather emergency supplies including water, ﬂashlights with extra batteries and a weather radio, and put them in your safe spot.Pay attention to tornado watches. If the weather forecasters issue a tornado warning for your area, seek shelter in your safe spot.Avoid automobiles, motor homes and rooms with lots of windows during tornadoes. If you are caught outside, lie ﬂat in a ditch as low to the ground as possible until the storm passes.
Beale Street Is Calling
All roads lead to Memphis during the month of May. The city hosts its world-famous Memphis in May International Festival and this year, the 38th edition honors the Republic of Panama. Memphis in May includes the popular Beale Street Music Festival (May 2-4), the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (May 15-17) and the Sunset Symphony (May 24), which includes a spectacular air show, ﬁreworks and music presented by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Educational, international and economic programs also attract tourists from around the globe. The 2013 celebration drew visitors from 50 states and eight foreign countries. Buy tickets and ﬁnd more information about the festival at