09/15/2016

By Seth Schrader

 Fall is shaping up to be quite the show. The presidential race is approaching its boiling point, a remake of the Blair Witch Project is premiering, and the iPhone 7 doesn’t have an audio port. In the midst of it, Nashville is humming with people exploring and discovering a city finally relieved of summer heat. And even further beyond the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Tennessee is changing color palates. Cheekwood is celebrating this change with their annual Cheekwood Harvest event and there are several new additions to the six-weekend event.

 The first is a pumpkin house, which finally satisfies the innate human desire to know what a pumpkin is like from the inside looking out. The pumpkin house is eleven feet tall, and there are pumpkins that are available for sale in and around the house. Because Cheekwood has the confidence to construct a pumpkin house, visitors can rest assured that only the highest quality, construction-grade pumpkins are available for purchase.

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 Cheekwood is also adding a beer garden to their lineup of festivities. Visitors are invited to sip a craft beer at a picnic table, enjoying light snacks and the breeze coming off the 5,000 chrysanthemums planted to welcome in the new season. The beer garden opens at 11 on Saturdays and Sundays, making it the perfect alternative to football on the couch while also functioning as a great after church visit. And on Saturdays, a live bluegrass band will be plucking and strumming along until the wind gets too cold for their fingers.

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 Another new event in this year’s festivities celebrates a time honored American tradition: dressing dogs in Halloween costumes. The first ever Halloween Pooch Parade promises to be the highlight of the Halloween season, with dogs from all walks of life strutting their stuff in felt costumes, just weeks after the end of New York Fashion Week.

 The Cheekwood Harvest has even more to offer than these three new additions, such as Tuesdays for Tots, where toddlers can do art and explore the gardens. And at the end of October, Cheekwood celebrates El Dia de los Muertos, a traditional festival in Mexico and Latin America. So as the weather cools down and politics heats up, Cheekwood Harvest offers a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauty in and around Nashville.

 Cheekwood Harvest opens September 17 – October 30. Specific program and event hours vary, and more information can be found at www.cheekwood.org.

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