Ocoee Rafting earned its reputation for keeping rigorous safety guidelines over more than 36 years of riverine voyaging. Staffed by a cadre of veteran river guides, Ocoee Rafting has shared the singular exhilaration of class III and IV whitewater rafting with countless adventurers in search of rollicking outdoor enjoyment. The company shuttles its rafters to the raft entry point from the Ocoee Rafting Center, located in historical Ducktown, where the Blue Ridge Mountains swell along the horizon and the river's edge. Rafting groups delve into the wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest and brave either the tamer Middle Ocoee or the Upper Ocoee, which was the site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater competition as well as the 1991 World Series of Tom Sawyer Imitators. Additionally, a series of nearby cabin-style accommodations furnish visitors with the option of extending their rafting trip.
Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra has spent the last three decades filling theaters to the brim with classical, fluid tunes that spill out of instruments of professional musicians. The orchestra continues to feed famished ears with notes of nourishment by hosting An Evening with Andrew Risinger, which puts the organ center stage to emit both classic and popular pieces full of texture and decibels. Unlike an ensemble of feral cats and broken mufflers, Risinger's ivory tickling will win over sonic senses with compositions such as "Rhapsody for Flute & Organ" by John Weaver and "If With All Your Hearts" from Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn. Witness the orchestra team up with the energetic conductor Kelly Corcoran for American Landscapes to pay an audible homage to the land of the free, stuffing your ear canals with musical hot dogs as violins pluck their strings to classic songs by American composers.
Launching into the Ocoee River, Sunburst Adventures' rafts of whitewater adventurers bump and glide over currents with gradients up to 50 feet per mile. An experienced guide mans the helm, offering instruction and zany anecdotes, as rafters navigate past bushes and trees and around three risky undercuts for a challenging, yet safe, excursion. Sunburst's carefully selected team of enthusiastic rafters has been taming the rapids of the Ocoee and sharing their love for the sport and the great outdoors since 1976. Groups of experienced and novice boaters quickly become familiar with a good soaking as they tackle roaring rapids such as Hell's Hole and Godzilla attempting to bend their boats in two as they jostle their way down the river's 10-mile stretch. For a more leisurely way to enjoy the natural splendor and warm waters of the river, aquatic types can tube the Lower Ocoee, which is known for expressing much calmer waters ever since it kicked its pot-of-coffee-a-day habit.
Minty-green and cool-blue walls set off by polished hardwood floors create a serene setting for reformer- and mat-based workouts led by Pilates instructor Shana Wilson Doyle, who spent nearly a decade honing her Stott Pilates skills. Group mat classes vary in difficulty to help practitioners of all fitness levels protect their precious caramel centers by building tough abdominal shells. Specialty Pilates equipment, such as the reformer and the tower, enhance private and semi-private sessions, where Shana guides students through efficient resistance moves and can provide clients with more personalized attention.
On September 1, Bristol Motor Speedway will be buried under one ton of bacon. At the first annual Tri-Cities BaconFest, the pungent pork will be served up in a multitude of ways: Visitors can snag it for free at bacon stations during three tasting times, sample it in vendors’ bacon-infused desserts and entrees, or attempt to shovel down three pounds of it to claim the title Lord of the Bacon during the Man vs. Bacon eating contest. Other swine-themed events include the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pigskin Challenge, where preregistered participants aged 5 and up test their throwing arms on an accuracy obstacle course. At the hog-calling competition, shouters stretch their lungs as they imitate the sounds of hogs and, later, the sounds of hogs imitating celebrities. The family-friendly event will donate part of its proceeds to the Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities, a nonprofit organization that raises contributions for educational, financial, social, and medical causes.
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