(MURFREESBOR) Main Street Murfreesboro held its annual TASTE OF RUTHERFORD on Saturday (7/27/2019) night, offering a myriad of flavors from the Heart of Tennessee's best eateries.
Main Street's new Executive Director Sarah Callender noted, "We used a block party theme this year and blocked-off traffic on N. Academy Street between E. College and E. Lytle Streets."
The tables for patrons and serving tents for vendors allowed a much improved flow of traffic, and made mobility easier, without the fear of falling.
In addition to stimulating our taste receptor cells, the evening also awakened both the visual and aural senses. The Murfreesboro Symphony's saxophone quartet performed on the front porch of the historic Childress home, 225 North Academy Street.
Another aural stimulus was from self-proclaimed Murfreesboro Rotary Poet Laureate Gib Backlund. He was standing just outside the desert tent and was suddenly inspired by a tasty fruit treat . . .
Childress Home Airbnb
The home was built in the Greek Revival architectural style back in 1847. However, it was purchased in 1874 by John Childress, the brother of U.S. First Lady Sarah Childress Polk, and redesigned to the Italianate architectural style.
The home is now owned by Sandy Bayliss, and is an Airbnb. Their website says: Enjoy your stay in a newly renovated and beautifully furnished home in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Woman's Club
Visitors to Main Street fund raiser had an opportunity to tour the historic Childress home and gardens, along with learn about the efforts of the Rutherford Arts Alliance to build a 3,500 and 1,500 seat auditoriums, outdoor amphitheater, and historical museum on a site near the interstate. The arts displays were at the Woman's Club, just 150 feet away.
Confederate surgeon Robert Turner Baskette, and wife Helen Crichlow, built the stately Italianate style house in 1856. A group of women purchased the home in 1816 and started the Woman's Club, a reading group that also leant books, and became Murfreesboro's first public library.
One of the layouts displayed in the Woman's Club Saturday evening was a design that will be painted on the wall of a Murfreesboro building. They are selling prints for $20 each, and once all are sold, the funds to purchase the supplies needed to complete this public art project will have been collected. The Rutherford Arts Alliance hopes to introduce more public art to the community.
All of these areas match the mission of Main Street Murfreesboro: "Main Street is committed to maintaining, enhancing and promoting the historic downtown as the heart of our community. Main Street capitalizes on the unique character of the courthouse square and the surrounding business district with the goal of transforming it into the cultural, social, professional and retail center of Rutherford County, in essence, the hub of community life. Affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Main Street Center, our organization focuses on the four elements that help define downtown success: organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring."