The Daily News-Journal from Murfreesboro, Tennessee on May 25, 1997 · 64
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The Daily News-Journal from Murfreesboro, Tennessee · 64

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Sunday, May 25, 1997
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The Buffalo Club: Potential Perennials .v.uth'ftU iVlUSIC : iVltMO Olio latslogersnd Pca!2tle Flowers The usual life span of a new group in country music is, well, just a tad shorter than that of a water lily in Death " Valley. And no one knows that better than John Dittrich (formerly with Restless Heart) and Ron Hemby (formerly with The Imperials). So why did these two join up with Charlie Kelley (formerly with Doug Stones band), to form the new group The Buffalo dub? "None of us would be here if it wasn't exactly where we wanted to be" says Dittrich! "It's run, and its meaningful. Otherwise, i what's the point?" i Hemby adds, "The give-and-take between the guys in the band, that's what lifts a showi or a record to tharother level. That's the i extra 'something you hear in The Buffalo j Club I And its that extra "something that has j catapulted the group's debut single, "If She Don't Love You, into the Top 10an espe- j cially amazing feat for a group signed to one ! of Music Row's new labels, Rising Tide. , j Actually, Dittrich heard the song five . j . years ago when he was still with Resdess Heart. The co-writer, Marc Beeson, pitched it to the group in the same batch as their hit j "When She Cries." So when the song came to John's attention again, he felt fit had to be an omen." i The group's sound results from a mix of I musical influences. John is from upstate New York by way of Texas and spent his formative years listening to country, jazz and Top 40 music Ron grew up in southeast Missouri and was steeped in gospel music Charlie grew up on? a farm in Maryland, but "Washington, D.C., was only 45 miles away; he points out. So far the group hasn't done much tour- : ing, but that should change with the recent release of its self-tided debut album. Not that they're looking" forward to touring, since they've all been there and done that for years. ! In fact, all three are homebodies when they get the chance. John and his wife, Nancy, a dog groomer, have four kids and five dogs. Ron and his wife, Tamara, like to keep up with the NASCAR circuit, and Charlie, the only single member, enjoys the chance to read and to listen to new musk. . l i The band itself is named after a bunch of old English pubs one of the guys visited in Buffalo, Wyo. And it is one of the best of the new groups that seem to be sprouting up at 'A is any ! indica- j n tion, 1 though, ! ! The ; ; K V , Buffal ; Club may manage every record label ' these days. If the debut album The Buffalo Club to stick around for more than one growing season. We hope so, anyway. t Wed love to hear from you, so please write us at P.O. Box 270306, Nashville, TN, '37227-0306; or e-mail us at cmmemoaoLcom: Trails continued from page 3 lakeshore trail which is paved so that all people may enjoy it. Winding around a 1 10-acre Couchville Lake, hikers pass sinkholes, walk through a hardwood forest, and cross a 300-foot bridge over the lake. This trail is well-marked, providing information on many natural phenomena found off it. . Other trails here include the relatively short Nature Loop, Inland Trail and Bluff Trail. For serious hikers, there are the 4-mile Bryant Grove Trail and Day Loop and the 6-mile Volunteer Trail. Here you can take a picnic lunch and your kids can play in a "big boat" full of swings, slides and games. It makes for a fun-filled and active summer day. At the Walter Hill Dam, just outside Murfreesboro on Highway 231 North going toward Lebanon, there is a trail that starts under the bridge and heads past a rainbow of wildflowers. When you get back to the dam, take time to spread your blanket on the big, flat rock above the falls. It's just the spot for a picnic lunch. ! 1 " Other lakes in Middle Tennessee make for more outdoor summer fun. The visitor center at J. Percy Priest Lake, near Stewarts Ferry j Pike, has a breath-taking view, and good fishing is ensured by the rockfish the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency stock here. Old Hickory Lake in Madison is a popular spot for sailing and yachting. Its nature trail is part of the National Trails System and a great place to spend an afternoon with the ; entire family. Cedars of Lebanon in Wilson County i offers much of the same out without a lake, j Named for the Cedars of Lebanon that once i existed in the land of King Solomon, the many trees here are not actually cedars but eastern junipers. Over 20 native wildflowers can be seen in the cedar glades in the spring and besides having a playground and a sea- sonal swimming pool it also sports a Frisbee golf course. Kids can bring a Frisbee and try their luck at tossing them into metal baskets. It takes some ability, but it's fun to practice at and even more fun to watch Mom or Dad fail at getting even close to par. i Trails can also be found at Pinkerton Park in Franklin and Crockett Park in Brentwood. i Near Maryland Farms and adjacent to the Brentwood Public Library there is a fitness . trail where parents and kids can job then stop to test their strength and agility by doing sit-ups, chin-ups andwalking on balance beams. Some trails even take you back in history. : Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro is well-known for its reenact-ments and historic importance. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Christmas. Start your visit with the slide show : and museum at the Visitor Center. Then, ; bring history to life by heading your troops toward the loop that meanders around the battlefield. Be sure to check out the trail at the tour stop with the memorial to Michigan soldiers. Huge rocks made for tough maneu- " vering for Civil War soldiers dragging can- ! nons, but they are wonderful for a game of hide and seek. Bicycles and rollerblades now whiz along the same trail early settlers trod at the Murfreesboro Greenway. Although still incomplete, the Greenway is already a popular way for parents and kids to get away from it all, right in the middle of town. Because of the' numerous trailhcads, this is just the thing for a short stroll or a long leisurely walk, j If water is your thing, lakes aren't the only place you can make a splash. Public and private pools offer safety and swimming lessons, as well as time to just piddle around. When you're ready to take the plunge, check out the facilities at MTSU, the YMCA or local parks and recreation departments. And for something completely different, try gardening with your kids. It's a great way to get outside with your children and create something together. It is also a fantastic learning experience for children of all ages, a fun way to encourage your family to eat healthy foods and natural way to develop a child's . sense of pride in their surroundings. Crassmere continued from page 3 "We are in an envious position; you just don't sec many zoos starting from scratch nowadays," said Kim Carpeter Drake, capital campaign director for the Nashville Zoo. "With 200 acres only 50 of which are cuxren dy being used for Grass mere we have a new facility already landscaped with beautiful old trees and ready to grow into the zoo this area wants and has dreamed of." The best part is that both kids and their parents can be involved in this process. The Nashville Wildlife Park at Grassmere had a "soft opening in May, meaning not all exhibits were up and running. Pan of that opening was the building of The Jungle Gym which upon completion will be the largest community built playground in the United States. Children 10 years old and older have worked on the project and more build days will be added in June. "Eventually we think many zoo members will come here just to let their kids blow of steam at The Jungle Gym," said Drake. "Between the tree house and huge concrete snake it will be a great place for kids to play. This is also part of the first phase in the horses at Grassmere. ' iThe lower level of the Croft Center is undergoing complete renovation. The new exhibit area will be tided "The Unseen New - WH VV Volunteers work on a hippo sculpture for The Jungle Gym and a bald eagle at Grassmere. development of a new zoo. Within this phase the original indigenous species concept will be expanded to include animals throughout North and South America. Soon orphaned beavers will join, the wolves, bears, elk, bison, cougars, bald and golden eagles, deer and i World1 and it will include a wide variety of fish, reptiles, amphibians and insect species. 1 Once the Jungle Gym is finished probably ' by the end of June attention will turn to the restoration of the Croft House and the creation of a historic farmstead, complete with , mules and other farm animals. "I don't know of another zoo that will have a historic farm on its property," said Drake. Phase two plans the building of one of the finest children's zoos in the world. Interactive opportunities, exhibits and interpretive displays will abound. A technology center will allow children of all ages tb get "up close and personal" with individual species; visitors can see cows being milked at the Croft House and rare domestic breeds of animals along with the most modern forms of agricultural species will be displayed all in an effort to show how man and animals work and live together. The third and final phase involves bringing the animals over from the -current zoo in Cheatham County. "This whole process is expected to take from three to five years," said Drake. "The Cheatham County property will ' f i then be used for breeding grounds and special events." ; As of now, a zoo membership includes free admission to both the Cheatham County and Grassmere facilities. And both offer leisurely walks among wild beasts. 1 SUNDAY, May 25, 1997

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