Cleveland’s hospitality and historical sites became the highlight for 37 members of Fifth Third Bank’s Club 53 Members of Middle Tennessee on Sept. 27, as Marcella Baker, Club 53’s director, chose Bradley County as the annual “Mystery Tour,” one of seven day-trips planned for the group annually.
“This was the most memorable, exciting and fun-filled excursion that we have experienced” Baker said. “At one point, I looked around at their faces and everyone was smiling from ear to ear! Everyone enjoyed this great visit to Cleveland!”
Tamara Hicks and her husband, Jimmy Yellowhorse, treated Club 53 Members to Native American activities including flute music and dancing. His CDs sell in the Museum Center at Five Points store, along with Tamara’s kits, the tradition and history of medicine bags.
A tour of the museum’s three current exhibits, the “River of Time,” “100 Years of Girl Scouting” and “The Civil War in Bradley County” was then taken.
Time was spent in the museum store enjoying beautiful art from talented artists who live within 250 miles. Club 53 Members took home keepsakes from their day in East Tennessee, including pottery, jewelry, hand-blown glass, souvenir magnets and more.
Chuck McSpadden from Apple Valley Orchard brought warm fried peach and apple pies to the museum for the Middle Tennesseans to enjoy on the coach ride home.
“I can’t imagine a better representation of our community than Appalachian and Native American music, culture and history, lovely local and regional art from the store, a delicious Catch lunch, and topped with warm fried pies from the McSpadden family,” said the Museum Center’s Tracy O’Connell.
Those interested in planning a trip to the Museum Center at Five Points are offered three theme options: Cherokee, Appalachian and Civil War.
The Museum Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.
Museum Center admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Groups of 12 or more are $4 each. For more information, call 339-5745 or visit www.museumcenter.org.