Tour of Fort Negley, Sept. 6, 2017. (Photo: David Plazas / The Tennessean)

It looks like it’s going to be a good time for shopping and getting outdoors. Here are my picks.

Fort Negley walking tours

Fort Negley is offering guided, one-mile walking tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday. Tours are free, but you must have a reservation, and are led by a staff historian.

You’ll learn about the last 200 years of the property, including the 158-year-old fortress, how it became a park, and Fort Negley’s future.

There is a lot of history at this fort which was the largest inland stone fortification built during the Civil War, and a centerpiece of Union-occupied Nashville. It also offers beautiful views of Nashville. 

Details: or 615-862-8470


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Jimmy Kelly’s 1/2 price gift cards

The annual half-off gift card sale at Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse is Thursday, Nov. 12.

Order gift cards at and they will be mailed to you. You pay $50 for a $100 gift card to use at the restaurant, which is celebrating its 86th anniversary.


Ten Thousand Villages Bag Sale

Ten Thousand Villages, the non-profit fair trade shop that features hand-crafted items from around the world, is having a “bag sale” Nov. 12-15; everything you can fit in a bag will be 25% off. 

Merchandise is made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 groups in more than 35 countries in Asia, African, Middle East and Latin America. 

Already-reduced items are not included in the sale, but everything else in the store is. The shop at 3900 Hillsboro Pike is closed on Mondays. 615-385-5814

American Pearl Sale

American Pearl is having sale dates in November and December, with half-off pearl jewelry, and a promotional pair of dangling white pearls on sterling silver for $14. 

The sale, with social distancing enforced, is at 2120 Crestmoor Road, Suite 3020, Nov. 9-12, and Dec. 7-10. There are also two shop-by-appointment days, Nov. 12 and Dec. 11; call for a time slot.

You can also order by phone and have the items shipped free for orders over $50) 615-298-4111.

‘Brave New Bazaar’

Just when I thought that holiday church bazaars were a thing of the past with the pandemic, I heard about the “Brave New Bazaar,” St. David’s Episcopal Church’s creative “COVID-19” edition of its popular annual “Best Ever Holiday Bazaar.”

Items — including holiday decorations and gifts, hand-crafted items like jewelry, textiles and cards plus baked goods, and frozen entrees — all made by church members — will be available online at through Nov. 18.  

Buyers can pick up their items on Nov. 21 at the church with social distancing measures in place. There will also be vendors selling items not available online. The bazaar supports the church’s outreach ministries.

St. David’s is located at 6501 Pennywell Dr., Nashville.

SmART! Sale

November is “Clearance Clear-out” month at At SmART! Supplies, the nonprofit thrift store that sells donated