Dachshund-racing, ax-throwing among Oktoberfest highlights

Dachshund-racing, ax-throwing among Oktoberfest highlights

Racing dachshunds, Bavarian hats, traditional German food and beverage and ax-throwing all are part of the mix that makes Oktoberfest one of Nashville’s favorite cultural celebrations. Each year almost a quarter of a million people come out to the free, 10-block festival in the Germantown neighborhood, the city’s traditional German settlement which now has been transformed by countless condominium and residential developments.  The fest — which ran Oct. 12-13  — begins each year with the Oktoberfest 5K run; then vendors and celebrants settle in for a day of all things German, including food, beer, crafts and clothing. And there’s always room for more German stuff, according to Jackie Sharpnack, of the I Love Oktoberfest booth.  “This is my 12th Oktoberfest, and we thought the festival needed even more German heritage, so we opened this booth selling Bavarian hats, German steins, edelweiss jewelry, just so we can bring some of our German heritage to the festival,” she said.  She and many others with German roots come to the festival for a taste of home. The history of the worldwide Oktoberfest celebrations dates back to the early 1800s. A royal marriage took place between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese, the couple invited the citizens of Munich, Germany, to celebrate with them. After, the celebration has been held to commemorate the grand party over the world.  Despite the festival seeming like one big party, there were children, families, and dogs by the thousands in attendance at the festival. Over 150 dachshund’s attended the festival as competitors. These pups ran 50 feet to determine the fest’s annual Dachshund Derby...
Lipscomb Academy football shuts out Rossview 35-0

Lipscomb Academy football shuts out Rossview 35-0

  The Lipscomb Academy football team won Thursday night’s non-conference home game against Rossview High School 35-0. In their first shutout of the season, the Mustangs (5-2) scored early and tallied 28 in the first half against the Hawks (4-4). In the second half the clock stayed running after the fifth touchdown. The Arcadian Wild and Ashlyn Grayce played the pre-game show at the Mustang Stampede. Both acts have Lipscomb roots. The Arcadian Wild is led by songwriters and Lipscomb alumni Isaac Horn (guitar) and Lincoln Mick (mandolin). Ashlyn Cranford was a strategic communication major at Lipscomb and graduated in 2018.  Players and students decked out in pink for the game in support of breast cancer awareness month. The team also ran out to the field through a tunnel of Lipscomb community undergoing or having gone through the battle with breast cancer.  The Mustangs will play Franklin County on Oct. 18 in...
Cool weather heralds the start of pumpkin season in Nashville

Cool weather heralds the start of pumpkin season in Nashville

After a long, hot summer and early fall, the weather has finally cooled down to average temperatures. With this, the season of corn mazes, haunted houses, and all things pumpkin has begun. During the month of October, Nashville is filled with countless activities for both the fearless and faint of heart to enjoy. One such excursion is just a five-minute drive up Granny White Pike and into the 12 South neighborhood. Across the street from Urban Grub, Nashville Pumpkin Co. has set up a miniature pumpkin patch in the heart of the city. The displays are filled with the typical orange pumpkins, but also with numerous heirloom pumpkins and beautifully speckled squashes each in varying shades of green, pink, white, red, and yellow.  While you browse, you have the option to play pumpkin bowling, a game where you attempt to knock down 10 wooden ghosts with a miniature pumpkin. There is also the opportunity to take pictures with the pumpkin photo backdrop to pass the time. Not only does the pumpkin patch have cute photo opportunities and a great selection of fall decor, but the patch is only a few yards away from Frothy Monkey, Portland Brew, and White Bison. These are popular spots for all your fall beverage needs, which will further get you into the fall spirit. Whether you need decor for your house, apartment, or dorm room or you just want to take cute fall photos, Nashville Pumpkin Co. should be your go-to stop. Continue to check back in Lumination Network to see all the fun activities going on around Nashville this fall....
Tau Phi, country music, and cowboy hats to help veterans’ causes 

Tau Phi, country music, and cowboy hats to help veterans’ causes 

Tau Phi’s Cowboy Show, which has roots going back 45 years when it began with skits in the Square, this year will celebrate and aid veterans with proceeds from Saturday’s performance.  This tradition has been around since 1974, as part of traditional Bison Day activities, but the skits in the Square became so popular it became an annual, staged celebration. All the proceeds will go toward charities such as Room in the Inn homeless agency and Wreaths Across America, for which Tau Phi members for the first time will lay wreaths on veterans’ graves Dec. 14 at the Nashville National Cemetery on Gallatin Road in Madison. Hunter Taylor hosted this year’s show, keeping the audience engaged and laughing in-between each song. The show blended older alumni members with pledges from the incoming class and included an all-family song, a brother-sister duo, and even an original song by Taylor Hogan.  “The Cowboy Show is a great display of what it means to be a Southern gentleman, which is a much-respected role in the Lipscomb community,” said Sarah Stewart, a junior who enjoyed the festivities.  “The Cowboy Show is so fun, and a great way to get those involved in supporting a noble cause while still highlighting  a fellow social club,” said junior Maddie Martin.  The music was led by Pat Flynn, who has done it for 22 years. He is a Grammy award-winning musician and one of the three honorary members of the Tau Phi social club.   “The Cowboy Show is something I look forward to every year. It’s a great way to bring students together,” said Jordan Bullard. DSC0710 Aperture:...
Lipscomb Academy wallops long-time rivals Goodpasture, 63-21, to take 26-25 series lead

Lipscomb Academy wallops long-time rivals Goodpasture, 63-21, to take 26-25 series lead

Alumni, friends, family and platinum recording artists gathered at the Lipscomb Academy football complex for a Homecoming drubbing of long-time rivals Goodpasture. The 63-21 whipping of the Cougars by the Mustangs puts the series now at 26-25 in the Bisons’ favor. Before the Mustangs took the field, the crowds gathered at the baseball field to hear Jerrod Niemann perform in the pregame Mustang Stampede concert. His set included his platinum hit “Lover, Lover” and a gold single “What Do You Want.”  As the concert concluded, alumni gathered next to the stands to welcome the team onto the field as they battled for the Martin-McCadams Cup in this cross-town rivalry. The Mustangs took the field ready to play, as they lined up for the opening kickoff before the Cougars even took the field. The Cougars drew first blood, scoring off of a 66-yard reception by senior wide receiver David Harris, giving Goodpasture a 7-0 lead. Trent Dilfer’s Mustangs squad was quick to respond, with a perfectly executed quarterback sneak by sophomore Luther Richesson to even the score at seven. Much of the first half was back and forth between the two teams as the score would level at 7 and then again at 14.  The Mustangs were finally able to gain some separation from the Cougars off  two quick scores from sophomore running back Jaden Lyles and senior wide receiver Kyle McNamara, giving them a 28-14 lead going into halftime.  Going into the second half, Goodpasture forced a turnover and cut the lead to a one-score game, but the Mustangs responded with a McNamara touchdown, and the Cougars never got...
Lipscomb men’s soccer team falls to USF Bulls

Lipscomb men’s soccer team falls to USF Bulls

Spirits were high at the Friday night matchup between the Lipscomb Bisons and South Florida Bulls, however Lipscomb took the loss with the final score at 3-1. This marks the third season loss for the Bisons. The first 35 minutes of the game went on without any scoring from either team, until Bulls player Jonathan Rosales made the first goal of the night. After halftime, South Florida player Emilio Ycaza scored two consecutive goals which brought the Bulls to three points. The last score of the night went to the Bisons, with player Killian Byrne making the first goal of his career. This was Lipscomb’s second matchup with University of South Florida, they formally fell short 3-0 against the team back in 2017. The Bisons’ season is currently at 1-3-1, after Tuesday night’s tie with the Evansville Aces. Lipscomb Men’s Soccer will host Jacksonville for their conference opener on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Check below for galleries from the pre-game tailgate as well as the game itself.    ...