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E8 locomotive 4080 waits to head east at Watertown, TN. Brent Gaddes.

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‘All aboard’ Ride a vintage train through the Tennessee countryside

Carolyn Evans

Sip a cup of hot coffee and read the newspaper as you ride a vintage 1950s train through the Tennessee countryside this fall. A relaxing and unique weekend is yours for the taking. Spend a night in Nashville before you board the train. Stroll through the fabulous Opryland Hotel, then eat at a fun restaurant in Opry Mills Mall. The next morning you’ll be ready for your adventure as you take off from the Tennessee Central Railway Museum at 220 Willow Street, just off Interstate 40. Throughout the fall, trips with different themes will take you to nearby Middle Tennessee towns and bring you back to the station. You can choose to sit in the dining car, in a reclining seat in the coach section, or even upgrade to the dome section, where you can see out the ceiling as

well as the windows. Adult tickets are $32 for the dining car, $42 for coach or $75 for dome seating. Tickets for children under 12 are $21 for dining and coach seating Although a few trips have sold out, including the Train Robbery and DelMonaco Winery trips, there are others still available. Beginning Oct. 7 is the Fall Mile-Long Yard Sale Trip, where you’re sure to find treasures. Boarding begins at 8:30 a.m. and departure is at 9 a.m. Enjoy the fall scenery on the 90-mile round trip to Watertown and the biggest yard sale in Middle Tennessee. The Oct. 14 Super Fall Foliage Trip to Monterey is sold out, but two are open on Oct. 21 and 28 for the Super Fall Foliage Trip to Cookeville and Baxter, respectively. See ALL ABOARD on Page 7C

NOT TOO FAR FROM HERE Lies the Muddy Pond Mennonite community


Mark and Sherry Guenther pose with Mattie, the mule named for one of Sherry’s grandmother’s, at the Wilson County Fair on Aug. 24. The Guenthers go to several fairs and festival in Tennessee to demonstrate how their sorghum syrup is made.

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Out in the country not too far from here a man with a gray beard wedges another log into the fire. The embers fly. He hears the liquid boiling in the mammoth stainless steel pan that’s 23 feet long and 8 feet wide. He sits down to wait and a chill settles on the ground. It almost sounds like a Halloween story, but in the Muddy Pond community near Monterey, Tennessee, it’s a fun, fall getaway story. Onlookers ring around Mark Guenther, watching two harnessed horses provide the power for a primitive mill to squeeze the juice out of sorghum stalks, and listening as he explains the fine points of making sorghum syrup. Just 90 minutes out of Farragut, the Guenther clan lives close together, running a business that produces 8,000 to 10,000 gallons

of sorghum syrup each fall, said Guenther’s wife, Jenny, recently. They work together to grow the cane out in the field, cut it down with a machine out in the field, squeeze the sweetness out of it, and put labels on jars. “In a day, we can make 250 to 300 gallons of sorghum syrup,” Jenny said. Some of the syrup is made in the big pot over the fire and on a good day 250 gallons will be produced. But inside, the family uses a wood-fired steam locomotive to boil the cane juice more efficiently. That’s usually one of the nephews’ job, Jenny said. “They’re the ones who fire the boiler. They put wood in it all day long. It’s a hot job. “I was baking all day,” she said Thursday, Aug. 24, as she and Mark drove to the Wilson County Fair to demonstrate sorghum syrup making. “I bake stuff so people can see what they can make

with it. We also have a couple of cookbooks by NSSPPA National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Association, and we sell those too. I have a jar of the sorghum on the table, a jar of our honey and a jar of our barbeque sauce. Sorghum is hard to come by. We have a large following of people who enjoy and like our product. I made sorghum cookies, which is a ginger-type soft and chewy cookie, whoopee pies, pineapple cake and popcorn balls. That’s the only way to have a popcorn ball. A lot of people put the corn syrup in them, but that ain’t no way to have a popcorn ball. Sorghum gives it that good flavor. It’s the same way with pecan pie. It’s the best pecan pie you’ve ever eat.” Muddy Pond attracts visitors to the mill each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in September and October and the Guenthers say See MUDDY POND on Page 2C

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Muddy Pond is a small community near Monterey, Tennessee, about 90 minutes from Farragut. Many of the residents are of Mennonite descent Submitted

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they enjoy having people watch the process and appreciate their product. They usually kick off the season over Labor Day weekend, but Jenny isn’t sure about this year. Since the cane grew slowly due to cool, wet weather, they may have to postpone it a little. She said it’s best to call Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill at 931-445-3509. “The guys start at 6 in the morning,” Jenny said, “but it’s a while before the juice is even on the pan. By 9 o’clock it’s in pretty good swing. The best time to be there is between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.” “I grew up with very high moral standards and a very high work ethic,” Mark said. “No TV, no radio and no music. I was 13 years old before I heard music. I’m not saying music is immoral, but my parents would have felt that way. (Just vocal singing at church.) No foul or vain language whatsoever. Not any naughtiness — and honest and truthful. There was lots of hard work. I was 6 years old before I knew there was such a thing as Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Those days meant nothing to us. Most would say it’s a sheltered life, but it was good.” There are a few other stops you need to make in Muddy Pond. “The variety store [Muddy Pond Variety Store] is open all year,” said longtime resident, Jennifer Horst, 28. The store is owned by Mark Guenther’s parents, John and Emma Guenther. For hours call 931-445-3357. There’s also Muddy Pond General Store (931-445-7829); Aaron’s Bauman Leather Shop (931445-3234); Jay’s Custom Leather (where Horst is the manager); The Country Porch, a deli and gift shop open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Sunday; and Troyer’s Café open Thursday through Saturday 8 a.m.

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Clockwise top left: Josy Troyer, owner of Troyer’s Café in Muddy Pond near Monterey, Tennessee, holds a Muddy Pond latte. “It’s a delicious latte served hot or cold containing a dreamy amount of Nutella,” says longtime resident, Jennifer Horst, “and her fried pies and donuts fly out the door.” Top right: Mark Guenther feeds sorghum cane into a small mill as Mattie the mule, named for one of his wife’s grandmother’s, provides horsepower at the Wilson County Fair on Aug. 24. The Guenthers go to several fairs and festival in Tennessee to demonstrate how their sorghum syrup is made. Above right: At the Country Porch in Muddy Pond, a Mennonite community near Monterey, Tennessee, Mary Troyer, Amy Troyer, Elisabeth Horst and their coworkers enjoy baking, working the deli and scooping ice cream for happy customers. Above left: The sorghum boils under a steam boiler stoked all day with wood.

to 4 p.m. (801-636-7558), that specializes now in coffees, but also has baked goods. “They have a really great latte called ‘The Muddy Pond,’ made with Nutella,” Horst said. “It’s

a must-try. “We are located right beside the general store,” she said about Jay’s Custom Leather, where she’s the manager. “Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Satur-

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just to buy the belts made from real leather, not a bonded leather. “My boss is a thirdgeneration leather artisan and next door is his father’s store, Aaron’s Leather Shop,” she added.

“There are so many different types of things you can do with leather, it works really good.” Horst said Muddy Pond was a “very country, very peaceful place to grow up. Charming.

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Is it time for a good time? Wouldn’t you love to laugh your head off? Your perfect night or afternoon out could be just an hour away in Crossville as you watch a professional live performance at Cumberland County Playhouse, 221 Tennessee Ave. The Playhouse has been an area tradition since 1963 and due to popularity, expanded the original theater, the Mainstage, in 1992, when they also added a new venue, the Adventure Theater. “We also have an outdoor performance space where we present our Summer Concert Series, so technically we operate three stages,” said John Fionte, director of marketing and new works. This fall the lineup is fun, fun, fun with “Lying in State,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Inspecting Carol,” and “A Sanders Family Christmas.” Each show is performed in the afternoon and the evening. For

exact times, go to “‘Lying in State’ is side-splitting comedy about a late state senator who dies in a ridiculous gun accident, turning him into a national hero,” Fionte said. The local political party leaders are frantically looking for someone to fill his senate seat. His ex-wife is looking for a bugler to play at his funeral. A host of other zany characters are looking for love, votes and the right casket in this madcap farce about love, politics and things not being what they seem to be. The PG play is performed in the Adventure Theater through Friday, Oct. 6. Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for senior, $22 for groups and military and $14 for students and children. When a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” This is a hilarious musical farce,” Fionte said. The winner of five Tony Awards, PG, starts Friday, See CUMBERLAND on Page 7C

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Cumberland County Playhouse: The cast of “Lying in State,” gets a picture in the Adventure Theater at Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville. The play, rated PG, runs through October 6. Photo by Walt Riches

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Sept. 15, and runs through Friday, Oct. 27, on the Mainstage. Take one show-stopping jazz song and dance number after another, mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a notso-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have an evening of madcap delight. Tickets are $29 for adults, $27 for seniors, $24 for groups and military and $16 for students and children. “Sleepy Hollow: A New Musical,” PG, is a fresh new take on a legendary story. People are disappearing one by one and legend has it the victims are being taken by a headless horseman. The town, wary of outsiders, becomes fearful of the new schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane. When he falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel, their blossoming romance ultimately leads to jealousy, mistrust, and finally, betrayal. The audience learns that some of the darkest monsters are

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“Sanders Family Christmas,” PG, is a Playhouse Christmas family tradition now in its 19th year. It’s Dec. 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders, Sanders Family singer. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and 25 Southern Gospel Christmas favorites. In the Adventure Theater, it runs Friday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Dec. 22. Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors, $22 for groups and military and $14 for students and children. “We’re fortunate to have a talented, passionate and dedicated company, filled with individuals who are not only committed to creating the highest standard of art, but are also committed to each other and the community,” Fionte said. “We’re truly one big family. We operate year-round, which is rare in regional theater, and we perform in rotating repertory, so at the height of the season we’ll have three or more different productions running at the same time.”

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On Nov. 25, the North Pole Express with Santa and his elves pull out for the first time this season. Four more opportunities for a fun Christmas ride are available after that: Santa and crew will be riding morning and afternoon on Dec. 2 and 9. Bring your cameras for great photo opportunities! “Tennessee Central Railway Museum operated its first excursion train in the spring of 1989,” said Museum vice president, Bob

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