Can you believe that we are in the 2nd half of July already? Time is speeding by! I love August and it rolls into Middle Tennessee with average highs of 88F and lows of 68F. Children are enjoying the last few weeks of their summer vacation. Miss Martha’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Crankin is held the first Sunday of August at the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville and features some of the best homemade ice cream to be found anywhere. (I love ice cream, don't you?) The St. Lawrence Annual Barbeque Picnic also occurs the first week in August and cooks up over 5,000 pounds of barbeque each year. The Bell Witch Bluegrass Festival is held the second weekend of August, as music gathers listen to great bluegrass music at the Old Bell School in Adams, Tennessee. The East Nashville's Annual Tomato Art Fest is also held the 2nd week of August and offers a completely unique way to experience tomatoes. August is a wonderful time to enjoy the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, where free Shakespeare plays are enacted in historic Centennial Park. Or if you love jazz, consider indulging your senses with a picnic on the lawn at the Belle Meade Plantation Carriage House, while listening to a concert from the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society, one evening in August (or July). There is also the World’s Longest Yard Sale, running down Highway 27 through three states (Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama) with 500 miles worth of bargains. August ends with the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration which lasts for 11 days leading up to Labor Day. Middle Tennessee is such a great place to work and live. With mortgage rates still at historic lows, the window of opportunity is wide open! Don’t miss the first time homebuyer $8,000 tax credit which expires November 30. Call me at 615-533-9377 or visit www.MarilynTheRealtor.com.