BY ALEXANDER WILLIS

As we enter the month of October, the usual fall festivities come about, such as an Oktoberfest celebration with more than 40 beers to choose from, to pumpkin races off of Main Street.

For your convienience, here are five of the best things to get up to this weekend in the Spring Hill area.

Oktoberfest at Homestead Manor

Where: Homestead Manor, 4683 Columbia Pike, Thompson’s Station, TN 37179

When: Saturday, 5 – 9 p.m.

Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station will be hosting its inaugural Oktoberfest this Saturday, featuring more than 40 local breweries represented for beer tastings, as well as Bavarian food made fresh from Homestead Manor’s own professional chefs.

Additionally, there will be beer-inspired ice cream from Hattie Jane’s Creamery, as well as some unannounced specialty beers.

Community Manager at Homestead Manor, Hannah Moeller, said staff is excited to watch the beer fest evolve as it becomes an annual event.

Tickets are $35 for general admission, which entitles guests to four hours of unlimited beer tastings. VIP tickets are also available for $45, where guests will receive an authentic German stein glass, as well as early access to the beer fest. For the friend who drew the short straw and has been named the designated driver, tickets are only $20.

All tickets are up charged by $5 when purchased at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Homestead Manor’s Eventbrite page by clicking here.

The Matchmaker

Where: Independence High School, 1776 Declaration Way, Thompson’s Station, TN 37179

When: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday

The Independence High School theatre department will be putting on three separate performances over the weekend of The Matchmaker; one at 7 p.m. on Friday, one on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., and one Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

The Matchmaker is a 1954 play originally written by Thornton Wilder, of which that was based on an even earlier play, The Merchant of Yonkers, written in 1938.

Tickets are $10, and may be purchased through the Independence High School website by clicking here.

Grey Ghost 5k

Where: Oaklawn Plantation, 3331 Denning Lane, Spring Hill, TN 37174

When: Saturday, 7 a.m.

The 10th annual Grey Ghost 5k at the historic Oaklawn Plantation will open for registration at 7 a.m. this Saturday. Presented by TriStar Bank, this annual run has seen thousands of participants throughout the years, and continues to grow in popularity.

In addition to the 5k, a Goblin Gallop for 2nd – 5th grade children will take place immediately following the 5k. The Goblin Gallop, which saw more than 500 participants last year, will be approximately 1k in length, and takes place on the Oaklawn Plantation property.

There will also be a .5k race around the Oaklawn Plantation building for kindergartners and 1st graders, as well as a kids zone featuring free inflatables and carnival-style games.

To register for the Grey Ghost 5k, click here.

Very Simple Golf Scholarship Tournament

Where: King’s Creek Golf Club, 3901 Kedron Road, Spring Hill, TN 37174

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The King’s Creek Golf Scholarship Tournament will see players compete, guests participate in a silent auction, and other activities, all benefitting a good cause.

Christ Orton with King’s Creek Golf Club actually runs a middle school in Kisumu, Kenya, and is seeking to establish scholarship funding to help students of his school have more education opportunities. All proceeds from the silent auction, which includes such items as Titans v. Jaguar tickets, go towards the scholarship program.

This event is free for the public to attend.

A Toast to Art (Couples Art Workshop)

Where: Spring Hill Public Library, 144 Kedron Parkway, Spring Hill, TN 37174

When: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday 

Tired of looking at your significant other? Well bring them down to the Spring Hill Public Library on Saturday for a free step-by-step lesson in constructing your very own, original clay mask. Additionally, these masks work great for Halloween.

While the event is free, the library requests that those interested RSVP, as spots are limited. Interested persons may register online by clicking here.