Blackman Barbecue still expands with community

By Scott Broden
Source: The Daily News Journal

Long before the annual Blackman Barbecue started its tradition of gathering neighbors, friends and politicians, young folks in this former rural community used to enjoy a social event on the McDonald farm.

“It was an ice cream supper and square dance,” recalled Donald McDonald, whose late aunt, Frances McDonald, organized the event.

This year’s barbecue, the 65th, will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Lane-Agri Park, 315 John Rice Blvd. Those enjoying the barbecue sandwiches, cold slaw, beans and other treats will also get the chance to complete a straw poll for the candidates running in upcoming elections, organizers said.

“Most all of the politicians have come out for years and years,” club member John L. Batey said. “We’ve had bunches.”

The meal will be $5 for children, $8 for those 65 and older and $10 for other adults.

Prior to the event being at Lane-Agri Park, the Blackman Community Club used Blackman Middle School for a few years, and that was only because the clubhouse grounds at 4310 Manson Pike proved to be too small for the marquee event for this fast-growing community on the west side of Murfreesboro .

The clubhouse served as a gathering spot for a barbecue that attracted many people beyond the Blackman community.

Before that, younger Blackman residents used to gather for the square dancing, music, ice cream and water melon event celebrated on the front yard of the home of Frances and Dennis McDonald, recalled their nephew.

His aunt held the event for young people involved with the 4-H Club in particular, and a University of Tennessee Extension agent helped by setting up a public address system, Donald McDonald said.

His aunt was in a group of women who were part of the UT-Extension Home Demonstration Club, which involved learning how to work with electricity, preserve food, make clothing and other domestic activities, the nephew said.

They wanted a regular place to meet.

“They convinced their farmer husbands to construct the Blackman Club,” Donald McDonald said. “They called it the Blackman Club because the women chose to call it that.”

The name “Blackman Club” remains on the building even though others refer to it as the Blackman Community Club, which is also the name that appears on the sign at the entrance to the club property.

Club members such as Batey and McDonald are proud that the clubhouse remains a viable part of a new Blackman community that blends farm families with new folks who have moved into the suburban subdivisions that surround Blackman schools.

Part of the proceeds for the barbecue funds the upkeep of the old clubhouse. The grounds there include a concrete basketball court with one hoop, a playground, a few picnic tables and a pavilion.

McDonald said part of the reason the grounds no longer were spacious enough is because the club lost land when the Murfreesboro government widened Manson Pike.

In addition to the proceeds helping clubhouse maintenance, the club members also award usually $500 college scholarships each to male and female students from the Blackman community after graduation from high school, Batey said.

Blackman Community Club announces 2014 officers

The Blackman Community Club has installed officers for 2014. They include: Mark Starling, president; Billy Pitmon, vice president; Sherry Tidwell, secretary; and Scott Rowlett, treasurer.

The Blackman Community Club was established in 1947 and is one of the oldest known organizations in Murfreesboro.  Club members meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  The club is located at 4310 Manson Pike. The club playground and picnic area is open during daylight hours for the community to use as a local park.

Currently the Blackman Community Club provides a scholarship to a graduating senior who lives in Blackman and raises funds by holding the annual Blackman Barbeque. Additionally, the club helps local families at Thanksgiving, Christmas and the beginning of the school year.

2013 Blackman BBQ on Friday, June 28

The 64th annual Blackman Barbeque will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 28 at Lane Agri-Park Facility at 315 John R. Rice Boulevard in Murfreesboro.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and will be sold at the door. Proceeds go for upkeep of the Blackman Community Center, help with upgrading the playground at the community center, the scholarship fund and various service projects.

Traditional food is smoked pork BBQ cooked on site by B&T’s Cajun Country Catering, beans, slaw, chips and tea. There will also be hotdogs available for children. In addition to dinner the event includes live music, an auction and a raffle. There will also be activities for children including an inflatable bounce house, face painting and pony rides.

The Blackman Barbeque was conceived by the Blackman Community Club in 1949 to raise funds for a clubhouse and grounds. Over time the event has grown and the community center has flourished as a place for community meetings, family reunions and for children to play.

Blackman Community Club announces 2013 officers

The Blackman Community Club has installed officers for 2013. They include: Christi Lux, president; Marshall Campbell, vice president; Sherry Tidwell, secretary; and Scott Rowlett, treasurer.

The Blackman Community Club was established in 1947 and is one of the oldest known organizations in Murfreesboro. Club members meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The club is located at 4310 Manson Pike. The club playground and picnic area is open during daylight hours for the community to use as a local park.

Currently the Blackman Community Club provides a scholarship to a graduating senior who lives in Blackman and raises funds by holding the annual Blackman Barbeque. Additionally, the club helps local families at Thanksgiving, Christmas and the beginning of the school year.

New Location for 2012 Blackman Barbeque

June 22 event raises money for service projects, upkeep of Blackman Community Center

The 63rd annual Blackman Barbeque will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 22 at a new location – the Lane Agri-Park at 315 John R. Rice Boulevard in Murfreesboro. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and are being sold by Blackman Community Club members. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Blackman Barbeque menu includes pork barbeque, beans, slaw, chips, dessert and tea. In addition to dinner, the event includes activities for children, live music, dancing, an auction and a raffle. The barbeque also offers voters, who will be going to the polls soon, an opportunity to meet many of those running for elected office locally. Many candidates see the barbeque as a must-attend event.

The Blackman Barbeque was conceived by the Blackman Community Club in 1949 to raise funds for a clubhouse and grounds. Over time, the event has grown, and the community center has flourished as a place for community meetings, family reunions and children to play.

July 2012 Meeting Canceled

The 2012 July meeting of the Blackman Community Club has been canceled due to the Independence Day holiday.  The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 6:30pm.

Blackman Community Club Installs New Officers

The Blackman Community Club has installed officers for 2012. They include: Pam Rowlett, president; Christi Lux, vice president; Sherry Tidwell, secretary; and Scott Rowlett, treasurer.

The Blackman Community Club was established in 1947 and is one of the oldest known organizations in Murfreesboro. Club members meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The club is located at 4310 Manson Pike. The club playground and picnic area is open during daylight hours for the community to use as a local park.

Currently the Blackman Community Club provides a scholarship to a graduating senior who lives in Blackman and raises funds by holding the annual Blackman Barbeque. Additionally, the club helps local families at Thanksgiving, Christmas and the beginning of the school year.

2011 Blackman BBQ on Friday, June 24

The 62nd annual Blackman Barbeque will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at Blackman Middle School located at 3945 Blaze Drive in Murfreesboro. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. They are being sold now by Blackman Community Club members and will also be available at the door. Proceeds go for upkeep of the Blackman Community Center, the scholarship fund and various service projects. Traditional food is pork barbeque, beans, slaw, chips and tea. In addition to dinner the event includes live music, dancing, an auction and a raffle. There will also be activities for children including an inflatable bounce house.

The Blackman Barbeque was conceived by the Blackman Community Club in 1949 to raise funds for a clubhouse and grounds. Over time the event has grown and the community center has flourished as a place for community meetings, family reunions and for children to play.

Blackman Community Club announces new officers

The Blackman Community Club has installed officers for 2011. They include: Marshall Campbell, president; Nathan Lux, vice president; Sherry Tidwell, secretary; and Scott Rowlett, treasurer.

The Blackman Community Club was established in 1947 and is one of the oldest known organizations in Murfreesboro. Club members meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The club is located at 4310 Manson Pike. The club playground and picnic area is open during daylight hours for the community to use as a local park.

Currently the Blackman Community Club provides a scholarship to a graduating senior who lives in Blackman and raises funds by holding the annual Blackman Barbeque. Additionally, the club helps local families at Thanksgiving, Christmas and the beginning of the school year.

Blackman Barbecue integral part of life

Source: The Daily News Journal, July 3, 2010

Sometimes, it seems, the rat race is running faster than ever, with people working so hard to survive the recession they rarely have time to relax and talk to friends.

In its 61st year, though, the Blackman Barbecue afforded local folks a chance to gather, reflect on old times, look to the future, show off their children, talk politics or simply share a laugh. The event isn’t quite the same as it used to be after moving to Blackman Middle School from the friendly confines of Blackman Community Center. But it had little choice because the crowd outgrew the grounds.

Barbecue, beans, coleslaw and iced tea continue to be the main fare, and this year’s gathering drew its fair share of political candidates, too, each looking to gain an edge at an event guaranteed to attract a large crowd. The Cripple Creek Cloggers showed their old-time dancing skills, and a modern version of Ben Franklin attended wearing 1700s clothing while some handed out pocket-sized copies of the Constitution. That is fitting, because we believe the Constitution and Bill of Rights, in part, make gatherings such as this — including the politicking — possible for American citizens. We are free to gather, to speak, to listen and to campaign, all without worrying about government interference.

Freedom, family and friends — the Blackman Barbecue provides us a sense of community within Rutherford County and a solid place in the national community as well.