Attend This Feast!
This Feast of Tabernacles will be held from Sunday, September 27th, 4:00 PM through Monday, 7:00 PM, October 5th at the Wooten Woods, Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature, about an hour west of Nashville, Tennessee. It doesn't show up on most on-line map services, but simply look for exit 148 on I-40. This search works with mapquest.com: “I-40 at Tennessee 50”. Also, see the map at the bottom of this page. All you need to do is turn south onto Tennessee State Highway 50 toward Only, Tenn. In less than a half mile, you will cross the Duck River and there is an exit in the middle of the bridge. Follow the signs to Wooten Woods.
While we encourage everyone to come for the whole experience, please consult the schedule and come for as much or as little as you are able. Please call 989-738-7700 to register in advance. There is a limit of about 120 people this year. Please check in when you arrive.
Food Fit for a Feast
Sharing food together and fellowshipping with other believers is an important part of the Feast experience (Deuteronomy 12:7, 12, 18, 14:26). We will be preparing a variety of delicious, nutritious meals in the Wooten Woods institutional kitchen. Meals will correspond to the biblically “clean” food (Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14). Some farmers, gardeners, ranchers, fishermen or hunters have occasionally brought some of their harvest to the Feast; we appreciate that very much, but please call ahead so we can plan to use it. We would appreciate occasional help from those attending with culinary skill.
There are nearby restaurants as well. This map shows what is available off I-40, Exit 143, which is just five miles west of the Wooten Woods exit 148.
A Clean Christian Feast
Wooten Woods does not allow drugs or alcohol on its premises and we want to support their rules. Tennessee does not have any legal provision for people with medical marijuana authorization from other states; If you need this treatment, please consider a Feast site that accepts it.
We also want to uphold the biblical standard that sex belongs in marriage. We will not place uncommitted couples in the same room on campus. We do not want theft; we expect everyone to stay out of other people’s belongings and stay out of the dormitories/cabins—except for the one in which they are staying, unless invited in by someone who is staying there. We also expect everyone to abide by late night “quiet times”, so everyone may sleep. Guests who refuse to comply with Feast rules will be asked to leave.
Wooten Woods Feast 2015 Expenses
The entire Feast at Wooten Woods will be supported by offerings. This includes the camp rental, the meals, the paid teachers and numerous organizational expenses. This provides Christian opportunity to give as you are able and allows everyone who desires to attend. The principle is here:
“You shall keep the Feast of Booths [Tabernacles] seven days, when you have gathered in the produce from your threshing floor and your winepress. You shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns. For seven days you shall keep the feast to the LORD your God at the place that the LORD will choose, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful” (Deuteronomy 16:13-15).
By operating exclusively from offerings, we do not need to be concerned with Sales tax or other regulations governing commercial businesses. Even so, our CPA has advised us that the IRS does not permit tax deductions for offerings where a person has received substantial, tangible value in return. Only amounts given above this value may be tax deductible. Therefore, we have produced this following table showing the suggested offering per person per day at the Feast. A receipt suitable for tax-deduction records will be issued to individuals who give more than the suggested offering. We certainly appreciate those who help to pay for others.
Suggested Offering Table
We do not ask for any specific offering for September 27, the first partial day. The $50 per day for on-campus guests generally includes a night of lodging followed by a day's activities. If you can only give a partial offering, please do so. Both you and God know what you can afford. (This is not a free resort trip. Anyone who comes but has no apparent interest in the activities may be asked to leave.) Call 989-738-7700 to register and receive answers to any questions.
Staying On-campus at Wooten Woods
Wooten Woods has three 14-person dormitories and several cabins of various sizes. Virtually none of these dorms or cabins have bathrooms or water. They have cots, but no heat. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag, other bedding, towels, washcloths, soap, etc. Wooten Woods has plenty of space for tents and RVs that do not need hook-ups. If you want to stay in a tent but do not have one, please ask.
The nice, large bath-house/laundry building is available to all guests. We will assign Wooten Woods accommodations on a first-come, first-served basis—making the most efficient use of resources. For example, we normally would assign singles to a men’s and a women’s dorm, but if we have only a few singles of one gender, we may assign them to a cabin and a large family may be assigned a dorm. Please make your needs known and we will do the best we can.
The Wooten Woods environment is a great place to make new friends and help out those who are not quite used to camping. It is similar to the environment of a biblical “tabernacle”—a primitive dwelling used temporarily for people or sometimes long-term for animals. The apostle Paul reminds us that our own bodies are like tabernacles, temporary housing until “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:13-16). This Feast can teach that lesson.
Off-campus Accommodations With Current Prices
The Feast should be a joyful time, not a burden. Not everyone is able to “rough it”; many will choose to say at a motel. In addition, all the motels and campgrounds below have wireless Internet, whereas Wooten Woods does not. On the other hand, the gravel road in and out of Wooten Woods is one lane and takes about 5 to 10 minutes to travel. With all the full days of activities, there is a definite advantage to staying on campus.
Loretta Lynn's Ranch
Loretta Lynn's Ranch, 8000 Highway 13 South, Hurricane Mills, TN 37078 is about 15 miles or 20 to 25 minutes away from Wooten Woods. The Ranch lists tent camping for $20 per night, RV spaces with water/electric for $29.50/night, full-hookup spaces for $36.50/night and cabins for $100.00-$125.00/night (2-night minimum). 931-296-7700.
Motels and Campgrounds at I-40 Exit 143
The facilities are about 6 miles away from the Wooten Woods site: 12 to 17 minutes. We do not have any rooms reserved specifically for us, but we asked each facility if they would give us a reduced rate for eight consecutive nights, and that is published below. Mention the "Feast at Wooten Woods". It is possible you might be able to negotiate a lower rate with the right club, card or other arrangement.
Best Western, $80.00 + tax per night for 2 people, $10.00 per night for each extra person, breakfast included. 15542 Hwy 13 S, Hurricane Mills, TN 37078, 931-296-4251.
Days Inn, 15415 Hwy 13 S, Hurricane Mills, TN 37078, 931-296-7647. $49.99 + tax per night for room with 2 queen beds, up to four people, including breakfast.
Holiday Inn Express, 15368 Hwy 13 S, Hurricane Mills, TN 37078, 931-296-2999 $119.00 + tax, including breakfast. This garuanteed rate is only available by calling this hotel directly—if you book it elsewhere, it cannot be changed to this rate. (Regular Holiday Inn rates are like airline prices—they can go up or down throughout the season based on projected availability.)
Knights Inn, 15470 Hwy 13 S, Hurricane Mills, TN 37078, 931-296-2432, $35 + tax per night for 1 person, $3 for each extra person. All rooms are recently remodeled.
Buffalo KOA, 473 Barren Hollow Rd, Hurricane Mills, TN 37078, 931-296-1306. RV hookups range in the $30s, depending on type and number of people. Four-person cabins (without bathroom) are $48.00 per night.
Chestnut Hill Bed and Breakfast
Chestnut Hill Ranch Bed & Breakfast is seven minutes away at 3001 Brown Bend Rd., Only, TN 37140; email@example.com 931-623-2961 or 931-623-0679. It has several different rooms which will accommodate between 1 and 3 people. Prices range from $119 to $199 per night, including an excellent home-made breakfast. This is the closest motel to Wooten Woods—please do not book it unless you are: 1) sure you are going to come, 2) going to come for all or nearly all the Feast, and 3) need to be close by.