August 21, 2017 will provide the opportunity of a lifetime when a rare total solar eclipse will occur. Portland is on the path for one of the longest durations of totality in the Middle Tennessee area at 2 minutes and 36 seconds. The partial eclipse will begin at 11:58am and totality will begin at 1:27pm.
The City of Portland and the Portland Chamber of Commerce are working together to provide several viewing locations in the Portland area on Monday, August 21st including Richland Park, Meadowbrook Park, Sumner Crest Winery, Days Gone By Museum and Portland High School. A detailed list of viewing locations & amenities at each location will be provided soon. Please remember that eclipse glasses are required when looking at the sun during any phase of the eclipse. It isn’t safe to try to view the eclipse without these glasses as it can damage your eyes. Some local retailers will have glasses available for purchase beginning in mid-July. This information will also be updated at https://portlandcofc.com/portland-eclipse-experience/.
There will be several community events in the days leading up to the eclipse as well. On Saturday, August 19th there will be a vendor event, Solar Eclipse Treasures, from 8am – 4pm in the gazebo parking lot off E. Market Street. This event is free to the public, and the vendors will feature original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor and more. Raise the Praise & Days Gone By will also have a Classic Car Cruise In from 2-5pm in the First Baptist parking lot. Finishing off Saturday’s activities will be a free concert on Main Street from 6-9pm featuring Four on the Floor.
On Sunday, August 20th the Portland Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Farm to Table Dinner under the lights on Main Street. The dinner will start at 7:30pm and will be catered by Carolyn Berry. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at https://portlandcofc.com/portland-eclipse-experience/ or by calling 615-325-9032. RSVP’s are required for this event.
The Portland Police and Fire Departments have asked that Portland residents be aware of the potential for an overwhelming number of visitors in the area during these activities, especially on Monday, August 21st. There are major traffic concerns for the Middle Tennessee area that day, especially on Interstate 65, Highway 31 and Highway 109 so please be patient and plan accordingly for travel that day.