This comedy tour of the "seamy underbelly" of Nashville was an absolute HOOT! Conducted via a big pink schoolbus by the Jugg Sisters ("with a g, not a d") Sheri Lyn and Brenda Kay, these big-haired, bawdy gals sang and told jokes while driving around Nashville, pointing out where Reba eats, where the Possum rode his lawn mower to after Tammy took away his car keys, where Elvis and the Beatles swam in a guitar-shaped swimming pool - and pointed out the many celebrities we passed on the street! Of course, most of them didn't look like themselves, being as how they were "incognito"... ;-)
We laughed until our stomachs hurt - it was a great time! I would very much recommend this tour, especially if you've already done the "Homes of the Stars" type tours in the past. To be honest, I spent most of the tour being entertained by the Jugg Sisters instead of looking out the windows at the sights, and that was OK by me!
The tours fill up fast, so be sure to book your tour in advance via the website. They take a credit card to secure the reservation, but you pay when you arrive on the bus.
$29.50 age 13 & over ($32 with driver tip*)
$27.31 age 55 & over ($30 with tip*)
"The Frist", as it's locally known, is located in the former Art Deco post office building on Broadway. Visually appealing from the outside, it is simply stunning on the inside. The granite and marble high-ceilinged walls are a perfect setting for some of the worlds greatest works of art.
I was there for the Rodin exhibition titled "A Magnificent Obsession" - the center did a wonderful job of putting the sculpures into context for the time during which they were created, and drawing a timeline of the artist's life. There was also a wonderful exhibit re-creating the "lost wax" casting method of bronzing.
After the Rodin's, I walked thru part of the George Eastman House Collection of photography, entitled "The Best of Photography and Film". I will have to return since I ran out of time to view the entire gallery.
I was here for three hours, and was unable to visit several galleries - this museum is a treat to be savored in pieces. It is wonderful to view these wonderful works of art in a casual and friendly setting.
By the way, when you visit, be sure to check out the gift shop. They have some great items at very reasonable prices. I've already started my NEXT years Christmas shopping!
Adult admission: $8.50
Under 18 : FREE
Discounted admission for groups, seniors, military, and students.
Sometimes referred to as "the naked statue", this sculpture is by the same artist who realized the Pallas Athena statue at the Parthenon. Prominently displayed (i.e. hard to miss), this statue caused quite a stir when it was unveiled in 2003 - the full frontal nudity is a little much for some sensibilities. However, I think it is beautiful - the faces reflect joy and a freedom, as if each of them are frolicking in a park while listening to music. The faces were sculpted from life and reflect the multi-cultural makeup of the city and of music in general - Caucasian, African-American, Asian, Latino, and Native American.
*UPDATE 5/6/11 - an unknown group of people have taken to "clothing" the statues in honor of certain holidays. For St. Patrick's Day, they were dressed in beer mug hats and shamrock shirts, and most recently for the Nashville Predators hockey playoffs, they were dressed in "Stand With Us" t-shirts! I'll try to get a photo!
The original Silver Dollar Saloon was located at 100 2nd avenue at the corner of Broadway. The original was designed by Julian G. Zwicker in 1893, it catered to the riverboat men coming up from the wharf at the foot of Broadway, which is now Riverfront Park. The saloon earned its name for the hundreds of silver dollars as decoration and in the floor which was formally the ground floor bar room. It has been a variety of businesses in the storied career, everything from a saloon, to a bookstore, to the now Rock Shop which is part of Hard Rock Café’s Gift Shop. The Gift shop today still has remnants of the original floor of the Silver Dollar Saloon.
This property has been placed on the
of Historical Places
By The United States
Department of the Interior
Centennial Park is a large urban park close to downtown Nashville. Beautiful park - has a 1-mile loop for walking/jogging around the man-made lake. Centennial Park hosts many events throughout the year including festivals and concerts, and is a nice place to get away from the concrete and steel of downtown.
132-acre park was originally farmland which was turned into the state fairgrounds after the Civil War. From 1884 to 1895, the site served as a racetrack. In 1897, it was the site of the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition and was renamed Centennial Park. After the exposition ended, most of the building and exhibits (with the exception of a full-scale model of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece) were dismantled, leaving in its place a landscaped open area with a small artificial lake.
Centennial Park is the site of the climactic scene in Robert Altman's Nashville, a picture beloved of many film critics.
On November 11, 2005, Centennial Park became Nashville's first wireless internet park by offering free Wi-Fi internet access to park patrons.
I was walking around the lake in Centennial Park today, and noticed a group of 5 children pointing at the ducks and shouting "duckbutt!". I thought they must be foreign tourists, so I moved closer to see what they were so excited about, and to learn a new word in their language.
Turns out, they were just fascinated by the ducks who were diving under the water for food, displaying their... wait for it... duck butt!!
Not really a tip I guess, but I thought it was a cute story.
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) consists of several theatres in one building; Andrew Jackson Hall (which hosts the Broadway Series as well as other theatrical performances and concerts, including the Nashville Ballet), James K. Polk Theater, Andrew Johnson Theater (home of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre), and War Memorial Auditorium.
Spacious and modern, this is a lovely venue for the theatre arts. Tickets to the performances are very reasonable (especially when compared with Los Angeles and New York), and performances are top quality.
From Wikipedia: Owen Bradley (c. October 21, 1915 - January 7, 1998) was an influential American record producer, who, along with Chet Atkins and Bob Ferguson, was one of the chief architects of the popular 1950s and 1960s "Nashville Sound" in country music.
A small public park between 16th Avenue South and Division Street honors Owen Bradley, where his bronze likeness sits at a bronze piano. Owen Bradley Park is at the northern end of Music Row.
the nashville visitor center is a good first stop on a visit to nashville. at the visitor center you can get information on nashville's historic attractions, music, hotels, restaurants, and bars. the nashville visitors center is located at the corner of 4 th ave. n. & broadway across the street from the convention center.
THE CITY PAPER is very good, free local paper that covers both current affairs, news, plus entertainment and eating guides, job seeking info, real estate, etc. Even if one does not want to read up about local news, from the large number of advertisements inside one can plan what wants to do while visiting. Also visit www.nashvillecitypaper.com for more information about where to find it, seems both most hotels, restaurants offer the paper free in racks at front doors.
ALL THE RAGE is more for the younger crowd it seems, more concert information, local bands, live music, celebrations, carnivals, festivals, that sort of thing. I really enjoyed the many terrific articles and interviews with local merchants and restauranteurs, to help one decide where they wish to go. Its very colourful, happening, chic. Some of the regular headings are: "Fashion Victim", "Chew On This", "Eat Beat" and "Why I Rock" covering male vs. female issues. You´ll notice the staff of the paper are all young people for the most part, didn´t see any I would guess over 35.
SOME UPCOMING OR RECENT EVENTS IN NASHVILLE:
September 10th, Motley Crue was at Starwood Amphitheatre
Sept. 9-11 The Australian Festival took place at Centennial Park. Also I think there was a Greek Festival this same time, but at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, everyone was welcome to attend.
Sept 18th Coldplay and Riley Owens will be at Starwood Amphitheatre also. All ticket info for this location can be found at www.ticketmaster.com or call 615-255-9600.
An Upcoming Event I would LOVE to see is Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age, October 31 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Oh wow, its so many to try to list. But if you are going to be in Nashville soon or before the year end, be sure and pick up a copy of ALL THE RAGE for all information for concerts: bluegrass, rock and roll, punk, local bands, classical, R&B, cause its all inside a great free paper.
One of the things I loved best about my visit to the Nashville Zoo was Lorikeet Landing. A netted enclosure, after washing your hands with anti-bacterial gel, you go inside and see the lorikeets flying around from tree to tree. They are very beautiful and colorful, and as you can see from the photos, friendly! If you stand still, they will land on your head or shoulders. Be careful not to startle them, as they may nip.
For those of us "of a certain age", the TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard" and it's theme song are burned into our collective conscience and is fondly remembered. Ben Jones, who played Cooter, has opened Dukes of Hazzard Museum and Gift shop for all things Duke. You can take photos with the General Lee (YEEE HAWWWW) or with Cooter's tow truck for FREE - you can take a photo seated inside either for a nominal fee.
The Nashville location is in Music Valley, just across the street from the Opryland Hotel. Check the website for the schedule, as periodically, cast members make personal appearances!
I LOVE these painting classes! This one is in Nashville, off Nolensville Road. The instructors are very friendly and the classes are fun. No artistic experience or talent is required - after only two hours, you will walk out with your very own masterpiece, and have a wonderful time while creating it. The instructors will walk you through every step of recreating that nights image. Check out the calendar at the link below and pick the picture you like best. Perfect for a "Girls Night Out", or for a date night. Heck, I've gone by myself, and by the end of the night I was laughing along with those people seated around me. Lots of fun - give it a try!
This charming two-story log house was begun in 1807. It has evolved through the years into a unique historic property which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is built of chestnut logs with poplar floors. Original limestone fireplaces provide focal points for the parlor and bedroom.
James Buchanan (not to be confused with President James Buchanan), an early settler in Davidson County, married Lucinda East in 1810. The first log addition to the home was in 1820, to accommodate their growing family, which eventually numbered SIXTEEN children. The next addition to the house occurred in 1900.
Two historical prominent residents were Judge Thomas N. Frazier who purchased the home in 1867, and his son, James Beriah Frazier. Judge Frazier was Criminal Court Judge for Rutherford and Davidson Counties, and was impeached during the Reconstruction Days because of his so-called interference in the ratification of the 14th Amendment. (He was later restored to office in 1870). James Beriah Frazier spent his teenage years in this home. He was a popular governor 1903 to 1905, and was a U.S. Senator 1905 to 1911.
The Historic Buchanan Log House OPEN to visitors for free tours on Tuesdays (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) and Sundays (1:00 - 5:00 p.m.) only, and is available to rent for Weddings and special events.
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