Travel feature about a recent trip to Nashville, exploring the attractions, lifestyle, dining, music, museums and shopping.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Nashville Ma10
Nashville | Going Places | March/April 2010 Come for the music. Stay for the culture...and the history...and the shopping...and the architecture... Past Issues By Sally Moe Enter to Win The City of Music The Art of Architecture Free Travel Planner It’s All Greek to Me About Us View Sallys images of Nashville Search Music City. Athens of the South. Cashville and Nashvegas. The Protestant Vatican. The Buckle of the Bible Belt. Nashville gets called a lot of things...maybe because it is a lot of TABLE OF CONTENTS things. A center for the arts, entertainment and higher education. A live action history book with sprawling plantations and diverse architecture. A historic Southern capital that values its past. A modern metropolis that embraces the cutting edge. FEATURES But you know it and I know it: Nashville is all about the music. And what you might not Destination: Hong Kong know? Not just country music...all kinds of music. Raspy blues, stompin’ honky tonk, rock, pop, gospel, jazz...even classical. Beauty, History & The Bard The City of Music Come for the Music… Yup, I did say classical, and Grammy Award- Sunshine, Shoreline & winning at that. The Nashville Symphony rivals Sights symphonies of much larger cities...as does its Hometown, USA home, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, named after the symphony’s erstwhile Always Turned On conductor, who made it his mission to raise the company’s profile to its current level. Once my EVERYDAY LIVING group settled down from neck-straining ferret Living Healthy overload at the Viennese-style opulence of the interior, we were wowed by the symphony’s Here & There performance of Rachmaninoff’s evocative The General Jackson cruises past Nashville’s skyline, most notably the AT&T building (aka the Double Take Symphonic Dances, honored with two Batman building). enthusiastic standing ovations. Photo: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention IN EVERY ISSUE Center The center’s design is so beautiful that you View from the Top shouldn’t miss the tour, which is offered for the bargain price of 50 minutes of your time and Automotive starts at 1 p.m. most days of the week. The tour provides a prime opportunity to see the venue’s 3,617-pipe Martin Foundation Concert Organ, a masterpiece of engineering that took Editors Notes more than 13,000 hours to construct and finish. (Uh huh...but can you play Misty on it?) Letters to the Editor Obviously, Nashville takes its Music City Ask Pete reputation seriously. Serving as a subtle reminder of where you are, Music City hits are streamed via speakers on downtown streets. Throughout the city, guitar-pick-on-a-stick signs identify Live Music Venues where you can catch in-person performances at least four days of the week. Chances are good you’ll findfile:///Users/sallymoe/Desktop/nashville_ma10.htm[4/25/11 11:44:10 AM]
Nashville | Going Places | March/April 2010 something you like—the list of participating places is about as long as your arm and includes spots like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, The Stage and B.B. King’s Blues Club—and many of them are within walking distance of one another on Broadway. Just north of the intersection of Broadway and Second Avenue Waiting for the show to begin at the Bluebird Cafe. is the Wildhorse Saloon; north of Broadway on Photo by: Sally Moe Fifth Avenue is the Ryman Auditorium, aka the “Mother Church of Country Music” (née the Union Gospel Tabernacle, built 1892), which was home sweet home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 ’til 1974. Downright convenient. Speaking of convenience, if you head over to the Green Hills shopping district to pay your respects to the retail gods, you’ll be a stone’s throw from the legendary Bluebird Cafe, tucked away in an unassuming strip mall. This is a can’t-miss spot for the quintessential Nashville experience—where songwriters strut their stuff, either singing their own songs that other performers made famous, or performing and talking in the round, in the row, during Open Mic nights or Writers Nights. The main requirement is the music has to be their own. Garth Brooks got his start at the Bluebird; Faith Hill, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Urban and countless other luminaries have performed here as well. The Bluebird is snug, friendly and accessible, but everybody in the room is serious about the music—so hit the mute button during performances. Back to Top The Art of Architecture If you’re an art lover or an architecture buff, or simply in search of a shot of visual caffeine, be sure to spend some time at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, next door to the Union Station Hotel on Broadway. Established in 1934 as Nashville’s main post office, this Art Deco gem was repurposed in 2001 as a museum of the highest caliber. It continues to house the post office’s downtown branch on the lower floor, while retaining its eye-popping Gotham-style deco splendor throughout. The terrazzo, aluminum and marble, and sleek, The Romanesque perfection of the Union Station Hotel lobby. spare embellishments of the period greet you Photo by: Sally Moe everywhere, from the humblest interior corner to the soaring lobby and magnificent entry. Modern-day renovations to the museum have enhanced functionality and blend seamlessly with the original structure to provide a complete experience, where the building itself is every bit as fabulous as its exhibitions, concert series, interactive Artquest Gallery, craveworthy gift shop and café. While in the mode of exploring historic, redefined buildings, pop in next door to the Union Station Hotel. From its completion in 1900, this Richardsonian Romanesque landmark with its Mercury-topped spire served as Nashville’s train station for roughly half of the 20th century, until the decline of rail travel eventually led to its closing. After much civic discourse on the subject, the beloved building was re-opened as a hotel in 1986. Numerous details have been preserved from the original structure—particularly, the stunning domed, paneled 65-foot stained-glass ceiling in the lobby, as well as massive stone fireplaces, the train schedulefile:///Users/sallymoe/Desktop/nashville_ma10.htm[4/25/11 11:44:10 AM]
Nashville | Going Places | March/April 2010 board, stained-glass windows and Romanesque columns and arches. (But not the alligator ponds? Seriously?) In 2005, $11 million worth of renovations further polished this historic gem to reflect its current status as a Wyndham Historic Hotel, so the comfort of the interior fulfills the promise of the exterior. (FYI, through December 2010, a perk of staying overnight at the hotel is free admission for two to the Frist Center. Nice how that works out.) Back to Top It’s All Greek to Me Nashville hosted the World’s Fair in 1897, and in homage to its “Athens of the South” reputation, built a reproduction of the Parthenon as the fair’s visual centerpiece. In keeping with world’s fair structures, it was built to inspire but not to last; however, it was so admired that it was re-created in more permanent materials some 20 years later. Due to painstaking attention to detail and proportion, Nashville’s permanent Parthenon took some 10 years to build. And yet, there was something missing: the statue of Athena Parthenos. Athena Parthenos holds court in Nashville’s She would come...but much later. Parthenon. Photo by: Sally Moe Fast forward to 1982, the year that Nashville artist Alan LeQuire, then just 27 years old, was commissioned to build Athena. This would be a massive undertaking—and proof not only of LeQuire’s talent, but his sheer audacity. All told, Athena took eight years to complete. At nearly 42 feet in height—said to qualify her as the largest piece of indoor sculpture in the western world—she is gilded with 8.5 pounds of 23.75 karat gold leaf, and (I hope she will forgive me for sharing this) her weight is estimated at 12 tons. A statue of Nike stands atop the flattened palm of her right hand, and to give you a sense of scale, Nike herself is 6’4” tall. This may be the hardest thing of all to comprehend as you behold the finished product: That deceptively petite Nike statue perched on the palm of Athena’s hand is probably taller than you are. Back to Top For information regarding change of address, tours, cruises, tickets, or merchandise, please contact the AAA branch office nearest you or visit AAA.com. Comments regarding the functionality of this site should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org All content copyright ©2009 AAA Going Places Magazine.file:///Users/sallymoe/Desktop/nashville_ma10.htm[4/25/11 11:44:10 AM]