Friday, October 29, 2010

Nashville Is More Than Music

Assortment of posters at Hatch
If you associate Nashville with country music, you’re only hearing the chorus of a multi-versed song. Sure, music is a draw, but if a steady diet doesn’t enthrall you for more than a day, can Nashville entice you to stay longer? Sure can, if you include additional stops like these on your itinerary.

Hatch Show Print: In this age of cheap ink jet printers, some people have lost appreciation for the intricate work that old-fashioned letterpress printing entails. But not Hatch Show Print in downtown Nashville. Using techniques from the 1500s that meld designing and printing into a creative art form, this shop produces posters for stars, businesses, and individuals. More than 10,000 old-style wooden typeface blocks are being preserved in a revival of letterpress printing techniques.

Manuels' exquisite embroidery
Manuel, Exclusive Clothier: Walk in this unique tailor’s shop, and you’ll see that even if you’re not a star you can dress like one—for a price. I’m coveting a pair of perfectly-fitting embellished jeans—hoping Manuel’s clothes will do for me what black outfits did for Johnny Cash, skinny pants for Dwight Yoakum, or gold jumpsuits for Elvis. His workshop is housed in an old Victorian building where he stitches up dreams and memories.

Athena is larger than life

• The Parthenon is the only full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon in existence and the centerpiece of Nashville’s Centennial Park. It serves as a monument to classical architecture—and as the city’s art museum—anchored by the 42-foot detailed gold statue of Athena. The permanent art collection is a group of paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists with additional temporary shows and exhibits.

Paths at Cheekwood are lined by lovely flowers

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art: Stroll through 55 acres of beautiful gardens and fine art owned by the Cheek family, originators of Maxwell House Coffee. Tranquil streams and ponds meander through gardens filled with colorful blooms, wildflowers, herbs, and perennials, and the unparalleled Boxwood Gardens that surround the museum. While traditional paintings have a home at Cheekwood, the museum is especially known for its contemporary art center and programs and the sculpture trail.

Frist Center was formerly a post office building

Frist Center for the Visual Arts: Located in a former U. S. Post Office building (an historical delight in itself), this center brings visual art and major exhibitions to downtown Nashville. With education as a primary objective, many programs are geared to families with children.

• You’ll want to include music and fun at the Grand Ole Opry, and you shouldn’t miss other Nashville standouts whether you’re a foot-stomping fan or not. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum serves up familiar names and memorabilia that even tone deaf visitors will recognize. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, a major concert hall in North America, is the perfect spot for those whose musical tastes lean toward the classical.

Elvis! No explanation needed!
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier

1 comment:

Wendy said...

We recently went to Nashville. I loved some of the places you mention outside of Country Music. I liked the Country Music scene also, even though I am not a CM fan. We visited Cheekwood, which was a favorite of mine. I had some additional favorites. Check out my posts -; ;