Nashville is a casual place. One of the reasons we don’t fawn over celebrities in public is that, honestly, when they’re dressed as casually as we are, we simply don’t recognize them! Let that be a lesson to us all. If you’re avoiding going out in public because you can’t be bothered to fix your hair and change clothes – well, love your heart, you are giving yourself too much credit! People who don’t know you well won’t recognize you, and the people who might recognize you won’t give a hoot!
Here’s a short list of some of my favorite casual winter activities in Nashville. Slap on a hat and some glasses and go have fun!
Nashville Farmers Market – No matter the season, there’s something fun to do each weekend at the Nashville Farmers Market. Beginning this Saturday at 10:30 am, they’ll be hosting a Chefs at the Market series each 2nd Saturday. For the inaugural “pop-up,” celebrity chef Dale Levitski will be previewing dishes from his highly anticipated new restaurant, The Hook.
Of course, there are always great restaurant offerings at NFM, as well as farm-fresh produce, meats, dairy, baked goods and plants in season. And the dress code is very come-as-you-are.
Nashville Boat & Sportshow – I know that this is a one-weekend-only event, but since it’s supposed to be rainy this weekend, odds are good that you won’t feel like getting out of your winter uniform of jeans, Uggs and a soft sweater. Which happens to be perfect attire for looking at all the cool boats on display at the Music City Center, and dreaming about days in the near future when you can ditch those Uggs for some flip-flops. Bonus – this event is likely to boost your resolve to shed those holiday pounds so that you’ll look fine in cut-offs and a t-shirt at one of our area lakes this summer.
If the Nashville Boat Show has already come and gone, you can visit any of our local boat or RV dealers to approximate the same event. But beware – they have salespeople trained to make you forget about the 2nd happiest day in a boat owner’s life!
Goodwill Industries – I must admit to you that I usually avoid shopping anywhere messier than my own closet, but my most stylish and fashionable friends are regulars at their local Goodwill thrift stores. So clearly there’s a lot to be said for bargain shopping! It would be so out-of-place to get dolled up for shopping at Goodwill – just go with the flow and spend those extra minutes trying to negotiate the jam-packed racks of clothing and housewares!
Tennessee State Fairgrounds – While you can’t depend on something happening at the Fairgrounds every weekend (especially now that gun shows have been cancelled until further notice), you CAN count on the fact that, if there is something scheduled at the Fairgrounds, it will be a casual event. This weekend, the Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show promises great finds for crafters. On the fourth weekend of each month, the Nashville Flea Market is held at the Fairgrounds – it’s well worth a visit, especially if you are intrigued by the trash-to-treasure craze!
Nashville Parks – When my siblings and I were younger and complained about boredom, the standard parental response was “Go outside and play!” Going to a park is a pretty obvious thing to do, but I still think it’s worth mentioning because, as adults, we’re no longer welcomed cutting through our neighbors’ yards to play in the creek, or cruising bikes up and down the streets and driveways. It seems that the only place adults can approximate the freedom of childhood is in a park. Fortunately, Nashville has plenty of them. Pick one near you, or venture out to discover a new one!
Hold on a minute – I should remind you that Nashville Parks also has indoor facilities for classes, swimming, ice skating, basketball…well, you get the picture. They are casual places, too!
Movie Theatres – It’s dark there. The best pictures of the year are being shown right now. Need I say more?