Girl Time – The Antiques and Garden Show

One advantage for being at the Antiques and Garden Show late Saturday afternoon is that we’ll get to hear Suzy Bogguss perform live!

Some generous friends gave me passes to next week’s Antiques and Garden Show at the Music City Center; I’m planning to go with my friend Eve. Neither of us has strong interest in antiques or the inclination to do much more than patio planters for a garden, but this event is still one of our favorite do-together activities. It’s like strolling through a lovely antique and decor mall, without the bad smells and creaky floors. A lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

This year, I think we might mix it up a little and arrive a little later in the day Saturday. That way, we can stop and have a late lunch before the show (so many new restaurants opening in The Gulch and Germantown that we can try – let me know if you have a suggestion!).

One advantage for being at the Antiques and Garden Show late Saturday afternoon is that we’ll get to hear one of my favorite singers, Suzy Bogguss, perform live at the event! I feel like this is one of those “only in Nashville” moments, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Maybe I’ll see you there!

Nashville in Winter – Budget-friendly ways to beat cabin fever in Music City

It’s mid-January in Nashville. I’m cold, bored, and trying to think of something to do…

It’s mid-January in Nashville. I’m cold, bored, and trying to think of something to do that won’t break too many of my New Year’s resolutions! Here are some ideas…

Last night, the 2015 Bonnaroo lineup was announced. Even though the odds are against my attending the 4-day festival again (as I did in 2013), I don’t rule out buying a one-day pass. But the thing is – I’m not familiar with all of the artists on the well-curated line-up, so I’m not sure which acts I’ll want to catch. Fortunately, the Bonnaroo website allows me to spend countless hours clicking on artist/band names, accessing some liner notes and video clips. And, if I’m eager for more, I can always resort to YouTube. I’m still not sure whether I’ll spend a day on the Farm in Manchester, but if I do, I’ll know whether to head to Which Stage or That Tent in Centeroo!

Speaking of announcements, the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards will be announced on January 15. Because of other award shows (like last weekend’s Golden Globes), it’s pretty easy to predict at least some of the nominations. I try to see as many of the nominated films and performances as possible before the February 22 awards telecast. Going to movies isn’t free, but weekend matinees aren’t too bad if you skip the concession stand. Regal Cinemas is currently screening several of the movies I want to see: Foxcatcher, Big Eyes, The Imitation Game, Selma, and Into the Woods. The Belcourt Theatre is offering a limited number of screenings for Boyhood and Birdman. That’s a pretty ambitious schedule!

Even though I have committed to healthier eating in 2015, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy Nashville Restaurant Week, which runs January 19-25. Some of our favorite places participate in Restaurant Week, with special menu offerings and value prices. It doesn’t appear that Nashville’s newest restaurants will be participating, so now’s a good time to visit those restaurants we came to love before Nashville became a foodie town. (Sunset Grill has now closed – let’s make sure Tin Angel and Boundr’y get some business!)

Hopefully, these tips will help you discover a way to stay warm and entertained during the weeks ahead! Thanks for reading my blog – if you have suggestions about events in the Middle Tennessee area, or would like a sample itinerary for a specific weekend, please let me know!

Have fun, y’all!