End-of-Summer Scramble

It’s the last weekend before college football season, and folks in Nashville are either scrambling to get one more weekend of summertime activities done.

It’s the last weekend before college football season, and folks in Nashville are either scrambling to get one more weekend of summertime activities done, or tending to yards/houses/chores/family members that need attention before Autumn. I confess that, due to televised NCAA football, I don’t get out much on Saturdays between the first of September and the end of November. (If I were a fan of a top-ranked team, I’d probably have to resign myself to doing all my holiday shopping online, because the NCAA division championships go right into mid-December!

As I mentioned recently, I’m getting ready to have a big yard sale with friends – and that’s going to eat up every bit of my time and energy on Friday evening and Saturday. On Sunday, however, I plan a nice, relaxing day, followed by an evening at the Carnton Plantation for the Sunset Concert. (This weekend’s band is an Eagles cover band, The 7 Bridges Band.)

But here are some good ideas for fun this weekend…

Friday night is a Full Moon Pickin’ Party at the Warner Park Equestrian Center on Old Hickory Blvd. These laid-back, family-friendly fundraisers allow musicians and music lovers alike to mingle under the light of the moon, while enjoying fine bluegrass and roots music. Adult admission is $25 at the gate, which includes complimentary beer &/or water. Youth 7-17 can enter for $10; Children 6 and under are admitted free. You can bring food, blankets, chairs, dogs (on 6’ leash), and if you bring an acoustic instrument to play in the jam circles, you’ll get a significant discount!

If I wasn’t planning a yard sale, I’d be planning to catch the Saturday matinee performance of Cirque du Soliel’s “Varekai” at Bridgestone Arena, followed by dinner at one of the Nashville Originals restaurants that’s participating in Nashville Restaurant Week.

As it happens, I’ve already told you something great to enjoy on Sunday. Hope to see you there!

I don’t plan to post suggestions for Labor Day weekend. Hope you have a splendid holiday! (I plan to resume my series about Nashville-area neighborhoods in September…stay tuned!)

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!