So, there’s this big-time light artist Bruce Munro. Well, our very own Cheekwood is hosting, for the second time ever in North America, his exhibition Light. Munro uses lots of different materials and hundreds of miles of glowing optic fiber to light up the grounds of Cheekwood this summer. Lots and lots of really pretty, colored, lights all over the place. If you ever say the Chihuly exhibit and loved it, you’ll definitely want to see this one. The center of the exhibition is Field of Light. 20,000 lighted glass spheres rise from the ground on a slender stem to provide a landscape of light for people to walk through. It’s a big, giant glow-in-the-dark art exhibit. And it looks AH-MAZ-ING. It opens this Friday, May 24 and runs through November 10. They’re keeping late hours Wednesday-Friday, because this is definitely something you need to see at night.
Since the beginning of May, Nashville Shores has been open on weekends. But this weekend, they start their regular summer schedule – and they’re open every day! Water slides, a sprayground, the widest lazy river in Tennessee, a giant wave pool, and a lot more water fun. They’re on the shores of Percy Priest Lake so you can even enjoy the beach, swim in the lake, get a kayak, or a banana boat. Serious summer fun for kids, parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. The Music City Racer is not just for children. Oh no, it is not. It is fast. 35mph fast! Check it out.
Legato Gelato is a small, locally-owned gelato shop in the heart of Nashville – in Edgehill Village. They handcraft their own gelato right there in the shop each day. “Each of our gelatos and sorbettos is made in small batches using fresh ingredients, including growth-hormone-free milk from Tennessee and, whenever possible, produce from local farmers.” Sounds pretty delicious, right? I mean what’s better than the freshness of local ingredients. And we all know there’s not much better than gelato. Try classics like hazelnut, pistachio, chocolate, and coffee. Or get crazy with flavors like burnt sugar with bourbon brittle, rum raisin & mission fig, doughnut, or avocado. They’re all creamily delicious.
The Music City Center opens today. And if you read yesterday’s post, you already know about all the cool stuff happening today. Well, this is Nashville. We don’t do anything small. We like to party. So, we’re extending the celebration into Monday. On Monday, May 20, Mayor Karl Dean will cut the ribbon at 9am at 5th & Demonbreun. Then he’ll deliver his State of Metro Address at 10am in the Grand Lobby outside the Exhibit Hall, Level 3. Something tells me it will quite the exciting address. Take a break. Have some lunch. Then come back at 5pm, when the public is invited inside to explore, learn, and enjoy. And in the same way Nashville doesn’t do anything small, we also don’t do anything without music. We are Music City, after all. The music starts at 6pm. Outside. It’s a street party. AND a concert. Sheryl Crow, The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, Mikky Ekko, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers will all take the stage. And it’s all FREE! It’s a party. You know how we do.
The big, shiny Music City Center is opening this Sunday, May 19. There’s a 2-day celebration going on. We’ve already touched on both days. But now, we’re going to give each their own personal attention. This is a big deal for Nashville. They deserve their own # on the Things to Do list! So, the celebration starts at 1:30pm on Sunday, May 19 with a Fun Walk with Mayor Karl Dean. They’re starting at Walk of Fame Park. They’ll walk around a bit, staying healthy and all. Then back to the center for the big opening of the doors. Will you be there the first time those doors are opened to the public? From 2pm to 6pm, the place is open. You can walk through and tour the place. Learn a little about the architecture, the art, the construction, and all that other good stuff. Kids can have fun in the Exhibit Hall where children’s activities will be set up. The Nashville Symphony is playing in the Grand Ballroom at 3pm. And Phil Vassar and Ten Out of Tenn will play on the Plaza. Sounds (get it?) like an event you want to attend, right? What better way to spend your Sunday than on such a huge day for Music City? We’ve watched this thing go up over the past 3 years and we are ready to step inside!
The Stone Fox is a relatively new restaurant/bar/music venue in west Nashville, at 712 51st Avenue North. They serve “Homemade, homegrown, local ingredients, organic.” They like to keep it local and follow that idea through to the brews and spirits as well. There’s live music throughout the week to go with your food. And this Saturday, May 18, they’re doing a Spring Market! With local artisans, of course. The Trunk, DCXV, Acorn + Archer, Thistle Farms, Headquarters, Grendel’s Choice Vinyl Records, Closet Case Vintage, Oak-N, Mary Ink, Thump Trunk, Baby Bear Shop, My Favorite Plum, Herz Aus Glas, David Gibson, and more. All in all, more than 30 local and handmade vendors will be there 11am-4pm selling their wares – to you.
Mother Goose, Little Bo Peep, the Three Little Pigs, Old King Cole, Santa Claus and more of your favorite characters take the stage in Old World Theatre performance of Babes in Toyland at The Belcourt Theatre. It’s a fun production and perfect for every age. Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee fumble around while Silas Barnaby snarls. Go to Toyland to get the whole story. The show is on this Saturday, May 18 and next, May 25 – at 10am at The Belcourt. $8.