It happened again. I rose way too early for my liking. Do you think maybe I was excited about something? What would there be to be excited about? Oh perhaps maybe just a little excited about spending the day with all my DEN friends exploring the Ryman Auditorium, http://ryman.com/ , the Parthenon, http://www.conservancyonline.com/ and The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, http://countrymusichalloffame.org/.
“On March 15, 1974, the Opry made its last broadcast from Ryman before moving to its new custom built home, The Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland.” It seems in 1901 the Ryman Stage was created to offer a home to touring company of the New York Met’s Opera Company. The acoustic or said to be the second best in the world. Not too shabby.
The Parthenon serves as an art museum. It was originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the original Parthenon in Athens serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to 438 B.C.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been the heart of country music since 1967. The museum provides interactive stations, wardrobe, instrument, and record displays from several iconic Country Singers. This is one of those kitchen sink exhibits. Everything is here from one Elvis’ 7 cadalliacs, A gold piano, Crystal Gale’s wardrobe samples, Johnny Cash’s guitar, a car from the Movie The Bandit, Taylor Swifts’s tour bus, and a Florida Georgia Line Tshirt and trophies. The displays run the gammit.
After exploring these venues we returned to the beautiful Vanderbilt University campus. After dinner we were able to attend an advanced screening of a new program called “How the Universe Works”. The graphic are stunning. The music exceptional. And the voice narration provided by Mike Rowe is compelling. It is so nice to get to sample some of the wonderful Discovery Education products that will soon be released.
Tomorrow will be another big day. I should be heading to bed. Night all y’all.