|honky tonks all decked out for Christmas|
- Bounce from one honky tonk to the next, downtown.
- Cater to your need for order while flailing your body about, and go line dancing at Wild Horse Saloon.
- I'd like to watch the recording of A Prairie Home Companion at the Ryman Auditorium in April. The Ryman was the first venue of the Grand Ole Opry, a weekly country music stage concert. (And, yes, I had to look that up. The closest I am to being qualified as a country music fan is the fact that I saw Walk the Line. Oh, and 9 to 5, starring Dolly Parton.)
- Dine at Swett's Restaurant. Personally, I'd try the macaroni and cheese, squash cassarole, cabbage, green beans, collard greens (as long as they weren't flavored with bacon), fried cornbread, and sweet potato pie. I can't eat much else of southern cooking as a vegetarian. ;]
- When Ben and I visited the EMP in Seattle, we saw an exhibition of Hatch prints. Apparently, the historical print shop, Hatch Show Print, is still operational. I'd love to go see the letterpress, posters, and shop cats.
- Though Nashvillians do not suffer similar average high temperatures as Tempe, I think I'll still have to cool off regularly with ample doses of Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles. I would not stop till I tried the Avocado, Pumpkin, Pistachio, and Mexican Caramel flavors. (Not at the same time, of course.) Ben would be all over the Horchata and Cantaloupe.
- This Design*Sponge Guide to Nashville has dozens of suggestions for coffee shops, restaurants, and other cool shops to check out. Hello, Germantown!
- And last, but certainly not least, I have discovered the Fest that makes all other Fests feel inadequate: The Tomato Art Fest. Brilliant! The tomato jamboree includes: honoring tomatoes through haiku; tomato-flavored ice cream; bobbing for tomatoes; a tomato toss; a Bloody Mary competition; biggest, little, ugliest, and prettiest contests (for tomatoes, not humans); a readhead contest (this time, for humans); recipe contests; and there is a RUN, people—the Tomato 5k (which includes a training program for beginners called Potato-to-Tomato!). I can get behind a town that celebrates all things tomato and uses puns to describe community programs.
|that building on the left—it resembles Optimus Prime's head, no?|
Honky tonks image source
Nashville skyline image source