Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES -

You can find mu­sic in Nashville any­where, any­time. But I didn’t want to tire out my mom. So we fo­cused on get­ting tick­ets to an evening con­cert at the Grand Ole Opry, at the Gay­lord Opry­land Re­sort. It was de­light­ful, fea­tur­ing a lineup of per­form­ers like Mont­gomery Gen­try and Old Do­min­ion. But make sure to ar­range for a cab or a car ser­vice to pick you up af­ter if you are not driv­ing. The line for a cab is long. For the win­ter sea­son be­gin­ning Nov. 1, Opry con­certs are held at the Ry­man Au­di­to­rium, which some fans think is an even bet­ter venue. dar­ling be­fore she be­came a pop megas­tar, the mu­seum takes you from its folk roots to its con­tem­po­rary glitz.

An­other hot at­trac­tion: the back­stage tour of the Ry­man Au­di­to­rium, nick­named “the mother church of coun­try mu­sic” be­cause of its ori­gins as a church and as home of the Grand Ole Opry show from 19431974. We vis­ited dress­ing rooms ded­i­cated to stars like Min­nie Pearl and spent time in the wooden pews.

Then there’s the Her­mitage plan­ta­tion, a 25-minute drive from down­town. Pres­i­dent An­drew Jack­son owned the prop­erty from 1804 un­til his death there in 1845. Carve out a half day as you’ll need time to tour the stun­ning main house and walk the grounds. A horse­and-wagon ride al­lowed my mom to ac­tu­ally see all of the grounds with­out walk­ing too far.

On our fi­nal day, we vis­ited the Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Pub­lic Li­brary, which fea­tures videos, pho­tographs and var­i­ous dis­plays of high­lights of the civil rights move­ment in the 1950s and 1960s.

Of course, it would have been great to visit the his­toric Belle Meade plan­ta­tion too, and honky-tonk bars like Toot­sie’s. But I’m sav­ing that for an­other trip. I want to go with my girl­friends, but my mom wants to go back too.


This photo pro­vided by Anne D’In­no­cen­zio shows Donna Burke, left, As­so­ci­ated Press writer Anne D’In­no­cen­zio, cen­ter, and her mother Marie D’In­no­cen­zio, stand­ing for a photo out­side The Stan­dard at The Smith House in Nashville, Tenn.

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