Happy Birthday to Bill at the Grand Ole Opry
Jul 8, 2011
|Happy Birthday to Billy. He’s 45 today and I am dragging him to downtown Nashville for the day AFTER the kids get done fishing AGAIN.
We start our tour at the Upper Room Chapel. The upper room has a beautiful wood carved art of the last supper that is about 12 feet long. There are also some stained glass windows that are outstanding. We visit the garden and then tour their museum, which has an eclectic mix of portraits, nativity scenes, Russian eggs, and so much more. It was very interesting an all FREE (donation only). After here, we went to the state capitol. It is my understanding that James Polk’s wife, Sarah Childress, is my great great aunt, so we were off to find her burial plot which is on the capitol grounds. Nashville does not like people parking there, so it was tough to find a spot, but we finally did. Found the grave, took some photos and then toured the capitol. It was a nice building and it is still active today. The Assistant Governor and many of the assistants were in working (many of the capitols seem to be museums now and the governor’s buildings are elsewhere). Anyway, someone recommended we tour the FREE Tennessee State Museum across the way.
If you ever get to Tennessee this is a great museum. Lots of different areas about the civil war, the presidents from Tennessee, things found in Tennessee (like mastodon bones). It was really quite enjoyable and the kids say it was one of the favorite things they have done so far.
Drove down Music Row and checked out some of the other sites, and then decided to head to see the Grand Ole Opry Building
I had tried to get Opry tickets but kept getting a “sold out” so thought I wasn’t going to be able to go. Walked up to the box office, and was able to get nice seats in the mezzanine, so Billy gets to hear the Oak Ridge Boys on his birthday. The concert was really fun. It’s a live broadcast so they do commercials live with the announcer.
Pam Tillis started as the first host of the first half hour and we listened to quite a few artists in her portion of the show – Jim Ed Brown, Jean Shepard (just elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame), and Mike Snider (banjo).
Then Little Jimmy Dickens came out – he’s 90 years old…. And an Opry member forever. He sang a couple of tunes and then introduced Jeannie Seely and The Grascals. He’s a very funny guy. You never know what to expect from him.
After his portion of the show was over, Bill Anderson came out and sang a bit then introduced the Whites and Edens Edge. Edens Edge is a young group but the vocalist has an amazing voice.
Finally, Larry Gatlin came out and sang a tune, then introduced John Conlee. After he sang a song, Larry came back out and was getting ready to introduce the Oak Ridge Boys when he said he had an announcement to make. The Oak Ridge Boys were going to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry..
So out they came, all surprised, and sang a few of their songs (Elvira being the BIGGY). The kids could not figure out what they were saying – but nonetheless, the concert ran REALLY late. It was supposed to be over at 9:15 p.m. but they were just finishing at 9:40!
Our gate was supposed to be locked at 10 p.m. and we 40 minutes away. Bill drove like a madman and we arrived back at camp at 10:20 – and the gates were still open.