Today, we did another Nashville first – our first visit to the Nashville Symphony. For this I need to greatly thank my co-worker Frances who used her ticket credits to purchase the tickets for us to go see the Pied Piper.
inside the Symphony Hall
…but I have a confession to make – I actually did not know the full story of the Pied Piper, only knew bits and pieces. So I didn’t know what to expect. But it was great! The conductor began the show by describing the plot, then having the orchestra play music representative of the different characters in the story so that we’d know when the characters were involved during the musical performance. I think our favorite “character” was the music for the rats; it was very appropriate. On top of that, they had a performance group on stage acting out the story and the conductor continued to provide explanation. I think all the kids and adults alike enjoyed it – I know our family did!
When I went in the fall, it was Kaleya and I, so I’d been wanting to take the boys to visit – this was the perfect opportunity. We arrived at about 1:30 and spent the next couple of hours walking the grounds, playing around the ponds, and going through the museum.
by the pond
turtle peeks his head out
Miles and Jihad exploring the pond
the kids in front of the house
Miles did not really drink the water!
The exhibits in the museum changed since my last visit and one I particularly enjoyed was the Red Grooms exhibit. We have some of his artwork displayed in the library where I work – the Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. My favorite piece was cool, and I didn’t even get the name of it. You can see it at about 1:20 into the video below about Red Grooms and his wife. Red is a Nashville native so I really should make more of an effort to learn about his artwork.
In all, we had a great day today! Tomorrow, I look forward to staying in and relaxing though.
I am so tickled! Today, I taught Kaleya how to do latch hook. Latch hooking was the origin of my craftiness – I learned how to do it when I was about her age and would do it for about 10 years. My sister gave Kaleya an old rug that she’d made, so when I saw it, I realized Kaleya was about the right age.
Kaleya holds her new latch hook kits
working the latch hook
more hook work
She got a little bored with it, but hopefully, as we make it an activity we do together, she will become more interested.
Earlier this week, Kalonji and I attended an informative lecture at Vanderbilt’s Black Cultural Center. We’d only learned about it after my sister sent me the link, but we were so glad we were able to catch it! The lecture was given by Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Schomburg Center is the premier place of research of African-American life and Kalonji and I are quite hopeful that we get to visit one day.
Generally speaking, Dr. Muhammad talked from a sociological-historical perspective on how statistics have been used to argue viewpoints on crime statistics of blacks and how it is important to look beyond the numbers in search of the background context. After the lecture, we had a chance to speak to Dr. Muhammad and even Jihad got a picture!
Now, despite having been at Vanderbilt for close to 12 years now, I’ve never been over to the Black Cultural Center. Guess there’s a first for everything. It is a nice building and I enjoyed the current art displays – art was by Tamara Madden.
We had an overall great night! Thanks Dr. Muhammad for the talk. Oh, did I mention that he is also a great-grandson of Elijah Muhammad? Kalonji got the biggest kick out of that!
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is one of my favorite rap groups. When Thugggish Ruggish Bone came out, I bought the EP and listened to that song over and over and over again in my college dorm room for 3 hours straight. Good times Along the way in my fandom, I passed the love onto my sister and she too is an avid Bone fan. Last night, she was able to go see two of the members, Krayzie & Wish, perform in downtown Nashville at 12th & Porter. Kelli was SO excited and had a great time!
Krazyie, Kelli & Wish
BTNH T-Shirt w/ Krazyie & Wish signatures
To hear Kelli tell it, it was great music and great fun! I sent a Tweet to Krayzie to let him know she’d enjoyed it, and then Krazyie tweeted me back! How cool is that???
@iamKrayzieBone my sister attended and enjoyed your show 2nite. I'm living vicariously thru her thx for coming thru #nashvegas!
Kaleya’s school hosts a “museum night” four times a year and they are cool events. Last week, they held their third one of the year. The themes vary by grades and on Kaleya’s floor the theme was “Rainforests.” Here are some pictures of the evening.
The Lorax - preserving trees is what it's all about
What an amazing day we had on our day trip to Chattanooga today. In 13 years of living in Nashville, we have done little to explore our surrounding areas. I’m determined to change that and today we started with Chattanooga; I’ve been wanting to go to Lookout Mountain for awhile. So go we did.
I took many pictures, but here are some highlights.
Lookout Mountain – was our first destination. It is literally a small town up there, with churches, schools, and more. We drove up to the top to Point Park to look around. We went to the Eastern Overlook and looked out upon Chattanooga. It was really chilly up there so we didn’t stay long; didn’t even go over to Umbrella Rock, but next time. The National Park Service’s Visitor Center has a nice mural depicting the “Battle of the Clouds” that happened there, so it was informational.
a sign to go up the mountain
kids in front of Point Park gate
view from the Eastern Overlook
Lunchtime at Hill City Pizza – it was time for lunch by the time we finished looking around Point Park, so we found our way over to Hill Street Pizza. Lunch was GOOD!!!
Hill City Pizza
my lunch - burger and baked potato salad
Covenant College – I’d done some reading prior to our visit and learned of this campus on the mountain, so I wanted to drive and see it. So glad we did. It was absolutely idyllic. I could only imagine going to school in a setting like this – literally, perched on the mountaintop and tucked away. It is the beginning of Spring Break so there was hardly anyone on campus. The chapel was beautiful and the views amazing. What was really neat was that the main hall can be seen from the interstate below. Go to the picture album (link below) to see.
Carter Hall at Covenant College
the boys wave
beautiful scenery at the college
Covenant College chapel
Hunter Museum of American Art- after Covenant College, we descended the mountain. Since the weather was chilly, we thought it best to save Rock City & Ruby Falls for another day. The Incline Railway isn’t open for the season yet, so we couldn’t do that either. So down the mountain we went.
We were making our way to the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge and saw the museum was right next door. Free admission the 1st Sunday of each month meant we were going! It was 4:20 when we got there, so we only had about 30 minutes, but we made the most of it! The art we did see was nice; they had a great kids book for Kaleya, and I was even impressed by her interpretation of a piece of art (Elizabeth Murray’s “Rollin’ Stone” – while not what the artist says it is, I could see Kaleya’s point in that she thought it had something to do with the heart and the human body.)
the glass bridge
Kaleya's museum book
i don't think they wanted to take this picture
Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge – longest pedestrian bridge in the world. We walked across it and enjoyed the views. Afterwards, we had ice cream at a shop next to it, the Ice Cream Show. They offered more than 17,000 flavors of ice cream – what?!? I had the Winter Wonderland – vanilla with oreos and peppermint.
view from the pedestrian bridge
on the pedestrian bridge
view from bridge of Lookout Mountain
Then, we made our way back home. Incredible day!! I checked in so many times on FourSquare that I became #1 of all my FourSquare friends – a first for me!
my FourSquare status - oh yeah!
All of the pictures are online here, but here is a slideshow.
3pm – Okay – so, I am a bit freaked out right now. We have tornado activity (or very possible tornado activity) headed towards Nashville right now. Thought I would live blog it as I am tracking all that is going on.
cells on the other side of Memphis are what is coming our way; activity southwest of us in Lincoln County has hook echoes and at least one report of a funnel touchdown
The Weather Channel has reporters in town now prepping for the coverage. Not cool. Check out their spot - they can see downtown Nashville.