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Stuff to do in Tennessee

CET 02 Jan 09 - 07:22 PM
Leadfingers 02 Jan 09 - 07:30 PM
catspaw49 02 Jan 09 - 08:00 PM
GUEST,jeff 02 Jan 09 - 09:02 PM
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CET 02 Jan 09 - 11:04 PM
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Subject: Stuff to do in Tennessee
From: CET
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 07:22 PM

2009 has barely begun and I am already indulging in one of my favourite pastimes, i.e planning our next vacation. This year, Charmion and I are planning to go to Tennessee, since we have both wanted to see the Shiloh battlefield for some time. Ialso recently saw a documentary with Stephen Fry driving around the South in a London taxicab. What I remember most his transparent delight in visiting a community music session at a schol or communty centre somewhere in Tennessee. This leads to my request to Mudcatland: what sessions, concerts, venues, etc would you recommend to a visitor to Tennessee?

Edmund


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Subject: RE: Stuff to do in Tennessee
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 07:30 PM

Jayto - Where are you ?


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Subject: RE: Stuff to do in Tennessee
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 08:00 PM

Tenneessee is long and narrow and filled with all kinds of things to do. While Shiloh has some interesting history I'd consider Chickamauga is a lot moreso and an even greater battlefield to visit (just south of Chattanooga).. To get there I'd spend some serious time in Memphis of course, a home for Blues and the home of Rockabilly, where I'd also visit Mud Island and the Peabody Hotel ducks!

Then it'd be up to Nashville with all it offers in Country Music and its past and ongoing history from the Ryman to Music Row to the new Opryland and a hundred great clubs. But heading down toward Chattanooga, pull in at Murfreesboro and vist the infamous Stone River battlefield, especially notable as it was a battle fought in the winter. Across Monteagle and into Chattanooga for a visit to one of the few Freshwater Aquariums anywhere (and a really great one at that) beofre you have a meal at the Choo-Choo. Better yet, spend the night in one of the railroad cars which are converted into hotel rooms and don't miss the huge glass dome in the station.

Then take a drive up Lookout Mountain for some perspective on the Battle of Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge before you drive on down to Chickamauga. BTW, if you know many Civil War songs, take out your instruments and sing and play some as you travel around the battlefield.....You'll always draw a few folks around.

Then if you take I75 north thru Knoxville, just a few miles up past there you'll come to the Museum of Appalachia which at first you might think is a tourist trap but you couldn't be farther from the truth. Its a great place and a labor of love that also hosts a homecoming music fest that is second to none.

And over in the corner of the state you find an area of Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina that has more music and music history than you can shake Doc Watson's guitar or Frank Proffitt's banjo at.

How much time ya' got and where do you wanna' start? Did I mention Oak Ridge? LOL....{;<))


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Stuff to do in Tennessee
From: GUEST,jeff
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 09:02 PM

Don't know what type of interests you have, but I highly recommend the 'Trashville Tours' tour. They take you to places like where George Jones drove the lawnmower to the mini-mart when Tammy took the keys to the car from him. It's a fun romp through the underside of the 'Athens of the South'. The Belle Meade crowd would rather it not exist, but they have a huge bus right downtown. Tootsie's Tours is another...they take you to the 'Country Stars' homes. It's a hoot, too, but isn't intended to be...which makes it that much more fun.


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Subject: RE: Stuff to do in Tennessee
From: Art Thieme
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 10:43 PM

Find the famous Tennessee Stud. ;-)

Stay away from coal sludge sites. ;-)

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Stuff to do in Tennessee
From: CET
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 11:04 PM

Right now none of this has got anywhere near the planning stage so I don't know when we will be going but it might be in August, and we should have about two to three weeks to play with.

I agree about Chickamauga. That's definitely a battlefield to visit. The homecoming music fest at the Museum of Appalachia sounds like a winner too.

It would be ideal if we could find a session or some such gathering where people get together to make music.


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Subject: RE: Stuff to do in Tennessee
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 11:57 PM

Edmund........

Sorry I can't help on the current local scenes. I lived in both Chattanooga and Nashville in the late 70's and 80's and I love the state. Another 'Catter, Kim C. still lives in Nashville though and hopefully she might see this thread.

The Museum of Appalachia
Homecoming is in October as I recall so that may be out but if you are anywhere near the area I assure a trip there will not be forgotten.

Sorry I can't help more!

Spaw


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