Saturday, May 8, 2010

Friday May 7, 2010-Events of the day!! WHAT a Day!!!!!! Fantastic

We left here around noontime-headed to the Raddison up the road-parked our car there and we were picked up by "Tommy's Tours" at 12:45 and off we go!!! Was a great 3 hour tour-all around Nashville-Brentwood areas...downtown, then off to see the homes of the 'stars' was an excellent tour and Tommy was an excellent comedian and tour guide. While downtown he even stopped at the Ryman for Rick and I to pick up our Grand Ole Opry tickets that we had ordered by phone. Due to flooding and damage the Opry House is closed for renovations the GOP was being held at the old Ryman..what a beautiful building it was. After the tour instead of going back to get our car, Tommy suggested we just hop off downtown and leave our car where it was at the Raddison -versus picking up the car and driving back into downtown and paying for parking. He even called his transport guy "Jerry" and told him to be sure and come get us when we're ready to call it a day..and he did!!! People are so accommodating and nice...even after the recent disaster (flooding)..they are all still smiling... Taylor Swift donated 500,000.00 to the relief fund yesterday...everyone is coming together!! Helping each other.
After the tour we strolled down to broadway strip and had supper at Rippy's...and strolled from bar to bar listening to some great bands...and its off to the Opry for 7pm. The architecture in the Ryman building is something else. It used to be a church, them hosted the Grand Ole Opry until 1974 when it moved to the new opry house. Below are some pics of the stars homes, and of the performance this evening..the lineup was:
Ricky Skaggs, George Hamilton IV and V (his son) Jeannie Shepard, The Whites (Ricky S's wife is a member of this group), Little Jimmy Dickens, Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys, Janie Fricke, Jim Ed Brown, Connie Smith, Dailey & Vincent, Diamond Rio, Jan Howard, Mike Snider and Brad it was a great lineup of performers...
Homes we saw today...can't remember who they all belonged to but will name the ones I can remember:
Dear Departed Mini Pearl's home

The one in the mountain is Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's home

Dolly Parton's home

Alan Jackson's place - yup thats his BARN for his horses

Alan Jackson's House
Tommy our Tour guide and me
More of Broadway (the strip)
yes I got a nice new Hat for my collection and it has 'bling ' on it (like who goes to Nashville and doesn't get a hat)

Rick and Minnie Pearl 2,

Inside the Ryman below the balcony

the seating is all Church Pews

Exterior - Ryman Auditorium
Ricky Skaggs man did he get old...:)

Ricky and Jean Shepard 

The wifi is slowing down on me so I will close for now..get myself to bed and continue hopefully tomorrow when the wifi speed is better...Tomorrow we head for Newport TN...close to the North Carolina Border...we are booked at a KOA there for the night...until then hugs from our home on wheels to yours.


  1. Sunday morning:
    Good morning mama, Happy Mothers Day. I miss you! I wish you were closer, especially today. I woke up sad that I don't have Hannah today and I'm trying to keep it out of my head but it's not so easy. I called and talked to her at 7:45am figuring she'd be gone fishing as planned but turns out they aren't going, she said her dad offered to take her to Just Play instead. Makes me even sadder now because I should've had her today.
    Todd had friends in last night for a BBQ, we had 7 people in total. I bbq'd steak and chicken, baked potatoes, caesar salad, sugar snap peas, nice bread and my 'signature' chocolate cake with the boiled icing. It was fun to meet his work friends.
    Today (Mothers Day) is also his dad Henry's birthday so his parents (Betty & Henry) and his sister & brother in law are all coming for brunch at 11am or so. I just put a quiche in the oven and will putter and tidy up from last night until T gets up.
    Not sure what the rest of my day will bring, but I'll be thinking of you (and my girl) so far away.
    I love you.
    Tracey xo

  2. That's not Dolly's house.

  3. Hey folks.....Dolly owns at least 5 homes in Nashville...two are across the street from on another. However, the picture you have listed here...who knows who owns that one..but it's not a Dolly house!!! It not hard to find her homes in Nashville...and two of them are right on public streets!!! You can see her walking into them from time to time!

  4. The home you have listed as Dolly Parton's house is Ronnie Dunn's house of the duo Brooks & Dunn