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March 2004
Nashville, Tennessee

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[03.26] The Country Music Hall of Fame debuts its much-anticipated new exhibit on Nashville's rich history of R&B music. Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970 opens Mar. 27.

[03.25] Searching for wireless internet in Nashville? Here's a bare bones list of the free Wi-Fi hotspots in town I've discovered thus far.

[03.22] The Vanderbilt women's team secured a Sweet Sixteen berth for themselves in the NCAA's Women Basketball Championship by defeating Chattanooga 60-44.

[03.21] Sweet Sixteen it is for Vanderbilt's men basketball's team. Congratulations to Matt Freiji for leading the Commodores to an exciting come-from-behind 75-73 NCAA tournament victory over NC State.

[03.15] Luck of the Irish came through Sunday as rain threatened, but held off until after the big St. Patrick's Day parade on Church Street.

[03.13] Nashville in Dec. 1864 was the scene of one of the most significant battles in the Civil War. The historic record of the occupation and that winter battle have been threatened with extinction due in part to the unusual nature of the "battlefield"--the city itself (where urban growth has accelerated the loss of important landmarks). A dedicated group of volunteers is working to preserve the Civil War chapter in Nashville's history through the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society. Their web site is a splendid compendium of links, maps, photos, and opportunities for volunteer involvement. The BONPS' Virtual Tour of the Battle of Nashville also offers a free downloadable driving tour and map. NEW: BlueShoe Nashville's has added its own guide to Civil War History (battlefields and museums) in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

[03.12] We've updated our Directory of Nashville Links, culling out the deadwood and adding new links to a range of cool sites--from historic Nashville postcards to the Friends of Radnor Lake.

[03.11] British travelers are discussing the South and Nashville in particular in this online forum from The Guardian newspaper. Astonishingly, our summer weather puts them off, but it seems the city itself charms them (see the cordial reference to BlueShoe Nashville.)

[03.09]Honor the Irish: memorize a love poem by W. B. Yeats in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day next week.

[03.08] Jump to the past: from BlueShoe Nashville's original 1998 site, here's an homage to the Stuckeys' restaurants that graced the southern highways of our childhood. It's an on-line version of the Pegs game. During the Great Depression, a Georgia man named W.S. Stuckey, Sr. began selling pecans door-to-door. His empire took off when he had a brainstorm to sell the nuts from a roadside stand to take advantage of the winter tourist season. His first retail store was built in 1937 in Eastman, Georgia and from there he expanded to more Georgia stores and then Florida. Eventually, Stuckeys stretched from coast to coast. No Stuckeys, alas, remain in Nashville, but Tennessee towns like Pelham, Jellico, Newport, and Sevierville still boast the roadside icon. Can't make it to Jellico? Well, you can buy pecan treats online at the cool, retro-looking Stuckeys web site. There's even a Stuck on Stuckeys fan site with photos and charming relics of the pecan power of yesteryear. And don't forget BlueShoe's own tribute: play PEGS.


[03.04] Where do Nashvillians work? The list of the largest employers might surprise you. We're a high-brow culture, it seems, with the top six spots held by education, government, and the healthcare industry. For comparison, we've included top employers for the state of Tennessee as a whole and for other mid-state counties as well. Shopping boosts the economy, for example, in Williamson County where the largest employer is none other than the chic mall called Cool Springs Galleria. Do I feel a Parisian impulse coming on?


[03.02] Happy Birthday, Doc Watson! Born on March 2, 1923 near Deep Gap, N.C., Watson's influence on country and bluegrass music is legendary.


[03.01] The CMA Fan Fair 2004, scheduled this year for June 10-13, has been called the "Crown Jewel" of country music festivals. With 45 hours of live concerts and some of the most beloved stars (like Vince Gill and Wynonna) appearing, it holds a spot in the Nashville calendar unmatched in popularity perhaps by any other annual event. BlueShoe Nashville will be updating our Fan Fair Guide frequently with traveling tips and things you shouldn't miss during your June visit to Music City.


[02.28] Much closer than June is Spring and that means, among all the other wonderful things like the return of outdoor dining and backless dresses, wildflowers. Middle Tennessee, with its quick access to the Cumberland Plateau and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, along with its own rare limestone glade plants found no where else in the world, is one of the best places in the country for wildflower excursions. We're just put up the first schedule of 2004 Wildflowers Hikes and Events and we'll be updating it frequently with new information and photos in BlueShoe's Wildflower Blog. Don't think you have to go far from downtown Nashville to revel in the botanical glories. Our own city parks are wonderful places to take naturalist-guided hikes to see why this area is so well regarded by outdoor enthusiasts and scientists.


Wander a bit around town with BlueShoe's online tour and see what's happening in Nashville. February is spring-cleaning month for us, which means we're shucking old information and reordering and adding new features on vacation packages. The first to come online will be the inimitable Johnny Walker and his company's offerings of vacation packages for Fan Fair 2004.

batman buildingFeatured photo: The Bellsouth "Batman Building," one of the landmarks in downtown Nashville, overlooks the old brick storefronts of Lower Broad--a row of cowboy apparel stores and honky-tonks such as Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.

We've just added a page dedicated to Nashville's local live theatre productions, including those by Darkhorse Theatre and the TN Repertory.




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