Activities

The dominance of country music tends to overshadow the fact that Nashville is also a hotbed of many other types of art and culture. There is the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Chamber Orchestra, not to mention many theaters, music schools, art galleries and dance venues. Indeed, many musicians lead dual lives, switching from country to classical with ease.

The city's prime venue is the Tennessee Performing Arts Center , 505 Deaderick Street (tel: (615) 782 4000; website: www.tpac.org ). TPAC, as it is known, has three theaters, which usually have shows running simultaneously. The large Andrew Jackson Hall is home to the Nashville Symphony but also hosts rock concerts, musicals, opera and dance. The small James K Polk Theater is used for drama and more intimate musical evenings and the Andrew Johnson Theater is also for smaller-scale events, such as TV shows, conferences, trade shows and drama productions.

Nashville's daily newspaper, The Tennessean (website: www.tennessean.com ), features listings in its Thursday and Sunday editions. Key Magazine (website: www.nashvillekey.com ) is a weekly guide to events in the area, while Nashville Scene (website: www.nashvillescene.com ), published every Wednesday, is an in-depth guide to events in the city.

All tickets can be obtained from the various venues directly or from Ticketmaster (tel: (615) 255 9600; website: www.ticketmaster.com ), which is based at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center . There are additional Ticketmaster outlets in most major department stores.

Music : The Nashville Chamber Orchestra (tel: (615) 256 6546; website: www.nco.org ) performs in various venues throughout the city, including the Blair Recital Hall , Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, 2400 Blakemore Avenue (tel: (615) 322 7651; website: www.vanderbilt.edu/blair ). The Nashville Opera (tel: (615) 832 5242; website: www.nashvilleopera.org ) performs at TPAC (Tennessee Performing Arts Center), 505 Deaderick Street (tel: (615) 782 4000; website: www.tpac.org ); and the Nashville Symphony (tel: (615) 783 1200; website: www.nashvillesymphony.org ) performs at Andrew Jackson Hall , Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Come September 2006, the Symphony's new home will be the Schermerhorn Symphony Center , named after the late world-renowned Nashville Symphony conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn. The new center, under feverish day and night construction, is a work of art, destined to become the shining jewel of Nashville and a world-class concert hall.

Theater : The theater scene flourishes with a range of companies and venues. Major touring productions are staged at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), 505 Deaderick Street (tel: (615) 782 4000; website: www.tpac.org ), while the Tennessee Repertory Theater Company (tel: (615) 244 4878; website: www.tnrep.org ) performs at either the James K Polk Theater or the Andrew Johnson Theater, in the same venue (TPAC). The Nashville Children's Theater , 724 Second Avenue South (tel: (615) 254 9103; website: www.nct-dragonsite.org ), also stages good performances, and while holding the honor as the nation's oldest children's theater, it was voted one of America's top five children's theaters by Time magazine in 2004. Dinner Theaters provide a wonderful evening's entertainment. Some of the best-known ones include Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theater , 8204 Highway 100 (tel: (615) 646 9977 or (800) 282 2276; website: www.dinnertheater.com ); Miss Marple's Mystery Dinner Theater , 135 Second Avenue North (tel: (615) 242 8000; website: www.missmarples.com ); Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater , 2620 Music Valley Drive (tel: (615) 885 4747; website: www.nashvillenightlife.com ) and Mystery . COMedy , 2739 Elm Hill Pike (tel: (877) 505 5999; website: www.mysterycomedy.com ).

Dance : The principal venue is again the Tennessee Performing Arts Center , 505 Deaderick Street (tel: (615) 782 4000; website: www.tpac.org ), which is home to the Nashville Ballet (tel: (615) 297 2966; website: www.nashvilleballet.com ).

The Metro Parks and Recreation Department has a wide variety of facilities and programs to be enjoyed across Davidson County. Presently, there are 113 properties on over 10,570 acres, plus seven municipal golf courses. Offering something for everyone, including both passive and active recreation. Including senior programs, special population programs, cultural arts classes, dog parks, a variety of trails, nature programs, sports leagues, art galleries, and much more.

Hamilton Creek Mountain Bike Trails

Hamilton Creek Park is located off of Interstate 40, past the airport going east. Take exit 219 at Stewart's Ferry Pike. This turns into Bell Road. Follow Bell Road about three miles to the park entrance noted by a US Army Corps of Engineers sign. Hamilton Creek is one of Metro Parks' distinctive natural areas. The park contains cedar-glades, glade-like habitat, and lots of limestone that Tennessee is known for.

Taken from Long Cane Trail's Assessment of the Improvements to Hamilton Creek's Mountain Bike Trails:

Mountain Bikers love trail systems with an assortment of routes and multiple personalities. They like to customize their experience by linking trails together in different patterns. Hamilton Creek has a great opportunity to become a known mountain biking destination due to the experience it will give the rider. A stacked-loop trail system is recommended. This will also make optimal use of available land. The Beginner and Intermediate trails are easily accessible from the lakeside parking lot. The Beginner loop will be just over one and a half miles, while the Intermediate loop will be 3.5 miles. The two loops will allow the rider completely different experiences. The Intermediate loop will have smaller drops, up to 1 ft, on which the rider can advance their skills. The site lines to these drops will be clear. The Beginner loop will have no drop offs for the rider to negotiate. The reward for the longer Intermediate loop will be a lakeshore view and vantage point. On the back side of the Intermediate loop would be a connector to the advanced loop that would be clearly more technical and warn the rider that the advanced loop consists of this type of terrain and features. The drops would be of clear site line but larger than the Intermediate loop offered. The idea is that within the first 500 ft the rider will know if they are ready for the advanced loop. The advanced loop would be around 6 miles, while the connector is just under a mile. The idea of the stacked-loop system is that the trails that get farther from the trailhead and the core trails, become tighter and more challenging.

Directions - East Trailhead:

  • Take I-40 east from Nashville to Stewart's Ferry Pike (exit 219).
  • Go south on Bell Road to Hamilton Creek Park.
  • Turn left and take the first right to into the beach parking lot.
  • Trailhead is located on the extreme right end of the parking lot.

Directions - West Trailhead:

  • Take I-40 east from Nashville to Stewart's Ferry Pike (exit 219).
  • Go south on Bell Road to Hamilton Creek Park.
  • Turn right onto Ned Shelton Road.
  • take the first left.

Warner Parks Horse Trails

Percy Warner and Peeler Parks are the homes of the only two public horse trails in Davidson County. Bring your own horse to explore the ten miles of wooded hills and hollows. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the two picnic areas accessible by horseback. Park at the equestrian center trailhead, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd. The Equestrian Center and horse trails are open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

Important Trailriding Information:

  • Trailriding is permitted on the bridle paths only.
  • All bridle paths are located in Percy Warner Park.
  • Trailriders should enter and exit the bridle path system from the Equestrian Center at 2500 Old Hickory Blvd.
  • Trailriding is strictly prohibited on hiking trails, the steeplechase track and infield, and over any jumps and fences.
  • All horses on park premises must have proof of a negative test for Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins Test).
  • Trailriders must leave park premises in good condition. Littering and cleaning out trailers on park property is prohibited.
  • Trailriding hours are from sunrise until dark. Use of bridle paths may be restricted on certain days when organized events are scheduled.
  • Trailriders use the bridle paths at their own risk.
  • Organized trailrides of 10 or more riders required a permit, which may be obtained through the Park Headquarters Office. Organized trailrides do not have exclusive use of the bridle paths.

Fee Schedule for Trailriding:

  • Individual and spontaneous use: Free
  • Organized trailrides: 10 to 25 horses - $25.00
  • Organized trailrides: 26 to 75 horses - $50.00
  • Organized trailrides: 76 + horses - $100.00

For further information about the use of the Equestrian Center, please contact:

Recreation and Event Specialist
50 Vaughn Road
Nashville, TN 37221
(615) 370-8051

Peeler Park Horse Trail

  • Bring your own horse
  • Ride on designated bridle paths only
  • Enter and exit the bridle path system from equestrian trailhead only
  • Carry proof of negative test for Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggin's test)
  • Use bridle paths from sunrise until dark
  • Use bridle paths at own risk
  • Leave park premises in good condition
  • Obtain permit from Metro Parks' Greenways Division at 862-8400 for organized trail rides of 10 or more horses
PROHIBITED
  • Riding on paved trail and hiking trails
  • Littering and cleaning out trailers on park property.

Fee Schedule for Trailriding:

  • Individual and spontaneous use: Free
  • Organized trailrides: 10 to 25 horses - $25.00
  • Organized trailrides: 26 to 75 horses - $50.00
  • Organized trailrides: 76 + horses - $100.00

For further information about the use of the Peeler Park Horse Trail, please contact: Greenway Division at 862-8400.

Film : Nashville has numerous multiplex cinemas showing the latest major releases, such as Regal Hollywood 27 , 719 Thompson Lane-100 Oaks Mall (tel: (615) 463 7705); Regal Opry Mills 20 & IMAX, 570 Opry Mills Drive (tel: (615) 514 3462); and Wynnsong 10 , 721 Myatt Drive (tel: (615) 860 7686). Two other venues concentrate on art house films - the Sarratt Cinema , 2301 Vanderbilt Place (tel: (615) 322 2425) and the Belcourt Theater , 2102 Belcourt Avenue, Hillsboro Village (tel: (615) 383 9140).

The most famous film set here is Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), a sharp satire of the country music scene. A more recent film about the music business is The Thing Called Love (1993), starring River Phoenix and Sandra Bullock. Various country music bio-pics have been filmed here, including Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), in which Sissy Spacek portrays Loretta Lynn, and Sweet Dreams (1985), starring Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline. Other notables include Last Dance (1996) with Sharon Stone, The Green Mile (Tom Hanks, 1999), and The Last Castle (Robert Redford, 2001).

Literary Notes : Nashville has numerous literary connections, including the city's name, which comes from an ancestor of the humorous poet, Ogden Nash. The United States' first official Poet Laureate, Robert Penn Warren, studied English at Nashville's Vanderbilt University and his novel, At Heaven's Gate (1943), is set in the financial world of 1930s Nashville. Although not born in Nashville, novelist Alfred Leland Crabb lived there for much of his life and wrote several historical novels set in the city, including Breakfast at the Hermitage (1945), as well as the non-fiction Nashville : Personality of a City (1960). The distinguished Southern novelist Peter Taylor also attended Vanderbilt and set many of his short stories in Nashville, including some from his collection In the Miro District and Other Stories (1977).

Perhaps best known for penning the hit record Harper Valley PTA (1968), the musician and writer Tom T Hall wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Storyteller's Nashville (1979). Outsiders' views on Nashville include those of Trinidadian-born V S Naipaul, who visited the city for his book A Turn in the South (1989). New York Brat Pack author Jay McInerney is married to a Nashville jewelry designer and spends part of his time in her hometown, which increasingly features in his fiction, including The Last of the Savages (1996). An inside view of the contemporary music scene can be had in Walkin' After Midnight (2000), by Lauren St John, which includes interviews with such luminaries as Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris. Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto ; Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South ; and Steven Womack, mystery writer and winner of the Edgar Alan Poe award, are all Nashville natives or long-time residents. Famous screenwriters include Delbert Mann ( Marty , 1953); Tom Schulman ( Dead Poets Society , 1989; Honey , I Shrunk the Kids , 1989; Medicine Man , 1992) and Keith Walker ( Free Willy , 1993). Battle of New Orleans Anniversary Celebration , Jan, throughout the city
Nashville Auto Fest , Jan, Tennessee State Fairgrounds (website: www.nashvilleautofest.com )
Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville , Feb, Nashville Convention Center (website: www.antiquesandgardenshow.com )
Annual Nashville Lawn & Garden Show , Mar, Tennessee State Fairgrounds (website: www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com )
Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration , 15 Mar, laying of wreaths, Hermitage
Tin Pan South ( Songwriters' Festival ) , Apr, various music venues (website: www.tinpansouth.com )
Gospel Music Association Awards & Gospel Music Week , Apr, Gaylord Entertainment Center (awards) and Nashville Convention Center (music week) (website: www.gospelmusic.org )
CMT Music Awards , Apr, Gaylord Entertainment Center (website: www.cmt.com )
Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon , Apr, Centennial Park to the Coliseum (website: www.cmmarathon.com )
Nashville Film Festival , Apr/May, Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 (website: www.nashvillefilmfestival.org )
Tennessee Crafts Fair , May, Centennial Park (website: www.tennesseecrafts.org )
18th - Century Colonial Fair , May, Moss Wright Park, Goodlettsville (website: www.goodlettsvillechamber.com/specialevents.htm )
American Artisan Crafts Fair , Jun, Centennial Park
Native American Dance Theater , Jun, Ryman Auditorium (website: www.ryman.com )
Grand Ole Opry Superstar Spectacular Benefit , Jun, Grand Ole Opry House (website: www.opry.com )
Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman , Jun/Jul, Ryman Auditorium (website: www.ryman.com )
CMA Music Festival / Fan Fair , Jun, Coliseum and other venues (website: www.cmafest.com )
Nashville Food Fair , mid-Jun-Oct, open-air farmers markets, various church locations
Independence Day Concert Spectacular , 4 Jul, public holiday, concert at Riverfront Park
Dancin' in the District , Jun–Sep, Riverfront Park
American Quilter's Society Expo , Aug, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center (website: www.americanquilter.com )
Nashville Shakespeare Festival , Aug, Centennial Park (website: www.nashvilleshakes.org )
Italian Street Fair , beginning of Sep, Centennial Park
Australian Festival , Sep, Centennial Park (website: www.australianfestival.org )
Franklin Jazz Festival , Sep, Downtown
African Street Festival , Sep, TSU State Campus
Tennessee Association of Craft Artists ( TACA ) Fall Fair , Sep, throughout the city (website: www.tennesseecrafts.org )
Music City Jazz , Blues & Heritage Festival , Sep, Riverfront Park (website: www.nbl4u.com/mcjhf.htm )
Tennessee State Fair , Sep, Tennessee State Fairgrounds (website: www.tennesseestatefair.org )
Americana Music Association Conference , Honors & Awards Show , Sep, Ryman Auditorium & various locations (website: www.americanamusic.org )
International Bluegrass Music Awards , Oct, Ryman Auditorium (website: www.ibma.org )
Oktoberfest , Oct, German cultural celebrations, Germantown
Grand Ole Opry Birthday Celebration , Oct, Grand Ole Opry House (website: www.opry.com )
Annual NAIA Pow Wow , Oct, Long Hunter State Park (website: www.naiatn.org )
Annual CMA Awards , Nov, Gaylord Entertainment Center (website: www.cmaawards.com )
Country Christmas , Nov-Dec, Opryland Hotel
Festival of the Holidays , Nov–Dec, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art (website: www.cheekwood.org )
Christmas at Belmont , Nov/Dec, Belmont Mansion
Dickens of a Christmas , Dec, Franklin

Metro Parks has developed special programming for Nashville seniors based in centers located throughout Nashville.

Popular programs include Senior Dance Clubs, Ceramic Classes, Water Exercise, Walking Clubs, Painting, Computer Classes, Tennessee Senior Olympics and much more!

Special occasions and holidays are marked with live music and other festivities. In addition, scheduled meetings, lectures, workshops and field trips occur on a regular basis. A variety of indoor activities and pageants compliment regular, free programming.

In addition occasional classes and trips are offered at a nominal cost. And for those 60 years old and older, many of our centers are able to offer a nutritional hot lunch through the Metro Social Services' Nutrition Program. All activities are programmed and supervised by staff from Metro Parks, Metro Social Services, and similar agencies.

Senior Center Locations

  • East Community Center
    700 Woodland Street
    862-8448
  • Elizabeth Senior Center
    1701 Arthur Ave.
    862-8449
  • Hadley Regional Center
    1037 28th Ave. North
    862-8451
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