Dates: September 7th - 10th, 2018 Place: Nashville, TN Accommodations: Holiday Inn Vanderbilt 2613 W End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203 Website: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/nashville
Friday September 7th: Welcoming Party in the hospitality room. Snacks, sandwiches, and refreshments provided.
Saturday, September 8th: Bus leaves hotel at 8 AM for a guided city tour and a 3 - hour cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat. The cruise includes a buffet lunch and live entertainment. Return to the hotel about 4 PM. Dinner and evening on own.
Sunday, September 9th: Bus leaves hotel at 8 AM for a tour of Hermitage, the home and grounds of the President Andrew Jackson. Lunch on own and several hours of free time in downtown Nashville before off to the Ryman Auditorium for a self- guided tour of the auditorium and museum. The Ryman is the “birthplace of country music”. Return to the hotel about 4 PM. Dinner and evening on own.
Monday, September 10th: Annual Association meeting at 9 AM. Lunch and day on own to explore Nashville. The Parthenon in Centennial Park is across the street from the hotel. The farewell banquet opens at 6 PM and serving at 7 PM.
Some Nashville facts:
• Average high - low temperature for September is 8262 F. Average rain days are 8.
• Nashville was founded on Christmas Eve 1779.
• AT&T Tower is nicknamed the Batman Building because it resembles bat ears.
• Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase “good to the last drop” after drinking a cup of locally produced coffee at the Maxwell House Hotel.
• Famous horses bred at Belle Meade Plantation include War Admiral, Seabiscuit, and Secretariat.
• GooGoos are an iconic candy loved by Nashvillians. Made of peanuts, carmel, marshmallow, and milk chocolate, GooGoos were founded in 1901 and it is believed that GOO stands for Grand Ole Opry.
• Elvis Presley recorded over 200 of his songs at RCA’s Studio B on Music Row. A string of Christmas lights still hang in the studio to this day. These lights were put up when Elvis had a hard time getting in the holiday spirit while recording a Christmas album.
• The sculpture of Athena Parthenos inside the Parthenon in Centennial Park is the tallest indoor sculpture in the western world - standing 42 feet high. Centennial Park was the site of the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition.
• “Meat and three restaurant” is a true southern term for when you order one meat and 3 side dishes from the daily specials. Hot chicken is a Nashville specialty of fried chicken breaded and coated with spices including cayenne.
• Vanderbilt University is a private research university founded in 1873 by an endowment from Cornelius Vanderbilt. Total enrollment is about 12,500 students; of that, 6,900 are undergraduates. Acceptance rate is 11%.