Sunday, February 24, 2008
Weekend in Nashville
Dh and I just got back today from Nashville. I won Employee of the Year(2007) for my hospital and the corporation gathers all winners from all of it's hospitals and treats them to a weekend at the Opryland Hotel. Their corporate offices are located in Nashville, so that's why there. At first, it didn't seem I was going to be able to participate in all this, since the hospital I work at is one of 9 being sold. So my hospital gave me money to take a trip, hence our weekend getaway to Helen, GA. On the day we arrived in Helen, I was called from work to be told that the corp. had changed their mind about me coming to Nashville! How wonderful was that! Two trips!
This weekend was amazing! We didn't have to pay for anything. We were wined and dined and were able to take a couple of tours on the company, as well. Friday evening was the awards banquet complete with entertainment by a talented group of performers some of whom were impersonator singers. I forgot the group name. I'll try to remember to look it up.
On Saturday morning, we took the historic mansions tour, where we saw the Belle Meade home, famous in the horse world, and then the Belle Monte mansion, . Lots of lovely antiques and 19th century furnishings, but we couldn't take pics inside. Then we were driven into Nashville, got to see some of downtown, like Music Row, and were then treated to lunch at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Saturday evening we had supper at the Wildhorse Saloon and then got to go to the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman. This was a wonderful experience! The performance lineup included: Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Jack Greene, Dan Tyminski Band, Jo Dee Messina, Keith Anderson, Randy Owen, Tracy Byrd, The Whites, Jan Howard, The Time Jumpers, George Hamilton IV and V, Jesse McReynolds& the Virginia Boys, and Restless Heart. Not being a lifetime follower of country music, some of these were not known to me before, but every single one was so talented and the entire show was very enjoyable.
The Opryland Hotel itself is incredible and LARGE. It's almost incomprehensibly big and there are plans to add on to it.