Monday, June 11, 2012

Weekend in Music City

This weekend was a HUGE for Nashville, hosting the annual four-day CMA Fest.  (CMA, for non-country fans, stands for Country Music Awards.)  All of country royalty is out and about, singing huge concerts every day and night.  There are tons of booths and people all celebrating their love of music.

It was also my first weekend on my own in Tennessee.  Saturday, I ran in the Hell or High Water 5K, which benefits those still rebuilding after the devastating floods in 2010.  They run it in different locations each year, in the areas most affected by the floods.  It's about resilience, and I really enjoyed it!  I am way out of shape, but I met my time goal, and started working on my Before I'm 30 list again.  I was 6th in my age group, which isn't too shabby considering I'm still in the younger range!

Sunday, my coworker SW invited me downtown to walk around CMA Fest, even though we weren't going to the bigger evening concerts.  It was really cool to walk around downtown to see all the booths, eat lunch at Honky Tonk Central, and see Darryl Worley on the river giving a free concert.  SW also showed me some of Nashville's less touristy neighborhoods with great character, including 12South, Music Row, and The Gulch.  I'm so glad to have a new friend in the area to show me the ropes!  What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  :)

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