This production, a collaboration between the Hall of Fame and the Nashville Public Library's Wishing Chair Productions, incorporates 50 puppets, marionettes, rod puppets and shadow puppets to chronicle the history of country music. The popular Saturday-night Centennial Park Big Band Dances, which include free dance lessons and a full orchestra playing big band music, run June through August in the Event Shelter at Centennial Park. Metro Parks' Red Caboose Concert Series, featuring live music for families, is held Friday nights in June at Red Caboose Park in Bellevue. Dragon Music Sundays, organized by the Hillsboro West End Neighborhood Association and Metro Parks, usually take place in May and June at Fannie Mae Dees Park on Blakemore Avenue. First St., features smooth and traditional jazz one Sunday a month May through October. The Preds' practices at Centennial Sportsplex are free and frequently open to the public. Attendees must have a program pass (they are free and are distributed 30 minutes prior to each session) to guarantee admission since seating is limited.
Nashville Symphony Summer Community Concert series is a perennial favorite, with seven outdoor concerts set for 2017 at various midstate parks in June. Gallatin's Third Thursdays on Main is a series of outdoor concerts held monthly June through September on the Historic Public Square. The 60-member Williamson County Community Band and the Nashville Community Concert Band have a number of free concerts indoors and outdoors. For the Nashville Community Band lineup, call 615-352-7713 or see Members bring telescopes or you can bring your own to explore the night sky. Almost every nonprofit has some activities, but the best source for volunteering is Hands On Nashville, which has a calendar full of good options for all ages and interests. Watch the Titans open practices and get some autographs in late July and early August at Saint Thomas Sports Park, 45 Great Circle Road in Metro Center. Enjoy spring college football games -- Vanderbilt's Black and Gold, TSU's Blue and White and MTSU's Blue and White game, all free.61.
These concerts draw thousands of picnickers and music lovers who enjoy a night out at the concerts. Smyrna Parks and Recreation has monthly summer Cruise-Ins with classic cars, live music, food and inflatables. Society amateur and professional astronomers are on hand to answer questions and help new star gazers. Vanderbilt's Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood, has "Open House Days" 9 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday of each month. "Shakespeare Allowed," a partnership between the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and the Nashville Public Library, takes place at noon on the first Saturday of every month for a reading of one play. Vanderbilt also has two annual Dore Jam fan events, one before the football season kicks off and one at the beginning of basketball season, when fans can meet the coaches and players, and enjoy some fun activities. All Belmont Bruin baseball games are free ( 615-460-6420), as are the Trevecca Nazarene Trojan games ( 615-248-1271).
Even if you live in a teeny tiny town, chances are there’s a place that offers classes on pottery throwing or painting and allows students to bring their own wine from home to sip (or guzzle) while they learn.
Even if you turn out to be the worst artist or vase-maker in the world, at least you’ll have spent time learning a new skill, avoiding the cold weather, and drinking wine with your partner.
Another fact: you will go slowly insane eating the same takeout parked in front of the TV night after night until spring arrives. Try these dates STAT and rescue yourself from the frozen hell that is winter.