May is Made for Memories in Nashville

This year, on May 2, 2015, will be my 35th Wedding Anniversary to my wonderful husband, Tommy Meador.  Wow, where did the years go? We planned a fairly quiet elopement after deciding that a big wedding was more then we both wanted. In retrospect, and from the perspective of my chosen profession as a caterer, please have a big wedding, get lots of loot, and call me to cater your reception.

So, back to the story…..We met with a minister at Centennial Park, our elopement destination, in order to listen to some sage advice and make some plans.  The park was in full spring bloom and we decided on a pretty garden behind the Parthenon for our ceremony. We were fortunate enough to know and have chosen the Rev. Bill Barnes to marry us.  Rev. Barnes is the founding pastor of Edgehill United Methodist Church.  He was a civil rights activist and continues in his lifelong mission as servant of social justice and advocate for the poor and marginalized in our city.  Recently, Affordable Housing has broken ground on a new development on 26th Avenue North which is supported by a fund in Rev. Barnes’ name, The Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing.  In the midst of all the new, expensive apartments, condos, home renovations taking place in our growing city – what a wonderful legacy to leave – affordable housing for all.  We were blessed to have our union officiated by Rev. Barnes. 

So, back to the story…..We needed a witness, so we asked my sister, her husband and young daughter to join us on that Friday morning, May 2, 1980 at 9:00am.  We arrived a bit early to find several changes to the landscape from the few weeks before.  The park landscapers were in the midst of changing out the beautiful spring floral bouquet of the previous weeks to a summer theme so there was only one flowering bush left – a beautiful lilac bush in full swing.  The park was abuzz with the previous night’s occupants, many with their liquid breakfasts still in hand.  One gentleman offered his services as witness. I guess we did not do our homework very well, because the first week in May, one of the largest crafts fairs takes place and everyone was in full swing setting up tents and bringing in their handmade art to sell.  Many pictures were taken of us by passersby, excited to see a wedding in progress.  No telling how many photo albums we landed in.

We had a quick ceremony and proceeded to our first destination – to get our car washed at Sonny’s on Elliston Place.  As we went through the line to pay, Sonny himself looked at us and said “you look like you’ve just gotten married!”  To which we replied, “YES!”  He gave us our first wedding gift – a free car wash.  Yes, there are many more stories surrounding this tale. Explaining to our extended families our decision NOT to invite them was interesting.   Stories for a later date.

Happy Anniversary, Tommy.  35 years of wedded bliss and many more to come

Here are some interesting items to add to your Fun things to do list:

The new downtown First Tennessee Park, home of our Nashville Sounds, finally brings baseball back to Sulphur Dell.  Opening night is April 17, 2015.  My niece, Michelle Barbero, has been a project manager on this huge development and I am so proud of her!  My family is going.  I am working so will not be able to attend.  You can check out the schedule for future ball games at www.firsttennesseepark.com.

Obviously my first choice – The Tennessee Crafts Fair, May 1 – 3 at Centennial Park.  This crafts fair has grown to over 200 exhibitors. 

Sevier Park Festival – May 1st and 2nd – featuring Johnnyswim.  Friday, May 1 will be a concert from 6:00 – 10:00pm.  Saturday the festival takes place from 10:00am – 8:00 pm

May 3 – Cindo de Mayo on M Street Party, sponsored by St. Anejo Restaurant.  Music by Guilty Pleasures, various DJ’s, food by St. Anejo and lots of tequila, I assumeJ  12:00pm – 8:00pm on McGavock between 11th and 12th

Musicians Corner begins in May  in Centennial Park with concerts on Saturday afternoons – The spring season kick off is on May 9th this year.

The Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival will take place at Music City Center May 8 – 10th and features horror film stars and tattoo artists.

The 75th running of the Iroquois Steeplechase will take place on May 9th at Edwin Warner Park.  There will be the usual 7 races, a sea of hats along with food and beverages.

Good Guys 10th Annual Nashville Nationals will be held on May 15th – 17th at LP Field.  Hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars and trucks

Nashville Food and Wine Festival will be held at Riverfront Park on May 16th.  I will talk more about this in the next edition.

Some music to add to your calendar:

May 1 at Bridgestone Arena – Zac Brown Band

May 2 at the Grand Ol Opry House – REBA!

May 5 at War Memorial – Chevelle and The Used

May 7 – 9 at Schermerhorn – Kenny G

May 10 at Schermerhorn – Natalie Cole

May 11 at Bridgestone Arena – The Who

May 12 at Schermerhorn – ABBA, The Concert – A Tribute to ABBA

May 13 at the Ryman – Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo

So many choices – even more then I can cover.  Have a happy May!

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