Nashville Springs Back to Life in April

I hesitate to say this, but I will go out on a limb and declare that SPRING HAS ARRIVED! Finally the sun is shining and the sky is blue, the temperatures have risen and I am seeing the first signs of buds on the flowers and trees. The official Spring Equinox is March 20, but I am declaring that spring has sprung.

In researching the various April Calendar of Events to bring you some interesting things to do in April, I realized I almost missed one of my favorite holidays. I guess it's not actually a holiday – but I'm talking about APRIL FOOLS DAY! My very best April fool's joke was played on my sister and it was 27 years ago. We were working together in the catering business at that time and she had just delivered her 3rd child in February. I called her on April 1st and told her I WAS PREGNANT! I had one child at the time and with her three – and another of my own – we might as well open a day care center next door to the catering kitchen. Life was already hectic enough without adding another baby into the mix and an April 1 announcement meant a Christmas baby – worst time for a caterer to have a baby. We went back and forth – OH NO!!!!!! How will we manage!!!?????? When are you due??????? I told her December 20th! And then......wait for it.......April Fools!!!!!!! Guess what? I had a beautiful, bouncing, baby girl on DECEMBER 22nd of this very same year! Without telling the story to my doctor, he informed me that I probably got pregnant on April fool's day! She is the light of my life and I wouldn't change anything, but I must confess that I have not played another April fool's joke since.

Hang on to your hats, folks. The spring brings everyone out of hiding so there are way too many events to lift up. These are the ones which seemed to peek my interest:

Easter egg hunts for the kids:
All on April 4
Nashville Zoo Eggstravaganzoo – 9:00 – 4:00
Spring Art Hop at Cheekwood – 10:00 – 4:00
Egg Hunt at Warner Park Nature Center – 10:00
Easter Eggstravaganza at The Hermitage – 3 starting times – 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00
Community Egg Hunt at Red Caboose Park – 11:00 – 1:00
You can also take your kids to Phillips Toy Mart and pet the bunnies!

Musical Events:
April 1 – 3rd and Lindsley - 6:30 – 8:30pm -– The First and Worst – showcasing some of the most successful songwriters performing their very first and worst songs they ever wrote as well as their hits and successes
April 1 – Country Music Hall of Fame – 6:30 – 10:00pm - An Intimate Celebration with music BY Waylon Jennings, Hank Cochran, Ray Price, Louvin Brothers, Felice Bryant and The Carter Family PERFORMED BY Carlene Carter, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Johnson and Jessie Coulter – benefitting the Nikki Mitchell Foundation and pancreatic cancer research
April 4 – Rocketown – 12:00 – 10:30pm – Rally Rumble, A music festival featuring teenage bands, singers and other inspired young people from Middle TN and beyond raising funds and awareness for cancer research. Celebrity chairperson – Quintavious Johnson
April 4 – Oyster Easter at Traveller's Rest featuring contests, food and entertainment and of course, the crowning of the Oyster King and Queen
April 7 – Skyville Live – an online live streaming musical event airing at 7:00pm central time. Go to www.skyvillelive.com for details on how to watch and a chance to win tickets to this performance. Guests this month will be Kris Kristofferson, Lady Antebellum and Jason Isbell
April 11 – Cumberland Park – 16th Annual Ragin Cajun Crawfish Boil - 4:00 – 9:00pm – tickets include all the crawfish you can eat and all the beer you can drink and a full line up of Nashville's hottest bands. Hosted by the Junior Chamber and benefitting Special Olympics of Tennessee.
April 16 – Loveless Café – David Olney:Live from the Harpeth Room – doors open at 6:00pm with music to begin at 7:00. Opening for David will be Sarah Allison Turner.
April 17 – 18 – Vanderbilt University Campus – Vanderbilt's Rites of Spring Music Festival
April 17 – Cheekwood – Highballs and Hydrangeas with live music by Annie Selleck

Plant Sales:
Come early to all of these as the plants sell out quickly!
April 11 – Mid-Tenn Perrenial Plant Society Plant Sale – 9:00am – 12:00pm – Tennessee State Fair Grounds – over 450 varieties of plants for your home garden
April 11 – Cheekwood – 9:30am – Native Plant Sale
April 18 – Annual Herb Sale – 9:00am – 2:00pm – Tennessee State Fair Grounds

Festivals and other:
April 7 – 11 – Nashville Fashion Week – check out the events at www.nashvillefashionweek.com
April 11 – East Nashville Beer Festival – food trucks and craft beer tastings
April 16 – 25 – Nashville Film Festival – check out the events at www.nashvillefilmfestival.org
April 30 – Savor Nashville – Hutton Hotel – Celebrity Chef Dinner
April 30 – May 3 – Southern Women's Show – Music City Center – shopping, food, fashion, health, beauty and FUN!

Schmerhorn Symphony Center:
There are two events I'll lift up:
April 8 – Jazz vocalist, Cassandra Wilson with a tribute to Billy Holiday
April 9 – 11 – The lovely Bernadette Peters sings Broadway's Greatest Hits

Preds Home Games:
Tuesday, April 7 vs Winnipeg
Thursday April 9 vs Minnesota Wild

And last, but not least, here are several hikes and walks, ironically all on April 18 all starting at 9:00am:
Hike2Heal – Edwin Warner Park – benefitting the children at Raise the Roof Academy
Walk In Their Shoes – Sexual Assault Center –supporting survivors and raising funds
Sista Strutt – Bicentennial Mall- raising awareness about breast cancer issues concerning African American women
Nashville NEDA walk – Belmont University Track – hosted by the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee

Welcome Spring!

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