Twelve Things To Do in 2012
As you count down the last seconds of the year and watch the ball — or, in Nashville’s case, the giant music note — drop, you’re probably wondering what happened to 2011. Whether you have yet to make it to the new Nordstrom or enjoy a scoop of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, chances are, 365 days passed before you could experience everything Nashville has to offer. Fear not, because the new year brings the opportunity to make it up to Music City.
Don’t miss these 12 things you must do in 2012.
Be a Trashy Tourist: Buy a ticket for NashTrash Tours and learn about Music City from the perspective of the polyester and press on nail-wearing duo, the Jugg Sisters. This 90-minute musical comedy show on wheels takes riders by Nashville’s most famous country music landmarks and digs up more dirt on your favorite country stars than TMZ. A hidden gem for Nashville residents, NashTrash runs Tuesday through Saturday and presents a bit of a tamer show with their Murder Mystery Dinner Theater on weekends. Visit nashtrashtours.com for details.
Drink Local: Order the “Village Reserve” at Holland House Bar and Refuge at 935 West Eastland Avenue in East Nashville, and you’ll be supporting local as you sip on a concoction made of Olive & Sinclair and Benton’s bacon-steeped bourbon, shagbark hickory syrup and lemon bitters.
Make Fundraising Your Jam: Attend one of the Friends of Warner Parks’ Full Moon Pickin’ Parties that run once a month from May through October. Bring a blanket and listen to bluegrass music performed by experienced pickers or join in the jam by toting your own fiddle, banjo, guitar or washboard. Tickets are $15 in advance or $5 with an approved instrument and include beverages. All proceeds support Warner Parks. Visit friendsofwarnerparks.com for 2012 Pickin’ Party dates.
Follow Your Food: Track down a taco or stalk a slice of pizza by keeping up with the locations of all of the Nashville food trucks on Twitter. Follow @NashFoodTrucks to find out where you can find your favorite mobile food vendors every day.
Get Down and Derby: Watch the Nashville Rollergirls skate laps around the competition at Municipal Auditorium. These chicks are hardcore hitters who don’t let a few bruises get in the way of dominating the flat track. The season begins in the spring and rolls through the summer, with post season play in the fall. If the stands aren’t badass enough for you, the team is recruiting new members! Check out nashvillerollergirls.com.
Stage a Night Out: Buy tickets now for a spring show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). Remember when you waited too long and missed your chance to see Wicked? Don’t let that be the case with Little Shop of Horrors, which runs April 26 through May 19. Visit tpac.org for more information.
Have Your Cake: Savor every bite of a Sweet Potato cupcake at the Cupcake Collection, winners of Her Nashville’s Sugar Rush competition in October. Answer your frosted cravings in Germantown at 1213 6th Avenue North.
Take a Hike: Ranging from easy to strenuous, Radnor Lake offers six miles of trails that are perfect for getting outdoors and enjoying Tennessee’s wildlife and natural beauty. Located off Granny White Pike, Radnor Lake is open daily until dark. Picnicking isn’t allowed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a post hike trip to Pancake Pantry to reward your efforts.
Stay Green: Follow the development of Urban Green Lab, Nashville’s community center for sustainable living. Scheduled to be built this year in Inglewood, Urban Green Lab will serve as a place for the community to collaborate and become better educated about sustainability through seminars and workshops, and will be available to rent for events and celebrations. Join the progress by attending fundraisers throughout the year and getting involved from the beginning stages. Learn more at urbangreenlab.org.
Make an Ass of Yourself: Travel to Columbia, Tennessee for Mule Day, March 29 through April 1. It’s everything you can expect from a small town festival, featuring Appalachian food, a craft bazaar, music and lots and lots of mules. Visit the official Mule Day website at muleday.org.
New To You: Maybe you still haven’t tried Kayne Prime or even places like City House or Eastland Café. With so many great restaurants in Nashville, it’s hard to be the first to taste everything. Think of the place you’ve been dying to check off your list and set a date to dine.
Tune In: Attend a Wednesday night broadcast of Music City Roots, Live From the Loveless Café, featuring four to five artists performing 20-minute sets. This weekly event showcases all different varieties of Americana music. Visit musiccityroots.com to view upcoming shows and to purchase tickets.
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