Day Trip to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky.
Sat., July 21, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 2012
$40, $20 for Frist Center members
As a former bored kid, I feel pretty confident saying that field trips are wasted on the young. Grownups may not understand the appeal of eating boogers or spinning around until you get so dizzy you puke, but they’re great at things like reading The Economist, thinking about 401ks and getting stoked to see some old quilts hanging on museum walls. I am totally one of those people. Riding a bus with a bunch of other folks who are also into quilts and probably therefore traditions and crafts and olden times? Stopping for lunch and a sweet tea on the way back and chatting about textiles, sewing machines and how affordable the trip was? That’s even better. Maybe I’m just making up for lost time — a childhood spent shunning my Tennessee heritage, a decade in New York — but I really cannot get enough of the quilt-centric programming that’s been up Nashville’s sleeve lately. From hesher quilter Ben Venom’s talk at the Frist to the quilt-making workshop at Watkins, I’m soaking up all I can. And for 40 bucks ($20 for Frist members!), you better believe I’ll make sure my calendar’s clear. Visit fristcenter.org for more information. Meet at the Frist at 8 a.m.