Historic East End Home Tour
The Historic East End neighborhood will be hosting its 2004 home tour May 22 and 23. Tickets will be available the days of the tour for $10 at Bongo Java East, 107 South 11th St. at Five Points.
The Ambrose Mansion, designed in the 1890s by Ryman Auditorium architect Hugh Carhart Thompson, is in the final stages of renovation after decades of neglect. It and other historic homes dating to the 1870s will be on display. Also, the Art & Invention Gallery, 1106 Woodland St., will host an art show.
East End, nestled between Historic Edgefield and Lockeland Springs, is the smallest of the historic neighborhoods in East Nashville, running from Shelby to Woodland streets and 10th to 14th streets, but it boasts one of the most undisturbed stands of diverse historic architecture left in the city. It is also home to Five Points, one of the city's newest and most vibrant retail and nightlife pockets, featuring a diverse mix of eateries, art, nightspots, galleries, organic groceries and even landscaping and pet care.
Statewide Preservation Conference
The Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) will celebrate five years of preservation education and advocacy efforts with its 2004 Statewide Preservation Conference at the Union Station Hotel April 15-17. This year's conference will focus on historic preservation as a planning tool to create vibrant neighborhoods and town centers as an alternative to sprawl. Nationally known speakers and regional experts will join Tennessee preservationists from nonprofit organizations, state and local governments and civic groups for educational sessions, tours and mobile workshops and a special lecture and reception with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Hylton, founder of Save Our Land, Save Our Towns, a nonprofit that advocates for regional planning, smart growth and traditional town design.
Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte will discuss preservation plans for the Executive Residence during the opening session. Conference sessions on Friday and Saturday include presentations on land conservation, African American neighborhood preservation, Civil War and Reconstruction-era cemeteries and a series on advocacy. The Rafter Raiser, an elegant silent auction and reception benefiting TPT's ongoing educational and advocacy programs, will cap Friday's activities.
Registration is $65 for TPT members or $90 for nonmembers. Deadline is March 25. For more information or a registration brochure, send an e-mail to conferencetennesseepreservationtrust.org or call the TPT office at (615) 259-2289.
Children's Wonderland: Playhouses & Forts
From a 30-foot beached fish you can enter to a 22-foot tall tower "fit for woodland elves," local artists, architects, builders and designers are creating a wonderland of childhood fantasy
Playhouses & Fortsat Nashville's Cheekwood Botanical Garden.
The interactive exhibit, which opens May 29, showcases works scattered throughout the 55-acre Cheekwood site. Each playhouse or fort can be entered into or climbed upon, according to Botanical Garden Director Bob Brackman.
"We want visitors to have a personal, family experience of discovery," says Brackman, who encourages families to pack a picnic and take time to explore the whimsical nature of the exhibition. "Each piece," he says, "has been chosen for its ability to engage children and adults in a different way."
Sponsored by SunTrust Bank, Playhouses & Forts is the fourth annual family summer exhibition at Cheekwood. It is produced in collaboration with the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
The pieces in the show were chosen from plans submitted by area designers. A panel of judges, including Cheekwood staff members, educators, and a teenager made final selections based on the design's ability to engage and create an atmosphere of whimsy.
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art is located at 1200 Forrest Park Dr. in Nashville. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org. Exhibition hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m Sunday .
Flowers Are Blooming
Meanwhile, spring will be a gardener's delight when Cheekwood Botanical Gardens opens the season of color with three major flower showsThe Wildflower Fair, The Rose Show and The Daffodil Showand a show on bonsai trees.
First on tap is the renowned Cheekwood Wildflower Fair, March 26-28, which will offer more than 100 different species of wildflowers, including spring and summer blooming native plans, vines, shrubs, and trees. Hours for the Wildflower Fair are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 26 and 27 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 28. For more information, please call (615) 579-6050.
The Daffodil Show will be held April 3 from 2-4:30 p.m. and April 4 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. In addition to cultivars chosen in competition, there will be information about growing daffodils. For more information on the show, please contact Ann McKinney at (615) 333-1242 or at ateamtnaol.com
The Bonsai Show will be held April 24 from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and April 25 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The show includes bonsai displays, workshops, vendors and demonstrations by experts like Dana Qartlebaum of Brussels Nursery. For more information, please contact Dr. Malcolm Lewis at (615) 297-4640 or mrmglaol.com
The famed Rose Show will be held May 29 from 1-4:30 p.m. and May 30 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Nashville Rose Society, this annual spring event is one of the region's "most exciting opportunities to see all types of roses, learn the basics of growing roses, and exhibit your own roses," organizers say. Information on planting, pruning, spraying, fertilizing, and sources for roses will also be available.
Exhibit At Travellers Rest
Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum will commemorate 50 years of preservation through a unique exhibit exploring the property's past as a museum. Between May 15 and Oct. 31, "Travellers Rest: Past, Present and Future" will not only celebrate this Nashville landmark's journey to its present-day appearance but will also look at how historic sites are preserved and presented for modern audiences.
Travellers Rest has served as a historic house museum since the property was saved from demolition in 1954 by the Tennessee Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames in America. Begun in 1799, the home originally belonged to Judge John Overton, one of Tennessee's most influential citizens of the early 19th century. Nashville's oldest house museum open to the public, Travellers Rest is located at 636 Farrell Pkwy., just south of downtown Nashville off I-65. For more information, call 832-8197.
Heritage Foundation Tour
The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County presents the 28th annual Town and Country Tour of Homes, June 5-6, sponsored by Shirley Zeitlin & Co. Realtors. The tour will feature homes in both the historic downtown district and in the beautiful countryside of Williamson County. This year's country portion will include the historic Triune community in southeastern Williamson County. Hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 5 and 1-5 p.m. June 6.
Tour tickets are $10 in advance, $18 the days of the tour, or $12 for groups of 20 or more. For more information about the tour, including a schedule of homes, call the Foundation offices at 591-8500 or visit its Web site at www.historicfranklin.com.
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