♦ On Memorial Day, May 31, from 2 to 8 p.m., the Music City Blues Society and the Metro Parks Department offer the free and open to the public Legends of the Blues Festival, featuring, among others, blues legend "Philadelphia" Jerry Ricks, Herchal Bailey and The Unit, "Two Tone Malone," Sunny Ridell and Will Howse. Food and drinks will be available for sale, or attendees are welcome to bring a picnic. Friends of Centennial Park will also be hosting a Visual Arts Fair.
♦ Starting June 11, Opry Plaza Parties, free celebrations for local and visiting music fans, will continue for their fifth consecutive year, running every Friday and Saturday night through Aug. 14. The series begins with Dale Watson & His Lonestars and Ray Scott, followed by John Arthur Martinez and Troy Olsen June 12. Others scheduled to perform throughout the summer include BR549, Mandy Barnett, The Derailers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Billy Joe Shaver, Bruce Robison and Two Tons of Steel. The Wildhorse Saloon will be on hand selling barbecue and drinks. Friday night shows begin on the Opry Plaza, the area in front of the Opry House, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night shows begin at 5:30 p.m.
Classes & Camps
♦ An open house and orientation for Western-style square dancing will be offered June 4, with classes starting on June 11, at Woodbine Cumberland Presbyterian Church's Boyd Garrett Center, 3016 Nolensville Road. Classes will be held on Friday nights at 7 p.m. For more information, call 792-4693 or 855-1952.
♦ Ideaprov will offer improv comedy camps for students ages 11 to 17 starting June 7. The programs will run weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon and include personalized training from experienced improvisers. For more information, go to www.ideaprov.com or call 347-2001.
♦ Lakewood Theatre Company will offer a two-week camp for kids ages 7 to 17 to learn what theater is really like. Students will work on character development, stage presence, theater etiquette and more. Enrollment is limited. Sign up or get more information by calling 847-0934.
♦ Chaffin's Barn will offer a one-week musical theater study camp for children ages 9 to 13 beginning June 14. Emphasis will be on acting, singing and character development. Enroll by calling 226-2788.
♦ From June 5 to Aug. 13, Watkins College of Art & Design is offering a Young Artists Program for students ages 4 to 18 who want to grow creatively. The school also will offer an Adult Community Education program. For program information, call 383-4848 or visit www.watkins.edu.
♦ The Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach is offering separate summer weeklong day camps for seventh-grade boys and middle-school girls. For more information, visit www.vanderbilt.edu/cso.
♦ Gail McDaniel, an acclaimed watercolor artist, will teach a 12-week class for beginning, intermediate and advanced artists at Cheekwood beginning June 2. Classes will meet on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and students will learn the basic tools and techniques of watercolor painting. For more information, go to www.cheekwood.org or call 353-9827.
♦ Cheekwood and the Nashville Public Library will be offering a 13-week hands-on art program at several branch libraries beginning in June. The sessions are part of the library's "Book It Across America" summer reading program. Among other things, children will learn fine art appreciation through drawing and painting. For more information, contact your branch library or visit www.cheekwood.org.
♦ The Carter House in Franklin will offer summer camps on June 4 and 5, and also on July 23 and 24, for children ages 5 to 14 to learn what life was like 150 years ago for both children on the farm and soldiers headed to fight in the Civil War. Activities will include marching, campfire cooking, music and more. To register, call 791-1861.
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