Our 3rd day in Nashville combined a lot of my favourite things: music, printing presses, and shopping.
We started the day off with a tour of the Ryman Auditorium. Built in 1892, the Ryman is best known for hosting the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. We got a backstage tour, where we got to go backstage and on stage, and then did a self-guided tour through the public areas.
Our next stop was a tour of the Hatch Show Print Press. In operation since 1879, Hatch Show Print designs and prints 500 to 600 different posters a year (on top of other projects). They make a poster for every Grand Ole Opry performance and concert at the Ryman. It was interesting to do this after we toured the Ryman, because there was a display of past Hatch Show Prints at the Ryman for all to see.
This was doubly interesting for me, because I actually studied letterpress printing in university. They gave us a live demonstration of the press, and then let us add colour to some posters as keepsakes.
And then we booked it to the Grand Ole Opry. My brother and I gave my mom tickets to the Grand Ole Opry for her birthday, and we were really excited for the show. But we also had to do a backstage tour, so I schedule that for this afternoon.
We had a couple of hours to kill before the show, so we headed next door to the Opry Mills Outlet Mall. It was glorious, though we weren’t even able to cover a quarter of the mall in our allotted time.
When we went back for the show, we discovered our seats were awesome! My brother and I had quite the luck. We were literally four rows from the stage.
It was a great show! I wasn’t familiar with any of the musicians, but they were all fantastic. And as it’s a live radio show, I particularly enjoyed hearing the commercials read between sets.
And with that the show ended, 4,400 people left the auditorium, and I made my mom take one last selfie.