Nashville, Music City USA and OVI Focus Meeting, Part 1

by RJSweeney on November 24, 2009

Part 1 of 4 on Nashville OVI by Rhonda Sweeney

Rhonda Sweeney

Nashville! What a beautiful city! Around 700,000 live in the greater metro area in Davidson county, and a total of 1 million in the wider Nashville area. Lots of history here, with Tennessee being the 16th state in the Union (1796), and divided during the Civil War.

Nashville is the capital city, on the beautiful Cumberland River. Weather was spectacular all weekend, with highs in the 60s, and lows in the 40s, and red and gold leaves still on the trees! The state is considered to be in 3 distinct sections, with Nashville in Middle Tennessee having rolling hills, West Tennessee (Memphis), which is flat, and East Tennessee mountainous, near the Great Smoky Mountains.

Visiting in the spring would let you see azaleas, iris (the state flower), flowering pear, redbuds, cherry and others. Not much snow here in the winter, but occasionally ice.

I arrived Thursday afternoon for the OVI Focus Meeting and Meeting. Co-Chair Felicia Gates led me on a private tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum – right downtown and an easy walk from any downtown hotel. On the way, we looked at the Tennessee State Capitol building, the War Memorial Plaza, the Tennessee Performing Arts Complex (TPAC), walked through the beautiful 100 year-old Hermitage Hotel, and through the fabulous Nashville Library, built in 2001, with a remarkable reading room on the 3rd floor and outdoor courtyard on the 2nd floor – all within 2 blocks of our conference hotel, the Downtown Sheraton. The reception Thursday night gave us an opportunity to meet Nashville Opera Guild members, followed by our Board dinner in the hotel.

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