Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday's Wander to the Wayside: Grand Ole Opry Museum.

My sister-in-law, Alice (of Friday's Favorites), and her husband, Doug, were here for a visit this last week, and I can't even begin to tell you what a joy it was to see them. They are a past and current attachment to our former life in Colorado, and Alice is my husband David's last remaining sibling of the original four (Sandy, the oldest, died of breast cancer, and Corey, the youngest, died of suicide). So not only was it a treat for me to see one of my oldest and dearest friends, but for David and Alice it was a span of time to try to close some of the miles that keep that apart, even if for only a short time.

We did a lot of sitting while they were here because I was puny with a sore throat (and had laryngitis for half their visit) and David had to squeeze in some work, and it rained, but we did do a little running around in our area (I'm sure I'll do another post). They were flying home out from Nashville this past Monday, so we drove them and got a little last minute sight-seeing done. We had limited time, so just stopped by the Grand Ole Opry complex and walked around, though the theatre was closed and cordoned off. We were able to get into the Museum, which was very cool if you like and are familiar with the history of country music. Here are a few touristy photos:

These doors were massive. We could have taken a back stage tour, but it was $15 a person and mainly we didn't have enough time.

Me and David (or is it David and I?) Wish I'd put some makeup on!

Doug and Alice

They have the interior set up with these retro tableaus, which added to the ambiance of the place.
This mural was awesome and so real. Reminded me of Norman Rockwell. If you know your country music stars, you should enlarge this and see how many you can pick out in the audience.

I was surprised that the George Jones display was relatively small and conservative, considering what a high profile personality in country music he was.
This is a replica of Patsy Cline's home, I guess. It took me right back to our den when I was a teenager in the late 50s early 60s.
I loved this photo from when Tex Ritter was running for political office, with these legends all in one sitting. Left to right are Tennessee Ernie Ford (gosh, did I love his show - and 'bless your little pea pickin' heart'!), woman unknown (probably Mrs. Tennessee Ernie), Tex Ritter, woman unknown (probably Mrs. Ritter), Roy Rogers, Minnie Pearl, and Roy Acuff (I think-correct me if I'm wrong). (I guess I should have magnified this so I could see the faces better!)
They had a lot of these old posters, which added to the ambiance (can I use that word twice in one post?) of the place. This one caught my attention because of the date - 1948 - which is when I was born.
The Marty Robbins display was huge. This car, a Panther, was awesome, but we couldn't figure out exactly who made it and when. Wish we could have sat in it! It was a four-seater.
Marty Robbins guitars.
I knew Marty Robbins could be flashy, but I had no idea how much so. There were way too many for me to show here or get photos of, but this was the one that turned out best. Seriously, enlarge this so you can appreciate the embroidery.
How-dee! Minnie Pearl had a nice display, including one about her involvement with breast cancer education and research.

Most of the artists had a tv display with their performances on old tv shows like Hee Haw, Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, Grand Ole Opry, etc. It was like stepping into a time capsule.
I think this was the Roy Acuff display. Again, the displays really took you back in time, if not to what you were listening to, then perhaps your mother, uncle, or grandmother.
Obviously I didn't have my camera set right for Tex Ritter and had to brighten a lot. There was also a photo of him with his family, including one of my favorite comedians, John Ritter.
Of course there were way more displays than I could ever put here, so this was just a sampler. After the museum we had to take Alice and Doug directly to the airport, then David and I had the long two and a half/three hour drive home in the dark, so no photos. But we did have to stop to 'rest' at one of the tourist centers, and found this:
Ya'll come back now, hear?


Missy said...

I really like those mosaic sculptures!

Good for you getting to spend some time with dear friends...sorry you were sick, though. I hope that you are feeling better now.

glnroz said...

My goodness glad you have returned and are feeling better. I felt like I was on vacation reading your post. I could go on and on about the "old country music" (One of my posts had a hint of if about drive down the highway). I could spend hours in that museum. Several years ago, I got to go through the old Ryman Auditorium (not a tour, just wandered around) anyone else might have thought I was silly but I was in awe. The Texas Music Hall (aka Tex Ritter Museum) of Fame is only about a hour from here I have stopped in a few time there. Did I mention I could go on and on,,lol.. you arent the only one who likes long comments... lol,, welcome back

My Aimless Infatuation said...

Love your photo's and love,love country music. Glad you are better,it always seems that we get sick at the worst times.

Ginger said...

Glad you got to visit with family. It's a shame you weren't feeling up to par.
Great pictures of the Grand Ole Opry Museum. I would love to see that.
I think the gal in the group picture with the bouffant hair do might be Dale Evans (next to Roy Rogers).
Thanks for sharing the pics

Midlife Jobhunter said...

So much in this post. I, too, think it looks like a Norman Rockwell painting. Hank Williams?

Minnie Pearl. Tex Ritter, Tennessee Ernie Ford - you've made me think of people I haven't in a long time. And Roy Rogers - Trigger! Now that takes me back. I so wanted to be Dale Evans.

Enjoyed it.

Bernie said...

I so enjoyed this post, I love country music and Nashville is a place I have always wanted to visit, another one into my bucket list.
Glad you are feeling better, and happy that you had time with David's family (and your friend)
Thank you for sharing, I so loved this post......:-) Hugs

Michele Renee said...

Yeah for getting to visit with your sis-in-law! I remember reading that you don't get to see each other much.
I love Nashville too.

Timoteo said...

In that big mural picture I could see Hank Williams, Buck Owens, (I think) Loretta Lynne, looks like George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Minnie Pearl, and a few more who are on the tip of my tongue but can't spit them out! The Opry ain't the same without Minnie Pearl wearing that hat with the price tag hanging off of it.
Nice photo I won't have to go there myself!

Alice said...

Hi Linda - what a wonderful blog about our visit. We had a wonderful time getting to visit and caught up on everything and everybody. Lindsay loves the blackberry wine we brought back. Yes, the cat is still alive. Lindsay says that she prefers living with people rather than alone -- uh oh!! Thanks again for yours and Davie's hospitality. Hope you can make it back to Colorado. Love, Alice

commoncents said...

Great post! I love your page!!

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Oz Girl said...

I hope you are feeling better by now! How fun to go to the Grand Ole Opry... I enlarged those embroidered suits, oh my, what incredible detail. That was one flashy guy!!

Ron said...

I'm a huge fan of mosiac sculptures!! Those are awesome! I've only heard of Opry Land, but have never I'm itchin' to go! I hope you're well. Blessings to you and your family!


TheChicGeek said...

Wow, this was so wonderful! I've always wanted to go to the Grand Ole Opry :D It's on my bucket list "before I die...things to do" LOL

Great pics! I love the Rockwell-like drawing...very cool! Isn't it the best to visit with friends and family! The very best of life!

I thought I was already a follower and just realized I was not! I've now added myself and am a groupie...LOL Good to be a part of your crowd!

Great post! Thank you so much!

Blessings and a Big Hug!

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