A Nashville Treat Over A Week of Thursdays

Tennessean Review “Fiddler on the Roof” on June 20, 2012

Ten months ago Bonney and I went to Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theater to enjoy a matinee performance of the musical “Annie”. It was made more special when our neighbor told us that her niece was in the cast. Chaffin’s Barn Theater on Hwy 100 in Bellevue is one of those “Fun Nashville Places” that Bonney and I are sure to visit at least once a year. (See my previous post listed in the “Fun Nashville Places” Category.

The musical talent in Nashville is incredible. When we lived in the 12 South area we traveled a few blocks up Belmont Boulevard and enjoyed the fine musical entertainment by the students and faculty of the Music Department at Belmont University. A small donation to the Bruins Music Department put us on the mail list to receive the annual Belmont University brochure covering all the music programs for the year including faculty and student recitals, musicals, concerts, even the Belmont Camerata Christmas at Belmont Mansion on the campus.

Belmont University Tower

Driving down the other direction on Belmont Boulevard took us to David Lipscomb University where we enjoyed plays like “Our Town” at the Shamblin Theater on campus.

Lipscomb University Tower

When we first moved to Nashville nearly thirty years ago during our “Partying Years” we could give our out-of-town guests a treat on those special days called Song Writer’s Night at some of the great music venues like Douglas Corner, Tootsie’s, The Bluebird Cafe, The Station Inn and many others. As many as five songwriters sat on the stage, for the cost of a few beers or drinks and a small cover charge we and our guests enjoyed several hours as each writer played a selection of their own songs. It still can be done today and is well worth the experience.

The next show at Chaffin’s Barn Theater is one of my favorites, “Fiddler on the Roof”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGBG8mCt59s&feature=related This show starts May 31 and runs through July 8. We especially enjoy the Thursday Matinees,  Brown Bag your own lunch for admission of $19.00 per person, buy admission plus Box Lunch for $27.50 per person. Either way you have to make advance reservations. Bonney and I have made reservations for  the July 5 matinee. Maybe we’ll see you there.

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