Archive for October, 2011

The Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., was among the victims of the devastating Nashville flood in May of 2010. It wasn’t until Dec., 2010 that it reopened. There is a plaque titled RESURGENCE. It read “Flowers are our companions throughout life’s journey, our inspiring and faithfully returning friends. This exuberant creation’s infinite colors and shapes, representing a range from buds to full blossoms, paralled the unlimited resurgence and rebirth of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. LUKEK  HROCK.

Several years ago we were fortunate to be able to stay there for a few days. Our room had a balcony that overlooked the inside courtyard. There was such an abundance of foliage and a wonderful waterfall that we could view that it was hard to believe this was really all inside the hotel. Since we were driving through Nashville, in April 2011,we decided to stop and see how things have changed since the flood.

Once inside the hotel it was hard to believe it was a victim of the flood. There was no longer any evidence of it and once again it felt like you were walking through a botanical garden. We spent a few hours just walking around looking at all the plantings and waterfalls.

At dinner we asked the waiter about the flood and he said everything we saw was new except for a few large trees. He pointed to a spot on a post and said the water was up to there. It was about 6 or 7 feet high. Sitting there admiring all the plants and decorations it was hard to imagine that all of this would have been under water.

It is a hotel that I consider a tourist attraction.  There is so much to see there. Around every corner you encounter something different. There are winding rivers, rushing waterfalls, shops galore and enough variety of plants that you would think you were in some wonderful garden. All of this indoors.  In one place you can walk through a tunnel behind the waterfall and see the backside of water. (If you have ever been on the jungle cruise at Disney World you know what I am talking about.)




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We were recently inCambridge, Mass and heard about the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at MIT.  Being near Halloween we had to go check this out.  Spread out on the grass was hand-blown glass pumpkins, created by artists from the MIT Glass Lab. We were there late in the afternoon and they were getting ready to close up but it was still a bumper crop sight to behold. There were glass pumpkins in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Many of the works were in vivid colors, with swirls, stripes, spots and unusual stems. I saw pumpkins priced from $85 to $400.

Apparently every week or so, beginning, intermediate, and advanced students work together for a few hours in teams to produce pumpkins for the sale.  They have a goal of 1000 – 1200 pumpkins.  Proceeds from this event benefit the MIT Glass Lab, where the MIT community can learn and practice the art of glassblowing.

So if you find yourself in Cambridge, Mass in early October be sure and check out this unusual pumpkin patch




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