Monday

Nashville Symphony Rolls Out Special Ticket Deals for Holiday Shoppers

Nashville Symphony Rolls Out Special Ticket Deals for Holiday Shoppers

The Nashville Symphony has announced several promotions and special offers this holiday season, delivering big savings and great value on a wide array of performances at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Already under way and running until 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve is a Holiday Pack ticket promotion, offering savings of up to 30 percent on tickets for two or more concerts. Holiday Packs can be purchased online at NashvilleSymphony.org/holidaypack, via phone 615.687.6400 or at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Box Office at One Symphony Place.

Additionally, the Symphony is introducing a first-time special “No Fees” promotion for Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year. Handling fees will be waived for all ticket purchases, giving buyers a savings of up to 15 percent per order.

The Black Friday sale will run on Friday, November 28, from midnight until 11:59 p.m. online at NashvilleSymphony.org/BlackFriday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. via phone and at the Symphony Box Office.

The Cyber Monday sale will run online only at NashvilleSymphony.org/CyberMonday from midnight until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 1. (No Fees promotions apply to ticket and subscription services charges only. Extra fees may apply to cover package add-ons, such as wine and chocolate.)

In addition to classical concerts showcasing the music of Beethoven, Mahler, Tchaikovsky and more, along with two world premieres, the Nashville Symphony has a diverse array of concerts scheduled between now and June 2015, including performances by Tony Bennett, Kenny Rogers, Patti LaBelle, Boyz II Men, Styx, Dave Koz, Vienna Boys Choir, Boyz II Men, Bernadette Peters and Kenny G.


Holiday Concert Schedule
Holiday pack sales and No Fee promotions can be used on tickets for any upcoming Nashville Symphony concert this holiday season. The full list of December performances is as follows:
  • Michael W. Smith: Spirit of Christmas with the Nashville Symphony
    7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • The Manhattan Transfer Swing Christmas
    8 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014
    Concert presented without orchestra
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
    with the Nashville Symphony & Puppets of the Nashville Public Library
    11 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014
  • Home Alone in HD with the Nashville Symphony
    7 p.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • Dave Barnes Presents a Very Merry Christmas with Special Guests
    7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2014
    Concert presented without orchestra
  • Anthony Hamilton: Home for the Holidays
    7:30 p.m. Monday, December 8, 2014
    Concert presented without orchestra
  • Jim Brickman: On a Winter’s Night
    7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2014
    Concert presented without orchestra

  • Tony Bennett with the Nashville Symphony
    7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014
    8 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014
  • Handel’s Messiah
    with the Nashville Symphony & Chorus
    7 p.m. Thursday, December 18, 2014
    8 p.m. Friday, December 19, 2014
    8 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2014
  • A Nashville Symphony New Year’s Eve
    The Best of Gershwin, Strauss & More
    6 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Thursday

Ring In 2015 with Acme Feed & Seed's New Year's Eve Celebration

Ring In 2015 With Acme Feed & Seed's New Year's Eve Celebration
Acme Feed & Seed Presents The 24 Hour Champagne Diet

Ladies and gents, it’s time to break out the bubbles, suit up in style and party the night away. Acme Feed & Seed is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration with live music, a champagne lounge, DJ dance parties, and a VIP rooftop experience.

FIRST FLOOR
7 p.m. - Live music kicks off
9:30 p.m. – Trapped Above Ground with Guthrie Trapp, The Mule Kickers & Special Guest (Americana/Blues)
Midnight Balloon Drop
12:30 a.m. – Orkesta Mondo Pingus (Afro Cuban/Salsa)

SECOND FLOOR
Champagne Lounge with worldwide countdown broadcasts, intimate group spaces and a selection of NYE specialty cocktails

THIRD FLOOR
9 p.m. – All-night rager with Spice-J (Dance/Party)
Midnight Balloon Drop
Generation Domination Photobooth

ROOFTOP VIP
The rooftop will be open all night for those who purchase VIP tickets and will include an hour of complimentary champagne at 11:30 p.m., a partial view of the Jack Daniel’s Bash on Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City with performances by Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum, as well as the fireworks show, and a rooftop DJ performance from 12:45 a.m. to close.

TICKETS/ PRICING:
Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, November 13 and can be purchased at: https://acmenye2014.eventbrite.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION:
$50 includes access to Acme’s first three floors (NO ROOFTOP)

VIP:
$150 includes access to all floors, rooftop, and an hour of complimentary champagne on the rooftop from 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

WHERE/HOW:
Acme Feed & Feed
101 Broadway (at 1st Ave)
More information on exclusive private entry will be sent to ticket holders upon purchase.

WHEN:
Party starts at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Wednesday

Dickens of a Christmas Celebrates 30th Year!

Franklin’s Main Street will recall the spirit of Christmases past when the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County throws its annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14. This year the event marks its 30th anniversary, and will feature both time-honored activities that have become perennial favorites, as well as a few new traditions in the making.


Much of what folks from Franklin and beyond associate with Dickens of a Christmas will return for the 2014 event, including:

• Franklin’s Main Street and its beautiful Victorian architecture decked out for the holiday season and closed to vehicle traffic from Second Avenue to Fifth Avenue.

• Some 200 characters, dancers and entertainers in the street, including several from Charles Dickens’ stories interacting with the public. Expect to see the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children.

• Sugar plums and roasted chestnuts being sold on the street, much like they were during the Victorian era.

• Street vendors selling old English fare, including bangers and mash (grilled sausages & mashed potatoes); Somerset Sausage Rolls (sausage-filled pastries); shepherd’s pies; fish ‘n chips; and Yorkshire “toasties” (spicy sausage, hamburger and cheese mixture on rye bread).

• A variety of musical performances on both the stage at City Hall and at various locations on the street.

• Horse-drawn carriage rides on the Public Square.

• A holiday arts and crafts bazaar featuring more than 70 vendors along Main Street.

• A town sing of classic Christmas carols on the Public Square to end the event on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.


There will be several new additions to the festival this year, including:

• The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County—organizers of the event—guarantee snow on Main Street for Dickens of a Christmas. Bring your camera for a family photo!

• A costume contest for folks dressed as a character from any Charles Dickens story or in Victorian attire. Categories for children, adults, and groups.

• An expanded variety of musicians and street performers.


Dickens of a Christmas will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 14. The event is free and open to the public; some attractions will involve a small fee. More information and a schedule of events will be available at www.historicfranklin.com.

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Tuesday

Keeping Your Kids Content During The Holidays

5 Tips for Keeping your Kids Content During the Holidays

Keeping your kids content during the holidays can be a difficult task. With all the marketing and consumerism during this holiday, it’s easy for your kids to get sucked in and expect everything they’ve asked for on Christmas morning.

So, how do you keep your kids happy and content during the holiday season?

1. Set expectations early. Discontentment happens when kids expect the whole toy store under the tree and only receive three or four gifts. Make sure their expectations are realistic long before Christmas morning. If a new bike’s not in the budget, let them know.


2. Make a Top 10 list. Of what, you ask? Ask your kids to think of 10 things they are grateful for. Thanksgiving might be a great time to do this, but keep it around all year!


3. Donate old toys. After the new toys wear off, kids usually want more. This cycle will never stop unless you teach them that stuff is just stuff, and it will never bring happiness.


4. Give to someone in need. Many organizations will help you find kids in need during the holidays. And a lot of their needs are actual needs, like clothes and shoes. Knowing other children don’t have as much stuff could be an eye-opening experience for your kids.


5. Go serve. Every city has opportunities. Take a Saturday afternoon with your kids, and go serve for a few hours. Every child needs to experience what it feels like to put giving into action.


No matter what you plan to spend this Christmas, make sure you’ve made a budget. We’ve created mychristmasbudget.com, a free online tool to help you put a plan in place long before the Christmas season. As you try to teach your kids about discipline and contentment, this budget tool is a great way to make sure you have reasonable expectations as well!

By Rachel Cruze


*Rachel Cruze is a seasoned communicator and presenter, helping Americans learn the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. Her new book, Smart Money Smart Kids, co-authored by her dad Dave Ramsey, released April 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times best-sellers list. You can follow Rachel on Twitter at @RachelCruze, online at rachelcruze.com, or at facebook.com/rachelramseycruze.

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Friday

Local Nashville Brewers Join Together to Fight Lung Cancer

Local Brewers Join Together to Fight Lung Cancer

On Sunday, November 23, 2014 local craft breweries Blackstone, Jackalope, Yazoo, Black Abbey, Tennessee Brew Works, Little Harpeth and Fat Bottom will host a bottle release party and craft beer tasting at the Nashville Farmers’ Market from 4pm – 8pm.

Tennessee Craft Brewing matriarch, Stephanie Weins, Co-Founder Blackstone Brewing Company, lost her battle with lung cancer on Valentines Day, 2014. Lung cancer will claim nearly 160,000 additional lives in 2014. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths and it will claim more lives than the next 4 cancers combined. Only 15% of those diagnosed will survive 5 years. Even though so many lives are claimed by lung cancer the dollars spent on research ranks near the bottom.

A limited number of this wonderful Belgian Dubbel will be bottled. Bottle(s) can be reserved at www.stephaniesfight.org and picked up at this event. Depending on pre-sales there should be additional bottles available at this event. 100% of the money collected from this event will benefit lung cancer research through Stephanie’s Fight.

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