Lynda and I enjoyed a lovely, post MG conference road trip to Nashville this weekend. We went to the Ryman Auditorium last night to see Bonnie Raitt perform, and she was joined by a number of Nashville cats including guitarist Rick Vito and singer songwriter John Prine. John joined Bonnie onstage to help sing his classic Angel From Montgomery, which was a special treat for me and the rest of the 2000+ people that jammed the historic Ryman. Bonnie had the old Ryman rockin’ for sure!
But truth be told, the real highlight for me was visiting with our friends Lydia and Mark. I met Lydia while volunteering at the Evansville Christian Life Center, and I quickly discovered she was a fellow gardener, foodie and former propeller-head like me. If that weren’t enough, she is also a crafty person like Lynda. Talk about having stuff in common! Lydia gave Lynda a lovely bookcase that she no longer had room for when Lydia and Mark moved to Nashville earlier this year, as well as lots of craft supplies and books. So it was great to catch up on things with them.
Yesterday the four of us enjoyed a crisp, sunny fall day and toured historic Leiper’s Fork Village, which is home to several restaurants and art galleries. Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant is the kind of place where local pickers and singers perform while you chow down on a “meat and three” or other down-home vittles. We opted for lunch at Joe’s Natural Farm Store and Cafe, where we enjoyed grass-fed beef burgers served on fresh brioche buns and topped with smoked Gouda cheese, arugula and pac choi leaves. All I can say is YUM!
Our weekend came to an end much too soon, as we hit the road after breakfast this morning to return home. We did stop at the Nashville Farmer’s Market before we left town, and got a variety of lovely fresh apples. We will be enjoying them in the days to come as a nice reminder of our great weekend getaway!