Ballet: The Nashville Ballet: Classes, schedule of performances, profiles of dancers, and special events for Nashville’s ballet company.
Ballroom Dance in Nashville: Calendar of dance events in Nashville, along with lists and descriptions of schools and organizations that offer dance lessons.
Music City Bop Club: Bop and swing dancing in Nashville, TN. Schedule of upcoming dance parties and events. Dance the East Coast Swing with us at the Maxwell House Hotel Lounge every Saturday night.
Nashville Irish Step Dancers: Classes and dances for traditional Irish dances, including jigs, reels, and hornpipes. Also classes offering progressive Irish dance choreography.
Swing Dance Nashville: Jump, jive, and more. Calendar of events, pictures of dance moves, general information about meetings.
- Wildhorse Saloon: the best place in Nashville for country line dancing. Don’t know how? Don’t worry–they teach the steps at the beginning of each dance.
- Civil War History in Nashville
- Tennessee Historical Society
- Nashville Historical Newsletter: Essays by Nashville writers on different topics of Nashville history. Excellent overall resource.
- Battle of Nashville Preservation Society: Civil War information, including photos of sites and memorials, regarding the Battle of Nashville. Preservation efforts and opportunities for volunteer service.
- War of the Roses: The 19th Amendment: Dramatic story of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and how its final act occurred in Nashville, TN in August 1920.
- Nashville Garden Railway Society – Model Railroad Exhibits
- Native Nashville: Tennessee Native American History and Culture – Resources for Tennessee Native American Indian News, History, and Culture. Features on historic and sacred site preservation, native women in history, and African/Native American history.
- Tennessee History Web Sites
- Profiles of African Americans in Tennessee
- Tennessee Democratic Party
The final and perhaps most dramatic act of the struggle for the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment occurred here in Nashville during an oppressively hot August in 1920. Read about the Suffragists and Anti-Suffragists and the roses that signified their positions. The legislative showdown that was to give American women the right to vote hinged on the vote of the youngest member of the assembly (and his mother in East Tennessee)
- Nashville/Davidson County Public Library: Nashville’s public library’s site features an on-line catalog for searches. Special page for kids.
- Belmont University Library: Lila D. Bunch Library on-line resources and general information. Fisk University Library – General and contact information. Holdings include nearly 200,000 volumes, hundreds of periodicals, and a partial government document depository.
- Tennessee State Library and Archives: On-line catalog, virtual reference desk, general information, Tennessee history and genealogy, archives and manuscripts.
- Vanderbilt University Library: Information on the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, along with links to the special division libraries, including science, management, music, education, law, biomedical, divinity, and special collections. BlueShoe’s favorite library in Tennessee is Vanderbilt’s Central Library (where novels and other works of fiction are housed).
- U.S. Patents Depository Library at Vanderbilt: The Stevenson Science & Engineering Library of Vanderbilt University is a depository library for the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. The library is open to members of the public who are seeking patent and trademark information.
- Belmont Mansion: Located on the Belmont University campus, this Italianate villa mansion was built in the mid-1800’s by Adelicia Acklen Hayes. Opened for guided tours.
- BlueShoe Nashville Guide to Mansions and Museums: Essay on Belmont Mansion.
- Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Art Museum: Botanical gardens and museum of art in the Cheek mansion (formerly the private home and estate of the Cheek family). Art classes, permanent and traveling exhibits, and special events.
- Country Music Hall of Fame: Over 3000 stage costumes, original song manuscripts, instruments, and personal items on display (including Elvis Presley’s gold Cadillac). Special exhibit on Hank Williams. Admission includes a visit to the famous RCA Studio B.
- Adventure Science Center: Formerly, Cumberland Science Center. Current program listings for the science museum in Nashville and the Sudekum Planetarium, along with useful information on hours and admission fees. Want to know what’s up in the night sky? Check out their star chart for the current month.
- The Hermitage: Home of Andrew Jackson: Located in nearby Hermitage, Tennessee, The Hermitage is the former plantation home of Andrew Jackson. Preserved as a museum.
- The Parthenon in Centennial Park: Take a virtual tour of this Nashville landmark; learn about the art gallery and special events.
- Tennessee Agricultural Museum: Home and farm artifacts from the 19th and early 20th century, along with rural Tennessee prints and folk art sculptures. Located at Ellington Agricultural Center.
- Tennessee State Museum: Historical and cultural museum with over 70,000 sq. feet of exhibits on life in Tennessee. Largest collection of Civil War artifacts from the western battlefield.
- Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame: Located on the first floor of the Nashville Arena (Gaylord Entertainment Center), this museum features the outstanding sports figures and team in Tennessee history.
- Travellers Rest Historic House and Museum: History, calendar of events, general information, and school and scouting programs for this Nashville musuem.
- ASCAP Nashville: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers features its Nashville members, the year’s #1 hits, and upcoming Music City events.
- The BlueBird Cafe: Seven nights a week you can hear live country and acoustic music at this intimate little restaurant in Nashville’s Green Hills area. This site gives you a current schedule of performances, along with the history of The Bluebird Cafe.
- BlueShoe Nashville Music Guide: Guide includes current information on concerts, clubs, music festivals, and special performances in Nashville, TN
- The Exit/In Night Club/Concert Hall – The Exit/In nightclub in Nashville features a wide range of live music.
- The Grand Ole Opry: The story of the origin and growth of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville; links to show schedules and ticket information.
- Gruhn Guitars: Nashville dealer of vintage guitars, basses, mandolins, and violins. Buy, sell, trade.
- Nashville Opera Association: Featuring season events, ticket information, reviews and an online store.
- Nashville Symphony: Tennessee’s largest performing arts organization.
- The Ryman Auditorium: Schedule and description of upcoming performances. History of the Ryman and information on self-guided tours.
- Station Inn: Internationally renowned venue for live bluegrass music. Schedule of upcoming performers and photo gallery of past shows.
- BlueShoe Nashville Theatre Page
- Act I: Actors Cooperative Theatre
- Chaffin’s Dinner Theatre: Schedule of upcoming performances and other information for Nashville’s professional dinner theatre.
- Circle Players: Celebrating its 50th year, Circle Players is Nashville’s oldest community theater company. Schedule of upcoming performances and events.
- Darkhorse Theatre: Nashville’s alternative theatre presents its schedule of upcoming performances.
- Nashville Children’s Theatre: Founded in 1931, NCT is the nation’s oldest continuing children theatre and the oldest professional theatre in Nashville. Award-winning productions; schedule of plays and special activities for children.
- Nashville Shakespeare Festival: Metro Parks and Recreation and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival present open air Shakespeare each summer (August to early September) in Centennial Park.
- Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)
- Tennessee Renaissance Festival: Annual Renaissance festival held in May in Triune, Tennessee with a range of activities including jousters, jesters, music, and more.
- Tennessee Repertory Theatre: Professional repertory company in Nashville. Schedule of theatrical productions, along with classes and workshops.
- The Tennessean: Nashville’s daily newspaper.
- The Nashville Scene: Nashville’s weekly alternative paper.
- Nashville Public Radio: WPLN.
- Nashville Weather: Current conditions.
Parks and Outdoors
- BlueShoe Nashville Outdoor Guide: wildflowers, hiking, natural food, parks, outdoor activities.
- Nashville Zoo at Grassmere– General zoo information, along with news on happenings at Grassmere, education and outreach programs, details on the animals, and opportunities for volunteer involvement.
- Nashville Shores Water Park: water fun, cabin rentals, camping, yachting, group outings, lake tours, dinner cruises.
- Warner Parks Nature Center: Park information for Percy and Edwin Warner Parks in Nashville.
- Metro Parks: Listing and descriptions of Nashville’s municipal parks.
- Nashville Fossils On-Line: rock hounds can find locations for fossil hunting in Nashville.
- Radnor Lake: One of Nashville’s treasures–a touch of Walden Pond in the midst of a a metropolitan county.
- Nashville Golf Courses
- Nashville Striders: Nashville’s running community comes here to find information about races, running clinics, and news.
- Nashville Predators Hockey
- Nashville Sounds Baseball
- Tennessean Titans NFL Football
The Elephant Sanctuary at Hohenwald, Tennessee is one of the most unusual animal sanctuaries in North America. Located 65 miles outside of Nashville, The Sanctuary is the nation’s first natural habitat refuge built specifically for endangered Asian elephants. As a true sanctuary, it’s not intended to provide entertainment and it’s closed to the public. However, education is one of the key components of the Sanctuary and since its inception in 1995, The Elephant Sanctuary’s outreach program has taught more than 26,000 Middle Tennessee school children a respect for wildlife through its focus on Asian elephants. The Elephant Sanctuary’s web site provides a wonderful virtual tour of this unique refuge. You can read about its mission to provide a haven for old, sick or needy elephants in a setting of green pastures, old-growth forests, spring-fed ponds and a heated barn for cold winter nights. Compelling biographies of the individual elephants, along with delightful photos, are highlighted. You can learn what the elephants eat and what their favorite foods are (several seem to favor watermelon). You can even learn how you can “feed an elephant for a day” through sponsorships. An excellent site that gives you a perspective on one of the most unique places in middle Tennessee.