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closeup photo of fresh peaches

Bounty of summer: peaches at the Nashville Farmers' Market. Photographed Sat., Aug.11, 2001.

14 August 2001
[1:45 pm]

Dancin' in the District ended last Thursday, but a new round of free musical concerts begins tomorrow, Aug. 15 at the corner of 20th Ave. South and Division Streets. Uptown Mix will run the concerts each Wednesday through Sept. 26, 6 to 11 pm. Tomorrow's lineup includes Jonatha Brook, David Mead, and Jason White. Admission is free, but reserved for those 21 and over (sorry, kids).

12 August 2001
[12:55 pm]

The winning entry for the largest watermelon was 119 pounds, but what I'll remember more is the taste of a variety called "Jubilee." Its fresh texture and hearty, natural sweetness made it unquestionably the best I've had all summer. And it was free--compliments of the folks at the Nashville Farmers Market who hosted the Watermelon Festival on Aug. 11.

The king for the day was certainly watermelon, but I left the market with peaches, corn, tomatoes, green beans, green onions, cucumbers, and garlic. Out of the lot, there was only one clunker--a cucumber blighted with a soggy spot which I discovered when I reached my hand in the bag. I don't like feeling squishy vegetables--who does? So, after dumping the offending cucumber, I rearranged the peaches on my kitchen counter. The fuzz and the fragrance realigned my senses. It was a good day to go to the market.

Other doings:

Music Guide: from the Grand Ole Opry to the Bluebird Cafe, you'll find listings for live music in the city that is known for its songs.

Guide to the Farmers' Market: we've redesigned our guide to Nashville's Farmer Market and added a small photo tour.

Free Things to Do in Nashville: Shakespeare in the Park opened its five-week run of A Midsummer Night's Dream on August 10. Features pre-show music by artists such as the Gypsy Hombres, Annie Sellick, and Butch Baldassari.

Nashville Dining: Meat-and-threes, ethnic delights, and some cool coffee houses.

Historical Profiles:

Nathan Bedford Forrest: hero or heel? Find out how this figure from the past is exciting controversy in present-day Nashville.

The War of the Roses took place in Nashville in 1920 in the Tennessee legislature's pivotal battle over the ratification of the 19th amendment.


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