10 August 2001
Summer supreme: it's less than twelve hours before the Nashville
Ol' Time Watermelon Festival kicks off at the Farmers
Market (11 am to 2 pm, Aug. 11). We'll be there because we
love watermelon and we love the Farmers Market (the peaches are
worth the trip alone). For the watermelon celebration, there'll
be free samples, a seed-spitting contest, and live jazz. See you
there. More details at Happenings.
5 August 2001
With the opening this summer of its new main library on Church Street, Nashville has done itself proud. The library is designed to be friendly to users, including disabled ones. But its usability doesn't translate into a bland and soulless public space. This library is a thing of beauty.
Although not as cavernous as the central salons of the grand
railroad stations built in the 19th century, the library's main
entry hall suggests a hub for travelers. Visitors come and go
in the main hall, return books, and check out new ones. Since
reading offers journeys for the mind, the travel metaphor is apt.
This is a fine spot for embarking on destinations wide.