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Noshing in Nashville

Nashville is an entertainment capital
where every meal can be an adventure.
One of the newest dinner options, open
since April 2018, is House of Cards.
Entered through a secret tunnel, it
blends 1930s speakeasy décor with an
intriguing collection of magic-related
artifacts and antiques, and guests enjoy a
nightly display of conjuring and illusion
in the 50-seat showroom.
Country singer Blake Shelton has
recently opened a second edition of
his restaurant, bar, music venue and
retail outlet (the first is in Tishomingo,
Oklahoma). Ole Red Nashville, named
for one of his most popular songs, hosts
nightly shows.

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Also new this year is Woolworth
on 5th, a soul-food restaurant located
inside a historic 1930s five-and-dime
store. Like the National Civil Rights
Museum in Memphis, it's part of the
multi-state U.S. Civil Rights Trail,
which was inaugurated this year on
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January
15, 2018). The Trail links landmarks
associated with the battle to end
segregation and advance social justice
in the 1950s and '60s. The lunch
counter at Nashville's F. W. Woolworth
was one of the sites where peaceful
African-American protesters asserted
their rights to be served. Today,
Woolworth on 5th is open to all for
music and dancing of the 1950s, '60s
and '70s, and a menu that includes corn
cakes, gumbo, collard greens and the
"Dime Store Burger."
Since 2017, Plaza Mariachi has been
offering a taste of all things Latin. It
simulates the ambience of a Mexican
marketplace where visitors can stroll,
shop, dine and watch dance and musical
performances. Thursdays are salsa
nights, with lessons for beginners.
In late 2018, August Moon Drive-In
will open. It's an indoor theme park
and restaurant complex inside a
40,000-square-foot dome that recreates
a 1960s drive-in theater, right down to
simulated stars, chirping crickets and
the scent of meadows. Visitors can sit in
classic cars or on picnic blankets while
dining on retro burgers and shakes and
enjoying live music or watching rare
movies on the largest non-IMAX movie
screen in the U.S.
The Tennessee State Museum,
currently closed, will reopen in October
2018 in a new location at 1000 Rosa L.
Parks Boulevard. The new building will
feature interactive displays, including
a Tennessee Time Tunnel that traces
the state's history and a 250-seat Digital
Learning and Outreach Center.
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Summer 2018

About 45 minutes outside of
Nashville, big plans are brewing at the
Steel Barrel Brewery at Hop Springs in
Murfreesboro, where Middle Tennessee's
newest craft brewery is locating the
state's largest brewery as well as its own
10-acre hop fields. The 80-acre site
promises dog parks and hiking trails,
as well as a taproom and large-scale
amphitheater for major shows.

Breathtaking Branson

Branson, Missouri, is famous as an
entertainment destination; among
its very newest attractions is the
Time Traveler at Silver Dollar City.
The steampunk-themed ride is the
world's fastest, steepest and tallest
complete-circuit spinning roller
coaster - which means that its cars
actually revolve while they fly around
an exhilarating track. The $26 million
construction boasts a 95-foot vertical
loop and reaches speeds over 50 miles
per hour. Also, in late 2017, Big Cedar
Lodge opened Fun Mountain,
a 50,000-square-foot adventure
complex for kids.
Sight & Sound Theatre specializes
in presenting Bible stories as live stage
shows in full epic splendour and on a
very large scale. Running through to
October 12, 2019, Samson enacts the
dramatic tale of the mighty warrior
who is betrayed by a woman, all on
a 300-foot stage. With live animals,
special effects, an enormous set and
a full musical score, this production
promises to be unforgettable.
Also, after a period of closure, the
Jim Stafford Theater has been renovated
and reopened. The 28-year veteran singer,
musician and comedian Jim Stafford
headlines, along with mesmerizing
illusionist Taylor Reed and traditional
music from Bluegrass Remedy featuring
Kari Garrison, who has twice been voted
Branson's Female Vocalist of the Year. ■


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Summer 2018

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Regulatory Update
Marijuana and the Canadian Workplace
The Road Less Taken
Southern Exposure
2018 OMCA Marketplace
UC Coach Lines
Port Stanley Festival Theatre
Travel Highlights Marketplace
Classifieds
Index of Advertisers
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Intro
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - ebelly1
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - ebelly2
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Cover1
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Cover2
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 3
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 4
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 5
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 6
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Industry Voice
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 8
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Issues Update
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Regulatory Update
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 11
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Marijuana and the Canadian Workplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 13
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - The Road Less Taken
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 15
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 16
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - insert1
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - insert2
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Southern Exposure
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 18
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 2018 OMCA Marketplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - UC Coach Lines
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 21
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Port Stanley Festival Theatre
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 23
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Travel Highlights Marketplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Classifieds
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Index of Advertisers
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Cover3
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Cover4
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