Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Heart of Country... Oh My...

I received an e-mail, today from Pam {Country Meadows} and Susan, from "Heart of Country", Nashville, TN. Oh my, oh my... It brought back all of the wonderful memories, of all of the years we did that Unbelievable Show... {You simply Must go to their website...www.heartofcountry.com} My heart is aching... I don't think I can make it this year...Boo Hoo! I was truly honored, to be included at this Magnificent Show...{at least 9 times...} I always say, I like to push it, over the top, and then give'er another shove... This is exactly what Heart of Country is...WAY OVER THE TOP!!! It's at the Opryland Hotel, and Convention Center,{ easy to find! no getting lost!} and if you have never been there, well to say it's over the top, is a huge understatement! I would love to get a group together, and go... Take on Nashville, and turn it loose! Oh my!!! I had all but put it out of my mind... and then I get those e-mails... Dang!!! I was sitting, in my favorite coffee sip'in spot, this morning, just dreaming of Nashville.... the Beautiful Opryland Hotel, the Revolving Bar, the 100 foot waterfalls, and rain forests, the unbelievable architecture, the 4 star restaurants... 2000 plus rooms, that you never see, and it's all under one roof....You never leave the Hotel, to go to the Show... OH MY!!!! The Hotel has a special rate, for Heart of Country, 184.00 a night plus tax, so around 200.00 a night... However, we always share, so with 4 to a room, that's only 50.00 a night! Or when their were only 2 of us, it still is affordable...AND WOW!!!! I have paid a hundred dollars a night at hotels before, but this isn't a hotel, this is HEAVEN!!!!! BOO HOO!!!! I hope someone reading this, will go... I told Pam, to take notes, I want a full report...You never know who will be attending the show, I visited with Tipper Gore, one year, and Marlo Thomas, another!!! Toby Kieth was there, and Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, oh my... It's wonderful, amazing, fabulous... I could go on and on!!! If you can get away, and go, GO!!! I loved it, because it is such a Trend Setting Show... It was what set the pace, for the year! WOW!!!! {BOO HOO HOO HOO!!!} There is the Fiddlers Antique Show, going on, across the road from The Opryland, that is always fun, and diverse! Nashville is an easy day drive from Cedar Rapids... So, NOT TOO FAR!!! BOO HOOOOOO!!!! DANG! Well enough... I have puddles of tears at my feet, so I'll quit torturing myself... Check out the website, and GO! Take notes, and have a Gold Marg, for me, at the Revolving Bar, and enjoy a Prime Rib, at the Cascades Restaurant, { a short stumble, from the Revolving Bar} Take in the Beauty, of the Waterfalls, and Dancing Water...boo hoo... 'til next time, Barb C. P.S. Spend the money, and go to the Preview Party, at Heart... Just do it... YOU WON'T BE SORRY! {Champagne, and tons of Wonderful Food, is all included with your ticket, and the admission, for the next 2 days, you will miss a ton of great stuff, and I mean GREAT ANTIQUES!!! And yes, you can buy... some things are pricey, but they are museum quality, and it is wonderful, just seeing all of this amazing merchandise, in one place!!!! So.... step up to the plate! And, we all brought enough for three shows, so new stuff is added daily!!! GO! GO! GO!!!! {boo hoo}

5 comments:

pollyanns said...

So... when do we leave? Just kidding. Sounds like a blast! Someday you'll take me, right?

Joy said...

If you don't make it to Heart, rest assured that there is some special something waiting you right there in Iowa! It will appear, and you'll know you were meant to be right where you happen to be! :)

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh, sounds so so good, that would be about a 6-7 hour trip for me, so I guess I'll just dream along with you. Be careful, I wouldn't want you to freeze in that puddle! Hope things are good!
hugs,
Debra

Pam said...

Well, Barb, I tried! But I understand also. The show is great, but alot of expense and wear and tear. You never know who you might see! Your displays were always "over the top"--which is a compliment by the way! You are right, there is alot of museum quality, expensive antiques at the show. I take stuff from right here in the ole Midwest. More of a farmhouse country style, tons of smalls and the customers love it and don't forget the team fro Polo--they love large display pieces and long tables! Some of the museum quality dealers may not like me, but they sure don't mind my reasonable prices--and still ask for a better deal! Isn't this business great! I will take alot of pictures and report back!
Pam

elizabeth said...

oh jeez mom! now you have me in a day dream. I remember the first time I went. Was I 15 maybe? I don't know. But it didn't matter. The show, the hotel, the people, the city. Oh whaa whaa. Heaven IS the only way to describe it. The rest of the world just disappears. "Alice in Wonderland" feeling. That truly is my "happy place". When I was going with you, I had no concept of money, not really. But I did know YOU knew the worth of a dollar. Oh I pray you and some friends can go. That is as close to a vacation some antiquers get. I know it is hard work, but you are the hardest worker I know, but the hard work there NEVER blocked the sunshine that place could give us. And still does in our memories. Thank you for always "dragging" me along.