As my dad always says, “Once I thought I was wrong…but I was mistaken.”
Well, in this case, I was actually wrong. I know! So hard to believe, isn’t it? Yes, this Chicago native who has recently transplanted to Nashville this year has now been wrong about the Grand Ole Opry twice in one week!
In my post on Jim Gaffifan, I mentioned the near disaster that occurred when I told my husband to drive to the Opry and he went to the current home of the Grand Ole Opry, not the Ryman Auditorium, which I thought was the original home of the Opry. Turns out neither of us were right!
Thanks to Lisaann from the Ryman Auditorium, I now know that the Ryman was in fact the fifth home of the Grand Ole Opry (from June 5, 1943 – March 15, 1974). The building was originally called the Union Gospel Tabernacle. Upon Mr. Ryman’s death it was renamed the Ryman Auditorium. The inaugural event of the restored Ryman was “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor.
If you haven’t visited or toured the Ryman, now is a great time to do so. They are currently featuring “Johnny & June at the Ryman”, a new museum exhibit about Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash who met at the Ryman and played many shows there (It is part of the regular daytime tour).
You may also want to consider taking your family to the Skaggs Family Christmas show on Dec. 22nd. Tickets are available at the Ryman Auditorium box office or through Ticketmaster. And now back to our regularly scheduled blog…