>Let Freedom Sing Celebration 2010


I rarely veer off the path of roses on this blog, but my weekend trip to Nashville was a memorable one and I thought I would record the events of the weekend here. I made this short trip to celebrate my birthday on the 3rd, Independence day on the 4th and to visit S & W Greenhouse in White House, Tennessee for their annual rose clearance sale. All three were accomplished, as were some other things. My experience at S & W will be chronicled in another post this week.

Every year Nashville hosts a big Independence Day celebration downtown complete with live music and fireworks. This year was no different. Country music singer, Trace Adkins sang, along with many other acts along with a awesome performance by the Nashville Symphony. The fireworks display was synchronized to the music played by the Symphony. Tens of thousands show up each year to witness the display.

Nashville now has a commuter rail service open to the suburbs and offers special excursions into the city on special days like this. Donelson station being about 2 minutes from where we were staying, we decided to ride the train into the city to enjoy the festivities.

I try never to visit Nashville without eating at my favorite restaurant. Demos’. They have great steaks and spaghetti! As usual, it was a great meal!

After dinner at Demos’, Tina and I took a stroll down 2nd Ave toward Riverfront Park. Tina thought my neckerchief and vest were a bit much, but I liked it…..

Below are some picture taken from my camera phone of the fireworks display.

234 years of freedom. America, it’s been an incredible journey.


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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