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The Parthenon And Robert Altman's Nashville, Revisited

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The Nashville Scene's latest cover story shines a spotlight on Robert Altman's classic 1975 film Nashville, whose unforgettable third act takes place at the Parthenon.

In his insightful piece commemorating the movie's 40th Anniversary, Richard Douglas Lloyd writes:

"As the roundelay moves from makeshift strip club to main stage, from house party to hospital, almost every character has a double as well as an opposite: the country queens played by Ronee Blakley and Karen Black; the husbands played by Allen Garfield and Ned Beatty; the hopefuls of varying talent played by Barbara Harris and Gwen Welles. Even the settings have mirror images - the churches attended by Hamilton and Linnea, for example. Everything in Altman's Nashville seems to operate on two levels, the inside and the outside. The two come together, along with most of the cast, in a climactic political rally at the Parthenon."

Read the full story here.


Meet Our New Board Chair - Paula Van Slyke

Meet Our New Board Chair - Paula Van Slyke

Paula Van Slyke is an attorney in private practice in Nashville, specializing in real property and commercial transactions. She is a member of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations. Paula has served as a docent at the Parthenon since 2005 and as a speaker for the Parthenon Speaker's Bureau. She has also been a volunteer reading tutor at the Martha O'Bryan Center and has served on the boards of the Parents Council of Nashville, the Montgomery Bell Academy Mother's Club and the Parents' Association of the Harpeth Hall School.

Paula was awarded her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in History from Vanderbilt University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. She is the mother of two adult children and is married to C. LeRoy Norton, Jr. Paula and her husband are avid Vanderbilt baseball fans and can found wearing their Commodore black and gold cheering the team on fields all over the country.

Paula has hit the ground running as our new Board Chair and we look forward to watching her take The Conservancy to new heights during her term.



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A lot of great things have been happening with Centennial Park's ongoing restoration project.

In the Parthenon Environs, we've enhanced the events ellipse on the northeast end of Parthenon (the grassy circle in front of the Parthenon). We've also made improvements to the water quality of Lake Watauga, which has been cleaned, dredged and aerated. There's a new promenade and entry drive to Parthenon, and a new parking area, with rain gardens for storm water management.

In the Cockrill Spring quadrant, we've discovered a historic artesian spring within Centennial Park. The spring provides 100 gallons of clear clean water per minute, yielding 54 million gallons annually. We've designed a new plaza with the spring source, cascade, and a water rill through wetlands for family play and wildlife viewing. Water from Cockrill Spring will be used throughout Centennial Park to engage and educate the public, irrigate the park, and add clean water to Lake Watauga. We plan to be the first sustainable city park in the state; a water-neutral park.

New trees have been planted for habitat diversity and individual rejuvenation, increasing trees in the area by 300 percent. A permanent outdoor amphitheater with sound and lighting system for Musicians Corner is also underway. Finally, a new perimeter wall along West End and 27th Avenue, with a restored pedestrian entrance is under construction.

06.03.2015 Spends A Day In Centennial Park

Rich and Laura Lynch of recently stopped by to take in some of the sights and sounds of Centennial Park. Here's what they found:

"The most impressive exhibit in The Parthenon is on the second floor where the goddess of wisdom, prudent warfare and useful arts reins. Athena stands over 42 feet tall from the floor to the top of the center crest of her helmet. Even Nike the goddess of victory who stands on Athena's right hand is over 6 feet. Both are gilded in gold with 8 pounds of 23.75 caret gold. The Elgin Casts are also on the second level. These casts were based on fragments from the Acropolis that were used by sculptures Leopold and Belle Kinney-Scholz to re-create the complete pediments on the Nashville building. The first floor of The Parthenon includes a history of the structure and park along with visiting exhibits. Their permanent collection has a fine assortment of landscapes presented in a number of mediums including oils."

"The Parthenon with Athena are alone worth the trip to Centennial Park but there is more to explore here. On weekends during the spring Musicians Corner hosts free (donations welcomed) concerts within the vicinity of The Parthenon. These events echoes of Nashville's love of free music with a nod to its local breweries and eateries."

Read the entire article here.


Mick Jagger Wants To See The Parthenon

Mick Jagger Wants To See The Parthenon

On June 17, The Rolling Stones will return to Nashville to play LP Field. The groundbreaking British rock band made their Music City debut in 1965 at the Municipal Auditorium, and last performed here in 2004, at what's now known as the Bridgestone Arena.

Surprisingly, The Stones have only played Nashville four times during their 50 year tenure, despite their fondness for country music and connection to the late Bobby Keys, the band's sax player and longtime Nashville resident.

In an interview with The Tennessean to promote their upcoming tour stop, frontman Mick Jagger had more than just music on his mind. The 71-year-old international sophisticate is well aware of Nashville's current reputation as a boom town, and is looking forward to checking out some of the local hot spots.

At the top of his list? The Parthenon in Centennial Park. "You've got a classical copy of a Greek temple, haven't you got in Nashville, that's quite famous?" Jagger quizzes his interviewer. "I don't think I saw it last time I was there, so that's something for me to go and see. A bit of culture there."

"Nashville was very small," Jagger says of his first visit in 1965. "And I remember, when I got there, thinking how small it was. A lot of these towns were big names, but small places. ... They were very friendly places, intimate and friendly, and hopefully that feeling hasn't been lost."

It's a well-known fact that the President of The Conservancy, Sylvia Rapoport, is a giant fan of both The Rolling Stones and their energetic frontman. Mick Jagger, please give us a buzz when you're ready to visit. We'll leave the light on for you.

For more information on the Parthenon, go here.