Sunday, October 2, 2016

Nashville Farmers Market Nashville Tennessee

We've spent a lot of time in Nashville on our trips to see the Opry, and we like to make a stop at the Nashville Farmers Market whenever we are in town. The farmers market is on Rosa Parks between Harrison and Jefferson right next to the bicentennial capitol mall state park. It is free to go to the market and free to park, and if you're like us you might look for parking along Seventh along the park.

The farmers market in Nashville is in a big modern building with outdoor pavilions, and the best part is they are normally home to one of our absolute favorite vendors - George Peach Truck - so be sure to look for the Peach Truck during peach season. And if you can't make it to Nashville, with any luck you can catch the Peach Truck on tour. After you're done at the market we think you should spend some time at the bicentennial park checking out the civil war timeline. If you plan ahead the park and market is nice bike ride if you happen to be staying downtown. So check out the farmers market, and watch out for the two guys chasing the Peach Truck that are sure to be Josh and Joe Travels!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ryman Auditorium Grand Ole Opry Self Guided Tour Nashville

Nashville is home to country music and the Grand Ole Opry and we finally got a chance to tour Ryman Auditorium. We went on the self guided tour which lets you walk through most of the historic building at your own pace. The introduction is a really cool video piece so don't miss out when you go - they really do a nice job of explaining how the Ryman Auditorium became home to the Opry and is now a landmark in Nashville. If you are in town for the Opry you might check to see what shows are happening at the Ryman the same weekend. They often have bluegrass nights and country artists at the Ryman.

The Ryman is just off Broadway so it is within walking distance to a lot of other attractions like the country music museum and hall of fame. Plus on Broadway you can grab something to eat at Jacks Bar-B-Que. Jacks can get crowded but there is lots of seating upstairs and if you get lucky you can sit up front where you have a view of Broadway. So the next time you are in Nashville make sure to visit the Ryman and learn all about the birthplace of the Opry just like Josh and Joe Travels!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Grand Ole Opry Nashville Tennessee

The best way we can describe the Opry is to tell you it is a chance to see country music's hall of fame come to life. We've gone out of our way to see some big popular acts at the Opry, but Joe probably remembers best seeing Loretta Lynn, and the truth is that every single show they do at the Opry is better than the last.

Lately Josh has really enjoyed the segments hosted by Vince Gill, who celebrated his 25th anniversary as an Opry member this year. When you see so many of the hall of fame legends cross the stage at the Opry you can't help but wonder who is around today that will keep things going, and with each passing show Vince Gill and the other regulars have shown their commitment to making sure the circle stays unbroken.

The Opry is a special place filled with history and we got to see how the Opry got started at the Ryman Auditorium. But we do love the Opry House and once you go we'll think you'll know why we keep going back. And if you can't be there in person you can always listen on the radio. So the next time you're on the road late on a Saturday night, find the Roadhouse on satellite and be sure to sing along just like Josh and Joe Travels!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour Nashville

We love the Grand Ole Opry, so on our last trip to Nashville we signed up for the backstage tour and we are excited to share these pictures with you to give you a sneak peek at what you'll see when you go yourself.

The Opry is full of history and the weekly shows are filled with members of the country music hall of fame. Lately Josh has been trying to get down to his last bad habit with Vince Gill. Joe is still patrolling the weekly lineup for his next chance to see a coal miner's daughter. One of the reasons we love the Opry so much is because of the mix of great music. No matter who is on the lineup you always get a great show.

We also remember not long ago when severe flooding had the Opry under water, but the show still went on that week, and along the tour we saw how they memorialized the flood line. And it was pretty darn cool to be able to walk across the circle and the Opry stage where it is hard not to take a moment to think about all the musicians who stand in that same spot singing some of our favorite music. We don't get to the Opry as much as we'd like, but keep and eye out for us if you happen to go, because the two loudest people behind you looking for all the gold in California might just be Josh and Joe Travels!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

2016 Georgetown Fair Queen Sarah Sigmon fair week car from Danville Toyota

One of the coolest parts of being Miss Georgetown Fair is enjoying all the gifts and prizes from all the community partners who contribute to the queen pageant, and Danville Toyota is proud to sponsor the queen's fair week car. Queen Sarah spent the week driving a new Toyota and we got a chance to do some pictures on Saturday afternoon. Joe put the car in position for pictures and he was impressed with the push button start and enormous moonroof, and we're sure Queen Sarah really enjoyed her fair week ride. We missed the other members of the court when we did pictures but we were happy to have Queen Sarah's third runner-up Emily Wise.

Fair week was a lot of fun but Queen Sarah is just getting started. She'll be making lots of appearances this fall in the Georgetown community, and soon she'll start thinking about the Illinois state fair queen pageant held in January. And we know what you're thinking - January is a long time away, but time really flies with Josh and Joe Travels!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

2016 Georgetown Fair Queen Sarah Sigmon fair week midway rides with third runner-up Emily Wise

Saturday afternoon during the fair we were with Miss Georgetown Fair 2016 Sarah Sigmon and third runner-up Emily Wise when they hit the midway for a few minutes in between appearances. We managed to grab a couple shots of Queen Sarah and Emily on the big slide a few of the rides, and we were relieved Queen Sarah's crown didn't fly off on the Sizzler. And speaking of the Sizzler, Joe couldn't resist taking a spin with Desiree Bainbridge '14. We're probably lucky there wasn't a wristband special in the midway or they could have disappeared for hours. The expanded midway was a big hit at the Georgetown Fair this year, and we hope you got to take a spin just like Josh and Joe Travels!

Friday, August 19, 2016

2016 Georgetown Fair Queen Sarah Sigmon on the radio with WITY 980 AM at the Georgetown Fair

One of the most important responsibilities of the Georgetown Fair Queen is to promote the annual fair, and 2016 Queen Sarah Sigmon was on the radio just about everyday talking about the grandstand entertainment and bigger midway. Queen Sarah spends a lot of time on the grounds and typically stops to talk on the radio on her way to another appearance. On the days we tag along with the fair queen we have to be ready for just about anything, and over the years we've developed a pretty good sense of what happens next in the schedule. Miss Georgetown Fair is also lucky to have some pretty cool local radio personalities who make going on the air live a lot of fun. And to think that fair week is just the start of things for the Georgetown Fair Queen! So if you want to see more about Queen Sarah's year, and catch up with our own adventures, keep checking back right here at Josh and Joe Travels!