NASHVILLE – 5 Things to do in Nashvillee

Five things you can only find in Nashville:

1. A full-size reproduction of the Greek Parthenon
Nashville was known as the Athens of the South. In 1897 for Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition, city fathers built a full-scale replica of the real Athens’ most famous landmark. Originally made of plaster, wood and brick, Nashville’s Parthenon wasn’t meant to be permanent. But because it cost too much to demolish, Nashville decided, “What the heck, let’s just rebuild it with real marble floors.”

2. A cinnamon roll that makes international headlines

In 1996, an employee at Bongo Java, a popular Nashville coffee shop, noticed, right before he was about to bite into it, that one of its signature homemade buns bore an uncanny resemblance to Mother Teresa.
The real Mother Teresa got wind of the “Immaculate Confection” and even though she reportedly laughed about it, her people sent a cease and desist order. The owner changed its name to “The Nun Bun”.
Although copyright law was probably on owner Bob Bernstein’s side, the power on Mother Teresa’s side convinced him and his $250-an-hour lawyer to change its name to “The Nun Bun.”
The renamed cinnamon roll was quickly dispatched to a glass-enclosed case in the front of the store, but in 2005, thieves broke in on Christmas, making off with the famed confection.

3. An art festival that revolves around the tomato

This costume-friendly art festival is an annual undertaking in historic East Nashville’s Five Points District.
It has become one of Nashville’s premiere hipster events. It features Bloody Mary taste-offs, tomato bobbing, tomato beauty pageants and wet burrito competitions.

4. Songwriting doctors and insurance agents

Musicians from all occupations sing in Nashville. At Parlor Productions on Music Row in a restored bungalow once owned by Randy Travis, even the nonmusically inclined write songs at corporate team building events put on by Ultimate Event Nashville.

5. A city tour in Milk of Magnesia pink bus

The Jugg Sisters — aka Sheri Lynn Bucy and Brenda Kay Wilkins — are the big-hair, blue eyeshadow and spandex behind the wackiest tour in Nashville.
Nash Trash, their 90-minute comedy tour, rides past many of the city’s country music’s institutions. Tickets sell out months in advance to people hankering to get one of 32 seats on the sisters’ trash-talking, dirt-dishing, yeehaw-yelling tours.

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