Nashville 2010, Part II- A Traveller's Tale.
Ah, a scenic trip through the northeast mountains of Tennessee
always sends my spirit soaring. At 2100 feet above sea level, a man can clear his mind amidst all of natures beauty and tranquility. The Cherokee and Creek Indians called this home for centuries and after I looked down on these majestic valleys,
I could see why.
If you find yourself driving down interstate 840 going toward Franklin Tennessee, you might see the Towers of Mauldino.
According to my short partner, this stunning architectural marvel is to be bequeathed to him by Ferdinand Mauldino, his great uncle on his fathers side. Ray went on to say that the castle contains 18 tons of imported Italian marble and art work from the hands of the Italian Renaissance masters, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo. When asked if we could pay his uncle a visit, Ray said that maybe it wouldn't be such a good idea. "Why", I asked inquisitively? "Because the draw bridge hasn't worked well in the past few years and the moat is stocked full of piranhas", he said. "Well, I said, I'll just wait 'till you move in. How would Kiss posters look on the wall- it's gotta be better looking than them old musky paintings".
Photo 3. This is what Ray and I see when we get out of the van to go to work. This is the Factory at Franklin.
It's a very cool place filled with artist and antique shops.
'Elks, this would be a great destination to bring your significant other, providing there's not a football game on.
Photo 4. This is the out door pavilion. To the right is the show entrance and to the left is Sapphire, where the Elk's dine every time we're there.
Photo 5. Speaking of Sapphire, this is a bird's eye view from the bar area. (What- we have to relax somewhere after spending all day on our feet.) This is where Ray and I sample a few robust beers while discussing world domination.
Photo 6. Ladies and Gentleman, let me introduce you to bartender phenom, Jerri Ray. Jerri Ray is the one who takes care of the gang while we're there. Never is a glass empty and never a gaze met without a smile. She and her staff play an integral part of the show scene by keeping us lose, relaxed, pampered and sane. Jerri Ray, can you get me a Tanqueray and 7 and how about some Grey Goose for Ray?
Photo 7. As you can imagine, men love to play bar room games. Normally that includes some liquor, some jeering and
more than a few tall tales. Inevitably, at the end of the night, the object of their affection is directed at the staff. This is the parting gift in just those instances. At Sapphire, everyone goes home a winner....
Photo 8. After a long day at the show and a relaxing dinner with the fellas, the Elk boys do what we always do; We end up at the hotel bar for a night cap and conversation with Uncle Bradley. On this night, the Winter Olympics were on. The competitiveness and athleticism was spectacular, but that doesn't hold a candle to the sight of those ladies in spandex.