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Roadside America Visits The Parthenon

Roadside America Visits The Parthenon

Roadside America, an "online guide to offbeat tourist attractions," recently stepped inside the Parthenon to learn its history, and to visit the largest indoor statue in the United States. Their article offers a fun, fresh look at one of the country's most iconic landmarks.

Here's an excerpt:

Tosh Williams, a docent who was overseeing Athena's hall when we visited, told us that pagan visitors sometimes lay flowers at the statue's feet. A woman, who Tosh guessed was not pagan, once backed away in horror when she saw Athena. Another woman, whose husband held a Bible, wanted to sing hymns to counteract the statue's pagan juju. "She was polite," said Tosh, "but I told her, 'No thank you. You might disturb our other guests.'"

Read the full article here.


Chart The Conservancy's Progress With This Handy Infographic

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The Parthenon Ranks High In Borrowed And Blue's Wedding Venue Poll

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There are at 81 wedding venues in Nashville, but few can match the unique aura and historical beauty of The Parthenon. The iconic Nashville landmark was just named one of the most unique places to get married in Nashville, according to the wedding site Borrowed And Blue's 2016 vendor poll.

If you're interested in tying the knot at The Parthenon, you can make a reservation through Borrowed and Blue's website.

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View Photos From Sip & Savor: Tastes and Traditions of the Mediterranean

More than 170 guests packed the Parthenon to sample food and wine from the Mediterranean and explore the region's culinary traditions. (Photos by Jon Karr.)

Mara PapatheodorouMara Papatheodorou
Sarah Graba and Arlene SantosSarah Graba and Arlene Santos
Jackie and Brandon MewbourneJackie and Brandon Mewbourne
Ken Kraft, Luci Crow, Katie Lamb, Andy CortsKen Kraft, Luci Crow, Katie Lamb, Andy Corts
Daniel Horwitz, Will Krugman, Chelsea O'LearyDaniel Horwitz, Will Krugman, Chelsea O'Leary
Dan Hogan, Steve Zralek, Annie HickoxDan Hogan, Steve Zralek, Annie Hickox
John Tumminello, Catherine Clement, Justin KlumpJohn Tumminello, Catherine Clement, Justin Klump
Mary Divittorio and Sukie VaughanMary Divittorio and Sukie Vaughan

Katherine Ace: Grimm's Tales Art Exhibit Opens January 23

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Katherine Ace discovered oil painting at ten, taking a summer class at the Chicago Institute of Art. By the time she was fourteen, she had a small studio in the basement of her home and had begun to paint daily. After graduating college in 1975 she began working her way across the country. Over the next fifteen years she had eight different jobs and she lived a variety of places: on three US coasts, two mountain ranges, in the remote country and urban city. Finally, she settled in Portland, Oregon in 1990 and set up a permanent art studio.

The work for the Parthenon exhibit will illustrate certain Grimm fairy tales. Just like Greek myths, these European stories followed an oral tradition until German brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm began collecting and recording them, then publishing a first edition in 1812. By the seventh edition in 1857 there would be some 200 stories. Those stories reflect the violence, injustice and taboo subjects of those times as well.

Ace paints large pictures in a rather realistic manner and her paintings are full of symbols and surprises. She imbeds items in her paints like safety pins, gold chains, figurines, butterfly wings, zippers and much more. In the above picture, Hansel & Gretel, Ace used actual cake decorators to apply the frosting on the sweets covering the table.

This exhibit will remain open through May 15.