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Mick Jagger is a man of his word. After telling the Tennessean that he wanted to visit the Parthenon during The Rolling Stones' tour stop in Nashville, the culture-loving rock music legend did just that. Jagger contacted Conservancy president Sylvia Rapoport for a 75-minute private tour of the building's attractions and exhibits, swapping stories about Greek mythology, classical architecture, cultural history, and the importance of parks. The Rolling Stones would go on to rock Music City in a two-hour concert featuring all of their greatest hits.

Jagger was so taken by the Parthenon that he shared two photos of himself standing in front of it on his Instagram account. Rolling Stone picked up on the story, which you can read here.

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Kidsville at the Parthenon will be offered every second Saturday of the month, and is led by Kyla Easterday, an educator, therapist and play facilitator. Kidsville takes place from 11:00 to 11:45 AM upstairs in the Parthenon, and is completely free.

Attendees get a lesson on Greek mythology coupled with a craft and/or activity that helps young children make an application to their lives.

On June 13, Nashville Symphony conductor Giancarlo Guerrero will tell the story of "Echo," and lead a musical interactive exercise.

On July 11, children will learn the story of Nike, constant friend and helper in the palm of Athena, with a craft activity of making a special crown like Nike would gift to others in the stories.

August 8th's program will feature free stories and crafts.

Visit the Kidsville website for more information.


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.