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Cheekwood offers a variety of events during April

Cheekwood offers a variety of events during April

Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 8:00 pm

Cheekwood is the best place in Nashville to experience one of nature’s most dramatic and exciting performances — the arrival of spring.
Cheekwood will welcome the new season with broad strokes of fresh color and life during Cheekwood in Bloom, with 55,000 stunning tulips of every hue bursting from our incredible gardens. The seasonal celebration will also feature more than 250 varieties of daffodils, bright pops of dogwood color, classic magnolias, vibrant iris, stunning viburnums and more.
“We’ve spent months preparing for the spring season,” said Hillary Steinwinder, director of education and public programs at Cheekwood. “We know Nashville expects a spectacular display of blooms and color, and this year will be exceptionally beautiful.”
With a full calendar of special spring activities, garden tours and musical experiences, visitors of all ages will find the perfect spring day at Cheekwood. Following is a schedule of all events and programs; complete details are available at
• Family Studio Drop-In ‘ART’ivities: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. through April 27 — Visitors can drop-in on Saturday to create spring-themed art projects. It is open to all ages.
• Nashville Jazz Workshop Ensemble in the Herb Garden: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. through April 27
• Garden Tales: 10:30 a.m. through April 27 — Using song, dance and interactive reading, storyteller Rachel Sumner will bring nature-themed books to life. Weather permitting, the program will be held in the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden.
• Steinway Piano Society Members in the Museum of Art: 11 a.m.–1 p.m. through April 27 — Enjoy the sounds of live piano music as you stroll through the galleries.
• Guided Garden Tour: 11 a.m. through April 27 — Collection & Exhibition Tour
• Guided Garden Tour: 1 p.m. through April 27 — House & History Tour
• Guided Greenhouse Garden Tour: noon through April 28 — Visitors are invited to join Cheekwood’s expert garden staff for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Production Greenhouses. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Guided Museum Tour: 1 p.m. through April 28 — Topic: House and History: Cheekwood as a Country Place Estate
• Drawing Room Concert Series featuring Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music: 2-3 p.m. through April 28 — Talented musicians from Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music will offer a fantastic concert series in the museum’s intimate Drawing Room.  
Specialty programs
• Family Day in celebration of Dorothy O’Connor’s Shelter: 10 a.m.-2: p.m. Saturday — This fun day of art and activities is planned in honor of the 2013 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence and the opening of her exhibition. Visitors will have a chance to meet the artist as she discusses her work in the gallery.
• TACA Day: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. April 13 — Members of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) will be ready to show visitors the ins and outs of their trade through hands-on demonstrations and discuss how flowers and nature inspire their work.
• “Canopy Climb” Experience: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. April 20 — Climb to new heights and explore Cheekwood’s trees like never before. Get a unique “tree’s-eye view” of the Garden. Facilitated by a certified international tree-climbing specialist, ascend to the crown of a tree with the same rope and saddle method used by canopy researchers, employing the safest and most versatile climbing techniques for the beginner. The entire experience includes a brief tree-climbing introduction and safety lesson, gear fitting and instruction, ascent, exploration and descent. The Canopy Climb is first-come, first-served and open to adults and children ages 5 and over.
• Earth Day Family Concert with Ginger Sands; noon April 20 — Sing, dance and celebrate the earth with an exciting performance by a talented local musician and garden enthusiast.
• Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck & Wishing Chair Productions present Many Moons: noon April 27 — The entire family will enjoy this musical version of Many Moons, the Caldecott-Award winning classic that dives into the world of wizards, princesses, and a bit of mystery. Featuring the fabulous Peeko Puppets, this show will have visitors hooked in no time.
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Published in The Messenger 4.3.13

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