The Grinch for ICE 2018

Seeing ICE! at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is an annual family tradition that we haven't missed since moving to the Nashville area approximately 6 years ago. This year, finding time in our schedule was a challenge so we were excited to be able to make it work, especially since we'd been hoping for them to make it a Grinch theme since the beginning!

Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

If you are looking for a festive activity to do with the family this holiday season, check out Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood! After having seen it advertised for several years, we finally got to check it out! They have over one million lights illuminating their gardens as well as carolers and smores!

Cheekwood's Holiday LIGHTS are open from:
November 23 –  December 30
5:00 – 10:00 PM
*Holiday LIGHTS is a timed-entry special event so tickets must be purchased for selected times. They are also closed on Christmas Day.

Tickets purchased at the gate are subject to a $5 per ticket processing fee.
Adults: $22 (non-member) or $17 (member)
Youth (ages 3-17): $17 (non-member) or $12 (member)
Children 2 and under: Free
*Save $3.00 when you visit on Non-Peak Nights (Monday-Wednesday), all nights from December 13-24 are Peak Nights
Parking is included.

In this case I think the pictures and do the talking... scroll down for an idea of what Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood has to offer!


Holiday Trip For The Nashville Grotto To Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve

In 2017 we attended the Formal Wear Caving trip that was held on December 9, 2017 and enjoyed a festive trip that provided a great opportunity to meet folks throughout the caving community. Schedules prevented our attendance this year so instead, we through together our own Nashville Grotto trip to visit the famed Christmas Tree formation and take pictures with its lights.

On Sunday December 9, 2018, Grotto members (Ray Maslak, Dave Waescher, Alan Hatch, and Sean Evans along with Kevin McGinnis) and their children met at Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve at 10am. After gearing up with some festive attire and retrieving the battery cave manager Nathan Williams was generous enough to lend for the trip, we headed in.

The cave itself handles water well, but there was a significant amount of rainfall over the previous couple days so several key areas had small waterfalls or higher water levels than are usually seen. In particular the "King's Shower" had significantly more water flowing than usual.

Making its way down to the Christmas Tree formation, the group got to take a standard group photo as well as individual family pics before backtracking and making our way out.

As mentioned previously, it had rained for several days prior to the trip so the King's Shower had SIGNIFICANTLY more water-flow as is normally experienced during a trip to Tumbling Rock Cave. With the assistance of Hatch who was able to hold back the water flow momentarily while cavers climbed up to check out the Topless Dome. Others who had previously seen it stayed back to avoid the torrent.

Especially with children, Tumbling Rock Cave preserve will remain an annual visit in December for years to come thanks to the efforts of SCCi and preserve manager Nathan Williams. It was a fantastic trip for grotto members to enjoy with their children around the holidays. Merry Christmas!


The Caverns Christmas Giveaway!

On November 24th (2018), our friends at The Caverns invited us to come experience Shenandoah's Good Ole Fashioned Christmas! It was an amazing opportunity that we couldn't pass up that is about to become even more amazing.....
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