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S&E Nashville recommends for this weekend

We hope our readers will be outside enjoying this brief respite from the cold with our downright balmy weather this weekend! If you are so inclined, a hike on the trails of the Natchez Trace Parkway or a picnic at Nashville’s beloved Radnor Lake will certainly bring some welcome fresh air!

Other happenings around town this weekend are, for the most part, unfortunately indoors. But don’t let that stop you in taking part in some of Nashville’s best activities and events. There is plenty to do, and let’s hope there will continue to be plenty of sunshine to soak up!

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First up in our recommendations for weekend fun would have to be, naturally, an outdoor event. The Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society is hosting their public Star Party at Warner Parks’ Model Airplane Field on Vaughn Rd. and Old Hickory Blvd. The event will have telescopes set up to use to gaze at Nashville’s night sky. Come prepared to enjoy the sights of the real stars of Nashville! This monthly event is held, weather and skies permitting, at locations around Nashville to provide residents a glimpse into the heavens not seen with the naked eye. This event will be a great introduction for children and adults alike who would like to learn more about astronomy and enjoy a rare balmy winter night. Come join novice and expert astronomers Saturday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

While the rest of our recommendations may unfortunately be located indoors, don’t let that stop you from enjoying on of Nashville’s many entertainment venues this weekend. For the fine arts fans, you can’t go wrong with a performance of Czechoslovakian composer Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, commonly known as his “New World Symphony.” One of today’s most popular symphonies, the New World Symphony was composed by Dvorak in 1893 as a means to celebrate America’s musical roots in folk and African-American music. Easily one of the most recognized tunes from the world of classical music, this symphony has even traveled to outer space when astronaut Neil Armstrong took this composition on Apollo 11’s 1969 journey to the moon. With the first two performances already enjoyed by Nashvillians this Thursday and Friday nights, the Nashville Symphony’s final performance of this symphony will be Saturday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.

The Nashville Predators take on the New York Rangers at Bridgestone Arena, Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Nashville Predators take on the New York Rangers at Bridgestone Arena, Saturday at 2 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY OF NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Sports fans won’t be disappointed in this Saturday’s Predators game against the New York Rangers. One of only a handful of matinee games during the 2014-15 season, today’s game at 2 p.m. would be a great introduction to the game of hockey for the family without having to contend with the boisterous Broadway nightlife that usually accompanies a weekend Predators game at night. The Rangers, who ESPN has called “hockey’s best team over the past two months,” will be facing a Predators team who are hungry for a win after Thursday’s loss to Anaheim. The Predators, who have yet to face the Rangers this season, have been thrilling Nashville hockey fans with a tremendous season to date and currently lead the Central Division. Today’s game against the Rangers should prove to be an excellent one to watch! Head out to Bridgestone Arena and cheer on our beloved Preds!

While hockey would be a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Nashville, if you’re looking for a quieter way to enjoy what Nashville has to offer, look no further than the program at Nashville’s venerable Hatch Show Print, one of America’s oldest letterpress print shops.

Visitors at Hatch Show Print can try their hand at making a poster of their own! PHOTO COURTESY OF RUSS CORLEY.

Visitors at Hatch Show Print can try their hand at making a poster of their own!
PHOTO COURTESY OF RUSS CORLEY.

In continuous operation since 1879, Hatch Show Print offers a family program where families can actually try their hand at making a letterpress-crafted poster of their own! Designed to offer hands-on museum experiences, the Hatch Show Print, a proud part of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, offers this rare glimpse into the history of letterpress design and production. Occurring on Sunday at noon, 1 p.m and 2 p.m., this family program is one of the rare events that you can say truly can only happen in Nashville!

No matter your favorite events lined up for this weekend, be it one of our recommendations or one you find striking out on your own, we hope you have a wonderful weekend! We can’t let the opportunity pass without mentioning the ever-popular Art Crawl or the Chinese Arts Alliance’s Chinese New Year Ten-Course Banquet or the Nashville Children’s Theatre’s hilarious performance of Mo Willems’ “Elephant & Piggie: We Are in a Play!,” but trust us when we say that there are so many activities you just simply can’t go wrong!

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