Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for those around us and grateful for the lives we were handed. We live in the free country of America and the wonderful city of Nashville. When you think about it, most of our everyday troubles and worries are trivial. Thanksgiving is a time to pause from our hectic, eventful lives and reflect on how fortunate we are. While today is a time for giving thanks, the true meaning of today should not be forgotten: ThanksGIVING is most importantly a time for giving back.
Singer Tracy Lawrence has been teaming up with the Nashville Rescue Mission since 2006 to give a Thanksgiving meal to the city’s homeless and hungry. Every Tuesday before Thanksgiving Tracy and friends have been frying hundreds of turkeys. Locals come out to help fry and Titans players have been known to make an appearance. The annual Turkey Fry has provided over 35,000 meals! What a valuable tradition. The Nashville Rescue Mission works hard year round to serve Nashville’s homeless and volunteers and donations are always welcome.
Thanksgiving is the most popular day of the year for races. Thousands have chosen to participate in one of Nashville’s many road races before they fill their bellies today. The Boulevard Bolt on Belle Meade Boulevard is among the largest 5-mile races in the country.
Running in one of these races is a great way to come together with family and friends while giving back. Registration fees are typically donated to charity. The Boulevard Bolt has raised over $2 million for Nashville’s homeless community. Another popular race, Music City Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk hosted by Who Do You Run For, asks participants to bring a turkey to donate.
To some, NFL games are as much a part of Thanksgiving as pumpkin pie. If you intend to stay in your pajamas all day and watch one of the three football games going on and still wish to give back, you may chose to instead simply donate to the Nashville Rescue Mission here.
It is truly remarkable how our community comes together to help others in need. Sports and Entertainment Nashville wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving, from our table to yours.
And just in case you are going out for Thanksgiving lunch or dinner, here are some restaurants around town that are open today.
Capitol Grille – 11am-4pm , 5pm-8pm
Commerce Street Grille – 11am-3pm
Loveless Café – 7am-2pm
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – 12-8pm
Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Opryland – 12pm-8pm
Garden Conservatory at Gaylord Opryland – 11am-7pm
Mere Bulles – 10am-4pm
Prime 108 at Union Station Hotel – 11am-5pm
Maggiano’s Little Italy – 10am-10pm
Hard Rock Cafe – 10:30am-3pm
Cracker Barrel – 6am-7pm
Monell’s – 10am-6pm
Shoney’s – 6am-10pm
Sperry’s – 11am-8pm
Ted’s Montana Grill – 11am-8pm