As the year concludes, I’m trying to clean out my files and post images which I like, but for which I didn’t find a proper blog. I’ll do it in two posts. This one focuses on the topics listed above and really, aren’t those some of the most important aspects of a great life? I think so. I’ll have a disproportionate number of Urban Girl photographs this round because, well, she’s often hanging out with me as we walk the streets of the city. I hope you see some photographs you enjoy.
I’m not even sure what children’s event this was. I had no idea it was happening on Market Square until I stumbled into it. I think the city is becoming a better and better place for children to visit – and to live. I can’t imagine how much fun it would be to grow up in a place where something interesting is always happening. I’d love to see us have more young families in the neighborhood.
I don’t get to write about it enough, but Boyd’s Jig and Reel, besides being a great pub to hang out in and besides serving excellent food, is a great supporter of very, very good music. The listening space is good if you get there early enough and the sound is excellent. Of course, they are non-smoking and the shows are early, so they’ve got it all together. This group lives in Minnesota, has guested on Prairie Home Companion and two of the three people pictured here, Amanda and Allen Rigel hail originally from Oak Ridge.
Who says only humans go to Market Square for lunch. This amazing shot of nature’s reality was taken as I stood in front of Tupelo Honey. While the diners waited outside for a seat, they, no doubt, had their appetite increased by the sight of this hawk having lunch. Have you wondered why our pigeon population is dropping? Now you know.
Another sight I stumbled upon. Theorizt performed on stage and at some point both Jarius and Black Atticus joined the crowed in a little impromptu dance. It had to be one of the most fun scenes I’ve enjoyed on the square. If you haven’t found the chance to see this great group, do so soon. They are playing New Year’s Eve at Preservation Pub’s new concert space next door along with Lil’ Iffy. Also, don’t miss their album, “Samurai Love Songs.”
Sean’s McCollogh’s great monthly show live is a must-stop for children (and grown up children). It’s fun, active, educational and respects children. I absolutely adore this event and think it should be a national PBS show. Top flight musicians play a mix of fun music and important music. The kids just have a blast. The show airs on WDVX every Saturday morning at 10:00, but performs for a live in-studio audience in addition to the radio audience every fourth Saturday of the month – which means TOMORROW. Special guest Sarah Pirkle joins the mix December 29.
You know, giving complete choice, Urban Girl’s perfect day is a walk in the city, highlighted by running circles on the Market Square Stage and topping it off with a Rita’s Italian Ice (cotton candy flavored). What do your children like to do in the city? Send me your best photos of your children playing downtown and I’ll try to work them into the blog.
Next up, buildings, skylines and random sights in the city.