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This weekend: Free Ryman tours, symphony concert, shoe blowout sale, virtual haunted museum

The Tennessean (Nashville) logo The Tennessean (Nashville) 10/21/2020 Mary Hance, Nashville Tennessean
a person holding a cell phone: Community Day at the Ryman Auditorium. © Photo Courtesy of Ryman Auditorium Community Day at the Ryman Auditorium.

The historic Ryman Auditorium is hosting a Ryman Community Day on Sunday with free self-guided tour admission for Tennessee residents.

This is quite a deal since adult admission for these tours is usually $24.95.

Tours start with the "Soul of Nashville," an immersive film which provides a dramatic introduction to this iconic Nashville landmark known as the "Mother Church of Country Music."

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The film tells the story of the building, which was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1975, and captures its near-demolition and rebirth, as well as offers a look at many of the stars who have graced its stage. 

After the film, visitors can explore the auditorium and its exhibits, including the new "Turn it Up; Ryman's Rock Legacy" exhibit that looks at rock 'n roll music at the Ryman and offers artifacts from Elvis, Peter Frampton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen and more.  

Fans can also watch video presentations by Sheryl Crow, Nicole Kidman, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs and others on Ryman history and highlights.

At the end of the tour, visitors can hop on stage and have a photo taken in the same spot where so many legends have performed.

The self-guided tours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday. Just show your Tennessee state ID at the Ryman box office for free admission. The Ryman is at 116 5th Ave. N. in downtown Nashville. 

Ryman officials say there will also be free family activities on the Ryman plaza throughout the day on Sunday. 

More: Loretta Lynn gets her own statue outside Ryman Auditorium

Free mammograms

If you don't have health insurance, you might be eligible for a free mammogram and Pap test. To qualify, you must be within the income guidelines, be a Tennessee resident and have no insurance or be underinsured.


Shoe blowout

If you are in the market for shoes, there is a Big Brands Blowout Sale Friday through Sunday at the Big Brands warehouse at 2703 Eugenia Ave.

Sale organizers Darla and Daniel Atkins, who sell shoes through seven eBay stores, hold two in-person sales a year, with more than 15,000 pairs of shoes for men, women and children, at 50-70 percent off suggested retail.

Featured brands include Nike, Vans, Adidas, Fila, Birkenstock, UGG, and Timberland. The shoes, which are mostly shelf pulls, returns and overstocks, are arranged by size, some in boxes and some displayed on shelves.

Hours are noon to 6 p.m., Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Only cash, Venmo or CashApp accepted.

a group of people posing for the camera: Daniel and Darla Atkins show off some of the shoes that will be in their Big Brands Blowout sale. © Mary Hance / The Tennessean Daniel and Darla Atkins show off some of the shoes that will be in their Big Brands Blowout sale.

Virtual haunted museum 

The Tennessee State Museum’s annual Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival, major annual attraction, is virtual this year with Tennessee Stories, Storytime Book Readings and new Haunted Museum-themed Junior Curators blogs every Saturday this month.

If you go to the museum in person you can participate in a new Spooky Scavenger Hunt, which invites all ages to make their way through the museum, looking for spooky artifacts, like panda skeletons, and the infamous Spearfinger.

a store inside of a building: Haunted Tennessee State Museum Scavenger Hunt: Civil War Gallery © Photo Courtesy of Tennessee State Museum Haunted Tennessee State Museum Scavenger Hunt: Civil War Gallery

Pick up the scavenger hunt at the museum's information desk or download online before your visit. Details:

Free Nashville Symphony concert

Members of the Nashville Symphony are holding a free outdoor concert 3 p.m. Sunday at Riverbluff Park in Ashland City.

This is the third of free Musicians of the Nashville Symphony concerts which feature a string orchestra of 14 players for an hour-long concert. Attendees are asked to wear masks. Sunday's program includes Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,; Mozart – Divertimento in D, K. 136; and Holst - St. Paul Suit.

Musicians of the Nashville Symphony is an independent organization composed of musicians who have been furloughed from the symphony and are now performing on their own.

Although the event is free, the musicians encourages donations to the Musicians’ Financial Aid Fund. Donations can be made online at 

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