The Ryman’s Annual Community Day presented by PNC Bank is set for May 29, and this year’s event will help celebrate the historic venue’s 130th anniversary.
Tennessee residents are able to experience the Ryman’s daytime tour experience free of charge throughout the day, with complimentary self-guided tours available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with the presentation of a valid Tennessee state ID at the Ryman box office. The first 300 guests will also receive free admission to the National Museum of African American Music across the street from the Ryman.
The PNC Plaza at Ryman Auditorium will be transformed into an outdoor festival offering free live music all day long and family-friendly activities, including balloon animals, face painting, caricatures and an instrument petting zoo provided by the Nashville Symphony. Hatch Show Print will also be onsite to help guests create their own do-it-yourself prints in celebration of the Ryman’s 130th anniversary.
“Ryman Community Day presented by PNC Bank is about bringing people together and making this legendary venue accessible to all,” shares Mike Johnson, PNC regional president for Tennessee. “We look forward to welcoming visitors as we celebrate the power of music, the vibrancy of our region and the cultural gem we have in the Ryman.”
Tours of the Ryman begin with a stop in the state-of-the-art Soul of Nashville experience. The film puts the audience at the center of the Ryman’s rich history as more than a century of iconic performances come to life on all sides of the room. The dramatic story of the building’s near demolition and rebirth culminates with a new collaboration featuring Darius Rucker, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill.
Once inside, guests will see artifacts and enjoy videos that highlight each chapter of the Ryman’s history, hosted by Crow, Marty Stuart, Nicole Kidman, Ricky Skaggs, Robin Roberts and Trisha Yearwood. Fans can also have their pictures taken on the stage where so many legends have stood before them.
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