Cheekwood, The Frist Host Free Days This Weekend [Freebies]

It seems to be quite the weekend for free art in Nashville, with Cheekwood and the Frist Center both hosting free days this Saturday and Sunday. Cheekwood will be free on both Saturday (9:30am-4:30pm) and Sunday (11am-4:30pm) thanks to the generous people over at Regions Bank. It even looks like things are going to dry out on Saturday just in time to enjoy a day out in the gardens! And when the drizzles return on Sunday, head indoors at the Frist Center for Family Free Day  (1-5:30pm).

Photo by jcbonbon.

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  • I used to have a BBQ place. Martin’s is the only BBQ joint I will send people to, now that mine is closed. Pat Martin does it the right way.

  • Redneck tacos are where it’s at. I prefer to order ‘cue, slaw, and hoecake separately and create my own.

  • I stopped paying attention when you said there’s a magazine called “Garden and Gun”. Wow.

  • Ok, so i didn’t actually stop…

    You missed a few:

    Hot Fish Sandwich
    Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Most hot-fish vendors fry whiting fillets, stack them on mustard-swabbed white bread, pile on pickle and onion slices, and dribble hot sauce. But Bolton Matthews and Dollye Ingram drag their fish through a hail of “secret” spices that taste suspiciously like straight-up cayenne. Sniff before you bite, and a six-sneeze fit follows.

    Fried Green Tomatoes
    Arnold’s Country Kitchen
    Nashville, Tennessee
    That’s craggy Jack Arnold, wearing a foulard bow tie and overalls, shuttling pans of collard greens from the kitchen. His wife, Rose, works the register, dealing butter pats from her cornbread deck, pouring sweet tea by the gallon. Kahlil, their son, a hipster with a megawatt smile, runs his knife through a haunch of garlic-studded roast beef, draping slices onto plates heaped with creamed potatoes and braised collards, spooning oily jus over all. Set in a cinderblock building on the industrial fringe of downtown Nashville, the Arnold family restaurant sets the standard for Southern meat-n-threes. Button-down bureaucrats on a break from paper pushing. Tar-splattered roofers. Bed-headed Vanderbilt coeds craving a taste of home. All slide their trays along the steam-table track, angling for an order of herb-battered fried green tomatoes. Fresh from the oil, sour-sweet, and brittle as can be, they taste like indictments of the lowest-common-denominator norm. (615-256-4455)

    And there’s also one from BonAqua, which should count as another half for Nashville…
    Praise the Lard Biscuits
    Beacon Light Tea Room
    Bon Aqua, Tennessee
    They stew down preserves every week, apple in the fall, blueberry in the summer. Preserves, however, are mere gilding for the biscuits. Silver dollar size and lard cut, they arrive, six to the order, in wicker baskets, begging to be ravished with butter. (931-670-3880)

    • I’m stupid. I didn’t go past page 1 of the article and I had heard there were four. Was wondering why I couldn’t find them. Update coming shortly.

      Also, Gun & Garden kind of scares me too. A lot.

  • G&G’s website has a place you can comment on that story! It’s at the end at

  • Vic James