Travel News for June 14th 2010 through June 15th 2010

Bringing you what’s new in travel for June 14th 2010 through June 15th 2010:

  • The Opry celebrates a grand ole birthday – A. Christine Maxfield recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:

    Heading to Nashville, Tenn., this year? You may notice a couple of abnormally large guitars beckoning you through the entrance of the Grand Ole Opry House—guitars reaching 20 feet high and made up of 3,000 pounds of steel and aluminum, to be exact. This new memorial honors the country music venue's 85th birthday, a bash that will draw participation from such classic legends as Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride to relative newcomers like Carrie Underwood and Dierks Bentley. Leading up to the grand finale on Oct. 8th and 9th, venues all around the city will be featuring additional concerts and special gallery exhibits throughout the summer.

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    Carrie Underwood (Courtesy Grand Ole Opry)

    Grand Ole Opry House: In a strange turn of events last month, the Opry House was hit with the worst Middle Tennessee floods in more than 100 years, with water rising nearly four feet above the stage. While renovations are frantically underway, various area locations—the Ryman Auditorium, Allen Arena at Lipscomb University, and War Memorial Auditorium—are housing the Grand Ole Opry and Opry Country Classics shows until they return to their old digs once more in Sept. Don't be surprised if you spot celebrities about town as they accept the duties of "guest announcer" from now until the party in Oct. (2804 Opryland Dr., 800/733-6779, ticket prices vary)

  • Qatar inks cockpit communications deal with SITA
    RunwayGirl: Qatar inks cockpit communications deal with SITA. http://bit.ly/d9nuBn 

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