Isn’t it amazing how time flies? I cannot believe it has been almost a month since we held our two-year centennial celebration kick-off event, a day declared “Hermitage Hotel Day” by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on that event with all of you who helped to make it so special.
Even though the rain was steady and the day was unseasonably chilly, business folks from all sides of downtown made the trip to Sixth Avenue North to share an ice cream treat. We learned that Nashvillians’ ice cream treat of choice is the Nutty Buddy ice cream cone! It was highly preferred over (my favorite) orange sherbet.
As the ragtime band played old-time standbys like the Star Spangled Banner and everyone stood under the tents to eat their ice cream, I thought about how amazing it is that our not-so-little town can come together, rain or shine, to enjoy a fleeting moment of summer together.
Mayor Karl Dean, actor David Keith and 100 other business and civic leaders were present at the VIP reception immediately following the public ice cream social. Virtually everyone who has made his or her mark on The Hermitage Hotel over the years attended.
I wanted to take this opportunity as I look back on Hermitage Hotel Day and say, “Thank you.” If you are a Nashvillian or one of the thousands of guests we’ve had the honor of hosting over the past 100 years, thank you for being a part of the hotel’s success.
Now let’s go out there and start building 100 new years of memories!
Pictures from the event can be found on our Facebook page: become a fan! http://tinyurl.com/ncw2w6.
Greg Sligh, Managing Director