Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Q&A with Margaret Suanne Bone: Gaylord Opryland’s ‘A Country Christmas’

Q: What can Gaylord Opryland Resort guests expect upon arrival?

Margaret Suanne Bone: A dazzling array of almost 2 million Christmas lights will put visitors in the holiday spirit upon entering Gaylord Opryland. A beloved tradition, this eye-catching annual display greets people from the Middle Tennessee area and beyond.

Q: Where should guests start on their holiday adventure?

Margaret Suanne Bone: “ICE!” is a particular favorite year after year. This experience gives people the opportunity to explore a gorgeous winter wonderland, complete with 3-D ice monuments and brightly colored ice sculptures, some of which are over 25 feet long. This year’s edition, “Frosty the Snowman,” follows in the footsteps of other popular themed programs such as “Merry Madagascar,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Shrek the Halls.” The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is another stunningly beautiful event.

Q: What kind of musical entertainment will be found at Gaylord Opryland Resort this season?

Margaret Suanne Bone: The concert series, “A Not So Silent Night” will shine the spotlight on American Idol contestants Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo, as well as country stars Collin Raye, Ty Herndon and Jamie O’Neal. New in 2013, this concert features intimate renditions of the stars’ biggest hits along with a number of holiday classics.

Q: Are there opportunities associated with charitable causes?

Margaret Suanne Bone: For the first time, Gaylord Opryland will present “Canvas for a Cause: American Icons Give Back.” At this exhibit, original paintings made by TV and film stars, musical artists, major-league athletes and other public figures will be on display. These breathtaking original pieces will be placed on auction to raise money for a number of noteworthy charities and causes.


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