Friends of Riverside Drive, a collective volunteer effort, began with a vision to transform local neighborhoods by planting dogwood and yoshino cherry trees. Along with tree plantings across neighborhoods and involvement with the Riverside Blossom Festival, Friends of Riverside Drive’s main work is restoring beauty and dignity to Riverside Drive, a community road that provides the main route to the National Cemetery and once served as a recognized, living memorial to war veterans.
At Mid Tenn Motorcycle Education Center, nationally certified instructors impart the secrets to safe and street-legal riding. Through their basic courses, students step in on Friday and leave on Sunday with the comprehensive knowledge and skills to bypass the written and driving portions of the state licensing test. The instructors spread tutelage across 5 classroom hours and 10 hours of on-cycle instruction. More advanced students can dip into six-hour experienced-rider courses to practice precision handling, advanced braking, and dodging squirrels. The school also hosts women-only classes that teach terminology and skills free of testosterone-induced wheelie popping.
A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ZZ Top has delighted fans for more than 40 years with its witty lyrics and bluesy rock ‘n’ roll sounds. Les Paul–wielding guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard—the band's original three members—combine their musical powers and Santa-shaming facial hair to create a uniquely appealing blend of Southern rock and blues, making the band one of the most successful in rock history. Today’s deal gives music lovers the chance to catch the venerable trio at The Woods at Fontanel, an outdoor venue—situated on the former estate of country-music maven Barbara Mandrell—with enough room for 4,500 concertgoers each sporting up to two standard human ears. Groupon holders will be seated in sections E, F, G, and H on a first-come, first-served basis, putting them close enough to make out every stage-bound guitar trick and beautifully chaotic microphone stampede.
Boasting muddy obstacles and live gladiators who attempt to slow down competitors with impromptu jousts, the Tough Dash isn’t your average weekend 5K race. As participants trek through mud pits and strength-testing obstacles, microchips track their time, adding a fun competitive edge to the event. The runners aren't the only ones who get to join in the fun, however; spectators are encouraged to soak runners and unfortunate pedestrians who accidentally took a wrong turn with water balloons and water guns. A post-race celebration regales runners with food, beverages, and prizes for the top male and female times and the best costume. Proceeds from this event benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.
Live musical acts hit the stage every night at Music City Bar & Grill, compelling feet to move and hips to request an encore. Holiday lights twinkle and guide waitstaff to tables where patrons order from a menu of hearty bar fare, which includes Angus-beef burgers, three-meat pizzas, and salads topped with grilled steak or chicken. At the pool tables, balls click together in time to the music, and outdoor seating gives people the chance to serenade the stars using voices normally reserved for sad lightbulbs.
For baseball fans looking for a serious environment to improve their skills, 3-6-5 Baseball Academy offers a 6,000-square-foot full-turf facility, as well as instructors who have all played at either the collegiate or professional level. Practicing baseball is as American as apple pie or as Dutch as appleflappen, which is why the gooey center of 3-6-5 Baseball Academy contains the indoor batting cages, pitching mounds, and the ProBatter Pitching Simulator. The simulator uses video effects to accurately mimic the feeling of batting against a Major League pitcher—without the hassle of cussing matches and an umpire whispering dark secrets in your ear.
The Masters School of Gymnastics hosts classes that are designed to teach students to do their best, not just in their favorite sport, but in everything they attempt. Instructors demystify all levels of gymnastics, from introductory preschool sessions to competitive classes molded by more than two decades of experience forging future all-stars. Besides nurturing physical skills through floor exercises, balance-beam work, and tumbling, the team also cements such ideals as respect, confidence, and discipline to equip students to succeed in the classroom and represent themselves during perjury trials.