Staff Reports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Pacesetters of First United Methodist Church, the senior adults, started its Christmas holidays with a trip to Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., for the 25th anniversary of “A Country Christmas.”

The group stayed in the Garden Conservatory of the hotel, where they had rooms overlooking Christmas decorations, lights and gardens. They could walk to most activities or were shuttled by bus to their destinations.

The group took a dinner cruise on the General Jackson Showboat on the first night they arrived. They also attended the Grand Ole Opry at the historical Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

The entertainment was provided by Louise Mandrell for a “Joy to the World” Christmas dinner show in the hotel. Several saw the Radio City Rockettes from New York City. Some took a cruise on the riverboat inside the hotel.

Each morning, they had breakfast at the Waters Edge on the hotel’s Deltah Island, experiencing flavors of an international buffet.

There were many events to observe in the hotel — more than two million Christmas lights which draw people from all over the world; “Brightest Star Fountain Show” synchronized with favorite holiday songs; carriage rides; a “Treasures for the Holidays Craft Show;” a “Hall of Trees;” an outdoor nativity display with special lighting effects and an audio rendition of the biblical story of the birth of Christ; and “Rockability Christmas,” which was a band playing 1950’s music, performed right outside the rooms.

Twenty-three Pacesetters made the trip. The Coordinators for the group were Bobby and Patsy Browning and the bus driver for the church was Irwin Mercer.

The Pacesetter group is a very active senior adult group at First United Methodist Church. They meet monthly for a meal, programs and fellowship.

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