Titanic and Mayberry Come to Nashville

5/01/ 2001
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit
Opryland Hotel, SFX and RMS Titanic, Inc. is putting presenting a one-of-a-kind exhibition of Titanic artifacts will be presented at Opryland Hotel beginning May 3, 2001 through August 31, 2001.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit will feature artifacts recovered from Titanic’s wreck site 2-1/2 miles below the surface of the North Atlantic. Opryland Hotel will be displaying artifacts that have been recently discovered and never seen before.
“The Opryland Hospitality Group and Gaylord Entertainment are committed to bring quality entertainment to Opryland and Nashville, and this exhibit is just one example of that commitment,” said Dave Jones, president and CEO of Opryland Hospitality Group.
“Bringing Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit to major cities gives the public an up-close look at an important piece of world history,” said John Norman, executive producer of the exhibition. “We are pleased to be able to present this important and truly unique cultural and educational experience to the people of Nashville.”
Visitors to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit will be able to walk through a historic ‘moment in time,’ seeing these emotionally powerful and thought-provoking artifacts recovered from the world’s most famous ship, while appreciating the science and technology that have allowed the recovery and preservation of the Titanic’s artifacts.
Throughout the exhibition, Titanic’s artifacts will be interspersed with multimedia displays that place them as they would have been seen and used by those aboard Titanic. Many of the artifacts are personal artifacts from the passengers and crew, while others are pieces of the ship. One of the most dramatic pieces in the exhibition will be a 3-ton section of Titanic’s hull. It was recovered from the ocean floor on an expedition in the summer of 1998. Not only is the piece remarkable to look at, the story behind the recovery piece is quite amazing in itself.
“Mayberry Reunion Weekend”
Stars of the Andy Griffith Show will be on hand during the “Mayberry Reunion Weekend” at the Opryland Hotel, June 28 through July 1, 2001.
The highlight of the weekend will be the Mayberry Cast Reunion Show. Ten original cast members star in a variety show dinner production, they include; Don Knotts (Barney Fife), George Lindsey (Goober), Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou), Howard Morris (Ernest T. Bass), Rodney Dillard, Doug Dillard, Mitch Jayne, Dean Webb, Maggie Peterson Mancuso (The Darlings) and Bernard Fox (Malcolm Merriweather, the English butler).
A two-night package is available for the reunion weekend, which includes tickets to Aunt Bee’s Blue Ribbon Dinner, hosted by George Lindsey (Goober) with question and answer opportunities.
Guests will also receive tickets to a meet and greet reception with the actors of the television show that debuted Monday, October 3, 1960, and ran for 249 episodes, 90 of which were color.
This is not the first appearance of Mayberry Stars at Opryland. In 1991, stars gathered to perform for the largest-ever audiences for a live Mayberry-related stage show.
The 2-night vacation package at Opryland Hotel is priced at $268.00, per person, plus tax, based on double occupancy.

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