A blog by Opry staffers, Opry members, friends, and others about the flooding of the Opry House, subsequent clean up and refurbishment, and an eventual return home for the show that made country music famous.
Chapter 1: The Flood and the Follow-Up
by Dan Rogers, Opry Senior Marketing Manager
Funny thing about a flood. It can make you desperate one minute, and bring out your greatest strengths the next. It’ll make you question something you’ve always believed to be true one day, then prove that in which you’ve always had faith in the days afterward. It can show mother nature at her ugliest, then reveal the beauty inside friends and neighbors helping one another the next.
All of us at the Opry have ridden a roller coaster of emotions since the Opry House and Complex began taking on water Sunday, May 2. We’ve watched in disbelief as the waters rose to surround and inundate the Opry’s permanent home, then we’ve swollen with pride as we’ve banded together to not only begin the process of cleaning up, but also to continue putting on country music’s most famous show.
Life is a journey, and for those of us who work here and for the Opry’s tremendous fans, our collective journey took a path none of us saw coming when we left the Opry House on Sat., May 1. The days ahead will no doubt be among the most historic in the Opry’s history, as everyone works to ready the Opry House for the Opry’s return. All of us invite you to check in regularly here for this “On the Way Home” blog as well as via email, Facebook, and Twitter updates as we share the story not only of the progress on the Opry Complex, but also the tale of what is happening at Opry shows in a number of venues around Nashville.
I’d also like to personally invite you to come visit us at the Opry this summer. We take our jobs very seriously, and our job is to make sure the fans who visit us have the time of their lives. There has always been a true passion at the Opry and around Nashville for what we do, and that has been magnified 100 times in the days since the flood. A passion for banding together to keep the music playing both now and well into the future, and a passion for making sure everyone who visits us in the next few weeks knows just how much we appreciate their visit to Music City, our home.
Funny thing about a flood. It can bring with it the worst … and it can bring out the very best.