The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with the Ford Motor Company Fund for the museum’s 10th Ford Community Day. Museum admission will be FREE from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, as a way to say “thank you” to the Middle Tennessee community and to reward lucky out-of-town visitors. Tours of Hatch Show Print and Historic RCA Studio B will also be free and are available on a first-come, first served basis.
In addition to touring the exhibit galleries, visitors can choose from a variety of programs and events that offer fun for all ages. Activities in the Taylor Swift Education Center will feature dancing and hands-on art and music-making throughout the day. Ford Community Day events and activities include:
- Creative Zone: Hip Hats and Outlaw Bandanas
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Drop-In Hatch Show Print Letterpress Art
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Family Program: Fiddle Meets Guitar
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Photos with Santa
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Songwriter Session: Pat Alger
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
- Musician Spotlight: Dom Flemons
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Family Program: Drop-In Musical Petting Zoo
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m
- Performance: Runaway June
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
- Family Program: Line Dancing
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m
- Songwriter Session: Jamie Floyd
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Nominated for Best New Vocal Group by the Academy of Country Music in 2018, the trio Runaway June, made up of Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne, will be the featured performers at this year’s Ford Community Day. Museum visitors will have a special opportunity to hear the trio in a free concert before they join Carrie Underwood in 2019 for her Cry Pretty Tour 360.
The performance by Runaway June will be free, but patrons will need a program pass for admission. To reserve tickets for the Runaway June performance, visit countrymusichalloffame.org/ford. A limited number of program passes will be available at the museum on Sunday, Dec. 16, Ford Community Day.
“The Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers along with Ford Motor Company Fund look forward to again offering the opportunity to enjoy the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s premier educational experiences at no cost,” said John Barker, Owner, Two Rivers Ford. “Ford’s ties to country music run deep. Henry Ford launched many of his early models at fiddling competitions across the U.S., knowing that country music and the stories behind it were strongly connected to the everyday American. As a long-time partner of the Hall, the Ford Motor Company Fund is proud to support Ford Community Day as it allows us to honor our traditions of supporting music and giving back to our community.”
“As a non-profit organization and one of the leading arts institutions in the United States, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum makes it a priority to give back to the local community,” said Steve Turner, chairman of the museum’s board of officers and trustees. “Each year, the Ford Motor Company Fund generously allows the museum to open its doors for free to the public. We are grateful for their support and excited to make the museum available to our community for what is sure to be a memorable day.”
In addition to programming and events, special discounts are available to museum visitors that day. Ford Community Day visitors who show their Ford car key will receive 10 percent off purchases in the Museum Store, Circa and Hatch Show Print, and on food and beverage purchases at Red Onion and Bajo Sexto (excludes alcohol and gift certificates). Patrons who spend $30 or more in either Circa or the Museum Store will receive a gift with purchase.
Visitors who wish to purchase a museum membership on this day will receive a 20 percent discount on any Individual or Family Level membership. The discount will be honored only on Dec. 16, 2018, at both the membership desk and online. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org/bandtogether and use discount code FORD20.
For more information on Ford Community Day, visit countrymusichalloffame.org/ford