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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, mny i7 ,1572 THE IETHBRIDCE HESAIB 45 Opryland U.S.A. to open gates to public next month B.T BILL HAWLTNS animals in their natural setting -but no Grand Ole Opry, al least for a while. The entertainment has moved forward faster than the uew Grand Ole Opry the ment centre to serve as (Me j show will remain, for the time Opry's new home. fucing, in iis present iiume, a NASHVILLE, Tcnn. (AP) More Uian three years ago, Llic producers of country music's famed Grand Ole Opry began planning a cntertain- By June, Opryland U.S.A. will open its gates on 110 song-filled, wooded acres of fun on the banks of the Cumberland River sort of ruslic Disneyland which has grown (o .-i lion undertaking. one-time iu down- town Nashville. To some, this will come as good news. Many Opry fans fear the flavor of the country's oldest and most unrehearsed radio show will IK lost in the uun unuui ionjiiB. snow DC IOSL in uie It will feature free shows audi- C a n U 5CMUM among its rides, a children's zoo ryland in 1974. with buffalo, cougars and oilier But Bud Wednell, long-time Opry manager, emphatically denies this is so. OPIIY'S SEVENTH 110MK "After all, tliis Mill be (he Opry's seventh the only one built for the he says. "It didn't lose any of its flavor when it moral and it won't lose any now." The present Opry House, he said, will be moved brick-by- brick and pcw-by-pew to the new the same centre stage used in the new slniclure. Excess bricks from the present building, erected in 1892, mil face the interior of the new au- ditorium, Adjoining the new Opry House will he a non-denominational chapel, using the tabernacle pews and bricks from the present Opry H o u s e I i 11 known locally as Hyman Audito- rium. Opryland U.S.A. is counting on the natural draw of Die Grand O.nry: P'1" 'he fact that Ihree different interstate highways interchange in Nash- ville, to bring 1.2 million vis- itors to the park during its first year of operation. Present plans call for Opry- land to lie open during tire sum- mer months, weekends in the fall and spring and, when the Opry joins Opryland, weekends all year. As a start, Downs and others visited their competition to study their operations. Then, they selected a 369-acre site plotted around fln American music theme. EVERYTHING LIVE Everything will be live. Admission will be J5.50 ior adults and S3.50 for children. After that, live musical enter- tainment and rides are free. This excludes the Opry itself, which will require a separate ticket even after it is moved to Opryland. But it will include live musical performaneas of country music, jazz, folk music, western music and contempo- rary considered dis- tinctly American. And there will be a free musl- enl reiieiv, performed in t outdoor amphitheatre, saluting American music from 19ZO to the present. At the park, workmen are busily putting the f i n i s h I n g touches on the five sellings, or towns, that honor America's bread-and-butter music. There's the New Orleans French Quarter, home of the blues and jazz A Dixieland band will bo playing in the streets. A country kitchen Is the centre of American Appala- chia's hill country village, which will feature folk and a bouncing, splashing dash through the tree tops on a log flume ride. The Spanish village, where Mexican food he served, will feature the oldest "coun- try" music in the Mexican folk music which or- ginally was to the Southwest what American folk music was to the Appalachians. Though Opryland is being built around the Grand Ole Opry, the theme of the massive park be not just country music. 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