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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, Moy 17 ,1572 THE UTHBRIDGE HESAtB 45 Opryland U.S.A. to open gates to public next month By BIU, EAWLTNS NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) More Uian three years ago, the producers of country music's famed Grand Die Opry began planning a entertain- ment centre to serve as the Opry's new home. 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 rustic Disneyland which has grown to a lion undertaking. anirnaJs in their natural setting -but no Grand Ole Opry, at least for a while. The entertainment has moved forward faster than the new Grand Ole Opry the show will remain, for the time being, in its present liume, a one-time tabernacle in 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 lie lost in the It will feature free shows of j neWj audi- ;chedulcd to open at Op- five different kinds of American j. music, two antique trains sc among its rides, a children's zoo j with buffalo, cougars and other Opry manager, denies this is so. OPBY'S SEVENTH 110MK "After all, this will be the Opry's seventh the only one built for the he says. "It didn't lose any of its flavor it moved and it won't lose any now." The present Opry House, he said, will be moved brick-by- brick and pew-by-pew to the new the same centre stage used in the new structure. Excess bricks from the present building, erected in 1892, will face the interior of the new au- ditorium. Adjoining the new Opry House But Bud Wednell, long-time j will be a non-denominational 1974. emphatically chapel, using the tabernacle pews and bricks from the present Opry H o u s e I i 11 known locally as Ryman Audito- rium. Opryland U.S.A. Is counting on the natural draw of the Grand nin Onry. plus the fact that three 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 be open during tire sum- mer months, weekends in the fall and spring and, when tbe 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 an American music theme. EVERYTHING LIVE Everything will be live. And there will be a free musi- cal review, performed in a outdoor amphitheatre, saluting American music from 1920 to the present. At the park, workmen are busily putting the f i n i s h i n g Admission will be for j touches on the five settings, or adults and 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 performances of country music, jazz, folk music, western music and contempo- towns, that 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, rary considered dis- which will feature folk and a bouncing, splashing dash through the tree tops on a log i way. "You'll leave with a near- flume ride. college education to Arnerlcan'i The Spanish village, where musical heritage." 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