A Night at the Grand Ole Opry House

No trip to Nashville is complete without a trip to the Grand Ole Opry. Tonight we attended the Foundation’s Night Out at the Grand Ole Opry House.

The Grand Ole Opry House

The Grand Ole Opry House

The evening was hosted by GAC’s Nan Kelly. The first group to entertain was Mike and the Driven Bow. They entertained the crown with bluegrass music from artists such as Bill Monroe and Bob Wills.

Mike and the Driven Bow

Mike and the Driven Bow

Next up was the new sound of The Fiddleheads. You may have seen them last spring on the show America’s Got Talent.

The Fiddleheads

The Fiddleheads

Prizes were given away during the night. Chevrolet gave one lucky attendee a Superbowl Package including game tickets and a hotel stay for two.

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Nashville is a city rich in history and back-stories. Award-winning songwriters Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman entertained the crowd singing some of their long list of popular songs that have been recorded by artists such as Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, JoDee Messina and Kenny Chesney, to name a few. Their energy and zeal for song was contagious and they kept the audience laughing with stories about the ideas and inspiration for their songs.

Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols

Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols

And then it was time for the headliner – the moment everyone was waiting for – Phil Vassar took the stage.

Phil Vassar

Phil Vassar

At the end, in Opry tradition, all the artists returned to the stage for a rendition of Will the Circle be Unbroken. The night was truly fun, energizing and lived up to the Opry’s reputation as “The Show that Made Country Music Famous.”

sarahdcarte is Sarah Carte of Florida, a wife, mother and fourth-generation farmer. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. Her Twitter name is @sarahdcarte and she’s also on Facebook (Sarah Dasher Carte)

Telling a Story with Meaning

Farmers and ranchers are being encouraged more and more to tell their story. Stories about the lives we lead and the work we do to produce food and fiber for an ever growing world. For me, the hardest part of telling my story is finding the story. Having lived and worked on the farm my entire life makes so much of what we do second nature that sometimes I fail to see there’s something to tell. That is why the session “Telling Stories, Making Meaning” sparked my interest.

Author David Hutchens encouraged attendees to share their story. He told participants that stories add value, and by telling the stories of what we do we can lead with authenticity.

Hutchens taught the crowd there are four core stories in each organization–who we are, vision, values and changing and learning. He asked participants to think about a story in each of those categories in their lives. It was interesting to watch everyone writing and talking about the stories. I know personally that using those guidelines I was able to think of several stories from our farm.

From the writing and chatter in the room there will be lots of stories about farm and ranch life being told all across the country.

sarahdcarte is Sarah Carte of Florida, a wife, mother and fourth-generation farmer. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. Her Twitter name is @sarahdcarte and she’s also on Facebook (Sarah Dasher Carte)

 

So Worth It

Have you ever had a moment when you are trying to get everything ready for a trip, the children situated, the chores all done and stress gets the best of you and you just sigh to yourself, “Is this really worth it?” I must admit I do before most of the trips I take.

Then you finally arrive at your destination and you see friends and acquaintances that you may have not seen in a year or more and have a great time catching up on each other’s lives. You attend the opening session and hear the organ playing, see all the state flags march in and listen to a wonderful rendition of the national anthem. You learn that Young Farmers & Ranchers you know made the top 10 in their competitive events, listen to the challenges and successes of our organization and industry over the last year, get motivated to be Farm Bureau proud and finally get to watch your state win the Pinnacle Award for the first time. And it is at those moments you realize that it is:

SO WORTH IT!

sarahdcarte is Sarah Carte of Florida, a wife, mother and fourth-generation farmer. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. Her Twitter name is @sarahdcarte and she’s also on Facebook (Sarah Dasher Carte)