Christmas Lights At Jellystone Park Won’t Happen This Year
Reason We’re Being Singled Out, We Feel, Is Because We’re Not Gaylord or Opry Mills
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The plug has been pulled on the popular annual holiday lights show at Jellystone Park. News 2 has confirmed the annual Dancing Lights of Christmas attraction in Donelson will not open this year. Owner Mike Scalf and Metro Councilman Jeff Syracuse both say they weren’t able to work things out in order to operate. It would’ve been the eighth year for the popular drive-through musical lights shows.
News 2 spoke with both men about the situation Tuesday night.Last year, organizers said 45,000 vehicles passed through the exhibit, congesting the already-congested area of Opryland and Opry Mills mill along Briley Parkway and Music Valley Drive. Jellystone Park also sits near a Pennington Bend neighborhood of over 1,000 homes. That’s one of the reasons the city and organizers came to this year’s decision to pull a plug on the event, as well as the inability to agree on a traffic plan, lease agreement, and proper permits.
“The reason we’re being singled out, we feel, is because we’re not Gaylord or Opry Mills. We’re a small veteran-owned little family Christmas light show,” owner Scalf told News 2. “We intend to pursue this. We’re going to ask our show followers to reach out to Metro Council Planning and Zoning and the mayor’s office and see if this injustice can be righted,” he continued.
However, Councilman Syracuse says it’s a matter of how big the lights show became. “In a way, they are a victim of their own success, and I congratulate them on that success, but they’ve really outgrown the capacity of that site to accommodate the event, and they’ve known about this for months,” he said. In a press release sent Wednesday, Scalf and co-owner Andy Eaton urged supporters to contact both Metro Council Planning and Zoning and the Mayor’s Office to encourage city officials to keep the attraction open for the season.
Scalf said in the release, “We were excited and set for the season – having hired employees, rented equipment and placed advertising. We were extremely disappointed to hear about Councilman Syracuse’s decision to shut us down. Contrary to what has been reported, we were not aware of his decision until we were contacted by a reporter Tuesday night.”
Scalf went on to say, “After numerous attempts to work with the city, we can’t help but feel we’re being singled out as the little guy. As I’ve said, we are a small, family-owned operation. We’re no Gaylord. Trying to shut us down right before the holidays is unfair and unjust. We are trying to stay positive and rally our supporters, but the lack of notice on this decision has put us in a hard spot.”Dancing Lights of Christmas says its been trying to work with city officials to alleviate the traffic woes, as well as zoning and leasing concerns, saying although the event “fits this zoning description, Scalf and his attorney communicated with city officials out of due diligence and were told repeatedly that they did not need a special permit.”
Scalf is also urging supporters to attend a public meeting Wednesday night at Troubadour Theater, where Councilman Syracuse will be answering questions at a holiday traffic meeting. Jellystone also took to Facebook, asking for the public’s help in getting the show back. Their statement said, in full:
Regarding the Christmas light show: First and foremost, we want to thank each and every one of you for your support. It is deeply appreciated. WE NEED YOUR HELP! For the past seven years, we have complied 100% with the city in every capacity. We are not required to obtain a permit, there are NO lease issues, and have always followed Metro police department’s traffic plan and suggestions at our own expense. We would like to ask all of our fans to reach out to Councilman Jeff Syracuse 615-862-6780 Jeff.Syracuse@nashville.gov, Douglas Sloan at Planning and Zoning 615-862-7150 Doug.Sloan@nashville.gov, and Mayor Megan Berry ‘s office 615-862-6000 to help us right this wrong, as we never agreed to “pull the plug” on the light show. We ask you to please be respectful with your comments but please let the city know your thoughts. LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR UPDATES AND ANY NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR SHOW.
News 2 reached out to the mayor’s office for comment. Spokesman Sean Braisted said they’ve received some feedback so far since yesterday’s story made headlines. “There seems to be passion on both sides; both the residents impacted by the traffic and the visitors who have enjoyed the lights show in previous years. Hopefully concerned citizens will have the opportunity to hear from Councilman Syracuse and Metro agencies tonight at the community meeting to address issues like this,” Braisted continued.
In addition, a petition was created with a video message from the two Nashville residents behind the “That’s Classic” film production team. And we also learned Wednesday talks are underway to possibly move the popular Jellystone light display to the Wilson County Ag Center in Lebanon. Larry Tomlinson, General Manager, told News 2, “They are still negotiating. It’s a real possibility it could be moved to the Ag Center in Lebanon. We will know more tomorrow.”
– WKRN web staff
Kacey Musgraves Gets a Diamond for Christmas
Kacey got one helluva Christmas present when she was proposed to by longtime boyfriend, Ruston Kelly in her childhood bedroom.
I didn’t say yes…I said HELL YESSSS!! Last night, the best man I’ve ever met got down on one knee in my little pink childhood home..in the same room I played with my ponies and barbies and asked me the easiest question I’ve ever been asked. ❤ I finally know what everyone means when they say “you just know”.
We had just been at my parent’s house randomly having a night of watching bittersweet old home tapes of all these beautiful family memories that were made in this little, old country house I grew up in that I now have. We came back to that house afterwards and he had somehow pulled off having my sister + brother in-law sneak off and completely decorate my childhood bedroom in the most nostalgic and perfect Christmas decorations. I was bewildered and confused when I saw it all and turned around and the song “Two For The Road” by Henry Mancini started playing (this song is so emotional and sweet..it’s one of my favorites..you have to go listen) and he was on his knee with a baby pink velvet ring box and the sparkliest thing I’ve ever seen! 💖Then my sister busted in and captured it all with her camera. It was so beyond special. Of all the places in the world I’ve gotten to see, nowhere could mean more than this happening in tiny Golden, Texas in the house that completely made me who I am.
The Official AirplayExpress 2016 Christmas Heroes Top30
WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio Will be Airing this Special Christmas Heroes Top 30 continuously till midnight the day after Christmas. We are keeping our fingers crossed that you will tune in and listen for as long as you can this Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas. AirplayExpress has been informed by dozens of radio station worldwide that they will air this show over this weekend but unfortunately no broadcast times have been supplied due to the fact that the radio networks will be squeezing the show into their busy schedules. WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio will also be airing this Top30 once a week all year through till the 2017 Christmas Heroes Top 30 is produced.
We are proud to announce that the following artists, fans, friends and family will be making an appearance on this Top 30 singing or simply wishing you all a very Merry Christmas:
Pat Boone, Elmo & Patsy, Allen Karl, Doris E Hays, Frans & Cathy, Brenda Lee, Alyssa Freeman, Barbara Blevins, Donna Cunningham, Landon Wall, Randy Allbright, Bing Crosby, James Marvell, Judy Welden, Rhonnie Scheuerman, Luanne Hunt, Veronica Anderson, Francesca Bassani, The Royal Guardsman, Herman Holtzhausen, June Holtzhausen, Danielle Mulford, Luke Mulford, Michael Buble, Cliff Ayers, Adele and Neil, Macy Tabor, Cliff Ayers, Elvis Presley, Rose Angelica, Dan and Karla, Pappy Jack Stracker, Tim
Fogarty, T.Jae Christian, Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan, Neil Maritz, Alan Jackson, Nicky Dee, Sonny Lee, Keith Bradford, Micki & Gene Farington, Music City Ghost, Cowboy Lone, Taylor Swift, Mike Contoni, Marge Miller, Lucas Celiberti, Jean Maritz, Justin Bieber, Wayne Jacobs, Dan Schafer.
The AirplayExpress Top30 has been compiled from playlists received from DJ’s and downloads by radio stations and and DJ’s worldwide during the past 12 weeks when our countdown to Christmas 2016 started. AirplayExpress thanks everyone who contributed to this Top 30 and especially to the ones listening at this time.
WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio will return to its normal programming at midnight the day after Christmas. Thank you, thank you, thank you………
Check Out How Some of Your Favorite Country Stars Decorated Their Christmas Trees,
Including Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Lindsay Ell & More
Christmas is almost here, and it looks like many of our favorite country stars are in a festive mood. Take a gander at how Tim McGraw, Lindsay Ell, Charlie Daniels and more decorated their Christmas trees this year.
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“Rhonnie Scheuerman’s Christmas Time Inspiration For All In Need This Morning”
Your Daily Devotions for The Day Before Christmas
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts
Here are two more reasons why spending time alone with God each day is important: 1) To take spiritual inventory of your life. David prayed, ‘Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting’ (vv. 23-24). Note the words ‘anxious thoughts’ and ‘offensive way’. These are things you start to take stock of when you are in God’s presence.
For example, are you growing daily in your spiritual walk? Are you allowing unconfessed sins to pile up in your life? How about your attitudes? In order to see yourself from God’s point of view, you have to face these questions in His presence and answer them honestly. 2) To commit each day to the Lord. The writer of Proverbs said,‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths’ (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Share your schedule with God, ask Him to guide you in your daily activities and alter them as needed. Ask Him to help you manage your time better so you can get more done (Psalms 90:12). Ask Him to help you distinguish between what’s truly important and what isn’t (1 Corinthians 10:23). Every day of your life you’ll have to deal with two things: problems and opportunities. And God will give you the right perspective and approach to handle both. You’ll be amazed how much more effective and efficient you are when you’ve spent time with Him.
search me Lord and reveal my heart and heal me. In Jesus’ Name
Jack Blanchard’s Column: The Christmas Town
It was the day before Christmas: We were road tired, and traveling westward through Illinois or Iowa…on our way to another show somewhere. We tried to cheer each other up, and said we’d celebrate our Christmas at a later date.
The countryside looked like a Christmas card through the windshield of our motor home.Fine dusty snow was starting to whirl around and the Interstate Highway was just about deserted.
It began snowing harder.We needed a place to pull in for the night, but we hadn’t seen anything open for miles.
We started to get worried.
It was getting dark, and the wind was blowing the snow into drifts. We pulled off at the next exit,but there was no sign of life except an old barn. The barn had a sign over the door, and Christmas lights were on inside.
It turned out to be a little store with a few groceries, and some antiques for sale in the back.
The owner took us to a little room where they kept boots and snow shovels. That’s where we plugged in our electric line.
Misty made a good deal…One night, two dollars.
We dragged our small artificial Christmas tree out of the trunk and into the bus. She had it trimmed and lit in about ten minutes.
We’d been on a long hard tour and we didn’t have any presents for each other, so we looked around at the antiques and things in the store.
We picked out a few gifts, but we didn’t have any way to gift wrap ’em.
Two or three at a time some people from the town came into the store, stomping the snow off their shoes and saying “Merry Christmas” to each other. They were smiling and friendly and offered to take our gifts back to their homes and wrap ’em for us.
When they came back a while later, our presents looked beautiful.
They brought along some cookies and eggnog, and we had a little party with these unusual strangers. We wanted to cancel all our future bookings and live here.
In the morning we woke up to snow covered cornfields and a sparkling forest of winter trees. An old rusty plow and a wagon were half buried in the snow outside our window.. It was a perfect Christmas.
We don’t even know the name of the town, or which state it’s in. And we haven’t been able to find it on any map.
We just think of it as our Christmas Town. Maybe it’s in the twilight zone.
Deck the Halls with Jennifer Nettles in an All-New Christmas Concert
AXS TV offers viewers a Country Christmas with GRAMMY®-winning entertainer Jennifer Nettles
The network premieres an all-new holiday television event on Tues., Dec. 20 at 9pE. Band Against Cancer presents Jennifer Nettles: ‘Tis The Season was originally filmed live at the world-famous CMA Theater in Nashville. In this special, Nettles’ signature vocals are on full display as the set list features a charming blend of classics and modern favorites from her latest album TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS (Big Machine Records.)
The special will also have a same night encore broadcast at 11pE and subsequent airings Wed., Dec. 21 at 10pE; Thurs., Dec. 22 at 9pE; Fri., Dec. 23 at 4pE and 6pE; Wed., Dec. 28 at 10pE; and Thurs., Dec. 29 at 9pE.
“Jennifer Nettles is one of the most celebrated women in Country today, and her unique take on these classic and modern tunes is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season,” said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV’s Senior Vice President, Programming and Development.
The hour-long Yuletide concert special includes “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “O Holy Night,” and “Merry Christmas With Love,” among others.
“There is truly something here for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a Country fan or you just love the spirit of the season. AXS TV is proud to be a part of this incredible event supporting such an important cause.”
The unforgettable evening was held to raise funds and awareness for the Band Against Cancer movement—a joint partnership between cancer specialist Sarah Cannon and Big Machine Label Group, aimed at helping people with cancer connect to the support and resources they need.
What would the Christmas season be without music? It’s the soundtrack for trimming the tree, wrapping presents and cooking Christmas dinner. While those activities are fun for a lot of folks and Martina McBride’s White Christmas is must-have musical accompaniment, I decided to create the manliest of holiday playlists, perfect for listening to while splitting firewood, playing bocce ball in the backyard and sipping spiked eggnog around the fire (my favorite holiday activities).
Without further ado, here we go.
10. “Santa Claus and Popcorn”
Most people will tell you that Merle Haggard’s finest holiday tune is “If We Make It Through December,” and it’s hard to argue against that. But for my Merle money, it doesn’t get any better than when the Okie sings “Santa Claus and Popcorn,” a warm, upbeat track that’s full of sleigh bells, mistletoe and reindeer horns.
9. “Christmas in Prison”
You probably won’t hear “Christmas in Prison” on a conventional holiday playlist, but then again, John Prine is anything but conventional. What you will hear if you take the time to listen to this song are lyrics as rich as figgy pudding and an accordion that’s sweeter than wassail.
8. “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’”
Bill Monroe first recorded the tune in 1951 and a slew of other artists have covered it—including Johnny Cash and Sammy Kershaw—but Jerry Reed lays the hammer down on this bluegrass ditty like only the Snowman can. That’s a big 10-4, good buddy.
7. “Christmas Cookies”
Not only is George Strait’s Texas two-step the greatest song about Christmas confections, it’s also quite simply the best cookie song of all-time, topping the Cookie Monter’s stellar “C Is for Cookie.” With George’s signature vocal swagger and some dynamite chicken-pickin’, “Christmas Cookies” is a sweet ditty from the first chomp to the last bite. If anyone tells you that cookies aren’t manly, they’ve never had a Double Stuf Oreo.
6. “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy”
With the backing of his Buckaroos, Buck Owens adds a little West Coast warmth to the holiday season with his Bakersfield-infused tune. Everyone’s Christmas needs equal doses of honky and tonky, and Buck happily supplies it with “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy.”
5. “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Many country singers have tried to top Gene Autry’s version of “Rudolph”—including Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton—but the Singing Cowboy’s classic interpretation of “Rudolph” is the like a spiked glass of eggnog: the perfect holiday concoction.
4. “Come On Christmas”
The holidays aren’t always as warm and fuzzy as a pair of Frosty the Snowman footie pajamas—for many people, it’s a sad, lonely time of year. Dwight captures those forlorn sentiments with his haunting, melodic voice in “Come on Christmas,” a tune that beckons the season to conclude so his loneliness will end.
3. “Blue Christmas”
Ernest Tubb took “Blue Christmas” to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country & Western chart in 1950, but Elvis Presley cemented the tune as a perennial holiday must-hear when he put his aching croon on it in 1957, and later featured it on his 1968 television special. Bing Crosby can keep dreaming of a “White Christmas”—I’ll take a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas every year.
2. “Pretty Paper”
With both a whisper and a roar, Willie delivers a melancholy ballad about a disabled street vendor trying to sell pretty paper, ribbons and pencils to busy holiday passersby. Much like a medieval minstrel going from town to town to sing his story-songs, Willie’s tender rendition of “Pretty Paper” is the perfect parable to prompt us to slow down during the holidays, help those in need and be thankful for what we have.
1. “Merry Christmas From the Family”
Robert Earl Keen
Robert Earl puts the “fun” in dysfunctional with his twisted Texas anthem of Christmas cheer. In keeping with the spirit of the season, REK reminds us that the holidays are about spending time with family—in this case, a motley crew that likes to drink champagne punch, smoke Marlboro Lights and eat bean dip while singing “Silent Night” and making runs to the local Stop ’N Go for “some celery and a can of fake snow.” That’s my kind of crowd.
WCTR Official Playlist as of Dec 11, 2016
The Official WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio. WCTR airs 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. Each and every song on this playlist is aired at least twice a day all year long. To include your song here mail us at email@example.com
1. Alan Jackson – Honky Tonk Christmas FM (2:51)
2. Allen Karl – With Bells On (2:46)
3. Allen Karl – Its Not Christmas (3:10)
4. Allen Karl – Santa Looks A Lot Like Daddy (2:34)
5. Bellamy Brothers – Old Hippie Christmas FM (2:56)
6. Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock Kb (2:08)
7. Brenda Lee – Rockin Around The Christmas Tree Kb (2:05)
8. Burl Ives – Have A Holly Jolly Christmas Kb (2:11)
9. Cajun Christmas Nights – Run Run Rudolf [FM] (2:48)
10. Chris Rea – I’ll Be Home For Christmas FM (3:57)
11. Clay Alston – How Do I Wrap My Heart Up This Christmas (3:01)
12. Cledus T. Judd – Cledus’ Christmas Ball (2:32)
13. Country Mountain Christmas – Jingle Bells (3:45)
14. Cowboy Lone – Dear Santa (4:41)
15. Dan & Karla – Stars & Angels (3:49)
16. Dan Schafer – Christmas In Denver(2:55)
17. Dan Schafer – Christmas Wish (2:54)
18. Dan Schafer – War Of Words (4:35)
19. Daniel O Donnell – Snowflake FM (2:25)
20. Destinys Child – Eight Days Of Christmas [FM] (2:30)
21. Donna Cunningham – Please Come Home For Christmas (3:15)
22. Donna Cunningham – Pretty Paper (3:03)
23. Donna Cunningham – Rockin Little Christmas Fm (3:15)
24. Dwight Yoakam – Santa Cant Stay [FM] (3:25)
25. Elvis Presley – Winter Wonderland NM (2:31)
26. Elvis Presley – Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me FM (1:56)
27. Elvis Presley – Silent Night (2:14)
28. Frans And Cathy – Its The Night They Play Those Songs Kb (5:44)
29. Gary Jennings – Truckers Christmas (3:38)
30. Gene Autry – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Kb (3:21)
31. George Strait – Christmas Cookies CM (3:14)
32. Gretchen Wilson – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas FM (2:23)
33. James Marvell – Only Christian Country (3:21)
34. James Marvell – Prophecy (4:38)
35. Jewel – Winter Wonderland [CM] (3:36)
36. Joey And Rory – Let It Snow Somewhere Else FM (3:36)
37. JoeyRory – Let It Snow Somewhere Else (3:18)
38. John Anderson – Jingle Bell Rock FM (2:09)
39. Johnny Cash – Christmas Guest Fm (4:35)
40. Judy Welden – Shop Til I Drop (3:24)
41. Judy Welden – This Christmas Spread His Love (3:45)
42. Judy Welden – Waiting For You Neath The Christmas Tree (3:22)
43. Justin Bieber – Mistletoe [FM] (3:10)
44. Keith Bradford – Christmas Day (2:33)
45. Keith Bradford – Christmas Is (2:53)
46. Kenny Chesney – I’ll Be Home For Christmas CM (3:50)
47. Kenny Chesney – Pretty Paper [CM] (3:50)
48. Larry M Clark – Santa’s Helpers (3:10)
49. Los Santos – Macarena Christmas Party Mix FM (6:02)
50. Luanne Hunt – Christmas Without You (3:15)
51. Luanne Hunt – Take Me Back To Bethlehem (4:01)
52. Marvell & Messengers – Embrace The World This Christmas (5:08)
53. Merle Haggard – Blue Christmas FM (2:37)
54. Mike Contoni – Do A Little Christmas Jingle (5:24)
55. Pat Boone – Christmas Wish (2:24)
56. Patti Page – Frosty The Snowman ED (2:44)
57. Richard Daime – Credit Card Christmas (3:10)
58. Richard Daime – Fireside Memories (3:26)
59. Richard Daime – Just For You At Christmas (4:33)
60. Rose Angelica – The Wish (4:05)
61. Royal Guardsmen – Snoopys Christmas (Original)FM (3:09)
62. Shakin Stevens – Blue Christmas FM (2:48)
63. Toby Keith – Christmas Rock CM (2:33)
64. Toby Keith – Hot Rod Sleigh FM (3:36)
65. Tractors – Rockin This Christmas FM (3:44)
66. Various Artists – Hot Rod Sleigh — Toby Keith (3:36)
67. Wayne Jacobs – A Child Born For You And Me (4:18)
68. Wham Last Christmas FB (6:08)
WCTR Wildhorse Christmas time Radio New Additions:
69. Marge Miller – The Little Kid In Me
70. Randy Albright – Santa’s Sleigh
71. The Royal Guardsman - Snoopy's Christmas [Live]
72. James Marvell - Prophecy 
73. Luanne Hunt & The Royal Guardsman - Rudy's Winter Break
WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio