Thursday Events

Thursday, October 24th:

Pilgrimage to The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament (6am-5pm – All ages!)

For the early arrivals, come join us as we make a short pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. We will depart the hotel for Hanceville, AL at an early 6:00 a.m.. A pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament provides a place for prayer and quiet contemplation – we will tour this beautiful place, attend Mass and silently join the Nuns as they pray the Liturgy of the Hours and Holy Rosary.

The Shrine itself, both the church and Our Lady of the Angels monastery, are modeled on the great Italian churches of the 13th Century, the time period that experienced the birth of the Franciscan charism.

This is about a three hour trip to the Shrine, so plan accordingly.   We will have time to visit the Gift Shop and some free time to look over the grounds as well.  As a special treat, you will be allowed the option of taking the Shrine tour or the John Paul II Eucharistic Center tour. We will stop along the return trip for early dinner with an arrival time of about 5:00 p.m. back at the hotel.

Cost: There is no cost for the tour itself, but donations to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament are much appreciated. Transportation options to the Shrine will depend on the number of early registrations received. We will either rent a van or carpool and pay the vehicle owner’s expense. The Shrine is wheelchair and handicap accessible. Hosted by Johnny. Click here to RSVP! Registration extended through Wednesday, October 23rd, 11:59pm CST – or until full, whichever comes first.


Dinner on Broadway and dancing at the Wildhorse Saloon (7pm-10:30pm – All ages!)

From the Inn at Opryland, we’ll head to Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville for a bite to eat and enjoy some dancing at the world-famous Wildhorse Saloon, a 25-year-old restaurant, bar and live music venue in the heart of downtown Nashville. It is the only venue in Nashville that offers complimentary daily line dance lessons. Depending on the whims of the group, we may move on from Wildhorse Saloon and explore some of the other unique bars on Broadway. Click here to RSVP!

6:30pm: Meet in hotel lobby to carpool to Wildhorse Saloon
10:00pm – ?: Return to hotel

Cost: Split costs for carpool/Uber/Lyft for transportation & dinner, drinks on your own.


BBQ, Whiskey and Country Music on Broadway (7pm-TBD – 20’s-40’s)

Adults (20’s-40’s) are welcome to enjoy the evening getting to know others who will be attending the conference with you while listening to the live country music at some of Nashville’s great bars and tasting authentic barbecue and Tennessee whiskey for which Nashville is famous. Hosted by Melanie & Erin. Click here to RSVP!

Departure: 7:00pm – Meet in the Inn at Opryland hotel lobby to carpool or Uber/Lyft to Broadway (approx. 25 min. drive). Based on timing of music sets we might check out different bars on the block.

Return time: At your individual preference when you want to depart.

Cost: Dinner and drinks on your own (if possible bring cash to make paying easier). Plus cost of ride sharing split by participants if using Uber or Lyft.

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