This is one of those stories that makes sense on the one hand, but is filled with sentimental attachment and difficulty on the other hand.
The famed stage of the legendary Ryman Auditorium where the longest running radio show in America still is staged during the winter months, and broadcast over WSM will be getting a major make-over. The place where Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, and Ernest Tubb sang and performed for many years will be removed and replaced. The stage where the stars of classic county once stood will be gone.
The stage is to be replaced by a more durable Brazilian teak, though an 18-inch lip of the blonde oak at the front will be retained for history’s sake. The original hickory support beams underneath will be reinforced with concrete foundations, crossbeams and joist work that will help triple the load capacity.
Many years ago the curtain that goes up at the Opry was replaced, with the old one cut into small sections and used as additions to certain album purchases. I own one of those sections, and posted about it in 2008. It would be wonderful if the old stage could be cut up into small sections and either auctioned off, or placed for sale. I have the perfect place to show it off at home, and hope that the Opry owners are thinking of making use of the old stage floor.
What a story that old wood could tell.