The end of an era

Reading about the Vandyland closing in June makes me sad. Actually, I’m still a little bummed from when they changed the name from “Candyland”, but, whatever. I’m totally aware it’s just a diner, and, for some, a symbol of how “backward” Nashville is (or whatever the trend in Nashville bashing is these days). But, just like in any city, there are small things that are traditions, things you can count on seeing, and, it marks the end of an era when they are gone. Property values, new construction, tax revenue…yes, yes, I know, tradition doesn’t change the need for all that, but, we’ll still be missing a damn good milkshake.

I enjoy telling my children about things that were around when I was growing up, things that I want them to remember that are very “Nashville”. Perhaps I am subconsciously distressed that I am old enough to see these traditions die, but, please don’t point that out to me, or, I’ll have to throw my dentures at you, or, beat you with my cane or something.

On a kind of related note, I found this gallery of signs from around Nashville that’s pretty cool.

4 Comments so far

  1. Jon Henshaw (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    I’m fairly new to Nashville, and I’ve already been to Vandyland several times. It’s definitely a cool place to hang out and eat, and I really like their chocolate shakes. It will be missed, even by the Nashville newbies like me.

  2. Lesley (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 1:05 pm

    West End is soon going to look pretty boring with its chain stores and restaurants all up and down the street. It’s sad how these places keep losing their leases. I hope Elliston Place doesn’t go the same way.

  3. Bo Link (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

    I have fond memories of stopping at Candyland after school for a milkshake or banana split. It was always great to sit at the counter, eat, and talk with Mac. I’m sad to see it go.

    Just to think, I was heartbroken when they changed the name from Candyland to Vandyland.

  4. Mary (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 5:22 pm

    I need to go before it closes…I’ve never been.

    I noticed the article when I was opening the papers for the office today….it is sad so many good things are being thrown out for the flashy new…

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