January 29, 2024

String City is Back at the Library on March 1

Nashville Public Library Foundation Hosts String City with Special Guest, Mary Gauthier


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Public Library Foundation (NPLF) is proud to host String City with special guest Mary Gauthier, a fundraiser for Nashville Public Library set for Friday, March 1. This one-night only event celebrates the legendary puppet show String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry, performed by the Library’s very own professional puppet troupe, Wishing Chair Productions. 

This lively event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-show shindig offering live music, food, and an open bar with specialty cocktails, beer, and wine. A private performance of String City will follow in the Library’s intimate theater, and the evening will wrap up with a special performance by Grammy-nominated, American folk singer-songwriter and author, Mary Gauthier. 

Mary’s songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Boy George, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Mike Farris, Kathy Mattea, Bobby Bare, Amy Helm and Candi Staton and have appeared extensively in film and television, most recently on TV’s Yellowstone. 

Tickets start at $150 for general admission to the pre-show shindig and VIP tickets are $225, which include an exclusive meet-and-greet reception with Gauthier and a limited-edition signed poster. Tickets can be purchased at nplf.org/events/string-city

Event proceeds fund Nashville Public Library programs that power literacy, life skills, and connection for all Nashvillians.  

String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry is a lively telling of the history of country music, with a Nashville emphasis. String City creates a fascinating and entertaining “circle” through the history of country music. Marionettes, rod puppetry, shadow/animation puppetry, and more portray country music’s legacy through songs and puppet appearances from the Carter Family, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Alison Krauss, and many others. String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry is co-production of the Nashville Public Library and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Created and presented by the Library’s Wishing Chair Productions in collaboration with the Museum, String City was made possible in part by a special gift from Judy and Steve Turner. 

About Nashville Public Library

With more than two million books, movies, and music items to choose from — plus great programming and resources to improve early and adult literacy, STEAM, ESL, and other key skills — NPL is Nashville’s gateway to some of the best resources our city has to offer. Every year, across our 21-location system, thousands of visitors discover how our library lives up to our philosophy: at NPL, books are only half the story.

About the Nashville Public Library Foundation

The Nashville Public Library Foundation, founded in 1997, is a 501(c)3 organization, supporting and fundraising for Nashville Public Library. The Library depends on public funding to support operations and maintenance; however, it thrives because of private contributions. NPLF has raised over $68 million to advance the impact of NPL programs and initiatives, as well as extend the reach and essential nature of NPL. Gifts to NPLF open a world of opportunity and access for people of all ages through investment in library resources that build literacy, digital skills, workforce readiness, lifelong learning, and ultimately, create better lives. 


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