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ICCFA Convention Preview & 5 Fun Things To Do In Nashville


Mar 30, 2017

ASD is looking forward to seeing our clients and friends in Nashville at the 2017 International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s Annual Convention. Visit the ICCFA Convention Expo to learn about the latest trends and advancements within the profession. This is a great opportunity to see the latest funeral home merchandise and technology while reconnecting with your current vendors to learn what new offerings they may have added. There is always an exciting new product, booth design or special prize on display. We hope you’ll stop by to visit with the ASD team at Booth #1111. You can visit the Expo Hall on Wednesday, April 5 from 4p-7p, Thursday, April 6 from 12p-5p and Friday, April 7 from 11a-2p.

Head to ASD’s booth to see a live, interactive demonstration of our NFDA award-winning ASD Mobile app and other technologies we have created to make life more convenient for directors. Last year, ASD was honored to recognized with an ICCFA KIP Honorable Mention Award for our Web Chat Connect™ feature. Ask us about how this feature can provide your funeral home with a more responsive website.

Our Technical Analysts will be available throughout the convention to answer any questions you may have about our award-winning technology. Learn about our recently patented MobileFH® feature, which allows funeral directors to call any number from their cell phone and display the funeral home’s office line as their outgoing Caller ID. Stop by to see a demonstration of this feature along with our new Deep Archive Search Tool.

While you’re at our booth, be sure to pick up your FREE gift. You’ll also have a chance to enter our raffle drawing to win one of our popular and exclusive Funeral Home Lego prizes.

We can’t wait to catch up with all of your friends and clients in such an exciting and lively city! Safe travels to everyone attending and we look forward to seeing you soon


5 Cool Things To Do While You’re In Nashville

There are so many exciting venues and landmarks to visit in “the city that music calls home.” Whether it’s your first time in Nashville or you’ve roamed the storied streets many times, take time during the ICCFA Convention to explore everything that Nashville has to offer. Below are a few of our favorite city stops:

1. Broadway’s Nightlife

Just a block away from the convention center, lower Broadway consists of 4 blocks bursting with live country music venues, restaurants and businesses. From honky tonk clubs to historic cafes to concert halls, lower Broadway offers everything a music lover could ever want. Head to the world famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge (422 Broadway) to see where country legends like Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson got their start and listen to local talent cover modern country hits. For those who like a little bit of rock with their country music, check out The Stage on Broadway (412 Broadway) where live music plays every night and there is never a cover charge. If you’re in the mood for some mechanical bull riding, visit Tequila Cowboy (305 Broadway) where you’ll also find live music, a dance club lounge and Karaoke stage.

2. Jack’s BBQ

Only a short walk from Music City Center, the award-winning Jack’s BBQ has a little of everything for BBQ lovers. Offering a wide selection that includes Tennessee pulled pork shoulder, Texas-style brisket, St Louis-style pork ribs and a large selection of side dishes, you won’t find a better BBQ joint in the heart of Music City than Jack’s.

3. Country Music’s Roots

It’s not just the burgeoning live music scene that makes Nashville the city that “music calls home”. Nashville’s very foundation is built on music. Be sure to spend some time exploring all of the music history the city has to offer. Only a few blocks from Music City Center, you’ll find the “Mother Church of Country Music”the Ryman Auditorium (116 Fifth Avenue. North.) Built in 1892, the theater has showcased legendary artists like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Just a few blocks away, you’ll find the largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world at the Johnny Cash Museum (119 3rd Ave. South.) On your walk back to the convention, take a stroll through the Music City Walk of Fame Park (4th Ave. South, directly across from Music City Center) to see the star-studded pavement honoring Nashville music legends and the Nashville Music Garden.

4. Grand Ole Opry

This is the show that made country music famous. Located about 15 minutes from Music City Center, The Grand Ole Opry (2804 Opryland Drive), Nashville’s #1 attraction, features a mix of legends and contemporary artists performing country, bluegrass, folk and more. It is also the longest running radio broadcast in history. Unlike a typical concert, the Opry shows feature eight or more artists, giving the audience a sample of each artist’s style. If you don’t have time to see a show, you can schedule a backstage tour of the theatre. In the center of the stage is a circle taken from the Ryland Auditorium where the Grand Ole Opry began in 1925.

If you’re feeling hungry while you’re in the Opryland area, check out Aquarium Restaurant (516 Opry Mills Drive). Dine while seated around a 200,000-gallon aquarium with floor to ceiling views of tropical fish, sharks, stingrays and more!

5. Centennial Park

If you’re looking to spend a little time with nature during your trip to Nashville, take a short, 10-minute drive over to Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave.) where you’ll find 132 acres of pristine green space. The park boasts the impressive and iconic Parthenon building, which is the only full-scale replica of the original Athens Parthenon in the world. As Nashville’s premier park, Centennial Park is also known for its beautiful sunken garden, historic monuments and views of Lake Watauga.

What are you most looking forward to about the ICCFA Convention? What sights and attractions in Nashville would you recommend? We’d love to know! Share your thoughts in the comments below

About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)


Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD’s company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at Jess@myASD.com


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