Since this week’s news roundup falls around our country’s annual celebration of independence, figured it made sense to kick off with some opportunities to raise a glass without crossing the river, as there are many. Beyond, we’ve got some other stuff to share, including… well, other parties.
On to the latest crop of East Nashville News:
Where to celebrate the 4th in East Nashville
Since it’s Independence Day, guesses are you’re in the market for a celebration. There’s always the big Let Freedom Sing! thing downtown, but for those of us who prefer a slightly less clustery, slightly more East Nashville-y celebration have plenty of options right here. A few of em:
2014 Music City Hot Chicken Festival
So this isn’t exclusively a July 4-focused event, but it’s certainly centered around a certain kind of fireworks. If you’re new to town and haven’t gotten to taste the various takes on Nashville’s official food, the Hot Chicken Festival is the perfect opportunity. From Bolton’s to Pepperfire, Hattie B’s and the papa of them all, Prince’s, hot chicken purveyors spend the day showing off their hurts-so-good wares. The organizers are no dummies, though, so you also have vendors with a cooler thrust — say pints from Yazoo, ice cream from Pied Piper Creamery and snow cones from Retro Sno. The event kicks off with a parade of fire trucks, and early birds get the… birds: First 500 attendees snag some free chicken samples. More at the Hot Chicken Festival website.
11 a.m., East Park (700 Woodland St.), free admission
Strictly ‘80s For The Ladies at the 5 Spot
Some of us want to hark back to 1776, others to 1986. If you’re among the latter, hit The 5 Spot where you can dance to spun ‘80s favorites all night. Cover is $3, unless you’re a lady and it’s before midnight - then it’s free. Because freedom.
9 p.m., The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Ave.), free - $3
4th of July at Antica
Wanna get close to the fireworks without actually getting in that mix? Head over to small-plates place Antica for their July 4 festivities, which include drink specials, DJs and a solid menu of snacks. Down over at 5th & Main, you’ll get a good view of the display, but there’s also this: free parking.
4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Antica (507 Main St.)
July 4 at 308
If you’ve been to a party at 308, you know they ain’t boring. At their Independence Day party, DJs Coach & Rate will spin, the 308 staff will serve up their trademark fine cocktails, and the piece de resistance: There’s a dunk tank. That can only be interesting.
9 p.m. to 3 a.m., No. 308 (407 Gallatin)
Tune in to DCXV’s latest work
You’ve very likely seen Adrien Saporiti/DCXV’s work around town — including the “I Believe In Nashville” murals — and/or read about him in a recent issue of The East Nashvillian.
He remains busy making our city prettier, and if you’ve been by Center 615 on Main Street recently, you’ve likely eyed Saporiti’s most recent major mural, the bright and colorful “Stay Tuned” (pictured above, photo from Facebook), a nod toward this-is-a-test-style TV color bars.
Saporiti and friends will properly celebrate the new piece with an official debut party on Friday, July 11, and you’re invited.
The party’s set to go from 7 to 10 p.m. at Center 615 (615 Main St.), and there’ll be beer from Yazoo, a performance from Vinyl Thief and other fun.
Vote for your favorite East Nashville logo
While we’re on the subject of design: The folks at Chamber East are asking neighbors for input on a new East Nashville logo.
Three options are up for votes (pictured above), and the logo creation is part of a larger effort led by neighborhood business owners and artists to highlight and connect unique neighborhood character through murals, signs and street art. Head over to peruse and cast your vote, and grab more information about those overall efforts here (incidentally, they have really good taste in East Nashville mural photos).
Help Martha O’ Bryan help local students
Heading off to college can be an intimidating enough process, but for some of our neighbors, the process comes with extra worries, like difficulty affording the supplies they need to get by and thrive.
Here’s where The Martha O’Bryan Center and NextUP — a group of young leaders working to further the Center’s goal of helping inner city families strive toward their potential — come in.
On July 19, NextUP members will pitch in at the College Bound Bash, launched to help local students head to school prepared both mentally and supplies-wise. Many of those students are first generation college-goers, and the transition can be intimidating both emotionally and financially. With the Bash, NextUp offers needed counseling and support and simple tools many of us take for granted.
At a tailgate-style party on July 19 at the Martha O’Bryan Center (711 S. 7th St.), about 70 local students will celebrate the grand accomplishment of getting into college with a summer cookout, and “shop” for needed items like pens and pencils, book bags, blankets and other dorm supplies to prepare for school.
“Our goal is to prevent the Summer Melt this year,” says Robyn Price, the Martha O’Bryan Center’s director of post-secondary success. “The Summer Melt is a common problem where various challenges come up and the students no longer think college is obtainable. Sometimes they find a job and they think the money is more important than the education. Summer Melt will be prevented through the help of volunteer mentors this year. These volunteers will stay in regular communication with the students to help them navigate the college environment.”
You can get involved, too:
1. Shop for items on the College Bound Bash registry with Wal-mart (gift certificates are also an option).
2. Become a tutor/mentor for a college student next year by working with Topfloor. (Email Robyn Price at RPrice@marthaobryan.org for more information.)
3. Chip in to help with setup or teardown the day of the College Bound Bash (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more about the Bash and NextUP’s efforts to help our young neighbors reach their potential, check out the Martha O’Bryan Center site.
That’s it for this week. As always, if you’d like to share your East Nashville news with us, drop a line.