Our big news this week is the May-June issue of The East Nashvillian -- in its pages, we skip from neighborhood history to neighborhood education to neighborhood improvement to neighborhood music-makers and beyond. We're proud of it, and sure hope you like it. It's on stands all around town, or you can read online.
Beyond that, some things to do and folks to welcome and praise in our East Nashville news roundup. On to it:
Fine food, in and out of Fannie Battle’s kitchen
The renovations were made possible through a Childhood Obesity Initiative Grant from the Junior League, and the new kitchen lets the folks at Fannie Battle have the tools to prepare and share healthier meals with students and families. Fine news from a deserving organization.
On the topic of good news, good eats and Fannie Battle, the Yum! East festival — which benefits Fannie Battle — continues to add East Nashville eateries to its roster. At this year’s event on June 5, we’ll be able to snag treats from Pied Piper Creamery, Far East and neighborhood newcomers Chocolate F/X
, among many other previously announced providers of eats and drinks.
A warm welcome to Lynne Lorraine’s
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the first pours at new smoothie and juice spot Lynne Lorraine’s, good news: Wait’s just about over.
The local juicery is set to open its doors (at 1100 Fatherland, Suite 102) on Monday, May 19. Keep up with the new neighborhood business on the Lynne Lorraine's Facebook page
Anniversary tidings/Tomato entertainment nudging
Art and Invention Gallery
co-owner Meg MacFadyen happened to note that this month marks that space’s 14th anniversary — a nice round number, 14. And safe to say, we think, that East Nashville would be approximately 14 times less awesome had Meg and Bret MacFadyen not decided to start getting creative on the East Side.
Calling a Market mulligan
If you missed the East Nashville Farmer’s Market’s season-opening celebration this past week, good news: You didn’t totally miss it.
The rainy Wednesday prompted Market organizers to postpone the spate of opening-day activities, so all that stuff — face painting, live music, hourly giveaways, a petting zoo — will be at the market on May 21 instead.
Lots of fun new stuff, overall, at the Market this season, including a new location (Shelby Park by the playground) and new hours (now Wednesday 3:30 to 7 p.m., so you’ll have a little more time to shop).
Block party mayhem, coming up
If you’d like to start your weekend in a celebratory way: Welcome Home (a neighborhood shop we just spotlighted)
, Climb Nashville and Cumberland Transit are hosting the Mayhem Block Party Saturday over at their corner of the Walden development.
Eyeball the flyer above for some of the fun stuff on the schedule, including discounts from the party hosts (20 percent off Cumberland apparel, membership sale from CN), wares from local pop-up makers, food, music, free beer and more.
Head by 1900 Eastland from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to take part.
Get ready for the songs of ’79
The all-star Sons of Zevon are back this month, creeping toward the end of the ‘70s with two nights at the Family Wash
(May 23 and 24) featuring the finest songs of 1979.
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of catching the Sons, the band features some of Nashville’s finest players, including former/current members of the Black Crowes and Sheryl Crow’s band, among many other bold names. They’ve been tearing through the best songs of the ’70s steadily for a while now, and aside of diving into a time machine to catch these songs live by the guilty parties when they were fresh, you’d be hard-pressed to catch them more spot-on.
The shows start at 9 p.m. (an acoustic set will go down beforehand), and admission is $10 at the door. Mark your intentions on their Facebook event page
, if you’d like. Making reservations (615-226-6070): very much recommended.
Paint to raise funds for furry friends
A fun outing for animal lovers and art lovers: Spot’s Pet Supply
hosts Painting for the Pups, a benefit art-making night aimed at raising funds for Agape Animal Rescue
, on Sunday May 18 from 2 to 5 p.m.
With a $35 donation, you’ll take part in an afternoon of celebratory art-making with direction from Ms. Beth’s Art — canvases, paint and other supplies are provided, along with snacks and drinks (though you’re also welcome to BYOB). Sign up through Agape Animal Rescue
Free workshop at East Nashville Family Medicine
Certified holistic health coach Katie Fell hosts the workshop, and she’ll discuss "why standard dieting isn't an effective solution for permanent weight loss" and offer tips on ways to live well and trim up.
That’s this week’s roundup. We’re always eager to hear whatever East Nashville news you might have to share. Got thoughts? Please, reach out.