This week, we’re talking celebrated neighbors, school changes, housing changes, new business and lots of celebrations. And thanking Earth for this glorious weather.
On to the latest East Nashville news:
East Nashvillian of the Year nom time is here
If you’re new to East Nashville, you might not have met our annual effort to honor community and business neighbors, the East Nashvillian of the Year awards. Helmed by the Historic East Nashville Merchants Association, the awards give all of us the chance to nominate folks who’ve contributed to the fabric of our vibrant and ever-changing neighborhood, before HENMA members vote on the year’s winners. Said winners snag a cash prize and the bragging right of being among a vaunted crew of past awardees.
Nomination time for 2014 is here, so if you’d like to throw a back-pat toward a neighbor or a neighbor business, now’s the time. The specifics:
There’ll be one winner in each of two categories. Description from HENMA: “The first will be for a business or a business owner that in 2014 portrayed the best of what East Nashville has to offer. The second award is for a private citizen who best symbolizes what being a good East Nashville neighbor means.”
To share your nomination, email lisa(at)theeastnashvillian(dot)com and include your suggested honoree’s name and a description of how their accomplishments fit the bill. Voting goes down in November.
If you’d like a reminder on last year’s winners, dig into our back issues. Up above? That’s our own Lisa McCauley and Elizabeth Chauncey of East C.A.N., who snagged the prizes in 2012.
Talk East Nashville schools with Dr. Register
There’s been, shall we say, a whole lotta talk in the neighborhood recently about MNPS director of schools Dr. Jesse Register's efforts to reorganize public schools in our area (specifically, the Maplewood and Stratford clusters)… Lots of press coverage, many social media hollers, a neighborhood group organized to register thorough disapproval (and work toward changing those efforts).
If you’re passionate about this topic and would like to learn more, Dr. Register is attending a series of public meetings at neighborhood schools in the coming weeks, including one at Inglewood Elementary on Wednesday the 24th, Jere Baxter Middle School on September 30 and others. Wanna make plans to attend one? A list is posted on the MNPS Children First site.
Tiny houses cometh?
The Tennessean’s Getahn Ward reported on an interesting new twist in the East Nashville homes conversation: a proposed zoning change, via Metro councilman Scott Davis, that’d allow Cleveland and McFerrin Park folk to add small, standalone dwellings to their property.
“Davis said the dwellings, which could be no larger than 1,000 square feet, would allow homeowners to pursue rental income opportunities, while also creating more housing options in the community,” Ward writes.
Read the whole story at Tennessean.com, and ponder.
Nashville Beer Festival is Saturday
Earlier this month, we had a chat with Nashville Beer Festival director Matt Johnson about the fourth annual event and its move to East Park.
Here’s a friendly, sudsy reminder: The fest goes down Saturday, and includes nearly 50 craft breweries sharing their stuff plus vendors, food and lots of other festivities. And an added bonus: Your ticket cash goes to help The Phoenix Club, a local charity that works with disadvantaged youths.
For more info/tickets, visit the Nashville Beer Festival website.
Old Mac’s Drive In to get new life?
The Listserv is, time to time, a great resource for fun snippets of neighborhood news. Like this one: Looks like a proposal has been submitted to thoroughly rehab and reinvent the old Mac’s Drive In building at 1305 Gallatin, which, while indeed a neighborhood landmark of sorts, ain’t the prettiest pig at the fair.
If you scroll way down in the proposal, you’ll see sketches and plans for the Oasis Market that do not include a total tear down, but a lot of rebuilding. As the old Mac’s is in a historic overlay district, the proposal needs the related codes approval to move forward. Take a gander if you’re curious.
Rhed Rholl Recordings space closing for now
The Porter Rd. record-shop outpost of East Nashville’s Rhed Rholl Recordings is closing, those folks shared in a lengthy (and expressive) missive on Facebook. The intent, they say, is to find “a larger building where we can throw shows and have events, have rehearsal space for our bands, and house our offices” to reopen, but “unfortunately such a place has yet to become available (at least for a reasonable cost).”
Meantime, they’ll be focusing efforts on their record label.
“We have new music to share, new bands to announce very soon, and a ton of new goals,” their message says. “Thank you all for everything up to this point, and we’re excited to show you what’s next.”
East Side shops open up
Two long-simmering new neighborhood shops have just opened their doors:
High-fashion stop Any Old Iron at 1629 Shelby is up and running, sharing U.K.-bred and music-inspired apparel.
New instruments/etc. shop Eastside Music Supply is open at 1006 Fatherland, Suite 103, with an array of guitars, amps, boutique effects and everyday musician needs.
Pumpkin Ale Patch party is back
Our friends at East Nashville Underground have created something of a fall East Nashville tradition in their Pumpkin Ale Patch party which, in the past, has included seasonal beer, scary movie showings, lots of live music, a yard full o’ pumpkins and general reclaim-childhood-glee-as-adults fun.
This year’s Pumpkin Ale Patch party: ain’t broke, so they ain’t fixin’.
The 2014 party goes down Friday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m. to midnight at 1604 Shelby Ave., and the door charge is $5. You’re welcome to BYOB if you like.
For more, stop by the Pumpkin Ale Patch party Facebook event page.
Curvy Yoga hosting grand opening
New neighborhood yoga studio Curvy Yoga is hosting a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., and here’s what’s on the docket: free chair massages, free eyebrow waxes from neighbors Wax Nashville, free treats, giveaways (a free year of yoga among them) and deeply discounted monthly rates, plus a photo booth, face painting and other fun.
If you’d like to swing by, the studio’s located at 123 S. 11th, and there’s more info at the Curvy Yoga website.
Unbound Arts and Riverwood Mansion team up for events
Fun news from local creative collective Unbound Arts: They’ve teamed up with the new management at Inglewood’s historic Riverwood Mansion for upcoming events, starting in November.
“An historic antebellum mansion on 8 acres used for private events and weddings, they have contracted with us to provide a new kind of experience at the mansion,” an update from UA says. “We couldn't be more excited and grateful to have this amazing place as our new home and look forward to hosting many unique events and diverse programming in this beautiful place!”
Regular Unbound events with which you may already be familiar, like Third Thursdays and Second Sunday Jazz, will move to the mansion come fall too.
To keep up, follow Unbound Arts on the Facebooks.
That’s it for this week. Have we mentioned before that we’d love to hear any East Nashville news you have to share?