First, a little update from last week’s news roundup. We mentioned that new Fatherland juice and smoothie spot Lynne Lorraine's was set to open Monday. They had to rejigger the opening some, so plans currently are to start serving at 1100 Fatherland, Suite 102,
on Friday, May 23 next week.
On another East Nashvillian front: Since our May-June issue is now out, we’re digging into the next book — the Tomato Art Fest issue, always our largest of the year. Local biz friends who’d like to get an ad into that book should drop our publisher Lisa McCauley a line.
And now on to this week’s hunk of East Nashville news:
A look at Stratford STEM’s future
Our May-June issue has an illuminating and exciting story on the rebirth and future of Stratford STEM Magnet by Jon Gugala — if you’re interested in the betterment of education in our neighborhood and our city, it’s a really energizing read.
And we’re moving forward toward the changes outlined in that piece. Students, parents, community members and councilman Anthony Davis joined together this week to talk about and take a look at renderings of the ongoing and upcoming changes at Stratford.
Up top, an image of what the front of Stratford STEM will look like in 2016, after the $20 million renovation starting this summer is completed. Here's another:
Pretty exciting stuff. Further images and details are up at the Children First Metro Schools blog.
Lee Brice serenades at East Side wedding
From the department of awwwwww: Country star Lee Brice gave a memorable wedding gift to local couple Josh and Corene Edgeworth this week, singing “Love Like Crazy” to soundtrack the newlywed’s first dance during a ceremony at East Ivy Mansion here in the neighborhood.
The happy couple won their brag-worthy wedding entertainment in a contest from NASH FM's "America's Morning Show.”
Congrats, lovebirds. Celebrate/ good times/ come on.
May Day at Foobar
More on the music front: Foobar and Foobar Too host a Memorial Day weekend May Day Festival, with an absolutely stocked line-up of bands and DJs (look up, right there).
Snag a full two-day pass via Eventbrite for just $10. Doors open at 8 p.m. both nights.
Nikki Lane unveils ‘Right Time’
While we’re (still) talking music: Talented singer, songwriter, East Nashvillian and (former?) High Class Hillbilly vintage hunter Nikki Lane just unveiled a new video for “Right Time,” off her latest album, All or Nothin’. CMT has the premiere, below:
Urban Green Lab on TV
And while we’re on the subject of moving pictures: Jennifer Tlumak, the executive director of sustainability-focused East Nashville nonprofit Urban Green Lab, dropped by WSMV recently to talk green living and eco-friendly actions. Watch here:
Learn about the history of Shelby Park
Like nature-related things and parks and stuff plus East Nashville? Fun weekend activity coming up in Shelby Park via Historic Nashville.
Teacher and local history expert Larry Kramer heads up a walking tour of the park on Saturday, June 7, sharing info about historic stops along the way, including Cave Springs, Mission House, Sycamore Lodge and more. The tour kicks off at 10 a.m., and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic and hang in the park for lunch afterward.
Taking part is free, though you’ll need to snag a ticket via Eventbrite.
Declutter and help East C.A.N.
There are a lot of different ways you can help East C.A.N. continue to do their great work aiding animals in our neighborhood — donate funds, foster pups, even just do your Amazon shopping through their portal.
Here’s a way that’ll benefit you directly, too: Declutter your house by rounding up stuff you don’t need, and donate said stuff to May 31’s Spring Cleaning with a Cause! Yard Sale, proceeds from which will go to help East C.A.N.
Organizers are looking for resellable clothing, furniture, toys, housewares, CDs and DVDs and more, and you can either drop off in the neighborhood or schedule a pickup.
Check out the sale’s Facebook event page for more info.
Admire vintage bikes, eat fresh BBQ
Motorcycle enthusiasts, take note: The fine folks over at Drifters BBQ are hosting a vintage bike show this Saturday, May 24, and it’s set to include lots to ogle, from American to Japanese and European bikes of a certain age.
Along with the handsome machinery, you’ll be able to take in some live music and get involved with, say, some ribs, wings and fried hot pickles.
Register your bike from noon to 3 p.m. Music starts at 1 and runs into the evening.
Food Truck Fest this weekend
Just a little reminder: Nashville First Church of the Nazarene hosts a Food Truck Fest this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Snag lunch and donuts and lots more at 510 Woodland.
That’s it for this week’s roundup. If you have thoughts/events/happenings to share, love to hear em. Drop a line.