East Nashville News: Yum!East serves up tickets, Rock N’ Roll Marathon road closures, Soles 4 Souls and more


This week we’ve got Yum!East tickets coming for our bellies, Independent Bookstore Day plans, Soles 4 Souls needs your kicks, the rundown on road closures for St. Jude's Rock N' Roll Marathon and more.

On to it:

Yum!East Tix on sale today

So maybe you don’t have time to eat your way through every East Nashville restaurant in the neighborhood, but Yum!East can help you out. The foodie festival just rolled out tickets for this year’s June 1 event.

Yum!East, now in its 5th year, is held at the Pavilion East. Think backyard party without all the burnt brats and undercooked burgers. You’ll have three hours to eat around East Nashville’s culinary landscape in one fell swoop. This taste-a-thon gets more delicious every year. From BBQ to tofu, they have a little bit of everything. You can expect a smorgasbord of Eastside flavors from longtime staples and new additions to the Eastside’s communal kitchen.

If unlimited eats, wine and beer weren’t enough to sell you, you’re gluttony is for a good cause. Yum!East is a fundraiser for the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children. So, just by attending, you’re helping out at-need families in our community. Tickets are $55 per person, which includes samples from all the participating restaurants, an open bar, and a nifty souvenir glass.  Grab your tickets here.

Her Bookshop to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day


Hit the books(tore)! Saturday, April 29 marks Independent Bookstore Day, a one-day nationwide celebration of the indie bookstores across the country. Cozy book-nook Her bookshop (1006 Fatherland St.) has a slew of plans for the day.

This will be the carefully-curated bookstore’s inaugural celebration of the erudite holiday. Joelle Herr, the shop’s owner, shared her plans for the afternoon—a daylong party featuring giveaways, treats, and signings by local authors. Independent Bookstore Day offers some limited edition grabs for ye’ bookworms. Among the bookish goods for sale will be a colorful literary map of the U.S., copies of Literary Cocktail Party, a collection of stories and recipes from famous writers, signed prints by Author Jenny Lawson (“Furiously Happy” and “You Are Here”), a signed edition of a story cut from Michael Chabon's recent bestseller “Moonglow,” and plenty more wordsmith-worthy items.

Her will open the bookshelves at 10 a.m. Things will kick off with Grammy award-winning songwriter Scot Sax, who will be reading from his new children’s book “The Mosquito and the Bumble Bee”  at 10:30 a.m.—Sax will hang around to sign books and talk kiddo lit for the afternoon.

From 1 to 2 p.m. Abby Demmer, founder of The Nashville Guide blog will be on site to sign copies of her recently published, trendy travel guide of the same moniker “The Nashville Guide: Experience Local.” Something Hemingway himself would appreciate: around 4 p.m. they’ll be cracking open the rosé happy hour.

Her Bookshop is a “nook for people who love books,” with a small serving off all kinds of literature and a focus on illustrated gift-worthy books. Owner Joelle Herr is a long-time veteran of the book world, having worked in publishing for over 20 years and releasing many books of her own. Herr is hoping to see some regulars and new book-lovers at this weekend’s event, “Since opening the shop almost 10 months ago, I have been blown away by the community's support and enthusiasm for our little nook, and so I'm really looking forward to Saturday!”

If you’re out and about to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, remember to drop by some Her Bookshop bretheren, East Side Story (1108 Woodland St.), Atomic Books (1603 Riverside Dr), and Defunct Books (118 S 11th St.).


Soles 4 Souls kicks off clothing, shoe drive to benefit East Nashville non-profits


The Nashville-based non-profit social enterprise Soles 4 Souls ust ramped up it’s spring fundraiser. This year they’ve got a charitable Eastside double entendre that benefits local organizations the Martha O’Bryan Center and East C.A.N.

Their hosting a shoe and clothing drive, which kicked off on April 22 and runs through June 30. Got a few pairs of lightly used kicks or threads lying around the house? Here is chance to clear your space with a clear conscience. Soles 4 Souls will be collecting donations from these East Nashville locales: Climb Nashville (1900 Eastland), Crossfit 615 (3231 Gallatin Pike), Dalewood United Methodist Church (2300 Ridgecrest Dr.), East Nashville Community Center (700 Woodland St.), Eastwood Greene (921 Greenwood Ave), Five Points Animal Hospital (1103 Woodland St.), Martha O’Bryan Center (711 S. 7th St.), Nashville Running Company (1105 Woodland St.), OMG (3701B Gallatin Pike), The Post East (1701 Fatherland St.), Riverside Village (1406 McGavock Pike), The Pharmacy (731 McFerrin Ave.), Spot’s Pet Supply (1013 Gallatin Ave.), Title Boxing (605 Gallatin Ave.), Wags & Whiskers (1008 Forrest Ave), and the Margaret Maddox YMCA (2624 Gallatin Pike). Large donations can be made at the collection bin in the parking lot outside of the Walden development, (1886 Eastland Ave.) home to Ugly Mugs, Jeni’s, Two Ten Jack and more.

Last year the drive collected nearly 10,000 pounds of unwanted shoes and clothing; this year they’re aiming to reach 15,000 pounds. For every pound donated, a monetary donation will be made to Martha O’Bryan and East C.A.N. Soles 4 Souls benefits the city on a local level—but on a larger scale they impact our nation and abroad. Stateside, the social enterprise model provides shoes and clothing to those in need that fall below the poverty line. Nationally and abroad, they respond with donations during international crises in the wake of disasters. Outside of their short-term relief projects, they’ve created a micro-enterprise model providing the items at a low cost to entrepreneurs in developing countries, allowing them to offer the items at a low price to their community while providing them with sustainable employment. Watch out for these donation spots for the next few months, Eastsiders.


Road Closures in East Nashville for St. Judes’s Rock N’ Roll Marathon


Traffic is bad enough on a normal day around these parts, so we figured we would give you a run down of road closures impacting East Nashvillians during this weekend’s St. Judes Rock N’ Roll Marathon. The marathon heads into its 18th year in Nashville on Saturday, April 29. Registration is closed, but if you want to drop by the race’s health and fitness expo, it runs through 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, April 28 at Music City Center. That portion is open to the public, no running required. The yearly marathon supports the good work the folks of St. Jude do to battle life-threatening childhood cancers and diseases at no cost to families.

Now on to the road closures.  If you ain’t running, you won’t be doing a lot of moving without reading through this. Beginning at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 29:

Woodland St. from 5th Street to 10th Street, South 5th from Woodland to Russell Street closed until 1 p.m.

Russell from South 10th to South 7th Street until 1:15 p.m.

South 7th from Russell to Fatherland Street. Fatherland from 7th to 5th until 1:30 p.m.

Davidson Street from South 5th to Shelby Park’s entrance until 2:30 p.m. All roads in Shelby Park will be closed until 2:30 p.m.

South 5th from Woodland to Davidson until 2:45 p.m.

Woodland from Union Avenue to South 10th until 1 p.m.

If you want to check the routes out for yourself, there is a list of East Nashville closures here  and city-wide road closures here. You can find a close up view of the street closures map here. 

Quick Bits:

Have a beer and bite to support Community Care Fellowship at Smith & Lentz on Tuesday, May 2nd. 10% of proceeds will benefit Community Care's homeless shelter and after-school program. There will also be a cornhole tournament, which we all know is the best companion to beer. 

Nashville Taco Fest is fast approaching. Next weekend you can be knee deep in guac and queso. We know everybody loves tacos. So we’ve got a ticket discount code for you loyal readers: enter eastnashvillian at checkout for 20% off!

Fanny’s House of Music will host a vintage/vinyl mash up-marketplace on their lawn Sunday, April 30 from 10 to 5 p.m. Curators of cool, vintage, distressed band tees, denim, and “acid-washed everything,” The Punk Trunk will be on site.

East Nashville band H.A.R.D. (Have A Rad Day) is on the bill for a show at The East Room Saturday, April 29 with Charlotte, NC-based Junior Astronomers—who are fresh on the road after releasing their new record “Body Talk”

Black Neil Diamond got to hang like he was one of the pack at Neil Diamond’s recent Nashville stop. Good time’s never seemed so good.

Artist/photographer Michael Weintrob’s book, “Instrumenthead” is now out. Snag your copy here and read our feature on him from our March/April issue here.

DancEast will host “The Bridge,” an evening of dance featuring their student performance groups and guest presentations, on Sunday, May 7 at Tennessee Performing Art Center’s Polk Theater. Get your tickets here.

Spring has sprung at the Stratford Farmer’s Market. The students of Stratford STEM Magnet School (1800 Stratford Ave.) will be selling their seedlings, homemade soaps and shirts at their second annual farmer’s market at the school this Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Food trucks, bounce houses, and music are on for the day, too. 

If you want to double-down on local goods, East Nashville’s Farmer’s Market amps back up next week on Wednesday, May 3 in the usual location in Shelby Park. Shop local from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

That's a wrap for this week. Tips?  Email Emma.

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