We mentioned East Nashville’s sure-to-be-busy 2012 festival lineup recently, and here’s another confab you might want to mark on your calendar: The Riverside Blossom Festival, set for May 12 in Riverside Village.
The Blossom fest is a re-imagination of last year’s inaugural Inglewood Cherry Blossom Festival, meant to “celebrate the new life springing up throughout the communities of East Nashville, making it a wonderful place to live, work, and play.”
Practically speaking, that means a day of “music, shopping, kids activities and local food and drink.” Specifics are forthcoming, but one contributor you Porter Crossing Arts Market visitors may recognize: Craftville, who’ll wrangle games, art/craft projects, face-painting and other kid-friendly activities.
Proceeds from the Inglewood Cherry Blossom fest went toward restoring the Riverside Drive median (you might’ve noticed some of the fine-looking Yoshino Cherry trees). This year’s Blossom Festival will raise funds for two charities: Nashville’s Soles4Souls, which provides shoes to people in need worldwide; and the new Friends of Riverside Drive, a community organization focused on honoring military veterans with memorial trees on the Riverside median.
Since we’re still a few months out from the fest, there’s still a mix of ways to get involved:
Fest organizers are planning two music stages: an Electric Stage for full bands, and an Acoustic Stage for singer-songwriters. Those stages are still being booked, and the fest folks are looking for rock, country, bluegrass and beyond.
Throw your name in by reaching out to Tracy Hamilton at tracy(at)riversideblossomfest(dot)com, and include a description of your music, links to audio and/or video and contact info.
The Riverside Blossom Festival is running a logo contest, which wraps up on Jan. 15.
What they want: use of the name (Riverside Blossom Festival) and the date (May 12, 2012) — beyond that, your fresh ideas. What they’re offering in exchange: a paid-for Riverside Blossom Festival booth (in a “prime location”) and a namedrop on fest promo materials.
To submit, send your design to Tracy Hamilton at tracy(at)riversideblossomfest(dot)com.
Should you like to procure a booth the old-fashioned way (i.e. not via logo submission, but via money submission), hit up Hamilton at tracy(at)riversideblossomfest(dot)com for details there, as well.
Above photo: Riverside Village/Nicole Keiper