In the middle of a quick breather from another bout of running around the country, so thought we’d check in. Lots going on around here of late, so we’ll get right to the latest bit of Stuff We Heard:
Ah, spring, when young folks’ thoughts turn toward… farm-fresh vegetables. It’s that time again, friends: The East Nashville Farmers Market season will begin with an opening shindig on Wednesday, May 9, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Along with the standard spread of fresh vegetables, meats and other edibles available from 40-plus vendors, the market will also be offering live music, a petting zoo and a cooking demonstration from Nashville Farmers’ Market chef Laura Wilson (who just took a repeat win at the Nashville Scene‘s Iron Fork competition, so, clearly a person who knows a thing or two about the foodstuffs).
The first 100 folks to pop in at the market’s information booth on season-opener day will also snag a free market bag.
This is no news to Eastside market regulars, but if you haven’t yet popped in: It’s one of the best ways to snag great produce in the neighborhood, and it’s a really fun hang, particularly now, before summer turns the air into a net of soggy wool.
Head to Free Will Baptist Church at 210 S. 10th St. (the corner of 10th and Fatherland) Wednesday starting at 3:30. For more info, visit the East Nashville Farmers Market website.
At this point, our appreciation of local handmade/vintage wares outpost Old Made Good is well-documented. And since it ain’t broke: OMG queenpins Kate Mills and Ashley Sheehan recently launched a series of educational, doing-stuff gatherings called Crafty Bitches, at which attendees enjoy adult beverages, learn to do something crafty-like and leave with a physical representation of his or her new skill.
Next Crafty class: Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 at Jackalope Brewery (701 8th Ave. S.), where finger knitting is on the curriculum. What’s finger knitting? Says OMG:
Ever wanted to learn how to knit, but have the patience of a house fly? Well finger knitting was invented for you. This simple technique combines a skein of yarn, your hands, and minimal focus to create that scarf you have always wanted, without making you look like a granny. This technique can also be used to make headbands, chains, garlands, toys, and can be felted when you are finished. No needles required!
The $25 ticket cost brings in two hours of instruction (plus your finished product) and two Jackalope brews.
To purchase or learn more, visit the Old Made Good website.
On the subject of beer: The fine folks who bring us the East Nashville Beer Festival have yet another suds-related celebration on the docket: Brew at the Zoo, which’ll offer the opportunity to, as you might guess, enjoy a brew or two at the zoo.
At the June 1 event, you’ll be able to sample the wares of 25 craft breweries, snag snacks from local food trucks, listen to live music and marvel at the Nashville Zoo’s animal friends.
Tickets, at $50 per person, include a commemorative pint glass (and unlimited three ounce samples to put in it) and half-price entry to the zoo throughout the month of June. (Designated drivers can hang out with a $15 ticket.) Brew at the Zoo tickets are on sale now via TicketAlternative.com.
For more info, visit the Brew at the Zoo website.
And to return to the subject of learning: Interior designer Shonna Sexton hosts a ‘Sustainable Furniture and Furnishings’ workshop on Tuesday, May 15 at the East Branch Library, at which she’ll share “sustainable practices and techniques for residential furniture and furnishing with the goal of reducing the need for landfills, improving interior air quality, and encouraging the development of sustainable choices for your home.” No cost listed for attendance.
The East Branch is located at 206 Gallatin Rd., and the workshop runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For more on Sexton, visit www.shonnasextonstudio.com.
We only just became aware of Eastside art collective/venue Boheme Collectif — if you, too, have been unhip to their happenings, solid opportunity to peruse coming up on May 12, in the form of an East Nashville Art Crawl & After Party.
At the event: the work of several local artists, sounds from DJ His & Hers, a yet-to-be-named food truck, and, with your $5 admission fee, multiple beverages.
The event’s set to run from 8 to 11 p.m. at 919 Gallatin Ave., Suite 8. For more info, visit the Boheme Collectif site.
From the smart folks at the Nashville Business Journal: The modular Five Points Collaborative business hub has proved inspirational, and it thusly looks like East Nashville’s about to have a second, similar cluster.
From the Journal‘s Nevin Batiwalla:
Metro Nashville has issued a building use and occupancy permit for Shops at Fatherland, a community of 14 small buildings totaling 10,000 square feet at 1006 Fatherland St.
Plans are for a September build wrap-up, he says. Read more at BizJournals.com.
And a Saturday trio of festivals coming soon on the Eastside:
Salvation Army Music and Arts Festival
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, noon to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Magness Potter Community Center, 611 Stockell St.
WHAT: food, games, live music and those bouncy houses the kids like so much.
ADMISSION: free, but food’s gonna cost you.
Logue’s Black Raven Emporium & Lone Wolf Body Art Present Eastside Weirdo Bohemian Bazaar
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: 2913 Gallatin Rd.
WHAT: No shortage of goings-on, including a flea market; vendors offering vinyl, DVDs, jewelry and other stuff; arts and crafts; a tarot card reader; massage therapist; lots more. One thing advertised as missing: socks. Socks, as we understand, are not bohemian.
INFO: Check out the flyer Logue’s shared on our little Facebook page.
Shelby Hills Pocket Park Social
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: The corner of 14th St. and Shelby Ave.
WHAT: live music from the Blackfoot Gypsies, boutique clothing on offer from The Trunk, eats from Wrapper’s Delight and Shaved Monkey food trucks, balloons for the kids.
INFO: Shelby Hills neighborhood association website
In this installment’s Eastside-biz-on-a-coupon-site news: Snag 50 percent off at Five Points Collaborative clothing haven Goodbuy Girls via Scoutmob.
Fine print: maximum discount of $12, available Sunday through Thursday. The shop’s located at 1108 Woodland St. Eyeball/snag the deal through Scoutmob.
Just a little love to send out to Eastside musician Jon Byrd, who updated via Facebook about a car wreck from which he’s currently recovering:
Convalescing at home. Car is totaled. … I’ll finish with I’m o.k. Very grateful to be here. Here with the staples in my head and the good drugs. Nurses galore, especially one Irina. I’m a lucky guy.
A lucky guy with a good attitude. Send Mr. Byrd your support over on The Facebooks.