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Windrow Farms, Young Turkeys, and Reuse

This is not my first blog post about our friends at Windrow Farms. There is this one about pumpkin recycling as well as well as a photo of male turkeys ‘Jerry’ and ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’ in my blog post on Thanksgiving Day. Elizabeth, Chad and Tailor are our good friends and they are doing some wonderful things on their farm and for their community of Nolensville, TN.

Fancypants the turkey, hens, and roosters feeding on healthy scraps of fruits and vegetables

Fancypants the turkey, hens, and roosters feeding on healthy scraps of fruits and vegetables

The farm is literally growing (correct usage of literally). Among the raised beds, hanging gardens, and traditional beds of fruits, vegetables and herbs are the critters: chickens – lots of them, turkeys, guinea hen, ducks, horses, cattle, rabbits, and a squadron of potbelly pigs. What is unusual is the percentage of the animals that are rescues. Both horses, all 5 pigs, all but one of the rabbits, the ducks, and some of the hens and roosters are all rescues.

Child's Bench Repurposed to Chicken Roost

Child’s Bench Repurposed to Chicken Roost

Our staff at Junk King of Nashville knows that if rolls of wire or wind netting, screening, fencing, or dog pens come in on a hauling job they need to put them aside for me to see if Miss Elizabeth/The Chicken Lady needs them. Most often she does.  Rescues usually aren’t scheduled. They just happen and the farm needs to have a place for the new resident immediately. Each week some things come in that might not stand out as something usable for the farm. A child’s bench came in that was a little worse for wear and not quite up to what we would donate to ThriftSmart. I messaged Elizabeth with a photo and it is now in the coop with the post-February chicks roosting upon it.

4 new Windrow Turkeys, photo by Caryn

4 new Windrow Turkeys, photo by Caryn. Please note photobombing pig

Yesterday marked the arrival of four young turkeys from the breeder. Three are gents who will be raised for the family meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter and one is a lady who will start laying turkey eggs later this year.

We had dropped off a large wire dog crate with a wonky side a couple weeks back. The plastic domed Igloo dog house that we dropped off yesterday was attached at the wonky side creating a pen for the four birds to protect them from both existing residents and the elements during their initial health quarantine and acclamation.

 

Igloo + Wire Crate = Turkey Run

Igloo + Wire Crate = Turkey Run, photo by Caryn

Urgent – Searching For Missing Nolensville Teen

Missing Nolensville Teen Christopher Smithburg, graphic courtesy of the Finding Christopher Smithburg Facebook Group

Missing Nolensville Teen Christopher Smithburg, graphic courtesy of the Finding Christopher Smithburg Facebook Group

Please keep an eye out for this young Nolensville, TN resident. Christopher Smithburg has been missing since Thursday, March 27. He was last seen wearing a tan Carhart jacket, jeans and boots. He is 5’4″, weighing 110 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. If you have any information please contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at (615) 790-5550. There is a Facebook page set up to consolidate information regarding the search and how members of the community can help – Finding Christopher Smithburg.

TLC’s ‘Hoarding: Buried Alive! & Junk King of Nashville

We are excited to announce that the episode of TLC’s ‘Hoarding: Buried Alive!‘ that Junk King of Nashville worked on last Spring is finally going to air on Wednesday, March 26th at 8PM Central.  Client and crew were wonderful. Tomorrow’s blog will talk more about the day. Watch tonight and come back tomorrow for some backstory. I don’t want to ruin any surprises (or make TLC mad). If you think of it, please go to our Facebook page HERE and share our post about the show. We had little warning it would air and were unable to put out a press release. Thanks!

 

Junk King of Nashville after filming an episode of 'Hoarding: Buried Alive!', photo courtesy of Caryn

Junk King of Nashville after filming an episode of ‘Hoarding: Buried Alive!’, photo courtesy of Caryn

Nashville Chess Center Spring Clean Up

Junk King of Nashville at the Nashville Chess Center, Photo by Caryn

Junk King of Nashville at the Nashville Chess Center, Photo by Caryn

Saturday Junk King of Nashville donated time to work along side other volunteers to haul away items from the garage, attic, and main floors of the Nashville Chess Center for an overdue spring clean up. The Center is located at the corner of Primrose and Belmont in the beautiful historic Belmont-Hillsboro district. Middle Tennessee is very lucky to have the Nashville Chess Center. It is one of a few stand alone chess centers in the United States, with the others being in St. Louis, New York City, and Washington, D.C.. The center welcomes visitors and they have three visits to make a decision whether or not to get a reasonably priced membership. Our grade schooler has had a junior membership here for the last two years, but the Chess Center isn’t just for kids. There are also adult and all ages member nights for games, education, and tournaments. It’s filled with nice and interesting folks and it is a great way to improve your game.

Junk King of Nashville at the Nashville Chess Center, Photo by Caryn

Junk King of Nashville at the Nashville Chess Center, Photo by Caryn

Wacky Wednesday – TPAC Art-O-Mat

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

Our first visit to TPAC, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, brought many delights: the show, the architecture, the artwork and statues in expected and unexpected places, and the Art-O-Mat. After explaining to our daughter what a cigarette machine was, we both agreed it was a fantastic and productive up cycle. Placing $5.00 in this Art-O-Mat machine gave the patron a choice from a selection of palm-sized hand-made artwork from around the country. I say ‘patron’ because the proceeds go to support the TPAC Education Fund.

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

On further investigation we learned that the Art-O-Mat is not unique to TPAC. There are Art-O-Mats all over the country, with one of the newest being unveiled at Alfred University in New York State this week. Clark Whittington of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the founder and creator of Art-O-Mat, will be speaking about his work at Alfred University on March 19th.

Art-O-Mat continues to search for more artists to represent in their machines. There are very specific perimeters and uniform packaging – about the size of  pack of cigarettes. Here are the detailed guidelines. Once a prototype is accepted the artist needs to have at least 50 items together and ready to ship to one of the cities housing an Art-O-Matic machine. Usual price is $5.00 and once sold the artist will receive $2.50.

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

Petey’s 5K Face Off Against Parkinson’s

Petey’s 5K Face-Off Against Parkinsons. Photo courtesy of Petey’s 5K Face-Off Against Parkinsons

Petey’s 5K Face-Off Against Parkinsons. Graphic courtesy of Petey’s 5K Face-Off Against Parkinsons

Saturday May 3, 2014 is the date for Petey’s 5K Face Off Against Parkinson’s. Who is Petey? Petey is Brent Peterson, former Vancouver Canuck and current Associate Coach to Barry Trotz and the Nashville Predators.  Brent Peterson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 5 years ago and besides continuing to work hard with the Predators organization he is also doing what he can to raise funds for research and a cure for this disease. Brent has written a book about his battle with the disease. Please check it out!

Come join me May 3rd in Hendersonville for a 7:30AM start at The Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville, TN, 300 Indian Lake Boulevard for this fun run for a great cause. The 5K walk/run is $25 to register and the Fun Walk is $10 to register. Do you need to be lured with shirts? Good, because there’ll be shirts. Just register online and pick your size.

Bridgestone Arena Starting Cigarette Butt Recycling Project

 

WP-ArenaNashville’s Clean Water Project’s newest venture is to make Bridgestone Arena one of North America’s first venues to collect and recycle cigarette butts. Arena personnel will be the Cigarette Waste Brigade doing collections around the smoking areas outside after events. They have partnered with TerraCycle in New Jersey who will process the majority of the cigarette butts into recycled plastic pallets for industrial usage. Since mid-December the arena has collected 30,000 cigarette butts weighing almost 30 pounds. The Bridgestone’s involvement is only a small part of the Nashville Clean Water Project in their attempt to make a difference in getting the waterways around Nashville as clean as possible. The EPA reports that Davidson County alone has 240 impaired linear miles of rivers and streams. Please check out the Nashville Predator‘s press release which announced this great plan.

Girl Scout Cookie Time! There’s An App For That —

Cookie Pick Up at Opryland, photo courtesy of the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

Cookie Pick Up at Opryland, photo courtesy of the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

Girl Scout troops in Middle Tennessee and beyond took possession of cases of Girl Scout cookies this last weekend to fulfill orders and stock cookie booths this upcoming week. I went with our troop leader to be the case counter. There were two checkpoints and high security to gain entrance. They sure don’t to anything small at the Opryland. I felt like we were driving in a canyon of cookie boxes.

This week there will be cookie booths at local malls, grocery stores, and other fine establishments. Should you not know a local #cookieboss and need help finding the nearest cookie booths, there’s an app for that.

Seriously.

Safe Haven Family Shelter Needs Volunteers

logo courtesy of safe haven family shelter

Logo courtesy of Safe Haven Family Shelter

Safe Haven Family Shelter has an urgent need for volunteers this Saturday, February 8th. Please check out their Facebook and web pages if you are not familiar with Safe Haven. They need help moving and assembling furniture for families heading into apartments next week as well as helping to help get a transitional house ready. Volunteers are to gather at 9AM at Safe Haven (1234 3rd Ave South, Nashville). Contact Jennifer Reason at jreason@safehaven.org. Let her know if you will be coming with a pick up truck, as that could be very helpful. 

FREE Event – Shakespeare ALLOWED! ‘Othello’ Nashville Public Library

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival (@nashvilleshakes on Twitter) is in the middle of an impressive program to read the complete plays of William Shakespeare in order and aloud. They started the program back at the beginning of 2012 meeting at the Nashville Public Library the first Saturday of every month. They are presently at ‘Othello’, which is a nice coincidence since ‘Othello’ is the next show the company is producing. It runs from January 9, 2014 to February 2, 2014 at Belmont’s Troutt Theater and stars Eddie George as Othello.

Shakespeare ALLOWED! is free, fun, and for all ages and takes place the first Saturday of each month at the Nashville Public Library (unless it is the second Saturday – please check schedule). Meet at 11:50AM and take one of the 16 chairs in a circle if you’d like to be a reader. Reading starts at Noon and halfway through there is a break and folks can switch chairs to give folks outside the circle a chance to take part. It is encouraged to bring a copy of the day’s play if possible.

Othello Promo - Courtesy of Nashville Shakespeare Festival - Photo by Jeff Frazier and Design by AIM Studios.

Othello Promo – Courtesy of Nashville Shakespeare Festival – Photo by Jeff Frazier and Design by AIM Studios.


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