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Nolensville’s Three French Hens Vintage Store

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Nolensville’s Historic District is only a short block long, but it is chock full of fun places to visit. One of my favorites is Stacy Harris-Fish’s Three French Hens. Located at 7305 Nolensville Road, Three French Hens is in and around a two story building from the late 1800’s. Stacy showcases her finds, refinished furniture, and gifts. Both upstairs and down have booths around the store from other local vendors with fun finds, crafts, and vintage lovelies.

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Souvenir Dishes

Bookbinder's Souvenir Dish, photo by Caryn

Bookbinder’s Souvenir Dish, photo by Caryn

Every now and again the Junk Lady comes across pieces of Americana that had been picked up on a road trip for a remembrance or a gift for a loved one.

One of my favorites is a candy dish from the Old Original Bookbinder’s in Philadelphia. Looks like the Old Original is now the ‘new’ Olde Bar, having been rejuvenated late last year.

Another favorite is a heart-shaped candy dish (or wall hanging) from the St. Louis Zoo. It has a painted gold rim with heart-shaped piercings around the edge – it is fancy! What souvenirs have you kept from your travels or from those of your parents?

St. Louis Zoo Souvenir Dish, photo by Caryn

St. Louis Zoo Souvenir Dish, photo by Caryn

Herb Williams – ‘Monumental Feet’ Poster 2005 Country Music Marathon – Half Marathon

Herb Williams 'Monumental Feet' Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Herb Williams ‘Monumental Feet’ Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Junk Lady was minding her business going through a few bags and boxes that had come off of our truck when I found this gem: a signed poster of the original ‘Monumental Feet’ by Nashville artist Herb Williams. It was for the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon.

I bet you have seen Herb’s work around town from the graffiti portion of his ‘Call of the Wild’ art series.  The two I see most often are the mustang on the outside brick wall of the Belcourt Theater and the fawn outside of Old Made Good in Inglewood.

Herb Williams 'Monumental Feet' Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Herb Williams ‘Monumental Feet’ Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Herb is the curator at Nashville’s Rymer Gallery and shows his work all over the world, including a recent tour of his crayon sculptures in the Far East, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Taiwan, and Shanghai. Yes, you read correctly – crayon sculptures. Herb has one of the only independent accounts with Crayola. He buys them by the case – case after case using hundreds of thousands of crayons. Please check out this great article by Nashville Scene for more information and photos of his work..

This year’s Country Music Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K , benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital, will be held on Saturday, April 25, with the finish line at LP Field.

Herb Williams 'Monumental Feet' Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Herb Williams ‘Monumental Feet’ Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

It’s A Small World After All – Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill-Nashville

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

The Junk Lady was driving to one of her usual Berry Hill haunts, the Baja Burrito, when she decided to stop in at the Miniature Cottage she’d passed by so many times. It is located on East Iris Drive just off of Thompson Lane in Berry Hill. If you have a doll house or are thinking of assembling or furnishing a dollhouse you need to stop by.

The cottage is very small with a series of small rooms filled floor to ceiling with unique wooden doll houses, shadow boxes with vignettes of all different types of rooms, and more furniture and accessories than can be imagined. Miniature Cottage has been in business almost 40 years under owner Reneé Derra. It’s a small world after all!

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

12 South’s Art & Soul Studio

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

West Nashville’s Art & Soul is a co-operative creative space set up for members to utilize work areas or to take classes. It is located in the bustling 12 South neighborhood of West Nashville among, shops, restaurants, bars, and residences. Their vision statement stresses it be a safe and inviting environment set up for personal and creative growth and exploration as well as the betterment of its community.

Besides your own art supplies there are work stations with baskets of buttons, feathers,

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

twigs, pipe cleaners, material, paper, and-and-and … But Art & Soul is not only concerned with the 2 and 3 dimensional, expressions in movement and sound are also encouraged. This isn’t the ‘solo artist struggling in the ivory tower’, Art & Soul engenders a safe and non-judgmental environment to let go and discover. These discoveries will be shared and witnessed by those present. It is a very nurturing and positive environment.

What was does the Junk Lady have to do with a creative art space? A mutual friend connected me to Kathy Plourde as she was preparing for a workshop with a special needs group. She was needing old broken bits and bots of costume jewelry for them to use to create self-portraits. I left the meeting thinking of the very last line from the classic movie ‘Casablanca‘.

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

#TBT Throwback Thursday – Krystal Shenango China Coffee Cup

The Krystal Shenango Coffee Mug, photo by Caryn

The Krystal Shenango Coffee Mug, photo by Caryn

A delightful find this week makes me think of late nights and early college mornings at Clinton, NY’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s Diner (a.k.a. Tiff’s). It is a Shenango China coffee mug so sturdy it could probably be used to hammer a nail into some drywall and come out unscathed. It is likely from the 1940’s and has the logo of ‘The Krystal‘ chain of hamburger restaurants where they encourage you to “Take Along A Sack Full”. It is heavy and sits well in the hand(s) and the thick walls will keep that coffee warm for a good long time.

Nashville’s Music City Brew Tours

Yesterday the Junk Lady went with friends from a local networking group on a unique local Nashville tourist attraction: a visit to three local breweries on the Music City Brew Tours. There are over a dozen such breweries in the region and we didn’t find out until we were all on the short bus where we were headed first. Bennie Copeland and Marisa Scott were our guides and were very knowledgable about the history of beer in general, in Nashville specifically, and the processes of both making beer and its proper tasting.

Fat Bottom Brewing Company Beer Menu - Music City Brew Tours, photo by Caryn

Fat Bottom Brewing Company Beer Menu – Music City Brew Tours, photo by Caryn

Our first stop was Fat Bottom Brewing Company in East Nashville. We had a flight of four of their beers along with lunch. They have both indoor and outdoor seating and played a fantastic selection of songs by The Smiths and The Cure. I was in heaven. Of the four beers I tasted I enjoyed ‘Ida’, a Belgian-Style Golden Ale, the most.

Czann’s was our second stop. If you blink you will miss it driving by. Even if you don’t blink but don’t know where to look you will also miss it driving by. Sneaky.

Czann's Brewery Tour - Music City Brew Tour, photo by Caryn

Czann’s Brewery Tour – Music City Brew Tours, photo by Caryn

They had three beers available for testing during our tour. The assistant brew master walked us through the process in the warehouse. Brewmaster Ken Rebman started like most as a hobby brewer crafting his beer at home in a basement and it escalated from there.

We took a chance and stopped by the not quite open Honky Tonk Brewing Company in Metro Center and they were still not quite open. It would have been neat to be the first tour through, even if we were crashers.

Black Abbey Beer Flight - Music City Brew Tours, photo by Caryn

Black Abbey Beer Flight – Music City Brew Tours, photo by Caryn

Our third tasting came at Black Abbey Brewing Company on Sidco near Thompson Lane. Here we tried a flight of four of their offerings. The darkest beer in the forefront of the photo was my favorite of the day: a robust coffee-infused porter named POTUS44. Junk Lady is more of a lager and ale gal so this came as a bit of a surprise.  Black Abbey’s beer are ‘Created, Not Made’ and are in the Belgian style.

Thank you Bennie and Marisa for a wonderful afternoon. I am looking forward to joining another one of your tours in the upcoming months.

 

Nashville Bills Backers At McNamara’s Irish Pub in Donelson

Irish Nachos at McNamara's Irish Pub & Restaurant, photo by Caryn

Irish Nachos at McNamara’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, photo by Caryn

One thing I have learned in my wanderings literally around the world is that there are people from Buffalo, NY EVERYWHERE. Here in Nashville there is a haven for Western New Yorkers who are also fans of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills – the Nashville Bills Backers. That place is Donelson’s McNamara’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on game day for food, beverage, and a whole lot of hooting’ and hollering’. For food McNamara’s has their usual great Irish offerings, but they also have some off-menu WNY favorites like Beef on Weck, proper Buffalo Chicken Wings with bleu cheese, and a few cases of Labatt’s Blue beer. Last Sunday I tried their Irish Nachos: steak fries covered with cheddar, scallions, diced tomatoes, and Shepherd’s Pie meat – lovely!

Nashville Bills Backers, photo by Caryn

Nashville Bills Backers, photo by Caryn

I met up with our friend Jason Waldron of Absolute Refinishing in Lebanon and got to meet a Buffalo and Nashville legend, Mr. Pete Weber. Before relocating to Nashville and becoming the play by play voice of the Nashville Predators Mr. Weber did color commentating and post game interviews for the Bills as well as play by play for the Buffalo Sabres. (Both Mr. Weber and Mr. Waldron were sporting blue #12 Jim Kelly jerseys last Sunday to watch the Bills ‘squish the fish’, beating the Miami Dolphins handily – see photo.)

The Nashville Bills Backers just don’t meet for fellowship with like minded folk and good food, they also have raised thousands of dollars over the years for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Franklin, TN Silver Hill For Wild Blackberry Picking

Silver Hill, Franklin, TN Wild Blackberry Picking, photo by Caryn

Silver Hill, Franklin, TN Wild Blackberry Picking, photo by Caryn

Last Monday my daughter and I ventured to Silver Hill to go blackberry picking. We encountered a lovely quiet space and a GIGANTIC blackberry bush. According to owner and photographer Vincent Wallace, “Silver Hill is a place for Wild Blackberry picking, bonfires, photography and arts instruction, and the occasional fun event for the whole family, like ice cream socials, nature walks and the like!” Silver Hill is conveniently located in Franklin at 3916 E. McEwen Drive, Franklin, TN 37067 near the corner of Wilson Pike and E. McEwen Drive. Vincent can be reached at 615.275.9266. Keep up to date with announcements by joining the Silver Hill open Facebook group. Occasionally they need to close to allow for the berries to ripen. Join the group and check it out!

Silver Hill, Franklin, TN Wild Blackberry Picking, photo by Caryn

Silver Hill, Franklin, TN Wild Blackberry Picking, photo by Caryn

 

Exploring: Landmark Booksellers, Franklin, TN

Landmark Booksellers wall of leather bound editions, photo by Caryn

Landmark Booksellers wall of leather bound editions, photo by Caryn

I have had ‘Visiting Landmark Booksellers’ in historic downtown Franklin, TN on my list for way too long. I needed to order a book last week so I called up Carol. She placed the order Monday morning and the book arrived after lunch on Tuesday. Easy peasy.

Landmark Booksellers proclaims itself to be ‘A Booklover’s Paradise’ and I cannot disagree. It is a quiet enclave of old and new books, rare editions, signed editions, maps, prints, and other ephemera. It resides in the Old Factory Store built in 1826 and claiming illustrious visitors such as General Andrew Jackson and Davy Crockett.

Landmark Booksellers Staircase Sitting Area, photo by Caryn

Landmark Booksellers Staircase Sitting Area, photo by Caryn

With reading spots and nooks in each room, including an upstairs kitchen housing a great selection of cookbooks and a children’s room in the back, it is a very welcoming place. Landmark Booksellers is located at 114 East Main Street in Franklin and open every day from 10AM to 5PM. Stop by, browse a while and sit a spell.


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