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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

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

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

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.


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