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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

Recycling Old Cabinet Doors

Discarded Cabinet Junk King of Nashville Hauled Away, photo by Caryn

Discarded Cabinet Junk King of Nashville Hauled Away, photo by Caryn

Old Cabinet Doors/Future Paint Samples, photo by Caryn

Old Cabinet Doors/Future Paint Samples, photo by Caryn

Usually when we get previously enjoyed kitchen or bathroom cabinets we call the Habitat For Humanity ReStore for a pick up so they can sell the items in their store to help fund new builds. Sometimes the cabinets have been enjoyed a little too much and instead of taking them to the dump we will remove the doors for our friends at The Painted Dragonfly. Lorna and Susan, owners of The Painted Dragonfly located within The Tanner House in Nolensville, TN, offer a lovely array of gifts including furniture they have repaired and repainted (using paints from The American Paint Company line of all natural, zero VOCs clay, chalk, and mineral based paints.) The doors will be used as demos in the classes Lorna and Susan teach. I am excited to see what transformation happens to these tired, old doors.

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.

Today! Fill A Truck For the Nolensville Food Pantry & Help 4 Hope

photo courtesy of the nolensville food pantry

Photo courtesy of the Nolensville Food Pantry

TODAY! Sunday, December 15 from 11AM to 3PM one of the big, red, 18 cu yd Junk King trucks will sit empty (and clean, thanks to our new neighbors and friends at Hotsy of Nashville) in the parking lot of McDougal’s Chicken in Nolensville, TN to accept donations of non-perishable foods, new personal care items (like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent), and new, unwrapped toys. All items will be delivered that afternoon to the Nolensville Food Pantry located at the Providence Baptist Fellowship Church in Nolensville, TN.

photo courtesy of mama's jave

This will be a last push to fill the needs of local Nolensville families before Christmas. Throughout the year Mama’s Java is a collection point for donations for both the Food Pantry and its sister Help 4 Hope Community Program. Melissa presently has wish lists (needs) of over 60 local families.

After Brian at McDougal’s kindly allowed us space in his parking lot he also said that folks dropping off donations of non-perishable food, personal care items, and new unwrapped toys would receive 10% off any purchases that day at that McDougal’s location. Thank you, Brian, Melissa, Debbie of the Food Pantry, and thanks to all who stop by – looking forward to seeing friends and meeting new people!

photo courtesy of mcdougal's chicken

Nolensville Food Pantry Seasonal Drive

photo courtesy of the nolensville food pantry

Photo courtesy of the Nolensville Food Pantry

The Nolensville Food Pantry is in need of non-perishable food to be able to service the local families in need this holiday season and have some reserve for early 2014. Folks think about food drives a little more around holiday time but January and February can be cold, hard months. People have been graciously donating. The Pantry’s goal is 1,000 cans of food by the holidays. I believe they are up to 350 already.

There are multiple places around Nolensville with drop off boxes for this drive. The Nolensville Public Library has a bin. Animal House in the new Town Center has a bin. Peacock Lane and Coffee & Canvas are also drop off points. I received $5 off a $10+ purchase at Peacock Lane last Friday when I brought a bag of 5 non-perishable items. The Nolensville Dollar General has a bin at the cash register and all you have do is say, “I’d like to donate 1/2/3/+ items to the food pantry.” and the clerk will assist with selecting items from the bin. Items are scanned and go into the Food Pantry box. As always items may also be dropped to Mama’s Java or even directly to the Food Pantry at Providence Baptist Fellowship office on 1668 Sunset Road. Debbie Noland is your contact there and can also do pick ups if needed. You may reach her at 283-8197 with any questions.

 

photo courtesy of junk king of nashville. one of our 18 cubic yard trucks at the parthenon, nashville, tn

Photo courtesy of Junk King of Nashville.

Melissa at Mama’s Java presently has wish lists (needs) of over 60 local families. The due date for those items is 12/19. Junk King of Nashville is helping with a last push to get items for the families and the Food Pantry. On Sunday, December 15 from 11AM to 3PM one of the big, red, 18 cubic yard Junk King trucks will sit empty (and clean) in the parking lot of McDougal’s Chicken in Nolensville, TN to accept donations of non-perishable foods, new personal care items (like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent), and new, unwrapped toys. 

photo courtesy of mcdougal's chicken

Photo courtesy of McDougal’s Chicken

After Brian at McDougal’s kindly allowed us space in his parking lot on the 15th he also said that folks dropping off donations of non-perishable food, personal care items, and new unwrapped toys would receive 10% off any purchases that day at that McDougal’s location.

12/15 Fill-A-Truck For the Nolensville Food Pantry for the Holidays

photo courtesy of the nolensville food pantry

Photo courtesy of the Nolensville Food Pantry

On Sunday, December 15 from 11AM to 3PM one of the big, red, 18 cubic yard Junk King trucks will sit empty (and clean) in the parking lot of McDougal’s Chicken in Nolensville, TN to accept donations of non-perishable foods, new personal care items (like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent), and new, unwrapped toys. All items will be delivered that afternoon to the Nolensville Food Pantry located at the Providence Baptist Fellowship Church in Nolensville, TN.

photo courtesy of mama's jave

Photo courtesy of Mama’s Java

This will be a last push to fill the needs of local Nolensville families before Christmas. Throughout the year Mama’s Java is a collection point for donations for both the Food Pantry and its sister Help 4 Hope Community Program. Melissa presently has wish lists (needs) of over 60 local families. The due date for those items is 12/19 and hopefully the items brought to our trucks on the 15th will fill out the lists so no families are left wanting.

After Brian at McDougal’s kindly allowed us space in his parking lot on the 15th he also said that folks dropping off donations of non-perishable food, personal care items, and new unwrapped toys would receive 10% off any purchases that day at that McDougal’s location. Thank you, Brian, Melissa, Debbie of the Food Pantry, and thanks to all who stop by!

photo courtesy of mcdougal's chicken

Photo courtesy of McDougal’s Chicken

Wacky Wednesday – It’s A Wonderful Life!

photos by caryn, it's a wonderful life ornament

Photos by Caryn, It’s A Wonderful Life Ornament

Today we dropped off two 3 foot diameter promotional ornament shaped decorations with black and white stills from the classic film “It’s A Wonderful Life!” to the Nolensville Elementary School to add to their store of decorations for the Storytime With Santa event next month. Most likely they were originally from a video store. We could have sent them with our paper and cardboard recycling, but thought this was a better option.

Veterans Day Celebrations

Today marks the beginning of Veterans Day celebrations in Middle Tennessee. The Town of Nolensville Veterans Day Celebration and parade were today, November 9th. There was a breakfast this morning for area veterans from 8:30am to 10:00am at the Southpointe Community Church in Nolensville with Mama’s Java providing the coffee.

veterans walking in nolensville veterans day parade

Photo by Caryn of Veterans walking in Nolensville Veterans Day Parade

Afterwards veterans and groups from Nolensville, Arrington, LaVergne, and parts of Brentwood gathered to walk or ride in the annual parade. Leading with flashing fire trucks, there was a motorcycle motorcade with flags honoring all branches of the armed services as well as many states in the union.  Next came a motorcade of classic cars including a Bel Air, Delorean, corvettes and, my favorite, a VW Thing.

Photo by caryn of motorcycle motorcade in the nolensville veterans day parade

Photo by Caryn of Motorcycle Motorcade in the Nolensville Veterans Day Parade

Many Nolensville clubs proudly marched in support of veterans past and present. The Shriners had some great golf carts. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts all walked and waved. Twirlers young and slightly less-young twirled it out of the park. Guitar academy as well as martial arts clubs rode, marched and waved. Last but not least are the Ravenwood High School Marching Band and Guard and members of the local ROTC.
photo by caryn of rotc

Photo by Caryn of ROTC

 

There is another nearby parade on Monday November 11th starting at 11:11AM in downtown Nashville. Parade assembles at 1512 Broadway and ends close to 1:00pm on Lower Broadway. Check it out and honor these great people.


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