This week, we have a rock camp, a Camp Gypsy, a few goodbyes, a hello to some cool community classes here on the East Side, and lots more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
YEAH! launches Ladies Rock Camp
For many years now, the folks at Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities, a.k.a. YEAH!, have been giving young girls and teens tools, tutelage, inspiration and a firm shove toward musical greatness through the Southern Girls Rock Camp and Tennessee Teens Rock Camp.
This year, they’re shifting their rock-empowerment aim toward grown folks.
The new Ladies Rock Camp runs October 20 to 23 here in East Nashville, and it’s designed for women ages 18 and above who maybe never got to explore their desire to pick up sticks or a guitar, and are ready to make up for it now.
“The most-heard quote after our Rock Camp showcases is always, ‘I wish this had been around when I was a kid!’” executive director Sarah Bandy said in a release. “We heard you.”
Over the course of the four-day camp (headquartered at Soft Junk Records, the Old Time Pickin’ Parlor and Red Arrow Gallery, at 919 Gallatin), you’ll get instrument instruction (guitar, bass, drums or vocals) and insight into the deeper workings of being in a band, from collaborating with other musicians to screenprinting merch.
Camp wraps up on Sunday, Oct. 23 with stage time — new camp-created bands will play a showcase, unveiling songs written while learning the Rock Camp ropes.
Ladies Rock Camp registration cost is on a sliding scale, from $120-$320, and proceeds raised will go toward a scholarship program that gives more young folks in Nashville the chance to learn music.
Camp Gypsy opens in Idea Hatchery
The eclectic Idea Hatchery has a new resident: “Bohemian Artisan Retreat”-style shop Camp Gypsy opened its doors at 1106G Woodland about two weeks ago, offering home goods, clothing, art and all kinds of other funky, artisan-made pieces.
The shop’s listed hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Want a peek into the kind of stuff they’re carrying? Swing by the Camp Gypsy Instagram for a few captures.
Greko Greek’s still on the way
Remember back in March when we were looking forward to Greko Greek Street Food joining the East Nashville restaurant landscape?
The initial plan was to open this summer, and since we hadn’t seen much progress/heard back when we reached out, we were starting to think it wasn’t happening. But, hoorays all around, looks like things are moving along at 704 Main.
A new sign (above, from the Greko Street Food Instagram) went up, and the folks behind the restaurant adjusted the planned opening time to fall (their site says 2017, but we've seen this fall on socials).
We reached out to the Greko team for more, but in the meantime, here’s what you should expect, as they aim to bring “authentic flavor and spirit from the streets of Greece to the Athens of the South”:
We created GReKo Greek Street Food as a way to honor our own Greek heritage and bring the rich culture of Greece to Nashville. With roots in Greece that extend for generations, we've spent year here in Nashville and know there's something missing; the true experience of authentic Greek street fare. Although our family has been in the restaurant business for 40 years, with GReKo, we're combining our love of food and service with our passion for our culture.
We draw on cooking techniques that our grandmother, Yia-Yia, used and we remember the integrity of the food vendors in the streets of our village of Nemea. We strive to recreate that experience from the streets of Greece - food made with intention, food made with the freshest ingredients, and food enjoyed with family and friends by the fire that grilled it.
Our meats are cooked on the live fire over wood, our pita is baked fresh daily, and our wine and olive oil come from the local villages of our homeland. We let the quality of ingredients shine through the authentic Greek street food. These simple ingredients and honest cooking techniques are what make the food of our memories unique, and they are what make GReKo special today.
We’ll update when we have more; follow along at Greko Greek Street Food’s Instagram if you’d like to stay abreast.
Martha O’Bryan Center hosts Nashville Community Education classes
This fall, the city-led Nashville Community Education effort — “an affordable program providing personal and professional development for adults” — comes to our side of the river, with the Martha O’Bryan Center serving as a satellite location for a broad mix of classes, from self-publishing to cooking and more.
The fall 2016 session is already under way, but you can still register for a mix of upcoming free and low-cost classes.
Among the options still available here in East Nashville: Consumer bankruptcy classes from bankruptcy attorney (and East Nashvillian) Mitchell E. Chessman on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and Nov. 1, 6 to 7 p.m. (free); Introduction to Computers, October 11-25 ($40); Six Steps to Managing Your Money, October 11-18 ($20) and more.
NCE classes are held throughout the city, on the main campus in Sylvan Park and other satellite spots from Germantown to Southeast Nashville. This session is the first time students get to take advantage of these learning opportunities right here in the neighborhood.
The choice to expand to East Nashville was “directly in response to residents who wanted our programming in closer proximity to their daily commute,” NCE executive director Mary Beth Harding says.
Athens of the South fest shaping up
In August, we mentioned that the new Athens of the South Music and Arts Festival would be making its debut in October at East Park.
At the time, specifics were few. Now, specifics are more plentiful.
The AOTS website is still a bit barren, but if you drop by the Athens of the South Facebook page, you’ll get a peek into the lineup’s broad mix of Nashville-centric creativity.
Set to be at the fest on Saturday, Oct. 22: circus arts collective Suspended Gravity, street artist Nathan Brown, photographer Travis Commeau, musicians Tristen, The Future, Justin and the Cosmics and Jason Eskridge, and many others of various disciplines.
The fest is free, family- and dog-friendly, and open to everyone.
Fat Bottom’s last days in East Nashville
You have just a few days left to say your goodbyes to Fat Bottom Brewing: The last day the East Nashville taproom will be open at 900 Main Street is Saturday, Oct. 1.
It’s not a total goodbye, of course — they’re just heading over the river, to a shiny new (and much larger) facility in The Nations (see above).
A little more detail about their new home: It’ll house Fat Bottom’s expanded brewing program (sour and barrel-aged beers included); it'll feature a new restaurant called The Hop Yard, with a “casual-yet-creative menu,” a full bar, communal seating and a large patio; and it'll also include a small private event space called “The Reserve” and a filling station dubbed “The Nations’ Tiniest Beer Store.”
Doors there are expected to open in November.
Thanks for the East Nashville memories, Fat Bottom. (Even the ones we don’t remember so well.)
Cottage Massage closing
After seven years of untangling muscles here in East Nashville, massage therapist Linda J. Sack is packing up at The Cottage Massage and moving up to Michigan to be closer to family and friends.
“I’m grateful to each one of you who have helped create a healing experience and supported my practice all these years,” she said in a goodbye note. “I will miss my Nashville neighborhood and community.”
October 18 is Sack’s last day in 37206, so if you have a gift certificate that’s still lingering, make sure to reach out sooner rather than later.
If you find yourself in Beaver Island, that’s where The Cottage Massage’ll be after late October. Contact info/etc. at CottageMassage.com.
— Southern-inspired Chinese restaurant TKO, at 4204 Gallatin Pike in Inglewood, set an opening day. We’ll be able to check out chef Ryan Bernhardt’s menu (and totally skip leaving a tip) on October 5. After opening day, hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 6 to 11 p.m.
— A big congrats to apparel/accessories/home goods shop Rustique, at 700 Fatherland, on what’ll soon be 3 years in East Nashville. A birthday celebration is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, in the form of a party and fall pop-up shop. Local makers including People Like Art and Ruthie + Oliver will be on hand, plus there’ll be treats and opportunities to screenprint your own T-shirt and more. Runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— Good Housekeeping thinks East Nashville’s own Nerdwax is one of “the Most Ingenious Products From Shark Tank.” It’s in a mix of stuff for brownies and beer and … disposable bed sheets? Pretty cool. (If you didn’t catch Nerdwax on Shark Tank…)
— Heads up if you’re aiming to head by the East Branch library this week — they’re getting a “shiny new parking lot,” so the not-shiny not-new lot is closing Thursday night at 8 p.m., opening back up Monday morning. Library is closed Saturday too. Plan your book-learnin’ accordingly.
— Eastside Cycles has a “super tremendous sale” going — 15 to 30 percent off a bunch of different bikes, including mountain bikes. They’re at 103 S 11th St.
That’s it for this week. Anything East Nashville-related to share? Please email Nicole.