East Side Buzz | April 17

The East Nashvillian Delivered to Your Door!
Need some new reading material for your day at home? The East Nashvillian can now be delivered to your door when you order from many local restaurants, liquor stores, and merchants.  When placing orders online, simply look for The East Nashvillian on the menu and add it to your order or request it when you place your order by phone, and the magazine will soon be on its way to you along with your order.  Copies are also available for curbside pick-up orders (and a few of these fine establishments are only offering curbside pick-up at this time); you can request The East Nashvillian with your order or grab one from the rack by their front door.  Check out the full list of participating restaurants and shops, and bookmark the page to check back for updates!

The Clock is Ticking for FEMA Tornado Assistance
An important reminder that individuals and businesses who were affected by the March 3 tornado can still apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but the May 4 deadline is fast approaching. The FEMA Helpline at 800.621.3362 (TTY 800.462.7585) is staffed daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central Time. You can use the Helpline to register with FEMA for assistance, update your information on a previously filed claim, appeal a FEMA decision, and more. Application status updates are also available online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by downloading the FEMA app from fema.gov/mobile-app, or by calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800.621.3362 (TTY 800.462.7585).

Wood Brothers for Tornado Relief
Speaking of tornado relief, Americana maestros Wood Brothers recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Tennesseans affected by the March 3 tornado.  The Wood Brothers are offering three different tiers for their fans to get involved and facilitate funding, including a Zoom lesson, a Zoom hangout, and a shout-out video — all with Oliver and Chris Wood. One hundred percent of the money raised through GoFundMe will be donated to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Emergency Relief Fund. For more info, visit the GoFundMe page and for more on the Wood Brothers check out our feature story from the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of The East Nashvillian.


Open App and Say “Ahhh”
Although COVID-19 may be dominating the health news, it doesn’t mean other aches, pains, and ailments have disappeared. Telemedicine — using a smartphone, tablet, desktop, or laptop for a virtual examination with a medical profession — was already commonplace, but the arrival of a worldwide pandemic has now accelerated its use.

Both East Nashville Family Medicine and Riverside Village Clinic have recently increased their usage of telemedicine appointments to protect the health of both their patients and staff and now Urgent Team Walk-in Urgent Care has expanded its telemedicine capabilities in Middle Tennessee, including their East Nashville and Madison locations.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit their respective websites (linked above) or call:

East Nashville Family Medicine: 615.469.5555

Riverside Village Clinic: 615.810.9595

Urgent Team — East Nashville: 615.665.4400

Urgent Team — Madison: 615.338.7041

A Day at the Museum — From Home!
Although the COVID-19 pandemic may have closed the doors of Nashville’s fine museums, many of them are adapting to the “new normal” by offering new programs and exhibits online.  It’s a great way to engage with your kids and/or expand your cultural horizons all from the comfort and safety of home.

The Frist Art Museum is offering online art history classes, virtual tours of current exhibits, ArtLab programs for young artists, the popular Storytime at the Frist program, and more.  The programs are free, but some require advance registration. For more info visit the Frist online at fristartmuseum.org.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been spotlighting their extensive online video archive of past programs as well as producing and scheduling new content through their website.  Two of their most popular programs  — the weekly Songwriter Sessions and their flagship education program, Words & Music launched on Instagram Live this week.

Songwriter Sessions will take place on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. CDT.  The songwriter of the week will answer questions via Instagram as well as performing their compositions live.  Upcoming programs will include:

April 21        
Luke Laird, whose compositions include “Hard to Forget” (Sam Hunt), “American Kids” (Kenny Chesney) and “Space Cowboy” (Kacey Musgraves).

April 28        
Caitlyn Smith, whose compositions include “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” (Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend), “You Can’t Make Old Friends” (Country Music Hall of Fame members Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers) and her own single “Long Time Coming.”

May 5
Eric Paslay, whose compositions include “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band) and his own hit “Friday Night.”

May 12           
Brandy Clark, whose compositions include her singles “Bigger Boat,“ which features Randy Newman, “Hold My Hand“ and “Who You Thought I Was.“

May 19
Charlie Worsham, whose compositions include “Love You To The Moon” (Kip Moore) and his own singles “Mississippi In July” and “Old Time’s Sake.”

The Words & Music at Home program runs weekly on Thursdays at 2 p.m. CDT, and will feature conversations about songwriting with host Adam Ollendorff, the museum’s Community Outreach and Music Programs Manager.

You can access either of these programs via the museum’s Instagram Live feed @officialcmhof.  More information and the museum’s video archive can be accessed at countrymusichalloffame.org.

The Tennessee State Museum is also offering a video archive of past programs at tnmuseum.org/videos.


Quick Bits

  • Although short term rental units have gathered a bad rep in many local neighborhoods in recent years, they have proven to be an invaluable resource in the fight against COVID-19. Several local unit owners are now offering temporary housing at a greatly reduced cost to medical workers who need to isolate themselves from their families. Short term rental unit owners who have empty units available and medical workers in need of temporary housing should visit com to learn more about this program.
  • Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, the Nashville-based community nonprofit dedicated to empowering families and providing accessible and affordable high-quality childcare and education — announced this week that Kristie P. Ryan been appointed their new Executive Director.  Ryan, a nearly 30 year veteran of non-profit development and management, previously worked with other non-profits including Nurses for Newborns, Boy Scouts – Troop 86, Faith Family Medical Clinic, Hillcrest UMC, and Brentwood High School. To learn more about Fannie Battle Day Home and how they serve the local community visit org.
  • Local woodwork shop Good Wood has raised more than $17,000 in the last two weeks through the sale of their “Nashville Strong” custom signs. The money is being donated to the employees of local small businesses whose livelihood is affected the COVID-19 pandemic with the first check for $2,000 going to employees of Edley’s BBQ. For more info visit Good Wood’s website.
  • The building that served as the home for an East Nashville landmark, the Gerst Haus restaurant, is scheduled to be demolished. Located at 301 Woodland St., the building was constructed in 2000, after the local German restaurant was forced to relocate from its former home on the opposite side of Woodland Street to make room for the Nissan Stadium parking lot. First established in 1955, the Gerst Haus was a popular hang-out for Nashville’s press corps for several decades with its Bratwurst and fishbowls of Gerst Beer as particular favorites. The restaurant closed in February 2018 after 63 years in business. No plans for the site have been announced at this time.
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