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East Side Buzz, Friday, July 3

Back to Phase 2, No Fireworks, but Time to Light Up!

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Nashville Moves Back to Phase Two and COVID-19 Cases Spike
On Thursday, Mayor John Cooper announced that in response to the continued rise of new cases of COVID-19 the July 4th fireworks celebration has been canceled and that Nashville will be moving back to Phase Two of the Roadmap to Reopening Nashville with certain modifications. This move followed Public Health Order 8 that took effect on June 29, mandating the use of facial coverings or masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.

The Metro Health Department reported 608 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, a record daily high for Davidson County. The 14-day rolling daily case average condition warning is now red as the number of new cases continues to escalate.

Mayor Cooper explained the new restrictions at his press conference. “In this modified next phase, many socially-driven businesses and activities that opened in Phase Three will be temporarily closed, including event venues and entertainment venues,” Cooper said. “To be clear, our limit on gathering size is 25. And restaurants will move back from 75 percent capacity to 50 percent capacity, as permitted in Phase One. It’s worth noting that Nashville’s rate of confirmed cases did decline while bars and restaurants operated at 50 percent capacity in May.

“Metro Parks facilities opened in Phase Three will remain open, including dog parks, skate parks, basketball courts, and playgrounds. And recreational leagues and pools will still be permitted, as outbreaks have not been traced back to these venues or activities. Of course, we urge you to practice safe social distancing around swimming pools this weekend.

“Additionally, all bars in Davidson County, known as ‘limited-service restaurants’ that derive the majority of their revenue from alcohol sales, will close for a minimum of 14 days beginning tomorrow, which is equal to one incubation cycle of the coronavirus.

“By observing our public health orders, maintaining a safe social distance from one another, and wearing a face-covering whenever possible, we can limit the spread of the disease and help protect each other. “

As of Thursday morning, there have been a total of 8,644 cases of COVID-19 reported in Davidson County, an increase of 1,105 cases over last week’s total. More information and updates on Metro’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are available at asafenashville.org.

D.A. Office Ending Prosecutions for Marijuana Possession
On Wednesday, the Davidson County District Attorney announced they will no longer prosecute individuals for possessing half an ounce or less of marijuana. District Attorney Glenn Funk explained the public health and safety benefits in a written statement.

“For individuals, this policy will eliminate the negative effects of a criminal charge which include potential jail time and collateral consequences on employment and housing.

“For the justice system, elimination of minor marijuana charges will decrease costs as jail housing expenses for these cases will now be totally eliminated. Similarly, courts and the clerk’s office will see savings from docketing fewer cases.

“Finally, and of great importance, demographic statistics indicate that these charges impact minorities in a disproportionate manner. This policy will eliminate this area of disproportionality in the justice system.”

The decision follows similar moves by prosecutors across the U.S. and policies by the U.S. Department of Justice to defer enforcement of simple possession laws to local jurisdictions.

In a written statement, Mayor John Cooper supported the decision. “I support the DA’s decision to stop prosecuting minor marijuana offenses in Davidson County. We need to continue working to ensure that people have access to drug treatment and that we are doing everything we can to keep nonviolent young people out of the criminal justice system.“

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Hot Chicken, Deconstructed
Temperatures may be in the 90s this weekend, but the things will be getting even hotter with the return of the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival. In light of the ongoing pandemic, this year’s festival is taking on a special “deconstructed style” to ensure infernal fowl lovers don’t miss out on the heat while staying safe and healthy.

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 4, hot chicken restaurateurs all over Nashville will be serving up the goods via take-out orders from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s participating restaurants include Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack’s Nolensville Pike location, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish Main Street location, 400 Degrees on Clarksville Pike, Party Fowl’s Eighth Avenue and Donelson locations, Hattie B’s Melrose location, and Slow Burn Hot Chicken at Yazoo’s Taproom in Madison. Patrons are encouraged to place their orders online through links at the Music City Hot Chicken website.

Yazoo Brewing Company will also release a limited-edition batch of “Nashville Hot Chicken Coalition Ale“ — a special brew designed to perfectly complement the burn of Nashville Hot Chicken. The beer will be available at participating hot chicken establishments. For more information visit hot-chicken.com and follow the Music City Hot Chicken Fest on Instagram.

Prepare to Blackberry Boogie!
A reminder that the first Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms Blackberry Recipe Competition kicks off today! For this virtual event, everyone in the community is invited to submit their favorite or most ambitious blackberry recipe for a chance to some sweet prizes. Entries must be submitted via social media or email and will be judged on photographic presentation, recipe originality, and creative use of blackberries.

The first-place winner will have their recipe featured on the menu at Lockeland Table along with receiving a $50 gift card to Lockeland Table, and two pints of blackberries from Delvin Farms. Second and third place winners will receive other great prizes from the contest sponsors that include Lockeland Table, The East Nashvillian, Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, and East Nashville Farmers Market.

For more information and complete contest rules, visit the Shelby Bottoms Blackberry Recipe Contest webpage and follow  Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms on Facebook and Instagram.

Preserving History and Health
While many businesses and organizations have rushed to re-open, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum continues to follow a more cautious approach to reopening. It was announced this week that the Hall of Fame would remain closed to the public until at least July 31, 2020.

In a press release, Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum said, “We look forward to welcoming guests and having them explore our galleries once again. When we reopen, we want to make sure it is in the safest environment possible.”

In the meantime the museum continues to offer these online programs:

Songwriter Sessions, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. CDT on Instagram Live

Online Family Program, Wednesdays at 11 a.m. CDT via FieldTripZoom,
The currently scheduled Online Family Programs are:

Songwriting 101: Boudleaux and Felice Bryant Style
Wednesday, July 8, 11–11:45 a.m.
Join a museum educator on FieldTripZoom to write a song as a group in this introductory workshop. Music professional Adam Ollendorff will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme, and rhyme scheme. Via the chat functionality, participants will share ideas and write an original song inspired by “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” written by Hall of Fame member Boudleaux Bryant. Ollendorff has toured with Kacey Musgraves, performed with Willie Nelson, and written songs with Natalie Hemby and Maren Morris. Recommended for ages seven and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.

DeFord Bailey DIY Harmonicas
Wednesday, July 15, 11-11:45 a.m.
Create your own harmonica from craft sticks and rubber bands, inspired by country music’s first African American star, DeFord Bailey. A popular early star on the Grand Ole Opry, Bailey played innovative harmonica music that was influenced by sounds around him, such as chugging trains and barking hounds. What sounds will you make on your new harmonica? Led by a museum educator on FieldTripZoom. Recommended for ages six and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.

Songwriting 101: The Blues
Wednesday, July 22, 11–11:45 a.m.
Join a museum educator on Field Trip Zoom to write a song as a group in this introductory workshop. Music professional Adam Ollendorff will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme, and rhyme scheme. Participants will learn a blues song to get the creative juices flowing, then share ideas via “chat” to write an original song. Ollendorff co-wrote “Moonlight, Mistletoe, and You,” the title cut on Keb’ Mo’s 2019 holiday album, which spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard blues chart. Recommended for ages seven and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.

One Sheet Songwriting Journal
Wednesday, July 29, 11-11:45 a.m.
Many songwriters keep a notebook on hand to jot down ideas. Join a museum educator on FieldTripZoom to learn about the influential songwriting duo Boudleaux and Felice Bryant—responsible for penning “Rocky Top,” “Bye Bye Love,” and many other classics—and view pages from their songwriting ledgers. Then, learn how to make your own pocket-sized journal using only one sheet of paper. What new ideas will fill your book? Recommended for ages seven and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen. Presented in support of the exhibit We Could: The Songwriting Artistry of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant.

The museum also offers archival performances and interviews from the museum’s archives, and episodes of the museum’s podcast, Voices in the Hall. For links and more information visit countrymusichalloffame.org.

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Quick Bits

  • Five Points fav Pied Piper Creamery will reopen in new digs at the Hunters Station food this Saturday, July 4. The Pied Piper’s previous location on South 11th Street was severely damaged by the March 3 tornado. Since May, Pied Piper has been fulfilling takeout and delivery orders from Citizen Market in Hunters Station since May. The reopened retail business will remain in the Citizen Market space and will be open M-F, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Pied Piper Creamery delivery will remain available seven days a week. For more info and updates follow Pied Piper Creamery on Facebook.
  • Haven Towne Centre, a five-story, 48-unit condominium building is planned for 624 W. Due West Ave. In Madison. Located near I-65 and across Due West Avenue from Goodpasture Christian School, the building will offer one and two-bedroom units. Construction is expected to start in early fall.
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