Friday News Roundup, October 18

Still Time to Get Your Ad On!
A reminder that The East Nashvillian’s November-December issue is coming up and you can still get your ad in our pages, but time is limited! This edition will feature the debut of our handy “Bad Influencer’s Holiday Guide,” spotlighting weird, wacky, and wonderful ways to survive the holidays on the East Side, along with a special pull-out booklet, The Madisonian, which shines a light on our hip northern neighbor(hood).

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Midtown on the East Side
A Nashville institution, Midtown Printing, recently completed their relocation to the East Side. Now located at 111 Oak Valley Dr., the full-service printing company is open for business in the newly-renovated building that was once home to Oak Valley Bowling Lanes.

The new location is great,” manager Erik Von Colln says. “There are no other printing companies near us, we gained some space, and we were able to perfect our workflow by installing all of our equipment where and the way we wanted.”

Established in 1972, Midtown Printing was a Vandy-area fixture for over 47 years, but, changes to the area meant it was time for move.

“Where we were located has become mostly residential, and it was not a place for a printing company anymore,” Von Colln says. “It was just getting too crazy with the pedal taverns and the tractors pulling wagons of tourists.”

While Midtown Printing on the East Side my seem a little confusing, Von Colln says they have no plans to change their name at this time, and established customers don’t seem to mind a bit. For more info on Midtown Printing, visit their website or call 615.327.1758.

Happy Birthday to Dee(’s)!
The best little country bar in Madison, Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, is celebrating three years of serving up cold beer, hot tunes, and cool times this Saturday, Oct. 19. The party starts at 5 p.m. with free roast pig until it’s gone. Also on tap, live local music from 6 to 10:30 p.m., funky retro spinning from DJ Megan Coleman until 2 a.m., and a silent auction with many one-of-a-kind items collectibles — all proceeds benefit “SafPaw,” the Southern Alliance for People & Animal Welfare.

For you first-timers (who are always welcome) Dee’s is located at 102 E. Palestine Ave., and be sure not to park in the adult bookstore’s parking lot (they can get a little testy about it). For more information, drop by the Facebook event page.

Time Once Again to “Light the Nations”
Feel the need to cross the river this weekend? Our good friends to the west will be celebrating their neighborhood with the fourth annual Lights the Nations Festival. On Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2-10 p.m., the area along 51st Avenue in West Nashville from Georgia Avenue to Michigan Avenue will come alive with music, dancers, vendors, food, a kids and family zone, and more!

Presented by Silo Bend with proceeds benefiting Thistle Farms — the Nashville-based nonprofit dedicated to helping women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction — Light the Nations also serves to celebrate one of Nashvillian most vibrant neighborhoods. Admission is free. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit

Breath Deep to Battle Lung Cancer
This Saturday, Oct. 19,  the LUNGevity Breathe Deep Stache & Lash 5K is coming to Shelby Park, and it’s a great opportunity to do your part to battle lung cancer while giving your own lungs a healthy workout. This combination 1.5 Mile Walk, 5K Walk, and 5K Timed Run raises funds to combat lung cancer, celebrate survivors, and honor the memory of victims. Whether you’re a runner, walker, stroller, or roller, everyone is welcome to join in including pets. Register online or on race day. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. with the run kicking off at 8 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, visit


“Don’t Miss” Times Three
Here are a few don’t miss events for this week. Tonight, Friday, Oct. 18, Southern Psych guru Ian Ferguson (as featured in our 2019 Music Issue) will be opening for Nahko And Medicine For The People at The Marathon Music Works (1402 Clinton St.). Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available through the Marathon website.

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, singer, songwriter, and everyone’s rock ‘n’ roll crush, Amy Rigby will be performing and reading from her new memoir, Girl to City at Grimey’s New and Preloved Music (1060 E. Trinity Lane). The event starts at 6 p.m. with an autograph session following. For more info, visit

Peter Buffett, an Emmy Award-winning musician, composer, philanthropist, author, and the youngest son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, will appear at Ingram Hall at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, for an evening of “Concert & Conversation.”  Hosted by the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, the free multi-media performance that will combine live music, narrative insights, and audience participation on human rights, civil rights, and individual legacy-building. For more information or to register, visit

Time to Nominate the East Nashvillians of the Year!
The Historic East Nashville Merchants Association is now accepting nominations for East Nashvillian of the Year for 2019. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Nov. 20. Nominees will be announced the following day with voting taking place on Nov. 25 at HENMA mixer — time and location TBA.

2019 is the 12th year for these annual awards spotlighting businesses and individuals who exemplify the best aspects of East Nashville. Awards are presented in two categories: The business award goes to a business or business owner that demonstrated the best of what East Nashville offers in commerce and civic responsibility. The second award goes to the private citizen who best demonstrates what it means to be a good neighbor.

Please submit your nominations to Include the following information:

  • Business Name, Owner’s Name, and Reason for Nomination
  • Individual’s Name and Reason for Nomination

All nominations MUST be received by Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Quick Bits

  • The Nashville Night Market is tonight at 400 Davidson St. The event’s Facebook page promises live music from Dom Wier, local vendors, food from a variety of local food trucks, and a scenic view of the Nashville skyline. Hours are 5-9 p.m. with free admission and parking.
  • Nashville-based Core Development has purchased two Inglewood lots located at 4704 and 4706 Gallatin Pike for approximately $860,000, according to a story in Nashville Post. Long-time East Side residents may recall that 4704 Gallatin Pike was once home to the beloved Mexican restaurant Es Fernandos which closed in 2007. No plans have been announced for the property yet, but Core Development is known for developing mixed-use buildings combining residential and retail uses.
  • Congratulations to the Cleveland Park Boys & Girls Clubs who recently received the Frist Foundation Award of Achievement – Team Building from Nashville’s Center for Nonprofit Management as a part of their annual Salute to Excellence awards. The award recognizes the Cleveland Park Boys & Girls Clubs’ management of the Metro Parks Cleveland Park community center over the past four years.
  • Baxter Bailey & Company is officially launching “The Dog Ice Creamery” this Saturday, Oct. 19. They’ll be giving away samples of their signature “Muttuccino” doggie ice cream to any canine patrons that stop by with their human. They’ll also be offering Build Your Own Sundaes, Single Scoops, and Take Home Tubs of their Canine Friendly Ice Cream. The fun runs from 10 6 p.m. at 1004 Fatherland St. #101.
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