Metro Nashville Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Division will collect donated toys for its annual Christmas Basket Program on Dec. 14 and 15 at Nashville Zoo. As an added incentive, the Zoo is offering a complimentary admission ticket for every new toy donated.
Metro police officers will collect the toys in the Zoo’s parking lot from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kids are invited to drop off letters to Santa Claus that the officers will deliver to the North Pole in time for Christmas. Horses from the Mounted Patrol Division will also be available for guests to meet. Located next to the toy drive, the Zoo will offer a selection of plush animals that guests can purchase for the purpose of donating to the toy drive.
The toy drive is part of the Metro Police Department’s 52nd annual Christmas Basket Program, a charity drive designed to collect toys and other items for area families in need of assistance during the holidays. In addition, the Metro Police Department is assisting with USA Cares, a charity that supports wounded military veterans and their families. The Zoo’s gift shop will have a donation box set up throughout December for guests who would like to support the police department’s program. Police officers will deliver the donated toys to children on the morning of Dec. 24.
Zoo admission is not required to donate toys. Toys must be unwrapped and designed for children 12 and younger. The complimentary Zoo tickets may be used anytime during normal Zoo hours through the end of February 2014.
Workshops on urban gardening, the environment and social justice
Additional speakers have been confirmed for the upcoming Third Annual Tennessee Local Food Summit, scheduled for December 6 through the 8th. Saturday, December 7th will feature a full day of educational workshops at Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Pike. Sessions will highlight the impacts of local food on our health, our environment and our spirituality.
Saturday's workshops will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with sessions on backyard gardening, urban homesteading, permaculture, and the affects of local food on health, the environment, spirituality and social justice issues. The day will conclude with a locally grown prepared dinner. Many of Nashville's best chefs will contribute dishes for the evening. Participating restaurants include Husk, Perl Catering, Yeast Nashville, City House and Juice Brothers. and music at Corsair's Distillery, 1200 Clinton St., #110. Music will be provided by Nashville's own critically acclaimed indie pop rocker Will Kimbrough.
New speakers confirmed include: Nancy Webster of the Weston Price Foundation; Andrea Cloninger Wilson, adjunct instructor for Sustainable Food Systems Lipscomb University; farmers Hank and Cindy Delvin; Bill Reeves, Chief of Biodiversity with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency; Birke Baehr, internationally recognized speaker and 14 year old advocate for sustainable food and agriculture; Adam Turtle, principal researcher at Earth Advocates Research Farm; Ken Meter, food systems analyst and president of Crossroads Resource Center; biodynamic farmer and conference organizer Jeff Poppen; and urban homesteader Misti Schroeter.
Previously confirmed speakers include: farmers Susana Lein of Salamander Springs Farm and Paul Entwistle of Red Springs Family Farm; Trevecca's Environmental Projects Coordinator Jason Adkins; auto-immune cooking expert and author Mee Tracy McCormick, and integrative medicine and anthroposophic physician Dr. Steven Johnson.
In addition to the Saturday workshops, there will be two field trips on Sunday, December 8th. At 10 a.m., there will be a tour of Trevacca Urban Farm aquaponics' operation, followed by a 12 p.m. bus ride to tour Delvin Farms . The tour is free and open to the public.
Kicking off the event on Friday, Dec. 6, will be an evening reception at Sloco, 2905 12th Ave. So., from 6 - 9 p.m. The evening will feature locally sourced hors d'oeuvres and selected speakers from Saturday's program.
The fee for the entire weekend is $100.00. For registration and additional information, go to http://tnlocalfood.com
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GRAY’S ON MAIN HOSTS PROHIBITION REPEAL PARTY ON HISTORIC DATE
Restaurant Honors Vintage Roots, Bar Program With Themed Period Event
Adhering to its Southern heritage and vintage vibe, GRAY’S on Main is hosting its first-ever Prohibition Repeal party on Thursday, Dec. 5—the date of the United States Twenty-first Amendment passage in 1933.
Set in a ca. 1876, three-story building in downtown Franklin, GRAY’S was a landmark pharmacy on the historic Main Street for more than six decades. To ring in the milestone that many former GRAY’S employees would remember, the restaurant is encouraging guests to join them for live period music, vintage cocktails and a virtual walk-through of the historic year.
“This time is best remembered for embracing a modern culture, dancing and jazz music. We hope to bring all that to the table,” said Joni Cole, co-owner of GRAY’S on Main. “We are excited to celebrate a historical moment, and one that is so closely connected to our heritage.”
Though GRAY’S first floor dining room will remain open for guests, Cole says the second floor will be reminiscent of a Jay Gatsby bash: a steady supply of champagne, ragtime tunes and wait-staff in ‘30s-era uniform will complement the special spirits and dishes prepared exclusively for the evening. Guests are also encouraged to channel their best “Boardwalk Empire” impression.
The GRAY’S bar program, developed by Jon and Lindsay Yeager, ties in naturally with the event and is a reflection of the building’s roots: the handcrafted menu pays homage to the drink culture of the early 20th century. Influenced by “The Golden Age of the American Cocktail,” offerings follow the marks of that period—one full of creation, experimentation and vigor, with a focus on brandy-inspired libations.
The Williamson County culinary and entertainment destination says that it hopes the event will evolve into an annual affair.
“History is incorporated into every aspect of GRAY’S, and that doesn’t exclude the bar program. I’m thrilled we’re hosting an event that shows off the forward-thinking flavor profiles that harken back to this era,” Yeager said. “Hopefully this will become a tradition that Williamson County anticipates each year.”
The GRAY’S Prohibition Repeal party will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 8-11 p.m. There is a $5 cover, though that cost is waived for ladies dressed in period attire. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GRAYSfranklin.
The Silver Dollar Saloon Announces New Weekly Series: "Off the Hook: Dueling Songwriters"
Some of Nashville’s Top Tunesmiths to Face Off in "Hook-to-Hook" Competition
If it’s true that the pen is mightier than the sword, then Nashville is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to its songwriting population. No one recognizes this more than James Aycock, Producer and Emcee of the new weekly series “Off the Hook: Dueling Songwriters,” to be held every Wednesday night (Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Jan. 15) at the Silver Dollar Saloon (110 2nd Avenue North, Nashville) from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
The series is best described as dueling piano bar meets “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” pitting songwriters against one another in a fun, friendly competition.
Writers respond to audience suggestions, improvise and pull from their own catalogs to meet a series of lively challenges until the last writer remains and is named “King of the Hook.” As always, there is never a cover and seating is limited, so everyone is encouraged to get there early. Songwriters who wish to participate in the show should submit a package to email@example.com for an audition. Fans can also follow the series on twitter at @Offthehooknashv and on Facebook at OfftheHook Nashville. For more information on the series, please visit silverdollarsaloon.com.
“Think of it as a mental workout/head-cutting competition for songwriters!” explains creator of “Off the Hook: Dueling Songwriters,” veteran entertainer and songwriter Jim Aycock. An award-winning fine arts major from the University of Alabama, Aycock launched his career as the lead in the Wild West Show at Opryland USA, followed by several national tours in such shows as “Oklahoma!” and “Guys and Dolls.” Throughout his career, Aycock has acted alongside names such as Daniel Day Lewis, Sissy Spacek, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and has been featured in “Walt Disney’s “Tom and Huck,” “The Long Walk Home, and “Stars and Bars.” Additionally, he has lent his voice to numerous national commercials, including Subway, Chevrolet, McAlister’s, AT&T and Timex. As a singer/songwriter, Aycock has released five albums of original music, including two for children. Not currently touring, he lives in Nashville with his wife Cynthia, where he continues co-writing and honing his songwriting craft. For him, it’s another marker along his creative journey and he feels blessed to join the countless others hoping for a few good breaks.