This past weekend was one of the first weekend’s I’ve spent in Nashville in a long time and it was chock full of event and entertainment options. My friends and I had plans to attend the Chris Tucker show Friday. Saturday, the weather was forecast to be perfect and I wanted to do something “outdoorsy.” I heard about the Germantown area hosting the Capital District Street Fair with music and vendors and decided I would peruse the vendors and partake of the food trucks to enjoy the Saturday day. Because last Sunday was loads of Sunday Fun Day with the #Lemonade Day Party, I decided to be intentional about having a low key Sunday. The Seafood Boil hosted by the Bunch Punch Lounge was my move for Sunday.
Friday night I caught the Uber over to the Municipal Auditorium to meet my framily to see Chris Tucker. I highly recommend using Uber as your source of transportation to and from arena concerts and shows (if possible). It costs about the same as parking and you don’t have to walk to and from a parking garage; curbside service is the best and its best using Uber. I arrived at 8pm, the opening act hit the stage at 8:30pm and Chris Tucker hit the stage around 9 pm with a Michael Jackson song and performing his famous Michael Jackson dancing impersonation. Think Rush Hour Chris Tucker. I love Chris Tucker’s Michael Jackson impersonation in voice and in dance. Chris’ set consisted of his script from his Netflix special “Chris Tucker: Live.” I saw the Netflix special a few months ago. So, although I had heard the jokes before, I laughed at Chris Tucker and his show to a three quarter full auditorium. After a great Friday night with the family, I kissed everyone goodbye as I hopped into the Uber to stop by the Rymer Art Gallery for the kick off to Meharry Graduation Weekend.
At the Rymer Gallery Dr. Gerald Onohua hosted a Meharry Graduation Weekend Happy Hour with DJ Crisis on the wheels of steel. I had a great time chatting with a few folks who had read Gerald’s blog post last week (see:”Beyond My Wildest Dreams with Dr. Gerald Onohua“). I’ve browsed around the contemporary art in the Rymer Art gallery during the First Saturday Art Crawl, so this location made sense for a happy hour chill vibe. I showed my support to the Meharry family and called it a night for a Friday.
Saturday’s weather forecast was picturesque:
The Capital District Street Fair was located in Morgan Park right in the heart of the Germantown area and served as the finishing line for the Tour De Nash. The Tour De Nash is Nashville’s largest urban bike ride, organized to encourage residents and visitors to explore Nashville’s best bikeway’s and roads by bicycle. For the past eleven years Walk Bike Nashville has coordinated the Tour De Nash for cyclist of all experience levels to cycle through Nashville boroughs such as Shelby Park, East Nashville to Lockeland Springs, around Cornelia Fort Air Park, all the way to 12 South to the Belmont area, a back to downtown, finishing in Germantown at the Capital District Street Fair. The Capital District Street Fair combines Germantown, Salemtown, Hope Gardens, and the Buena Vista District “for a day of music, food and celebration.” I love a good festival; I admire the small business owners thriving in their passions, creating their own rules. The products of the small businesses, whether they are arts and crafts, clothing, or food, seem to be made with an extra amount of uniqueness that fits my unapologetic personality. Vendors were in town from all over Middle Tennessee including:
Poor and Pretty Boutique (mobile boutique):
Verna Lynn and her family and I chatted while I admired and decided which sparkly piece I was going to purchase – click picture to visit website:
SweetHomeNashville.com had some interesting trinkets – click the picture to visit their website.
And – one of my favorite vendors of the day – Nashville author of the Children Book Sleep Tight Nashville. It was written by mother and son Dave Dietrick and Debbie Brown, Illustrated by Kathryn Gogliott. It’s a short Nashville themed bed time story filled with Nashville landmarks and imagery in a cartoon children’s book style. Super Cute.
An exhaustive list of vendors can be found here.
Again – these are only a few of my favorite vendors products and pictures, but I had connecting conversations with just about everyone I met. Explaining the vision of Nashvillesocialbutterfly.com, I was consistently met with a welcoming “this is a great idea” which keeps me motivated to continue to write about what makes Nashville so great.
Sunday’s Seafood Boil at the Bunch Punch Lounge was…interesting. It was at “juke joint” type of location off of Clarksville Highway, away from the city, heading towards Joelton. It was an area I was unfamiliar with, but the concept of a outdoor laid back seafood boil was just the setting for this country girl at heart. There were a lot of hungry people wanting seafood, and after a bit of a wait, I got my plate of seafood boil goodness – Crap Legs, Shrimp, Sausage, Red Potatoes and Corn. I’m sure the collaboration with Bunch Punch (homemade Mason Jar cocktails) and Dream Cuisine (caterer for the Seafood Boil) is the first of many for Summer 16.
There are so many wonderful people and events happening in the Nashville community – small and large scale, free and costly – be sure you get out to experience it, I know I am!
Karla is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University which a degree in Sociology, and is currently pursuing a MBA at Bethel University. She is a Nashville Native and Lifestyle Blogger; a Free Spirit, and a Music Lover. To subscribe to her monthly newsletter click here. She can be reached via email: karla@