Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Fireworks

I didn’t take any pictures of the fireworks because I was at the bicentennial mall with a 10mm lens, soooo. Here are some better ones:

The view wasn’t too bad from the bicentennial mall — not nearly as crowded. You can’t see a lot of the cool stuff at ground-level, though, so that’s a shame.

It’s funny, I’ve lived downtown for like 7 years now but I haven’t actually seen the fireworks downtown probably since the first year I moved down here. Every year I manage to be somewhere else, further away.

Music City July 4th

The City of Nashville will be hosting the Music City July 4th event again this year and it looks to be a lot of fun. I didn’t make it to the actual concert on the Riverfront last year so I can’t give a definitive review, but I did watch the fireworks from the corner of 8th and Lafayette (which were spectacular). This year’s roster looks pretty impressive, with a lineup that includes Taylor Swift and Van Zant on the Riverfront Stage. More details here. Bonus points to any Metbloggers that get their boat out on the river and take some pictures for us!

Red Bull Gives You Wings…

…but not very good ones.

Hi everybody. I’m Chris Chamberlain, your newest MetroBlogger. I reckon I will forever be known as “The Other Chris,” since Mr. Wage is one of the Godfathers, excuse me…Captains of this here site.

But enough about me. If you really care, you can check me out here or here.

I’m here to talk about FLUGTAG.
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Nashville’s Agenda

If you love this city and want to see it get better, here’s your chance to have some input.

I’m one of the facilitators for the upcoming community discussions called Nashville’s Agenda. This initiative listens to Nashvillians about what they want from their fair city. The last time this was done, it resulted in things like the Frist Center and Pulse Day.

If you haven’t spent a few quick minutes taking the survey, do it now.

And, plan on coming out to one (or more) of the community discussions about these key issues. You can be in my group if you want.

Without Housing — Arrests

Housing is a Human Right

I stopped by the the Nashville Homeless Power Project‘s “Urban Plunge” sleepout last night and stayed as long as I could. The event gives people the opportunity to experience homelessness by spending a night out in Nashville. They were gathered on the public square, and the mood was upbeat, calm and relatively peaceful. Dinner was served, and a few movies were shown.Many councilpeople stopped by, including mayoral candidates Bob Clement and David Briley.

At around 1:45, Vice Mayor Howard Gentry gave a brief speech announcing that anyone staying past the permit time would be arrested on criminal trespassing charges. At this point, they have relocated to Riverfront park, but I am surprised to learn that 16 people were arrested at around 2:20AM and are currently locked up for trespassing..

I’ll update as I learn more.

Local Action

I wanted to highlight this Nashville event, which coincides with a BIG rally in New York on Sunday. Things are about to get really bad in Darfur, and unless people get together to raise awareness, thousands will die. Get involved and act.

Tennesseans Against Genocide, in association with Vanderbilt STAND and Belmont Coalition Against Genocide, is presenting Darfur Diaries, a powerful hour-long documentary this Sunday at the Belcourt.

Sunday, September 17 is Global Day for Darfur, a day of rallies around the country and world, including a major rally in New York City to coincide with the convening of the 61st General Assembly of the United Nations, to urge immediate international action for Darfur.

We will also have Klint Alexander, a lawyer specializing in international law, who will speak briefly on what is preventing international action at this time and why action is justified. There will be an opportunity for questions.

Money will be collected for two humanitarian organizations with food programs in Darfur: Mazon and the World Food Program.

The humanitarian situation in Darfur is worse than ever. According to the American Jewish World Service, since June the number of Darfurians without access to food aid has doubled. Due to lack of funding, the World Food Program warns of further cuts in food aid by October, which could affect three million civilians.

Recycle That Old Machine

From Vanderbilt’s announcement:

Dell is offering consumers in Metro Nashville and the surrounding counties a one-day, free computer recycling event on Saturday, September 9, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vanderbilt University parking lot 74, located on Natchez Trace, north of Blakemore Avenue and across from the Vanderbilt track.

Any brand of computer (CPU), monitor, printer, or other peripherals (mouse, keyboard, scanner, etc.) will be accepted. No other electronic equipment, such as telephones, televisions, stereos and appliances, will be accepted. Please remove all data from your computer’s hard drive.

Local partners for the community event include Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety, Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies, Metro Nashville Department of Public Works, Metro Beautification and Environment Commission, Tennessee Environmental Council, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Dell is committed to responsible solutions for reusing and recycling unwanted computers. Recycling computers instead of disposing of them reduces the amount of waste that gets placed in our landfills.

Take this chance to clean out your attics, closets and garages and recycle your unwanted computers for free!

When possible, dropped-off equipment will be refurbished and reused, but cannot be considered a donation through this event. If residents are interested in donating working equipment to a local non-profit organization, please visit www.dell.com/recycling to find out how the National Cristina Foundation can give your unwanted computer a second life. Donated equipment must meet the minimum donation requirements outlined on Dell?s website.

If you cannot attend the event on September 9, Dell will pick up your old computer at home and recycle it. Find out how at www.dell.com/recycling.

For more information, please contact Johnny Vanderpool with VEHS at johnny.vanderpool@vanderbilt.edu. To volunteer to help with the event, please contact Atulya Tankha with VCEMS at atulya.tankha@owen.vanderbilt.edu.

Walk of Fame (or Shame)

Mayor Purcell announced today that Nashville will have its very own Walk of Fame, just like Hollywood.

This seems like a good idea to me. After all, Nashville is continuing to grow to ‘national city’ status, our country music rings in the ears of New Yorkers and Idahoans alike, and some of our celebrities grab headlines just like the California ones do.

Then I read that this walk will extend from the new symphony center all the way to Music Mile (Demonbruen Street for the locals).

For those not in the know, these two places are nearly a mile apart. Hollywood’s walk is short, and stars are packed in for tourists to take pictures and have a moment. How in the hell are we going to stretch country music from Downtown to Music Row? How many one hit wonders will be emblazoned in brushed steel?

Stick around until November to learn who gets their star first. My guess: Earl Scruggs, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Cletus Judd.

Fireworks in East Nashville

Last night my wife and I took the kids to East Park in East Nashville to watch the fireworks. It was the kind of event that exemplifies why East Nashville is such a great community to live. If you want a kid-friendly place to watch the fireworks then this is it.

We arrived around 8pm. The field was scattered with families and groups of childless adults. There was a church that has set up a stage and was giving things away. We heard that they had sno-cones and lemonade so I grabbed the kids and $20 to go get them a treat. When we got there I realized that the treats were free.

In the baseball diamonds people were taking turns setting off some fireworks. This was a great opening show. It was just enough to keep the kids entertained. Some kids were running around, some were playing with sparklers, etc.

When the actual show started, the church played the symphony’s performance through their sound system and we had a perfect view of the display. There were ooohs and aaahhhs from all around. It wasn’t crowded or tense at all. When the show was over everyone packed up and got in their cars. I was expecting traffic to be bad but a fair amount of people had walked there. I had to wait at a few stop signs but we were home in 10 minutes.

I think fireworks in East Park will become a family tradition for the foreseeable future. Maybe I will see you there next year.

Boom!

Karsten and I rode our bikes to the riverfront to catch the fireworks display. I managed to get a huge amount of pretty good pictures, considering I was taking them on a Treo 650, and I’ve whittled them down to 52 and uploaded those to Flickr for your amusement.

Nashville's Riverfront Park Fireworks Celebration, 7/4/06

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