Welcome, City Winery

The new “cool factor” about Nashville is just astounding. First off, there are construction cranes everywhere. The mark of a city on the move. We have a new convention center, new outdoor amphitheater, new baseball stadium, exciting restaurants, craft brewers and most exciting to this reporter – our very own winery. City Winery is a…

Bow to King Frank and Queen Janice

It was a great Oyster Easter! The weather was perfect. The candidates for king and queen were on their best game, raising money and having fun on behalf of the Community Resource Center. A huge thanks to Roger Barnett and Patricia Apple, Rob Wagner and Chrystie Wooley, and Buddy Messer and Kim Hunter for their…

Help me

Ceanne is here today. She is our accountant. It is the end of the fiscal year and we have to close the books. Help me. I will admit to you that of my many talents book-keeping is not one of them. Yes, I understand that I run a nonprofit that must be totally and transparently…

Pressure washing, wine and barbecue

A typical day at CRC. We have appointed today to wash the last remaining flood goo off of the last remaining things that made it through the flood – shelving in the storage room. “I’ll bring my pressure washer, ” says Kim. Of course, Kim has a pressure washer. I love that girl. I cleverly…

Fun Central

I will not linger long here because it’s been a tiring day, but if you do not put Oyster Easter (always the Saturday before Easter) on your calendar for next year you are a fool. Sorry, maybe that’s too harsh. This is the best pay party of the year – it ‘s loose, it’s fun,…

What do we do?

In the interest of true disclosure, I have gone from the low of our building flooding to the high of getting the temporary warehouse set up to, now, back to low because I’m dealing with bureaucracy I don’t understand and requirements for an SBA loan that tonight seem insurmountable. So here’s the situation. I apply…

Oyster Easter: The kick-off to silly season

Nashville is a party town and there’s no better party to start off the season than Oyster Easter. Oyster Easter was started 48 years ago by a guy named Dudley Warner who was a Vanderbilt student at the time. Some of his buddies couldn’t get home for Easter so he decided to create a party…