Activism, Community Events
If, like Edwin Starr, you feel that war is good for absolutely nothing, or you’re just a political history buff, you won’t want to miss this potluck dinner, courtesy of the Williamson County Democratic Party. Guest speaker Don Peterson was a key player in the notorious 1968 Democratic Convention, where Chicago police clashed with Vietnam War protestors. Peterson — who had already become a prominent figure in the Democratic Party, managing George McGovern’s successful 1962 senatorial campaign — led the push for a “peace plank” in the Democrats’ platform, an effort that was ultimately defeated after a raucous convention-floor fight with an opposition led by then Chicago mayor Richard Daley. Daley also did all he could to thwart antiwar protestors, ultimately amassing an army of 23,000 Chicago police and National Guardsman who unleashed a violent assault on the crowds, one of the darkest moments of a turbulent era. The next day, it was Peterson who led the march protesting the police brutality. Come break bread with Peterson, who’s now a Nashvillian. Guests are invited to bring a dish, though it’s not required; children are welcome. More info at www.wcdemocrats.com.
Community Events, Food & Drink (General), Meet & Greet
Boasting an ambience somewhere between a block party, a jam-band festival and a neighborhood yard sale, East Nashville's cozy addition to the marketplace of locally grown and produced goods proves that farmers' markets take on the specifics of their location. Having outgrown the Turnip Truck grocery's parking lot, the market now gathers nearly two dozen vendors every Wednesday selling organic vegetables, grassfed meats, artisanal breads and other homegrown/homemade goods. Vendors include Delvin Farms, West Wind Farms, Hatcher Family Dairy and newcomer Foggy Hollow Farm from Joelton; goats-milk soaps and lotions from Totty's Bend Farm; organic cotton clothing from ASK Apparel; and Moose Creek Pepper Sauce. We recommend guzzling a pint of Hatcher's chocolate milk while you wander.
Pets, Community Events
The great ideas are the simple ones: an Internet search engine, a pop music reality show, an all-sports cable channel, and now, a happy hour where you can bring your dog. On the first Thursday of every month, Eastland Café hosts Lappy Hour, an ingenuous event where you can enjoy $5 cocktails and appetizers while your mutt ambles about and fetches you a companion. For your dog, theres plenty of water and gourmet treats, which you can dole out if your little Rover proves to be a better come-on than any of your tired one-liners. Now you dont have to feel guilty downing shots while your canine bangs up against her crate. Instead, the mutt can witness you make a fool of yourselfwhile it may undo years of obedience training, what kind of best friend has never seen you buzzed?