NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 2,000 volunteers participated in today’s Hands On Nashville Day, the community’s largest day of service benefiting Metro Nashville Public Schools.
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the organization’s signature volunteer event, which resulted in more than 8,400 donated hours of service through landscaping, painting and cleaning projects at 52 schools throughout Davidson County.
Each year, the volunteer resource center hosts Hands On Nashville Day, bringing together residents of Middle Tennessee to donate their time to help make Metro Schools brighter, safer places for Davidson County children to learn and play.
Sycamore Pop Up Dinner
Sunday, January 27 Cafe Fundamental, 1115 Porter Road
$70 per person (includes four courses with cocktail pairings)
On January 27, Sycamore Nashville is hosting yet another pop-up dinner benefiting the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm. This is the second in a series of several pop-up dinners both Chef Galzin and his wife Caroline have initiated since moving to Nashville in July. (Also, right after moving to town, Chef Galzin spent a day at the Farm teaching youth how to make a healthy dish from the veggies they helped to grow.)
As they make plans for their first restaurant together, the Galzins have caused
quite a pop-up craze. Their innovative approach not only educates the Nashville community on sustainable practices, but also brings together resources that benefit the local community in a unique way. At their last dinner, Chef Galzin used a whole hog from Phillips Pharm in Davidson County, while carefully explaining his process of using the entire pig to prepare the meal. He reflected on the beauty of food, the culinary responsibility we all have, and the work that we do to support the farming communities here locally. The beer pairings added some laid-back spunk to the dinner, too. Did we mention that proceeds from this dinner were donated to the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm? Philanthropy is a key goal and something they’d like to keep integral in their planning as they prepare for a future restaurant. (Now you know why we love them so much!)
If you weren’t able to attend their last night of deliciousness, you best get your tickets for January’s event happening at Cafe Fundamental, with proceeds again benefiting the HON Urban Farm. This month’s special will feature four-course meals using two whole lambs from Philips Pharm and special craft cocktails from PourTaste mixologists Jon and Lindsay Yeager. Tickets are $70 per person – and are about to sell out. Click here and purchase yours today. See you at the table!
Where in our fair city can you literally take a stroll through Nashville’s history? Meander down the quaint lanes of the Nashville City Cemetery, and you will begin to feel that you have stepped back in time – all the way back to 1820.
Buried on these peaceful grounds in the middle of the city are Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers, 15 mayors of Nashville, one Tennessee governor, two of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers, many enslaved and free persons of African descent interred prior to the Civil War, and many others who played important roles in the story of our city’s past.
For history devotees, the opportunity to help preserve the oldest continuously operated public cemetery in Nashville is an honor and delight.
“I love history, and being able to have a hands-on experience in preserving it is truly gratifying,” says Liz Parrott, a devoted volunteer and member of the Nashville City Cemetery Association board of directors.
Susan Laux, a sixth-generation Nashvillian who has family members buried at the cemetery, agrees. “I was thrilled to find out that Hands On Nashville helps to coordinate an ongoing cleanup of the cemetery,” says Susan. “My love of this great city runs deep, and my desire to see our treasures preserved is of great importance to me.”
Volunteers are essential for this membership organization that works to protect, preserve, restore, and raise public awareness for the Nashville City Cemetery in collaboration with the Historical Commission of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Enthusiastic and willing volunteers help the organization by staffing fundraising and educational events, and by helping to keep the cemetery beautiful and welcoming for visitors to come and learn the history of the people buried there, and to see their relatives’ resting place.
If you’re interested in getting involved, take a look at these upcoming opportunities to immerse yourself in Nashville’s history:
Monthly Cemetery Cleanup Days On August 11, September 8, and October 6, volunteers will clean up the cemetery grounds by raking, picking up trash, sweeping off the tombstones, picking up branches, etc. The October cleanup is especially important – many volunteers are needed as the grounds will be prepared for the Living History Tour taking place the following weekend.
Living History Tour – October 13 Volunteers are needed to assist as tour guides, at admissions, etc. During the tour, certain historical figures who are buried at the cemetery are portrayed by actors who tell their stories to visitors.