This past weekend I turned 41 years young! I know right?! Each year my birthday comes and goes and the only difference I notice about each year is my weight fluctuates up and down. Other than a dull pain in my lower back due to a car accident about 7 years back,  I feel great.

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I still look good. Have all my teeth. Black ain’t cracking. Praise Him!

I could use an extra $60K in my bank account. But overall, 41 feels like 40 and 39 and so on.

 

Why I Chose My Birthday To Do The Nashville Art Crawl

I’m making a point to embrace new experiences in year 41, so I wanted to kick off my day 1 at the Nashville Art Crawl and finally sink my teeth into a few things on Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant’s menu. It’s a big tourist attraction in downtown Nashville. They serve so drool-worthy southern dishes and have regular live acts on the weekends. 

I’ve been wanting to do the art crawl for quite some time. I’ve experienced similar events in other cities that focused on familiarizing people with their local downtowns and businesses.  But the Nashville Art Crawl is special in that it introduces Nashvillians and tourists to the local art community.

lt gives artists a chance to show off their crafts and creations.   Sculptors, street artists, performers, galleries

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About The Nashville Art Crawl

  • It’s held every 1st Saturday of the month. 
  • Events are free
  • Galleries and exhibits are open from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. 
  • Parking is available within 1 block of the 1st gallery stop on the crawl and it’s only $8 if you pre-pay at least 1 day before the event. 
  • Parking is available from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.
  • There’s a free trolley that constantly runs along the crawl route and you can hop on and off as you please. 
  • Many stops offer free wine and beverages
  • There are other outside events like street performers and live art going on while following the crawl, so there’s plenty to see and new experiences each time you do the crawl. 

https://www.nashvilledowntown.com/events/first-saturday-art-crawl

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My First Nashville Art Crawl Experience

There were so many galleries and spots to tour that night, that it was impossible to see them all AND be able to sit down to enjoy a good dinner. 

Our first stop on the crawl was The Arts Company. Just a block away from the parking garage.

 

The Arts Company – 215 5th Avenue N 

The first pieces that caught my eye were these gorgeous paintings by James Threalkill. The expression on the subject’s face, while he plays his bass, is exactly how my face looks when I jam out to my Spotify playlist. The artist is 

James Threalkill

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After leaving The Arts Company we headed north on 5th ave and were treated to street performances by musicians and some interesting live art demonstrations.

I could have stayed here all day watching this man paint. His small prints were $25. Really dope images. 

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Then my hubby spotted this historical marker attached to the walls near the outside of the Rymer. 

We wondered who this woman was and if she had any descendants still living in the area. It’s amazing to me that a free black woman was able to run a successful business in the heart of Nashville for 20 years!  I’m determined to learn more about Sarah.

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Shortly after seeing all of this we got a text from the restaurant that our table was ready, so we headed over Puckett’s to eat.   Read more about my dinner at the end of the post. 

 

The Rymer Gallery –    5th Avenue N

The Rymer is a very interesting gallery.  Let’s start with some of the paintings and then I want to show you some phenomenal sculptures made out of crayons.  Not with crayon. Actually made from individual pieces of crayons. 

Samuel Dunson

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EHS Explosion – Sam Dunson

 

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son of a – Sam Dunson

 

Herbert Williams

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Herb Williams

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My Birthday Dinner At Puckett’s

At first, I didn’t even think I’d get a chance to try Puckett’s since their reservation system said they were totally booked for the night, 2 days prior!  

So we decided to stop by Texas de Brazil to see if we could get in for a birthday dinner.  Nope! We were told the wait was 45 minutes, which wasn’t bad. But I was starving at that point and figured it would be best to take our chances downtown since the art crawl was only on from 6p to 9p.  I didn’t want to miss anything. 

I was sure we could find someplace to catch a quick bite while there.  Luckily, as soon as we parked we noticed Puckett’s was only a block away from the garage.  So we walked in and asked to get on the waitlist.  They texted us less than 20 mins later and told us our table was ready.  I was so happy because the restaurant has been on my foodie list for a while!

 

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Image credit: Susan D. ,  Yelp

It was packed in there with all of the locals and tourists. The atmosphere is very casual and the food was excellent!   

I wasn’t so happy with the long wait for our food though.  For what we ordered, it took almost 45 minutes for our food to come out. But after tasting the food, it was worth the wait. 

I ordered the Piggy Mac, which is slow smoked and dry rubbed pulled pork covered in mac and cheese and topped with a sweet jalapeno corn cake.   It was so friggin’ good! I haven’t had pulled pork that good in a LONG time. It was so flavorful and savory. Just how dry rub should be. 

For dessert, I had the Skillet Pecan Cobbler. It’s like warm pecan pie with cobbler crust throughout and topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. It’s enough for 2 people and was the perfect end to a good meal.

Ya’ll got me Puckett’s. I’m sold!

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It Was A Good Day

I had a great birthday. I will definitely be a regular Nashville Art Crawler. It was phenomenal and you can’t beat the cheap parking and free wine. I highly recommend coming out and experiencing both the art crawl and Puckett’s for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. 

 

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