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Project 615 Follows Up Outfitting Lady Gaga With Nashvember Celebration
If you weren’t holed up inside a wilderness yurt last week, you probably at least saw some snapshots of pop star Lady Gaga wandering in East Nashville before her tour-kickoff show, greeting fans in a pink cowboy hat and “Spread Love It’s the Nashville Way” T-shirt. (If not... well, see above.)
That sentiment, and that T-shirt, came courtesy of homegrown business Project 615, an East Nashville-based company that mixes apparel design and social good.
In addition to donating proceeds from sales to Set Free ministries, which houses neighbors who are recovering from homelessness, addiction and mental illness, Project 615 also hires and trains Nashvillians in recovery, paving a path toward a new life.
So, anyhow, it was quite a bragging right for a cool local company, having Gaga sport a Project 615 T for one of the most publicized Nashville events in a good while. But we’re coming up on another reason to celebrate Project 615: Nashvember, a big, free party those folks throw annually for their neighbors and, naturally, for a worthy cause too.
Set for Saturday, Nov. 12 at Track One south of downtown (1209 4th Ave. S.), this year’s Nashvember is another impressive throwdown. More than 60 vendors and food trucks will be on site, and there’ll be live music and more, including contributions from sponsors Lightning 100, fashionABLE (another local fashion company with a charitable bent) and craft brewery TailGate Beer (based in West Nashville).
It’s free to attend, but the dollars you do spend with Nashville makers and doers at the event will help other neighbors: a portion of the proceeds will go to Room in the Inn, which has been providing assistance to Nashvillians struggling with homelessness for more than 30 years.
More specifics — music and vendor lineups — are expected soon, but since Project 615’s had an unusual recent thrust into the limelight, I thought it was a good time to shine more light onto a fantastic tradition that they’ve gotten going strong.
Want your own “Spread Love It’s the Nashville Way” shirt? It’s $24.99, via the Project 615 website. (And it’s among a ton of other Ts that’ll let you show your local love, from Nashville to Mount Juliet to Franklin. Go shopping here.)
(Prefer to wear your Nashville pride on your walls? I have some suggestions for that too.)
Hope to see you at Track One November 12. If I can help you beyond day-festival suggestions — finding a new home in Nashville? — please reach out and let me know!
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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