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Over 40 people came to celebrate spring, despite the cold rainy day. Several turtles were named, books were sold, and fun was had by all!

Saturday, December 4, 2010
5K to Benefit the West Meade Conservancy

"Run for the Hills," provided a combination of energy and enthusiasm to further the WMC's fundraising cause. 10 sponsors and 95 registrants brought in enough money to pay all expenses and send profits of close to $5,000 to The Land Trust for Tennessee's West Meade Conservancy fund!

Popular "Run for the Hills" tee-shirts, a well-chosen course, interesting and educational Nature Facts stationed along the route, as well as perfect running weather (crisp, cloudy, and dry) combined to make the event memorable. John Purdy's deadpan delivery and professional expertise at the microphone kept the crowd amused and informed. Everyone admired the prizes (especially a big pink shovel from Creekside Nursery) and enjoyed the food (which came from Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Publix in Bellevue). The Athlete's House donated the race numbers for runners to wear.

Winners: Males--Nate Mulherin (1st), Matthew Connor (2nd); Females--Catherine Richie (1st), Colleen Prim (2nd); Boy--Will Rosenblatt; Girl--Natalie Connor and Sydney Webber.

Thanks and admiration are due to the dedicated, hard-working, creative, and SUCCESSFUL Run-for-the Hills committee: Tina Allocco, Stasia Holdren, Rob Keese, Kim Matthews, Marna McKinney, Colleen Prim, Elaine Purdy, and Becka Rosenblatt.

The names of the Run's sponsors are posted on the WMC's web site's Home page. Thank them for their support by giving them your patronage

WMC GARAGE SALE -- August 30, 2010

Good planning, hard work, and community support made the WMC's Garage Sale Day a huge success, resulting in total sales of $4,500! The many donations ranged from paintings, prints, brass rubbings, china, crystal, jewelry to books, tools, athletic equipment, electronic equipment, and toys. The owner of Bella Regali donated boxes and boxes of varied stationery.

Hundreds of people from West Meade and beyond strolled through the three host carports (Hosts: Lynne and David Barton, Althea and Louis Jenkins, and Nancy and Collins Smith. Chairman Nancy Smith and Co-Chairman Susie Denes were assisted by an enthusiastic crew of volunteers who helped to plan, price, and arrange items and then monitor sales.

Ellen Hansen served coffee and huge homemade cinnamon buns, and young entrepreneur Joseph Nestler sold fresh lemonade.

Part of the Sale Day's success came from neighborhood groups (Hillwood List/Serve, Warner Parks Neighborhood Association, West Meade Hills Neighborhood Association, and West Meade Park Neighborhood Association), who got the word out to their members and provided both workers and shoppers.

A Special Evening of COOL JAZZ -- Sunday, July 18th
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SPRING FLING -- Saturday, March 27, 2010

We gathered on a beautiful day in the height of wildflower season to celebrate early spring and discuss our future steps in seeking conservation easements. Among several fund-raising measures, some West Meade Conservancy supporters are working on a book, Noah and the Arc . "The Arc" is Nashville's Conservation Arc (Ecological Corridor), and the plot centers on the struggle to preserve West Meade's part of the arc. We took photos of the crowd during Saturday's meeting to be part of the book's ending.

Saturday, October 31st

Thanks to PrintNetUSA for support with brochures.

For the Young in Years and Young at Heart:
  • Make-Your-Own-Spider Table (complete with photographs & information about local spiders)
  • Name-the-Turtle Table and Contest
  • Costume Parade
For the General Public:
  • New photos from WMC members
  • New tri-fold WMC brochure
  • Update on status of first easement group
  • Current donation totals/goals
  • Refreshments (both healthful and sinful)
Wear your costume and decorate your bike, tricycle, or stroller!!! Parade will begin at 11am Costumes strongly encouraged, no matter your age!!

Come and bring children, grandchildren, friends, new neighbors.

WMC Creek Workshop - May 16

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about creeks even if you do not plan to do water monitoring. It should be fun, interesting, and give you insight into what goes on in those creeks that you see every day. The WMC Creek Workshop (given by Vera Vollbrecht, Director of the Warner Parks Nature Center) will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm In Edwin Warner Park.

All ages are welcome. You do not have to go in the water, but it is a good excuse if you enjoy to paddle. It is suitable for adults and children (except the really young).

Reserve your spot(s) by contacting Jane Bibring (356-0977; jane@bibring.net). The workshop will meet at the Octagonal Picnic Shelter in Edwin Warner Park. Go right off of Vaughn Rd.; the parking lot for the Octagonal Shelter is on the left immediately after Shelter #5.

EASEMENTS MEETING -- Monday, April 13, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
The Gordon Jewish Community Center -- 801 Percy Warner Blvd.

The West Meade Conservancy is ready to begin building its first official easement groups. Whether you are a current Registry Signer, a potential Registry Signer, or simply someone interested in the preservation of West Meade’s woods, wildlife, history, and streams, you are invited to come to a “Nuts and Bolts” meeting to:

  • Learn the next steps to implement the easements
  • Meet Audra Ladd, Middle Tennessee Project Manager for The Land Trust for Tennessee
  • Learn about phases and deadlines
  • Have your comments heard and your questions answered


Responding to concerns of West Meade residents, Emily Evans, Council Member for District 23 and Chairman of the Metro Council's Public Works Committee, explained why stormwater is a major environmental issue that affects residents in a variety of ways, such as pollution, flooding, and erosion. She discussed the local problems and their possible solutions.

Several of Metro's streams, including the Jocelyn Branch of Richland Creek, have been judged by the EPA to be "threatened," and stormwater is the leading culprit. That creek is an important part of the wildlife habitat whose preservation is part of the Conservancy's mission.

WILDLIFE IN WEST MEADE -- April 29, 2008 , Warner Parks Nature Center
About 60 People attended. The speaker is wildlife biologist Andrea English, Diversity Coordinator for Region 2 of the Tennessee Wildlife Agency.

Around fifty people came to enjoy the company of others who love the woods of West Meade and learn about results of the Box Turtle research, the critters in our creek, and the Conservancy's place in Davidson County's Ecological Arc.

BIRDING IN WEST MEADE -- May 8, Tuesday -- Susan Bradfield, 2007

Susan Bradfield, a licensed bird-bander and naturalist with the Warner Parks Nature Center, talked to 46 bird-lovers about "Birding in West Meade." The talk, held at the Center, was sponsored by the West Meade Conservancy. Jane Bibring, who welcomed the group and introduced the speaker, explained that one of the steps towards the Conservancy’s goal of preserving its woods and wildlife is to educate the public about the area’s diverse animals and plants. Bradfield used skins, slides, memory phrases, and anecdotes to distinguish a wide variety of birds, from great horned owls to tiny warblers, who live in or pass through West Meade and other wooded parts of Nashville. Many of the birds on the slides had been banded at the Center, which periodically offers workshops on bird-banding.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION -- Saturday, April 21, 2007
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September 19, 2006- approximately 45 people attended:

Gordon Jewish Community Center
Mike Berkeley owns a tree nursery in Fairview and lectures throughout Nashville and the state, and talked to the West Meade Conservancy about our native plants and shrubs.

July 12, 2006- approximately 40 people attended:

Gordon Jewish Community Center
The chief purpose of this meeting was to discuss ways in which the neighborhood can show it is serious in its desire to protect its woods, wildlife, and portions of the Belle Meade Plantation wall from destruction. Chief topics and activities:
  • explanation and examples of the form for a registry of people interested in setting aside portions of properties as "nature preserves" [See "Conservation Easements"],
  • list of helpful agencies,
  • plans for working with neighboring developments,
  • need for contacting neighbors not yet involved in the WMC,
  • "treasure hunting" workshop by Willi Honegger [tba on "Events" page]
  • Jim Johnson's and Posts' slides of the Belle Meade Plantation wall,
  • Jim's tutorial on finding property information on the Internet, and
  • questions and suggestions.

June 20, 2006- approximately 200 people attended:

Hillwood High School, 400 Davidson Road
Residents will hear from Emily Evans and Timothy Lee, candidates for the Metro Council seat vacated last year by Chris Whitson. The event is designed to introduce the candidates to the district. Organized by the 23rd District Neighborhood Coalition (which includes: Warner Parks Community Association, the West Meade Park Neighborhood Association, the Belle Meade Links Neighborhood Association, the West Meade Hills Neighborhood Association and the West Meade Conservancy). For more information, contact Kip Kirby at: publicit@23dnc.org

June 8, 2006- more than 116 people attended:
NORMAN BURNS, Director of the Belle Meade Plantation

At The Warner Park Nature Center
Much of West Meade was once part of this historic plantation. Among several still existing markers of the historical connection between West Meade and Belle Meade Plantation is a two mile stretch of the original plantation wall on the ridge above Jocelyn Hollow.
The West Meade Conservancy thanks the Warner Parks Nature Center, especially Sandy Bivens and John Sharlet, for its/their support.

April 22nd, 2006- about 65 people attended.
This was the initial meeting of the neighbors, located at the Circle on Jocelyn Hollow. Everyone expressed gratitude for the natural and cultural treasures that surround our neighborhood. We discussed these treasures, affirmed our desire to see them protected, then went on a walk to explore and enjoy them.

It all began with Noah riding his bike up and down our hilly streets delivering 250 copies of this flyer to neighbors one sunny afternoon.