Past Events

Phase 2 “Kick off” Potluck Supper Event! Saturday April 21,  6-8 pm

6510 Rolling Fork Drive.  Please RSVP to Carol Nestler at 353-6606 or

With Phase I on the books it is time to begin the next phase.  Hear options for Phase 2 easements and give input on what area should be next. Ask questions, offer suggestions and stay informed. Catch up on our accomplishments.  Meet and catch-up with neighbors and friends.  Meet the new WMC officers. 

Water, lemonade and plates etc. provided  Please bring something for a light potluck supper and your own adult beverage if desired.


Art Show




West Gallery

November 12, 2011 –April 28, 2012

 Purlieu means “a piece of land on the edge of a forest,”  but also has the connotation of a person’s usual haunts. In the case of painters Sharon Charney and Anne Williams, both definitions apply to the land behind their suburban homes in West Meade.  Both painters interpret and protect their natural world.

 Sharon Charney’s bold, realistic images are often spontaneous and colorful.  She paints from life in acrylic on board and canvas. Often she is inspired by what she picks up on her walks through the forest.  Charney received her degree from University of Wisconsin where she studied with Milton Resnick, a first generation New York abstract expressionist.   Charney has worked as an art teacher, has exhibited widely, and is represented in many private collections.

Anne Williams’ abstract paintings, often quiet and still, capture moments of nature. Williams sets out to define an ephemeral moment. Her paintings, which are oil on silver-leafed hardboard, shine from within. Williams received her degree from Peabody College and has worked in virtually all areas of the arts: framing, teaching, illustrating, and as a studio painter.

Both women are active in the West Meade Conservancy. This non-profit organization, founded by Charney’s son, Dr. Noah Charney, works to protect the old growth forest in that area and educate the public about its importance.


Sharon Charney, MAPLE LEAF, acrylic on clay board, 16 x 16” (on left)

Anne Williams, SYCAMORE LEAF, silver leaf & oil on panel, 16 x 16” (on right)


Celebration for completion of pilot group of easements

The West Meade Conservancy and The Land Trust for Tennessee hosted an event to mark the completion of the first group of easements.  This took place on December 12 (2011) at WestMeade Middle School.  Refreshments were available while people perused displays, chatted and enjoyed themselves.  Audra Ladd gave a brief talk and slide display before handing out signs for the protected properties, and Nancy Smith spoke as representative of the pilot group.

WMC’s Second Annual Run/Walk

WMC’s Second Annual Run/Walk took place on a fine, brisk morning with about 100 people registered to participate.

2011 Results

Men: Brad Lance (1st), Michael George (2nd)

Women: Kara Sephel (1st), Catherine Ritchie (2nd)

Boys 14 and Under: Anthony Swenson (1st), Will Rosenblatt (2nd)

Girls 14 and Under: Claire Beetan (1st), Natalie Connor (2nd)

This run would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Abintra Montessori School, Allocco Hardwood Flooring, Firestone Complete Auto Care (Charlotte Pike), Fire Finch Boutique (Hillsboro Village), Jeffco Flooring, Smythe & Huff Law Office , E-Card Consultants, Jocelyn Hollow Neighbors – (John & Elaine Purdy and friends), and Ellen Hansen

Invaluable services and/or supplies were provided by Irene Whitley of Straight Ahead Marketing (T-shirts), Kroger and Publix-Belleview (baked goods), Just Love Coffee Roasters (coffee & supplies), Fred at J & J Services (port-a-pots)


West Meade Conservancy’s Second Annual Garage Sale

The 2011 “three-carport” Garage Sale was again a great success thanks to the skill of Nancy Smith.  There was a wide variety of merchandise available for purchase including paintings, china, crystal, jewelry, books, tools, athletic equipment, electronic equipment, and toys.


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!

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. 2009

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.

EASEMENTS MEETING — Monday, April 13, 2009

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





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