Fourth Annual Harpeth Trace Picnic – Sept. 19!

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The Annual Picnic is right around the corner! The event this year is Saturday, Sept. 19, starting at 4pm. Catered food from Jim N’ Nicks will be served at 5pm. Residents are invited to bring games, instruments, whatever you feel makes a picnic! Anyone who would like to organize related events earlier in the day is invited to do so – why not post them on NextDoor? We have the shelter reserved all day.

As in previous years, we will be at shelter #5 at Edwin Warner Park.

The picnic has been super popular and a great way to meet and network with neighbors. We hope this year will be bigger than ever. In order for us to plan our catering appropriately, please RSVP!

First Snow of 2015

Harpeth Trace woke up to a light blanket of snow on Saturday morning. Other than a very light dusting earlier in the month, it was the first snow of 2015 – and just enough to be beautiful and bright, without being a hazard. The bridge and parts of the road did freeze very late, but Sprout landscaping came out to salt the roads at 3 in the morning!

Many neighbors were out enjoying the natural beauty of our surroundings. Here are some great photos sent in by several of them – Enjoy!

 

photo by Pam Kidd

photo by Pam Kidd

photo by Pam Kidd

photo by Pam Kidd

photo by Stephen Helmey

photo by Stephen Helmey

photo by Lisa Dordal

photo by Lisa Dordal

photo by Jill Fuller

photo by Jill Fuller

photo by Jill Fuller

photo by Jill Fuller

photo by Judith Saks

photo by Judith Saks

photo by Judith Saks

photo by Judith Saks

photo by Mark Burnett

photo by Mark Burnett

photo by Ken Roberts

photo by Ken Roberts

photo by Ken Roberts

photo by Ken Roberts

photo by Graham Gerdeman

photo by Graham Gerdeman

photo by Graham Gerdeman

photo by Graham Gerdeman

photo by Mark Burnett

photo by Mark Burnett

Tree Trimming Time in Harpeth Trace

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Harpeth Trace is getting a haircut – and it’s a much needed one, at that! The HTSA Board recently reviewed quotes from several companies to trim, and in some cases remove, low-hanging trees over the main drive from the common areas. Winter is approaching, and these limbs and hanging trees become a danger to travel in Tennessee’s freezing rain episodes.

Today – Wednesday, Dec. 10 – is the day! Please take care and be patient if you are delayed by the good folks with Price Tree Care, who are providing the service. They will be working all day, and may occasionally have to stop traffic on Harpeth Trace Drive. It will be worth the hassle to know these trees won’t be falling on our heads come January.

And of course, this is Nashville, and it wouldn’t be Nashville if our tree trimmer weren’t – in his words – the next super star of Country Music. There’s even song about it on his video page (“I traded my chainsaw / for one last chance …”). You heard it here first, folks!

Orlando Stricklen - Nashville's next new star?

Orlando Stricklen – Nashville’s next star?

Big thanks to new Board member Schatzi Hagemen, who has hit the ground running with taking over landscaping responsibilities. We’re thankful to get this work organized before winter. 😉

Where is Spring…?

(or – “When Will Winter End?”)


Well, neighbors, it’s almost here. The official first day of Spring 2014 is March 20th – T-minus 14 days and counting! Harpeth Trace, and the rest of Middle Tennessee, have reaped the pain of multiple “polar vortices” that have gripped the nation this winter, without hardly any of the beautiful snow that at least makes such temperatures bearable. Even Huntsville got more snow than we did!

Harpeth Trace Snow

A much more idyllic winter scene of days gone by… (2012)

No.., instead we’ve had days upon days with lows in the teens and even single digits, burst pipes, and -after a teasingly warm handful of days – freezing rain and multiple fallen trees and limbs.

...not quite as pretty as the previous scene...

…not quite as pretty …

Fortunately, most (if not all) of the fallen trees and limbs seem to have avoided damaging much of anything, and many of our neighbors did a great job of clearing the roads quickly. It’s awesome the way we come together in times of need.

Needless to say, we’re stretching our ice removal budget a little this year, with multiple instances of needing salt applications. That’s the price we pay, living up on a hill in the woods. It doesn’t compare to what we would all lose in paychecks if no one could get down the hill… The forecast is calling for a few more night dipping below freezing, but hopefully (*fingers crossed) we’ve seen the last of the winter storm warnings and advisories for 2014.

Got any cool photos of the weather to share? Post them in the neighborhood forum! And what do you think about a big Spring Equinox party when it finally arrives? What are you going to do to celebrate?

Spring is trying so hard to break free!

Spring is trying so hard to break free!