ELLISVILLE NEWS–12/23/22: Flash Freezing Expected; Upcoming Gig In January; CSLN Writers’ Night Jan. 6th

Hi Everyone,

Well, I’ve said it before: If you don’t like the weather in Tennessee, wait a minute! Winter Storm Elliot (I think that’s what they are calling it) is barreling across the nation and moving into Ellisville as I type this (By the way, the National Weather Service doesn’t name these winter storms like they do tropical storms–it’s the Weather Channel that does).

This afternoon, we were in the low 50s. By early tomorrow morning, they are predicting 1 degree, with wind chills of -20 degrees or more. The temps are dropping so fast that the moisture on the ground from light rain is expected to freeze in minutes (Hence the term “Flash Freezing”). Brief, but intense heavy snow is knocking on our door right now. I’m stocked up and staying in!


So, just a heads up for now: On Thursday, January 12th, the Gordon Ellis Ensemble will be doing an hour set from 7 – 8 p.m. at Phat Bites in Donelson. I had never even heard of this place until recently, but it is apparently pretty well known and popular. Since the gig is still about 3 weeks away, I will post a reminder here, and put up a Facebook invite when it gets closer.

Meanwhile on Friday, Jan. 6th, we will resume the CSLN Writers’ Night. Shawn Gallaway will be our Spotlight Performer doing a half hour set, and AJ Bigler will do a one hour feature set. Shawn is a multi-talented guy: A fine singer who writes some great uplifting songs, he is also a visual artist and a healer, very involved in Men’s work.

AJ is the man in charge of this writers’ night and usually does the sound as well. He has some nice whimsical songs, often with unusual melodies, as well as some heartfelt ones. Let’s come out and show these guys some love. There will be an Open Mic from 7-8 p.m. (Sign up 6:30) followed by Shawn and then AJ. I don’t know if there will be a piano available for you keyboard players, so if you need one, you might want to bring one and arrive by 6:30 to get set up.

Meanwhile, CSLN will be having a Christmas Eve Service this Saturday at 4:30), weather permitting. No doubt, some beautiful music and an uplifting message from Rosemary Cathcart.

Well, that’s it for this month. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza, and a Happy New Year. Here’s to a great 2023!