We love taking you to homegrown
food venues around the state ¶¶and when the specialty is
¶¶something like catfish, ¶well, all the better. Our first destination
is a popular restaurant
in Centerville called Fishcamp and in addition to fish,
there’s a heartening story there ¶¶about overcoming adversity
¶¶after that flood of 2010. ¶¶It’s a scenic spot
¶¶off Highway 100, ¶just outside of Centerville, ¶the Fishcamp has been
¶a popular destination for lovers of… ¶Well, fish of course, ¶since it first opened
¶in the early 80s. ¶- [Troy] My uncle started it
¶in 82 and I worked for him ¶washing dishes the first day, and then I washed dishes ¶and moved to cook, and
¶then we used to clean ¶¶all our own catfish here. ¶- [Joe] Years later, when Troy
¶Bate’s uncle decided to hang ¶up his apron and sell the
¶place, well, he and wife, Kim, ¶had a big decision to make. ¶¶- We just decided that we
¶¶would give a try so in 99 ¶we bought the Fishcamp
¶and started it and here we are 20 years later. – [Joe] Weekdays, most customers ¶¶are local regulars who’ve
¶¶made lunch at the Fishcamp ¶somewhat of a ritual. ¶- [Kim] There’s a variety
¶of people that come in here ¶at lunch time. ¶There’s just a lot of nice
¶folks that come in here on a ¶daily basis, and we just have ¶a lot of the
¶community’s support. ¶- [Joe] On weekends,
¶Fishcamp becomes ¶a destination for travelers, ¶especially those on a quest for some top-notch
Tennessee River catfish. ¶- You walk right into the
¶dining room and talk to folks, ¶¶though it seems like
¶¶they’re always kinda eager to tell you where they’re from. “I’m from Clarksville,”
or, “I’m from Dickson,” and you just kinda have a minute ¶to share with them how
¶they got here to eat. ¶How did they find out
¶about the Fishcamp. ¶So it’s always kinda
¶interesting to me. ¶¶- [Joe] Things were going
¶¶great for the couple ¶¶and the restaurant
¶¶until May 2010, ¶¶that’s when everything
¶¶came to a disastrous halt ¶after the nearby Duck River
¶overflowed and flooded, ¶nearly submerging
¶the entire building. ¶¶- [Troy] About two
¶¶inches get to the ceiling ¶of the whole building ¶and it stayed up for
¶a couple of days, and when it went down
everything was covered with mud. ¶It’s just kind of a blur now. ¶Things just happened so
¶quick and we just kinda lost ¶¶our jobs and our business
¶¶at the same time. ¶- [Joe] Undaunted, the couple
¶was determined to build a new place on the same property ¶¶and by January 2011, they
¶¶were back in business, ¶bigger and better than ever ¶with the same
¶time-tested recipes. ¶What’s your take on how to
¶make catfish consistently good ¶¶like you folks do? ¶- [Troy] Well, you have to
¶keep your batter consistent. ¶I’m the only one
¶that makes the batter ¶and I keep it mixed
¶up for our folks, and keep it in good, clean oil, ¶¶keeping fresh fish ¶because everything’s fresh. ¶- [Joe] Yeah, you’re the
¶only who makes the batter… ¶- Yes, sir. ¶- [Joe] Why is that? ¶- I just want it to be
¶consistent every time. ¶¶That way I know the
¶¶batter’s exact every time. ¶- [Joe] So what do you
¶have in the batter? ¶¶- I can’t tell
¶¶you that. (laughs) ¶- [Joe] Of course sides like
¶hush puppies play a big role ¶in the perfect catfish plate. ¶Linda Devore has been making
¶sure there’s are first-rate ¶since day one. ¶- We have a special recipe. ¶¶It came from JT
¶¶and Linda Wright. ¶It was one of their recipes
¶and we kept it because ¶it worked for them so
¶it’s working for us, and if you don’t make
it right the first time, you don’t get to make it again. ¶- [Joe] While whole catfish
¶and catfish filets enjoy ¶top billing, you might
¶get sidetracked by the pulled pork
barbecue cooked on site ¶¶and highly rated. Then there are the daily
Meat and Three specials. – [Linda] Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
Thursday and Fridays, ¶we do a Meat and Three
¶every day for lunch ¶and then on Sundays we have ¶our big plate lunch. ¶So you’re gonna make three. We have our own recipes. ¶We go down and stick to ’em. ¶(upbeat music) ¶- [Troy] Jim and I, we
¶try to walk around and ¶check on folks, meet folks,
¶and just make sure everybody’s getting everything that
you’re supposed to. – Now there might be a
short wait on weekends, they’re pretty busy, but ¶¶that gives you a chance to
¶¶come out here to the pond ¶¶and feed the pet catfish, the lucky ones. ¶(upbeat music) Today Fishcamp thrives
thanks to the dedication ¶¶and hard work of its proud
¶¶owners and employees. ¶¶Troy and Kim Bates boldly
¶¶follow the dream that even ¶a flood couldn’t drown ¶and their measure of
¶satisfaction could be summed ¶up this way. ¶- [Troy] Just folks being
¶happy and saying it’s the best ¶catfish they’ve ever eaten,
¶and saying they will be back. ¶Have you ever seen a painting
¶you thought was a photograph ¶¶with details so exact
¶¶you thought, well, it had ¶to be machine-made. Well, Diane Davich-Craig
certainly has ¶¶an eye or ear for detail, a trait which the artist
and musician sometimes ¶¶considers a curse, ¶that is until she discovered
¶how to harness her talent. (flute playing) – [Diane] I’d always
been interested in art, ¶¶but music’s kinda
¶¶all-encompassing. ¶So after many years
¶of playing the flute, ¶I decided that I might
¶just give art a try. – Diane Davich-Craig is
a woman on a mission. ¶She’s constantly in
¶pursuit of perfection. ¶¶That’s true whether she’s
¶¶in front of a music stand ¶or a canvas. ¶Now while it’s generally
¶considered a good thing to be ¶the best you can be, ¶for an artist, it can be downright distressing. ¶- [Diane] I am really
¶detail-oriented ¶and I think if you’re
¶in a music career ¶you always had to
¶be detail-oriented. ¶So you come up with
¶that background ¶¶and you just don’t
¶¶have a choice. When I first started, I thought, ¶”I’ll be a landscape
¶painter and I’ll paint “all these rolling
fields around Nashville, ¶”and then I realized, ¶”I’m gonna paint every straw, ¶”every blade of grass, ¶¶”every little leaf
¶¶on the tree, and I ¶¶took a class with Charles
¶¶Brindley and he said, ¶”You can’t just paint
¶every leaf, and I go, ¶¶”But it’s there,
¶¶I gotta paint it,” and so then I realized, landscapes, not for me. ¶- [Ed] Fortunately,
¶Diane was inspired ¶by Pennsylvania Artist
¶Anthony Waichulis ¶who taught her a style of
¶painting that fit her to a T, ¶¶a T that stands
¶¶for trompe l’oeil. – [Diane] trompe l’oeil
means fooled eye, which actually means “so
realistic that you want ¶”to just pull the little
¶things out of the painting,” ¶and it’s true. ¶If you saw his
¶work, you’d just go, ¶¶”It can’t be a painting.” ¶I’ve really worked
¶toward getting things really realistic looking ¶and what I do is… ¶First of all I use a
¶lot of tiny brushes ¶¶a lot of times to do
¶¶very, very small details, but it’s kind of a magic trick. ¶Sometimes I’ll put
¶just that little dot ¶¶of white highlight ¶and I go, “Wow, now it looks
¶like it’s something real.” ¶- [Ed] Helping herself
¶and others deal with ¶the realities of life
¶is a side benefit to Dianne’s artistic endeavors. ¶She started painting
¶to take her mind off of her father’s illness ¶which led to “Clyde’s Ride,” ¶a tribute to her dad. ¶While “Knockout” was inspired by her husband’s health issues. ¶- [Diane] Think about all
¶the people that are fighting, ¶fighting cancer, we just found
¶out my husband had cancer. I thought, “I’m gonna do
something about fighting ¶”and how you fight,” and you
¶can get through those things. “The Heartbreak Hotel,” ¶¶again, I didn’t think
¶¶about what it meant to me ¶until I had already
¶started the painting ¶and then I thought, “We all
¶do have our heartbreaks,” ¶¶and I thought, “That’s
¶¶just like a pearl because ¶”it causes painted oyster,” and eventually that just covers
over and it heals the pain. – [Ed] Don’t get the wrong idea, ¶¶most of Dianne’s work has
¶¶a light whimsical feel, the vibrant colors and
cartoon-like characters ¶are guaranteed to
¶lighten your spirits. ¶- [Dianne] I have
¶certain feelings when
¶I’m making the work. ¶Everything’s usually
¶really happy for me ¶because painting is
¶such a happy place ¶and I hope that when
¶people look at it ¶they get some happy thoughts and they start thinking
about some people ¶they remembered and
¶all the happy things ¶and happy things that they’re
¶looking forward to doing. ¶So you’ll find that most
¶of my work is very colorful ¶and kind of on the happy side. ¶¶I love neon signs and that’s one of the
first subjects I picked and the reason, ¶I lived in a little
¶town called Columbia. ¶It’s a little south of here. ¶¶I’m sure you’ve been there ¶and they had a couple
¶of little neon signs ¶and then we came up to the
¶big city of Nashville one time ¶and saw this big Zayer sign ¶and I thought,
¶”It’s magnificent.” So I just kinda fell in
love with neon signs. ¶I love funny things. ¶¶It brings you back
¶¶to your childhood. ¶I love Mr. Bill and
¶Rock’em Sock’em Robots ¶and things like that. On Ebay, I’ll be
scrolling around ¶¶and I’ll see a box of
¶¶Trolls for $2 or something and I’ll go, “Okay, I’m
gonna get some trolls ¶¶”and I’ll figure
¶¶out what to paint “with it next.” ¶- [Ed] As musical director of
¶the Nashville Chamber Players ¶and an award winning artist ¶Diane is often torn
¶between her desire to paint and her original love of music. ¶¶However, she was
¶¶happy to discover ¶¶that both creative outlets
¶¶compliment each other. ¶- [Diane] While I’m painting,
¶I miss playing the flute ¶¶and while I’m playing the
¶¶flute, I miss painting. ¶So it’s clear I have
¶to keep both going, ¶but that’s hard to do and I don’t even think I
would be a good painter ¶had I not learned the flute. ¶So I guess that’s a testament ¶¶to sticking your
¶¶kids in band class ¶because it really made me
¶have an attention to detail ¶¶and to learn how to learn and that is don’t always work on ¶the spot you can already play pick out those little
spots that you can’t do ¶¶and work those one
¶¶note at a time. ¶¶- [Ed] Whether one note or
¶¶one brush stroke at a time ¶Diane Davich-Craig will be
¶thrilling the ears and eyes ¶¶of her fans for a
¶¶long time to come. ¶(upbeat music) ¶¶Thanks a lot, Ed, ¶oh, by the way, the
¶music for that story came courtesy of Diane’s group, ¶the National Chamber Player’s. What are you doing this weekend? ¶Most, shopping, pick
¶up some groceries, ¶dining at a great restaurant
¶or maybe even go dancing. What if I told you Gretchen
Bates found a place in Nashville ¶where you can do all that
¶and never leave the building. ¶Yeah, it’s a hot spot
¶on Nowheresville Road ¶called Plaza Mariachi. ¶- [Gretchen] This
¶has been just a dream ¶to be able to walk in ¶and feel like you’re walking
¶down the street somewhere ¶in Puerto Rico or Mexico City. ¶- I think it has a different
¶atmosphere than most places ¶¶and this is our first
¶¶time here and we love it. ¶¶- [Announcer] Nolan Soloed
¶¶is known as Nashville’s mutli-cultural corridor, but one particular oasis
offers more than just an option ¶¶for international cuisine. ¶¶Diane Jon-Bash and
¶¶her husband Mark took an old grocery
store and transformed it ¶into a transportational
¶device to tropical paradise. ¶- [Gretchen] Plaza Mariachi
¶has a little bit of everything ¶here to offer, ¶food, music, entertainment,
¶shopping, grocery, ¶¶we really tried to include
¶¶as many services and goods ¶for the community to
¶enjoy as well as to be ¶an immersion into
¶the Hispanic culture. ¶All of this space was
¶pretty much a shell ¶when we purchased it ¶and the vision was
¶to recreate something ¶that made you feel like you
¶were in a little pueblo, ¶a little town
¶somewhere with that… We call it an el graso, just like a hug, ¶that warm Latin hug as soon
¶as you walk through the doors. ¶We would love for them
¶to come and sample ¶and try the different foods. Not everything here is Mexican. ¶We have a little
¶bit from Argentina, ¶from Cuba, from Puerto Rico just a little flavor
from different countries and different pallettes and I really would love for
people to just come and try it, ¶check us out. We have plenty of things
for people to enjoy, ¶of all ages. ¶The kids can come and
¶play in the arcade, almost like you’re doing a tour, ¶a cruise, if you will, ¶¶around the different
¶¶Latin tastes and flavors. ¶¶- [Announcer] Constructing
¶¶this cruise ship ¶¶was no small task. ¶¶Planning and constructing
¶¶everything from scratch took some time. ¶- [Gretchen] This took about
¶three and a half years. It did take quite a
while and we know a lot ¶¶of people in the community and in the neighborhoods
kept asking, ¶¶”When are you gonna open?” And we just didn’t want to rush. ¶We wanted to make
¶sure that every detail was carefully tended to ¶and that we would meet
¶people’s expectations. ¶¶- [Announcer] It’s safe
¶¶to say those expectations ¶¶have been exceeded
¶¶in many instances. ¶¶In addition to a variety
¶¶of different restaurants, merchants of all kinds
can be found up and down ¶the calles or streets, named ¶after Mexican
¶historical figures. ¶Speaking of legendary figures, ¶Plaza Mariachi’s Ceba
¶Art Gallery recently ¶¶had an exhibition
¶¶highlighting world ¶¶renowned fashion designer
¶¶to the stars, Manuel. ¶¶- [Gretchen] We visited a
¶¶lot of Mexico, Puerto Rico ¶we’ve been all
¶over the Caribbean. What we really wanted
to do was bring the best ¶of what we’ve experienced in
¶Hispanic culture to Nashville ¶to Tennessee and for people
¶to really enjoy what we know ¶is the best of Latin
¶culture, the beauty, the art, the culture, the colors,
the smells, the sounds, ¶that’s something that
¶we’ve always enjoyed ¶¶and I’ve grown up enjoying ¶and that’s something that we
¶wanted to share with everyone ¶and bring people together in
¶a fun place, in a fun way. ¶¶We love the fact that we
¶¶can bring more people into this part of Nashville
and rejuvenate the area. ¶- During the day, the Plaza’s
¶a great place to shop, sample eclectic food, and relax, ¶but at night, it earns
¶its name, Mariachi. ¶(latin ballroom music) ¶Musical acts are as varied
¶as the menu at Plaza Mariachi ¶¶from Latin Jazz and Tejano ¶to Caribbean and South
¶American performers ¶and if you’re into
¶audience participation ¶¶check out the free dance
¶¶lessons during salsa night ¶every Thursday after Tennessee
¶Crossroads, of course. ¶¶- [Gretchen] The reason we
¶¶named it Plaza Mariachi, ¶music city, is because
¶music unites us. ¶Music, I don’t
¶think has barriers. Everybody can enjoy a good beat a good drum solo ¶or guitars. I think it’s universal. ¶- [Announcer] Plaza
¶Mariachi is fluent in ¶¶the universal language of
¶¶good friends, good food, ¶and good fun. ¶- [Gretchen] I enjoy seeing
¶the look on people’s faces ¶when they walk in and
¶they take it all in. I don’t think Nashville has
seen anything like this before. ¶¶I really enjoy that first
¶¶look of amazement and ¶the smiles that come on
¶people’s faces when they walk ¶in and they finally
¶discover who we are, ¶and I hope that we become
¶that fun family hangout place ¶that people just
¶love to come back to. ¶¶We’re all family and
¶¶just welcome everyone in. ¶(latin ballroom music) – Many thanks, Gretchen. ¶¶As a youngster, Charles
¶¶Runyon developed a passion for military artifacts. ¶¶It was a passion that led
¶¶to a special collection. ¶He had a collection of World
¶War II plane crash artifacts ¶with lots of
¶stories behind them. ¶¶Here’s Rob Rouse taking us ¶to the museum called
¶Wings Remembered. – Collectors are
a focused bunch. ¶¶They will look through
¶¶fields and forests trying ¶¶to find that perfect piece
¶¶for their collection, the one that’s in mint condition and then there’s Charles Runyon. For him, this is mint condition. ¶(smooth jazz music) – [Charles] What you do
is you would be looking to the target… ¶¶- [Rob] Charles Runyon has
¶¶so many interesting things ¶to show visitors to his
¶collection, Wins Remembered, ¶which is housed near Lebanon, ¶including this bomb siren
¶which helped the allies drive ¶¶the Nazis to their knees. ¶How did Runyon come
¶to own a bomb siren? Well, Runyon is an expert on
the air battles of World War II and his massive collection
began as a small thing more than ¶30 years ago. ¶- [Charles] Back in
¶1979, I got two items, ¶one was from a American
¶POW, it was a decal swastika ¶¶that was cut off
¶¶a German aircraft ¶and he was in a POW
¶camp, he had walked to a fighter repair yard ¶¶and removed that from an
¶¶aircraft and took it back ¶and there was 22 signatures
¶on it from his fellow POWs ¶and then there was another… ¶It was a piece from an Italian
¶aircraft from North Africa ¶and it just kinda grew from
¶there by leaps and bounds. ¶- [Rob] There are thousands
¶of pieces in his collection, ¶many of them damaged
¶or misshapen, ¶¶only natural since they
¶¶came from the actual sites ¶¶where American planes went
¶¶down during World War II. ¶Sites which Runyon researches
¶and visits searching ¶for, well, anything. ¶- [Charles] We’re
¶going to Europe now ¶and working crash
¶sites of our aircraft ¶that were lost during the war. ¶¶In addition to the sites
¶¶that I’ve been on to work ¶I have a network of
¶people all over Europe ¶that when they find the crash
¶sites or items recovered ¶from our aircraft via
¶at the time they crash ¶or stuff has been dug
¶up from a crash site. ¶¶Then we get boxes
¶¶in all the time. ¶Every crash site, regardless
¶of the area it is in. ¶¶There’s always something, it may be a rivet, a
small piece of aluminum, ¶but there’s always something
¶at every crash site. ¶¶- [Rob] These sites are
¶¶more than just scatterings ¶of rusting metal to Runyon, they are hallowed ground
where brave men crashed to their deaths, ¶¶brave men who had families
¶¶and may still have them. ¶Families, Runyon tries
¶to find to bring them ¶whatever information
¶he has found. ¶- [Charles] Once we do
¶the crash site and get the artifacts back, then
you start the process ¶¶of what mission was it on? ¶¶What was the date
¶¶of the mission? ¶What was the purpose? Who made it out? ¶Who didn’t? ¶¶And then locating families
¶¶to try and get photographs ¶or anything to go
¶along with the display ¶so that the public can
¶view this and remember ¶what happened on
¶that particular date ¶to those individuals,
¶to that aircraft. – [Rob] Men flew these aircraft, me risked and sometimes
lost their lives fighting the enemies of freedom, a momentous effort
marked by small pieces, to Runyon, more than collecting. – [Charles] Remembering
what these people did to keep the world free. ¶¶They’ve sacrificed their
¶¶lives and they came back, ¶but once they came
¶back they helped build ¶a new America after the war. ¶Now you said you flew how
¶many missions during the war? – I flew 24 missions… ¶- [Rob] Once in a while Runyon
¶gets to actually meet one ¶¶of the men who fought that
¶¶war and forged the future, ¶men like Mack McLenny, a
¶skinny kid who yearned to fly ¶¶and got his wish in the
¶¶deadly skies over Europe. ¶24 missions almost cut
¶tragically short much sooner. – [Mack] And on my third mission
I was in Cologne, Germany ¶¶and after we had
¶¶dropped the bombs, we saw something flying
through the air and ¶it hit our left wing
¶between number one ¶and number two engine, ¶and we could tell that
¶everything we could see was ¶still operating okay. So we continued on in
formation and going home ¶and this is the item
¶that hit my wing. ¶- [Rob] A German anti-aircraft
¶shell scored a direct hit, ¶but did not explode. – [Mack] But if it had gone off ¶it’d have blown the wing off. ¶¶- [Rob] Intelligence
¶¶reports found the Germans ¶using slave labor to
¶put shells together. ¶Many of these laborers
¶would do anything they could ¶to sabotage those shells, to
¶keep the ally planes flying, ¶¶often attaching the fuses
¶¶to the shells incorrectly ¶so they’d come off in flight
¶rather than at the target, ¶a little thing, a
¶fuse, a little thing that saved Mack McLenny. Mack still has that
unexploded shell today. ¶¶- [Mack] I oughta put that
¶¶in a museum somewhere, but maybe when I pass
on somebody else can get ¶it and sell it because
¶that’s history. ¶- [Rob] History which might
¶eventually find a home ¶¶at Wings Remembered
¶¶alongside the other things ¶in Charles Runyon’s
¶collection of little things each with a big, moving,
remarkable story behind. Thanks, Rob and thank
you folks for joining us ¶the past half hour. I hope you enjoyed it
and I think you’ll enjoy our website
tennesseecrossroads.org ¶¶and please follow
¶¶us on Facebook. I’ll see you next week. ¶(smooth jazz music)