Ya turned down Tootsies?
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge wanted to donate a classroom full of guitars to Metro schools, and throw in a free concert by one of their performers accompanied by the school kids playing on stage.
But the Metro school system turned them down politely because of the strings attached. Accepting the gift would probably be dandy, they say, but not a concert sponsored by the legendary beer-soaked honky-tonk. The “connotation,” a school official wrote, “could be poorly accepted.”
“I talked with my boss and we have concluded that we will not be able to accept your offer due to the stipulations put on it,” Carol R. Crittenden wrote in an e-mail to Hill. She’s the school system’s visual and performing arts coordinator. “For us to offer a concert sponsored by a ‘lounge’ and the connotation that would bring to the community, parents and students could be poorly accepted.”</em>
So, unlike every other public school system in the nation, this one must be awash in cash with no need for any additional resources from the community. Tootsies is an institution in Nashville, but evidently aren’t good enough for the prigs on the school board.