Your Chocolate Priestess feels great a few days after the Brown County Humane Society Chocolate Walk in Nashville, Indiana. As you may recall, I mentioned this event, ways you could find accommodations to join us, and really talked up the charity it was supporting.
And we ate and drink a lot of chocolate. This year we had 31 stops, one more than last year. Our group of five headed west then north to cover one half of the artist colony. I hope some of the others will send in photos or share them on Facebook at The Chocolate listing there because I only took a few this year. If you want to see Nashville, check out the Pilgrimage from last year when it was only our Chocolate Coconut Acolyte and myself.
Several of the stops were the same though only a few times were the treats identical to last year. We paused at one place, Common Grounds Coffee Bar, where there were choices between a beverage and candies and then further choices. In this photo you can see us, another group mate and two more even in the background.
Different people wanted to do different things. We were focused on trying to hit all 31 before lunch -- we did it in less than 3.5 hours covering almost 30 square blocks of distance. One couple wanted to shop because they'd never been to Nashville before. Other lady was looking for her other friends and once she found them, spent the rest of the day with them.
I took notes but frankly I don't want to do the detailed review I did last year when so many places were the same locations. However I do want to mention a few more highlights and lowlights if you like that turn of phrase.
The Brown County Historical Society was new this year and they offer colonial style gingerbread cookies with chocolate buttons and decorations. When you hit the chocolate it didn't disappoint and I appreciate their attention to historical re-enactments even at this level.
Some places had their treats more logically stationed with a line attempting to enter one way and then out the other. However one place stands out as very poorly planned and that has to be Ole House. The freebies were by the cash register and the only line we saw was to the deli where everyone places orders for food, we even heard one employee tell others to get into the line. This made things incredibly slow. While I understand that placing the treats in the back or by other food may seem like a good idea, if you slow people down, they get annoyed. Furthermore, the town was not off limits to anyone else so you had hundreds of chocolate lovers competing with regular tourists and art lovers for space.
Some stops like Harvest Moon Pizzeria and Artist Colony Inn & Restaurant placed their treats outside which made the flow much better because it separated the folks wanting to shop and eat from those of us on the walk. Other places like Hobnob Corner Restaurant were an absolute nightmare to get into and back out with only one door and crowds wanting to eat. Luckily the line was less there this year either because we were earlier to arrive or because people just gave up and moved on.
Some locations like Iris Garden Gallery and Trilogy Gallery had restaurants they hosted to come in and give out treats. Others like Brown County Visitors Center and Bone Appetit Bakery had mass produced treats though with local or regional representatives on hand. Obviously some stores made their own treats and others handed out ones they either bought or received from companies.