FOR YOU • YOUR HOME • YOUR LIFESTYLE
A lakefront getaway in Pickwick
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• YOUR LIFESTYLE FOR YOU • YOUR HOME
• YOUR LIFESTYLE FOR YOU • YOUR HOME
A nautical, serene haven is only a short drive away
After months of reader submissions, we are announcing our top three cutest pets for 2012!
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A lakefront getaw in Pickwick
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BEST OF COLLEGE TOWNS From Knoxville to Tuscaloosa, we are featuring the best advice on dining, shopping and more from students and alumni
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46 | arts: PATSY CLINE EXHIBIT Honoring the life and works of the late, legendary country music artist
48 | technology: ENHANCED SECURITY FOR TODAY’S WORLD Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment breaks down the best software for safety
50 | music: MUSIC CITY SCENE Jana Kramer: get to know the television actress and rising country music star
60 | design: DORM ROOM DÉCOR The latest collegiate trends from a Memphis interior designer and Justine magazine
94 | garden: THE HEAT IS ON!
Let August be a month for low-maintenance gardening without ruining your blooms
96 | in bloom: IRON BUTTERFLY More on this magical beauty and how it attracts flocks of butterflies every summer
98 | pets: PET TALK WITH HARRISON FORBES
20 | fashion:
The best advice for keeping your pets safe and happy this fall season
TRANSITION INTO FALL Stylish multi-seasonal pieces to take you from the office chair to the dance floor.
106 | entertaining: THE ULTIMATE TAILGATE PARTY
24 | beauty:
Ten steps to “tackle” a football-themed get together
END OF SUMMER SKIN Keep that sun-kissed glow year round with these bronzing products for the face and body
111 | chef ’s corner: CHEF CHARLES PHILLIPS
26 | health:
Sweets and happiness: the perfect galette recipe for late summer
KIDS AND SCHOOL Dr. Aimee Christian gives her expertise about keeping your child healthy, active and happy
112 | cuisine: BEST EATS IN COLLEGE TOWNS
28 | lifestyle:
Our top picks for parents, alumni and off the beaten path eateries
HEALTHY EATING THIS SCHOOL YEAR Tips and tricks for getting your youngster to eat nutritional lunches at school
114 | finance: DISABILITY INCOME INSURANCE
30 | community: THE LAST TIME I SAW KNOXVILLE Dan Millott shares his personal memories of this beloved Tennessee college town
36 | travel: SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN GETAWAYS From North Carolina to the Show-Me State, you’ll see the best of the South’s high altitudes
42 | at home with: MIKE KEITH An interview with the Voice of the Titans about the team, his career and Music City 8 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
IN EVERY ISSUE 12 | PUBLISHER’S NOTE 14 | CONTRIBUTORS 66 | STYLE MARKETPLACE 100 | BY INVITATION — the social pages 116 | HAPPENINGS 121 | SOURCES
Northwestern Mutual on how today’s decisions affect tomorrow’s choices
118 | roadtrip: FROM THE WORLD OF COCA-COLA TO ST. LOUIS A new exhibit in Atlanta plus: “Meet me in St. Louis” for a unique festival
122 | books: POOLSIDE READS Shana Raley-Lusk shares her favorite late summer page-turners
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Summer to Fall: A New Chapter
s the end of summer draws near, many of us are trying to fit that last vacation or weekend at the lake into our plans before the school bell rings. Some may be getting ready for the first day of kindergarten and others college, but either way, it can be very overwhelming and stressful. A friend of mine with grown kids just wants to know why we can’t all have a summer break, and stay home and sleep until noon for three months! Whatever your stage in life, though, I hope you find some great ways to enjoy your end-of-summer time and everything we have to offer in this issue. When talking to other mothers in my stage, we were all trying to figure out the best places to visit in our children’s new college towns. This eventually gave us the idea to do a special section highlighting some of the most popular college campus towns for Tennessee freshmen. We even have some great dorm room ideas for the girls! As for me, my college-bound student is a boy, so all the fun and frilly dorm ideas don’t apply for me this time around. I did have a great time decorating my daughter’s room four years ago, but it seems all the boys need is a pillow, a blanket and of course, a television! They aren’t exactly interested in “matching” their roommate’s décor. I won’t be spending endless hours searching for the perfect color combination and matching crystal light fi xtures this time. I won’t even have to take six or so area rugs out on loan to find the perfect one. No monogrammed headboards or painted furniture either. We will simply make the short trip to Oxford this time with one carload versus three cars and a trailer. The only thing that will be the same is the feeling of emptiness in my heart as I hug him, say goodbye and return home, crying the entire way. Parents who have had the honor of sending your children to college know the feeling. With a few supplies and a box of ramen noodles, he is good to go, as long as his debit card works! For those of you in other chapters in your life, check out some of the great road trips and special events going on this month or spend some quiet time at your own rural retreat. After our college send-off, I am headed to Blackberry Farms and Dancing Bear Lodge for a couple days of serenity! No matter how you plan to spend your last days of summer, I hope you remember to bring along your latest copy of At Home Tennessee magazine, and take some time to enjoy a little escape of your own.
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contributors LESLEY COLVETT
attends some of the most fabulous parties throughout the state as social editor for At Home Tennessee Magazine. Colvett’s 10-year career in magazines began promptly after she graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with her first job as editor of Memphis’ RSVP magazine. If you would like At Home Tennessee to attend your upcoming event contact Lesley at email@example.com.
is a freelance writer and regular contributor to At Home Tennessee magazine. Lusk is a lifelong reader who has a diverse background and education in fine arts, interior design and literature. Shana celebrates the last month of summer with this month’s best fiction picks about family and friendship on p. 122.
is a gardening expert and internationally certified arborist who teaches at the University of Tennessee, contributes to several gardening publications and hosts a radio show, “Garden Talk.” Originally from Nebraska, Pulte now gardens and resides in Knoxville with his wife Beccy and son Theo. Andrew shares how to ensure the return of your garden next summer by properly preparing it now for the upcoming cold months on p. 94.
KRISTEN MYERS WADDELL
showcases an upcoming biographical exhibit of legendary singer Patsy Cline on p. 46. She is a member of the MidSouth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, MPACT Memphis and the Arts Memphis BRAVO Memphis program.
MICHELLE HOPE, JAIME NEWSOM & KARIN WOODWARD
take tailgating past the cab of the truck with tips on how to throw the perfect pre-game party on p. 106. Hope and Newsom are the owners and lead designers of Social Butterflies, LLC, and have a combined 19 years of experience in the wedding and special events industry. They have planned numerous notable events including celebrity weddings and Super Sweet 16’s for the hit show on MTV. Woodward works closely with Hope and Newsom through her floral design business, Haute Horticulture, and has been featured in various magazines and national wedding blogs.
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Late Summer Style
From the office to a night on the town, transition into fall with two great day vs. night looks
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1) Ark + Co. Tan Silky Tank, $42.50, Indigo, Shops of Saddle Creek, Germantown 2) Greylin Pink Blazer, $120, Indigo, Shops of Saddle Creek, Germantown 3) Belle Noel Wish Bone Necklace, $52.50, Indigo, Shops of Saddle Creek, Germantown 4) J Brand Creme Cream Corduroy $176, Indigo , Shops of Saddle Creek, Germantown 5) Foley + Corinna Handbag, $345, Indigo, Shops of Saddle Creek, Germantown 6) BCBGeneration Parade in Sandlewood Snake, $88.50, Indigo, Shops of Saddle Creek, Germantown 7) Wristewise Bangle, $48, Anthropologie, www.anthropologie.com 8) After Hours Wrap Watch, $138, Anthropologie, www.anthropologie.com 9) Aaron Ashee Multi Color Remy Button Down Dress, $248, Strut the Runway 10) Black Leather Bow Belt, $80, Strut the Runway, Shops of Saddle Creek, Germantown 11) Sam Edelman Colorblock Pumps, $55, Strut the Runway, Shops of Saddle Creek, Germantown August 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ athometn.com | 21
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Botanics Bronze Shimmer Pearls Boots, $13, www.target.com
Poudre Éclat Prodigieux Multi-Usage Compact Bronzing Powder
Bronze Goddess Self-Tan & Tinted Self-Tan
MicroMist Airbrush Sunless Tan
NUXE, $39, us.nuxe.com
Neutrogena, $10, www.neutrogena.com
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Urban Decay, $26, www.urbandecay.com
Terracotta Sun in the City Glimmer Powder
Express Hydrating Self-Tan Spray Decleor, D ecleor, $36, www.decleorusa.com
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Star Bronzer Magic Bronzing Brush Lancome, $33, www.lancomeusa.com
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Neutrogena Micromist Airbrush Sunless Tan is a professional-looking self-tanner you can easily apply at home. This hands-free aerosol spray is streak-free and will make you look as if you’ve just returned from the beach. The product dries within five minutes, is oil-free and lasts for days. Sunless Tan is available in both medium and deep shades.
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Explore the tantalizing range of shades and finishes that look totally natural! Baked Bronzer is cooked, so the powder returns to a micro-fine feel after being wet without glazing! Star Bronzer Magic Bronzing Brush automatically releases powder at the press of a button. It features 100 percent minerals from pure earth for the perfect natural-looking, shimmering, bronze glow from head to toe. The convenience of the bronzing brush is ideal for sunny touch-ups on the go.
Sun in the City Glimmer Powder is a radiant metallic powder for the face and body. This multi-dimensional product is enriched with mother-ofpearl that captures and reflects light for a golden, luminous finish. Textured to mimic the sun’s rays, it is available in one universal shade to highlight and warm up skin tones.
With its ultra-light, non-oily texture, this product colors the skin rapidly and provides long-lasting hydration. Enriched with a self-tanning complex for an incredibly natural-looking, even tan. It also contains a cocktail of essential oils that work in synergy to increase cells’ natural defenses against sun damage. August 2012 • athometn.com | 25
KIDS AND SCHOOL
BEST PEDIATRIC ADVICE An interview with Dr. Aimee Christian, Memphis Pediatrics TEXT BY JANNA FITE HERBISON
What are some important milestones/ recommend to counteract the problem and lead ages to ensure your child is up to date on to a safer lifestyle, both at school and at home? immunizations? Being overweight or obese has become so very It is recommended for infants and young children common. We try to advise our patients to engage to be immunized throughout their first 18 months in an activity daily that will elevate their heart rate to two years of life. Most are finished with their — gradually working up to an hour a day. Starting initial series by then, and will get the booster doses slowly is key. Having a buddy to exercise with is of the chickenpox, MMR, DTaP and polio vaccines a great way to keep on target. The whole family at four to six years of age — the kindergarten should work together to change eating habits, shots. Another booster dose of tetanus combined watching food and drink choices (many drinks with pertussis is given at 11-12 years of age, along have lots of calories), monitoring serving sizes, with the meningitis shot, Menactra, and the HPV and planning snacks and meals. These adjustments vaccine, which is recommended now for both girls can be a positive lifestyle change for the entire and boys. Young people receive another dose of the family. No one member should be singled out for meningitis immunization around age 16, which "dieting." should be effective through the college dorm years. At what age do kids normally outgrow What are some good practices and important infecting each other so frequently (i.e. such as considerations regarding your child’s medicine day care or kindergarten)? at school? The first two years of daycare — either in a If your child needs to take medicine at school, home or in a formal setting — always help mature make sure the school has all the correct information a child's immune system. Exposure to illness concerning administration — how to give it, when helps build immunity, as does immunizing your to give it, possible side effects and when to call the child. If a child's first exposure to other children parents. Most schools have forms with sections for is kindergarten, he or she will miss many academic both the pediatrician and the parent to complete. days! Schools need to know what medicines a child is taking on a chronic basis in case there is an What are some primary symptoms that should warrant keeping a child home from school? emergency. For children who are overweight or even If a child is ill, please keep him home from obese, what are some healthy habits you would school. Fever (100 or above orally) warrants 26 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
staying home until the child is fever free for 24 hours without fever control (Tylenol or Motrin). Vomiting, diarrhea, or generally feeling bad should also mean a day at home. Sometimes a child may start feeling bad without having fever. If a child looks like he or she feels ill, when in doubt, stay at home. Remember, every time ill children attend school, they are passing their germs on! What symptoms should definitely warrant a visit to your child’s pediatrician or the ER? Call the pediatrician's office for advice about scheduling an office visit. Most viral illnesses can be managed at home with fluids, fever control if needed, and rest. If the child is getting worse (fever persisting longer that 48-72 hours, urine output decreasing, unable to keep anything down, bloody diarrhea) they need to be seen. Please talk about general health recommendations for kids of all ages prior to school starting. With school getting ready to start back, make sure children are up to date on immunizations. Talk to children about using hand sanitizer and not drinking after other people. Make sure the whole family gets the flu vaccine. Remind college students about hygiene, sleep habits and getting a flu shot once it is available.
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BACK TO SCHOOL PRESENTS
HEALTHY CHALLENGES TEXT BY AMY LARUSSO, PROGRAM COORDINATOR, GERMANTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB
Preparing healthy lunches for your kids can be challenging. Wouldn’t it be easier if they just ate lunch at school? Think of all the time that would save. Look at it this way: By preparing a healthy, balanced meal for your children you are shaping their eating habits whether they realize it or not. The challenge is packing a nutritious lunch that your kids will enjoy. Of course, there are the unmentioned questions… Are they actually eating what is in their lunch box? Are they tossing it in the trash, or secretly trading their unwanted items when the lunch monitor isn’t looking? Even if your children don’t always eat all the food, at least they know what a healthy meal looks like, and their mindset will begin to change. As you have heard many times before, healthy eating starts at home. Children must see their parents making good choices if they are going to do the same. This type of thought process includes making sure that healthy options such as fruit or a mini veggie tray are readily available at home for kids to access easily. Encourage children to make healthy decisions when going out for dinner, like replacing fries with a small salad or fresh vegetables. If you’re not there already, take small steps. Consistent healthy eating doesn’t happen overnight, especially for children. Start by asking your child what he or she liked about lunch each day. This helps you in knowing what to pack next time. I prefer to pack now and ask for forgiveness later. Children might even like a healthy item at lunch 28 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
because they’re hungry. Praise your children when they make healthy choices or try new nutritious foods. Here are a few things to think about when planning your child’s lunch menu: • Organization is key. Make a speciﬁc meal plan for the upcoming week, purchase the items and take time to prepare the food for each day if possible. Go ahead and wash all fruit and veggies, cut them up and place in individual bags or containers. Lack of preparation could lead to grabbing something quick (usually heavily processed) and unhealthy. • Minimize processed foods. These items in the store are just bafﬂing. If you can’t pronounce the majority of the product’s ingredients, then it shouldn’t make it to the grocery cart. Real food should make up the majority of your purchases. • Offer variety. Some kids love smaller portions of several foods options to choose from as opposed to two or three larger items. Try packing a variety of ﬁnger foods in a bento-style lunchbox. Alternate the types of drinks you pack your child each day. Try small sandwiches cut into cool shapes. Add mini containers of cut-up fruits and veggies with their favorite dip.
• Make food look fun. All of the fast food companies are doing it. They package food in containers decorated with the latest movie character. Other parents are packing super cool lunches with items that have liquid sugar gushing out of something that claims to be fruit. Getting kids to eat healthy is like a competitive sport. How do we compete with that? Make your lunches look fun to eat and they’ll be the envy of the lunch table. Use cookie cutters for interesting shapes, make mini kabobs with yummy dips or try drawing a funny face on your child’s banana. Leave notes or jokes in your child’s lunch box occasionally. Do whatever it takes to compete with the hard-to-pronounce, high-fructose-packed ingredients in the lunch box next to your child's. • Don’t give up. Finding healthy foods your children will like can be a difficult task. Don’t give up! Keep searching and offering new options. Eventually you will find a few mainstay items you can build your children’s lunches around and they will love you for it! Here are a few ideas for healthy lunches: • Nitrate-free, low-sodium deli meat and cheese roll ups, oranges, edamame, a couple of small pieces of dark organic chocolate and a bottle of water. • Homemade spaghetti and meat sauce, grapes and cheese kabobs with fruit juice (without HFCS). • Organic vanilla yogurt parfait with strawberries and blueberries, sweet potato chips, almond butter with celery, a boiled egg and low-sugar chocolate milk. • Cherry tomatoes, a banana with a chocolate/hazelnut spread (without preservatives) for dipping, mini sandwiches on whole-grain bread, small handful of almonds and water. Last but not least, have fun with lunch planning and don’t be too hard on yourself or your children. Bargain with them by allowing them to have one kid-approved item if they also eat something you pick. If they prefer, allow them to eat school lunch once per week. It will take time for them to learn to make healthy eating decisions independently. Be patient and reward children for making healthy choices. Happy meal planning!
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The Last Time I Saw
KNOXVILLE TEXT BY DAN MILLOTT
Reﬂections of the city more than 50 years after a ﬁrst visit
Knoxville Skyline Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation 30| At Home Tennessee • August 2012
Knoxville Convention Center Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Many years ago, I saw Knoxville as the home of a struggling chapter of my fraternity – and frankly, a town where I couldn’t get a drink. In September 1956 the Delta Delta chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at the University of Tennessee had some problems recruiting members. So a group of Delts from the University of Kentucky in Lexington caravaned down to Knoxville to help their UT brothers. After that, the memories are vague, except for the fact that I was intrigued both with the consistency of Gothic architecture at UT and with a condition that prevailed at the time – Knox County was dry. For those who wanted a drink, there was a routine: drive down a selected street, place a $10 bill on a stump, drive around the block again and what did my wandering eyes find? Sure enough – a bottle of libation. Now, nearly 56 years later my eyes find a vibrant place. Knoxville is home to nightlife, culture stemming from its worldclass symphony orchestra, and deep-seated history.
University of Tennessee Campus Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
the Civil War. There was even some thought to possibly secede from the rest of the state during the war. The East’s prevailing view was pro-union, Republican and anti-slavery. Throughout Knoxville one can find historic mansions with ties to the region’s history. The Mabry-Hazen House still contains original artifacts and once served as headquarters for both Union and Confederate armies. The Armstrong-Lockett House sits high above the Tennessee River. A multi-tier formal garden descends toward the river below. The house is an exquisite site for weddings and receptions.
Since Knoxville’s dry county distinction has long been a thing of the past, high-class eateries such as Chesapeake’s Seafood Restaurant are available to discerning diners. But that’s just one choice. Ye Olde Steakhouse features a down-home atmosphere and was voted the As far as history goes, East Tennessee, best steak house in Knoxville for 11 years including Knoxville, was very divided on running. If you are looking to taste some of
the city’s favorite cooking, this is the spot. Still looking for more good eats? Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House features chopped pork, dry-rubbed St. Louis-style pork ribs, BBQ chicken, a BBQ burrito and the unique Tomato n Blues salad. For more traditional fare, head to Chandler’s Deli, a cafeteria-style restaurant serving authentic Southern home cooking. In the Market Square/Old City area there are a number of bars and restaurants that both satisfy the palate and entertain. For great music, stop by Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria, always buzzing with both local and regional artists performing nightly. Crown and Goose/ The Underground, has an interior inspired by the London Underground, also known as the subway. With its warm atmosphere it is perfect for a quiet date night or gathering of friends, and has an extensive wine list and top-shelf cocktail offerings. Boyd’s Jig & Reel Pub taps into East Tennessee’s strong connections with Irish and Scottish music. The establishment combines its heritage with a little bluegrass and old-time Appalachian genres. August 2012 • athometn.com | 31
Neyland Stadium Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Boomsday Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
The Hill Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
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Mabry Hazen House Hazen Historical Museum Foundation
Each spring Knoxville welcomes the Dogwood Arts Festival. Many talented artisans set up their tents and offer creations for sale. The environment is full of energy as the booths crowd Market Square and food and entertainment fills in all around them. Charles Krutch Park nearby has a fascinating backstory. It is named for a photographer who worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He lived into his 90s, invested wisely and when he died gave Knoxville $1.3 million to develop a park downtown. Knoxville also lays claim to Boomsday, the biggest Labor Day weekend fireworks display in the country, along with the Tennessee Valley Fair in late September. Then in early October, the city takes on a Latin beat with the Hola Festival. Since UT has been home to so many successful women’s basketball teams, it is only fitting that the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame shows the evolution of the women’s game from the early modest uniforms to the WNBA. The Hall of Fame features some hands-on interactive experiences, a dribble race course and an interactive locker room where visitors can hear a coach’s actual halftime talk. With Knoxville being home to the University of Tennessee, visitors to the area can arrange a behind-the-scenes tour of Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena through the Knoxville Tourism Sports Corporation. In downtown Knoxville the Mast General Store explodes before your eyes in 19thcentury splendor. Pretend you’re living in the past as you walk on the creaking hardwood of the first floor and continue your journey to the basement where colorful hard candy displays catch your eye. The store lays claim to selling “everything.” If they don’t have it, they say, it probably doesn’t exist. The camping gear department is a popular area of the store, especially with folks preparing for a trip into the nearby Smoky Mountains. Many dogs visit the store to pick up items with their owners. A pet sighting is not uncommon in Knoxville, a city that has been tapped as the most pet-friendly in America by eight dog and pet magazines. Knoxville’s impressive Symphony Orchestra recently performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 complete with a 100-voice chorus and four soloists in the beautifully restored Tennessee Theatre downtown. The symphony has a schedule of concerts throughout the fall and winter. August 2012 • athometn.com | 33
Volunteer Landing Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
The Old City Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
The Knoxville Zoo has a natural habitat for black bears and offers an opportunity to touch a rhino, among other noteworthy exhibits. The zoo also features a collection of people-friendly penguins that will permit a human touch. A rare attraction at the zoo is the red panda. And then there is the Volunteer Princess, a 96-foot yacht that cruises the Tennessee River and provides a great way to see Knoxville from the water. It can carry up to 150 passengers for those wanting to host a big tailgate party. On football game days many boat owners cruise over to see the Vol Princess yacht in its element. Although Tennessee is noted for Jack Daniel’s sipping whiskey, wineries have recently become a developing trend across the state. The Blue Slip Winery in the Old City neighborhood is Knoxville’s first. They make small batches of 34| At Home Tennessee • August 2012
wine from Tennessee-grown grapes and fruit Oliphant, the course is a mile from downtown that is aged, bottled and later sold in the tasting Knoxville. Want to go fishing? Better check room. out 3 Rivers Angler located near the Holston, Clinch and Tennessee Rivers, where you’ll The WDVX Blue Plate Special live radio find the area’s largest selection of fly fishing show is truly a must-see in the city. If you products. thought live broadcasts with a real audience and musicians performing on-site were a thing of Knoxville may have an overall urban setting the past, think again! WDVX-FM in Knoxville that has come a long way since liquor was broadcasts daily from the Knoxville Visitor forbidden long ago, but with the Smokies Center, playing everything from bluegrass to and picturesque Tennessee landscapes in its country and swing to blues. The station is one backyard, my eyes now see it as the perfect mix of the oldest in the country and recently added of city scene and rural escape. For one who had a live broadcast on Saturday, in addition to its not been to the area in more than 50 years, it regular Monday through Friday shows. was a pleasant surprise. But then again – who’s counting. For golfers who like a “short game” Knoxville has a “wee course” at Williams Creek. It is called a Wee Course because it is a par 54 and just 2,700 yards long. Designed by Bill
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Mountain Getaways TEXT BY SHELLEY LANE
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Blowing Rock Todd Bush Photography
Whiteside Mountain Highlands Visitors Center
Fly Fishing at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park Photo by Edward Robinson
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Cullasaja Gorge Highlands Visitors Center Crippen’s Country Inn & Restaurant Photo by Des Keller
Highlands Sidewalk Photo by Cynthia Strain
Streetscape on Main Street Todd Bush Photography
Cool mountain air, the scent of wood smoke, lush rolling vistas, rich culture and music. What’s not to like? When you’re tired of the summer heat of the lowlands or planning a leaf-peeping road trip for the fall, here are three destinations to put on your short list.
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Open only since last October, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) on Chestnut Street was created to showcase visual arts and the rich mountain heritage of the area. The idea for the museum BLOWING ROCK, NORTH CAROLINA originated when a local art collector needed to find a permanent home Approaching the outskirts of Blowing Rock, the velvety green mountains for his Elliott Daingerfield art collection. Daingerfield was a part-time envelope you and all the stress of life seems to melt away. Located in Blowing Rock resident who was well known in the early 20th-Century the northwestern corner of the state, Blowing Rock was incorporated in art world. 1889. The village itself is reminiscent of a charming New England town Upcoming exhibit: August – November 2012 with beautiful old stone churches, a quaint main street and inviting North Carolina Treasures: Bob Timberlake, Glenn Bolick & Max shops and galleries. And at an altitude of 4,000 feet, Blowing Rock offers Woody. a welcome escape from the summer heat. Strolling through Blowing Rock, you’re apt to hear the sounds of bluegrass music coming from an outdoor restaurant patio, smell the irresistible aroma of homemade fudge and ice cream from the popular Kilwin’s shop, and see people enjoying a meal al fresco with friends or browsing through the many antique and specialty stores in town. 38| At Home Tennessee • August 2012
Art In The Park This year marks the 50th anniversary of Art in the Park downtown, a series of juried art shows that began in 1962. With over 90 artisans represented, visitors can choose from paintings, stained and blown glass, woodcarvings, photography and more. Remaining show dates in 2012 include August 11, September 8 and October 6.
The Great Outdoors For a nice hike only two blocks from the center of town try the Glen Burney Trail. Highlights include pretty scenery and three waterfalls. The rigorous 1.6-mile hike descends 800 feet into the Johns River Gorge and takes about two hours. Moses Cone Memorial Park, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is another popular excursion. It has over 3,000 acres with 24 easy hiking/horseback riding trails and plenty of fishing in both Bass Lake and Trout Lake. The country estate of Moses Cone, an early 20thCentury textile manufacturer, is preserved in this park. The centerpiece of the estate is Flat Top Manor, a 13,000-square-foot mansion that Cone built in 1901, which is now home to the Parkway Craft Center.
Where to Eat Breakfast/Lunch: The Village Café,Greenway Court Dinner: Crippen’s, Sunset Drive Bistro Roca, Wonderland Trail Foggy Rock Eatery and Pub,Valley Boulevard Sweet Treats: Kilwin’s, South Main Street Oh La’ La’ Cupcakes, Sunset Drive
HIGHLANDS, NORTH CAROLINA Located in the southwestern corner of North Carolina, Highlands is the second highest town east of the Mississippi, at 4,118 feet. As you explore the area around this pretty oasis, it’s easy to believe that it sits within one of the few temperate rain forests in North America. Towering trees, rushing creeks, lush foliage and beautiful mountain vistas await visitors around each corner. When you drive into the village of Highlands, you find yourself in the middle of a Norman Rockwell painting…an inviting main street, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, old stone and wood churches, historic inns, fine restaurants, and shops specializing in antiques, clothing and home furnishings.
Cultural Activities Highlands Playhouse Watch professional plays at a small, intimate theatre conveniently located in the middle of town on Oak Street. Productions slated for late summer and fall include Dames at Sea, Lindsey Alley and An Intimate Evening with Frank Sinatra. August 2012 • athometn.com |39
The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts Offering a wide variety of exhibitions, studio art instruction and other cultural experiences, the Bascom on Franklin Road helps people discover art and inspires the artist within. Visitors to the center, located on six park-like acres, can view various art forms, participate in workshops and walk the Sculpture and Nature Trail.
Bent Hook Marina at Big Cedar Lodge Photo by Edward Robinson Cabin Overlooking Table Rock Lake at Big Cedar Lodge Photo by Edward Robinson
Scudder’s Galleries Auctions Don’t miss seeing one of the most interesting acts in town – an auction at Scudder’s Galleries on Main Street, a tradition in Highlands since 1976. After dinner, stroll on over to the store and prepare to be entertained by Frank Scudder as he presents everything from fine paintings and jewelry to antique furniture and other home goods. With his quick wit and funny jokes, it’s the perfect way to add fun to your evening.
The Great Outdoors Whiteside Mountain Trail Rising to an elevation of 4,900 feet, Whiteside Mountain is a two-mile loop trail. Although considered a “moderate” hike, the trail is quite steep. The magnificent views and beautiful wildflowers along the way will richly reward your efforts, though. Highlands Botanical Garden and Nature Center If you’re looking for a more leisurely foray into nature, visit the Botanical Garden and Nature Center. Visitors can take their time enjoying nearly 500 species of wildflowers, trees, shrubs, mosses and ferns, while walking on well-maintained trails and boardwalks. Afterwards, go inside the nature center and see the displays of native mammals and birds, live animal exhibits and interactive exhibits.
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BIG CEDAR LODGE, MISSOURI Located on more than 800 acres in the Ozark Mountains just 10 minutes south of Branson, Big Cedar Lodge has won many awards including “Best of the Best” from the Wall Street Journal, “One of the Top 10 Resorts in the Country” from Southern Living and “Top 100 Mainland U.S. Resorts” from Conde Nast Traveler. Overlooking the 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake, a top bass fishing destination, Big Cedar Lodge offers guests a variety of activities including golf, swimming, boating, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and easy access to additional activities in Branson. Or, if you’re so inclined, just relax by the pool and get a spa treatment. For families with children, the resort offers the Little Cedar Kids’ Club for children four to 12 years of age, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. You won’t have to worry about keeping the little ones busy while you relax, as the club will entertain them with games, learning activities and healthy snacks. Accomodations include rooms in three different lodges, quaint knotty pine cottage and beautiful log cabins. (www.Big-Cedar.com)
Where to Eat Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks: Truman Coffee & Café This whimsical restaurant offers a charming atmosphere and serves coffees, cappuccino, espresso, baked goods, hot breakfasts, lunch sandwiches, salads, fruit smoothies and ice cream. Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch/Dinner: Devil’s Pool Restaurant Formerly a private residence, this casual eatery has a warm ambiance with a huge stone fireplace, wrought metal chandeliers, antique furnishings and a 100-year-old mahogany bar. The menu offers Southern home-style fare. Dinner/Sunday Brunch: The Original Worman House Once a country retreat for Frisco Railroad executive Harry Worman, this restaurant offers a family-friendly menu, a champagne Sunday brunch and live entertainment at night.
Upcoming Event of Interest Annual Paint Out: October 24-27 Big Cedar Lodge is expecting over 100 artists at this event. Activities include art demonstrations, open painting times, a Quick Draw Competition, and a Night Paint Out Competition. Closing the event will be an art show, sale and awards presentations. August 2012 • athometn.com |41
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Tennessee Titans interview by janna fite herbison photography COURTESY OF THE TENNESSEE TITANS
At Home Tennessee: You have been the official Voice of the Titans now for nearly 15 years. What have been some of your biggest rewards and challenges?
Mike Keith: The biggest reward and challenge have been one and the same: being involved with our franchise as we create "our brand" in the Mid-South. That’s one of the reasons that I wanted this job so badly — I wanted to be a part of getting this started. I have been lucky enough to work with Larry Stone in the creation of our 50-plus radio station network known as Titans Radio and I've enjoyed working with the same crew of roughly 10 people with the Titans organization in helping with team-related initiatives like Titans Caravan. It has been a lot of work for everyone, but it has been so much fun. The hard work has been worth it. AHT: Tell us your personal take on some of the major highlights over the years — specifically Super Bowl XXXIV and of course, the Music City Miracle. MK: The Music City Miracle is easily the number one highlight. There is not a week that goes by that someone doesn’t tell me a story of where they were during the Music City Miracle. It means a lot to me to hear these stories. It was the biggest football moment in the 50-plus year history of the franchise, but it was also the moment that a lot of people in this region said, “This is going to be MY TEAM!” The run to Super Bowl XXXIV followed that up perfectly. That’s why I contend that the Music City Miracle had the most impact of any play in NFL history. Not only did it keep the Titans alive and propel the team to its first Super Bowl, but it solidified our following in the Mid-South. AHT: You started your career as a student in Knoxville with the Vol Radio Network. How big an impact and inspiration did that have?
MK: The long time Voice of the Vols, John Ward, was my idol, and getting to spend 12 years watching him up close was so important in my development as a broadcaster and a professional. John was fantastic to me. But Bob Kesling gave me so many chances and taught me so much — I owe him a lot. Same goes for pros like Mark Dyer, Randy Smith and the late Edwin Huster. For me, the Vol Radio Network experience was like attending the best graduate school possible. I am proud to come from that family. 42 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
AHT: What initially led you to radio and MK: We have a good football team. Barring broadcasting?
MK: I started listening to John Ward at age seven. It may seem strange to think about a second grader so interested in a radio broadcast, but I listened every time that John was on the radio — it was just magical to me to hear him call a game. It never changed through middle school and high school. I started broadcasting when I was 17 because I always knew what I wanted to do. AHT: Talk about the difference between Knoxville and Nashville in terms of media markets. In your eyes, what are some distinguishing characteristics about the two cities overall? MK: Great question. On the outside, people would think that one’s a pro town and the other’s a college town. Period. But they are not as different as they may seem. Nashville is obviously bigger and has a broader sports focus due to pro sports, but Knoxville fans love sports other than just Tennessee football. Both markets have passionate fans. Both markets have fans that demand current and correct information. AHT: What should we expect to see from the Titans this season?
injuries, the 2012 Titans should be better than the 2011 Titans. The main issue is that the schedule is much harder. The Titans could be a vastly improved team and they could finish 9-7 just like last year. That’s the nature of the NFL. But I like the direction of this organization. If the Titans can battle through this schedule and somehow get into the playoffs, they will be a dangerous team to play in January
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MK: There is nothing like live music and we have so much of it in Nashville. Sure, you can come for a great concert, but you can also find live music in Nashville at restaurants and other smaller venues every single day. You can find it virtually everywhere downtown! These are talented people, people whose names you will know sometime in the near future. If you come to Nashville for a Titans AHT: In your view, how have the Titans game and you don’t take in some live music, impacted Nashville in general? you are missing out. MK: I’m excited that when I walk the LP AHT: What are some of your career goals Field grounds on game day, I see license for the future? plates from counties all over the state and from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and MK: I enjoy the craft of broadcasting very other surrounding states. My boss, Don much. I like the process. I like the work MacLachlan, made it our goal to have that goes with it. My thing is continuing to the Titans become a regional team and improve how I call a game; I have never been Don’s vision has come true. That has been satisfied with a broadcast and probably never huge for Nashville. Nashville was always a will be. But I’ll keep working at it because destination city; Titans football expanded I like to keep pushing. I also have enjoyed that dramatically. I love hearing from people getting a chance to improve my work in from all over, “We love football weekends in television. This is our tenth year of Titans All Access, our regional TV show. I feel as Nashville!” though that show has improved but I hope AHT: For those visiting Nashville this that I have gotten better, too. I just believe season, what are some of your favorite must- that when you keep working to improve, sees in Music City? everything else takes care of itself.
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Celebrating Patsy Cline Biographical Exhibit Honors the Life and Work of the Country Legend Text by KRISTEN WADDELL
An exhibition honoring the singer’s life and timeless recordings, Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You, opens in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s East Gallery on August 24 and will run through June 2013. The exhibit will be accompanied by a series of programs throughout its duration. “Patsy Cline is an American music icon, and perhaps the most accessible artist in country music history,” says museum director Kyle Young. “Though she only recorded for eight years, and made her last record nearly 50 years ago, her body of work—those classic torch songs and ballads of heartache—have continued to resonate with music fans of all 46 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
genres. While she considered herself a country singer, she was equally adept at pop stylings and was a key influence in bringing the two genres closer stylistically in the 1960s,” adds Young. “The quintessential torch singer, she could wring every nuance of emotion from a lyric, and her prodigious vocal stylings and unique delivery have influenced scores of artists including Loretta Lynn, Linda Ronstadt and Reba McEntire. Though her life was tragically cut short her classic recordings are timeless, alive and vibrant.”
the determined girl who overcame childhood hardships to emerge as one of the most important artists of the 20th century.
Born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932,“Ginny,” as she was known in her youth, demonstrated musical proclivity at an early age. At only four years old, she taught herself to dance, and with the encouragement of an older half-sister she learned to play piano by ear. A teenage Cline, who had been singing in the church choir with her mother and had appeared in amateur musicals, talent shows The exhibit will not only explore Cline’s and on local radio station WINC, dropped out musical contributions but will also offer of school and began singing in juke joints and visitors a look at the woman behind the songs, nightclubs to help support her family.
Later, Cline and her second husband Charlie Dick had two children: a daughter, Julia, born in August 1958 and a son, Randy, born in February 1961. Cline’s life was cut short when at the age of 30 she was killed in a plane crash that also took the lives of pilot Randy Hughes and fellow Grand Ole Opry stars Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. Cline’s stardom began in 1957 when the single “Walkin’ After Midnight” became a No. 2 country hit and reached No. 12 on the pop charts. Other hits include “I Fall To Pieces,” which hit No. 1 on the country charts and peaked at No. 12 in Billboard’s pop rankings in 1961, “Crazy,” a song written by Willie Nelson, which hit No. 2 on the country charts and was a crossover smash, and the No. 1 hit “She’s Got You.” Cline’s singles “Leavin’ on Your Mind,” “Sweet Dreams (of You)” and “Faded Love” all charted Top 10 posthumously. Other career highlights included her appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and on The Johnny Cash Show and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Cline became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in January 1960. Billboard named her the Favorite Female Artist of C&W Disc Jockeys in October 1961. The precedent was broken when Cline became the first female solo artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973. More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Patsy Cline exhibit and series of related programs is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org. August 2012 • athometn.com |47
Enhanced Security for Today’s World TEXT BY SCOTT FUELLING PRESIDENT, PHOENIX UNEQUALED HOME ENTERTAINMENT, MEMPHIS
Most everyone reading this article has some form of security system on your home. These are meant to protect you, your family and your property from outside threats. Some are also outfitted with 24-hour monitored smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors to provide life safety notification should the unthinkable occur.
computer or television screen. In some instances ﬁeld of view just as it would during the day? we have even set up the system so the front • How large a recording device you will need to entry camera will automatically pop up on provide a minimum of 30 days logging? any active televisions for a set period of time • How big a power supply is needed to provide when the doorbell is pressed. This is a great adequate voltage to ensure all cameras function security feature as it eliminates the need to go properly? Also consider a battery backup that to the door should the visitor not be welcome. will keep the camera system running during a You should also have the ability to record all short-term power failure. If your security system is not comprehensive cameras simultaneously, allowing you to review — if it does not protect all exterior doors and the footage through any of the aforementioned While you can buy off-the-shelf hardware and install it yourself, the quality of these products windows, have a minimum coverage for glass devices should an event occur. tends to be sketchy at best. Professionals who are breakage, and motion detectors — you should look at having it updated and upgraded. The first step is to determine the areas of your familiar with the available hardware can advise home that could benefit from the addition you on the best solutions to meet your needs I am not writing about the security system of a camera. Some primary locations include and provide installation services, ensuring the though, I am writing about the addition of the main and secondary entries, the garage best possible performance and longevity of the closed-circuit camera system which will allow exterior, and pool, play and lawn areas. If you hardware. you to monitor the outside of your home and in have an entry gate, you may want to consider a some instances, certain interior areas. camera built into the intercom/keypad pedestal, It may seem like overkill to some, but more allowing you to see who is trying to gain entrance and more homeowners are taking this additional security step to protect their home and family. Once thought of as primarily a luxury for the to your property. rich and famous, closed-circuit cameras have become mainstream. These systems give not The second step is to determine the best camera I remember an article I read a while back where only additional peace of mind, they can allow for each location. Some considerations include: the author interviewed many “career” criminals and asked why they selected one home over you to remotely monitor children in your yard another. The secondary deterrent was a security or pool, and could provide an accurate record • The ambient lighting both in daytime and system sign in the lawn. However, the number of events such as a break-in or an injury that nighttime viewing conditions. one reason a burglar would skip one home and occurred on your property. (There are plenty • The required ﬁeld of view (how wide a lens of lawyers specializing in personal injury cases you need to provide an appropriate view for go to another was that he saw a sign in the lawn and security cameras on the home. No one today and you could be the target of a frivolous the selected areas). wanted to run the risk of being caught in the act lawsuit.) • Color or black and white cameras? Do you need day/night cameras which are typically on camera — they preferred the homes without There is a wide variety of hardware available high-resolution color by day and low-light the ability to identify them. that will allow you to monitor these cameras black and white at night, some of which have Till next month… on your smart phone, tablet (iPad), home built-in infrared lighting so the camera sees the 48 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
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With Chuck Dauphin An interview with actress and rising country music star Jana Kramer
It was a big day in the life of Jana Kramer. The stunning newcomer was getting her hair done for her appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the host stopped in to say hello.
herself to the country music industry, but she’s winning over fans and critics alike — one at a time. “It all hasn’t hit me yet, but I’m just so thankful. I know at the beginning there was a lot of scrutiny because people thought ‘Here’s another actress coming into the country music “I had huge curlers on my head, and he just world.’ I’m just happy that people get my walked in,” she says with a smile. “Between music and believe it, and that they know I’m meeting Jay, along with fellow guest star staying around. I’m having fun.” Morgan Freeman, it’s one of the first times I’ve ever been star-struck,” she tells At Home The 28-year-old had even more fun recently Tennessee. while making her debut on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, though she admits to a few Lately, Kramer is the one who’s been leaving butterflies. “I was very nervous to play it, and people a little star-struck. Her debut single, then I got emotional because so many of the “Why Ya Wanna,” has been a favorite on people that I have looked up to have been right country radio since its release, and is closing there. It was so unbelievable, and they’ve asked in on the Billboard Top Ten. Her self-titled me back again this month. I’ll still be nervous, Warner Records debut album hit the top five but there’s nothing like your first time,” she in its very first week of release, and several admits. “I’m so honored that they are having magazines have proclaimed the Michigan me back.” native the current “it” girl of country music. Kramer says through it all, she doesn’t take a The album has been getting strong reviews, moment for granted. and with tracks like the up-and-coming hit “What I Love About Your Love,” the sky “It’s been nuts,” she says of the year she’s seems to be the limit. Radio is all over the had so far. “I was just talking to my producer, debut single — a fact that hasn’t gotten old Scott Hendricks, and thinking about how far yet. “My publicist and I were running to some we have come in the past year. It has been meetings in Los Angeles recently, and we were amazing. From being on the Brad Paisley on Mulholland Drive. All of a sudden, my tour to having my record drop on country song came on. I looked at her and it was so radio, and the support we’ve gotten has been amazing. It was so cool...such a surreal feeling!” wonderful.” Based on the fan response and critical success, Kramer, a former cast member of the series Kramer should probably get used to it. From the One Tree Hill, knew she would have to prove looks of it, she’s going to be around a while! 50 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
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Located less than two hours from Memphis, this Pickwick Lake retreat may be close to home, but it is far from ordinary. Perched high on the banks of the popular lake in a thicket of lush hardwood trees, the home takes full advantage of the beauty of the natural surrounding landscape. “When I first walked into the home, I felt like I was literally in a tree house,” says Teresa Davis of Post 31 Interiors, the interior designer for the home. With full creative license to bring the property to its potential, Davis transformed a once rustic lake house into a shimmering showplace, one as comfortable as it is show-stopping. Though the three-month window to complete the project was quite challenging, Davis says she is pleased with the result. “The homeowners joke that the place is perhaps too amazing, as they have had a revolving door of non-stop guests since the completion!”
Originally built in 1996, the home recently underwent a structural renovation by EWF Builders, which included updating the exterior with cedar shakes and crisp white trim. It was Davis’s job to create an interior atmosphere that was casual and inviting, yet upscale. “The original interior was dark and heavy, with wood paneled walls, heavy beams and dated colors,” says Davis. “But the place definitely had good bones and a plethora of windows.” Playing off the natural beauty of the area and the panoramic views of the lake, Davis used color, textures, layering and touches of metallic shimmer to bring the interior to life. The heart of the home is centered in an allpurpose great room used for dining, TV watching and relaxing. The spacious area has wood-paneled walls painted in a calm and sophisticated putty color and an expanse of windows framed with one-of-a-kind shutters from Europe. “I didn’t want heavy window treatments taking away from the view, so I thought the shutters were a perfect solution to give interest and attention to the windows,” says Davis, who admits she’s always on the hunt for old, unusual pieces. Her choice of mismatched dining chairs and an unexpected settee around the custom-built dining table lends a casual look to the space. “The chunky wood ceiling beams and the stained concrete floors were original to the house, but they really work well with the updated look,” says Davis. “Because the beams and flooring were dark, I tried to add light wherever I could.” She covered the entire wall behind the dining area with a floor-to-ceiling antique mirror. The result is stunning with the lake view replicated in the reflection from the windows. For an additional modern pop in the great room, Davis chose a pair of contemporary nickel arc lamps to add drama and lighting. August 2012 • athometn.com | 55
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Two sets of double doors in the great room allow the owners to expand their living space onto the screened porch and deck beyond. “With the great view of the lake, I intentionally chose simple, subdued furnishings for the porch and deck,” says Davis. “Why compete with the beauty of Mother Nature?”
to design rooms that had the comforts of an upscale hotel, but had a touch of the owners’ personality as well,” Davis says. Using taupes, grays, browns and blacks in the guest room color scheme, Davis added mirrors, unusual art, natural wood and sumptuous pillows to customize each room’s decor.
In the entryway of the home is a steel spiral staircase which is a work of art in itself. With steps that seemingly float in space, the staircase creates interest without blocking lake views. To add interest and color to the small entry, Davis commissioned Memphis artist Judy Vandergrift to create a contemporary painting for the space.
The master bedroom is an oasis of calm with its pale azure walls and white-glazed, woodbeamed ceiling. The beams were originally stained in a dark brown, which Davis felt was too heavy and rustic for the mood of the bedroom. Romance exudes from the shimmery, metallic-finished four-poster bed, and a white and caramel rawhide rug on the floor adds just a touch of a rustic lodge look. “One of my favorite finds for this home is the feathered African headdress that is hung above the master bed,” says Davis. “The ceremonial headdress, known as a juju hat, is a symbol
After a day of fun and frolic on the lake, the owners can retire to bedrooms which are rich in style and comfort. “Because the homeowners often entertain friends and family, I wanted
of prosperity — it just seemed like a fitting ‘crown’ for the room.” Measuring more than 30 inches in diameter and made from white and ivory feathers, the piece is a great focal point for the room. In reflecting on the completed project, Davis says she feels the finished product is a perfect example of her design philosophy. “I always say ‘it’s the mix, not the match’ when it comes to decorating a home,” she explains. “The beauty of this home is in the unique combination of materials that create interest for the eye.” Through the use of reclaimed wood, stone, natural fabrics, mirrors and more, this Pickwick Lake retreat certainly is a treat for the eyes, and for the spirit.
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Dorm Room Text by janna fite herbison Photography courtesy of rhea crenshaw, blue moon bedding
In anticipation of the new school year, At Home Tennessee talked with Memphis interior designer Rhea Crenshaw about the best and latest trends in decorating dorm-style. At Home Tennessee: What are some of the AHT: What types of dorm room items are too best splurges when decorating a dorm room or overused in your opinion? bed? RC: In general, remember less is more. Too Rhea Crenshaw: A comfortable headboard many accessories, especially in a small space, with quality, durable and timeless bedding is can lead to clutter and too much stuff to move very important. Lined drapes over the blinds out at the end of the year. are sometimes provided in the dorm rooms, but are a justifiable splurge if not. In college, AHT: Tell us some of the latest dorm room anything to help provide extra sleep is a must! bedding trends and examples of room essentials you have used. AHT: What are some common dorm decorating mistakes? RC: These days, a popular trend is to create and style your room in line with current RC: Of course, not choosing a comfortable fashion. Along that theme this year, bright, headboard is a primary one, along with not crisp color blocks and geometric patterns seem providing layered bedding such as matelasse, to be prime examples of the trend. comforters and pillows. Let’s face it – more often than not, college kids live (and study) AHT: What are some of your best ideas for in their beds, so comfort should be a top storing items in and around the bed in a dorm priority. Also, make sure to buy bedding that room, and for dealing with general space is washable and fits the bed properly. constraints when it comes to décor. 60 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
RC: Be sure and have storage under the bed AND a bed skirt to hide the clutter. Another good idea is to place a bookshelf behind or over the bed and/or on the desk. Also make good use of plastic stackable drawers under the bed, along with a dirty clothes hamper. AHT: Final dorm room thoughts and advice
for co-eds? RC: Overall, create bedding that is timeless and can be used in multiple ways during your four years at college. A twin duvet and down comforter, for example, can be used the following year at the foot of the bed with a full-size matelasse. Ideally, bed skirts can be individual panels that make it easy to move from a twin to a full or queen-size bed just by adding on. This can really help when it is time to blend colors and style with a new roommate.
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Moving into a dorm can be scary, intimidating, or just overwhelming with so many options for decorating! That’s why we consulted our friends at Justine magazine about the five ultimate keys to making your new space into your new home!
comfy couches, futons, seat cushions and bean bag chairs are total musts for making everyone feel welcome to hang out and relax, pull all-night study sessions or get together to get ready for the big game! 4. Make it work!
1. Personalize it:
One way to make your room your own while showing off your unique style is displaying your initials or name (in your personal favorite colors and patterns) on canvases, wall hangings, throw pillows, blankets and door decorations. 2. Memory Lane:
Surround yourself with bulletin boards and personalized frames displaying pictures of your friends and family back home…but leave room for snapshots of the good times ahead of you in college! Feel free to mix in quotes and magazine pictures to keep your sense of self strong and share your personality with all of your room’s visitors. 3. Make it social:
Dorm accessories can actually make your life easier and maximize your living space. Try adding lamps and reading lights, storage bins, bedside tables or trays, alarm clocks and speakers, trashcans and laundry bins. Even though these pieces are functional, you can make them stand out with a pop of color or your own personal touch. 5. Fill it out:
No one likes looking at or living in a blank space, so we encourage you to hang up curtains and put down rugs to bring it all together and complete your homey atmosphere. You can make room for any other finishing touches by lofting your bed, so you can turn your room into your dream de-stress and chill zone and your favorite little corner of campus!
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Treat man's best friend (or feline) to some of our favorite pet accessories Dog Treats Bon Chien, $10.50 www.funstufffordogs.com Litterfish Litterbox IVIO Designs, $170 www.iovodesigns.com (launching mid-August)
Scratching Post Five Pet Place, $375 www.fivepetplace.com
FrostyBowlz $27 www.frostybowlz.com
Big Pony Mesh Dog Polo Ralph Lauren, $29 www.ralphlauren.com
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Pet Shampoo Nootie, $14 www.funstufffordogs.com
CUTEST PET CONTEST Here are the official winners of our 2012 Cutest Pet contest. Thanks to all our readers who submitted precious pictures of their pets, and a special thanks to our pet expert Harrison Forbes for judging – it was a tough decision!
WINNER! Owner: Kenneth Taylor Memphis Izzy’s favorite toy has to be her antler chew, but she loves all of her toys. Every day she gets every single one of them out of her toy box and plays with them throughout the house. At night she sleeps in the bed. During the day she sleeps in her kennel. Orijen Puppy Large Breed is Izzy’s favorite food. Her best trick is that she actually sits on the sofa like a human. My favorite thing about Izzy: as any pet owner can attest, one of the best feelings of the day is walking through the front door and being welcomed with an excited greeting by your favorite furry friend or in my case, friends. Owning a dog, cat or any pet is one of the most fulfilling life experiences and I’m fortunate enough to have the companionship of two very special canine friends, Izzy and 13-year-old Sammi Jo.
Muddy – 1st runner up Owner: Rachael Waller, Collierville Muddy’s favorite toy is her light-up ball – she chases it all around the house. Her favorite place to sleep is on my bed, and her favorite food is Friskies. Muddy likes to meow and talk back to people who meow at her, and the best thing about Muddy is that she can literally sleep anywhere!
Ava – 2nd runner up Owner: Terri Cook, Nashville Ava's favorite toy is any toy that other dogs around her are playing with – she's an eight-month-old puppy, after all! Her favorite place to sleep is in the bed with her mama. She loves Purina Puppy Chow. Ava's talent is that she can open doors – the levers are easy and she's working on mastering doorknobs. The most special thing about Ava is that she's lovable yet leaves a massive path of destruction behind her everywhere she goes. Think furniture... The winner of the Cutest Pet Contest gets a complimentary "Neater-Feeder," a unique feeding system that contains spills and splashes. The two-part container helps protect floors from stains and damage, and comes in beautiful finishes with stainless steel accents. www.neaterfeeder.com For more upcoming contests and giveaways, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! August 2012 • athometn.com | 69
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This month, At Home Tennessee interviewed both current students and recent graduates from eight of the most popular universities in and around Tennessee, who dished on everything local in each college town. From cuisine to nightlife, shopping and game day, here is a comprehensive list of fan favorites. August 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ athometn.com | 71
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building filled to capacity with used books, CDs, LPs and DVDs is well worth the trip.
The area commonly known as 'The Strip' on GAME DAY Cumberland Avenue has a variety of eateries that students frequent, such as the Copper Come early and wear orange! Every inch of Cellar and Mellow Mushroom. land on and around campus that fits a car will The Old City is also popular with its trendy be filled. On the same note, take your time cafes and bars. The Crown and Goose is a departing from the game. It is so much more favorite with those of discriminating tastes relaxing to have dinner at Gus’s or Copper who enjoy the culinary fare of the British Isles; Cellar after the game and let the traffic die however, for the late night munchies there is down. a cereal bar that is open late at night. Market Square boasts of a variety of restaurants, There are a number of options for tailgating modern stores and musical offerings which around Neyland Stadium, including lots across from the indoor football facility and attract many a college student. adjacent to the Communications building, along with a new garage next to the stadium. SHOPPING Be sure and watch for the Vol Walk a couple Downtown is filled with new and interesting of hours before kickoff – a great chance to shops. The Mast General Store’s aisles contain wish Coach Dooley and the players best of an eclectic mix of outdoor gear, kitchen goods luck! and delicious food items from the East Tennessee TRANSPORTATION region. The shops in the Bearden area include art galleries, tea shops, antiques stores and vendors of homemade Southern-style goods. Once you are on campus, transportation is Some places not to miss are The Southern readily available. The ‘T’ runs a bus circuit Market, Bennett Gallery, Bearden Antique through the campus and a small bus can be Mall and Tea at the Gallery. McKay’s used called for special pickup. Most apartment bookstore is a 10-minute drive from campus complexes close to campus also provide near the Paper Mill Road exit. The two-story shuttle service.
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Vanderbilt University gets back to its country roots with historical up all the Ryman culture while listening to their favorite band. The venues and music-centered restaurants. Attending this school is the auditorium presents an impressive lineup of performers for students to enjoy this fall including Martina McBride and The Shins. perfect excuse for students to spend four fun-filled years.
Zanies (comedy club): Stressed out? Laugh your worries away at Zanies comedy club. In addition to hosting top comedians for their fans to enjoy, Zanies also offers training classes for aspiring comedians.
The Ryman: Take a step back in time by attending a concert at the Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman has years of history within its walls. Exit/In: A longtime favorite for Vandy students, Exit/In has been President Taft and Helen Keller once graced the Ryman stage, not around for decades just behind campus. The Nashville venue hosts live to mention the scores of Grand Ole Opry members who performed bands, whose members sign the wall with their autographs. For some there from the 1920s until 1974. Today, Vanderbilt students can soak late-night fare, Exit/In even has hot pockets available for purchase! 74 | At Home Tennessee â&#x20AC;˘ August 2012
The Bluebird Café: You might be listening to country’s next big thing during an evening at The Bluebird Café on Hillsboro Pike in Nashville’s trendy Green Hills neighborhood, where songwriters test and maintain their talents in front of patrons. Past performers on the mic at the Bluebird include the Dixie Chicks, Dierks Bentley and Trisha Yearwood. The Bluebird also has a full menu of delicious food items and beverages.
HIDDEN GEMS Hillsboro Village Area: A collection of small family-oriented shops. Take a trip to Hillsboro Village, where you’re sure to feel like a member of the community. Centennial Park: Get back to nature at Nashville’s Centennial Park. From dog parks to the Parthenon, this West End site has everything you need for the perfect day of outdoor fun and relaxation.
SHOPPING The French Shoppe: Someone once said, “A women can never be overdressed or overeducated.” The French Shoppe in Nashville takes this statement to heart with its signature ladies apparel. The boutique has three locations located in Belle Meade, Park Place and Hendersonville. Each carries a variety of designer jewelry, handbags and clothing. Jamie: Nashville takes on the fashion scene of Paris with Jamie. Here you can search through the latest designer couture or get a haircut, facial or wax. Jamie carries lines from topname designers so clients stay up-to-date on the latest fashion. A few of the featured labels include Calvin Klein, Céline, Donna Karan and Marni. The Cotton Mill: Whether it’s high style or an everyday outfit you’re looking for, The Cotton Mill is the perfect place for you. The Cotton Mill offers couture, lifestyle and collection items for its clientele. The store operates separate locations for its formalwear and more casual lines to make the shopping process even more relaxing! You can find both The Cotton Mill Couture and The Cotton Mill Lifestyle stores at Graces Plaza in Green Hills. Posh: Posh offers the latest fashions for both men and women. Contemporary men's labels include Diesel, Hugo Boss and Hudson. The store also offers women the opportunity to get their shopping fix with items from DL 1961, J. Brand and Paige. Posh has locations at The Hill Center and in Hillsboro Village near the Vanderbilt campus. August 2012 • athometn.com | 75
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Red and Blue football game
The Pride of the South Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
Walk of Champions The Grove
University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) TEXT BY KARA CAMPBELL & CAROLINE MAY
see why it’s a favorite among the locals. Complete keep you busy and in furniture shopping with a breezy back porch and occasional live heaven for hours. entertainment, this Motown-themed pizzaria Something Southern: Let Something appeals to adults and students alike. Southern transform your house into a home The Green Door: The Green Door is with their items that are perfect for a Southern perfect if you are looking for a unique piece home. With 30 plus years experience in interior of furniture for your home, apartment or design, this unique store prides itself on catering BEST RESTAURANTS/NIGHTLIFE business. This store specializes in repurposing to all tastes.. Something Southern approaches Soulshine Pizza Co.: If you aren’t exactly in the antique items to fit the needs of everyday plans from the inside out, placing a priority on mood to dress up, head to Soulshine Pizza Co. living. From antique barn doors used as tables furniture placement and traffic flow, insuring Try one of Soulshine’s specialty pizzas and you’ll to reclaimed pine wood islands, this gem will the efficiency of your living or work space. Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty — the University of Mississippi is one of the most enchanting schools in the South. Home of William Faulkner, the late Nobel Prizewinning author, it is easy to see why Oxford wins the hearts of all its visitors.
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Proud Larry’s: Proud Larry’s is the perfect blend of good food and exciting live bands featured weekly. Ajax Diner: A trip to Oxford isn’t complete without a traditional Southern home-style meal from Ajax. Come for dinner and stay late for karaoke. Library Bar & Grill: Don’t let the name fool you, parents. The Library is the “go-to” spot for students seeking exciting nightlife in Oxford. One of the town’s oldest and most popular hangouts, this bar and grill is frequented by well-known Rebels such as football star Eli Manning and FOX News Anchor Shepard Smith. The Levee: A night out for Ole Miss students almost always starts with a stop at The Levee. Popular music and an array of game machines make The Levee an Oxford favorite. Seasonal crawfish and catfish broils hit the spot when the warmer weather comes rolling in.
SHOPPING Nella Boutique: Looking for a boutique where both mom and daughter can shop? Then Nella should be at the top of your list. Located across from the iconic red Englishstyle phone booth on the square, the trendy and affordable shop is a great place for a mother/daughter shopping spree. Nella’s styles include the latest in fashion design. Pink & Proper: Nothing says Ole Miss preppy like a traditional Lilly Pulitzer dress with Jack Rogers shoes. Stop by Pink & Proper for sorority merchandise or for your next game-day outfit to show off at The Grove – the home of Ole Miss’s longtime tradition of sophisticated tailgating. Oxford Floral: Not only does Oxford Floral design the most exquisite flower arrangements in the area, the shop is the perfect place to find a gift to suit any taste. With seasonal décor pieces to sorority themed gifts to a bridal registry, Oxford Floral has it all. Village Tailor: Located on a corner of the Square and across from Square Books, the beautiful window displays and modern décor cannot be missed. High-end labels such as Milly, Tory Burch, Chanel, Nicole Miller and many more can be found at Village Tailor. Careful, your wish list can easily become bigger than your budget in this trendy boutique, but you can’t go wrong with Village Tailor’s classic couture. 78 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
Material Girls: For the girl on a budget with a flare for fads, Material Girls is just the spot. The color-organized racks and spacious dressing rooms make for an easy shopping experience. Top stylish brands such as Emma Graham Designs, Judith March, Arc & Co and BB Dakota fill the racks. And then there are the accessories by designers including Alex and Ani and Lauren G. Adams to complete the perfect outfit. Don’t forget to stop by the sales racks, they are some of the best in town!
screen televisions chowing down on anything from pork tenderloin to chicken wings served on silver platters. Always dressed in their most stylish attire, the Ole Miss students use game days as a chance to show the opposing school just what Southern charm is all about.
Rebel Ride: As one of the best Ole Miss “memories,” Rebel Ride’s unique bus system is highly recommended. A safe and free way for Neilson’s: The only department store on students to get to the square without having to Oxford’s square, the character of Neilson’s fret about parking, Rebel Ride runs Thursdays unique building speaks to its history as the through Saturdays. oldest store in the South. Be sure and stop by to shop for the whole family and browse the store’s Green “OUT” Bus: Living off campus and diverse selection of name brands. Nothing says driving to class can be a hassle and an expensive Christmastime like Neilson’s window displays proposition. The “OUT” Bus is an eco-friendly and merchandise sales. way to get from place to place. Even making stops off campus on Jackson Avenue, this mode GAME DAY of transportation is free, making it an attractive option for budget-minded students. A game day at Ole Miss brings more than a tailgating party — it is a well-known Southern Rockstar Taxi: Always wanted to ride in style? tradition and has been for decades. Hundreds With their disco balls, strobe lights and shark of red and blue tents cover the beautiful shaded fins, Rockstar Taxi’s extravagantly decorated cars area known as The Grove. Students, families and cannot be missed driving around the square. alumni join together under the tents outfitted Request one of the company’s themed cabs for a with amenities including chandeliers and flat- thoroughly entertaining ride.
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Arkansas Football Game Reynolds Razorback Stadium
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Photo by Emma Kessinger
University of Arkansas TexT by kara Campbell
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas has always been a Northern Italian cuisine. Make reservations early on game weekends, treasure to the entire state. Set amid the picturesque Ozark Mountains Bordino’s books up fast. in Fayetteville, the university is known for its thrilling school spirit and West End: A spacious patio upstairs makes West End a prime-time place energizing “calling of the Hogs.” during late spring, summer and early fall.
Herman's: On College Avenue you will find the charming atmosphere Masons: With two area locations, Masons carries everything for the of Herman’s. This cozy hole-in-the-wall decked out in Razorback fashionable co-ed from denim to dresses and shoes. memorabilia will have you callin’ those Hogs before the night is over. Monroe Boutique is located just off campus on Dickson Street. It is Hugo's Known for its great burgers and crepes, Hugo’s has been a perfect for the in-between-classes shopping spree or a weekend motherdaughter outing. downtown Fayetteville favorite for years. Impressions Boutique: Impressions is a fashion-forward boutiqueand Grub’s: This restaurant with fantastic food transforms into a bar by a one-stop shopping destination. The shop has a great selection to style night and is especially popular on Tuesday nights with live music. the perfect outfit, or find a lovely gift for someone special. Impressions is filled with on-trend merchandise for all ages, at prices suitable for Bordino’s: Like many other hot spots in Fayetteville, Bordino’s all budgets. Whether online or in store, Impressions has an eclectic is located on Dickson Street. Both students and parents love the selection from which to choose fashion or gifts. 82 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
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Maude: A stylish boutique with apparel to fit any woman’s style or budget. Go to Maude for all of the latest college fashion from rompers and shorts to nightlife dresses and skirts. Lola: You’re sure to find one of your favorite brands at this trendy boutique. Lola features top names like French Connection, Joie and Rachel Zoe.
TRANSPORTATION Green Cab Company: This unique ecofriendly cab company doesn’t allow smoking inside the taxi, and their car lineup features the new Toyota Prius Hybrids. Dynasty Taxi: A well-known taxi service used often by the residents of Fayetteville. Safe Ride: Provided by the University of Arkansas, the Safe Ride bus will pick up any student in need of a ride to and from campus.
GAME DAY On game day it is tradition for Hog fans to wear red, white or black attire to games with red shoes or jewelry. Campus sorority members often have stickers printed out to support their organizations and their beloved Razorbacks. Throughout the day you are likely to find people throwing a football or involved in an intense game of “Cornhole” before they head to the stadium to cheer on the Hogs. Tailgate parties in The Gardens and other areas adjacent to Reynolds Razorback Stadium. August 2012 • athometn.com | 83
Davis Wade Stadium
Drill Field Statue Mississippi State campus
Davis Wade Stadium
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Maroon and White basketball game Humphrey Coliseum
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Located in Starkville, Mississippi State is home to some of the finest restaurants and shopping around. The Junction is the best place to enjoy tailgating before home football games. The highlight of the season is the annual “Egg Bowl” game against the University of Mississippi in November, when the sound of cowbells fills the air thanks to thousands of fans decked out in maroon and white cheering the Bulldogs on to victory.
BEST RESTAURANTS/NIGHTLIFE Mugshots Grill & Bar: When you dine at Mugshots restaurant you get more than just a sandwich. This Mississippi State eatery is famous for its delicious sandwiches. Mugshots also has the recognition of being voted best burger by “Best of Mississippi” for five years running. Rick’s Cafe: Spend a Friday or Saturday night at Rick’s, where live bands, drinks and food are sure to keep you partying into the night.
Bin 612: Bin 612 offers mouth-watering cuisine at affordable college-student prices. Stop by any day of the week for signature dishes such as the drunken chicken alfredo pasta, the Sundial: Looking for the perfect dress at a discount price? Stop by Sundial during one of Bin 612 burger and grilled Atlantic salmon. its sales to snag a cute outfit that won’t break Old Venice Pizza Co.: What is college the bank. Sundial is located at 225 East Main without great pizza? Students at Mississippi St. in Starkville. State wouldn't know because the Old Venice GAME DAY Pizza Co. continues to serve up delicious pizzas, calzones and Old Venice house favorites Tailgating: Mississippi State fans love sure to keep any appetite satisfied. tailgating at The Junction before home games. Stromboli's: Still looking for more pizza? HIDDEN GEMS Stop by Stromboli's for some homestyle Italian cooking and cookie dough bites. Mississippi State Dairy: "State actually has SHOPPING a dairy shop on campus, and it has the best ice cream around!" says former student Oneal Libby Story: Make sure to stay up-to-date Leathers. with your wardrobe by shopping at Libby Story. Here you will find dresses, jewelry, Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National purses, shoes and vintage items. The high-end Wildlife Refuge: Get your fill of rest and fashions at Libby Story have earned the shop relaxation at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee mentions in leading fashion magazines such as National Wildlife Refuge. This nature oasis Lucky. offers trails, hunting and fishing activities.
State Theatre: In need of some musical education? Stop by the State Theater, a vintage performance venue in Starkville. The State Ooh La La: With locations in Starkville and Theater has a large screen TV, a restaurant, VIP Oxford Ooh La La is the ideal place to pick up lounge, balcony and plenty of room for events. accessories or outfits for a night out on the town.
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special The Pants Store Alabama Mascot “Big Al” with fans
Foster Auditorium University of Alabama campus
University of Alabama TexT by kara Campbell
The University of Alabama seems to have it all — rich history, vibrant nightlife and a superior football team have made Tuscaloosa one of the most impressive college towns in America.
Cypress Inn: A classy setting overlooking the food, 11 flat-screens perfect for watching Black Warrior River, the Southern entrees on sports and live music on the weekends. the menu and its unique surroundings make Cypress Inn ideal for special occasions. SHOPPING
Galettes: As one of the oldest, best-known bars Shirt Shop: Equally as appealing to parents in Tuscaloosa, Galettes’ classic and exciting and students, The Shirt Shop is the place to Waysider: A popular spot for breakfast, atmosphere is full of Crimson Tide tradition complete that preppy game-day look. Waysider’s diner-style cuisine is perfect for the that has captivated generations. morning after a fun night out in Tuscaloosa. Pants Store: Great sales on great items can Innisfree: Perfect for watching games or just be found at the Pants Store. This shop is Chuck's Fish: Chuck’s Fish is the place to go hanging out in a low-key setting, this Irish new to Tuscaloosa and located on University when you’re craving seafood. With a varied pub is a great place to relax and enjoy the wide Boulevard. menu including everything from catfish to sushi, selection of beverages. head chef Chuck Morgan doesn’t disappoint. Houndstooth Sports Bar: Nothing says “game Solo: For high-end shopping, make Solo your Five: A great place for parents to take their kids, day” in Tuscaloosa like a trip to Houndstooth. go-to for designers such as Tory Burch, Qi everyone can enjoy Five’s hip atmosphere. Although it’s popular for the older crowd, Cashmere and Cosabella. Houndstooth is anything but dated. Locker Room: Conveniently located on the Mugshots: Famous for their burgers and popular with tourists, Mugshots’ legendary fare Rounders: Fairly new to the area, Rounders strip, The Locker Room is a perfect fit for is great for out-of-towners and those new to is a club-like bar with great specials and even game-day attire or holiday gifts for family. Tuscaloosa. better music for a fun night out. Lucca: If you’re looking for fashionable Depalmas: If you’re in the mood for Italian Moe's BBQ: There are many reasons to stop at clothes and accessories, check out Lucca at food that tastes “molto bene,” look no further. Moe’s, not the least of which include delicious Midtown Village. August 2012 • athometn.com | 87
A-Day Spring football game
On those beautiful fall Saturdays when the National Champion 348-ride is a van-like service that drives around campus and to/from Crimson Tide suits up to battle it out on the field, you can find the locals restaurants and bars. University of Alabama students dressed to impress. While Greek students sport pins declaring their organizations’ love for the Tide, Crimson Ride is the university’s bus system — great for going to class almost everyone’s look is completed by a crimson and white shaker. or to the Recreation Center. All kinds of delicious treats are on the menu at tailgate parties across the gorgeous Quad on campus and at pre-game gatherings at fraternity Easy Rider is a very reasonably priced pedicab service that also provides houses, where all ages are welcome. tours of Tuscaloosa.
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AutoZone Liberty Bowl Photo by Wilson Chiu
V. Lane Rawlins Clock Tower University of Memphis campus
Tom the Tiger Photo by Wilson Chiu
Tiger Lane at AutoZone Liberty Bowl Photo by Wilson Chiu
University of Memphis TexT by Julia boudreau
Any student is sure to have plenty of fun when attending college in the Home of the Blues, but University of Memphis students are able to take that fun to a new level by hitting the highlights on world-renowned Beale Street as well as favorite college crowd hangouts.
BEST RESTAURANTS/ NIGHTLIFE RP Tracks: With so many barbecue places in Memphis it can be hard to choose a favorite. Think outside the box when you stop by RP Tracks just off campus for some BBQ tofu! 90 | At Home Tennessee â&#x20AC;˘ August 2012
Otherlands Coffee: A perfect place to Mouthwatering images of tofu drenched in barbecue sauce are sure to make even meat- study with free Wi-Fi and all the coffee drinks obsessed patrons interested. RP Tracks is you can imagine! Otherlands is an eclectic coffeehouse located on South Cooper Street located at 3547 Walker Ave. with a menu that includes frozen, hot and Young Avenue Deli: Enjoy live music with iced coffee beverages, breakfast food, breads your hoagie at Young Avenue Deli in the and sandwiches. Cooper Young neighborhood. Young Avenue has a large beer selection and an extensive TRANSPORTATION menu of munchies, salads, grill items, house specials, pizzas and quesadillas. Check the Metro Cab: This cab service is a perennial deliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates favorite for University of Memphis students on daily specials. in need of a ride to or from campus.
Memphis Tiger Basketball FedEx Forum
GAME DAY Tiger Lane: Get into the University of Memphis school spirit before every home football game when you tailgate on Tiger Lane. With 550 parking spots for fans to party in style, it’s the perfect spot to get ready to root for the Tigers!
SHOPPING Shops of Saddle Creek: This outdoor mall located in Germantown is perfect for a leisurely day of shopping. Walk between stores such as Ann Taylor, Apple, Chico’s, J. Crew and Kate Spade New York. Saddle Creek is the perfect one-stop location for all your fashion needs. More Than Words: Make anyone feel special with a gift from More Than Words in Germantown. Here you will find charming accessories, jewelry, books, home and even sorority items. Laurelwood Shopping Center: Take in all of the shops at Laurelwood from the convenience of its open-air walkways. This East Memphis shopping center is home to shops such as Turkoyz, which sells accessories and gifts, Joseph, with furs and accessories, and South House, a fine jewelry store. Chickasaw Oaks Village: Whether you are browsing for the perfect outfit at Kittie Kyle, visiting Hair Inc. salon or grabbing a bite to eat at La Baguette, Chickasaw Oaks shopping center is sure to show you a good time. Head to Chickasaw Oaks Village for a day of pampering and high-end shopping in the Mid-town/East Memphis area shopping center. August 2012 • athometn.com | 91
Jordan–Hare Stadium Photo by Sam H. Oliver
Aubie Photo by Sam H. Oliver Samford Hall Auburn University campus
“Rolling Toomer’s” Photo by Sam H. Oliver
Auburn University TexT by Julia boudreau
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The campus ofAuburn University in Auburn, Alabama, is amid the beautiful oak trees of the area. Auburn displays its Southern hospitality through the homestyle cuisine at its many unique restaurants and exciting nightlife venues.
BEST RESTAURANTS/ NIGHTLIFE SkyBar: One of Auburn’s hottest spots, SkyBar, heats up the night with its weekly lineup of live bands. Monday nights SkyBar features karaoke, with live music on Tuesdays and Wednesday is always trivia night. 1716 Bar: Enjoy a meal in a fun atmosphere at 1716 Bar. This AU-focused bar features specials throughout the week and hosts theme parties for its clientele. Toomer’s Coffee Roasters: Study for hours with a Toomer’s Coffee mug in your hand. As you sip the day away, take comfort in the fact that Toomer’s donates a portion of its profits to charity. Toomer’s offers coffees from around the world, which they brew through their infrared roasting method to bring out the best flavors. Amsterdam Cafe: Students and parents alike will enjoy Amsterdam Cafe, known primarily for its farm-to-table fare, for a traditional American Southern meal. The menu features items such as apple brine pork tenderloin, an herb-infused lamb burger and Gulf redfish.
SHOPPING Wrapsody: Searching for the perfect gift to send your son or daughter? Or are you in need of some comforting decor to make the dorm feel more like home? Wrapsody has just what you need. The charming boutique has everything from Vera Bradley bags to monogrammed items. The shop also carries a large supply of Greek items perfect for rush gifts. Gift wrapping and delivery are available.
HIDDEN GEMS Crepe Myrtle Cafe: Specializes in delicious crepes, Auburn-style! Momma Goldberg’s Deli: Be sure to order some of Momma’s famous nachos at this delicious deli.
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THE HEAT IS ON! TEXT BY ANDY PULTE AND SUSAN HAMILTON
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‘Heavenly Blue’ Morning Glory mixes with Jasminum ofﬁcinalis ‘Frojas’ (Fiona Sunrise Jasmine)
Visiting a public garden in your area is always a treat as summer winds down. Here purple fountain grass shows off in the August heat at the UT Gardens in Knoxville.
Hydrangeo paniculata, commonly known as the panicled hydrangea, is a good late-season bloomer in the shrub border
August overall is a less active month, so this is the time FRUITS & VEGGIES to sit back and enjoy the bounty of your garden. With the beginning of the harvest season, it’s a time to “put • For late crops of beets, bush beans, cabbage, carrots, things up” for the coming cold months. Don’t forget collards, kale, lettuce, peas, spinach, turnips, kohlrabi to harvest cut flowers and herbs as well. However, and onion, continue sowing seeds until August 15. it’s a hot month, too, and you will most likely have Transplants of broccoli, early cabbage, cauliflower, to work at keeping things watered. The following are collards, kale and onions can also be planted now. • Dig potatoes after the tops have died down. some tips for your August gardening calendar: • Make the second application of fertilizer on new plantings of June-bearing strawberries. Apply three PERENNIALS & ANNUALS pounds of 10-10-10 per 100 feet of row. • After the last raspberry harvest for the year, prepare for • Keep after the crabgrass and other weeds that want to next year while also avoiding diseases by pruning out old invade your lawn and garden. Avoid letting weeds go flowering canes, leaving only three to four young canes to seed in order to keep them from becoming an even per foot of row. Wait until spring to prune back shoot bigger problem next year. If you want to use chemical tips. control, be sure to select the appropriate herbicide • Keep harvesting vegetable and fruit crops to encourage for the location of your weeds and always follow label more production. directions. • In August there are some fantastic sales on unsold LAWN perennials which can beautify your garden this year and next. Take advantage of price cuts and shop early • Fertilize your tall fescue and Bermuda lawns in for the best selection. late August using a product formulated for early fall • If you have the space, sweet autumn clematis will applications. If the lawn needs extensive renovation brighten up any landscape from mid-August to frost. and aeration, wait until early September when the The perennial vine grows on a trellis or covers a large “springtime of lawn care” has arrived. ground area in full sun. • During dry spells, continue to mow high. • Plant some fall-blooming crocus bulbs and if you haven’t already, order spring flowering bulbs now to be MISCELLANEOUS TASKS planted this October-November. • If using liquid fertilizer, continue to fertilize annuals • Hummingbirds migrate in August, so keep feeders full. and container plants. • Be sure to keep garden mums well fertilized until buds • Take photographs to help you remember what what you like in the garden this year. You’ss se what works, show color. what doesn’t and what needs to be added or removed • Sow wildﬂower seeds. when you analyze the photos this winter. • Change the water in your birdbath regularly, and keep SHRUBS & TREES it ﬁlled. Standing water is less healthy for the birds and may become a breeding ground for mosquito larvae. • Avoid pruning trees and shrubs, particularly hedging • Continue to aerate and moisten your compost pile to plants such as boxwood, hemlock and hollies. Doing so this late in the season can stimulate new growth that speed decomposition. will not harden off in time for the cold winter weather ahead. Delay pruning until the dormant season. • Azaleas, rhododendrons, mountain laurel and other acid-loving species need to be fertilized one more time before the end of August using an acid-based soluble fertilizer containing iron. August 2012 • athometn.com | 95
Plant of the Month: Vernonia lettermannii ‘Iron Butterfly’ TEXT BY DR. SUE HAMILTON
Vernonia lettermannii, also known as narrow-leaf ironweed, is a species of ironweed native to Oklahoma and Arkansas that is well suited for the home landscape in Tennessee. This plant also has a secret advantage — it’s a butterfly magnet in late summer. The cultivar Iron Butterfly was recently selected for distinction by Dr. Allan Armitage (from his trials at the University of Georgia) for its soft, fine foliage similar to Amsonia hubrichtii and for being a compact, well96 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
periods of flooding. Growing to just 24 to 36 inches tall and wide, it is ideal for use in the foreground or middle of a perennial border or a mixed garden. Massing the plant in odd-numbered groups of three, five, seven or more is really striking in the landscape, and will provide a showcase of butterflies in In late summer Iron Butterfly is covered late summer. with tiny royal purple flowers that attract plenty of butterflies. Found in rocky flood Iron Butterfly thrives in full to part sun and is plains, it is tolerant of infertile soils and a great plant for rain gardens where soils can go hot, dry locations, yet can withstand brief from being dry to moist. The genus Vernonia branched and vigorous plant. Because of its fine-textured foliage, I find Iron Butterfly an attractive plant even when not in flower. When it’s in flower, this native perennial is a must-have in your garden!
is a large one, with about 1,000 species, but no matter which one you select ironweed is attractive to butterflies. Some cultivars other than Iron Butterfly are also deer resistant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Woolly Ironweed, for example. So depending on your conditions, be sure to choose the plant that is the best variety for you. Dr. Sue Hamilton is on the faculty in the University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences and also serves as director of the UT Gardens. The University of Tennessee Gardens located in Knoxville and Jackson are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. August 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ athometn.com | 97
Pet Talk with Harrison Forbes, Celebrity Pet Expert
Fall Fun, Fleas and Ticks I love Tennessee's four seasons, but I have to admit that my least favorite is summer, especially summers like this one! When there’s a hard winter, you can at least stay indoors and enjoy relaxing by the fire. Summer can be frustrating, though – while everything is so green and beautiful, you step outside and get blasted with a heat wave that feels like a furnace!
I have to offer a word of caution, though, about the outdoors. Most of us think of summer as tick season, but actually fall is the time when our pets get ticks and fleas most often. This is partly because we are out in wooded areas much more with our pets in the fall (let’s face it – who wants to take their dog for an afternoon stroll in the woods when the heat index is 110!) So just be vigilant and prepared in the upcoming season. There are many quality topical monthly flea and tick treatments out now that are easy to apply and effective. I particularly recommend some of the new generics such as Pet Armour, which have the same ingredients as the brand names at about half the cost.
As a pet owner it is troublesome as well because summer is the most dangerous season for your furry friends. Heat stroke, dehydration and other heat-related maladies can affect animals, and the onset of these conditions can happen literally in minutes. There is, however, a light at the end of the hot tunnel. It’s August and fall is just around the corner! As summer throws After every outdoor adventure this fall, be her last heat wave at us, we should begin sure and check your pets’ paws for thorns and planning for a great fall across the state – and a cuts, and their bodies for ticks. (One more much more outdoor-friendly time for our pets. important tip – if you are in a hunting area, also be sure that your pet wears a neon vest Fall in Tennessee is unparalleled. It means for safety.) you will see your pet’s energy levels rise with an abundance of fun, outdoor pet-friendly Now is the time to plan that perfect Tennessee activities. Our state parks and local farms and fall getaway with Fido and family. Even though fields make for great afternoon outings or the heat is still on right now, take heart...cooler breezes are on the way! extended weekend adventures. 98 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
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Host the Ultimate Tailgate Party...
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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that time of year again... college football season and the American tradition of tailgating! So gather your closest friends and pop down the tailgate for some good food and competitive fun!
MENU: • Chicken Wings & Sausages • Seasonal Veggies • Grilled Shrimp • Fresh Fruit “ADULT” ROOT BEER FLOATS: One serving • 8 oz. root beer • 1 oz. good quality bourbon • Ice • Whipped cream for topping 1. Fill glass with ice. 2. Pour in root beer. 3. Top with bourbon and stir 4. Add whipped cream and cherry for garnish!
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Join in the fun. Put on your favorite team’s colors and host a little pre-game party. Here are some entertaining tips to help you plan your next tailgate shindig with ease. 1.
Choose a spot that offers shade if you don’t have a tent or covering, and be sure there is a restroom nearby. You may have to stake your claim early to get the winning spot. 2. Invite friends: The more the merrier!
Sending a personalized invitation is a nice touch, or use and on-line electronic invitation service like Evite.com if time is of the essence. 3. Plan a menu: Grilling is the best option
for serving up hot bites. See our menu for ideas. Get creative and assign friends items to bring (unless you decide to really enjoy yourselves and hire a caterer!). 4. Don’t forget about seating: Folding chairs or truck tailgates work great. You will need a table or two for the food. 5. Bring a portable radio or television for pre- and post-game entertainment. This keeps everyone in the
loop. Check out Mahalo.com for informative video instructions on how to tote along your home satellite dish to get the game on your portable TV. 6. Keep things simple: Disposable plates, cups and utensils and make clean up quick and easy. Don’t forget garbage bags and paper towels. 7. Keep it clean: Don't forget garbage bags
and paper towels for clean up! 8. Add a few special touches like a banner or drink markers. The details
matter and they are what will make your tailgate party one to remember! Plus, it will help your friends find you in the crowd if you have something special to identify your tailgate. 9. Don’t forget the cocktails! Everyone loves a signature drink like our Adult Root Beer Floats. 10. Send your guests away with a favor. A package of homemade cookies
or a bottle of the BBQ sauce would be nice. Whatever you choose will be appreciated and talked about long after the game is over. The ultimate tailgate party is the perfect pregame celebration for the stadium parking lot or your front yard. We hope you are inspired to plan your own, and we know you will score BIG. SEE PAGE 121 FOR SOURCES August 2012 • athometn.com | 109
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chef ’s corner
in a Dish TEXT BY CHARLES PHILLIPS EXECUTIVE CHEF OF 1808 GRILLE AT HUTTON HOTEL, NASHVILLE
This month’s dish conjures up words like foundation, core, pure, rustic, joy, grounded and essential. It made me extremely happy to make this little galette and share it with my kitchen team one afternoon. Why so much excitement over such a simple dish? Every once in a while in our busy world, something we do or experience peels back all the noisy layers and connects with our souls. For me, rustic foods do just that. They are classic, unadulterated, and speak of time and tradition… family recipes being passed down, the apprentice cook being taught the basics on which to build, a purity of culture that stands the test of time. Beyond all the emotion, this simple treat is just fun: easy and delicious. Even if, like me, you usually obsess over a clean workspace, perhaps, just this once, toss a little extra flour around, “accidentally” getting it onto onlookers (you WILL have onlookers—to assist with the serious work at hand). And tell them to pull the ice cream out of the freezer on the way to getting cleaned up. I use peaches and blueberries here, but you can easily substitute any fruit available. Plums, pears, cranberries, apples… the ingredients can be adjusted for any time of year. Eat Well & Be Well – CP
GALETTE RECIPE DOUGH 1 ¼ cups flour 1 ¾ tsp. sugar ½ tsp. salt 4 oz. butter, cut into small pieces 5 Tbsp. ice water (plus or minus) 1 egg Apricot glaze or jam FRUIT FILLING 2 large peaches, cut into ½-inch slices 1 cup blueberries ¼ cup sliced almonds Almond paste HOMEMADE OR GOOD-QUALITY VANILLA ICE CREAM DIRECTIONS 1. In a food processor, blend flour, sugar and salt. 2. Pulse in the butter. 3. Slowly add water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (Be careful not to overwork the dough.) 4. Roll the dough into a ball. If it feels too wet, dust it with a bit of flour. Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. 5. Meanwhile, place the peaches, blueberries and almonds in a bowl and gently fold together. 6. Remove dough from refrigerator. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about a 10-inch diameter. 7. Place dough on a half-sheet pan covered with cooking spray. 8. Flake little bits of almond paste onto the dough. 9. Mound the fruit in the middle of the dough. 10. Fold the edges into the center. 11. Beat egg with 2-3 tablespoons water, then brush dough with egg wash. 12. For a nice touch, sprinkle sugar around dough rim and on exposed fruit. 13. Bake at 425 degrees F until crisp and golden, approximately 15 minutes. 14. Remove from oven and brush dough with melted apricot glaze or jam for additional flavor and shine. Let cool a bit, cut into wedges and serve with ice cream. August 2012 • athometn.com | 111
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Ravine Courtesy of Joel Miller
Best College town eateries TEXT BY janna fiTE hErBison
Whether you are a Vol or a Tiger, planning to cheer on Vandy in Nashville this season, or even just a college parent looking for a great meal off-campus, we have you covered. The following are our top picks for the best “grown-up” food in college towns in and around Tennessee. MEMPHIS
Prince Edward Island Mussels, Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict and Low Country Shrimp Pete and Sam’s: This iconic restaurant & Grits. has been a favorite of Midtown (and other) Off the beaten path... Memphians for decades. Located close to the University of Memphis on Park Avenue, Pete Interim: Interim Restaurant & Bar has a and Sam’s features recipes that have been passed highly visual state-of-the-art-kitchen. It is down from generation to generation. The fused with the dining room to enhance the cuisine includes traditional Italian fare such as relationship between the chef and the patrons. lasagna, spaghetti, their famous Italian spinach, The constant flow of activity and artistic food and the BBQ pizza that has been featured on presentations are integral parts of the dining Food Network. Bring your own wine for an experience at Interim, known locally for great service, daily lunch specials and Chef Jackson added treat. Sweetgrass: An eclectic neighborhood Kramer’s inspired dishes. bistro located near the Cooper-Young area OXFORD, MS of Midtown Memphis, Sweetgrass features Low Country style fare infused with local City Grocery: On the famous Square in ingredients. Some of their specialties include Oxford since the early 90’s, City Grocery 112 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
has become a local favorite for students, professors, alumni and locals alike in Oxford. The restaurant was the first in a long line of ventures for chef and owner John Currence. The upstairs bar has an upscale yet rustic ambience and includes an outdoor porch overlooking the Square. The restaurant’s dinner menu changes every six weeks to keep up with the latest culinary trends. Bourés: This newcomer to the Square in Oxford features an eclectic menu of Southern and New Orleans-inspired cuisine. Specialties include pecan-crusted Catfish Lafitte, New Orleans Style BBQ Salmon, Buttermilk Fried Onion Rings and the Salmon BLT. For a sophisticated dining experience close to campus, Bouré is another favorite for Ole Miss alums and parents alike.
Calhoun’s on the River Courtesy of Copper Cellar Corp.
Off the beaten path… Ravine: Ravine’s chef and proprietor Joel Miller has been cooking and managing kitchens for the last 15 years. Joel and his wife Cori first conceived the idea for their own restaurant years ago – one with first-class service, authentic cuisine and an inviting atmosphere. Their sophisticated and sumptuous fare draws inspiration from locally grown, fresh and seasonal foods. Menus change weekly with Wednesday evenings devoted to tapas and Sundays to brunch. The couple has now realized their dream with Ravine, an ideal dining experience away from the hustle and bustle of Ole Miss and the Square. Ravine is located on County Road 321 and open Wednesday through Sunday. NASHVILLE
Tin Angel: Often referred to as “Nashville’s Original Neighborhood Restaurant,” Tin Angel has been around since 1993 in West Nashville close to the Vandy campus. It offers a rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere with its freestanding fireplace and trendy menu. The restaurant is housed in one of the few historic commercial buildings left on Nashville’s West End Avenue. Their popular dishes include Pan Seared Flounder for dinner and Curry Chicken Salad for a light lunch. Tin Angel also boasts reasonable prices, so it’s both wallet and family-friendly. Midtown Café: Chef Brian Uhl specializes in wild game dishes and contemporary cuisine at this upscale eatery just down the road from Vanderbilt on West End. Midtown Café offers guests a cozy atmosphere and signature dishes such as Black & Blue Tuna, Veal “3” Ways, Lobster Mac & Cheese and Grilled Tenderloin Filet with truffle butter. If you are looking for something high-end close to campus, this is an ideal pick. Off the beaten path…
Pete and Sam’s
originated back in 1974 and is still one of the most popular in the city. In addition to their signature Blue Cheese Stuffed Filet, Sperry’s boasts the use of local produce and cheeses. It is also one of the last high-end restaurants with a salad bar in Nashville. KNOXVILLE
Calhoun’s on the River: A classic combination of barbeque and lakefront dining, Calhoun’s has been a popular eatery both for locals and UT sports fans for decades. Famous for their ribs, the restaurant currently has nine locations in East and Middle Tennessee, but their Ft. Loudon Lake eatery is a fan favorite. Calhoun’s signature items include the Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Pork Sandwich, Beer Cheese Dip, Southern Chicken Cordon Bleu, and of course, Hickory Smoked Prime Rib Dinners. Sunspot: Located on Cumberland Avenue near the UT campus, Sunspot is ideal for a relaxing lunch or dinner in a trendy setting with a warm atmosphere. Sunspot caters to both vegetarians and meat lovers with a unique blend of Southwestern, Caribbean and Latin American cuisines. Specialties include Roasted Pork Burrito, Jerk Spiced Tuna Salad, Buffalo Fried Tofu and the Solar Flare Veggie Burger. Off the beaten path… Northshore Brasserie: This restaurant in West Knoxville just a few miles from campus serves homemade French Belgian cuisine in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere. Some of their most popular dishes with the locals include Frisee Lyonnaise with a poached egg and bacon vinaigrette, Iron Skillet Escargots, Crispy Duck Confit, and sides such as Pommes Frites and Haricots Verts. For a small, upscale French dining experience in the middle of Knoxville, this local eatery is the ideal place.
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INCOME INSURANCE: How Today’s Decisions Impact Tomorrow’s Choices TEXT BY SPENCER CULTRA, NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL
Doctors and dentists nationwide clearly understand the importance of having disability income insurance (DI) to protect the time and money they’ve invested in their profession. And most have considered at length what would happen to them, their incomes, their families and their careers if they suddenly found themselves injured or ill – leading them to seek the protection a DI policy provides. So what’s the problem? DI is a complex buying decision – with varying stipulations in policy contracts that impact the type of benefits a policy owner might receive at time of claim. Northwestern Mutual research, conducted with Harris Interactive, revealed that busy medical and dental professionals don’t fully understand key concepts in their “own-occupation” DI policies, and many are surprised to find how those details would affect them at the time of claim.
surgery, he would likely consider himself totally disabled. However – based on typical “own occupation” and even “own specialty” definitions – if he is still able to consult with patients, he may only be considered partially disabled and would only receive partial disability benefits.
Article prepared by Northwestern Mutual with the cooperation of Spencer Cultra. Spencer Cultra is a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and its subsidiaries. Spencer Cultra is an agent of NM based in Jackson, TN. This information is not To help illustrate how the Medical Occupation intended as legal or tax advice. Definition differs from typical own-occupation disability coverage, physicians and dentists are invited to visit the DI Knowledge Center at nmfn.com/spencercultra to access the tool, enter information about their practice, and find out for themselves how they would be impacted at the time of claim. To help eliminate this misperception, Northwestern Mutual introduced the “Medical Occupation Definition” of total disability. The only definition of its kind in the industry, it was designed specifically for – and with input from – the physicians and dentists it impacts.
Consider the example of a surgeon, whose primary source of income comes from performing surgery, with non-surgical patient The definition used in your policy is just consultations on the side. If this surgeon suffers one of the variables that must be considered a hand injury and is no longer able to perform carefully when choosing your DI policy. 114 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
Although the prospect of having to rely on any type of disability insurance is something no one likes to think about, taking the time to do so can lead to a vitally important outcome: knowledge that what you want and what you need matches what your policy can do for you.
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Delta Heritage Garden Open Memphis Botanic Garden 901.636.4121
World’s Longest Yard Sale US 127 Corridor, Jamestown 800.327.3945
Tomato Art Fest Art and Invention Gallery, Nashville 615.226.2070
Almost Famous Orpheum Summer Movie Series
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12 Second Sunday Docent Gallery Tours Knoxville Museum of Art www.knoxart.org
13 August 10-18 Elvis Week Memphis 800.238.2000 www.elvis.com/elvisweek
Jim Gaffigan: The American Tour
16 Fargo Indie Memphis Summer Movie
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19 August 17-19 Davy Crockett Celebration Davy Crockett State Park, Limestone
August 17-25 Wilson County Fair
Lewis County Park, Hohenwald
James E. Ward Ag Center, Lebanon wilsoncountyfair.net
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South Central Area Fair
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August 23-September 1 Walking Horse National Celebration Calsonic Arena, Shelbyville 931.684.5915
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The Wizard of Oz Orpheum Summer Movie Series The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis
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Gone with the Wind Orpheum Summer Movie Series The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis
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11 August 9-11 Rockabilly Festival International Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame Museum, Jackson 731.427.6262 www.rockabillyhall.org
The Godfather Part II Orpheum Summer Movie Series The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis
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A Visit to st. Louis
The Lantern Festival... and beyond TEXT BY julia boudreau
Each time I walk through the Missouri Botanical Garden I am captivated by the lush surroundings. Although the site is vast in acreage, the landscaping has a way of making visitors feel they are in their own secret garden. This summer guests are getting the chance to explore its wonder during one of the most exciting exhibits to date, the Lantern Festival. As part of the event, Chinese steel and silk statues light up and come to life Thursday-Sunday nights through August 19. The various creations are set amongst the plants living in the garden and do not detract from the natural beauty. “It is a special exhibit designed specifically for the garden that represents cultural aspects of China, including their myths,” says Gale Murphy, a docent at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The lantern exhibit has been in the works since 2009 and the garden has hosted 33 Chinese artists to help create the pieces, Murphy says. The planning can be seen from the start of the exhibit where visitors are welcomed by a giant glowing dragon, a creature sure to take anyone’s breath away with its sharp teeth and length of 137 feet. Visitors don’t have to search long to find another eye-catching set of dragons located 118 | At Home Tennessee • August 2012
in the garden’s central axis. This dueling pair The Missouri Botanical Garden is located is unique in that they are made up entirely of in the heart of St. Louis in the area known porcelain dishes, utensils and other cooking as the Botanical Heights neighborhood. objects. Nearby attractions for visitors include the freeadmission Saint Louis Zoo located in Forest “40,000, is the approximate number of Park, an extensive public park that also holds porcelain dishware pieces in the porcelain dragons an art museum and a history museum. set,” Murphy says. “Four containers of lantern materials were shipped by boats to the U.S.” If the beauty of the garden and surrounding areas is not alluring enough to make you want While continuing on the exploration, visitors to take the trip, don’t forget St. Louis is also will also find a sculpture depicting the famous home to the World Series Champion Cardinals terracotta warriors, which stand 10 feet tall nd baseball team. Busch Stadium is located about have swords in hand. They are a representation 10 minutes down Highway 64 from the garden, of the 8,000 discovered in China, according to making a Cardinals game the perfect addition the Missouri Botanical Garden. to a St. Louis weekend. While in town, look upward and find a St. Louis symbol. Standing The exhibit’s lotus flower creation sits nestled above the city is the famous Gateway Arch. among the natural inhabitants of the Swift Known worldwide as the gateway to the West, Family garden ponds. Other noteworthy this structure is a must-see on any trip to the area. items in the Lantern Festival include a panda’s paradise sculpture, surrounded by the pandas’ main food source of bamboo, a four-faced Whether it’s the festival, Forest Park, the Cardinals or the magnificent Arch that brings you Buddha and a creation of cherry blossoms. to St. Louis, the generosity of the people and the “The attendance is phenomenal. People are excitement of the area are sure to help you create coming from all over the country to see it,” many lasting memories of time spent there. Murphy says. “There have been no negative comments in spite of the fact that we are having 100-plus degree temperatures.”
1939 Delivery Truck
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Atlanta and The World of Coca-Cola TEXT BY julia boudreau | photography courtesy of The World of Coca-Cola
It’s the quintessential summer image – friends, that operated in Argentina and a soda fountain family, warm weather and a refreshing Coca-Cola. dating back to the 1880s. Don’t be tricked though, the year is still 2012, and the price of For millions of people a Coca-Cola beverage Coca-Cola is no longer five cents like it was in is the embodiment of summer. It has been years gone by. with us at summer camp, baseball games and has never missed a good Fourth of July party. Ever wanted to know the secret formula Yet, like a friend who doesn’t talk much, the behind the Coca-Cola drink? Well, you still history of the iconic brand remains a mystery can’t, but in the Vault of the Secret Formula you to most people. can see the area where it is housed and learn the truth behind various myths and legends. Does This summer is the perfect time to change Coca-Cola really help cure certain diseases? You that. The World of Coca-Cola, based in might be able to find out here. Atlanta, has documented the evolution of the drink from its creation at a pharmacy counter Stop by the bottle works area to acquire even to its newest Happiness Machine campaign. more tools to crack the Coca-Cola code, but of The World of Coca-Cola building is filled with course, not enough to uncover all of the secrets! interesting facts and interactive tools that teach Here, visitors get an up-close-and-personal visitors about the brand while keeping them look at the bottling process. engaged. From Michael Jordan to Taylor Swift, a host Highlights of the World of Coca-Cola tour of celebrities have helped promote Cocainclude the loft where the brand houses Coca- Cola over the years. In honor of its celebrity Cola memorabilia items such as antique signs partnerships, the World of Coca-Cola created and paintings. The Milestones of Refreshment the Pop Culture gallery, where artistic works room allows visitors to continue their journey influenced by pop culture items (and icons) back in time as they view a 1939 delivery truck are housed.
After that long walk down memory lane, relax and enjoy a glass of the signature beverage in the Taste It room. Come thirsty to this part of the tour where visitors are allowed to sample international and domestic Coca-Cola beverages in endless quantities. One of the newest items at the World of Coca-Cola, the Happiness Machine, recently took the YouTube channels by storm. The Happiness Machine campaign used a vending machine, truck and a store to distribute prizes to unassuming Coca-Cola patrons. In addition to getting their beverage, surprised customers have had the machine dispense prizes including a bike, a cooler and a soccer ball. Coca-Cola uses the machines to bring happiness into the lives of others. If you’re in need of some extra smiles, be sure and stop by soon. The Happiness Machine is only at the World of Coca-Cola through September 3. Although it reveals only a part of the mystery behind the beloved drink, the World of CocaCola adds to the beverage’s enjoyment by making visitors feel a part of its creation.
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sources 48 | Technology: Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment phoenixcommcorp.com
52 | Home Feature: Photography — Mike Boatman, www.mikeboatman.com Interior Designer — Teresa Davis, Post 31 Interiors, www.post31.com
60 | Design: Interior Designer — Rhea Crenshaw, 901.685.8361, www.bluemoonbedding.com Special thanks to — Justine Magazine
106 | Entertaining: Event Planner/Designer — Social Butterflies LLC, www.sb-events.com Photographer — Donny Granger, Creation Studios, www.creationstudiosevents.com Floral Designer/Props/Rentals — Posh, 901.730.1086 Paper Details/Invitations — Rebecca Zerilla, www.zerilladesign.com Caterer — Hog Wild/A Moveable Feast, www.hogwildbbq.com Venue — Germantown Civic Club Complex
corrections July 2012 issue: Entertaining – We apologize for the photography credit mistake in July. Donny Granger of Creation Studios was the photographer for the Summertime Kids Bash, p.84 Home Feature – Designer Cindy McCord’s correct website is www.cindymccorddesign.com August 2012 • athometn.com | 121
Poolside Reads TEXT BY SHANA RALEY-LUSK
her aunt’s lake home. She hopes to spend the summer painting and relaxing, finally taking a break from the city life from which she so desperately needs relief. Bella, her neighbor, has returned to her hometown to help out with family obligations. Meanwhile, Morgan and her young family have come to the Berkshires for an adjustment of their own. Focused around the themes of change and unexpected Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer (Ballantine): friendship, Thayer’s novel is both heartfelt and From New York Times bestselling author inspiring. Summer Breeze is certainly the ideal Nancy Thayer comes this unforgettable and carefree beach read for this summer. uplifting novel set in the Berkshires. The novel centers around the lives of three young A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash women, each facing different challenges. (William Morrow): For all those Southern Though each of the characters has her own literature fans (like myself ) out there, this is the unique circumstances, they share the common summer’s new read that should not be missed. bond of life around beautiful Dragonfly Lake. Set just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Natalie, an artist who has moved from New the small town of Gastonia, North Carolina, York City, is in the Berkshires to house-sit at Cash’s debut novel centers around the story of With the dog days of summer upon us and record heat across the state this season, many of us find ourselves looking for good ways to pass our time by the pool or in the comfort of the air conditioner. If you find yourself on just such a quest, either of this month’s books would be perfect for whiling away the last days of this sweltering Tennessee summer.
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Jess and his autistic older brother, Christopher. The book is, above all, a powerful and multilayered story of both love and cruelty and has a decidedly dark side. The characters are complex and, as the story progresses, Cash allows his readers to come to know them on the most intimate levels. He writes about them with such familiarity and ease that they feel very authentic and genuine. A native of North Carolina himself, the author has woven a masterful tale steeped in the mysterious quality that sets Southern literature apart from all other writing. Truthful and deep, A Land More Kind Than Home will pull you in and never fully let go.