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HOME FEATURE: A Dream Come True

Although only 20 minutes from downtown Nashville, this rustic retreat contains all the characteristics of a remote location accented by rolling hills, a sparkling lake and exotic animals. text JORDANA WHITE


Todd Strickland As Vice President of Development for the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, Todd Strickland exercises his love for animals by raising funds for the shelter’s abused and injured.


Must Love Dogs text HALLIE MCKAY

This year our pets issue is dedicated to our most loyal fan—our canines. Turn to page 38 to check out the staff and their pets. These cuddly, smart and protective creatures are sure to win your heart.


Off the Beaten Path


Whether you’re a bona fide foodie or simply hungry for something new, these epicurean unknowns are sure to delight.


Our Favorite Things Style.Marketplace by invitation - The Social Pages Happenings Sources

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Essential pieces for the sporting life

BEAUTY Anti-Aging


Stay young with tips from our expert

HEALTH Calcium and You photo courtesy of Northshore Brasserie, Lamb Shank


Everything you need to know for healthy bones

TRAVEL No-Fuss Vacations


These trips take the stress out of planning

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Great design and essential pieces for a chic home office


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COMMUNITY Lincoln County


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AUGUST 2011 - Vol. 10 No. 5 PUBLISHER/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Margaret Monger -



CREATIVE DIRECTOR Abigail Yoe - MANAGING EDITOR Hallie McKay - SOCIETY EDITOR Lesley Colvett - EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Jane Gaither, Bonnie Grosshans, Dr. Phillip Langsdon, Shana Lusk, Becky Newbold, Andy Pulte, Dr. Tom Samples, Jim Schmitz, Stephenie Ward, Jordana White CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Mike Boatman, Eric Adkins, and John Terry COPY EDITOR Terri Glazer INTERNS Kelly Gilliom Nicholl Vincent


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As we approach the end of summer break, many of us are getting ready for back-to-school time. This year will be very interesting as we have a high school senior and a college senior. I remember their first days of kindergarten like they were yesterday. Three years have gone by since we left our daughter at her dorm room and I cried the entire way back home thinking, “at least I have four more years with my son.” Little did I know how quickly that time would go by. With my daughter, I have learned to let go a little, although it wasn’t easy. She constantly reminds me that I now need to start letting go of her brother and making him do things for himself. She gets a bit frustrated with me when she is home and she sees me making his breakfast or lunch and bringing it to him, running that extra load of laundry for something he, or one of his friends, needs right away because he forgot to bring down his dirty clothes, or running his favorite lunch to school every Friday during football season because if I don’t, it will “jinx” the game. She often tells me, “you know, he is capable of doing that and you just need to make him do things for himself.” What she doesn’t realize is that I don’t do it because he can’t; I do it because I can, for now at least, and those days are soon coming to an end, just like they did with her. It has recently hit me like a ton of bricks that my husband and I are less than a year away from a lonely house. Our home is not geared for that. On any given weekend, we are swarmed with at least two to four extra big ole boys sleeping over. Some of my friends think I am crazy because I don’t mind cooking and cleaning for them. I just know that one day I’m going to miss it. I will have ample time in the future to sit back, relax, and thank God remembering all the fun times I spend with these kids. For all the young parents out there wondering if they will ever get a moment’s peace from the hectic lifestyle that comes from raising children, just know, one day you will. Enjoy those late-night runs to the 24-hour stores to finish, or in some of our cases, begin that school project that was put off until the last minute. Find peace in knowing the midnight homework meltdown will end. The new blazers lost the first week of school really won’t matter one day and that endless opening and shutting of the front door as kids come and go will soon be silent and still. Trace Adkins summed it up well when he wrote, “You’re gonna miss this, you’re gonna want this back, you’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast, these are some good times so take a good look around. You may not know it now but you’re gonna miss this.” I was talking to our daughter the other day after my first “senior parent” meeting for our son and telling her how hard it is going to be to have both of them gone. Without missing a beat she quickly told me not to worry because she would be moving back home after college to live with us so she didn’t have to pay rent. She might need to be reminded of her “learning to let go” speeches she gave me!

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CONTRIBUTORS TINA ADAMS Wardrobe consultant Tina Adams is an expert when it comes to assembling looks for one’s lifestyle. A resident of Nashville, Tina assists clients in everything from organizing closets to personal shopping, creating the perfect closet by adding only what is absolutely necessary to the client’s previously owned items. “Fit is first and luxury is knowing how to buy the right thing, not always buying lots of things,” says Tina. In her free time, Tina also designs custom jewelry and high-end dress shirts. Turn to page 20 for this month’s issue of The Look. For more information or to schedule an appointment contact tinaandrebecca@gmail. com or visit her website

MIKE BOATMAN Mike Boatman’s 30 years of experience as a professional photographer have made his name synonymous with creative excellence. For the last two years his work has graced approximately nineteen covers for architectural, sports and museum publications. His photographs have also been published in various other publications including two books, Game Changers and Glass Court Shots, which document his time as official photographer of the US Open Racquetball Championships. For the August issue Mike traveled to Lebanon, Tennessee, to shoot Kristi and Clay Hair’s gorgeous log cabin. “I had to watch my back on this shoot, the owners had a very large, very playful dog” says Mike. Check out the story on page 40. LESLEY COLVETT As social editor for At Home Tennessee, Lesley’s job takes her to some of the most fabulous parties in the state. Her 10-year career in magazines began promptly after she graduated from the University of MissouriColumbia School of Journalism with her first job as editor of Memphis’ RSVP magazine. When she’s not out on the town, Lesley enjoys playing tennis and being at home with her husband and two children Harmon and Ella. To have your event featured in an upcoming issue, email Lesley at And be sure to flip to page 74 to see who attended some of last month’s hottest events. JANE GAITHER Columnist, kitchen guru and quite possibly the next Food Network Star, Jane Gaither is as entertaining as the dishes she prepares. Each month Jane’s insightful columns and inventive recipes bring us one step closer to mastering the Julia Child in all of us. Born and raised in Tennessee, Jane currently resides in Nashville where she is also a professional cook, class instructor and full-time mother. Check out this month’s column “Joining the Club” on page 90 to see what our guru has cooked up for August. You can find more of her delicious culinary twists by visiting her website or following her blog at

DR. PHILLIP LANGSDON Voted Memphis’ best in cosmetic surgery for several years in a row, Dr. Langsdon of the Langsdon Clinic in Germantown knows a thing or two when it comes to fighting off the signs of aging. As associate professor and Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Dr. Langsdon maintains an expert knowledge of all the industry’s latest techniques and procedures. Want younger looking skin? Turn to page 24 to see what the doctor prescribes. To get further information about the Langsdon Clinic contact the Langsdon Clinic at 901.755.6465 or visit the website at 14 | At Home Tennessee • AUGUST 2011

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FEATURED PROPERTY 195 Clearwater Ridge Pickwick Lake, TN

Make this Pickwick Lakefront Home Your New Summer Getaway! With approximately 165 ft. of water frontage, it’s never been easier to enjoy the lake with 3 boat slips, 2 jet ski lifts, & tram taking you right to the water. Six outdoor living areas include: 1st & 2nd floor balconies, hot tub deck, firepit area, picnic deck, & covered front porch. The multi-level decks are perfect for evening parties or relaxing lake views! Let this 5BR, 4.5BA lake home be your sanctuary from the hustle & bustle of the city! Luxury abounds with real hardwood floors, tall ceilings, abundant Pella windows, stone fireplace, & stainless kitchen with 5-burner cooktop & huge granite island that seats 8 people. Comes partially furnished & can sleep 14 guests. Includes large garage to store all your water toys! So much to see! O/A. Offered at $1,800,000. Check out photos & virtual tour @

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A truly gorgeous, custom built, 2003 French Country home on 9.77 spectacular acres. Stunning 2-story entry opens into a fabulous great room with built-ins and beautiful antique mantled fireplace. Formal dining room, awesome stainless steel and granite kitchen, separate breakfast room, and adjacent keeping room. Office and relaxing master suite down. Upstairs you’ll find 3 additional bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and large bonus room. Sensational backyard with sparkling pool, covered porch, and extended patio with arbor. Don’t forget the workshop and 3-car garage. Offered at $675,000. Check out additional photos and virtual tour @

Mary Ann Tapp 901.573.2832 • 901.260.4780

CRYE-LEIKECares Crye-Leike Germantown Poplar Office Raises Funds for Cancer Research with Annual Golf Tournament The date has been set and plans are being made for the 17th Annual Sherry Park Memorial Golf Tournament. Each year, CryeLeike’s Germantown Poplar office organizes the event and raises funds for the Wings Cancer Foundation and West Clinic in Memphis.

COMMUNITY year’s annual tournament for Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the Memphis National Golf Club, 10135 National Club Drive, in Collierville. The event will attract golfers from Shelby, Fayette, and Tipton counties in Tennessee, as well as DeSoto County, Mississippi. Many sponsors and players are needed for the tournament. Different levels of sponsorship are available including $1,250 Diamond Sponsor, $1000 Platinum Sponsor, $750 Gold Sponsor, $600 Silver Sponsor, $400 4-Person Team, $100 Individual Player, and $100 Hole Sponsor.

When the late Sherry Park, former managing broker of the Germantown Poplar office, was diagnosed with cancer, Many individuals and businesses look she was instrumental in organizing forward to this event as a day of fun for Crye-Leike’s first golf tournament in 1994 a very worthy cause. With help from the to benefit cancer research. Many of the community, over $208,500 has been services provided by the Wings Cancer donated to cancer research by the CryeFoundation are located within the West Leike Germantown Poplar office since Clinic where Park received her cancer 1995. The Crye-Leike Germantown Poplar office presented a treatment. Upon her death in 1995, sales $12,000 check to the Wings Cancer Foundation in 2010. associates of the Germantown Poplar office For more information on becoming a continued the golf tournament by naming it in her memory with sponsor, registering a team, or becoming a volunteer for the 17th proceeds benefiting the Wings Cancer Foundation. Annual Sherry Park Memorial Golf Tournament, please contact Sherry Hulen at 901-550-6270 or This year’s co-chairmen, Sherry Hulen, Dan Quinley, and Joanie Whitaker of the Germantown Poplar office, have slated this AUGUST 2011 • | 19

East Memphis

2709 Lombardy Avenue



Simplistic Elegance! Grand 5BR/4.5BA Home in Chickasaw Gardens. Stunning Hardwood Floors, Extensive Molding, Transom Windows & High Smooth Ceilings Throughout. Study Down w/Built-ins & Full Bath, 2 Living Rooms w/Fireplaces, Gourmet Kitchen w/Granite & Stainless Steel Appliances. Luxury Master Down w/Spa-Like Bath. 4BR+Bonus upstairs. Beautiful Arbor Covered Deck in Landscaped Backyard. So Immaculate! You’ll Love It!

Joyce McKenzie

901.335.8460 • 901.854.5050

145 Covered Bridge Cove



PARADISE FOUND in a private gated cove of 4 estate homes, conveniently located just min from Hwy 57 & Hwy 385. This home’s spell-binding interior is surrounded by 8 acres of stunning landscape. Wooded gently rolling hills & sparkling stocked pond are embellished by a gorgeous covered outdoor living rm w/fireplace, o’looking the pond & heated gunite pool including spa & waterfall. Inside, generous rooms showcase stunning views of the pond & pool or the front wooded areas. Outstanding features incl “work of art” entry, Brazilian cherry floors dn, 3 living areas, a chef’s kitchen w/gas cooktop, downstairs owner’s suite,+study or 2nd BR dn. See @

Judy McLellan • 901.277.5839

901.756.8900 •

1225 Brayridge Cove


PREFER LAKE VIEWS OR GREENSPACE VIEWS? This 5BR JudyMac All-Star has them both!!! Come fall in love with this special custom home that is beyond gorgeous & ideal for entertaining. And WOW is it packed with goodies. All hardwd flrs dn+both stairs+upstairs landing/halls, all furniture grade cabinetry, granite/stone tops thru-out, box-beamed ceiling DR w/adj courtyd, very open chef’s kitchen w/Thermador 6-burner gas cooktop & adj coffered family rm w/surround sound, flr-ceil stone FP & lake view, 19x16 MBR w/travertine walk-thru “triple head” shower, & whole house audio/ video sys, hi-lighted by media rm w/106” TV screen.

4434 Canada Road

Steve Boysen

901.493.0373 • 901.372.3690

901.756.8900 •

River Oaks


Looking for Extraordinary Living? This Is It! Unique 4BR 4.5BA Home on 5 Acres with Pond! High 20ft Ceilings, Plantation Shutters, Sunken Living Room with Wet Bar & Circular Dining Room Separated by Decorative Columns. Gourmet Kitchen and Large Hearth Room. Luxury Master Suite with Fireplace. Impressive 2-Story Covered Back Patio with Built-in Grill makes for an Amazing Outdoor Space. 4 Car Garage (3 Attached/1 Detached) with Gated Drive.

Judy McLellan • 901.277.5839

Southwind – Memphis


Fayette County

Hernando, MS

2 Homes For Sale On The Island At Southwind Drive

8541 & 8595 The Island At Southwind $579,500-$799,000 Two Incredible Homes For Sale in the Gated Golf Community of Southwind! One home features a balcony & gigantic 24x17 brick patio w/built-in grill overlooking the 18th Fairway & 18th Green. The other home overlooks the 10th Fairway from the front windows and 18th Fairway & Green from the back. You will love the impressive panoramic views of the golf course! Both are uniquely luxurious & packed with upgrades. Check them out online or call for details! # 3225081 or #3211419

1069 Humphrey Oaks Circle



Beautiful home in Wolf River Ranch near Collierville’s highly acclaimed schools, shopping and the 385 Bypass. Home features 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, banquet-size Dining Room, Cozy Great Room w/Fireplace and Built-ins. Striking Kitchen w/huge Breakfast Bar Island opens to Breakfast Room & vaulted Hearth Room w/stone Fireplace. Luxury Master + 2nd Bedroom/Office w/private Bath down. Large beautifully landscaped lot with fenced backyard & covered Patio. 3-Car Garage.

Patty Rainey

2530 Birnam Wood Drive

Fayette County


Louise Jordan

901.486.2695 • 901.756.8900



You’ll Fall In Love with this Open, Spacious & Light 4BR (or 3BR + Office) home. Huge inviting sunroom, gorgeous hardwood floors, hearth room & BIG kitchen – unbelievable island & storage space. 2nd Fireplace in the Master creates a Romantic Atmosphere! Casement Windows give a great view of the park-like 3/4 acre yard! Skylights in Kitchen, Luxury Master Bath & Irrigation System are just a few of the many features of this home!

Pat Goldstein

901.606.2000 • 901.754.0800

797 Wellington Way Cove


6144 West Amherst Road


Peggy Stumph

901.482.6782 • 901.840.1181 Mother-In-Law Unit


901.292.9180 • 901.854.5050

220 River Oaks Drive

Chapel Creek

1785 Chapel Ridge Cove

Hank Hogue

901.870.3020 • 901.756.8100

Fayette County

1705 Cherry Road

East Memphis


Beautiful Fayette County home on 4+ acres of gently rolling & wooded land. With a fishing pond & heated gunite pool, you can vacation at home year after year. Live all on one level w/plenty of space, plus entertain in high style. Completely renovated in 2006. Updated kitchen & keeping rm w/wood & stone accents. Deluxe Master has lrg his/her walk-in closets+huge BA w/adj exercise rm. Amazing deck & backyard perfect for entertaining a large crowd. Quiet, tranquil views! Additional detached 2-car garage w/workshop. Must See!

Tommie Criswell-Jones

3789 Poplar Avenue


Mary Ann Tapp

901.573.2832 • 901.260.4780


Captivating, Easy-Care Home in Bremington Place! Spacious 4BR 3BA Home with 2 Bedrooms down, 2 Bedrooms + Bonus Room up. Gracious Living Areas with Hardwood Floors, Smooth Ceilings and Custom Drapes. Upgraded Kitchen with Granite. Huge Master Suite with Luxury Bath. Beautifully appointed with designer colors. 16 ft. Screen Porch + Sunroom and Arbor-Covered Patio with Fountain. Great Location Near Everything! You Won’t Be Disappointed!

Dolly Willis

901.230.7653 • 901.260.4780

901.870.0550 • 901.756.8900

2060 Steeplebrook Drive

Cordova Forest


Natchez inspired & over the top with highest quality throughout. 31x20 Billiard Room, Giant Media Room w/seating & TV, floating hardwood, 2-story entry & great room, magnificent kitchen, huge master, 3 fireplaces, 2 covered porches, courtyard w/fountain, & 3-car garage. Additional rooms: Exercise, Office, Laundry, Breakfast, 4BR/4.5BA, plus so much more....

Carole: 901.619.4222 David: 901.619.2122 901.756.8100 •

1414 Dexter Lane

10830 Whisper Hollow Cove


Exceptional 5BR 2.5BA Home on Private 1.76 Acre Lot with Gated Circle Drive. Spacious Design w/Hardwood Floors, Plantation Shutters & Transom Windows. Gourmet Kitchen has Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Countertops & Travertine Floors opening to Bayed Breakfast & cozy Hearth Room. 2-Story Living Room has gorgeous arched French Doors leading to multi-level deck & lovely treed backyard. Luxurious Master Down; 4BR+Bonus Room upstairs.

Joyce McKenzie

901.335.8460 • 901.854.5050

East Memphis


“A Price on Priceless” Fine quality, private setting on 2+acres & a short drive outside of Arlington. This striking, all brick custom with hardwood, tile, high ceilings, wall of windows, his/her master baths, fireplace, sunroom, professionally landscaped, big covered back porch & deck offers 3BRs, 3.5BA, Great Room, Formal Dining, Kitchen, Separate Breakfast area. Upstairs you’ll find 45’ Bonus Room & expandable Attic. Oversized dbl garage + single garage w/12x13 custom workshop.


Fabulous 5 Bedroom, 5.5 Bath Home in private gated community of Chapel Creek. Soaring 20 ft. ceilings, hardwood floors, custom built-ins, plantation shutters, sunroom, large master suite downstairs has one of three fireplaces. Home has a separate in-law area that includes kitchen, living area, bedroom, bath and elevator access from 4-car garage.

Carole Ann & David Burns

Nancy Thompson

Fayette County

This Extraordinary 3BR/2BA Open Floor Plan Home has a perfect mix of casual & formal areas set on 4 rolling acres plus 900 sq.ft. partially completed master suite upstairs. Detached mother-in-law/rental unit complete with 1BR, 1BA, living room & eat-in kitchen. Detached 3-car garage/workshop all surrounded by gorgeous landscaping. Additional acreage available. OPEN HOUSE EVERY SUNDAY IN AUGUST FROM 1pm-4pm.


Wow! You Will Love This House! Including the Dream Kitchen that is second to none! Four Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, New Paint, New Tile in Luxury Master Bath, Office, Plus Large Bonus Room Upstairs. Awesome Backyard with Gated Pool & Jungle Gym. Lovely Cove Lot within walking distance to Crosswind Elementary. Too many upgrades to list here! Come see for yourself!

Mary Ann Tapp

901.573.2832 • 901.260.4780

901.484.5689 • 901.756.8900


This beautiful, eleven room custom brick French Country built in 2007 sits on 2.92 lovely acres. The home has elegant rooms with fine moldings, high ceilings and gleaming wood floors. 4BRs, 3.5BA, Playroom, Media Room, Office, Great Room, Dining Room, Covered Patio. 3 car garage.

Fayette County

Lisa Smith

901.351.7355 • 662.349.5550

Chet Whitsitt

Vicki Blackwell

1946 Kirby Road


Breathtaking executive home. Beautiful hardwood floors. Fabulous chef-style kitchen is complete with brick flooring, unique granite countertops, and custom cabinets. Large private sitting room off of master bedroom with fireplace & 11x12 closet. Billiard room is complete with wet bar (granite) and fireplace. 3 car attached garage plus oversized 3 car detached garage. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this beautiful Hernando home for yourself!

901.573.2832 • 901.260.4780

1220 Autumn Lake Drive $499,000 Magnificent 6BR/4.5BA home with picturesque view of lake! Stunning 2-story entry with beautiful crystal chandelier. Open and spacious floor plan. 5-Star kitchen! 2 wet bars! Incredible Master Bedroom with fireplace and sumptuous salon bath. 2BRs down + office + exercise room! Gigantic deck perfect for entertaining. 4-car garage. You owe yourself the pleasure of seeing this!

Greentrees Subdivision – Memphis

Stunning 4BR/4.5BA home on 1.5 acres in beautiful serene setting just outside of Collierville! Gracious Living Areas + Bonus Room upstairs. Formal Dining, Living Room w/Fireplace, Great Kitchen w/granite & stainless steel appliances + Keeping Room w/2nd Gas Log Fireplace. Huge Luxury Master + 2nd BR down. Plantation Shutters, Irrigation System, Covered Patio, 3-Car Garage!

220 Belmont Road


901.335.1441 • 901.756.8900 •

414 Green T


Immaculate Home in Popular Germantown Location. You’ll be impressed with this beautiful residence featuring 4 Bedrooms, 3 full & 2 half Baths, 2-story Entry, Formal Living & Dining Rooms, Outstanding Kitchen w/granite counters & decorative tile backsplash overlooking breakfast room & 2-story Keeping Room w/fireplace. Large Master Suite down w/luxurious bath. Huge Playroom upstairs. Lovely shaded patio w/pergola & brick flowerbeds. 3-car garage.

901.849.0611 • 901.260.4780

300 Windover Road

Mary Ann Tapp



This 4BR, 3.5BA Fayette County Estate on 17.98 acres offers total seclusion and is located at the end of the street off Hwy 196. Beautiful custom home with lovely amenities you would expect. Imagine the very best and you will be delighted. Barn with living quarters, fenced pasture, pond and 3 car garage.

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Age Defying Measures for the Face text Phillip R. Langsdon, MD, FACS

The face is our most identifying feature and our presentation to the world. Unfortunately, the passing years bring on changes that most of us would prefer to avoid. Over time, there is a breakdown in the skin’s underlying support structure resulting in loss of fat and collagen. This makes skin lose elasticity and muscle tone and causes sagging and wrinkles. The three major signs of facial aging include sagging, fine lines and wrinkles, and facial deflation or a gaunt face. Luckily, there are treatments for each of these conditions ranging from mild preventive maintenance to advanced skin rejuvenation and cosmetic surgery. Preventing wrinkles involves a combination of sun protection, exfoliation and hydration. Since overexposure to the sun is one of the most damaging factors affecting skin cells, your beauty regimen should include a broad spectrum SPFs of at least 30. UV rays trigger free radicals which can cause cancer in addition to loss of collagen, a decrease in elastin production resulting in diminished skin strength and tone. Exfoliation aids sluggish cell turnover by removing dead skin cells on the surface. This process forces skin to regenerate new, smoother cells. A good exfoliator can also assist in removing age spots, correcting pigmentation and reducing the size of pores. Finally, use a moisturizer and drink plenty of water. Hydrated skin helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and protect against free radicals. Natural oils such as Vitamin E, almond and avocado are also great for moisturizer that won’t clog pores. 24 | At Home Tennessee • AUGUST 2011

Finding the right skin treatment can be confusing. Numerous products, many with a steep price tag, promise younger, smoother skin. You should remember that skin exfoliation and hydration is the only self application cream process that has been proven to improve wrinkled skin. Retin A ® and alpha hydroxyl acid creams are two of the most effective treatments for exfoliation and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. More advanced signs of aging may require a clinic-based exfoliation process. Chemical peels or laser treatments can remove deep wrinkles and smooth the skin. As of this writing, there is no proof that lasers work any better than chemical peels; which can be substantially less expensive. The type of chemical peel you receive varies depending on the extent of damage. As the aging process progresses the face loses its fullness resulting in excess skin and fat which sags or hangs (jowls). Sagging skin requires more intervention. Facial sagging and excess skin and fat can best be treated with procedures such as a face lift, eyelid surgery or a mini face lift. While there are several products on the market that promise nonsurgical face lifting, the results do not compare to those generally obtained through surgery. Cosmetic surgery doesn’t have to be scary. You can maintain a natural appearance and look just like yourself only a younger version. The modern facelift can be performed under twilight sedation instead of general anesthesia and in most cases there is minimal discomfort. Many patients

can return to work in a week or two, depending on the extent of work done. Minimally invasive procedures such as eyelid surgery take very little time to undergo and have a quick recovery rate. With any surgery choose your doctor carefully and be sure you have communicated your desired result. Finally, the loss of volume and changes in connective tissue may result in a face that is gaunt or hollow. When this occurs, surgery and laser treatments are useless. However, there are a number of fillers on the market designed to help restore volume to the face. With adequate injections one can improve deep temples, shrunken lips, grooves under the eyes, deep cheek grooves, deep smile lines and the depressions at the corners of the mouth and along the jaw line. There are several types of fillers, each designed to treat a specific condition. Among the most popular treatments are dermal fillers Restylane, Juvederm and Artefill. These treatments do provide many of the same benefits as a face lift, however injections must be repeated and maintained to keep the desired effect. Although not every sign of aging can be prevented, you can slow the process by maintaining a skincare regimen that includes protection from

the sun, exfoliation and hydration. You can also make several lifestyle adjustments including eating a nutritious diet (particularly one that is low in starch), lifting weights, doing aerobic exercise and getting enough rest.

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CALCIUM AND YOU text Stephenie Ward

We tend to hear of calcium issues as

a problem associated with aging in woman starting around age 50; however, you may be surprised to learn that the most crucial time for forming bone mass and disease preventing calcium-related diseases is between the ages of nine and 20. Unfortunately, studies show that most children between these ages are not getting enough calcium. Only 36.3 percent of boys ages 12-19, 13.5 percent of girls ages 12-19 and about half of adult women meet recommended calcium requirements. By the age of 18 for girls and 20 for boys 85 to 90 percent of bone mass is formed. It is crucial that children get enough calcium during these years when they are building and storing bone mass for a lifetime. In addition, between the ages of 35 and 45 our bodies begin to break down bone density (bone mass) faster than we can build it up, further adding to the continued need for adequate calcium in the diet.

Missed opportunities can lead to early onset of osteoporosis, otherwise known as “Little Old Lady Disease,” where bones become weak, brittle and break very easily.

People who don’t exercise or have a small, thin frame are more likely to develop osteoporosis. Those who are Caucasian, Asian, and those who have a family history are also at higher risk. In fact, woman are at four times greater risk than men to have osteoporosis. But the condition can develop much earlier. Teennagers who are drastically underweight from severe dieting and lack of calcium 26 | At Home Tennessee • AUGUST 2011

intake have been found to have the same bone density as a 70-year-old woman. The good news is that in most cases these conditions can be prevented by getting adequate supplies of nutrients and having a healthy lifestyle. With a little planning you can be assured that your bones

stay healthy and that your children’s bones form properly. To make strong bones children from age nine to 18 need 1,300 milligrams (mg) of calcium a day, while people aged 19 to 50 should have 1,000 mg. Calcium intake should increase to 1,200 mg each day between the ages of 51 and 70. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurts and ice cream. Canned fish with bones is also a great source of calcium.

Broccoli, dark-green leafy veggies, cooked dried beans and peas and cottage cheese. Some foods are “calcium fortified,” meaning that calcium is added to a food that does not normally include it. Look for versions of the following foods that are fortified with calcium: breakfast cereal, orange juice, cereal bars, protein drinks, sports bars and frozen waffles. Read the label and nutrition facts panel on food products to know how much calcium they contain. You can also refer to mypyramid. gov for a specific, age-appropriate plan providing a comprehensive list of foods meeting your calcium requirement. Vitamin D should be consumed along with calcium as it allows our bodies to absorb calcium more readily. We get vitamin D from the sun, egg yolks, saltwater fish and liver, fortified dairy products such as cheese, butter, margarine, milk, seafood, fortified cereals, and mushrooms. Often health professionals recommend a 400 International Units (IU) Vitamin D supplement daily for their patients.

It is best to get your calcium by eating calcium-rich foods through your diet, however if you are unable to get them that way, supplements are a good option. They come in capsules, pill form, liquid, fizzies, powder and chewables. It is important to read the label on the package or bottle -- look for supplements that contain both Vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin K is also found in many supplements and it is beneficial as well.

Look for calcium citrate, one of the most easily absorbed forms of calcium that can even be taken on an empty stomach. Another popular calcium supplement is calcium carbonate, however, it may need to be taken with food to avoid bloating and gas. Furthermore, it is not as readily absorbed as calcium citrate by people who take an acid blocker for indigestion, reflux or for other conditions. It is important to limit the amount of calcium intake to no more than 500 mg in a six-hour period and at one time as our bodies can’t digest higher amounts in one dose. Also, it is important to avoid taking calcium at the same time as taking a multivitamin with iron to avoid malabsorption of iron. Steer clear of supplements with oyster shell, bone meal or dolomite; they may contain mercury, lead or other toxic metals. As with any vitamin and mineral supplements it is best to check with your doctor or a dietitian to determine the best supplement for you to take considering your medical circumstances and possible drug interactions.

It is important to incorporate weightbearing exercise for building strong bones. Exercise is considered to be weight-bearing if it puts pressure on the weight of the body causing the bones to strengthen to carry the load. Examples of weight-bearing exercises would include walking, running, tennis, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, many workout classes, dancing, etc. However, before starting any exercise program consult your doctor as to what is appropriate and healthy for you.

Don’t use tobacco if you want to keep your bones healthy -- smoking interferes with the body’s use of calcium . Also limit caffeine-containing foods and beverages, especially colas and coffee. Drink three cups of coffee or two cans of soda per day at most as the caffeine found in these products cause the body to leech calcium.

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No-fuss Vacations: Four Easy Vacation Plans for Tennessee

Looking for a couples’ retreat that will bring you closer to each other? The Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis has what you need. With a history dating back to 1869, the Peabody has been around long enough to perfect Southern hospitality. The hotel has done all of the work for you and created the “Touch of Romance” package which includes one night deluxe accommodations for two, a bottle of champagne and bouquet of fresh flowers, a three-course dinner for two at Chez Philippe—the only Forbes FourStar restaurant in the Mid-South—a half-hour carriage ride through downtown and a Southern-style breakfast buffet for two in Capriccio Grill. All you need to do is make your reservations at or call 1.800.732.2639 and leave the details to the experts. if you are looking for an excuse to cozy up to your significant other, we recommend you try out one of the ghost tours of downtown Memphis from Backbeat Tours (1.800.979.3370). Their two-hour Memphis Ghost Tour explores the eerie legends surrounding some of the oldest buildings like the Orpheum and Ernestine & Hazel’s. Visit for more information. By the end of the night, you will have a good reason to snuggle up to your sweetie. Make your trip to Music City hassle-free by booking a travel package through Their Nashville Attraction package includes plans for lodging, dining and exploring, saving you planning time and money. You’ll get four nights lodging at one of Nashville’s finest resorts like the Gaylord Opryland Hotel with so many shops and restaurants ranging from fast food to fine dining, you may never want to leave the property. The resort even offers babysitting services so Mom and Dad can have some alone time. During the day, the resort’s complimentary shuttle service will transport you to all of the other attractions on your itinerary. Visit the Nashville Zoo, where you can get up close and personal to the three new leopard cubs born there in March. While there you can also take a walk through the well-preserved, 19th-century Grassmere Historic House and Farm, once home to the Croft sisters who donated all of the land on which the zoo now stands to the city of for

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tion of original artwork, furniture and other possessions belonging to the Jackson family. Last but certainly not least is a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Like snapshots of history, the museum’s collection of country music memorabilia chronicles the lives of some of country’s biggest stars. Book online or call 1.800.987.9852. The Gatlinburg Falls Resort is your one-stop-shop for a vacation in the Smokies. This resort offers packages for fun-junkies and romantics alike, or create your own package from their long list of fun-filled attractions. If it’s family fun you’re looking for, try the Smoky Mountain Adventure package which includes six nights in a two-bedroom log cabin and enough tickets for two adults and two children to enjoy a variety of activities including Dollywood, the Dixie Stampede, NASCAR racing, and Ripley’s Aquarium, just to name a few. Fabulous food, spectacular shows and unbelievable await you in Gatlinburg. However, if you’d prefer a bit of solitude, check out the resort’s three-night Romantic Retreat package. Couples will enjoy a private log cabin, candlelight dinner, tickets for Dollywood and the Dixie Stampede and a picnic basket full of goodies. For those who have never visited, Dollywood offers tons of attractions and rides as well as local craft booths and year-round special events. Dining is an unforgettable experience at the Dixie Stampede where you can watch a unique choreographed horse show while savoring a four-course meal. Ripley’s—known for glorifying the weird and unusual—provides some of the most incredible sights you have ever seen, including ten-foot sharks and a spectacular underwater tunnel. The NASCAR Speedpark is home to high-speed races that will get your blood pumping. Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains are teeming with so many attractions, you may start planning your next trip while you are still enjoying the sights. Book today by calling 1.866.972.2246, or visit

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AT HOME WITHTodd Strickland At Home Tennessee: What is a typical day like at the Humane Society? Todd Strickland: For me, a typical day involves any combination of the following elements: talking with donors and potential donors either face-to-face or on the phone about specific projects for which we need support; analyzing our database to determine which supporters are the best fit for those projects; tracking and acknowledging our donors via thank-you notes, memorials and honorariums; working to communicate our needs, accomplishments and news to our community via our database; and keeping up with current events in our community. I try to cultivate personal relationships with many of our donors and make a point to visit with them whenever possible. Several days or nights each week, you will also see me at some community event supporting other local nonprofits, arts organizations and businesses. AHT: How is this job alike or different from past positions you have held? TS: I have worked in fundraising for many years, and I can say simply that fundraising is fundraising. However, raising money for HSMSC is a little different because animals are a universal concern. Previously, I have worked for organizations with a more specific cause where you’d really need an affiliation or a particular loyalty to them, whereas this is more cause-oriented. As far as marketing goes, I do love marketing the organization; it’s very similar to any other nonprofit group in that your community image is critical. Any nonprofit marketing is kind of an art form in itself; you learn 34 | At Home Tennessee • AUGUST 2011

to emphasize media relations and positive public image more as you can’t always afford to advertise. AHT: What drew you to this job? TS: I wanted to do something that

was at the heart of what my passion is, and my passion has always been animals. Growing up we always had at least two pets and at one point we had about 14. My mother would stop on the side of the road and pick up ANYTHING. She showed up at the vet one day in a pink Chanel suit covered in blood, carrying a dog that she picked up on I-55 saying, “Save him.” AHT: When did you first become involved with HSMSC? TS: Back when the Humane Society was on Central Avenue, I found out you could walk dogs there, and I loved that. I would always send honorariums and memorials in honor of both people and pets who passed on, then when our beloved 14-year-old Chopper passed, I got a call from them saying they had received so many donations in memory of him. Since then, I have just gotten to know staff and members of the board through various community events, and here we are today.

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AHT: What is the one thing you wish everyone understood about the Humane Society? TS: We only take in animals who are sick or injured or victims of cruelty or abuse. We, unfortunately, aren’t able to take most animals that members of the community bring to us because we have to focus on what our mission is. Also, it’s a little-known fact that our largest expense is our vet care. Many people assume all of our vet care is donated. And when you are dealing with animals with catastrophic injuries or illnesses, it adds up. AHT: What is the one thing you wish everyone understood about

TS: Animals are not disposable. When you adopt a dog or cat or any animal, you take on a responsibility to that animal to care for him, love him and do what’s best for him for his entire lifetime. Also, I wish spaying/neutering was more commonly accepted in our area and in the South in general. AHT: Tell me about the pets that have enriched your life. TS: When I was little, we had a Rottweiler mix; then when I was 6 or 7, we had a beagle named Molly, and she gave birth to eight puppies, and my mother allowed me to name and keep ALL of them. We also had horses − many, many horses. Later in life, we had Doberman Pinschers, which were, of course, like the pit bulls of our day—the villainized breed with a bad rap. There was a Doberman rescue in Louisiana, and that’s where my mother got Samson. He was the only dog I ever had that actually smiled when I walked in the room. Chopper was my pit bull mix; he was the love of my life and has my heart and always will. He was 14 when he died in our arms at home. We now have Xanadu, a German Shepherd, and Wallace, a GoldenGreat Dane mix, and our 13-year-old cat, Emmy. I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without all of the animals I was surrounded by. AHT: What is the importance of educating people about humane animal treatment? TS: Humane treatment isn’t just about harboring or “owning” an animal; it’s about how you let this animal exist with you and how you love them. It’s more than not abusing your animal; it’s the humanity and companionship of the relationship. Education should start at a young age, and that’s one of our biggest and more important goals. We have to educate the public starting young as to why it’s important to take care of these creatures and why you have a responsibility to your pets. Educating about the importance of spaying/neutering is also a part of our mission.

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AHT: Describe your long-term vision for HSMSC. TS: I would like to get the facility paid for and to get our operational budget to a place where we can be self-sufficient from a medical bill standpoint. I’d like us to have a fund set aside for extreme cases so we can avoid it causing financial strain when these instances do come up. It’s the most important thing we do. We do everything we can to avoid euthanasia, and we do go to great lengths to help animals maintain the best quality of life that’s possible. AHT: What kinds of event opportunities do you have coming up? TS: We have several great fundraisers coming up! First is Shop for a Cause— you can purchase a savings pass from us for $5 to get 25 percent off at Macy’s on Sat., Aug. 27. More info is on our website. We also are looking forward to Rockers for Paws, a live music event featuring several bands on Sun., Sept. 24 (location TBD). The Paw Prints Gala is our flagship event, and it will take place this year on Sat., Oct. 1, at the Memphis Botanic Garden. We’ll also host The Fast & the Furriest 5K at our facility on Sat., Oct. 15.

AHT: Who or what is your inspiration? TS: My mother instilled in me my love for animals and taught me that all humans are basically good. She also told me I should never trust someone who doesn’t like animals.

“We do everything we can to avoid euthanasia, and we do go to great lengths to help animals maintain the best quality of life that’s possible.” -Strickland

AHT: What would be your first choice for another career? TS: I actually have a degree in art; I’d love to be an artist and/or art dealer and have my own gallery on Royal Street in New Orleans. I love painting and I am an artist at heart − I collect books on art and design. 36 | At Home Tennessee • AUGUST 2011

AHT: What do you enjoy most about Memphis? TS: Really, I most enjoy the sense of community. I’m a true Midtowner, and it’s very important to me that this community stays strong and that we support the arts and education. I think the Humane Society can be involved in both of those areas. We bridged the gap into the art community with our first annual art auction, Paws for Art, earlier this year. As Memphians, we need to maintain a strong sense of community, and I think, for the first time in quite some time, we’re getting there.

AHT: Person you’d like to meet in history? TS: If I could spend an afternoon with Doris Day, that would be amazing. She’s one of my most frequent Google searches, firstly because she’s so mysterious and managed to stay out of the limelight for 40 years, and secondly because she is everything I wish we could all be as far as advocating for animal rights. She was kind of a trailblazer for animal rights in the 1950s and 1960s—a time when no one was really doing that—and I’d love to pick her brain and to just spend time with her.

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Bentley Six years old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ALIASES: Top Critter, Mr. Big HOW WE MET: We met at a McDonald’s in Little Rock, AR, where Bentley arrived accompanied by a stuffed bear dressed in a Razorbacks sweater which was quickly replaced with an orange and white Tennessee Vols sweater when we got home. Bentley takes every step I take and sleeps at the foot of my bed. LIKES: Bentley enjoys his early jaunts around the lake where he herds the geese on his morning patrol. His favorite treats include Greenies and dog treats from the drive-through teller at the bank. DISLIKES: The doghouse WHAT I LOVE MOST: He’s a great cuddler and gives good kisses. Bentley is also a great traveler accompanying me on trips to Nashville, Knoxville and Missouri.

Molly Eight years old Old English Sheepdog ALIASES: The Moose HOW WE MET: I discovered Molly halfway between Memphis and Bolivar one night. It was love at first sight. When I saw her she was tiny and looked so sweet just sitting on the curb waiting for me to decide if I was going to take her home. Although still cute, this tiny puppy turned out to be one wild, crazy dog. I used oven mitts to play with her because her puppy teeth were so sharp. That first year she never took naps or got tired. LIKES: A tummy rub, car rides, chasing squirrels, carrots, bones, my dinner, her friend Oscar the Pomeranian DISLIKES: Baths WHAT I LOVE MOST: I love that Molly is always there for me after a long day. I can always count on her to meet me at the door when I come home.

Zeus Two years old Australian Shepard and Golden Retriever mix (Australian Retriever) HOW WE MET: We met through the Lafayette County Animal Shelter in Oxford, MS. He was dropped off there 38 | At Home Tennessee • AUGUST 2011

Riley and Tiff Almost nine years old Lab mixes HOW WE MET: Riley is the black lab mix and she came to us first. Both were adopted – Riley from a friend and Tiff from the Bartlett Animal Shelter. We were looking for a lab to have some fun with. We were rather amused when Riley joined our family and we discovered she has NO interest in chasing a ball or playing. She is rather lazy. The kids REALLY wanted a dog to play with so we went to the shelter and found the most playful dog there – Tiff. When Tiff joined our family magically Riley started chasing tennis balls but not so much because she wants to play as it is to keep Tiff from getting it. LIKES: Tiff likes tennis balls; Riley likes stealing from Tiff. DISLIKES: Riley dislikes anyone to play with, pet or give any attention to Tiff. Tiff does not enjoy car rides WHAT I LOVE MOST: I love that my dogs have such distinct personalities — they are both a bit eccentric, and that they fit perfectly into my family.

Jackson ALIASES: “Pretty Boy” and “Sweet Boy” HOW WE MET: A friend knew I was looking for a dog and texted me his picture from Pet Smart on Winchester Road in Memphis, where the DeSoto (County, MS) Animal Shelter was holding adoptions in December 2009. His former family in Mississippi had to give him up because they were forced to move from their home to an apartment. He was way too precious and sweet not to adopt. LIKES: Any of my seven-year-old son’s stuffed animals, the neighborhood dogs and licking any new guests who come to the house -- especially if he can smell other dogs on them! DISLIKES: He is absolutely terrified of garbage trucks, poor thing.

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Dixie Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ALIASES: Little girl HOW WE MET: She was brought to us by her breeder and we met at a gas station in Arkansas. LIKES: Bacon and any lap she can sit in DISLIKES: Balloons and being left alone WHAT I LOVE MOST: When her sister Callie comes

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hen Kristi and Clay Hair were teenagers growing up in Orlando, they shared the same dream. Both wildlife lovers, they hoped to one day own a farm with all the animals they wanted: after all, says Kristi, “There’s a limit to how many dogs you can have in suburbia.” Fast forward to present day: Kristi and Clay are married now, having stayed together since they were 14 years old. And they’ve finally achieved their dream; better than just a farm, the couple now owns a perfect log cabin that sits on 30 acres of property in Lebanon, TN. The Hairs have turned those acres into four distinct pastures with such a wide variety of animals living there—mini horses, ibex, elk, fallow deer, buffalo and a zebra—it would put Dr.

Doolittle to shame. The jewel of the property, for the Hairs, is their 3,000-square-foot log cabin—smaller than their former Florida home, but, as designers Amber Kinslow and Necole Beene, owners of Rustic Ranch interiors, explain, “Every bit of space is used for their active, nature-loving lifestyle.” The entire Hair family—Kristi, Clay and their three sons, ages 18, 14 and nine—are avid hunters and the home truly pays tribute to the family’s passion. When they first moved into the house less than a year ago the Hairs knew they wanted to decorate with a “very rustic, lodgetype theme,” explains Kristi. Thanks to their hobby they already had numerous animals ready to display in their home, and wanted to ensure that these trophies would be

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top - A sleekly-designed kitchen is the setting for many a family cooking lesson. bottom: The family sitting room displays the home’s perfect balance of rustic design with modern conveniences.

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The Hairs sense of humor and love of practicality take center stage in the home decor.

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The red Texas Lone Star honors the family commitment to good citizenship.

the focal point of any design scheme. When the Hairs began to explore decor options, they stumbled upon Rustic Ranch—at the time located in Goodletsville but now housed in Franklin. The first thing the couple fell in love with, according to Kristi, was a hammered copper dining room table. According to Kinslow and Beene, “When the Hairs were in our old store and fell in love with the table, we realized we had so much to offer them!” The truth of that statement is evident in the decor of the 44 | At Home Tennessee • AUGUST 2011

cabin, which strikes a perfect balance between rustic hunting retreat and state-of-the-art luxury home. Though not an easy combination to pull off, the designers from Rustic Ranch knew it could be done. “The Hair home had to be filled with things that give them a sense of family (like their sleek kitchen perfectly set up to foster family cooking times) and the outdoors,” says Kinslow. “In fact, sometimes it’s hard to find the line where one element ends and the other begins. We just knew they needed a great combination.”

The beauty of the home’s interior comforts is dwarfed only by the magnificence of the property on which it sits and the wildlife found there.

And everything in the home is just that—a mix of comfort and practicality with a taste of the outdoors that the Hairs love so much. The bedding is soft, comfortable and very easy to maintain, while embracing the rustic theme by drawing color inspiration from nature. Also on display in the home is a selection of weaponry used on family hunting outings. Of particular importance is Kristi’s Fred Bear recurve bow. Kristi and Clay are archery hunters, and this particular bow was given to Kristi by her father, who used it when he was in college. A

Kristi Hair proudly displays the bow given to her by her father.

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beautiful piece, it also serves a practical function. Even the outdoor living space—the first element the Hairs added to the home, constructed by Clay himself—shows the balance of modern and rustic. Sleek and modern in design, it allows the family to enjoy traditional pastimes like cooking s’mores over the fire. The Hairs enjoy outdoor living so much that they have installed a hot tub on their patio and plan to add a pool to the deck as well. The artwork in and outside the home is another reflection of the family’s passions. Take, for example, the red star on the exterior of the home. It is the same star as the one found on the Texas flag, yet few people know its true significance. “The five points of the star represent the characteristics of a good citizen,” Beene explains, “fortitude, loyalty, righteousness, prudence and broadmindedness.” Kinslow and Beene felt that the star was perfect for the Hairs and their respect for nature. Though they do hunt for sport, the family eats what they kill—nothing goes to waste. In fact, if the Hairs have hunted more than they can eat at a certain time, they bring the extra meat to an organization called Hunters for the Hungry, which provides those in need with nutritious food. Kristi, Clay and their children value and respect the world around them. Their property and home reflect their passion for nature and facilitate the connection between the family and the great outdoors. According to Kinslow and Beene, the hanging in the home’s living room says it all—in finding the balance between indoors and out; modernity and rusticity; practicality and dream fulfillment; the Hairs have created “their own slice of heaven.”

The home’s color palette took inspiration from the colors of the world just outside its windows.

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The hammered copper dining room table served as inspiration for the entire decorating scheme of the residence.

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The late, blues pianist, Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins is shown after the marker unveiling honored him in his hometown of Belzoni, Mississippi.

Blues artist, Dorothy Moore admires the marker after ceremony honoring her and the Alamo Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi.

Governor Haley Barbour looks on with daughter of blues legend, Chester Arthur Burnett known by most as “Howlin Wolf”, during ceremony in West Point, Mississippi.

Find Your True South in Mississippi, the birthplace of America’s music. Legendary musicians from Mississippi fill a long list. They come from the Delta, where fertile land spreads flat from the river to the horizon, from ramshackle towns no larger than a postage stamp, out of the hills that roll gently into the piney woods and straight to the white sands of the Gulf Coast. Among them are Elvis, country legends Jimmie Rodgers and Charley Pride and blues greats such as Son House, Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf. Many are remembered along the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Country Music Trail, with markers that note their place of birth, where they lived, where they played, or where they’re buried. Visitors have an opportunity to follow the path and learn fascinating stories about the artists and how this unique landscape and culture gave rise to the single most important root source of modern popular music. These sites stem from Tunica along Highway 61, the northern gateway of the blues trail, to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where the American Blues Network (ABN) currently operates daily, promoting blues heritage over the radio airwaves. With the opening of the B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center, the state-of-art center offers an indepth exploration of the birth of the blues. A visit to the museum begins with a 15-minute film about Riley B. King, born 85 years ago in a sharecropper’s cabin in the little commun-

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Beautiful and charged with creativity, the office is an extension of Hughes’ own personal style. Fashion sketches, an antique desk, flowers, a plush couch with monogram pillow and a display of various personal mementos achieve a chic, lady-like look. To free her space of visual clutter the designer placed inspiration boards behind both desks and along one wall. Display boards are a great idea for adding inspiration and motivation to your surroundings. Functionality and organization are key to a great home office. Hughes’ office provides a spacious setting with plenty of room to walk around and areas for several people to work at one time. Desks on either side of the fireplace provide a balanced look in addition to giving the designer a personal work space. For meetings, a table at the center of the room is perfect for going over samples, line sheets and other items of business. The designer keeps organized by hiding everyday clutter in a set of drawers near the back of the room and files in a bookcase. The bookshelf allows easy access to commonly-used files and doesn’t take up a lot of floor space. In addition, Hughes’ colorcoordinated binders keep her shelves looking balanced and neat. 54 | At Home Tennessee • AUGUST 2011

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Transformation “QUALITY is found and TRUST is built when you answer the questions the client doesn’t know to ask”. – Speed text by R.C. Marshall, photography courtesy of John Terry


rom the bygone days when agreements were sealed with a look in the eye and a firm handshake; to today’s legal commitments, lien waivers, and documentation; Steve Blair and Jason Speed, have been delivering the very best in backyard renovations and home improvements around the Mid-South. Blair, President and Founder of Landscape Creations, Inc. (a design-build Landscape firm in Cordova, TN), and Speed, President and Founder of Speed Enterprises, Inc., (a full service contracting company located in Germantown TN), have a shared vision for their clients; unparalleled satisfaction. Experts in their respective fields with a good understanding of all the aspects that a complex project demands, Blair and Speed have teamed up time and time again to meet the needs of the discerning client by insuring that each project is completed not only with exceptional attention to detail and creativity, but also done so with a level of integrity, honesty, and trust not always prevalent in their industry. “As the Speed Enterprises, Inc. logo states, I am in the business of ‘Building - Trusted – Relationships’”, says Speed, “therefore I am not just building structures for my clients but lifelong relationships with them as well.” Like any renovation for the home or yard, Blair and Speed understand that a comprehensive master plan that conveys the ‘big picture’ while still giving ‘attention to detail’ is needed to ensure that all components of the improvement process are included. For over two decades, Blair and Speed have worked

together to not only capture the dreams of their clients but also of their own corporate offices and personal homes. During the early stages of many large-scale outdoor environments that involve creative and complex structures, Blair and Speed will collaborate with regard to the project’s creative design, structural functionality, and overall layout. “Fulfilling the uncompromised expectations of our customers is our primary goal, regardless of the size or scope of the project.,” says Blair Homeowners, Bryan and Kira Bailey, first contacted Landscape Creations, Inc. with a desire to renovate their backyard into their own outdoor living ‘destination’. Their request might have sounded simple at first; “a screened outdoor room, a fireplace, grilling area, and hot tub,” until they added, “and we want to keep our trees”. Upon looking at the site, it became obvious that the solution would involve more creativity and experienced teamwork than most projects due to several complicating factors. This project had several unique challenges such as access to the site, roof and site drainage, existing roof slopes, and the ‘keeper’ tree placements, that would demand special design, engineering, and consideration. From the early structural renderings in the field by Speed and plant-scape layout by the design professional at Landscape Creations, to the fine-tuning, contract execution, and oversight by Blair of the master development plan, this project was destined to deliver exactly what the homeowner wanted not only in spite of the challenges but also in celebration of them. The access and drainage issues were solved, existing roof slopes were modified to accommodate the needs

of the new porch roof with it’s 12’ x 16’ viewing skylight, and the trees were incorporated into the cedar deck and rough sawn cedar super--structure. As the master plan was implemented, one could see that when the talents, experience, and creativity of these professionals are combined, the client wins. In the end, Bryan and Kira Bailey received just what they wanted; a new custom cypress ‘board and batten’ fence and gates, stone fireplace and grilling station, cedar deck, hottub and arbor, screened outdoor room, new Pella windows and doors from the main residence, newly painted exterior, new pre-finished gutters, and a stone patio, all installed and professionally landscaped and irrigated according to the master plan. “The secret to any great transformation is starting with an experienced team you can trust your dreams with,” says Speed

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We’re nothing if not colorful – full of true Delta characters and fascinating places to visit. You’ll find a hotel where blues empress Bessie Smith died and John F. Kennedy, Jr. stayed, and food that ranges from casual tamale and barbeque cafes to a restaurant owned and frequented by Morgan Freeman. The crossroads that we’re known for becomes the perfect combination of culture and quirky with a heavy dose of the blues. Cross on over and find out for yourself.

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in bloom: Hybrid Summer Phlox photography courtesy of: Chris Cosby, Greenhouse Manager, Memphis Botanic Garden

Summer Phlox (Phlox paniculata) has long been a perennial staple in the summer garden. It typically grows tall, anywhere from three to five feet, blooms in July and then – much to our dismay – it succumbs to powdery mildew fungal disease. One of the most highly touted of the standard varieties is “David,” a beautiful white cultivar. Also popular is its offspring, “David’s Lavender.” They are consistently ranked among the most mildew-resistant varieties. Because it is prone to disease and it needs staking, this tall perennial has seen its popularity wane over the years. However, good hybridizing and breeding are bringing an array of fantastic new hybrids that 64 | At Home Tennessee • AUGUST 2011

tout wonderful characteristics. The new hybrids have a long blooming period from July through the end of summer. They are also self-cleaning, which means that no deadheading is required because as old flowers fade and wither away new ones continue to open up. They also have a shorter, stockier growth habit growing to just 16 inches tall and 20 inches wide, with numerous colors available to choose from. Because of their long blooming habit and shorter height, they can be used in the foreground of a planting bed or even in containers. Another wonderful characteristic of these new hybrids: mildew resistance.

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For best performance, plant summer phlox in a site that enjoys full-sun to partial shade and in moist but well-drained soil. A good two- to three-inch layer of a fine mulch around these perennials will help retain soil moisture and reduce the incident of weeds. Apply liquid feed or an all-purpose fertilizer the first growing season while plants are getting established. Be sure to follow label directions. At season’s end, a good maintenance tip is to cut off dead flower heads and stalks. AUGUST 2011 • | 65


Stage A Grass Revolution How to renovate a cool season turfgrass text Andrew Pulte and Dr. Tom Samples

Fescue: One Cool Cat

First, the bad news: there really isn’t a grass perfectly suited for the climate in Tennessee. Tall Fescue, one of the most well known cool season species in Tennessee is native to southern Europe where summers are warm and dry compared to other regions of the continent. In the southeastern United States, this coolseason turfgrass grows best in spring and fall when air temperatures range from 60 to 75F. This translates into nice turf in the spring and fall, and stressed turf in the heat and humidity of summer. If our state’s sizzling summer temperatures have left your fescue lawn looking burned out, it may be time for a total turf renovation.

Turfgrass Casualties

Sooner or later, disease, insects, hot weather and drought severely damage a Tall Fescue lawn. For example, each spring, Rhizoctonia fungi are responsible for large patches of injured plants. White grubs, the larvae of scarab beetles, feed on roots or lift plants from soil. Direct high temperature kill occurs during summer when leaf temperatures reach 100F or more and during summer droughts dry soil doesn’t provide enough water for thirsty fescue. Weak turf

often leads to the invasion of weeds. Many gardeners consider bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) the most serious problem weed in a Tall Fescue lawn. Controlling grassy weeds among desirable grasses is often very challenging.

Timing is everything

For best results, plant Tall Fescue seed in late summer or early fall. Seedlings emerging from soils at this time usually encounter cool, moist weather. Late summer or early fall planting provides an opportunity for plants to develop and mature in advance of high temperature, drought stresses and crabgrass competition the following summer.

Starting Over: Preparing to Plant First on the list of things to do is create a clean

slate by applying a non-selective herbicide like glyphosate or Roundup 4L. By chemically removing existing plant material you insure against the majority of invader weed species. This is often emotionally difficult because some areas of the lawn may still look relatively strong. However, when you kill everything at once, the age of turfgrasses in your new lawn will be consistent. Different varieties of Tall Fescue may have slight differences in color and leaf blade width. Adding new and different in with old and established can cause frustrating variations in the look of your lawn. Often, several applications spaced a few weeks apart are re-

A great yard in the spring is often a result of the preparations we make in the fall.

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If you are happy with the overall appearance of your lawn but would just like to thicken it up, consider inter-seeding with an improved, turf-type Tall Fescue variety or blend at a rate of 5-6 pounds of seed per 1000 square feet. Apply fertilizer and water liberally for the first three weeks. Avoid mowing until seedlings reaches an average height of 4 inches. Rolling. Rolling the newly-renovated lawn immediately after planting helps firm seeds to soil. A pull-type, water-ballast roller usually works very well. Mowing. Mowing the lawn at a cutting height of 1 3/4 to 2 inches and collecting clippings immediately before broadcasting seed usually improves seed contact with soil. Your new fescue lawn should be maintained no shorter then 2 1/2 inches.

If your cool season turfgrass no longer looks its best, use the end of this month to begin preparing for a total turf renovation.

ion. Always wait seven days after applying glyphosate before you plant seed. This allows sufficient time for the herbicide to be absorbed by weeds. Following the herbicide application, plant seeds through the dead vegetation and into soil.

Choosing your variety

Renovation provides an opportunity to update an existing lawn by introducing a new variety or varieties. Improved, turf-type Tall Fescue is generally darker green, finer textured, leafier and more resistant to disease than forage types and makes a great upgrade from old, familiar Kentucky 31 fescue. An added bonus, new varieties have been specifically bred for attractiveness, persistence, disease resistance and overall performance.

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Seed contact with soil is critically important when planting. Loosen soil in small patches with a hand rake before seeding, but for larger areas, rent power equipment to temporarily “open” turf before broadcast seeding. When renovating Tall Fescue, plan to use five to eight pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet. And it’s a good idea to add a general starter fertilizer at the time of seeding to jump-start developing lawngrasses.

Getting off to a good start.

Water, water, water…. irrigation should begin soon after planting. Keep the top two inches of soil moist for at least three weeks after planting. Two to three light (e.g., 1/16inch), daily applications of water are better than fewer soaking irrigations each week. After three to four weeks, begin applying more water less often (e.g., 1/3-inch of water per irrigation and three irrigations per week) to encourage deep rooting. Eventually, water the renovated turf only as needed to maintain plant growth and prevent drought. Soils containing clay hold more water than sandy soils and require less frequent irrigation. When seedlings have reached approximately four inches in height it’s time to mow your new lawn.

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-says Carolyn Denton, Executive Director of the Fayetteville Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.

STAY If a quiet setting and a restored 1890s farmhouse sound like heaven, Green Haven Creek Bed & Breakfast should be on your list of places to stay. Located approximately nine miles from Interstate 65, innkeepers Jerry and Lynn Kronk offer afternoon tea, dinner and other amenities too numerous to mention. Green Haven Creek Bed & Breakfast, 269 Hughey Rd., Fayetteville, 931.732.4942. When Candy Richard purchased the only gasoline station in Mulberry in 1987, "the house came with it," she

says. Twenty plus years later, a stay at Mulberry House Bed & Breakfast comes complete with guided horse and buggy tours and a collection of stories from the older people of the county, via Richard, whose contagious laugh completes the tales she tells. Richard's father, who passed away in June at age 97, was a retired general manager of Jack Daniels Distillery in nearby Lynchburg. Tour the countryside in a carriage drawn by Honey and Belle or take a tour of Lynchburg. "If a hobby can pay for itself, it’s worth it," Richard's C & R Buggy Tours partner Woody Bedford says. Mulberry House Bed & Break-

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The Harness Race, Lincoln County Fair fast, 8 Old Lynchburg Hwy., Mulberry, 931.433.8461.


Camping, canoeing and fishing along the Elk River are easy with help from the folks at Elk River Canoe Rental, 190 Smithland Rd., Kelso off Hwy. 64, 931.937.6886 or Kelso Canoe Rental, 2167 Winchester Hwy., 931.438.4402. Take pleasure in peaceful views of the pastoral Elk River where a lazy afternoon can erase the stressful work week. Excellent trout fishing may be found on the upper stretch of the Elk and the deeper pools are home to smallmouth bass. Familyfriendly recreation along the

Elk's southwesterly trek to the Tennessee River takes you through wooded hills and farmland. TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency) releases rainbow trout in the waters and the native brown trout may also be found. Craig Game Preserve at 60 Craig Rd. is a 900-acre farm with habitat dedicated to quail, pheasant, turkey and white-tailed deer hunting. By day, enjoy enjoy skeet shooting, canoeing, coyote hunting, four-wheeling, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and barbequing. As the sun begins to set, make your way to the comfort of the lodge for a cozy

night's stay. Make a reservation by calling 931.703.4254. Homes dating back to the early 1800s are featured in Historic Home Walking Tours along Mulberry Avenue, Elk and Washington Streets. Selfguided tour maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, 208 South Elk Ave., 931.433.1234. Many years following the closure of the Borden Milk Plant in 1967, the 33,000-square-foot structure became home to the Lincoln County Museum, 521 Main Ave. S. Restored by volunteer efforts and with local funding, the museum

showcases Native American artifacts, fossils and the evolution of agricultural life in Lincoln County and is home to the second largest agricultural implement display in the state. The facilities also include meeting space for local civic organizations. For 20 years, the Carriage House Players have made the museum home bringing live performances to the downtown area. Find fresh Tennessee produce at the Fayetteville Farmer's Market, Lincoln Avenue South, next to the museum, in season, April - October open 6 a.m. daily.

Classy and retro, the Lincoln Theatre features the latest releases in a sidewalk venue just like movie-going used to be. Stroll the streets for an afternoon of shopping and take in a blast of a/c while enjoying the latest flick in downtown Fayetteville's centerpiece, the historic Lincoln Theatre. (Don't forget the popcorn.) At Prichard's Distillery in Kelso watch the process of making rum and take a tour of the business, located in an old schoolhouse. Try a sip of their best seller, "Sweet Lucy," or discover your own favorite. Open Monday - Saturday,

call 931.433.5454 for information or visit prichardsdistllery. com.

EAT Jailhouse rations never tasted this good! Savor a unique dining experience "behind bars" in this authentic turnof-the-century jail, now home to Cahoots Restaurant, 114 West Market St. where you can enjoy lunch or dinner complemented by your favorite cocktail, beer or wine. We heard the ribeye sandwich is tops for lunch! Need more info? Call Cahoots, 931.433.1173, to plan a fun chow time in the pokey. Experience a century-old atmosphere on the square in

Fayetteville where modernday fare is served daily at O'Houlihan's, 101 Market St. Located in what was once a grocery store, O'Houlihan's menu includes sandwiches, chicken salad and fruit tea. Grab a bite and be sure to browse their gift shop. Call 931.433.0557 for more about this cool place to eat. Famous for its slaw burger, Fayetteville's legendary Ken's Fast Food has been home to the Southern favorite since the 1950s. A special recipe, mustard-based slaw, locals tell us, is the perfect accompaniment to hamburgers and hot dogs. Try a slaw burger at Ken's, 505 College St. W.

SHOP Everything is personal at Kaitlyn's Loft where the latest in Vera Bradley, Yellowbox, Beatriz Ball and more can be found, monogrammed and/ or engraved. The store’s other locations are in Nashville and Huntsville, but customers enjoy quality shopping and the slower pace of the Fayetteville boutique. Open MondaySaturday, find more information at, located at the corner of North Main Avenue and College Street. Support starving artists and inspire guests to your home or office with a treasure from Dragonfly Gallery & Design. Located at 125 Main Ave. S., Dragonfly Gallery features original artwork from regional artists on the square in Fayetteville. Open Wednesday - Saturday, 931.433.3024. An antique lover's paradise, downtown Fayetteville is home to several antique shops including His and Hers Antiques, Touch of Glass and Magnolia Mall, bringing a plethora of dealers together under one roof. See what treasures your ramblings around town may turn up when you hunt for antiques in Lincoln County.

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The Courthouse Clock Tower

In its 107th year, the Lincoln County Fair begins each year the second weekend after Labor Day. Experience local flavor as you stroll through modern agricultural and livestock exhibits. Then grab your seat and take a whirl! Enjoy carnival rides, a demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls, horse, mule and miniature racing and Tennessee's only harness racing to the tunes of top-name entertainment draws. Slated for Sept. 10-17, performers this year include Steel Magnolia and Colt Ford. See a complete schedule of events when you visit

LIVE Other communities of Lincoln County include Brookwood, Elora, Flintville, Kelso, Mulberry, Park City, Sunnyvale, and Taft. Fayetteville's downtown area has been part of the National Main Street project for 21 years. The area surrounding the square and stretching one block out in all directions harkens back to America’s past with a working hardware store, a locally-owned drug store, men's and women's apparel shops, a bookstore, bridal shop, grocery, post office, banks, florists, antiques shops, restaurants and churches. Feeling stuck inside with nothing to do? Get off the couch and take a dive into the City of Fayetteville's Olympic-sized swimming pool or aim for fun when you test your skills at the gun range. Participate in one of several athletic programs for youth and adults or take the children to the city playground. Call 931.433.6059 for details on how to best spend an afternoon of fun without spending a lot of cash. The Poe Development at Riverbend Farm offers home sites from five to 13 acres in size, many with river frontage on the Elk. Riverbend Equestrian Center adds boarding, training and lessons to the amenities included, as well as river and lake access and walking and riding trails covering 175 acres. The Patrick Wellness Center, an indoor health club operated by the Lincoln Regional Hospital, offers a total wellness program customized for individual needs through use of an indoor pool, weight machines and free weights. Whatever your passion for living, whether along the banks of a quiet, secluded river or a in historically beautiful small-town setting, find matchless peace in friendly Lincoln County.

A retracing of a portion of the Trail of Tears is planned by First Nations People, organized by Deborah Capino, Oct. 29. "More than 650 Native American Indians walked through Tennessee and 24 are buried alongside present-day Highway 64," Capino says. Capino, who is of Cherokee, Chotaw, Apache and Chiricahua descent, hopes to make people aware of the Native American history along the highway's route in Southern Tennessee. She may be reached by calling 931.937.4644.

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Grand Krewe Queens - standing : Ally Luciano, Carolyn Nespoli, Marta Vinzant, Melanie Woodall, Suzanne Shelton, Sharon Fewell & Barbara Bentley seated: Allison Morrison & Ruthie Hagan Layman

King John Dobbs & Queen Kate Orgill Smith

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Royal Order of Scarabs with King John Dobbs & Queen Kate Orgill Smith. Front row: Ben Leatherman, Shelton Hollis, Queen Kate Orgill Smith, Jeffrey Webb & Colby Caruthers Standing: Malcolm Wood, Grant Hopkins, King John Dobbs, Rob Pitts & Carl Krausnick

Mary Lee & Jess Wesberry

Inaugural Carnival Community Service Awards honored Carol Prentiss with the Noreen Cathey Mallory Award. President Jess Wesberry, M.D., Nancy Williams, Queen Kate Orgill Smith & King John Dobbs


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Carnival Week

Carnival Memphis featured yet another memorable and celebratory week to continue and honor the rich tradition of Carnival Memphis, which was founded in 1931. The 2011 Carnival season marked the 80th Anniversary of Carnival Memphis. Events such as the elegant Crown & Sceptre Ball, Business & Industry Salute Luncheon, and Princess Ball were enjoyed by all. This year’s royalty, Queen of Carnival Kate Orgill Smith and King of Carnival John Hull Dobbs, Jr., along with President Jess Wesberry, Jr. M.D., the Carnival Princesses and member s of the Grand Krewes, helped raise $180,000 to benefit the Carnival Memphis Children’s Charity Initiative. Since 1999, Carnival has raised more than $1.3 million for local charities.

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Chantal Johnson with Carl & Trish Ring

Carmen Bond & Chantal Johnson

Cathy Adams, Ann Langston & Gaye Henderson

Photography by Baxter Buck & Whitney NcNeill

La Fête Forain Opening Gala The Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis hosted national and international dignitaries and the Forain Family at the opening weekend celebration for the Dixon’s historic summer exhibition, Jean-Louis Forain: La Comédie Parisienne. An Opening Gala was held Saturday, June 25, featuring cuisine by Jose Gutierrez and entertainment by the Pat Patrick Orchesta. The Dixon is the only American venue for the seminal retrospective of French painter and graphic artist Jean-Louis Forain, essential member of the Impressionist circle, protégé of Edgar Degas, and mentor to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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The Honorable Pascal Le Deunff, Consulate General to France, & Diana Le Deunff, Florence Valdes-Forain, Priscilla Presley, Barbara Williamson, Erin Riordan & Kevin Sharp

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Chantal & Jeff Johnson

Priscilla Presley, Dabney Coors & Suzanne Mallory

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Griffin Elkington, Morgan Tate & Eddie Kircher

Mason & Jane Ezzell

JoCathy Elkington & Courtney Goodall

Memphis 2011 Home Showcase Jeff McEvoy, Amy Howard & Emily McEvoy

Bonnie, Lindsey & Marc Belz

The 2011 Memphis Home Showcase featured a three-week showcase of the Bocage Community, which is a nine-lot gated community with stunning custom built homes located in the heart of East Memphis. A Sip ‘n See Preview Party, held July 15th, provided guests the opportunity to enjoy a private tour with the homes’ architect, builders and interior designers. Proceeds from the festivities benefited the American Cancer Society.

Mona Sappenfield & Susan Macchiarella

Story and photography by Lesley Harris Colvett

Methodist Hospice Residence Opening Party

Kevin Kuhns, Sara Hall & Ken McCown

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Pam & Morgan McBride with Kathleen & Sally Aldrich

Memphians enjoyed a special art show and a first-hand look at the beautiful new Methodist Hospice Residence, located in East Memphis, at an evening Art Event held July 21st. Guests were given the opportunity to sponsor the many pieces of amazing, original artwork that is hanging throughout the residence.

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FRUIT PUNCH Ingredients 2 pints strawberries, hulled 3 cups sugar 1 48-ounce can pineapple juice 2 6-ounce cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 2 6-ounce cans frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 1 liter bottle lemon-lime soda 3 cups water

BACON AND TOMATO CANAPÉ Ingredients: 1 cup mayonnaise ½ cup cooked and crumbled bacon ¼ cup chopped green onions Cavender’s seasoning to taste 10 slices of white or wheat bread Cherry tomatoes Directions: Mix the first four ingredients together and set aside. With a small round cookie cutter, cut the bread slices in four rounds each. Spread mixture on each round and top with a slice of a cherry tomato.

Directions Combine the orange juice, lemonade and pineapple juice and stir well. Bring 3 cups water and sugar to a boil in a heavy sauce pan and boil until sugar is dissolved, about five minutes. Let cool. Add the syrup to the fruit juices. Place the whole strawberries into a ring mold. Pour in enough of the syrup/ fruit juice mixture to fill the mold. Freeze. Refrigerate the remaining mixture. When ready to serve, pour the fruit juice into a punch bowl and add the soda. Float the strawberry ice ring in the punch. (approx. 20 servings)

CAMPARI-ORANGE POPS INGREDIENTS: 1/3 cup sugar 1 3/4 cups fresh orange juice 1/3 cup Campari 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice Directions: Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Transfer syrup to a medium pitcher; chill until cold, about one hour. Stir all remaining ingredients into syrup. Divide among molds. Cover; insert ice-pop sticks. Freeze until firm. Dip bottoms of molds into hot water for 20-30 seconds to loosen pops. Remove pops from molds and serve.

TOMATO AND BLACK BEAN SALSA Ingredients: 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained 4 cups diced tomato 1 medium red bell pepper, diced 1 medium red onion, diced 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/3 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice 1/4 cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshlyground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin Directions: Combine ingredients in large mixing bowl and serve with tortilla chips (makes 8 cups) *Recipe taken from QuickFix Southern by Rebecca Lang

(makes 8 to 10) Recipe taken from Bon Appétit

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BEERITA Ingredients: 2 - 12 oz. cans beer ( use a light beer or Corona ) 8 oz. tequila 2 oz. fresh orange juice 1 can frozen limeade concentrate 8 wedges lime 1/2 cup salt Directions: Slowly pour beer over the ice. It will foam up so a slow pour is essential. Add tequila, orange juice and frozen limeade. Stir well to blend all ingredients.

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Pour salt out onto a small plate; take a lime wedge and rub it around the rim of a glass. Dip glass upside down into the salt plate to coat the rim. Fill glass with Beerita and enjoy! GAZPACHO Ingredients: 1 cucumber, halved and seeded but not peeled 2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded 4 plum tomatoes 1 red onion 3 garlic cloves, minced 23 ounces tomato juice 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1/4 cup good olive oil 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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Directions: Roughly chop the cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes and red onions into 1-inch cubes. Put each vegetable separately into a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until it is coarsely chopped. After all vegetables are processed, combine them in a large bowl and add the garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well and chill before serving. The longer gazpacho sits, the more the flavors develop

NEELY'S LEMON PASTA SALAD Ingredients: Salt 1 pound corkscrew pasta 1 pound asparagus 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Freshly-ground black pepper 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup freshly-chopped dill leaves 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted 7 ounces crumbled feta cheese Directions: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and rinse. Set aside. In another large pot of boiling salted water, add the asparagus and blanch until bright green and slightly tender, about three minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or a spider skimmer and shock in icy cold water. Remove from the water and dry well. Trim the ends of the asparagus and cut into bite-size pieces on the bias. Whisk together the mustard, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Combine the reserved asparagus and pasta in a large serving bowl. Add the tomatoes, dill, peas, feta and the mustard dressing. Toss with tongs to coat the salad well. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed. MINI KEY LIME TARTS Ingredients: 4 egg yolks 1/2 cup key lime juice 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 4-ounce package mini graham cracker pie crusts (6 crusts) Directions: Preheat oven to 350 Combine the egg yolks, lime juice, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla together in a medium mixing bowl. Pour the filling into the pie crusts. Bake for seven minutes (serves 6) Recipe taken from Quick-fix Southern by Rebecca Lang

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Literally located in a ‘hole-in-the-wall’ in the famous Ernestine and Hazel's, Five Spot might be the smallest restaurant in the world – at least the smallest in Memphis for sure. In the 100-year-old downtown building, the kitchen of Ernestine and Hazel’s was transformed to the quaint, simple restaurant. The place has about four tables and access to an open courtyard – weather permitting. There is also a small bar with an open kitchen. The menu includes pasta entrees, beef tenderloin, and a NY strip, but the most popular dish is the herb-crusted grouper. And bring your own wine or liquor to compliment your meal. For your entertainment, Earnestine and Hazel’s now offers personal ghost tours of the building. The jukebox is just one of the things believed to be haunted. Call ahead to book a tour. Five Spot, located directly behind Ernestine and Hazel’s, is open Tuesday-Thursday 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. 531 South Main, Memphis 901.523.9754

Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken

This cozy, friendly, small restaurant can be found near the airport in Memphis and has gained notoriety for its fried chicken. Featured on the Food Network’s Best Thing I ever Ate and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri, Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken opened in 2001 and since then has been serving up its famous fried chicken to locals and tourists. This atmosphere is homely and the food is to die for. Fried chicken rules the roost at Uncle Lou’s, but don’t miss their other speciality, the monster burger. And you must try the fried pickle spears breaded in the same batter as the fried chicken and the tasty “corrupted” carrots. Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken is open Monday-Thursday 11:00am-8:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m.6:00 p.m. 3633 Millbranch Road, Memphis 901.332.2367

Eat Well Sushi and Grill

Located in the Wolfchase area, Eat Well Sushi and Grill is an upscale, modern Japanese buffet. The atmosphere is quiet and romantic and the decor is anchored by a

1,500-gallon aquarium filled with beautiful tropical fish. Thanks to their skilled sushi chef, Eat Well offers a vast and fresh sushi buffet sure to please everyone’s palate and the full-service bar provides a wide variety of wine, beer and specialty cocktails. At this culinary gem, their goal is for diners to come as guests and leave as friends. Eat Well Sushi and Grill is open Sunday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. 2965 N. Germantown, Memphis 901.3888178

NASHVILLE The Family Wash

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, The Family Wash, located in east Nashville,

takes its name from the laundromat that originally occupied the building. The eclectic, small eatery is donned with knick-knacks and Christmas lights, but there is also a gallery vibe as they feature a different artist’s work each month.Comfort food like chicken pot pie, meatloaf and macaroni and cheese is the name of the game at The Family Wash; their shepherd’s pie has been written about internationally. Everything is made from scratch daily including the crave-worthy desserts. But besides the great food, customers come for the “hole-in-thewall” atmosphere and live music -- top Nashville musicians perform nightly. The Family Wash is open Tuesday-Saturday 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. 2038 Greenwood Avenue, Nashville, 615.226.6070

Southern Bred

The goal of the east Nashville restaurant Southern Bred is sophisticated, southern cuisine and they accomplish this feat with delicious, made-from-scratch, traditional recipes that are just like your grandmother’s. It’s not typical meat and three home cooking even though their specialties include fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, and made-to-order chicken and dumplings; it’s truly gourmet. “It’s really a labor of love,” says owner Sharon Johnson. And what a labor it is: The menu not only includes 17 fresh vegetables and desserts made from scratch, but they also make their own bread everyday – from biscuits and muffins to cinnamon rolls on the weekends. A hidden neighborhood gem since 2008, Southern Bred is open Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm, TuesdayFriday 11:00a.m.-8:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00a.m.-8:00 p.m. 1048 East Trinity Lane, Nashville 615.262.1717

CHATTANOOGA Bea’s Restaurant

This old-fashioned, family-owned establishment first opened in May 1950 by Bill and Beatrice Steele in the East Lake neighborhood of Chattanooga – right on the state line. Bea’s still occupies the same “hole-in-the-wall” casual setting and serves up some of the world’s best fried chicken. The restaurant features lazy-susan style tables and dishes out its country

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The Terminal Brewhouse

Next to the Chattanooga Choo Choo, The Terminal Brewhouse is a neighborhood restaurant and brewery with a local, comfortable atmosphere and a unique fresh menu. The establishment opened in January 2009 in an old building where modern and classic design elements meld perfectly. Local art enhances the “neighborhood hang-out” vibe. Along with a variety of house-brewed craft beers, The Terminal uses local produce to serve up gourmet pub grub such as the bison burger and the carnivore stuffed sandwich. The most talked-about menu items are the pepper smashed steak, the macho man sandwich, and the house-made wild and crazy mushroom soup. But it’s definitely the beer that takes center stage at The Terminal. Many of the food items

are prepared with beer and others are on the menu because they pair so well with the variety of brews sold exclusively at the restaurant. The Terminal is open Monday-Sunday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. No. 6 14th Street, Chattanooga 432.752.8090

including steak frites, mussels prepared five different ways, iron skillet escargots and a delicious braised lamb shank – as well as a French country brunch. Their wide variety of Belgian beers and extensive wine list make the bar somewhat of a “hot spot” in the area. There is also a small outdoor patio. Northshore is a culinary gem where diners feel like they are in Paris – it’s truly the whole experience here with the atmosphere and focus on the food. Northshore Brasserie is open Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 9430 S. Northshore Drive, Suite 107, Knoxville 865.539.5188

KNOXVILLE King Tut Grill

Off the beaten path in south Knoxville sits the Middle Eastern restaurant King Tut Grill. With about 10 tables, the establishment claims to offer “the best Greek salad in Knoxville.” Funky décor as such disco balls, loud signs and Christmas lights adorn the walls and the owner hands out musical instruments at every table while also performing magic tricks. It’s truly a fun and entertaining experience with delicious food. And don’t forget to bring your own alcohol to accompany your meal. Customers definitely make the drive for King Tut Grill which is open every day 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. 4132 Martin Mill Pike, Knoxville 865.573.6021

SMYRNA Breaking Bread

Located in the small historical area of downtown Smyrna, Breaking Bread is just the spot if you’re craving a delicious meat and three. This hidden gem is a casual establishment with red and white checkered table cloths and a cafeteria-style setting. The menu changes daily and the most talked about dishes are the chicken and dressing, turnip greens and meatloaf. Owner Andrea Corke says, “we guarantee that if you come once, you will come back again.” This “off-the-beaten-path” restaurant is open Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 119 Front Street, Smyrna 615.220.1231

Northshore Brasserie

Located in west Knoxville, Northshore Brasserie is the only true traditional French-style brasserie in the area. The casual, lively establishment specializes in French/Belgian cuisine with specialties Theodore Robinson (American, 1852–1896), The Lane, ca. 1893–1895, oil on canvas, High Museum of Art, gift of Miss Mary E. Haverty for the J. J. Haverty Collection, 65.47

cooking family style – you never know who you might be sitting with. Everything is made from scratch daily, including the fresh corn muffins, and there is a specific fixed menu that changes each day of the week. Bea’s Southern staples have been made from the same family recipes for six decades; fill your plate and you’ll truly feel like you are at your grandmother’s house. The restaurant is open Wednesday-Sunday 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. 4500 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga 423.867.3618

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Revolution July 16 – October 9

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The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation

Community Partners: ArtsMemphis, Hyde Family Foundations, Tennessee Arts Commission, The Jeniam Foundation, and AutoZone

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come from a long line of joiners; my grandmother, who is 93, still belongs to clubs she joined over 50 years ago. My earliest memories include going with her to club meetings and visiting with her friends. Back in the days when most clubs met in the morning, the members would all arrive bringing covered dishes for the ladies’ luncheon. It was a point of pride to bring a dish that was “theirs.” Miss Vinyard’s Coconut Cake, Jane Ann’s Chicken and Dressing, Cousin Edna’s Layered Salad; they each brought a signature dish in a special basket or in Tupperware and they fussed over all the food and recited recipes to one another as they ate. I have never since tasted so many ways to use Jello. My mother still tells stories about growing up under the watchful eye of the Christianburg Ladies Bridge Club. They held monthly evening club meetings that no one wanted to miss; there was too much gossip at stake. When my mother hosted the group at our home, the silver flower bowl was always filled with freshly cut roses from the yard and a set of special hand embroidered towels placed in the bathroom along with little, fancy flowershaped soaps to adorn the sink. If the club met during the summer, my grandmother picked the best vegetables from her kitchen garden and turned them into chilled aspics and fancy ribbon sandwiches. At each seat sat a small nut cup and a tiny basket of sugared mints. “Party Flourishes,” my grandmother called the treats. About an hour before the ladies arrived, my grandfather left. No one ever knew where he hid, but he would not run the risk of meeting an early arrival. The Bridge Club was a semi-formal occasion; the ladies always arrived dressed to kill. There was no such thing as pants for ladies back then. Sunday dresses were de rigueur with pantyhose and high heels, fur stoles at even a hint of chill, and oh,

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the perfume! Taboo, Joy, Evening In Paris, the women all smelled like boxed gift sets from the Tinsley Bible Drugstore. By now, three card tables were set up in the front parlor, each with a deck of playing cards, a score pad and, at each place, a fancy little bridge tally with a tassel and an ash tray shaped like a heart, club, diamond or spade. After all the guests arrived the game started and even though the ladies were serious players, they managed to talk and gossip as they bid. Most of them smoked and soon the parlor seemed as smoggy as a pool hall. At the break, it was time for refreshments and that’s the part my mother loved best. Decked out in her fancy Sunday dress complete with wide satin sash, she would carefully carry flat saucer-shaped cups filled with percolated coffee to each of the ladies and bring each of them a slice of dessert. Most of them said, “Oh, I shouldn’t,” but they all did. After the game was over, hostess prizes were awarded and everyone went home. My grandfather would magically appear after the last lady left, finish up the dessert and then everyone would go to bed, worn out from all the excitement. Gone are the days of dressing up in hose and heels for club meetings with friends. These days, cobbling out an evening to play anything with 12 ladies once a month seems nearly as improbable as offering them aspic and coffee instead of chips and margaritas. Most of the old recipes have faded away as tastes have changed and people have grown too busy to be bothered. But there are recipes from earlier times that, while old-fashioned, are easy, delicious and worth rescuing from the past. For a simple summer club meeting or gathering of female friends bring out ribbon sandwiches. All sorts of fillings can be combined and leftover spreads are great for dips too. Here are two of my favorites but pimento cheese, chicken salad, and cucumber and cream cheese are also quite satisfying.

Ribbon Sandwiches Serves 10-12 people Note: Allow three ribbon sandwiches per person. You will need 1 pound of bread for every 2-3 cups of filling. I use a mixture of dense white bread and whole wheat bread. Trim all crusts from bread and in stacks of three cut in half for “ribbons.” Spread one side with spread of choice, top with another slice of bread, spread with next choice to create layered “ribbon” look. Vegetable Spread 1 large ripe tomato 1 cucumber, seeded 1 bell pepper, seeded ½ small onion 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 ½ packages plain gelatin juice of one lemon 1 cup mayonnaise 1 ½ teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon paprika Grind vegetables in food processor. Place vegetables in colander resting over a saucepan. Sprinkle with salt and lemon juice. Allow to drain. Remove colander. Sprinkle gelatin over drippings in saucepan. Cook over low heat while stirring until gelatin is dissolved. Blend in remaining ingredients and add ground vegetables. Cover and chill until firm. Spinach Spread 1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and water squeezed out until dry salt and pepper to taste 1 cup mayonnaise ¼ cup minced dried onion 3 Tablespoons dried parsley juice of one lemon 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce Combine all ingredients except spinach and mix well. Add spinach. Chill overnight.

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BANKING ON CHANGE The economic downturn has been difficult to navigate, to say the least, just as countless individuals, businesses and governments have found. And it’s changed many things about banking, some things that you likely never suspected, such as how banks approach their commitment to communities and their customers. Difficult times often provide clarity of purpose and encourage creative solutions to new problems. In a real, tangible sense, for banks – and especially for Regions – the downturn has changed how we approach and define service in the community, and maybe just as importantly how we define our sense of social responsibility. There is an old adage: buy someone a fish and you feed a person one day; teach that person to fish and you feed him for life. In that wellknown proverb, the focus is so often on the person being taught. But of immense importance is the person who made the investment of time and attention to provide the fishing lesson. It is, in fact, an act of social responsibility. And when you consider what it means for a bank to serve a community with this type of focus, you get things like this: Today our contribution to the community is much more than a monetary donation. Employees, leaders and executives are actively engaged with the people they serve. For instance, Regions associates developed grass roots plans in

each of our 20 areas to go out into the community and give back through a program called “Share the Good.” In Tennessee alone, Regions associates collected over 7,000 pounds of food for donation to food banks across the state and volunteered hundreds of hours at non-profit agencies participating in activities ranging from reading to primary school children to teaching classes on resume writing and interviewing skills. Over 63 Middle Tennessee associates volunteered with Junior Achievement during the past school year, teaching financial responsibil-

ity to hundreds of students. During 2010 in Middle Tennessee, we launched a vibrant community partnership that continues today called Regions Free Days. The program creates a partnership with organizations to allow free community access at least one day each month to some of the top arts and cultural facilities/ venues in Nashville. This year, Regions has partnered with the Nashville Symphony to provide a Free Day of Music, the Children’s Theatre for a free performance, and the Zoo at

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James (Jim) Schmitz oversees banking operations in the Middle Tennessee region for Regions Financial Corporation. He is a 16-year veteran with Regions, a top U.S. bank-holding company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with $140 billion in assets, operating over 1,900 branches in 16 states.

Grassmere for free admission on the Sunday following Veterans Day for military families, just to name a few. Additionally, Regions recently invested $2.1 million in the Tennessee Small Business Opportunity Fund created through public/private collaboration among the State of Tennessee, member banks of the Tennessee Bankers Association and Pathway Lending.  The fund offers loans to small businesses in all 95 Tennessee counties and creates access to significant amounts of growth capital to drive busi-

ness expansion and job creation in our state. Having a sense of responsibility for the people and community you serve should be at the root of any successful business. Are you committed to making the community better? Do your people live and work there? Are you committed to investing time, talent and ideas in addition to dollars? While the term “social responsibility” often conjures up images of the environment or charitable contributions, it’s

less of what a company does than it is a basic approach and philosophy toward HOW to do business. Not all banks approach social responsibility the same ways. At Regions, we believe that as a regional bank we have the best of both worlds: the size to offer services of a large bank with the commitment and connection of a community bank. To measure social responsibility, you can look at numbers, like the $65 billion Regions has provided to support community development efforts over the last four years – a time when that support could not have been more important. But the real test of social responsibility may well be whether a company is fully invested in the community – financially and personally. The downturn prompted Regions – and likely other companies, as well – to not just revisit our idea of social responsibility, but to also empower our associates to embrace the communities in which they live and work and to make them better places. In doing so we’ve learned that our most meaningful investments are the ones that go beyond financial commitments. They engage the time, talents and interests of our associates. After all, our people ARE our connection to the community and source of passion to make a difference. And the capacity to lift each other up – as a vibrant community with strong businesses – lies within all of our reach.

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HAPPENINGS August 1-6 Macon County Fair Macon County Fair Grounds, Lafayette 615.666.5885, August 1-6 Sumner County Fair Sumner County Fair Grounds, Gallatin 615.417.5146 August 5-6 Rock-A-Billy Music Festival International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame, Jackson 731.217.3350, August 6 Architecture Tour of the Frist Center The Frist Center, Nashville 615.244.3340, www.fristcenter. org August 6 & 7 Hohenwald Invitational Hohenwald Municipal Golf Course, Hohenwald 931.796.5421, August 6 & 20 Jam in the Vineyard Nolichucky Vinyard, Russellville 423.312.6755, August 4-7 World’s Longest Yard Sale US Highway 127, Jamestown 1.800.327.3945, www.127sale. com August 12 94 | At Home Tennessee • AUGUST 2011

Full Moon Pickin’ Party The Equestrian Barn, Nashville 615.370.8053, August 12 Shaker Herb Workshop The Frist Center, Nashville 615.244.3340, www.fristcenter. org August 13 Free Outdoor Cinema The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville 615.383.9140, August 13 Tomato Art Fest Historic East Nashville’s Five Points Area August 5-13 Williamson County Fair Williamson Ag Expo Park, Franklin 615.794.4386,

August 8-13 Henry County Fair Henry County Fairgrounds, Paris 731.641.9340, August 11-13 Smokin’ in McMinnville Barbeque Cook Off McMinnville Civic Center 931.473.6611, August 14 & 15 The American Cancer Society Fore a Cure Golf Classic Tennessee Titans Baptist Sports Park Training Facility, Nashville 615.327.0991, August 10-16 Elvis Week 2011 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis 1.800.238.2000,

AUGUST 2011 August 12-20 Wilson County Fair James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon 615.443.2626, wilsoncountyfair. net August 20 Auction for the Arts Macon County Fairgrounds, Lafayette 615.644.5179, maconcountytn. com August 20 Bessie Smith Heritage Festival Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Chattanooga 423.266.8658, August 25 Men’s Event Hutton Hotel, Nashville 615.467.1936,

Marion County Fair Marion County Fairgrounds, Jasper 423.802.6747, August 27 Rockin’ for Zambezi Hard Rock Café, Memphis 901.529.0007, www.hardrock. com August 27 Montgomery County Watergarden Society Pond Tour Multiple locations, Clarksville 931.552.2510, August 27 Southern Brewer’s Festival Big River Grille & Brewing Works, Chattanooga 423.424.2000,

August 27 Starlight Symphony Grounds of First Presbyterian Church, Jackson 731.427.6440, August 27 Nordstrom Pre-Opening Event The Mall at Green Hills, Nashville 206.373.2415, August 30 Fall Gardeners’ Festival Plateau Research and Education Center, Crossville 931.707.0120, August 24 - September 3 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Historic Celebration Grounds, Shelbyville

August 26 A Fine Wine Affair Oaklands Historic House Museum, Murfreesboro 615.893.0022, August 26 Morristown Main Street Festival Main Street, Morristown 423.581.3280, August 26 & 27 Music City Annual BBQ Festival Riverfront Park, Nashville August 23-27 AUGUST 2011 • | 95

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BOOKS the pick

New Southern Reads for Beating the Heat

text Shana Raley-Lusk

Summer in the South: A Novel by Cathy Holton (Ballantine Books, $13): Cathy Holton, a Tennessee resident herself, clearly has her finger to the pulse of life in the South as evidenced by her well-crafted characters whose stories unfold in the small town of Woodburn, TN. As the novel opens we are introduced to Ava who is in the process of leaving behind her successful yet lonely life in Chicago to chase her dream of becoming a novelist in the quiet hometown of her college friend Will. This book is loaded with rich descriptions and intriguing juxtapositions such as rich versus poor, North versus South and old versus young. For those of us born below the Mason-Dixon line, Holton has included a host of regional mannerisms and colloquialisms that lend themselves quite seamlessly to the authentic feel of the novel’s people and places. Tightly woven with mystery, introspection and a hint of romance, the plot of this novel radiates from its central theme: the lasting effects of the many choices we make in life. Holton’s latest work shows her to be a truly graceful storyteller. This pick is a great choice for book lovers out there looking for an easy and entertaining summer read that will sweep them away.

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Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow, $14.16): Uniquely structured to tell one tale from the past imbedded within another from the present, Folly Beach is storytelling at its best. At the onset of this refreshingly complex and witty novel, Cate Cooper is met with the misfortune of losing her husband, her home and life as she knows it within the span of a few horrific days. All of these seemingly tragic events lead to her swift relocation to her hometown of Folly Beach, South Carolina, with her beloved Aunt Daisy. The charming beach hamlet for which the novel is named is where her new life begins to unfold before her. Frank’s characters are so realistic and relatable that they come to feel like old friends within the first few chapters. With her easy and familiar writing style, the author spins an exceptional tale of love, loss and the importance of looking toward the promise of tomorrow while appreciating the past. Folly Beach is a beautifully written novel that will hold readers captive until the last page has been turned. If you are looking for a great new read that you just cannot put down, this pick is for you!

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