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32 | best of: NEW YEAR’S EVE IN TENNESSEE Ring in 2013 with these favorite venues from across the state
48 | music: MUSIC CITY SCENE WITH CHUCK DAUPHIN Hayden Panettiere talks “Nashville”; Lorrie Morgan’s Country Christmas
52 | home feature: CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES Brentwood families open up their homes this season to spread the holiday spirit
A holiday home show gem in Brentwood showcases the best décor of the season. See page 52 FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. 6 | At Home Tennessee • December 2012
18 | fashion: NEW YEARS EVE FASHION Two great party looks to ring in 2012 – from dressy to dressy casual
22 | beauty: WINTER SKIN REMEDIES Our top picks for keeping your skin hydrated from head to toe
26 | health: WINTER COLD AND FLU PREVENTION AND TREATMENT A top nurse practitioner spells out the best advice to stay healthy this season
38 | travel: SKI RESORT GEMS Avoid the major crowds this year with these hidden treasures
44 | at home with: TENNESSEE’S FIRST HOSTESS Libby Murphy shares some of her classic Southern charm.
46 | arts: ANTIQUES, ART AND DESIGN Southern designers and entertainers give their take on L.A.’s annual art show
50 | technology: HIGH-TECH GADGET GIFTS Best advice for choosing electronic presents this year
62 | design: TRIMMING THE TREE Some top designer trends for Christmas tree décor this season
70 | special section: STOCKING STUFFERS Best little gifts to surprise all ages on Christmas morning
72 | garden: AU NATUREL DÉCOR THIS SEASON Seasonal decorating with a rustic touch keeps you happy year-round
74 | in bloom: STRAWBERRY BUSH A plant that works for any season
82 | entertaining: CHRISTMAS COOKIE SWAP Satisfy your sweet tooth this year with a new mother-daughter holiday tradition
86 | cooking: CONVENIENTLY HEALTHY Classic holiday desserts with a twist that will help your waistline
82 IN EVERY ISSUE 12 | PUBLISHER’S NOTE 14 | CONTRIBUTORS 68 | STYLE MARKETPLACE 76 | BY INVITATION — the social pages 92 | HAPPENINGS 97 | SOURCES 8 | At Home Tennessee • December 2012
89 | chef ’s corner: “WASSAILING” WE GO Interesting facts about an old English tradition plus a deliciously themed recipe
90 | cuisine: TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY MENUS Chef James Gentry gives us the scoop on his catering company Paradox
94 | roadtrip: VICKSBURG AT CHRISTMAS AND GATLINBURG IN SEASON From East Tennessee to North Mississippi, events for all ages
98 | books: THE GIFT OF READING An assortment of great books for everyone on your Christmas list
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publisher’s note WHAT MATTERS
et the season begin! No matter my age, I still can’t pull away from a classic Christmas show. There are many to choose from but the original Grinch is my favorite. I have a Grinch Christmas sweater (the only Christmas sweater I own and it came with a promise to never wear it in public), Grinch pajamas and I even named our first dog after we were married Max. My husband drew the line when I tried to strap antlers to his head and tried to name our daughter Cindy Lou Who. This story just seems to get to me every year as it reminds me what the season is all about. Although I seem to remember the message every year a day too late, I, like many of us, start of the season in chaotic state. Just tonight I created every menu for the various parties this season. I went over my gift list. I ran around like crazy trying to get decorations from the attic and struggled with what to do different this year. While sitting, watching some great NFL in front of a beautiful fire, I decided I will not wait until the day after Christmas to be “hit” once again with what the season is all about. I started making a list of my blessing and ran out of room. I am a big fan of the old “pro and con” list — I have preached that to my children as long as I can remember — and decided it was time to practice what I preach. Con, I spent the past several days with our new “grandpuppy” whose behavior, at best, is horrible. Pro, our daughter lives minutes away and wanted to spend a few nights with her family instead of being in her own home. Con, I washed eight loads of laundry today. Pro, our son came home from college and instead of going out, had a house full of boys here who missed being in our home. Con, I sweep up about a pillowcase size bag of animal hair every morning. Pro, I have two dogs and three cats who think I do no wrong and are at the door to greet me every afternoon. Con, I have a few more pounds to shed after this week. Pro, there are so many people around the world who would be so thankful to have a fraction of the food we consumed this week. Con, my husband pulled everything out of the attic when I just asked for Christmas decorations. Pro, I have the most patient, loving and honest husband in the world. The message is simple. So simple that I sometimes just don’t get it. I am going to remember that it is not about perfect packages and bows. It’s not about the perfectly cleaned house. It’s about being thankful for a messy home because it is full of children, their friends and even a wild granddog. It is about an overloaded refrigerator because we are blessed beyond our wildest dreams. It’s about forgetting that last-minute gift card because we were too busy entertaining family and friends, and most of all it is about a baby who came to save us all and accepts and loves us with all our imperfections. Whatever your religious or political views, I wish you all a very happy holiday season filled with much love, peace and laughter. Do we really need a little fictional character to swoop down and take away our “stuff” to make us realize that is wasn’t that important anyway? Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah and quoting the Grinch, just after he carved the roast beast, “Welcome Christmas, Bring your cheer, Cheer to all Whos, far and near. Christmas day is in our grasp so long as we have hands to grasp. Christmas day will always be, just as long as we have we.”
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attends some of the most fabulous parties throughout the state as social editor for At Home Tennessee magazine. Colvett’s 10-year career in magazines began promptly after she graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with her first job as editor of Memphis’ RSVP magazine. If you would like At Home Tennessee to attend your upcoming event contact Lesley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
is a freelance writer and regular contributor to At Home Tennessee magazine. Lusk is a lifelong reader who has a diverse background and education in fine arts, interior design and literature. Raley-Lusk lays out the perfect book gift guide to suit everyone on your list on page 98.
is a gardening expert and internationally certified arborist who teaches at the University of Tennessee, contributes to several gardening publications and hosts a radio show, “Garden Talk.” Originally from Nebraska, Pulte now gardens and resides in Knoxville with his wife Beccy and son Theo. Andrew shows us that using real Christmas trees doesn’t have to be intimidating on page 72.
April McKinney is an award-winning cook, food writer and recipe demonstrator. She has been featured on the Today show and Better TV, after her recipes won national cooking contests. You can also see her creating new healthy and simple dishes on her YouTube channel, “April McKinney Cooking,” where she demonstrates her recipes on camera. This month McKinney gives us some of her family’s holiday dessert recipes sure to make your mouth water on page 86.
has two decades of experience covering country music for both print and broadcast media. He is currently the online country editor for Billboard magazine and has worked for radio stations such as WDKN and the Interstate Radio Network. He has also written for such publications as Music City News and Roughstock, and can be heard weekly on WNKX / Centerville. Dauphin talks with “Nashville” star Hayden Panettiere about her role in Music City, and with singer Lorrie Morgan on her Gaylord Opryland Christmas show on page 48
MiChELLE hOpE, JaiME nEWSOM & kaRin WOODWaRD tell us how to plan a holiday cookie swap soiree on page 82. Hope and Newsom are the owners and lead designers of Social Butterflies, LLC, and have a combined 19 years of experience in the wedding and special events industry. They have planned numerous notable events including celebrity weddings and Super Sweet 16’s for the hit show on MTV. Woodward works closely with Hope and Newsom through her floral design business, Haute Horticulture, and has been featured in various magazines and national wedding blogs. 14 | At Home Tennessee • December 2012
New Year’s Eve Fashion
Two unique styles to ring in 2013 – from dressy to dressy casual
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1) Mickey Gunmetal Necklace with Agate $185, Lavish, Collierville 901.850.7675 2) La Made Black Gath Front Top $92, Lavish, Collierville 901.850.7675 3) Diana Warner Necklace $82, Signature's Boutique, Jackson 731.668.8188 4) Kut from the Kloth Faux Leather Jacket $98, Signature's Boutique, Jackson 731.668.8188 5) Silver-Tone Taupe Glass Pearl Chandelier Earrings & SilverTone Taupe Glass Pearl Bead Coil Bracelete $35 & $45, Kenneth Cole, www.macys.com 6) Foil Pencil Skirt in Whish Gold $85, Lavish, Collierville 901.850.7675 7) Kut from the Kloth Green Jeans $78, Signature's Boutique, Jackson 731.668.8188 8) Kerisma Sweater $59, Signature's Boutique, Jackson 731.668.8188 9) Donald J. Pliner Back Suede Boots $330, Lavish, Collierville 901.850.7675 10) Betsey Johnson Wallet $58, www.macys.com 11) Diba Sude Bootie $69, Signature's Boutique, Jackson 731.668.8188 December 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ athometn.com | 19
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winter SKIN REMEDIES Our top picks for keeping your skin hydrated from head to toe
Oriental Opulence Bubble Heaven Champneys, $13, www.target.com
Undercover Conditioning Toner & Moisture Prep
Stila, $22, www.stilacosmetics.com
Jan Marini, $80, www.janmarini.com
Sugar Kiss Everyday Everywhere Spray
LaLicious, $25, www.lalicious.com
Face MD, $90, www.facemd.net, Langsdon Clinic
Anti-aging Replenishing Extreme Moisture Creme
Lumene Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail Lumene, $22, www.lumene.com
RRadical adical Skincare, $150, www.barneys.com, www.radicalskincare.com
Forever Young Hydra-Protective Winter Cream Christina Cosmeceuticals, $74, www.christina-cosmeceuticals.com
Dr.Hauschka , $17, www.store.drhauschka.com
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Transform your bath into a bubbly retreat with Oriental Opulence from Champneys. The liquid cleanses your skin and moisturizes it with silk proteins, while the soothing scents relax your mind and body.
Get in the holiday spirit with limited edition Pumpkin Spice Marini Holiday Exfoliator. Take in this delicious scent of the season while microbeads and advanced resurfacing agents gently exfoliate to reveal soft, smooth and glowing skin.
Stila introduces toner designed to prep skin for optimal hydration. This refreshing alcohol-free formula brightens, clarifies and balances the complexion in a single swipe. It reduces inflammation and the appearance of pores and deeply moisturizes skin.
This lightweight formulation is packed full of anti-oxidants, vitamin K-1 and hyaluronic acid. A unique blend of ingredients delivers ultimate hydration and helps to minimize dark circles.
This spray is a multipurpose mist that can be used to refresh and revitalize your body and home. Loaded with plant and herbal extracts, cucumber, chamomile and aloe vera to calm and refresh. This all-in-one spray can be applied directly to skin or linens for a rejuvenating experience.
Improve skinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moisture balance with this highly conditioning blend of cranberry seed oil and cloudberry, which revitalizes and nourishes even the driest skin, leaving it velvety soft and radiant.
This unsurpassed and blissful multitasking cream is the ultimate all-in-one benefits solution for the most demanding skin. Fights free radicals and decreases wrinkle depth by 50 percent after four weeks.
The Hydra-Protective Winter Cream locks in moisture and prevents skin from drying out. The cream increases immunity against the elements to protect the skinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural moisture and temperature balance.
Intensive soothing care for dry, chapped lips, this rich balm promotes skin renewal as it moisturizes and softens. Lip Balm provides a translucent shine and helps visibly reduce fine lines around the mouth. December 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ athometn.com | 23
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KEEPING YOUR FAMILY HEALTHY DURING HOLIDAYS:
IS IT A COLD OR THE FLU? TEXT BY JOHNNA BEUERLEIN FNP, FAMILY CARE WALK-IN CLINIC, JACKSON
When colder weather approaches, families begin to prepare for the holiday season while medical professionals get ready for a less cheery occasion: cold and flu season. Getting the flu or a common cold can slow you down when holiday planning time is limited. When you’re sick, it’s important to be able to distinguish between the two, as symptoms of the common cold and the flu can seem very similar. Knowing the characteristics of both can be instrumental in preventing sickness around the holidays. Influenza (Flu) is a viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs. Flu symptoms set in more quickly than cold symptoms and they are much more intense. Having the flu usually means suffering at home for a week or even longer. This can be very serious, even deadly, particularly for people with health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes or those with a weak immune system. The best way to keep from getting the flu is by getting vaccinated in the early fall. The flu spreads quickly from person to person by droplets from coughing and sneezing. Flu symptoms can include sore throat, chills, fever, headache, decreased appetite, muscle aches and 26 | At Home Tennessee • December 2012
soreness, congestion and cough. The H1N1 (commonly referred to as the “Swine Flu”) may cause vomiting and diarrhea. I recommend that patients who are diagnosed with the flu stay at home for at least 24 hours after their fever has subsided. It’s important to limit contact with others and to cover your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of germs. Washing hands with soap and water will help stop the spread of the virus and quicken the healing process. Wipe hard surfaces with alcohol-based cleaners and avoid touching the face.
If you have not received the flu shot, it’s never too late; the vaccine includes protection against the H1N1 virus. The flu shot is approved for ages six months and older. FluMist (nasal spray) is an option for people who don’t want to take the flu shot. It’s approved for ages two49 years. Pregnant women should only take the flu shot.
The flu vaccine may cause a little pain in your arm for a day or two. You may feel a little achy, exhausted and have a low fever but you can’t catch the flu from the vaccine. Good hygiene creates the best barrier against flu germs. Also, The common cold presents less severe and practice good health habits by getting adequate more tolerable symptoms. It is an upper sleep, eating nutritious food and engaging in respiratory infection caused by a virus. A cold regular exercise. tends to produce nasal congestion, sneezing and sore throat caused from post-nasal drip. Fever is rare but may cause you to feel exhausted and have a loss of appetite. The symptoms usually build slowly over one to two days, then peak by the third or fourth day and within five to seven days, improve. The best treatment is to get plenty of rest and a lot of fluids, as the fluids will liquefy the mucus. Decongestants will often help the nasal airways enhance your breathing. Over-the-counter pain relievers can reduce any fever and headaches, and cough medications help suppress the cough, which prevents the spread of the virus.
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New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway Countdown on Beale Guitar for the New Year's Eve Guitar Drop
NewINYear's Eve TENNESSEE TEXT BY LATIFA NEWBILL
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When New Year’s Eve rolls around, there will be plenty of great parties and venues in Tennessee to ring in 2013. We’ve scouted out the latest details for several great classics across the state, along with some new and eclectic locations for the perfect midnight celebration. Have a Happy New Year!
MEMPHIS THE PEABODY HOTEL “The South’s Grand Hotel” is still the place to be when the clock strikes midnight. This year’s hosts for the big bash are Q107.5’s CJ, Liz and Alexis, along with DJ Mark Anderson, and Lord T & Eloise. The party starts at 9 p.m. and lasts until 3 a.m. VIP tickets include an appetizer buffet and unlimited champagne. The hotel is also hosting two New Year’s Eve dinners: a three-course meal in Capriccio from 5-11 p.m. and a five-course meal at famed Peabody restaurant Chez Philippe from 6-11 p.m. Both dinners include admission into the Grand Lobby and discounted party entrance. www.peabodymemphis.com COUNTDOWN ON BEALE Ring in 2013 with a street party downtown in the Bluff City. The Countdown on Beale is the Mid-South’s version of the Times Square ball drop. However, it just wouldn’t be Memphis without adding a taste of the blues to the event! The activity begins at 7 p.m’ with “Bury Your Blues.” Guests can write down any ills and annoyances of 2012 on a sheet of paper, put it into a coffin and start the new year with a clean slate! After that, partygoers will have just enough time to grab dinner and drinks before heading to the Hard Rock Cafe for its annual guitar drop at midnight. www. bealestreetmerchants.com
NASHVILLE NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH ON BROADWAY Another New Year’s “drop” that rivals Times Square is the Music City Guitar Drop. This will be the party of the year once again in Nashville and the chance to welcome 2013 with several thousand of your closest friends. The live band lineup for the night includes The Fray, Sixpence None the Richer, Love and Theft and Striking Matches. Admission is free and the celebration will start at 7 p.m. Then at the stroke of midnight, the 15-foot guitar will drop and spout out fireworks, while the crowd is immersed in confetti. A great way to start 2013! www.visitmusiccity.com
KNOXVILLE KNOXVILLE MUSEUM OF ART Come to Knoxville’s contemporary art museum for the “Alive in 2013” New Year’s Party. Ring in the new year on a smooth, December 2012 • athometn.com | 33
Natchez Hills Vineyard's Wine Tasting Room Photo courtesy of Natchez Hills Vineyard
New Year's Eve in the Deep sleepover
The 25th Annual Ball Drop & Fireworks Show
Jenna & Her Cool Friends
The 25th Annual Ball Drop & Fireworks Show Photo courtesy of Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau
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sweet, bluesy note with one of Knoxville’s favorite bands, Jenna & Her Cool Friends. The event features an all-night buffet (supper and breakfast) provided by F.A.T.S. BBQ, along with a toast, party favors and a beautiful fireworks display. The party goes from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., so cut loose Knoxvillestyle and have some amazing food while welcoming the New Year in style. www. knoxart.org
GATLINBURG The 25th Annual Ball Drop & Fireworks Show On the eve of December 31st at the Gatlinburg Space Needle, a massive street party will say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013. The ball will descend from the 342foot structure at midnight followed by a fireworks show, ringing in the New Year with excitement and color. A live band will help keep the party going and this event is free. www.gatlinburgspaceneedle.com
CHATTANOOGA The Tennessee Aquarium New Year’s Eve in the Deep For families with little ones who are just as anxious as adults to usher in the coming year, the New Year’s Eve in the Deep sleepover will be just the thing. Parents and their children will get the opportunity to spend the night at the Tennessee Aquarium as they welcome in 2013. Families will receive special tours, a behind-the-scenes look at how everything works at the facility, and the chance to take part in special activities. The event features pizza and a continental breakfast as well as a special toast of non-alcoholic sparkling juice! When it’s time to go to sleep, instead of counting sheep, guests can count the fish because they will be sleeping in the Undersea Cavern with aquatic life above and all around them. This event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on December 31 and end at 8:30 a.m. on January 1. www.tnaqua.org
HAMPSHIRE Natchez Hills Vineyard’s New Year’s Eve Celebration If you’re looking for a more rustic setting in which to bid the old year goodbye that also has great wine and great music then look no further than Natchez Hills Vineyard. The vineyard’s New Year’s Eve celebration is the ideal retreat for anyone looking to kick up their heels to say hello to 2013. The Matt Ray Band will provide the music. Admission includes open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and party favors. The festivities start at 8 p.m. and won’t end until 1 a.m. Reservations are recommended because this event has been known to sell out. natchezhills.com December 2012 • athometn.com | 35
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Off the Beaten Path:
Ski Resort Gems TEXT BY JESSE MUCHMORE, LATIFA NEWBILL AND JANNA F. HERBISON
As we head into the winter season, many will want to hit the slopes at ski resorts, whether for Christmas, New Year’s or just for the perfect winter escape. Here are some of our hidden treasures from across the U.S.
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JAY PEAK RESORT Jay Peak, located in Jay Peak, Vermont, is actually open all four seasons of the year; its ski season, however, runs from November to May. With 76 ski slopes, trails and glades, it offers more than enough variety in terrain. In addition to the slopes, Jay Peak also has a year-round indoor water park called “The Pump House” for those looking to enjoy a heated pool rather than a mountain of snow. Visitors can take their pick from a plethora of stores and lodges, along with activities such the ice arena, snowshoe tours, Taiga spa and the fitness center. Some of the hot restaurants to get you out of the cold include Alice’s Table, Tower Bar, The Clubhouse Grille, Mountain Dick’s Pizza, and The Drink & Buddy’s Mug Coffee Shop. Guests can stay at the Hotel Jay and Conference Center, the Tram Haus Lodge, or rent one of several condos. So strap on a pair of skis or slip into a swimsuit and book a seasonal getaway to Jay Peak. www.jaypeakresort.com KILLINGTON RESORT Killington Resort in Killington, Vermont, is the skier and snowboarder’s delight during the winter months. Varied terrain on the mountain makes finding an area to suite your skill level and preference no problem. Killington plays host to several snow sports competitions and tours as well as music fests. The Killington Grand Resort Hotel is closest to all the action, complete with a spa and fine dining at Ovations restaurant. Guests can also lodge at the Pico Resort Hotel and Condominiums with fully furnished condos, and access to the nearby Pico Sports Center. Killington has a plethora of eclectic eateries such as Ledgewood Yurt, The Wobbly Barn Steakhouse, Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar & Deck, Birch Ridge Inn and Sushi Yoshi. Those wanting to take a break from snow sports have plenty of options with activities likes Snow Cat-drawn sleigh rides, tubing and more. It’s a great winter getaway for fun in the cold stuff. www.killington.com/winter SUNDAY RIVER SKI RESORT Sunday River is located in Newry, Maine. Along with terrain parks and trails, the area features zip line tours, snow tubing, ice skating, snowmobiling, live shows and a movie theater. Sunday River is also home to a sugaring house and the famous, but friendly, Eddy the Yeti! When it comes time to turn in for the night, there are plenty of venues to choose from here, from the Grand Summit Hotel & Conference Center to Snow Cap Inn and condos in between. December 2012 • athometn.com |39
Snowbasin Ski Resort Sunday River Ski Resort
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Sunday River boasts a variety of eateries including Cho Sun at South Ridge, Peak Dinner, The Foggy Goggle, Legends Restaurant, Sliders Restaurant, Grand Avenue, Moonstruck & Northern Lights Café, Barker Bar, the Pejamajo Café and many others. For good food coupled with adventure, “Dining at the Peak” may be just the ticket. Guests are taken up the mountain to the restaurant, which is 2,100 feet in the air by “chondola” (chair lift and gondola), only to be wowed by culinary masterpieces made with locally grown ingredients. This resort provides all the best of what Old Man Winter has to offer. www.sundayriver.com SnowbaSin Ski ReSoRt Diverse terrain for beginner ease to challenging expert runs, three progressive terrain parks and over 16 miles of groomed Nordic trails, Snowbasin, Utah has it all. With 3,000 skiable acres and 3,000 vertical feet of drop, the resort is best known for wide-open bowls, gladed runs, manicured groomers, powder stashes days after a storm, and rarely a lift line. Families can make the most of a day on the mountain – the resort provides more than 100 certified instructors, adaptive programs, state-licensed day care and children’s programs. And for more kid-friendly fun, don’t miss the four-lane, liftassisted tubing hill. Snowbasin has world-class snowmaking and one of the most advanced lift systems in the West. Enjoy award-winning cuisine including mountaintop dining with spectacular views and magnificent day lodges. Guests can check out one of the Lakeside Resort Properties for accommodations or stay the Marriot Ogden. For local fare, restaurants in the area include Connabar Lounge, Needles Lodge, Strawberry Express & Cantina, the Yurt Café, and Gourmet Picnic Baskets. Snowbasin is located just 35 miles north of Salt Lake City with easy access to the Park City area. Only 17 miles away, downtown Ogden provides plenty of apres ski opportunities. www.snowbasin.com Solitude Ski ReSoRt Solitude Mountain Resort is centered in the Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch Mountains, 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah. With 64 trails, 1,200 acres and 2,047 feet vertical, Solitude is one of the smaller ski resorts near Salt Lake City, along with its neighbor, Brighton. It is a family-oriented mountain, with a wider range of beginner and intermediate slopes than other Utah ski resorts. December 2012 • athometn.com |41
Powderhorn Ski Resort
Sugar Mountain Solitude Ski Resort
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Jay Peak Resort Solitude Ski Resort
70 percent of its slopes are graded “beginner” or “intermediate,” the highest such ratio in the area. Solitude was one of the first major US resorts to adopt an RFID lift ticket system, allowing lift lines to move more efficiently while reducing “lift poaching.” www.skisolitude.com Powder Mountain Powder Mountain is located 19 miles from Ogden, Utah, and just 55 miles from Salt Lake International Airport. The resort provides more than 7,000 acres of skiable terrain, 144 runs, snowcat skiing, powder country, backcountry tours, two terrain parks and lessons from the Burton Learn to Ride Center. Readers of Ski Magazine consistently rate Powder Mountain the top Value Ski Resort in North America. In addition to skiers, Powder Mountain welcomes snowmobile and motocross enthusiasts during the annual Snowmobile Hill Climb and Powder Mountain Motocross events. www.powdermountain.com Sugar Mountain Thanks to its full snow-making capability, Sugar Mountain, located in Banner Elk, North Carolina, is one of the South’s top locales for skiing and winter fun. The resort has four double chairlifts that can transport 8,800 skiers on its 20 slopes and trails every hour. Sugar Mountain offers alternative fun for families and kids, including tubing, ice skating and snowboarding. Little ones receive the early training they need to hit the slopes at Sugar Bear Ski School. www.skisugar.com Powderhorn Ski reSort With no crowds, no lift lines, excellent kids’ programs and some of the best glades and powder skiing in the state, Powderhorn Mountain Resort is celebrating its 46th season this year. The westernmost ski resort in Colorado, Powderhorn has it all: five lifts, three terrain parks, 1,600 acres and an annual average of 250 inches of light, dry powder. Generations of “Western Slope” families learned to ski here and return year after year. www.powderhorn.com
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at home with
Murphy and her dog Senator Photo courtesy of Darren Lykes Photography
Graphic designer Julie Wood, Table by J. Kent Freeman Designs
LIBBY MURPHY: Tennessee’s “First Hostess” IntervIew by Janna F. HerbIson
At Home Tennessee: Libby, you have traditions,
great recipes, well-known been involved with politics, event planning, personalities and memorable events complete the music business, and everything in between. with stories from some of our state’s most What accomplishments make you most proud gracious hosts and illustrious characters. over the years? Features include actress Kathy Bates,The 50th Libby Murphy: I love it all! Some people Anniversary Nashville Symphony Ball with don’t know that I sold tractors, skid-steers Carrie Underwood, Master Chef Jose Gutierrez, and big cotton planters at Murphy Tractor Dixie Carter, The Japanese Consul General, Jack Company and it was wonderful to be a part of Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett, Charlie a business that my father founded in 1947 and Daniels, President Andrew Jackson, First Lady meet so many great people who came through Chrissy Haslam, Senator Lamar Alexander, the doors. I met Al Gore, Stella Parton, Marybeth Conley, Pat Tigrett, the National General Wesley Clark, Governors Bredesen Ornamental Metal Museum, Bristol Motor and Alexander, Governor Blanton, Chef Guy Speedway and many others. LeGuy of the Ritz in Paris, actor David Keith, “Enos” from The Dukes of Hazzard, a host AHT: Speaking of Twirl and Taste, your blog of SEC football coaches who recruited my has become a hit with fans in Tennessee and brother, and the list goes on and on for those beyond. What inspired you to start it? who came to Murphy Tractor in Jackson. Through the relationships that ensued, I LM: A publisher suggested that I start a blog got involved with politics, philanthropy, to introduce myself to people around the community and civic events, and it went from country and share some recipes and stories there. as an introduction to my second book. I had never heard of blogs! That was January 2010 AHT: Describe your upcoming book, A and now people across the country and in over Tennessee Waltz: A Telling of Tennesseans’ 180 countries visit twirlandaste.com. Among the favorite recipes I’ve shared: Crunchers – Tastings, Twirls and Tales. a chocolate, caramel, cracker, peanut butter LM: A Tennessee Waltz showcases entertaining bar; Hissy Fit Dip, which is a concoction of Tennessee style. It captures Southern cheeses and stuff that you bake and serve with 44 | At Home Tennessee • December 2012
crackers; Tennessee Honey Corn Pudding, a recipe that [makes] people clean the dish every time; and two recipes my mother has made for years, Brownie Cupcakes with Hershey® Bar Icing and Butter Cookies.
AHT: Talk about your charitable work, and in particular, how so many came together to support your amazing friend, Dianne Odell.
LM: “For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.” – Luke 12:48. I believe that we are all blessed with different talents and for that I am most thankful. The good Lord blessed me with a knack for networking and has led me to those who need help. Dianne was the world’s longest living survivor of polio in an iron lung. She lived for over 60 years in this machine which allowed her to breathe. Though we’d never met, I called and asked if I could come out and bring her some cookies. That visit was the beginning of a friendship that I will forever treasure. When she told me that she hadn’t been out of her house in over 30 years, I decided that it was about time. The Jackson community came together and we raised over $100,000 with one grand party in her honor, complete with a vice president, a Dallas Cowboy, a Broadway star, a master chef, a couple of movie stars, and a country music star, etc.
Murphy with former Governor Phil Bredesen
But the real star that night was Dianne Odell. We did several other events for her to raise funds for around-the-clock care when her parents were no longer able to do it alone. Dianne taught me many lessons, as she did many; and did way more for me than I could have ever done for her.
AHT: What are some of your favorite things to do when you aren’t raising money or planning events? LM: Traveling to exciting places, meeting fascinating people, cooking, reading, thinking about my next book, enjoying a glass of wine or scotch with friends, hosting a dinner party, spending time with my dog Senator, and I try to learn something new every day. I love to make sweet pickle spears every summer when the cucumbers are plentiful, grow hydrangeas and spend time with those I love.
I like to be involved with events that support local causes or help hometown folks who are lost, lonely or left behind. No one is assured of anything, and [anyone] could through unforeseen circumstances be in a situation of need. Over the years, I have served on many non-profit boards and chaired events to benefit them. AHT: What’s next?
AHT: What in your opinion makes your LM: Who knows! There’s a book tour across hometown of Jackson special? the state and beyond that is being scheduled. Another book is already formulating in my LM: Home is where the heart is and mine is mind. I will be doing some free lance culinary right here in the middle of West Tennessee. writing. Some people plan every second of every Traditions are preserved; the people are some of day and they know exactly where they will be the most benevolent on earth; new industries this time tomorrow. I’m more apt to focus on and the families they bring from around the where I want to go and let the steps fall into world are welcomed; and we embrace what place come what may. There’s one thing for many towns our size only desire – the arts, sure, I’ll always come back to Tennessee, the recreational areas and sporting facilities, land of my birth. My Daddy always told us, colleges and universities and a baseball team. “You can do anything you want to do. Never We were home to MD Anderson, Carl Perkins say ‘I can’t.’” and Casey Jones, to name a few who left this world a better place. December 2012 • athometn.com |45
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Southern exhibitors and entertainers were just some of those on hand in Santa Monica, CA, for this fall’s unique décor showcase, alongside celebs and top names in interior design. The 17th annual Los Angeles Antiques, Arts and Design Show took place the second week of October, and from all accounts the event lived up to its reputation, displaying fine pieces from the past along with progressively themed elements. The show took place inside the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport in Los Angeles County and honored Joel Chen of JF Chen with a special design leadership award.
Attendees also included film producer Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon, Die Hard), actress Charlotte Ross (NYPD Blue, Glee), Lois Aldrin, wife of legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard of Million Dollar Decorator fame, celebrity stylist Johnny Wujek from America’s Next Top Model, and For the first time, the show included recent Top Design’s Kelly Wearstler. art and 21st-century design, and presented more than 60 international and domestic “Being an LA-based interior designer, I’m always looking for new opportunities to give vendors whose pieces represented everything back,” said Wearstler. “It’s important within from contemporary photography to midthe art and design communities, as these century chandeliers. The design movements pieces will be on public display to further covered artistic heritages such as tribal, Asian, inspire artists such as myself.” African and Native American. “However, moving to LA opened my eyes to modern design. I appreciate both, but my artistic side is piqued when I find cool contemporary pieces. My house could never hold all the things I fall in love with from day to day!”
Southern exhibitor Jon Eric Riis of Atlanta was a first-time participant in the show, and says he was extremely impressed with the way in which LA embraces more contemporary pieces. “I found the audience to be very enthusiastic and receptive concerning my own contemporary hand-woven tapestry work,” Other highlights: statues by J.R. Richards said Riis. “I sold a number of pieces to well- Asian Art; gilt silver leaf and walnut hand foot chairs signed by artist Pedro Friedeberg; known Los Angeles art collectors.” a 1948 Paul Laslo sectional; and exhibitor North Carolina native, actress and former Ronnie Barokh’s Italian 19th-century marble Wipeout host Jill Wagner also attended the sculpture of Lateran Sophocles. Exhibits event. “Growing up in the South has made ranged from 17th-century baroque to me appreciate the romance and elegance Americana along with modern photography of traditional furniture,” says Wagner. and design. 46 | At Home Tennessee • December 2012
Proceeds from the show benefited the Decorative Arts and Design Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The show was presented by the Antiques Dealers Association of California and managed by Dolphin Promotions.
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There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Lorrie Morgan knows that better than anyone. Morgan is bringing her love of the holidays to Gaylord Opryland Resort’s Enchanted Christmas Dinner and Show this season, following a long line of performers including Louise Mandrell and Pam Tillis. “It’s going to be really magical,” Morgan says. “I’m going to have some guests come by and sing some songs – not every night, but we’re going to have a great time. We’ll do some songs from the Christmas album (1993’s Merry Christmas from London), and they also want me to work in a few of my country hits. I’ll have to figure out how to do that,” she says with a smile.
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One of the biggest network television hits of the fall season has been ABC’s “Nashville”, which is a serial drama that centers around the world of country music. Filmed entirely on location in Nashville and Davidson County, the cast of the series have been charmed by the Southern hospitality of the area – none more so than actress Hayden Panettiere, who plays rising star Juliette Barnes on the series. “What I love about Nashville is that it’s got that New York vibe where you can walk out the door, and there are all these cool bars and fun places to go to hear music,” Hayden tells At Home Tennessee. “It’s unbelievable. There are some spots that are really well known like Patterson House, Virago and of course, there’s the Bluebird Cafe, which is always a great place to go. I love to explore. You go out, just walk down the street and stop at a bar with your friends, and see who you might run into. Panettiere said that she is having the time of her life playing Barnes, whose seemingly villainous streak is just one side of the multi-faceted character. “That’s one of the things I really love about the show, and why I wanted to do it. If she was just a bitchy character, that would be one thing. You can’t play that without having some sort of inner working and layers. She’s not a one-dimensional character by any means.” It’s a scenario with which the actress – also known for the series “Heroes” and the film Remember the Titans, is very familiar. “It’s interesting because the public looks at young people in Hollywood, whether it’s those in the music industry or actors, and stereotypes them. But no one has ever seen their side of the story. It’s important for the audience to see a young girl and the pressure that she is under, where she comes from, and why she behaves the way she does, and to find that compassion and that empathy. I just wish people would give others the benefit of the doubt and say ‘Ok, they’ve had a bad day,’ or who knows what has happened in their past, or why that is such a trigger point for them. There usually is something. I just try, because of the way that I feel that I’ve been judged in the past, to go on my own personal experience when playing these types of characters.” Panettiere has just released the single and video “Telescope” to country radio and video outlets, and will co-host the 2012 CMT Artists of the Year special with Big Machine labelmates Rascal Flatts on December 8. 48 | At Home Tennessee • December 2012
Putting the show together gave Morgan a chance to reflect upon her memories of the season. “Christmas was always special because that meant that Dad (Country Music Hall of Famer George Morgan) – who was on the road all of my life, was home, and we had him all to ourselves. That was even more magical, as he just made everything better.” For Morgan, Christmas 2012 is going to be a very special one. She beams when talking about her four grandchildren – including new grandson Tuff, born in July to her son Jesse Keith Whitley and wife Ashlee. ”This will be a magical Christmas,” she says. Post-Christmas, Morgan looks forward to promoting a new album she has recorded with Pam Tillis. The pair are in the midst of a successful tour titled Grits N’ Glamour. “When we did the photo shoot, it was Barbie-mania. We shot it at my house and had every kind of dress, hat, jewelry and high heels. It was one of the most fun photo shoots we’ve ever done. We’re just having a good time.”
Gift Giving TEXT BY SCOTT FUELLING, PRESIDENT, PHOENIX UNEQUALED HOME ENTERTAINMENT
With the holiday season upon us, technology gifts are a must-have for many people. What to buy, where to purchase it and which accessories are needed are all questions most consumers wrestle with when trying to make a decision. The advertising industry wants you to believe that every product is well-suited for anyone’s needs; thus making deciding on the right selection confusing and even frustrating at times. While I am certain I cannot offer the answers for everyone, I can provide some suggestions on electronic holiday gifts for the tech junkie in your life. It seems everywhere you look, a new tablet computer is being advertised. I credit the iPad for starting it all. Apple, in a brilliant move, developed the iPad and made mobile computing more powerful than ever. The ability to access your favorite Internet sites and apps from a portable tablet device provides more flexibility and productivity than even the best smart phone. I say this strictly because of the size of the workspace and the ability to produce larger images that are easy to view. Apple has recently done it again with the launch of the iPad Mini. This little jewel fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, offers the same functionality as the original iPad and is much easier to transport. The screen size is perfect for most tasks and the performance is excellent. 50 | At Home Tennessee • December 2012
Maybe you are not an Apple fan; after all, not everyone is. If not, consider the Samsung Galaxy or ASUS Nexus tablets. They are feature-packed and performance-heavy and will appeal to your inner gadget geekiness. These tablets promise to be among the hottest gift items this season.
to a whole new level. Great humor, cool gadgets and lots of interesting tidbits await you.
If all else fails and you are still not sure what to buy, an Amazon gift card is ALWAYS a big hit with technology purchasers. They can select what they want most or even apply it toward Perhaps you know someone who is a video a larger purchase. A “virtual” win-win for gaming enthusiast. Ask a few questions and your everyone! gamer will be quick to fill you in on the latest and greatest game releases. It does help if you Finally, if you want more serious ideas or know which platform they prefer (PS3, xBox, suggestions, visit the Consumer Reports site for Wii, PC or Mac). reviews and recommendations. If you Google “Consumer Reports holiday gift giving” you will Digital photography and video are also find a tremendous amount of information for all increasing in popularity. While some will argue types of holiday giving. the fact that a smart phone camera does a good enough job, they most likely have never looked As I continue to grow older, time seems to at large-scale images or high-definition video. be the only thing I do not have enough of! I Quality counts. New DSLR cameras and hybrid hope everyone finds time to spend with their camcorders offer advanced functionality and family and friends during the holiday season. compatibility with many of the great editing The hustle and bustle of normal living are only programs. Most are pretty user friendly as well. exacerbated this time of year. It is important to Even young photographers are finding a greater remember to take the chance to appreciate and need for higher resolution devices – my daughter enjoy what is important and truly counts. has fallen in love with photography. Till next month, I wish everyone a Merry If you are buying for a technology junkie, Christmas and the very best for the New Year! guru, or geek and you want to find humorous and inexpensive gifts, you should visit www. thinkgeek.com and www.uncommongoods.com. These sites have elevated technology shopping
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BRENTWOOD HOLIDAY HOMES ON TOUR TEXT BY LINDA BENTON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA LINTZ
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erhaps the renowned designer Billy Baldwin (1903-1983) said it best: "Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style." Rose and Doug Grindstaff certainly embraced this philosophy when designing and building their Brentwood dream home. This month, the Grindstaffs, along with three other Brentwood families, will open their beautiful homes as part of the Home for the Holidays Tour to benefit the Literacy Council of Williamson County. Each residence has been uniquely “decked out” by some of the Nashville area’s premier designers. With discriminating detail throughout, the Grindstaffs’ home embodies their personal style in its use of colors, crown mouldings, architectural features and furnishings. “We really have a juxtaposition of styles in our home,” says Rose Grindstaff. “The exterior of our home exudes luxury with its classic French Chateau design, but step inside and you’ll immediately experience a warm and friendly welcome.” Epitomizing the classic elements of French design, the house also possesses some unexpected pops of Southwestern influence. Once an executive in the cowboy boot industry, Doug has long had a special affection for all things Western. Incorporating a paint palette of coppers, butternut and cedar-bark brown, the home reflects that love. “We even have a mixed breed pup aptly named ‘Cowboy,’” laughs Doug. Working with the home’s eclectic interior, designer Tim Causey of ReCreations of Nashville assisted the Grindstaffs in transforming their home for the holiday tour. “I’ve known the Grindstaffs for many years and was thrilled when Rose asked me to participate in the home tour,” says Causey. “Their home’s unique color scheme doesn’t lend itself to the traditional red and green holiday colors, so I had to get creative with the use of chocolate browns, burlap and lots of garland and fresh cedar,” he shares. He says it’s the layering of textures, ribbons and greenery that gives the Grindstaffs’ abode that special holiday touch without overpowering the home’s amazing details. December 2012 • athometn.com | 55
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With 12 grandchildren between one year and college-age, the Grindstaffs wanted to include a magical space that was all about the kids. Causey took the homeowners’ collection of gingerbread ornaments and houses and created a focal point on the kitchen island. Using pastel shades of pinks and mint greens, the holiday decor complements the oat-colored glazed cabinets without overpowering the space. “I feel it’s always important to use things that have meaning for the homeowners,” says Causey. “In doing this, I am able to create unique and fresh designs for my clients.”
the home’s exterior. Twinkling white lights in a variety of sizes highlight the home’s ivory brick facade. Simple yet sensational, the exterior illumination lends the house a winter wonderland effect. “We are thrilled to be a part of this special fundraiser to benefit literacy,” says Rose. “In addition to the joy of having Tim transform our home for the holidays, we also have the satisfaction of knowing we’ve played a part in the ongoing work of the Literacy Council of Williamson County.”
the holidays,” says Barbara Nowak, co-chair of the event along with Gay Roberts. “With Brentwood’s many beautiful homes, the idea for a fundraiser was born.” She adds that the tour is about more than just beautiful homes; “This event reflects the many beautiful people who gave of their time and talent and also those who were willing to open their homes and hearts for the Literacy Council. For that I am so very thankful.”
Inspired by the architectural lines of the The holiday tour also showcases the homes of structure, Edward Morales of Above and the Valentine, West and McConnell families Beyond designed a magical light-scape on of Brentwood. “There is no place like home for December 2012 • athometn.com | 59
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CHRISTMAS TREE DESIGNS TRENDS AND TREASURES TEXT BY TEXT BY JESSE MUCHMORE AND LATIFA NEWBILL
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Christmas trees mean many things to many people, and the endless choices for color, lighting and ornaments can be overwhelming if you are trying to decide on a specific theme or look. We contacted some top interior designers to find out the very latest trends in tree décor this season.
give the appearance that the Christmas tree has been touched by freshly fallen snow and create a natural, wintery appearance. Color combinations of silver and white work best, and can be complemented with classic ornaments such as baubles, stars, angels and nativity figures.
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Whether it’s snowy decorations, fluffy white Christmas wreaths or glitter effects, the allure of an overall white tree can be a beautiful way to welcome the holidays into your home. A tree with white ornaments and white lights really makes it feel like winter. The white ornaments
While glass ornaments must be handled and hung with proper care, they give the tree an appearance of elegance and luxury. Metallic silver glass ornaments with brightly colored stripes and/or glitter are a perfect example of the popular trend this season.
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Decorating your tree with gold for a touch of elegance and class is also an appealing look. The scheme is simple and aesthetically pleasing, and the deep green of the tree allows the gold to stand out so you’ll be showcasing a tree worthy of a king!
the nAturAl lOOk Natural elements such as pine cones, snow and wreaths with apples or berries are a great rustic look for any tree. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to decorate with only frosty whites and blues or traditional reds and greens. Embrace the best colors of fall like oranges, rusts and browns on your tree and watch it warm up the whole house.
Whitewash and glimmer elements, along with knitted ornaments or stockings help accentuate the natural look, as well. Don’t write off a green tree with green ornaments as lackluster, either. This look, if done correctly, can be a beautiful and stunning household attraction that allows the ornaments and the leafy green needles of the tree to be fully admired.
THE ARTIST'S CHRISTMAS Artistic ornaments made out of fine bone china, bejeweled, or plated in gold or platinum are a nice twist to ordinary tree décor. Ornaments from companies such as Prouna and high-end Dapolonia are great additions; these lines specialize in more pronounced artistic creations for the season.
LED LIGHTING Branches, wreaths and candles with LEDs are popular trends for both trees and overall holiday decorating. LED lamps surrounded with a base of real wax give a realistic look, and electromagnetic technology creates an LED flame that flickers like actual candlelight.
THEME-BASED DECORATIONS Innovative ideas for themed trees this winter season include wine and vineyard barrel ornaments or wine glass ornaments, shoe ornaments that look like mini high heels, and cupcake or dessert ornaments.
CANDY-THEMED DECORATIONS Along the lines of dessert, placing lollipops, candy canes and other hard candies on your tree creates a colorful, fun look that will especially be a hit with little ones. Actual candy decorations can also make for a tasty surprise for holiday guests. The candy cane tree in particular is a fun one with red as its signature color. Adorn this tree with faux peppermints and ribbon candies — a great seasonal pattern that makes the entire tree look almost good enough to eat!
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CHRISTMAS TREE DÉCOR Our favorite picks to trim the tree this season
Fluted Glass Tealight Holder Ornament Pottery Barn, $16.50, www.potterybarn.com
Green and Red Clear LeFleur, Memphis, $9, www.leﬂeur.org
Snowman LeFleur, Memphis, $19, www.leﬂeur.org
Nativity Ornament Tennessee Pewter Company, $12.50, www.tnpewter.com
Real Maple Leaf Ornaments Michale Dancer, $38, www.uncommongoods.com
"Motherhood" Recycled Glass Tree Globe Stephen Kitras, $48, www.uncommongoods.com
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2012 Silver-Plated Frame Ornament Pottery Barn, $12.50, www.potterybarn.com
Owl LeFleur, Memphis, $15, www.leﬂeur.org
Victorian Glass Snowflake - Flower Restoration Hardware, $15, www.rh.com
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STOCKING STUFFERS Best small and last-minute gifts from Santa
Portable iPhone Charger $35, www.uncommongoods.com
Viva la Juicy La Fleur Juicy Couture, $70, www.juicycouture.com
Pop-up Note Dispenser – Clutch Purse Post-it, $9, www.post-it.com
Aquamarine, Champagne Diamond, and Diamond Ring 3/4ctw; Citrine, Champagne Diamond, and Diamond Ring 3/4ctw; London Blue Topaz, Blue Diamond, and Diamond Ring 3/4ctw $1,299.95, Reeds Jewelers
Written in the Stars Eye Shadow Palette Stila, $20, www.stilacosmetics.com
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Small Diamond Customizable Watch Philip Stein® Classic, $1,750, Robert's Jewelers, Jackson, www.robertsjewelersinc.com
Total Eye Concentrate Clarins, $82, www.clarinsusa.com
iPhone Controlled Micro Car ZenWheels, $90, www.zenwheels.com
Christmas Cookie Contest in a Box $15, www.andrewsmcmeel.com
Fortune Keeper Key Chain $24, www.uncommongoods.com
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Wiliams Sonoma, $33, www.wiliams-sonoma.com
Giving Keys $35-55, www.thegivingkeys.com
Take the Doctor Home With You Special Edition Value Set Dr. Brandt, $99, www.sephora.com
Tetris Heat Change Mug Paladone Products Ltd, $15, www.amazon.com
Studio Pop Brush Set Smashbox, $60, www.smashbox.com
Honey and Shea Gift Set Burt's Bees, $29, www.burtsbees.com
Glass 'n Poly Original Tea Glass Libre, $24, www.libretea.com
The Shops of Saddle Creek Gift Card Any denomination, The Shops of Saddle Creek
Chakra Box Chocoveda, $30, www.chocoveda.com
Bamboo and Green Tea Candle Paddywax, $15, www.paddywax.com
Wired Headphone Earmuffs in Black (iPod not included) FUNK-tional, $50, www.neimanmarcus.com
Mini Lip Kit Glo Minerals, $28, www.skincarebyalana.com
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Holiday Know-How TEXT BY ANDY PULTE, SUSAN HAMILTON AND JASON REEVES
potted or balled trees, size is the first thing you should consider. Measure the spot where the tree will be placed, including width and ceiling height. You should also remember that cut trees will have several inches cut off the bottom, but the stand may add a few inches to the overall height of the tree.
tree from drying out. Once in the home, a fresh tree may require from two quarts to a gallon of water (with no additives) per day. Keeping the tree watered after it has been decorated will help it stay fresh throughout the holiday season.
Nothing adds to the holiday spirit like the Checking the tree for freshness is also natural beauty and fragrant aroma of having a necessary, as cut Christmas trees need to remain hydrated to reduce fire hazards. The real Christmas tree in your home. tree should have a good, strong fragrance and Don’t be dissuaded by the perceived hassle be green. Needles should be supple, not brittle. involved in selecting a real tree and keeping it To test the needles, either shake the tree lightly fresh through the holiday season. Many people or run your hand down a branch, making sure would like to use a real tree at Christmas, but the needles adhere to each twig. If only a few they believe the maintenance of keeping it would drop off, the tree is fresh. be too time-consuming. However, with the right knowledge about tree selection and hydration, Once you have selected a tree and brought it home, saw a diagonal cut off the base about having a real tree is easier than you think. one inch above the original cut to aid in water An important first step is deciding what size absorption. Place the base in a container of water. tree is the best fit for your home. Regardless Sprinkling or misting the branches and needles of whether you prefer pre-cut, choose-and-cut, will also help retain freshness and prevent the
Fresh greenery around the house is a holiday tradition. Here are some points for keeping the halls decked and merry:
One of the best ways to make the most of the winter months is to bring the outside inside. Take some time this holiday season to decorate using fresh greenery and found objects outside. Here are a few tips to help get you started. Christmas Tree Can-Do!
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Holiday Indoor Gardening Tips
• Poinsettias are the favored ﬂowering holiday plant. While red is still the traditional color, pinks, whites, variegated, salmon and yellow varieties abound. Plant sizes vary from standard four- to six-inch pots, to miniatures to tree forms and even hanging baskets. Regardless of the size or variety, poinsettias like bright light and even moisture. With plenty of light, they can keep their colored bracts for many months. All too often, however, poinsettias are used as centerpieces, away from lights. Avoid leaf dropping by givng plants a little extra light.
• Besides poinsettias, consider purchasing Christmas cactus, kalanchoes and cyclamens to make your home more festive for the holidays. Be sure to remove any foil wraps on the containers. These can hold water in the pots, which might cause them to rot from excess moisture. Make sure these plants are well-wrapped before leaving the store for the trip home. • If you plant amaryllis bulbs now, you can have blooms by New Years. Amaryllis also comes in multiple colors. After the magniﬁcent bloom is spent, cut off the bloom stalk and place the pot in a sunny window. Using Natural Decorations Using decorations from your own backyard can be a fun way to stand out from the crowd. Be creative and don’t forget to get the kids involved in picking out natural items from your neighborhood. • Pine Cones – Dry the cones from pine trees in a warm place to encourage them to fully open. The look of the natural white sap/resin is attractive, so you might choose to leave pine cones natural. If you prefer an embellished look, lightly spray with canned “frost” or brush with glue and sprinkle with glitter. Use to decorate windows, place in baskets or hang on the tree. • Oak Acorns – A handful can be nestled into potpourri or spread over a basket arrangement. To hang, remove the acorn from its cap and drill a small hole in the cap. Thread several inches of thin velvet ribbon through the hole to form a loop, and glue the cap back onto the acorn. • Seed Pods – Collect seed pods and dry thoroughly. Brush or spray with high-quality gold or coppery metallic paints. Dried pods add shape and interest to potpourri and basket arrangements or can be hung on the tree. • Clusters of Leaves – Collect stemmed leaves from trees in the fall. Opt for thicker leaves such as ginkgo, dogwood and oak. Fully dry the leaves between phone books or catalog pages. Next, dip in clear polyurethane. Stretch out duct tape like a clothesline and stick the stem ends onto the tape. Place paper on the ﬂoor below the tape to collect drips. Carefully remove leaves from tape when the coating is dry. Using hot glue, bundle the stems together. Wrap with jute twine or rafﬁa and place on tree, in baskets, on mirrored trays or in glass bowls.
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Euonymus americanus, commonly known in some parts of the country as strawberry bush or “Hearts-a-Bustin,” has ﬁery-red seeds that can persist late into the year and add splashes of red to the late-season landscape. Photo by Jeran B. Guffey.
IN BLOOM: Plant of the Month: Euonymus americanus TEXT BY JERAN GUFFEY AND ANDY PULTE
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Many plants in our gardens remain unnoticed most of the year. They seem to sit helplessly as green blobs in the landscape; however, when it’s their time to shine they really pull out all the stops. Such is the case with Euonymus americanus, commonly known in some parts of the country as strawberry bush. In our corner of the world, this euonymus is also called by the more down-home name “Hearts-a-Bustin.” It’s so named for the plant’s unique four-lobed seed capsules, which open in September and early October to reveal a fiery-red collection of dangling seeds from the interior. These seeds can persist late into the year and add splashes of red to the late-season landscape. Strawberry bush is a sprawling, multistemmed shrub that grows from four to six feet high. As the plant matures, it becomes more erect and stems become thicker and more heavily branched. It has a lazy appearance and would be best left to its own imperfections in a woodland or naturalized garden. Native to the eastern United States, strawberry bush grows from Zones 6 to 9 and prefers slightly acidic, shady sites. If it is planted in a sunnier spot, make sure it is mulched and watered well. This plant can also handle somewhat drier, understory shady situations. Flowers appear in spring and are greenish-white and fairly inconspicuous. Deer have been known to graze on this plant and seem to love the tender leaves and stems. Humans should take the red color of the seeds as a warning; they are known to cause severe stomach problems. In fact, this genus of plants in general is considered poisonous to humans. Strawberry bush is prone to euonymus scale and crown gall. However, these problems are minor when compared with the susceptibility of other landscape euonymus like burning bush (E. alatus) or wintercreeper euonymus (E. fortunei).With proper placement and care, Euonymus americanus is sure to add seasonal interest to the woodland garden as the days grow shorter and the year winds down. Both of the authors are associated with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Jeran Guffey is a junior from Knoxville studying landscape design, and Andy Pulte is a faculty member in the Department of Plant Sciences as well as an internationally certified arborist. The UT Gardens are located in Knoxville and Jackson and are a program of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The gardens are open during all seasons and are free to the public. See utgardens. tennessee.edu for more information.
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TEXT BY MICHELLE HOPE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNABELLA CHARLES
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Red VelVet Cookies with white ChoColate Chunks INGREDIENTS:
• 1 box red velvet cake mix • 1 cup all-purpose flour • 2 sticks butter, softened • 1 egg • 2 cups white chocolate chunks INSTRucTIoNS:
Preheat oven to 350°. In a mixing bowl, add butter and mix until soft and fluffy. Slowly add cake mix and flour. Once combined, add egg and mix well. Add white chocolate chunks and mix for about a minute, until well-combined. Form dough into one-inch balls and place into the oven for 8-10 minutes. (Yields about 24 small cookies.)
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Every year in early December for the past 37 years, three generations of Memphis women have gathered for an annual “Cookie Swap Soiree to kick off the holiday season. The ladies bring dozens of homemade cookies and baskets to swap, and all leave stocked with goodies for the coming weeks. Cherry Hawken, founder of the annual holiday event, initially read about the idea of a cookie swap party in 1975 and shared it with her friends, who then decided to adopt it as their own tradition. The swap is hosted by a different person each year and rotates throughout the group. So, let the group’s festive party inspire you to host your own cookie swap this holiday season. All you need is some freshly baked goods and a group of friends or family to get started. Here are the guidelines of the swap established over the years: Each lady attending brings the following: • Six dozen cookies or sweet treats (such as fudge or toffee) • Two baskets or containers: one to display cookies and one to collect your goodies • A table to display all of the goodies and recipes for each item Once all of the guests have arrived, count and divide the number of cookies to determine how many each guest will take home. Start the swapping by allowing everyone to go around the table and take the appropriate number of cookies. After everyone has taken a turn, ladies can then go back through the line and take the extras until they are all gone. Be sure to serve your guests some yummy munchies; all that cookie swapping will make them hungry! Here are some tips and ideas for throwing your own swap: • Ask guests to bring enough cookies to swap and to sample at the party. • Have a contest to choose the best, most creative and cutest cookies. • Hold a blind taste test to see whose cookie wins “best in show.”
Janet Schully, Gerry Darr, Jane Swanton, Charlotte Leppert, Artie Brown, Cherry Hawken, Barbara Hope, Joan Wessels. (not pictured, Provy Armstrong)
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CONVENIENTLY HEALTHY with April McKinney
HOLIDAY TREATS Every year around Christmas time my family has a tradition of making all kinds of sweet treats, from traditional German Springerles to my all-time favorite, peanut butter balls! I have such wonderful memories of baking during the holidays with my mom, and I hope to carry on that tradition with my children someday. This year, I decided to put a twist on some of those classic holiday confections.
Since my family is originally from Kentucky, bourbon balls have always been a part of the Christmas dessert table. They are delicious, but I felt like the mix of powdered sugar, bourbon and chocolate needed a little spicing up. I decided to make the filling base with ginger snaps instead of just powdered sugar. The combination of the spicy ginger, the kick of bourbon, and the rich, dark chocolate is just a fantastic flavor explosion! I have also tried this with spiced rum, which was equally delicious. If you don’t want to use alcohol, just replace it with apple cider, which will add a unique dimension of flavor.
The other recipe is one for pecans, the nut of South! We always have plenty of pecans this time of year, whether they are baked into desserts or simply candied. Holiday season in Tennessee wouldn’t be the same without them. These are so simple to make and perfect to give away as gifts to neighbors, friends and teachers. The recipe doesn’t use any butter or oil, but you would never guess it by tasting them!
GINGER SNAP BOURBON BALLS • 6 cups ginger snaps • 1 cup powdered sugar • 2 Tbsp. honey • ½ cup bourbon • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate, chopped or chips • Optional: sea salt
1. Place ginger snaps in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs are
formed. (You can also do this with a resealable bag and rolling pin if you do not have a food processor.) 2. Add in sugar, honey and bourbon, process until everything is incorporated. (Use a mixer if processor is not large enough.) 3. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes 4. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, stirring often. 5. Dip each ball into chocolate to coat, then sprinkle sea salt on top if desired, chill until chocolate hardens. Store in the refrigerator.
COCOA SPICED PECANS INGREDIENTS:
• 1 egg white • 1 Tbsp. water • ½ tsp. vanilla • 2 cups pecans • ½ cup sugar • ¼ cup cocoa • 1 tsp. cinnamon • ¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper, optional • ¼ tsp. salt DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 300˚. 2. Whisk together egg white, water and vanilla until it becomes light and
foamy. 3. Put sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, pepper and salt in a large Ziploc bag. 4. Place pecans in the egg-white mixture and lift out with a slotted spoon
into Ziploc bag. Seal bag and shake until pecans are well-coated. 5. Spread out pecans on a greased baking sheet and place in the oven for 30 minutes. Toss about halfway through cooking time. 6. Allow pecans to cool completely, store in an airtight container. 86 | At Home Tennessee • December 2012
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chef ’s corner “Wassailing We Go”
This Season TEXT BY CHARLES PHILLIPS EXECUTIVE CHEF OF 1808 GRILLE AT HUTTON HOTEL, NASHVILLE
Wassail! Wassail! All over the town, Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown; Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree; With the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink to thee.
orchard to orchard. The Queen soaks a piece of toast in wassail and then climbs up into a tree, leaving the toast there as a gift to the spirits. At this point all the villagers break into song—like the one above—and so the cheer begins...and OK…some of you are lost and some of you carries on into the wee hours. are excited! For those familiar with wassail, you’ll be happy to hear the holiday legends When I imagine this holiday tradition, a smile again, and for those new to it, welcome to comes to my face as I think about the laughter the club! and the plentiful dry, witty jokes told in the innocent ruckus. So the story goes: in the cider-producing counties in the south of England (both west It is in the same spirit that I raise a mug of and east), wassailing refers to a tradition in warm wassail to thee this holiday season. May which the villagers go about singing, drinking we go wassailing with our village friends and and toasting the health of the town’s apple toast to each other and the trees—God bless us trees, while simultaneously making noise to and the orchard alike. scare away the evil spirits. The Wassail King and Queen lead this roving choir of sorts from EAT WELL & BE WELL – CP
HOLIDAY “WASSAIL” CIDER Serves 6 Here is a simple and fast wassail recipe. There are many recipes with varied techniques, from blending toasted bread crumbs in at the end for added body to whipping egg to make it more like eggnog.
INGREDIENTS: • 4 cups apple cider • Juice from ½ a lemon • 2 cinnamon sticks • 5 whole cloves • 1 pinch ground cardamom (go easy, you can always add more) • 1 cup ruby port or Madeira, your choice • 2 small apples – small dice • 2 bottles of good quality brown ale
METHOD: Put all ingredients in a pot or slow cooker and heat on low for one hour. Do not boil. You can strain the wassail or just pour it into an Irish coffee glass. If you do not strain, warn your guests of the potential choking hazard! Tasting instructions: Smell, breathe in, sip, smile and repeat frequently. December 2012 • athometn.com | 89
Chef James Gentry
Imagination Cater the Party TEXT BY WhiTTnEY Willis | phoTographY BY EllioT Birch and jamEs gEnTrY
The holiday season has fast approached again! Just yesterday it seems many of us were enjoying the end of summer vacation or getting the kids ready to head back to school. Now here we are putting up Christmas trees, wrapping gifts and getting the rest of the home ready for the holidays. So much to do—so little time, but what better way than a holiday party to spend the season with family and friends? Maybe you have thrown your share of holiday parties and have run out of ideas for this season, or maybe this is your very first time as host. Either way, this new twist on party planning is sure to ease even the worst case of “hostess anxiety.” Chef James Gentry of Paradox Catering and Cuisine in Memphis specializes in a growing holiday party trend – custom menu planning. Whether it’s deciding on ham or turkey, casseroles, appetizers or which desserts to serve, customizing the menu gives the host a plethora of options, which is especially important during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We talked with Chef Gentry about popular themes and why this type of planning is so crucial for seasonal events.
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James Gentry: My girlfriend, Alia Hogan, and I started Paradox as a completely new and different concept, but quickly began getting requests for large catering events. After several months of back-to-back business, we soon found that there was a need and demand for what we create as a catering company.
am usually in the kitchen starting at 9 a.m., but sometimes earlier. Then on event days, I could be going till midnight or even 3 a.m. I never leave until the event is done, everyone has eaten and everything is back in its place. Then I sleep a few hours, meanwhile, dreaming of ideas for new dishes or presentations for dishes that I think could be better. Plates have to look as AHT: How did the name Paradox come good as they taste. Presentation means a lot to me. I am a firm believer that you eat with your about? eyes first. JG: While sitting at a local restaurant one day, Alia and I were discussing names. We wanted AHT: What makes Paradox so unique as a something that truly described what it is I do catering business? as a chef – meaning I am classically trained, but love to find ways to make the cuisine modern. JG: The one thing I completely love is the So we liked the idea “classically modern.” idea of creating so many different types/styles “That,” she said, “is a paradox.” I liked it. It of food since all of our menus are customwas a simple idea with meaning and completely made for you and your event. Everything is describes my approach to food. Simple but constantly changing. We can do a complete complex; abstract but organized. Asian-themed event one day then turn around and have a Southern/Creole one the next. I love a challenge. It keeps everything fresh and me AHT: Describe your typical day as a chef. on my toes. JG: It varies from day to day. Most of my day is all in the kitchen. Then there are always client AHT: Now that the holidays are upon us, calls. I make sure that I talk to everyone. That what is one of the most unique holiday party way I can get their vision and I explain mine. I themes this year?
JG: Rustic Chic – lots of distressed items and tons of sparkles, glitter display, red pillar candles in large apothecary jars filled with mini pine cones and faux snow. AHT: To whom does Paradox cater? JG: Anyone who wants more than a traditionally catered meal. We want to “wow” people. I enjoy clients who want to push the limits of the entire event. Plated meals are where we really set ourselves apart from others, but a buffet can be nice with the right décor. www.paradoxcuisine.com A TwisT on your HolidAy FAre, PArAdox sTyle
Turkey Leg ConfiT ingredienTs: • ¼ cup kosher salt • ¼ cup sugar • 1 Tbsp. freshly cracked black pepper • 8 sprigs thyme • 3 sprigs sage • 2 sprigs rosemary • 2 crushed juniper berries • 2 bay leaves
for Cooking: • 9 cups duck fat • 1 large onion, diced • 2 large carrots, diced • 3 large stalks celery, diced
PrePArATion: 1. Place whole legs on a baking sheet. Rub salt, sugar and pepper all over turkey; transfer to a large plastic bag. Scatter herbs all around turkey in bag. Place in or on a dish and leave uncovered in the refrigerator overnight. 2. Preheat oven to 250°F. Brush off herbs and excess salt from legs. 3. Heat duck fat in a heavy 5-quart pot over low heat just until melted and warm. Add legs and vegetables to large pot or large casserole dish and submerge. 4. Place in oven and cook until legs are tender and a paring knife can be easily inserted into the thickest part of thigh, 3 to 3 ½ hours. Let turkey cool in duck fat at room temperature, about 2 hours. Cover and chill overnight. Slowly reheat and remove the turkey before serving. December 2012 • athometn.com | 91
Community Christmas Concert First Baptist Church, Paris 731.653.7274
Carols in the City Courthouse Square, Downtown Cleveland 423.479.1000
6 Jersey Boys
White County Chamber of Commerce Open House Sparta 931.836.3552
The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis
Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party Carl Perkins Civic Center, 731.668.3240 December 8-9 Dickens Christmas in Covington Downtown Square, Covington 901.476.9727
10 Holiday Homecoming Celebration Norris Dam State Park, Lake City 800.543.9335
Jackson Photography Club Monthly Meeting “The Lodge” Gander Mountain, Jackson
Ruby Red Christmas Ruby Falls, Chattanooga 423.821.2544 www.rubyfalls.com
The Importance of Being Earnest Chatanooga Theatre Centre 423.267.8534 www.theatrecentre.com
A Nashville Symphony Christmas Schermerhorn Symphony Center 615.687.6500 www.nashvillesymphony.org
Christmas 4 Kids Hendersonville 615.777.6995 December 17-29 Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard Memphis Botanic Garden 901.636.4121
28th Annual Christmas Eve Breakfast Providence House, Jackson 800.748.9588 www.caseyjones.com
20 Handel’s Messiah performed by the Nashville Symphony Schermerhorn Symphony Center 615.687.6500 www.nashvillesymphony.org
Dec 26 - Jan 2 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Stones River Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro 615.893.9501
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop & Fireworks Show Downtown Parkway, Gatlinburg 800.568.4748 www.gatlinburg.com
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6th Annual Elves’ Holiday Bazaar Livingston Rotary Complex www.overtonco.com
December 1 - 24 Christmas in Old Appalachia Museum of Appalachia museumofappalachia.org
7 Live on Stage: Annie Chattanooga Theatre Centre 423.267.8534 www.theatrecentre.com
Humphreys County Christmas Parade Downtown Waverly 931.296.4865 www.hereyaare.com
Live on Stage: Annie
Christmas in Collierville Home Tour 901.486.2739 colliervillecontemporaryclub.org
14 A Stroll Through Christmas Main Street Clifton 931.676.3370 www.cityofclifton.com
15 Nashville Unleashed Special Christmas Concerts Natchez Hills Vineyard 931.285.2500 www.natchezhills.com
Santa’s Last Blast Downtown Paris 731.653.7274
A Sanders Family Christmas Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville 931.484.5000
Ruby Red Christmas
28th Annual Christmas Eve Breakfast
Christmas in ViCksburg TexT by LAurA beTH STrickLAnD
Find the true meaning of the holiday season amid all the hustle and bustle by enjoying an old-fashioned Christmas in Vicksburg, Mississippi, an ideal weekend getaway. From its grand homes to a bustling downtown, Vicksburg goes all out for the holidays. As families are eating leftover Thanksgiving turkey, Vicksburg is transforming into full Christmas décor. The Outlets at Vicksburg open their doors on Thanksgiving night at 11 p.m. for Moonlight Madness to ensure customers an early start on checking off their Christmas list. The Sunday after Thanksgiving is the official kickoff for downtown with the Old-Fashioned Christmas Open House, where free poinsettias are given with every $25 purchase. Stores offer sales and gourmet food for customers to enjoy and the sidewalks are filled with holiday music to enhance the Christmas spirit. Each weekend is packed with activities for the whole family including caroling contests, arts and crafts shows, parades, live theater and even a ball! Elmo and Santa arrive the first weekend in December, one of many Vicksburg annual events that have become favorites. The Convention Center will host “Elmo Makes 94 | At Home Tennessee • December October 2012 2012
Music” November 30 and December 1. The Southern Cultural Heritage Center will have the fifth annual “Holly Days” Arts and Crafts Show showcasing holiday vendors and live entertainment December 1, followed by the Downtown Christmas Parade of Lights, this year themed “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express will make its arrival at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 2. Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express includes a smiling tank car; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; a newly remodeled elves’ workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose. Each car is dressed in lights. The train will arrive at the Old Depot Museum located at 1010 Levee St. The second weekend in December brings plenty of holiday fun with Breakfast with Santa and the Wrap It Up Gift Show at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Dress in your finest Civil War era attire and make plans to attend the Confederate Christmas Ball (formerly the Balfour Ball) at the Old Courthouse Museum. (Gowns may be rented from the Vicksburg CVB.) Productions of Miracle on 34th Street, Forgotten Carols, The Christmas Post and The Christmas Carol will also be showing at various venues in
Vicksburg throughout the season. Find details on all Vicksburg events at www.visitvicksburg. com/events. Vicksburg’s holiday tour of homes will be pulling out all the stops to show off the grandest of Christmas decorating at each location. Homes may be toured daily by appointment. Cedar Grove Mansion and Anchuca Mansion offer Christmas Day meals at lunch and dinner for those wishing to dine out on the holiday. Find special deals for Christmas in Vicksburg bed and breakfasts at www.vicksburgbedandbreakfast.com. Whether you come for a specific event or just to feel the warmth and charm of the city, you’ll discover Vicksburg is the perfect place to find your Christmas spirit. www.keytothesouth.com facebook.com/visitvicksburg twitter.com/VisitVicksburg
GATLINBURG – BEST OF THE SEASON TexT by Fiona young-brown
Whether it’s late fall or early winter, Gatlinburg is always full of festive events steeped in rich tradition. From craft fairs to Christmas on Ice and Ober Gatlinburg’s winter sports, there are plenty of activities for all ages and for families. Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair For more than 35 years, artists, crafters and shoppers have flocked to Tennessee to attend what has become a “Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.” Each year, the Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is held for three weeks in October at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, hosting more than 200 vendor booths with arts and crafts from as far away as Texas and Pennsylvania. An estimated 85,000 people flock to the fair each year in late fall just before the holidays kick off, yet for many the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair feels less like a sales opportunity and more like a giant family reunion. The show also welcomes new vendors each year, and whether your budget is a just few bucks or thousands of dollars, you can find something to take home with you, making it accessible for every price range. Just when you think you can’t browse anymore, stop and enjoy the full slate of live musical entertainment until you are ready for round two.
with Christmas music as the holiday season rolls around. Carolers are out on Friday and Saturday nights in Parkway. Some of the groups who participate include Walters State Community College Chorus and GatlinburgPittman High’s Barbershop Quartet, along with Dickens-styled carolers dressed in Victorian clothing. Jeno the Bear will make a special guest appearance, putting off hibernation to join in on the fun! The event is free and with its thousands of lights, it could fill even the grouchiest Dcrooge with the Christmas spirit.
with everything from skiing to snow tubing training sessions. There are two quad lifts and nine trails in the ski park, along with terrain to suit everyone from first timers just getting their snow legs to seasoned pros who love a challenge! The winter park’s season lasts from Dec. 23 until Mar. 16.
Trolley Ride of Lights For those who want to sit and just observe the lovely lights of “Winter Magic,” the Trolley Ride of Lights continues through Jan. 26 from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. nightly except Dec. 7, the Holiday Arts and Crafts Show night of the city’s big parade. Sit back, relax and The perfect opportunity for anyone seeking enjoy the view! unique, one-of-a-kind gifts, this craft show showcases handmade crafts by some of the Fantasy of Lights Parade Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community’s Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without most creative members. The event starts in late a parade and, boy, does Gatlinburg know November and continues through Dec. 2 at the how to do it! The 37th Annual Fantasy of Gatlinburg Convention Center. Lights Parade will take place on Dec. 7 in Downtown Gatlinburg. Giant helium balloons Christmas on Ice will decorate the sky while marching bands Local amateur skaters show off their chops from North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and by performing figure skating routines to Alabama provide booming entertainment. The Christmas tunes. This event takes place at Ober duration of the parade is an hour and a half and Gatlinburg ski resort and is choreographed admission is free. However, you might want to by the rink’s instructor, Devon Herman. consider arriving early because close to 80,000 Christmas on Ice runs Dec. 1 and 2. people are expected for the event.
Ober Gatlinburg’s Winter Sports Winter Magic Tunes and Tales As soon as it’s cold enough to make snow in Visitors to the area can also enjoy the wonder the daytime, you can bet that Ober Gatlinburg of Gatlinburg’s “Winter Magic” light display will be opening up for the winter season December 2012 • athometn.com | 95
sources 44 | At Home With: Book cover — Julie Wood, graphic designer Tablescape — J. Kent Freeman, www.jkentfreemanfloral.com 46 | Arts: Special thanks to: Period Media, Los Angeles; Core PR and Jill Wagner 52 | Home Feature: Photographer — Joshua Lintz, www.joshuamarklintz.com Coordinator — The Saucy Sisters, www.saucysisters.com Interior Design — ReCreations of Nashville (Tim Causey), www.recreationsfurniture.com 62 | Design: Le Fleur, Memphis, www.lefleur.org Natural Creations (Tim Miller), Collierville, www.timsnaturalcreations.com Holiday Flowers & Events, Germantown, www.holidayflowers.com Germantown Chamber’s Tour of Homes – homeowners Tammy and Darin Drake 82 | Entertaining: Planning & Design — Social Butterflies,LLC, www.sb-events.com Floral Design — Haute Horticulture, www.hautehorticulture.com Chocolate Flavors — Bedazzle my Bon Bons, www.bedazzlemybonbons.com Decorated Sugar Cookies & Petite Fours — Oh My Ganache Bakery, www.ohmyganachebakery.com Caterer — Ziparos, www.ziparos.com Photographer — Annabella Charles, www.annabellacharles.com Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals, www.mahaffeytent.com 90 | Cuisine: Special thanks to: Lindsey Graeber/ Green Line Marketing, www.gogreenlinemarketing.com
corrections OCTOBER 2012 ISSUE: Fashion (page 23): DebraJill earrings NOVEMBER 2012 ISSUE: At Home With (page 42): Lebanon resident Bill Carter, Rattlesnake Mountain, Virginia Gift Guide (page 70): “We Live in Memphis!” book retails for $7 Happenings (page 92): The Graceland Holiday Lighting ceremony took place on Friday, November 16th December 2012 • athometn.com | 97
Making a List and CheCking it twiCe: the gift guide TexT By SHANA RALey-LUSK
It’s that time of year again. That wonderfully hectic season that we all look forward to and yet somehow dread: the holidays. Between the cooking, entertaining, last-minute errands and never-ending gift lists, the most wonderful time of the year can easily turn into the most stressful time of the year. But fear not; when it comes to selecting the perfect present for everyone on your list, our book guide has you covered. For the novel lover:
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman: An ideal gift for anyone who loves nothing more than to become completely immersed in a good story, this is the beautifully crafted tale of Tom Sherbourne and his young wife, Isabel. Sherbourne is the lighthouse keeper on isolated Janus Rock where he and Isabel soon discover a baby in a boat that has washed ashore. The novel centers around the decisions made by this couple and explores themes of tragedy, loss, courage and love. For lovers oF pets or politics (or both!):
Pets at the White House: 50 Years of Presidents and Their Pets by Jennifer B. Pickens: Pets and politics may seem an unlikely combination, but, as this charming book documents so 98 | At Home Tennessee • December 2012
perfectly, that assumption could not be further from the truth. The White House has, in fact, been home to many residents of the four-legged variety. From dogs and cats to raccoons and alligators, this book covers it all when it comes to presidential pets and gives readers a glimpse into the world of America’s first families. For lovers oF art and nature:
For the gardener:
The Unexpected Houseplant: 220 Extraordinary Choices for Every Spot in Your Home by Tovah Martin: For those with a love for the garden, the arrival of winter does not necessarily mean taking is a hiatus on planting and growing. Look no further than The Unexpected Houseplant, where the idea of the old-fashioned houseplant is transformed into something unconventional and stylish. Refreshing and informative, this book turns the idea of the boring, ordinary houseplant on its head and is sure to inspire the gardener in us all.
Pheromone: The Insect Artwork of Christopher Marley: Marley transforms the natural world of insects into spectacular pieces of one-of-a-kind artwork so colorful and unique that they hardly look real. Meshing the world of insect collecting For the design lover: with art has become Marley’s specialty and his talent is expertly displayed in the volume’s vivid The Collected Home: Rooms with Style, Grace, and History by Darryl Carter with Trish and spectacular color photos. Donnally: Named one of the top 100 designers For poetry lovers: in the world by Architectural Digest, Darryl Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place by Carter is an expert when it comes to home bell hooks: Celebrated as one of the nation’s design. His widely recognized refined design leading intellectuals, bell hooks has written aesthetic is more than just a style, though. more than 30 books in her career. Inspired Carter’s approach focuses on finding pieces for by her upbringing in the hills of Kentucky, the home that are not only beautiful, but also Appalachian Elegy focuses on subjects and meaningful and comfortable. This book is full imagery familiar to the region, while making of advice on design, including selecting paint connections to larger social issues. Powerful colors and other items for the home. and clear, the book celebrates the area while simultaneously mourning its ongoing losses.