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CONTEMPORARY DESIGN IN MEMPHIS AND NASHVILLE A Chickasaw Gardens home transformed with color; modern touches for a classic 70’s abode Travel to Savannah, Georgia ATHOMETN.COM

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Two contemporary homes ar in the spotlight this month – a beautiful abode in Memphis with bold colors and an updated 70’s house in Nashville See page 56 6 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012

The latest advice on breast cancer detection, plastic surgery and more


contents OCTOBER 2012

18 | fashion:

FALL FASHION – VINEYARD STYLE Best looks of the season on location at Humboldt's Crown Winery

26 | beauty:



Supporting breast cancer prevention; curing dryness to dark circles

32 | best of:

HAUNTED PLACES IN TENNESSEE From the Bell Witch to Baker Peters, the best spooks statewide

46 | at home with: AFRICA GONZALEZ

Helping women in need for nearly a decade

50 | arts:

CELEBRATING A JAPANESE GIFT Memphis Botanic Gardens honors a 100 year anniversary

52 | technology: KEEPING KIDS SAFE

What parents can do to protect children online

54 | music:

MUSIC CITY SCENE WITH CHUCK DAUPHIN Catching up with Carrie Underwood; honoring a WSM radio veteran

66 | design:

BEST KIDS' ROOM DECOR From toddlers to teens, ideas for decorating your child's favorite abode

84 | garden:




Save seeds for spring and repair your post-summer lawn

86 | in bloom:

ARKANSAS BLUE STAR A foliage favorite perfect for fall

94 | entertaining: "BOO" MITZVAH

A rite of passage celebrated with chills and thrills

98 | cooking:

"CONVENIENTLY HEALTHY" WITH APRIL MCKINNEY Tailgating snacks that satisfy without fumbling healthy eating habits


100 | cuisine:

SPERRY'S RESTAURANT IN NASHVILLE A classic English-style steakhouse that’s long been known as a family tradition

110 | roadtrip:

WILLIAM J. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY Visit a historic Arkansas landmark this election season

114 | books:

THE ART OF HOME Inspiration and interior design in Charles Faudue Home

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OCTOBER 2012 • Vol. 11 No. 7 PUBLISHER/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Margaret Monger |

EDITOR janna fite herbison |





Lesley Colvett |


Charles Reynolds |


senior ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Hilary Frankel |

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES SUZANNE BOYD | ONEAL LEATHERS | donna roland | Melanie Tigrett | Holt Edwards | Allison P. Smith |


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Webmaster/Office Assistant LAURIE SUMMERS

CONTRIBUTORS EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Linda Benton, Chuck Dauphin, April McKinney, Kathy Summers, Scott Fuelling, Jesse Muchmore, Michelle Hope, Andy Pulte, Allison Hersh, Sue Hamilton, Kristen Waddell, Whittney Willis, Deanna Chamberlain, Carol Reese, Charles Phillips

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Mike Boatman, Nicolette Overton, quinn ballard, james white, marci lambert

INTERNS Alex Comer, Jesse Muchmore, Latifa Newbill, Nicolette Overton, Whittney Willis


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publisher’s note


from Princess to Mummy

(and the blink of an eye in between)


hile thinking about what to write about this month, I was texting my daughter who recently moved into her first home. “We need to buy Halloween decorations. You will have your own trick-or-treaters this year,” I sent her. Her reply was a simple “yeahhhh.” I had to smile because I think I got that same reply years ago after I found the princess costume she requested, and the one I then searched everywhere for. I asked if she was going to be a princess again this Halloween and she replied, “I am already a princess…I am thinking about being a mummy this year.” Halloween was always a fun time at our house. My husband got a little more into it than me, though. I loved watching the children come by in sweet costumes and he liked the scary ones. He always dressed up with our kids and made sure we had perfectly carved jack-olanterns. Before computers, he drew the costumes out and planned them for weeks, then let the kids pick which ones they wanted. When the Internet came along, the pumpkin carving was taken to a whole new level as they would search online for the perfect pattern. I actually have a picture of him with our daughter when she was three weeks old, “carving” their first pumpkin together. I tried to convince him that she really wasn’t aware of what going on but he insisted she was, and thinking back on it - he was right. This Halloween, our son will be at college at his own “scary party” on so many levels, so I think we will just spend it at our daughter’s house. We are still texting as I write this letter so I asked her if Tyler, her fiancé, was going to carve the pumpkin this year. Her reply was “no, I want Daddy to!” Thank God, some things never change. Twenty -three years have flown by in a blink since their first pumpkin carving experience together. Special Birthday Wishes this month to our princess-turned-mummy daughter. I’m sure her father will remind her to buy the good candy. I think I will show up in a princess costume and leave the carving to them.

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contributors LESLEY COLVETT

attends some of the most fabulous parties throughout the state as social editor for At Home Tennessee magazine. Colvett’s 10-year career in magazines began promptly after she graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with her first job as editor of Memphis’ RSVP magazine. If you would like At Home Tennessee to attend your upcoming event contact Lesley at

Shana RaLEY-LuSk

is a freelance writer and regular contributor to At Home Tennessee magazine. Lusk is a lifelong reader who has a diverse background and education in fine arts, interior design and literature. Shana brings in fall with Charles Faudree Home on p. 114, a book about interior design and inspiration.


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 reminds us that fall is the perfect time to start prepping for next spring on p. 84.


This month, Kristen tells us about the Memphis Botanic Garden’s commemoration of Japan’s gift of beautiful cherry trees to the U.S. 100 years ago on p. 50. She is a member of the MidSouth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, MPACT Memphis and the Arts Memphis BRAVO Memphis program.

ChuCk Dauphin

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. This month, Chuck interviews country music superstar Carrie Underwood and celebrates a milestone for WSM Radio on p. 54

apRiL MCkinnEY

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 new recipes on camera.” This month in her new column, “Conveniently Healthy,” April gives us some healthy and delicious alternatives to our favorite tailgating snacks on p. 98 14 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012


15/20 Blouse, Flare Seven high-waisted dark jeans, Lavish 18 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012

C. Luce Jacket, Fond Blouse, Jag Nikki black leggings, Diba Kayden boots, Ellen Hays necklace, Signature’s


Fall Fashion Vineyard





15/20 blouse, Tolani Leopard Snood, Whitley V necklace, Virgins Saints & Angels chain earrings, Free People jeans, Marc Jacobs purse, Mam’selle; Bed Stu Cobbler Manchester II boots, Leigh Nants


Katie Kalsi purse; Free People tea combo blouse, Jack BB Dakota dark brown vest, Joe’s The Skinny Jeans, 7 For All Mankind heel, Belk

A.L.C. Gryn blouse, Rag & Bone legging jeans, Oak Hall; Ellen Hays Earrings, Signature’s October 2012 • | 21


TOP LEFT Line & Dot skirt with black overlay, Grey Bella Lux tank, Black vintage Michael Gaines necklace, Mam’selle; Sam Edelman black stilettos, Belk BOTTOM LEFT Alice & Olivia jacket, Joie blouse, J. Brand jeans, Oak Hall; Katie Kalsi purse TOP RIGHT Karina Grimaldi Coral leopard tunic dress, Donald J Pliner vintage Suede P Espresso boots, Lavish; DebraJill Len Pearl necklace, Oak Hall 22 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012


Navy Shift dress, Bed Stu Cobbler Heaven blue heels, Leigh Nants; Ellen Hays jade pendant necklace, Signature’s; Vince Camuto earrings, Belk; Katie Kalsi purse

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Products to honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Hope Blossoms Mineral Bath Salts AHAVA, $22 for 32 oz, $10 for 6 oz, or


Make A Difference & Peace of Mind ORIGINS, $17,


Courage & Beauty Travel Palette Stila, $16,


Cherish Lip Fixation

Jane Iredale, $34,


Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact

Estée Lauder, $75,


Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm Clinique, $16,


Lip Balm/Hand Lotion Pack eos, $7,


Pinkie Pink Nail Polish

Nails Inc., $18,

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Show your support by purchasing this must-have set – a collectible, multicolored pressed powder, paired with a lip glaze to support breast cancer awareness month. A portion of proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


AHAVA will make a 10% donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in support of their mission to help fund research and promote education and early detection. These mineral-rich salts contain Dead Sea extracts that work to melt away stress, while providing moisture to skin.


Vital moisture that replenishes even the most dry, dehydrated hands. Over-exposed hands are cared for with the intensely rich Make A Difference hand treatment while Peace of Mind® has powerfully soothing properties of key ingredients that help fight stress and fatigue.


A shining tribute to women affected by breast cancer, Cherish is an uplifting indulgence for every woman. Packed with botanicals, the stain soothes and pampers lips for comfortable coverage without feathering or drying.


The Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact is an instant collectible, with its brilliant new Pink Ribbon design. The inside of the compact is inscribed "Estée Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness 2012." 100% of proceeds donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


This special edition Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm comes with a pink cosmetic carrying pouch with heart-shaped charm pull with the pink ribbon. This colorful lip crayon is ideal for on-the-go touch-ups and perfectly portable to provide great lips for a cause.

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To support Breast Cancer, Nails Inc. created this pink polish, with a portion of every item sold donated to the cause.

Berry Blossom Hand Lotion and Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Sphere are together in one sweet package for an even sweeter purpose. 100% of profits will be donated to further the advancement of research for treatment and a cure for breast cancer. Highly natural and deeply moisturizing, both products make the perfect pair to delight your skin and all of your senses. October 2012 • | 27



From dry skin to puffy eyes, we have you covered with our favorite fix-it products



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Age Intervention Dark Circle Eye Defense

Jan Marini, $85, or


Elite Platinum Créme

Elite Therapeutics, $195,


Absolue L'Extrait

Lancome, $350,

Laser-free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub Peter Thomas Roth, $38,


Acne Medication: Calming Cleanser, Soothing Serum, & Comforting Creme Skinnaturals, $25-43,


Microsilk Hydrotherapy

Jason International, Inc., $4,210,


Retinol 0.5

Skin Ceuticals, $59,

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Age Intervention Dark Circle Eye Defense is a new generation of dark circle products. It works to reduce the appearance of under-eye circles and wrinkles by improving texture, lines, wrinkles and pigment. Collagenesis Lip Stem Rejen Advanced Lip & Laugh Line Therapy is a genuine solution that delivers true results. Formulated to help reduce the appearance of vertical lip lines and wrinkles around the lip contour areas, all while keeping the delicate area drenched with age-fighting actives. It is packed with five anti-aging peptides that help enhance existing collagen and smooth aging skin.


Collagen and elastin synthesis are the anchors behind the modern miracles found within the ultra-premium Elite Platinum Crème. It features a potent combination of anti-aging protein peptides specifically targeted at helping improve dermal hydration, elastin proliferation and DNA protection, all of which help maintain youthful, healthy, skin.


Experience Lancôme’s most powerful regenerating ingredient, Lancôme Rose Native Cells. These native cells are proven to extend their own exceptional properties to enhance skin’s regenerative potential. Absolue L’Extrait helps reveal firmer, more elastic, more radiant skin for fascinating beauty.


The Skinnaturals line gives a whole new meaning to natural skincare. Paraben free, sulfate free, gluten free. The three-part collection will return your skin to its pure state as you wave goodbye to irritation, redness and breakouts.

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This scrub retexturizes, resurfaces, renews and moisturizes dull, aging, overexposed skin. Skin is left with improved texture, minimized pores, smoother fine lines and wrinkles, and a more even, clarified tone. This retinol product helps stimulate cell regeneration and build collagen to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots from both photo- and intrinsic aging. Additionally, it helps minimize the appearance of pore size while correcting blemishes and blotchiness often associated with problematic skin.


MicroSilk's gentle sensation super saturates the water with billions of oxygen-rich micro bubbles, increasing oxygen levels up to 70 percent higher than common tap water. This luxurious cloud of oxygen blankets your body, energizing skin cells, stimulating the immune system, killing bacteria and promoting healing, entering your pores, bonding to impurities and gently lifting them away, leaving your skin soft and clean in a way you’ve never experienced. October 2012 • | 29

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View of the Carnton Plantation from the cemetery

Betsy Bell Monument Photo by Walter Kirby

Favorite Tennessee


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Elmwood Cemetery "Snow" Photo by Gary Shelley

Autumn in Tennessee has always been a feast for the senses with its vibrant fall foliage, the smell of burning leaves and the tang of apple cider. It’s a time when crisp evenings at last provide welcome relief from the hot and humid dog days of summer. Toward the end of October, though, the Volunteer State is also known for delivering spine-tingling shivers to those brave enough to seek out Tennessee’s haunted history! One of the most famous ghost tales in Tennessee is that of the Bell Witch in Adams. In 1817, John Bell said he had been cursed by a witch or spirit that called itself “Kate.” His daughter Betsy had been slapped and pinched, blankets were ripped off the beds inside and banging could be heard from outside the house. The Bell Witch was said to have caused John Bell’s death and his daughter Betsy’s cancelled engagement. The Bell Witch hauntings were also the inspiration for the movie The Blair Witch Project (1999). Chattanooga’s Chickamauga Battlefield was the site of a Civil War battle that ended in the death or imprisonment of thousands of Confederate soldiers. So many were lost that the families looked through the fallen at night with lanterns to try and identify their loved ones. It’s said that after dark, lights can be seen on the battlefield and the sounds of crying women can be heard. The Baker-Peters mansion in Knoxville has now been converted into a fine-dining lounge and jazz club but it is known for its bloody Civil War history, as well. It was once the home of Dr. James Harvey Baker who was killed by Union forces while tending to wounded Confederate soldiers. Baker’s son Abner eventually returned after the war and had his revenge upon the informant, Postmaster William Hall. Hall’s friends later hanged Abner from a tree just outside the home. Many locals believe it to be haunted by Abner’s vengeful ghost to this day. The most chilling evidence is a picture that hangs on the wall. It is a photo of what appears to be a Confederate soldier looking in through the window of the bar – a bar on the second story of the building. In Middle Tennessee, the Carnton Plantation in Franklin was a field hospital for wounded and dying Confederate soldiers after the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War. It is estimated that nearly 300 soldiers were hospitalized at the Carnton Plantation and several bloodstains are still visible in the wooden floorboards of the house. It has often been called “the most haunted building in Tennessee." October 2012 • | 33

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Battle of Chickamauga (lithograph by Kurz and Allison, 1890).

Courtesy of Earnestine & Hazel's Delta Queen Photo by Jeremy Atherton

Elmwood Cemetery "Ginko Angel" by Paula Cravens

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The Bell Witch House in 1909 Courtesy of Walter Kirby

Chattanooga is the permanent home of the Delta Queen Riverboat. The famous vessel is said to be haunted by Mary B. Green, one of the first female riverboat captains. Mary didn’t allow alcohol on her riverboat, but when she passed away in 1849, a saloon was opened on the Delta Queen. Ironically, when the first drink was served the ship was hit by a barge called the Captain Mary B. and the part of the ship containing the saloon was destroyed. Memphis' the Orpheum Theatre houses the very active and very famous ghost of a young girl named Mary. Many are not aware that The Orpheum sits on the original site of the Grand Opera House that was built in 1890. Mary, a 12-year-old, was injured in a trolley accident outside the Opera House. She was carried into the theatre where she eventually died. It is said she haunted the Grand Opera House until it was destroyed by fire in 1923. The present-day Orpheum Theatre was built and opened in 1928. Mary remained there and has reportedly been seen in her favorite seat in the mezzanine, and she has often been heard giggling, running up and down the aisles of the theater or dancing in the lobby. The Bluff City has its share of haunted places. Earnestine and Hazel’s Bar on South Main downtown was once a dry goods store. It had a hotel upstairs that was frequented by visiting musicians. E & H’s upstairs also operated as a brothel and gambling hall, so it’s no surprise that ghosts has been reported in the bar, the jukebox plays on its own and howling and moaning has been heard coming from upstairs. It has wildly painted walls, crooked floors and stairs that serve to keep those who visit a little off balance. For the faint of heart, perhaps one less eerie location is the historic 1852 Victorian Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, which conducts a twilight tour a few days before Halloween. Guests are led through the cemetery and greeted by costumed actors that represent the many intriguing inhabitants of the cemetery. Elmwood is home to Memphis’ pioneer families, victims of the 1878 Yellow Fever epidemic, 14 Confederate generals, senators, governors, mayors and madams. Just like the leaves and cider, Tennessee has lots of bold, colorful characters and spicy mysteries in its historic past. So enjoy the cooler days and nights – and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Elvis.

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Tybee Island Lighthouse

Savannah Splendor

This Georgia jewel sparkles all year round, showcasing three centuries of history and plenty of cosmopolitan style TEXT BY Allison Hersh

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The first thing visitors notice in Savannah are the trees: massive live oaks dripping with delicate ribbons of Spanish moss and stately magnolias bursting with football-sized white blossoms. Georgia’s First City boasts old-fashioned Southern hospitality, three centuries of history and one of the nation’s largest National Landmark Historic Districts. But don’t let the Southern charm fool you. You’ll find more WiFi hotspots than antebellum plantations in this cosmopolitan, artsy city. Savannah evokes the vintage style of a European village and the mystical setting of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel. It’s no wonder this coastal gem is known as the Hostess City of the South.

Old SOuth MeetS New SOuth What makes Savannah so appealing is its combination of old-fashioned charm and edgy 21st-century chic. In this coastal haven, visitors can saunter past picturesque homes lining the city’s walkable streets, relax at a fair trade café or watch the ships drift along the Savannah River. More adventurous travelers can explore cutting-edge art galleries scattered along Bull Street or cruise down Broughton Street on an electric scooter to shop at stylish boutiques one might expect to find in Soho or Chelsea. Welcome to the sophisticated New South. Savannah regularly attracts newcomers with a creative flair, enriching the area’s thriving cultural scene. The city made Conde Nast Traveler’s list of “Top 10 American Travel Destinations” and Travel + Leisure’s ranking of the “Top 10 Cities in the U.S. and Canada.” From down-home barbecue to burly container ships muscling down the Savannah River, Savannah’s unvarnished authenticity continues to attract visitors of all ages. In an age of reality shows and theme parks, Savannah has its own distinctive ambiance.

PaSt, PreSeNt aNd Future British General James Edward Oglethorpe founded Savannah in 1733, creating the 13th colony of Georgia. Oglethorpe’s imprint upon the city is still felt throughout the National Landmark Historic District. This English general devised Savannah’s distinctive city plan – an ingenious grid of squares, which are really miniature public parks, that serves as an organizing system for the downtown area. October 2012 • |39

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Forsyth Park Fountain Photo Courtesy of

In this early model of urban planning, houses, churches and businesses surround each square, creating a network of interconnected neighborhoods. Today, 23 of the city’s original 24 squares remain, each of which has its own charm, style and personality. Don’t miss the newly-renovated Ellis Square, located adjacent to City Market, which features a splash fountain for kids, a visitor’s center and a bronze statue of legendary songwriter (and Savannah native) Johnny Mercer.

Historic District Mansion Photo Courtesy of

book was eventually made into a film directed by Clint Eastwood and even has its own fan club. The cemetery statue featured on the cover of the book became such a popular tourist destination that it had to be relocated to the Telfair Academy on Barnard Square, where it remains on permanent display.

Southern Jewel A creative haven, Savannah is home to more than 40 galleries, the oldest art museum in the South and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Literally thousands of artists, including students and professional painters, flock to this city with its history of strong support for the arts.

its emerald live oaks, vibrant tapestry of homes and shimmering tidal marshes, Savannah is a cinematographer’s paradise. The city has graced the silver screen for decades, taking center stage in Forrest Gump, Glory, Gingerbread Man and a host of other films. Off screen, Savannah’s history lives on in its antebellum buildings, ballastone streets and urban tree canopy. Over the centuries, the city has survived a variety of threats, from war to neglect. Today, this revitalized jewel offers a magnificent window into the past, framed by fragrant Confederate jasmine and brilliant azalea blooms.

With the success of John Berendt’s best-selling book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Savannah was discovered by an international audience. First published in January of 1994, Spend some time beneath Savannah’s lush Berendt’s novel held a top position on The New York Times Bestseller List for more than Over the years, Georgia’s First City has served evergreen canopy – you’ll be sure to feel right five years, shattering all previous records. The as the ideal backdrop for dozens of movies. With at home. 40 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012


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Savannah Square Photo Courtesy of

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Beach on Tybee Island

Talamadge Memorial Bridge

Eight Great Savannah Experiences

1. Feed your soul. Hang out at a laid-back downtown dive serving up slow-cooked barbecue and authentic Southern hospitality with a smile. At Wall’s BBQ (www.facebook. com/Wallsbbq) and Angel’s BBQ (www., flip flops and shorts are always appropriate, regardless of the season.

2. Get out on the water. Enjoy a fullmoon paddle with North Island Surf and Kayak ( or Savannah Canoe and Kayak (www.

3. Check out local folk art. The Beach Institute ( houses a buzzworthy folk art collection by the late Ulysses S. Davis, a Savannah barber who excelled at imaginative wood carving and has been featured in top art museums.

4. Get back to the garden. Known for its Technicolor spring blossoms, Savannah is home to a number of impressive public gardens. Two local favorites are those at the newly-expanded Ships of the Sea Museum ( which replicates a classic 19th-century parlor garden design, and the Owens-Thomas House (www.telfair. org), which boasts a symmetrical English Regency garden style.

5. Explore Savannah’s haunted side. Join a haunted pub crawl after the sun goes down and you’ll see a whole different side of the city. Sip spirits during the Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour (www.savannahtours. com) and hear spooky ghost stories that reveal why Savannah has been called “America’s Most Haunted City.”

6. Savor fresh seafood. Oysters, shrimp and crabs just don’t get any fresher than when they’re served Savannah-style. Leave the fancy trimmings behind and get your hands dirty with an oyster roast at Bonna Bella (www. or a Low Country Boil at Desposito’s (

7. Create your own picnic in the park. Grab a blanket and a few delectable treats and you’ll have everything you need for a perfect picnic in Forsyth Park. Pick up some ready-made sandwiches and all-natural sodas at Brighter Day ( and a few decadent red velvet cupcakes from Back in the Day Bakery (www.backinthedaybakery. com) and you’ll be all set.

8. Shop local. One of the things that makes Savannah special is its eclectic blend of independently-owned shops and boutiques. For the latest fashions and home accessories, stroll through the Downtown Design District (, a loose coalition of stores along Whitaker Street defined by a common commitment to style. October 2012 • |43

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Africa Gonzalez, director of immigrant women’s services for the YWCA Greater Memphis, meets with a client

Photo by Marci Lambert

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton and his wife, Ruby, present Africa Gonzalez with the Ruby R. Wharton Award for her work with women’s rights Photo courtesy of Francisco Correa of La Raza News



AT HOME TENNESSEE: As Director of Immigrant Women’s Services for the YWCA of Greater Memphis, you have devoted the past decade to empowering women who are trying to escape abusive relationships. What inspired you? Africa Gonzalez: I am a woman. I have experienced firsthand the stereotypes, myths and wrong ideas about women. I also believe that our culture is still struggling to value women’s needs and contributions. I have seen a lot of unnecessary suffering, and since I was young I have felt a sense of responsibility to help. I first saw the need of domestic violence victims while working for the Memphis Police Department. Seeing victims walk into the Criminal Justice Center in desperate need of help motivated me to do something for them. I would get arrest tickets every day and 46 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012

personally call each of the victims to inform them of their rights, available services and case updates. Seeing how much the simple act of giving the victims access to information empowered them, I wanted to do more. I began to specifically assist non-English speaking women, for whom navigating the system was even more challenging. For more than 10 years, I have been assisting victims through the YWCA Greater Memphis, where I help women and children who have survived abuse, including domestic and dating violence, stalking, sexual abuse and human trafficking. 

I stop to think about it, I am grateful for what generations of women did before my time to make life better for us. My work is still making an impact further down the road from women not having the right to vote, own property or leave an abusive partner. I am thankful to be able to help modern women fully participate in those rights that we now have.

AHT: What is your greatest challenge?

AG: My biggest challenges when assisting victims are limited resources, victim-blaming attitudes, and the system of beliefs imposed AHT: What is most rewarding about your on women by their abusers – and even some work with the YWCA? institutions – that keep them oppressed.  

AG: I work with a great team of advocates at the AHT: You brought the first production of YWCA, and together we are making the world Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues in Spanish to a better place for women and children. When Memphis. Tell us about the impact.

AG: Most of the women that I have interviewed over the years have suffered sexual abuse either as children or adults but never spoke about it due to shame and fear. I found Eve Ensler’s play very truthful to the reality of the women who share their stories with me. I saw that it creates a safe platform for women to speak about sexuality and dispel myths through evoking laughter, sadness and anger; the audience loves it. The Vagina Monologues is part of V Day, a global movement that advocates for social change against gender violence and sexual abuse. Carol Peterson produced the play for 12 years in Memphis, and three years ago she invited me to produce it in Spanish. It has been a great success all three years. Our wonderful theater director, Gio Lopez, beautifully facilitated the play, helping local cast members come to believe in themselves and bring new life to the monologues. The monologues sound great in Spanish!  AHT: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. What should Tennesseans know?

AG: Domestic violence and sexual abuse are silent crimes that affect women and children from all walks of life. One of four women is a victim of abuse, and by some counts the numbers are much higher. Our state has YWCAs in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville with emergency shelters, safety planning and crisis hotlines available to individuals throughout each region. Additionally, the YWCA Bristol provides outreach. If you know someone in an abusive relationship, make sure they know that help is available. AHT: What do you want to tell women currently struggling with abuse?

AG: There are people out here who care and want to help you. Take the leap – you are not alone!  In fact, many people have gone through what you are going through and made it. There is freedom on the other side of abuse.   AHT: Tell us about your family and what you enjoy as pastimes in the Memphis area. AG: I am married to Wilson McCloy and have three children of my own and a stepdaughter. Being a parent is the most important job I have. My husband and I love to go camping with the kids and enjoy the outdoors. We are foodies, readers and love multiethnic cinema.

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MeMphis Botanic Garden celeBration Honoring 100th Anniversary of the Gift of Cherry Trees from Japan TexT by KrisTen Waddell

The Memphis Botanic Garden recently held a Japanese Bon Festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the gift of cherry trees from Japan to Washington D.C. The festival served as a gesture of thanks for the gift of Tidal Basin cherry trees and to celebrate the friendship between the two nations. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the historic cherry tree planting in Washington, D.C. Former U.S. first lady Helen Herron Taft and Japanese ambassador's wife Viscountess Chinda planted the first two cherry trees March 27, 1912. The trees were gifts to from Japan as a living symbol of friendship between the two cultures. Memphis’ counterpart, two stately rows of cherry trees along Cherry Road adjacent to the Memphis Botanic Garden’s entrance, has become a recognizable landmark and popular spring destination for residents and tourists alike.

Three direct descendants of the Tidal Basin trees in Washington were planted in the Japanese Garden as the featured program to honor the gift of the cherry trees. The reception included an Ikebana exhibit, performances by renowned Japanese cultural performer Masaji Terasawa, Yuki Maguire, Stax Music Acadamy students and Fushu Daiko Taiko drummers along with dinner catered by Sekisui restaurant. During a sunset tour of the Japanese Garden by candlelight, guests wrote messages to be placed on floating lanterns, an idea based on the Japanese tradition of sending lanterns down the river during the bon season to honor deceased loved ones and to pray for peace.

The Botanic Garden concluded the festival with Japanese Bon Festival Family Day. This public celebration allowed guests to explore the history, culture and people of Japan with demonstrations on tea ceremonies, origami, chopsticks, kimono dressing, koi ponds, The festival began with a school visit where performances by Candyman and Fushu Daiko more than 500 local students explored the Taiko drummers, children’s games, a Japanese Japanese culture through live performances and marketplace and Sekisui concessions. cultural demonstrations including Japanese garden tours, chopstick lessons, tea ceremony “Our hope is that these plantings at Memphis demonstrations, Kamishibai storytelling Botanic Garden and throughout the city of and hands-on crafts such as leaf pounding Memphis will serve as a symbol of the friendship bookmarks, origami, haiku writing and more. between the two cultures,” says Jim Duncan, 50 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012

executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden. “Our continued relationship with the members of JAST (Japan America Society of Tennessee), University of Memphis Japanese Culture Club and the Japanese Consulate’s Office allowed us to offer a top-class event with an even larger crowd than ever before.” The Memphis Botanic Garden, JAST and the University of Memphis have come together over the past five years and forged a strong relationship with the Japanese community by creating and programming events that introduce and celebrate the Japanese culture to the Memphis community. Events such as Candlelight Tour and continuing programs including the Way of Tea in Tennessee bridge the two cultures. These collaborations have increased the visibility of the Japanese community and opened up the Memphis Botanic Garden to a growing number of people interested in these cultural events in the MidSouth.


Keeping Our Children Safe


During a recent conversation with one of my clients, he expressed concerned about his children having unlimited access to the Internet and questioned me about options for protecting them online. I felt this was a question many parents wrestle with each day and I wanted to discuss this with the readers. As a parent myself, one of my responsibilities is to protect my daughters from harm and provide a safe environment for them to grow and determine who they are and who they want to be. The easier portion of this responsibility is to provide a safe home, make sure I know where they are and who they are with (parents, chaperones, etc.). We encourage our girls to express themselves and be involved in activities both at and away from school. But as I said, this is only part of the challenge facing today’s parents. When I was growing up, the Internet did not exist and there were no smart phones or computers in most average homes. We spent more time outside with friends. Video gaming consisted of Pong or Atari for the lucky few. Today our children have much more to contend with, and the advancement of technology has provided new challenges for parents. Our children are armed with smart phones, computers and even video gaming consoles that allow them to play games with people around the world. All of these devices are designed to give complete access to the Internet (both the good and the seedy underbelly). 52 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012

With this technology our children have access to many social networking websites, providing them the ability to post their entire lives for others to see, communicate with their friends and keep up to date with their favorite television shows, music groups and so on.

They need to know they can come to you at any time and for any reason. It is inevitable that our children will still be curious and may stray into areas where they should not go. This is natural. Trust your kids, but verify the cache on their computers, occasionally check their smart phones and be aware of any behavioral changes you may notice. Obviously, some parents feel this is invading their children’s privacy, but honestly, in today’s society there are plenty of people who want to do just that. You have to be diligent and ever aware so your children have a base to make the best decisions – not only now, but also in the future as they continue to grow and mature.

Today’s parents face the perplexing challenges: how do we allow our children the freedom to use the good that these technologies offer while protecting them from the bad? Sure, you can limit their computer access by adding an administrative password which gives you the ability to have a shut-down time each evening. You can collect their smart phones daily at a predetermined time. You can even pull the plug on their video games at will. However, this won’t equip them with the skills necessary to advance in today’s technological A good resource for this topic can be found world. on the FBI’s website, publications/parent-guide. This article offers I have always found it best to have open no-nonsense information about the real world discussions with my children. My wife and I and provides additional information you can have taken the time to explain what they should use to start a meaningful conversation with avoid and why. We are also very active in their your children, explaining how they should daily lives. We ask questions and engage them protect themselves and why it is important to in conversations about their day and what is guard personal information in today’s society. new at school or in their circle of friends. It It also explains how law enforcement can be seems simple, but an open exchange where helpful, should you discover a worst-case your children are comfortable speaking with scenario none of us ever wants to deal with. you provides them with a safe environment to turn to if they are scared, concerned or Till next month… confused about what they see and/or hear.


MUSIC CITY SCENE With Chuck Dauphin WSM: A Country Music Mainstay Radio has changed a lot over the years. Traditionally, the most desired shift was the all-night show but that’s different now due to economics and the broadcasting world. WSM-AM 650 is helping the tradition of overnight broadcasting survive by being the only station in “Music City, USA” to air a live voice during that period. “The All Nighter” is hosted by industry veteran Marcia Campbell. It’s a role she doesn’t take lightly.

Photo by James White

Carrie Underwood:

Catching up with the country music superstar It’s a busy time to be Carrie Underwood these days. The superstar has just started the American leg of her “Blown Away” tour, and was in Nashville to celebrate the charttopping success of her “Good Girl” single, which she co-wrote with Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano. “I actually crashed Ashley and Chris’s writing session for the day. They were writing in L.A., and I had a day off, so I asked them if I could come. I showed up, and they had a groove going. I knew it was going to be the first single,” she states. She has also started pre-production meetings for the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards, which will be telecast on Thursday, November 1 on ABC. In addition to being nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, she will be hosting the show for the fifth consecutive year with Brad Paisley. It’s something the singer enjoys. “I think Brad and I have figured out our roles, as far as who we are and what characters we play,” says Underwood. “We’ve been keeping our eyes open to all the stuff that is going on outside of country music to see who we pick on. We try to think of new things to do, but we certainly don’t want to offend anybody. It’s just more of us doing what we do, and getting better at it.” Underwood also has a role in another upcoming television production, an installment of VH1 Unplugged, which was filmed for a future air date. “It’s a totally different experience,” she says. “People ask me if I prefer big productions or an intimate performance. I can’t even compare the two because they are separate grooves. But it’s always interesting to do something that usually has a big production to it, and take all that away – having a moment with a small audience. At some point, I would love to do an acoustic tour – even if it’s just a small thing. I could just stand there and be the happiest person in the universe.” One thing that recently made Underwood smile was a quote from Country Music Hall of Fame member Loretta Lynn, who described her as one of the best female vocalists on the scene today. “She’s absolutely amazing,” says Carrie, “and has always been nothing but sweet and awesome to me. To hear someone that you respect so much say something like that – and she’s done it before. I feel so appreciative that she even knows my name, let alone has heard what I do and likes it. It’s very flattering, and I’m very honored.” 54 | At Home Tennessee • September 2012

“I’m honored. I’ve worked hard to be where I am, but I didn’t do it alone. I’ve had lots of great friends and support over the years to help me along the way. Every night I get nervous. I pray that I can put out good stuff and be a blessing. I’m just proud to be there,” she tells At Home Tennessee. “I get calls from all over America, and e-mails worldwide through There are truckers listening as far away as Norway,” she says. “They’re starting their morning listening in the office, and I’m starting my night. The audience seems to embrace what I’m doing, whether they’re at Mapco or third shift hospital workers. The show has been a place for many of Nashville’s industry favorites to be heard since it hit the airwaves in July 2011. Campbell’s guests have included artists such as Vince Gill and songwriting legend Don Schlitz. She enjoys the open-door policy. “It’s a lot of fun… and time flies when you’re having fun.” Having guests is a tip of the hat to people like Ralph Emery, Hairl Hensley and Keith Bilbrey. I want to salute and honor them and make them proud. Campbell says she feels a particularly strong kinship to the truck driving community, her core audience. “Without them, America would have trouble. Everything within five feet of you was delivered somewhere along the way by a truck.




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nspired by the innovative style of Frank Lloyd Wright, this 1970’s contemporary home possesses many of the qualities made famous by the founder of modern American architecture. Its large expanses of glass, angled ceilings, natural wood and open-concept living spaces are as popular today as they were when they first appeared more than four decades ago. A recent renovation by Roger Higgins of R. Higgins Interiors in Nashville gave the home a fresh sophistication that blends the best of the original structure with the comfort and creativity of today’s modern design.

“I think contemporary design often gets a bad rap for being cold and impersonal,” says Higgins. “But I feel, with the right combination of crisp, clean lines, calm, understated colors and textural layers, a contemporary home can be very warm and welcoming.” This West Meade residence is proof that Higgins’ design formula works. The 6,000-square-foot structure flows together seamlessly, but with elements of surprise around every corner. The homeowners’ collection of original art and sculptures, combined with Higgins’ unique and often unexpected design treatments, results in a stunning, yet very livable space.

“I’ve known and worked with the owners for many years,” says Higgins. “The consistent thread in all my design work for them has been incorporating their art collection into every renovation.” From the life-sized wood-carved Great Dane affectionately called “Norton” to the quirky African statue from Zimbabwe which stands in the dining room, the home’s interior design never gets too serious. Higgins says he tries to include the owners’ personality into every room. “When you work on a design project, you can’t help but become intimately involved with your client,” he adds. “It’s that connection that helps me create a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but emotionally rewarding, as well.” October 2012 • | 57


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With the house’s high-angled ceilings and generous use of tongue-and-groove wood, bringing light in was a challenge, says Higgins. “Even though the home has a plethora of windows, the high, dark ceilings make lighting an issue.” In the living/dining area Higgins used three shades of paint combined with drywall mud to create light-grabbing texture on the walls. “The texture gives interest without competing with the room’s artwork,” he says. “The neutral colors on the walls also allow the beautiful, lush landscape outside to become part of the interior design.” The dining room chairs received an updated look with new nubby linen fabric and attention-getting button detailing on the back. Higgins also created an interesting dining room table-scape with an unusual assortment of hardware-turned-sculpture. “I love going to flea markets and always find something of interest,” says Higgins. “For the dining room table, I had small pedestal bases made for an old gear from a motorcycle, a pair of antique cymbals and a few pieces of African coins. The collective centerpiece is definitely a conversation starter.”


Like most homes, the kitchen and family room are the hub of activity in this spacious contemporary. Natural wood ceilings and floors in the kitchen combined with sleek painted cabinets, an abundance of lighting, and stainless steel appliances make this modified galley kitchen functional yet friendly. A circular portion of the kitchen’s former island was added to the new rectangular island to give a new, softer contour to the room’s angular layout. The large adjoining family room provides ample space for family and friends to gather and enjoy conversation, a movie or the warmth of a roaring fire. Perhaps in no other room does Higgins display his design mastery more than in the master bedroom. With a pitched ceiling over 25 feet at its peak, bringing coziness and light to the room required creativity. To create balance, Higgins used oversized drum shades on arched wall lamps on either side of the bed. Above the linen-covered headboard he placed a pair of wooden doors salvaged from an Indian prayer room. “The tall headboard and the vertical doors really bridge the space between the ceiling and bed,” Higgins says. The result is nothing less than stunning. Warm, neutralcolored pile carpet on the floor provides texture and warmth, and a mismatched collection of wood pieces illustrates interest and functionality. The contemporary chic décor continues in the master bath with the use of light, neutral-colored tile and warm, honey-toned teak cabinetry. Simple, yet sleek, the bath’s finishes are spa-like and rejuvenating. “I loved creating this room,” says Higgins. “The lines of the room are quite simple, but the detailing really gives this bath a level of sophistication.” Clean lines, crisp colors, warm textures and exquisite detailing all come together for a new interpretation of this 70’s modern home. Design trends may come and go, but this renovated contemporary is a classic worth revisiting. October 2012 • | 59

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he six-by-six-foot canvas hangs proudly on the wall. Vibrant shades of reds and greens are harnessed with bold, black brush strokes. The oil painting by Pickney Herbert served as inspiration for this color-infused home in the Chickasaw Gardens neighborhood in midtown Memphis.


Homeowner Madeline Simonetti fondly recalls when her passion for art began. “I was young, single and living the life in Manhattan,” she shares. “Many of my friends were students attending New York’s design schools, so on Saturday nights we’d often gallery hop.” It was on one of these casual outings that Madeline bought her first piece of original art. It’s a piece that still hangs on her wall today. Though Madeline no longer lives in New York City (nor does she gallery hop on a regular basis), her passion for art remains. Over the years, her collection has grown and includes many contemporary oils, watercolors and mixed media pieces. Now working as a financial advisor in east Memphis, Madeline says her days are spent meeting with clients and developing and monitoring strategies that help them meet their investment and estate planning goals. “I think that’s why I love art so much,” she admits. “It is so far removed from the financial world.” When she bought her Chickasaw Gardens home in 1999, she knew she wanted to create a contemporary interior that would incorporate her art pieces. “Although the exterior of my home was quite traditional, I wanted to make the interior uniquely contemporary,” says Simonetti. “I wanted a space that was color-infused, vibrant and happy.” Madeline adds that she struggled for years with getting the interior of her home to match her vision. “I always felt my home was so dull and lifeless, it lacked that certain chemistry. And then I was introduced to Cheryl Lee! She was the first designer who took the time to really understand my needs.” Wellknown locally as well as internationally, Cheryl Lee Smith has designed beautiful homes, retail stores and exclusive products, as well as glamorous penthouses, beachfront condos and custom-built yachts. October 2012 • | 63


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“I was literally in tears when Cheryl Lee revealed my home after the transformation – from dull and lifeless to vibrant and alive!” admits Simonetti. Combining classic elements with contemporary pops of color and eye-catching detail, Smith created a stunning, harmonious, one-of-a-kind living space. “Madeline’s art collection was incredibly bold, colorful and ultracontemporary. It demanded attention, so the challenge was in finding a balance between the art and the rest of the room,” says the designer.

that not only showcase Madeline’s art, but the designer’s expertise, as well. “Cheryl Lee’s talent for pulling together all the design elements is incredible,” says Madeline. “The vintage orange Murano glass lamps, the zebra skin rug, the imported “color-reform” silk rug, the delicious wall colors and the crisp white trim and built-ins all work together so beautifully!”

“I love working with Madeline,” says Smith. “She placed total trust in me and allowed me to bring an element of magic and excitement to The main living room, dining room, library her home.” A toy designer for a line of upscale and powder room all share dynamic details children’s carousels in her early career, Smith

says she has never lost her sense of childlike wonder. She approaches each room as if it were a puzzle, making sure that every element fits together perfectly. “Often, contemporary design adheres to a less-is-more philosophy which can sometimes result in an impersonal vibe,” says Smith. “But I take great care in incorporating pieces that are personal and meaningful to the owner. It’s the personal things that tell a story and without them, a room can seem distant and cold.” Madeline agrees. “When I walk into my home each evening, I just smile. My home truly reflects me and I thank Cheryl Lee for that.” October 2012 • | 65




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hether your children have been begging for a room makeover or you want to design a space for them to grow into, kids’ room redecorating is a popular design overhaul these days. Here are some of the latest trends according to experts: Vintage Revival Forget the saying “out with the old and in with the new,” because vintage is making a comeback. Showcase the essence and timeless feel of a room by bringing in vintage pieces. Remember to incorporate appropriate pieces and make the room something that will be appropriate even as your child grows and matures. Modern and vintage pieces can work together to make the room elegant and eclectic. Gray is Good A soft, neutral gray shade and can be paired with other soft colors to give the room a serene yet modern feel. Balance gray walls, bedding or furniture with tones of pink or tangerine for a striking effect. Design Risks Be different and take risks! If you want to go overboard with bright color or match everything from the color of walls to the bedding, have at it. Mini Seating It’s time to do away with bland ottomans, now that the “pouf ” has arrived. This Moroccan-inspired seating option can bev brightly colored to liven up any room. The material is baby friendly and the ottoman itself is lightweight, not to mention stylish! One Wall Says It All Sometimes, it is that one wall that is strategically painted or wallpapered with a standout color or design that really makes a room pop. The Comeback Kid Wallpapers of the past were feminine and frilly, intended to capture the attention of young girls. These days with so many new and mixed patterns, boys and girls alike can enjoy this classic feature, now back in style. October 2012 • | 69


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No Expiration Dates Keep the design simple and not dated. By doing this you are allowing your child to grow into the room as he or she gets older. Custom Lofts A common design challenge in children’s rooms is that they are often small, shared spaces. Create custom lofts instead of using traditional bunk beds. Creative use of space like a custom loft in place of traditional bunk beds can make a compact bedroom appear larger than it is. Sleep Takes Center Stage Sleep space should be the focal point of a child’s room. The design should center on the bed, making it the primary element. Modern Materials If your furniture is minimal and modern, play up another aspect of the room, such as the pictures and artwork. Find modern pieces that will stand out amongst the furniture. Celebrate the Ceiling Not many people take into account the importance of the ceiling as a design area. Whether with fancy lighting, bold colors or even wallpaper, give the ceiling some attention, too; it gets lonely up there.

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Making an Impact 20 Year Perspective Elaine Hare and Alyssa Throckmorton, MD

The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure is proud to be conducting our 20th Race for the Cure on October 27, 2012 at the Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown. Last year, the race had 18,669 women, men and children all racing, running, and walking to make an impact on breast cancer. Due to last year’s success, there is currently $800,000 in local community grants active in our MidSouth hospitals, health centers, support groups and education programs. Twenty years ago, medicine and breast cancer treatment were very different. Across medical specialties, the systematic use of clinical research and trials outcomes as the basis for treatment protocols was not routine. In a 1992 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Guyatt et al. wrote, "A new paradigm for medical practice is emerging. Evidence-based medicine deemphasizes intuition, unsystematic clinical experience, and pathophysiologic rationale as sufficient grounds for clinical decision-making and stresses the examination of evidence from clinical research. [...] We call the new paradigm 'evidence-based medicine'.� Much of the medical community has embraced the concept of evidence-based medicine. As a result, surgery, radiation, 76 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012

and drugs for breast cancer have all changed significantly in the past 20 years. The other new development is in identification of genes which can help us identify patients at risk for breast cancer as well as which cancers are at risk for spreading.

cancer patients will have one of the BRCA genes. There are also tests that use the genes of a cancer to predict the likelihood that the cancer spreads outside the breast and lymph nodes.

As one can see, breast cancer treatment has come a long way in the past 20 years thanks to dedicated scientists and those who provide funding for research. Outside of the federal government, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest funder of breast cancer research. Of every dollar raised, 25% goes to research at places like Vanderbilt University, MD Radiation - newer protocols such as using a Anderson, and Washington University in St balloon for 1 week of radiation, shortening Louis. the length of radiation to 3 1/2 weeks in select patients and not offering radiation to certain The goal of Komen Memphis-MidSouth has women over the age of 70 have given women not changed. We are fighting breast cancer alternatives to the standard radiation treatment through funds to breast cancer specific research in early stage breast cancer. and community grants that fund screenings and mammograms along with education and New drugs - numerous new chemotherapy support for the women and men across the drugs have been approved for the use in MidSouth. We have recently expanded our curative and palliative settings based on clinical service from 5 counties in Tennessee and trials showing increased life span and decreased Mississippi to 21 counties across the MidSouth. risk of return. Three newer oral drugs are now being used for estrogen dependent breast Over the past 20 years, because of community cancers. support, the Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate has been able to contribute over $1.8 million to Genes - testing is now available for 2 genes, the research effort and over $7.6 million to which increase a woman's risk of breast cancer MidSouth community grants. Together we to 50-80% if she is found to have inherited one continue to make an impact. from a parent. Only about 5-10% of all breast Surgery - for early stage breast cancer, only a few lymph nodes are removed as a sentinel node biopsy instead of the removal of the first two levels of axillary lymph nodes. This has reduced the rate of complications such as nerve pain and arm swelling known as lymphedema.

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Seeking Driver And Passenger Gene Mutations Of Breast Cancer Aleksandar Jankov, M.D. , Family Cancer Center Foundation Inc.

Recent articles have epitomized the saying that medical knowledge doubles every five years. Just as we settled down with the classification of breast cancer subtypes such as estrogen and progesterone (ER/PR) positive, Her-2 positive and triple negative tumors, it’s time to reprint the textbooks again. In April, we woke up to national headlines as an article published by Nature Journal under a tongue- breaking title of: “The genomic and transcriptomic architecture of 2,000 breast tumors reveals novel subgroups”. This work is the fruition of METABRIC group (Molecular Taxonomy of Breast Cancer International Consortium). The paper which, for those uninitiated in molecular bench science and terminology, is a dense and difficult reading material, cracking open the hood of the breast cancer cell engine and its many varieties. The research identifies exactly ten different subtypes of breast cancer, as the article shows with its neatly printed graph. Behind the chart with its ten differently colored squiggly lines indicating different outcomes and survival, are the lives of 2,000 women who, having the misfortune of being diagnosed with breast cancer, did better or much worse depending on behavior of their cancer. The analysis utilized fresh tissue samples of more than 2,000 breast cancer cases from the UK and Canada, which was remarkable for its homogeneous treatment grouping. Patients received no chemotherapy for estrogen receptor (ER) positive, lymph node negative disease. They were not given Herceptin for Her-2 positive cases with cytotoxic chemotherapy administered to ER- negative and lymph node-involved cases. It is simply amazing that our body organs function flawlessly for so many years, all the while maintaining genetic integrity of its cells continuously dividing and replicating again and again without a glitch. Still, over time, no matter how infrequent, a steady stream of unrepaired genetic aberrations and variations may arise and accumulate, going unrepaired. Newly occurring

mutations called somatic would pile upon already existing inherited germ line mutations present in the cells. Once the critical mass of acquired and inherited mutations is reached, it causes changes beyond repair setting a particular cell on its irreversible march toward malignancy. Since the decoding of human genome took place, we knew that the normal human cell contains approximately 22,000 different genes. Some estimates indicate that several thousand genes may be required for a breast cancer cell to survive, grow, metastasize and progress. While the essence of the normal tissue function is to maintain genetic stability of its cells, the opposite is true for malignancy. As cancerous cells divide, sometimes quite rapidly, they continue to acquire new, somatic mutations. The majority of these changes are irrelevant and unimportant, bearing no significance. Some of these mutations, however, will have an adverse impact on overall cancer behavior, driving the rapid growth, invasion and spread to other organs. These mutations will provide cancer cells with the ability to evade treatment, becoming resistant and refractory to chemotherapy and other treatments and survive, ultimately leading to a fatal outcome. Once the scientists came to the realization that not all mutations observed in cancer cells were created equal, they described the phenomenon as driver and passenger gene mutations. Recognizing which mutations out of thousands present are drivers of tumor growth and not merely passengers becomes a crucial task if doctors are to recommend the treatment targeting the particular pathways in that specific cancer cell. In this particular paper, researchers aimed to find out which mutations were somatic drivers of cancer growth, survival and behavior by analysis of copy number alterations and gene expression data joined together into groups called “integrative clusters.” Whether Integrative Clusters would become a new buzz word in the world of breast cancer oncology remains to be seen. What is undisputable, however, is the revolutionary change lurking around the corner, which will be

brought on by rapidly advancing technology of sequencing genome of a cancer cell in the near future. Those who read Steve Jobs’ biography learned that his oncologists sequenced the genome of his particular tumor cells at the cost of $100,000, a sum easily born by a billionaire but prohibitive for others. It allowed them an insight into the growth and survival pathways of cancer cells and enabled them to make more accurate and tailored treatment recommendations. This approach probably prolonged his life though he eventually succumbed to his disease. There are strong indications that sequencing the cancer genes of each patient will become much more affordable and hence, a reality by the end of the decade, perhaps even sooner. As mentioned earlier, the research published in Nature journal identified ten novel breast cancer subtypes. Given that cancer biology probably does not subscribe to even and round numbers such as 10, one can suspect that there are as many subtypes as there are patients. Knowing the exact sequence of each and every patient’s breast cancer, its driver’s genes and pathways would allow us to recommend the most effective and least toxic targeted therapy, which would prove paramount in targeted and personalized medicine.

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As we age, our face can develop wrinkles, sags and bags. Also, that plump, full and healthy look that we enjoyed in youth may disappear as we begin to lose volume and develop that gaunt look of age. So, what can we do about it? There are many misconceptions about what can be done and the side effects we might develop if we try to restore a youthful looking face. After all, the television and internet are full of horror stories of “surgery-gone-bad”, extreme anesthesia, stretched faces, overplumped cheeks and lips, as well as frozen eyebrows and smiles. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible to obtain a more youthful and natural looking result with minimal down time and simple office procedures. A lot can be accomplished in an office visit and many times, surgery may not be needed. This is especially true if we treat the signs of facial aging early. First, facial wrinkling, age spots and surface irregularities can often be improved with “Medical grade skin care,” office peels, and specific laser treatments. In addition to wrinkles, facial hollowing can develop in the temple, tear troughs (the area between the lower eyelids and upper cheek), the smile lines (nasal labial folds or melo labial folds). The mid portion of the cheeks may also sink in, causing a gaunt look. Volume loss can be restored with simple office injections. Another problem encountered is the deep muscular grooves between the eyebrows, creating a tired or angry appearance. This can often be improved with Botox®, Dysport®, or Xeomin®.

The RENEWlift™ is not a single treatment, rather a non-surgical process that utilizes various dermal fillers, Botox® (Dysport®, Xeomin®), and possible skin resurfacing. The fillers provide long-lasting, safe and natural looking results. Some of the advanced fillers include, Sculptra Aesthetic®, Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvederm Ultra Plus®, and Perlane®. Most of the dermal fillers used, are developed from substances that are natural or well tolerated by the human body. Some of these products actually help you build your own collagen.

• Reduce and improve lines, wrinkles and facial folds • Brighten complexion, improve skin tone and skin texture Each product used in the RENEWlift™ has distinctive attributes that work in a particular way to rejuvenate and re-inflate specific areas of the face. A one-on-one consultation can be made with Dr. Langsdon or his staff to discuss each person’s particular needs and a personal, customized RENEWlift™ can be designed for each individual.

The RENEWlift™ can typically last 1-2 years (except for Botox®), depending on what type If sags and bags are present, surgery might be product is used and what part of the face it is needed. injected. Injections usually take around 15-30 minutes and do not require any anesthesia (other Phillip Langsdon, M.D., F.A.C.S. of The than topical numbing creams) or laughing gas. Langsdon Clinic, has provided world-class For female patients, makeup can be applied expertise in facial cosmetic surgery as well as following an injection. non-surgical facial aesthetics for 26 years. He is Wrinkle reduction can be accomplished with the only surgeon in this area of the nation whose medium-type peels. Sometimes an office laser practice has been limited to facial plastic surgery treatment may take an hour or hour and a and non surgical aesthetics for 26 years. More half. Lasers can be accomplished with a topical than a decade ago, Dr. Langsdon created and numbing cream and oral medication. TCA developed the Daylift™ and now introduces the peels usually require no medication or topical RENEWlift™. Contact The Langsdon Clinic numbing. Makeup will need to wait until the at 901-755-6465 to schedule a consultation or flaking and peeling has subsided in about 5 days visit for more information regarding the RENEWlift™. or so.

By combining 1-Resurfacing (laser/peels) with 2-Fillers, and sometimes 3-Botox® (Dysport® or Xeomin®) into an overall “renewal process/ the RENEWlift™ can improve many of the signs of aging in simple office visits and with very little down time. The overall outcome can range The good news is, many of these problems from subtle to dramatic. The RENEWlift™ is can be improved in the office, without surgery designed to: in a relatively simple “renewal process”; a • Offer a rested, refreshed and youthful facial program designed for facial re-inflation, muscle appearance relaxation, and reducing wrinkles. We call this • Restore loss of facial volume renewal process The RENEWlift™. 78 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012


Phillip Langsdon, M.D., F.A.C.S

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Herbie Krisle, Executive Director

Maintaining Your Brain

It is also important to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Participating in regular exercise – even walking 30 minutes each day is important to get oxygenated blood to the brain. Avoid smoking and excess alcohol use. Protect against head injury by wearing a helmet while cycling or skating. Maintaining strong social connections will benefit you now While there is no known cure and no true way and in the future by reducing loneliness and to slow the progression of the disease, there are depression, both issues that impact individuals some tips that if followed may give you a much and dementia during the aging process. better chance of maintaining your brain. And Exercising your mind is almost as important be healthier now as well. as physical exercise. Columbia University Everything that is good for heart health seems studies indicate that the more ‘leisure pursuits’ to be good for brain health. Eating a diet low an individual has lowers the risk of developing in saturated fat, high in fruits and vegetables Alzheimer’s. So, take a class, work crossword and whole grains - foods rich in antioxidants puzzles, learn to paint or speak a new language and B-vitamins is important. Some suggest or play a game – and feel great about the fun the Mediterranean diet. Also key in this you’re having and the good it is doing you! process is maintaining a normal body weight. Individuals, particularly women who are heavy Find time for spiritual pursuits, whatever in middle age, seem to be at a greater risk of those may be for you. Individuals who take developing dementia later in life. time for themselves and find a positive attitude Baby Boomers who are caring for their parents – or often their own spouse – as they walk the path of Alzheimer’s disease or vascular/stroke related dementia often ask what they can do to prevent memory loss as they age. They see the toll it is taking and want to attempt to avoid it at all costs.

and approach to life, fare far better than those who are worried, nervous and insecure. If you do find yourself caring for a loved one with memory loss, it is important to take care of yourself in the same ways described above. Utilizing resources you have at hand (including help from family and friends, professional inhome care companies, adult day care programs and short term respite stays at long-term care facilities) prior to the time that an individual needs full time residential care is an important approach. Just because you seek assistance does not mean that you are abdicating your responsibility for that.

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Gently winding streets. Breakfast on the patio serenaded by a cardinal’s call. Inviting walking trails shaded by oaks on a lush 28-acre campus. Cocktails on the terrace. If it sounds like gracious southern living, it is…at The Village at Germantown continuing care retirement community (CCRC). At The Village, it’s more than having everything you need—it’s about what you no longer need worry about.

doing the chores, you have time to exercise, The Village at Germantown also offers the learn a new hobby, join a book club, volunteer, city of Germantown’s only non-hospital-based get a massage, and pursue your interests as you skilled nursing center for those requiring a choose. higher level of care or rehabilitation.

Like housework, cooking, repairs or yard work. Even concerns about the future. Instead, The Village frees you to pursue your dreams in an exciting resort-like atmosphere of vitality, comfort and fun. That’s what makes a CCRC such as The Village such an excellent choice for rewarding, wellness-focused retirement living.

Spacious apartments and luxurious villas offer Village residents a variety of independent living choices. “Villa living lets you enjoy a private residential lifestyle without the responsibilities,” said The Village at Germantown Executive Director Ron Rukstad. The two-bedroom villas are dotted along gently winding streets on the east end of The Village neighborhood with sidewalks, gardens and pleasant views. Spacious apartments also are available in nine floor plans, each with a balcony.


The Village at Germantown includes a clubhouse, movie theater, card room, woodworking shop, library, walking trails, meditation garden and resident garden, and several dining venues as well as lively pub. The fully-equipped Fitness Center offers an indoor walking track, swimming pool, exercise equipment and access to a personal trainer. Methodist Healthcare has assisted in putting together fitness and water classes and activities designed specially to keep seniors in shape by targeting core fitness, stretching and flexibility.


Located just outside Memphis in the idyllic town of Germantown, The Village offers a full calendar of social, educational and cultural events where residents can stimulate their minds, make friends and explore new opportunities for self-expression. “Our residents can do it all here,” says Village Marketing Director Pam Leet, “and surrounded by a culture of wellness, they’re more apt to stay motivated and get the full benefit of our programs. Many say it reminds them of life on a cruise ship, but it’s also home.”

For added peace of mind, comprehensive assisted living, skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s/ dementia care and short-term rehabilitation are available in the on-site Health Center at The Village. “Many physicians recommend The Village for rehabilitation,” said the Center Administrator Sally Ostheimer. “Here, our team of qualified physical, occupational and speech therapists assist those who need help with regaining mobility, increasing their range of motion and relearning basic daily living skills interrupted by stroke, accidents, surgery or other conditions.”

By definition, a CCRC is a community that combines independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care. Thus, a resident can “age in place” without moving again to obtain the needed care. The CCRC lifestyle centers around helping you stay as strong and independent as possible. With someone else

Short-term rehabilitation at The Village offers a unique ambiance. Patients enjoy a private room with a private bath, excellent dining and access to the fabulous Village amenities. “We are proud that more than 80% of our shortterm rehabilitation residents return to their prior living setting,” said Ostheimer.

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The overall goal: staying as strong, active and independent as possible.


“The Village gives you all the privacy you desire,” says Rukstad. “But should you want to share a laugh or have some fun, there’s nothing better than knowing good friends are right here.”

A LIFETIME HOME “Retirement living at The Village at Germantown is a gift both you and your family can appreciate every day,” Rukstad adds. “As a resident, you enjoy an exciting and carefree lifestyle, a beautiful natural setting, and the reassurance that you need never move again should your needs change. We think there is no finer choice.”

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OBESITY AND BREAST CANCER Women in the United States have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer during their lives. While there are many risk factors that can’t be changed such as a family history of breast cancer, late menopause, age at first pregnancy or beginning menstruation at an early age, other risk factors may be changed. In 2002, the American Cancer Society announced the results from its Cancer Prevention Study II, which followed nearly 500,000 post-menopausal women. The study found that women who were overweight or obese after menopause had a greater risk of dying from breast cancer than normal weight women. According to the authors of the study, obesity may play a significant role in as many as 50 percent of breast cancer deaths among postmenopausal women.

as adults were twice as likely to have ductal effective dose for the shortest amount of time tumors and 1.5 times more likely to have possible. lobular tumors. Women who gained more than 60 pounds were three times more likely to have Regardless of your weight, regular metastatic breast cancer. mammograms can help doctors detect breast cancer in its earlier, more treatable stages. • Women who gain 22 pounds after menopause Saint Francis Healthcare encourages all women experience an 18 percent increase of developing over 40 to make it a priority to schedule their breast cancer. mammogram this year. We are in-network for more than 85 managed care insurance plans, The good news is that losing weight, even including BlueCross-S, Aetna, BlueCross/ after menopause, can help reduce your risk Blueshield, CIGNA, Humana, and United. of developing breast cancer. Losing at least Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has been 22 pounds after menopause and keeping that nationally recognized for quality care. weight off may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by more than half. Combining During the month of October, we offer weight loss with regular physical exercise also extended hours to make scheduling your may reduce your breast cancer risk. mammogram more convenient. Consider scheduling your mammogram to join us for You should try to maintain a healthy weight our special event on Friday, October 19th, throughout your life to reduce your risk “Girls Night Out: Mammos ‘til Midnight”. of breast and other cancers. Other lifestyle Enjoy Wine, Cheese and Hors d’oeuvres, changes that may help include limiting your along with breast self-exam information. alcohol intake, quitting smoking and eating a healthy diet that includes lean meats, whole Don’t Wait! Schedule Your Mammogram grains, fruits and vegetables. Today; Two Convenient Locations

The connection between menopause and obesity lies in the production of estrogen. Before menopause, a woman’s ovaries produce the majority of estrogen the body needs. Once the ovaries stop producing estrogen, the body’s fat cells take on this role. Fat tissue contains aromatase, a protein that changes androgens from the adrenal glands into estrogen. Excess Talk to your doctor about hormone weight means more estrogen in the body. replacement therapy (HRT) during menopause. While HRT may help alleviate the symptoms How much added weight increases your risk of menopause, some studies show that HRT of breast cancer? may increase the density of breast tissue, which reduces the effectiveness of mammograms. • The American Cancer Society study indicated You and your doctor should discuss the risks that women who gained 60 or more pounds and benefits of HRT and aim for the lowest

• Saint Francis Breast Center: 901-765-3279 • Park Avenue Diagnostic Center: 901-767-0505

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OPENS DOORS TO ADVANCED LEVELS OF CARE New Germantown Location Expands Services and Breast Surgical Team Roy M. Oswaks, MD

In September 2012, The West Clinic Comprehensive Breast Center opened its doors to a new 12,000 square-foot center located at 8000 Wolf River Boulevard in Germantown. The center is the first of its kind in the region to offer an advanced level of comprehensive breast care including digital mammography, breast ultrasound, stereotactic and ultrasoundguided biopsies, surgical therapy, genetic counseling, genetics, clinical research, pain management, and a patient navigator program. The West Clinic Comprehensive Breast Center offers a real step forward, improving and often eliminating the traditional delay between diagnostic services and treatment. “Our goal is to provide the full spectrum of multidisciplinary care for the treatment of breast disease under one roof, allowing patients complete access to care,” says Michael P. Berry, MD, FACS.

Michael P. Berry, MD, FACS

breast conferences in order to develop the Area Board of the American Cancer Society. best evidence-based treatment plans for our He has also served on the cancer committees patients. of both Methodist and Baptist Hospitals in Memphis.


In August, The West Clinic welcomed Richard E. Fine, MD, FACS, one of the nation’s leading board certified breast surgeons to its surgical team, which includes Michael P. Berry, MD, FACS, and Roy M. Oswaks, MD. A true pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of breast diseases, Dr. Fine served as the former Director of Advanced Breast Care in Atlanta prior to his move to the Memphis area. A native of Atlanta, Dr. Fine was one of the first surgeons in the U.S. to perform image-guided breast biopsies. “We are excited about the fact that we are raising the bar for breast cancer care in this area and to have Dr. Fine join our team,” Berry states. “He was an early educator “With state-of-the-art technology and a and teacher in the field of ultrasound and patient-centered program, patients no longer image-guided technology.” have to wait days or even weeks to learn results or begin treatment, thus alleviating Dr. Michael Berry is a Breast Surgical unnecessary anxiety. Our mammograms Oncologist who founded The Breast Clinic of are read in ‘real-time’ by highly-qualified Memphis nearly a decade ago. He was the first radiologists, and we can often do biopsies in fellowship-trained Breast Surgical Oncologist just a few days,” continued Berry. In addition, in the Mid-South and Director of The Breast West Clinic surgeons work collaboratively Clinic of Memphis. Dr. Berry previously with a specialized team of medical oncologists, served as a board member of the Mid-South radiation oncologists, pathologists, and Division of the American Cancer Society and radiologists conducting multidisciplinary president and vice president of the Memphis 82 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012

Richard E. Fine, MD, FACS

Dr. Roy Oswaks completed medical school and surgical training in Buffalo, New York. After relocating to the Memphis area in 2002, he began specializing in breast surgery and treatment. Dr. Oswaks was previously with The Breast Clinic of Memphis. He currently serves as Chief of General Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, while also serving as a Cancer Commission Liaison.

PATIENT-CENTRIC CARE For more than 33 years, The West Clinic has been committed to providing the most advanced cancer care available. The opening of the new breast center is yet another step in our commitment to provide each and every patient we treat with the most compassionate and best treatments…one patient at a time. The Center’s interior reflects The West Clinic’s dedication to all aspects of patient-centric care, including the physical spaces. A calm, modern interior successfully combines ideas of privacy and healing throughout the entire center which includes nine exam rooms with breast ultrasound capabilities in each room, two mammography units, patient lounge areas, and private consultation rooms.

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Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry) can add color and attract birds to your garden

Asters take center stage in the fall garden

Fothergilla is a North American native shrub that provides a brilliant show of fall color

Fall is for

Planting text by Andy Pulte & Sue Hamilton

There is still a lot of nice weather left to get out and garden this fall. October is typically the driest month of the year in Tennessee, so be sure to keep your plantings watered.

Time to Plant Shrubs and Trees

bulbs between hardy annuals will bring a surprise burst of color in the spring. And when a fading As weather cools, we enter the best time of year bulb’s foliage begins to wither, the colorful winter to establish trees and shrubs in the landscape. annuals mask the yellowing material beautifully. Temperate weather leads to good root establishment before freezing temperatures cause plants to go Don’t Forget Your Lawn dormant. This makes planting in the fall even easier than in the spring. You’ll find a good supply of trees and shrubs at local suppliers and October is Fall is an ideal time to renew tall fescue (cool-season) just the beginning of the ideal season to install such lawns that have suffered during hot, dry summer plants in your garden. If you do plant in October, months. Fertilizing with nitrogen-containing water new additions well until rainfall picks up in fertilizers will speed grass growth, thicken the lawn and improve its color. Seeding and mulching bare November and December. areas will provide erosion control and reduce the potential for weed problems. If you have a warmCaring For Perennials, Annuals, season lawn it’s not too late to prepare your Bermuda and Bulbs grass or zoysia lawn for winter. By increasing the One last effort at weeding will help to improve cutting height now, you can help buffer these lawn the appearance of your garden throughout the grasses from extreme low temperatures in winter. winter. For every weed you can eliminate from the Decorate Your House garden this fall, you can possibly prevent thousands of weed seeds from sprouting in the garden next Now is a great time to decorate for fall. From now spring! through Thanksgiving, take a cue from the first Garden centers and nurseries are well stocked hint of the cool autumn air; focus on decorating with spring-flowering bulbs this time of year. Late with natural elements. The key is making displays October to early November is the ideal time to that use the traditional icons of fall, hay bales, scarecrows and cornstalks, as supporting cast plant bulbs. for the lead players – pumpkins, gourds, Indian Don’t forget to collect and save seeds of wildflowers corn, garden or pot mums, fall pansies, asters, to sow either right now, allowing the seeds to ornamental kale and other blooming plants. Hay over-winter in your garden, or early next spring. bales are especially useful “benches” for building October is an ideal time to plant winter annuals versatile displays, while corn stalks add height and in your garden for a great show of color from definition. Eye-catching displays can add a festive now until spring. Best plants to include in your touch to a front porch or the landscape when winter garden are pansies, violas, snapdragons and placed around a light post or at the entrance to a dianthus. Plant them en masse for a major splash of driveway or walk. color in your landscape or use them in containers to add color in strategic spots. Such winter hardy Andy Pulte and Sue Hamilton are on the faculty in herbs as parsley, thyme and rosemary make great the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture container companions with winter annuals. Also Department of Plant Sciences. See plantsciences. consider inter-planting your winter annuals with and for more daffodil, tulip and hyacinth bulbs. Interspersing information.


Often in October annual plants will still be performing well; make sure you keep them well watered during dry periods


IN BLOOM: Plant of the Month: Arkansas Blue Star TEXT BY CAROL REESE


Amsonia hubrichtii, also called the Arkansas Blue Star, derives its common name from the clusters of small, light blue flowers that bloom from the plant’s stem in late spring. They are pleasant enough, but hardly show-stopping. These plants are grown more for their graceful foliage. Soft, narrow leaves surround the numerous stems, giving it a shrub-like appearance. The entire plant seems to softly billow in the wind with its swaying stems and rippling leaves. Arkansas Blue Star is a thing of beauty

throughout the summer, but its truly shining slightly smaller but very similar cousin Amsonia moment comes in autumn when the foliage Ciliata, also known as Downy Amsonia, and the bolder-foliaged common blue star Amsonia turns to a soft gold. tabernaemontana. The plant is an easily grown perennial that is native to the Southeast. It can survive the Carol Reese is the Western Region Ornamental hottest and most humid of summers without Horticulture Specialist for University of Tennessee missing a step and is rarely troubled by pests or Extension. Her office is located in the West disease. Amsonia prefers sunny sites and well- Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center drained soil. In fact, it may flourish most in lean in Jackson. See and soils. A mature plant will grow two to three feet for more tall and of equal width. It is hardy in USDA information. Zones 6 to 9. Similar varieties include ivts

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“Boo Mitzvah”

ENTERTAINING HALLOWEEN STYLE Text by Michelle Hope and Jesse Muchmore

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his spook-tacular event was the perfect October celebration for Memphian Josh Karchmer and his friends. No gory detail was left undone. With the help of Social Butterflies, LLC (event planners and designers) and Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals, the ballroom at Temple Israel was transformed into the ultimate “Boo Mitzvah.” The invitation was the first glimpse guests got of the coming frightful affair. As partygoers entered, tall red taper candles inside clear wine bottles lit the room with dramatic flair. Black draping and red lighting were key elements in the design and showcased all the details. Gothic furniture and virtual dancing skeletons added to the ambiance. Mini tombstones with guests’ names served as escort cards and the circular bar in the center of the room was embellished with giant spider-infested trees. Signature drinks with dry-ice stirrers were a hit, as were the ghostly chips with guacamole. The deejay team from Atlanta Fever Entertainment kept the dance floor packed – no one wanted to miss out on all the ghoulish fun! Halloween makes a fun theme for any party. Let this boo mitzvah inspire you to throw your own spooky soiree! Here are even more great ideas to create a memorable Halloween celebration: • Play recordings of scary music and sounds to set an eerie mood. • Make tombstones from cardboard box cut-outs and paint them gray with funny names like “Ima Goner,” “Myra Mains,” or simply the letters “R.I.P.” written across them. • Hang black paper bats from the ceiling using fine wire or thread. Stuff old clothes with newspaper to create ghostly guests around the house. • Hang signs with playful warnings, such as “Beware of Werewolf ” or “Torture Chamber This Way” and “Caution” tape across doorways and entrances. • A particularly impressive touch is to have someone pose as a crystal ball reader with well-timed scares for enhanced effect. October 2012 • | 95


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No Halloween party would be complete without terrifyingly tasty treats, as well. Use your favorite dip, such as refried beans or guacamole, to create a chilling graveyard scene. Sprinkle shredded lettuce over a dish full of evenly spread dip to resemble grass and stand rectangular tortilla chips upright for the tombstones. A timeless dessert treat is chocolate pudding or ice cream with Oreo crumbles and gummy worms – a delicious mud pie that will make them scream with delight. Here’s a “Bloody Black Currant Punch” (courtesy of The Barkeep) that is sure to quench the thirst of your adult Halloween guests!

Bloody Black Currant Punch Serves 6-8

Ingredients: • 1 ¼ cups brandy • ¼ cup sugar • 4 cups black currant nectar • 1 ½ cups cold seltzer Directions: • Stir brandy and sugar in a large bowl. • Add nectar; stir to combine. • Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. • Punch can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days. • Add seltzer just before serving.

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FALL AND FOOTBALL FARE As we embrace fall and football season here in Tennessee, the best part of this time of year is the food. Whether you are tailgating outside the stadium or enjoying the game at home with friends, the food is a very important part of the excitement. The only downside — there is always plenty of fried foods, mayonnaise and cheese at these gatherings, which are all fine in moderation, but can catch up with you when eaten week after week. So in honor of the season, I have come up with two recipes that will please all the spicy and cheesy food lovers without the guilt! You can easily double these recipes if you are having a big party, so go ahead and enjoy game-day foods you can feel good about. One classic tailgating dish that I love is buffalo wings, but they pack quite a punch of fat, from the fried wings to the buttery sauce. In this version, I grilled some chicken tenders and coated them with a lighter buffalo sauce without sacrificing the classic flavor. An added plus — they are much easier to make than traditional wings. Serve them up with the Gorgonzola Dip for a cool and tangy balance to the spicy tenders.



• 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast, cut into small strips • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil • 3/4 tsp. salt • 1/2 tsp. pepper • 1/2 cup hot sauce (Frank’s Original is preferred) • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder • 1/2 tsp. onion powder • 1 Tbsp. honey DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.

Quesadillas are another finger food we often see around football season, usually filled with chicken and cheddar cheese. One recipe uses mushrooms, spinach and whole wheat tortillas for a healthier take on a crowd favorite.

2. Toss chicken strips with olive oil, salt and pepper. 3. Grill chicken stripes for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. 4. While chicken grills, whisk together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. 5. Once chicken is cooked, leave grill on, but toss chicken strips with the sauce until all of the chicken is coated. 6. Next, place chicken back on the grill for another 1-2 minutes, until sauce begins to char. then remove and serve with homemade Gorgonzola Dip.


• 6 oz. Gorgonzola cheese • 1/2 cup fat-free buttermilk • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard • 1/2 tsp. salt • 1/2 tsp. pepper DIRECTIONS:

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SPERRY’S IN NASHVILLE: A FAMILY TRADITION TEXT BY janna fite herbison | photos courtesy of sperry’s restaurant

Sperry’s restaurant has been a staple in Nashville – and specifically Belle Meade – for more than 37 years. An English-style steakhouse, Sperry’s recently expanded to include a location in Cool Springs, but the original has longstanding roots and history in Music City. Owner Al Thomas’ father Houston Thomas opened the restaurant in 1974, and traveled to England to select the majority of the original décor. It has since become a classic favorite for locals and for countless visitors who travel to Nashville. One former patron is a well-known resident from across the pond. 100 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012

“Prince William actually had dinner here a Heirloom Tomato Salad, Mushrooms Sperry, few years ago when he was in town. He ate the Filet Oskar, the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and blue cheese stuffed filet, and ever since, it’s been Salmon Florentine. known as ‘Prince William’s Blue Cheese Stuffed Filet,’” says Bob Tappan, Sperry’s culinary “From our ingredients to our service and from director. Al and myself to the entire staff, we truly have a passion for this place,” says Tappan. “We can’t Tappan adds that Sperry’s is an ingredientdriven restaurant and uses local produce, cheese imagine doing anything else. When you love and meats whenever possible. It is also one of what you do, it shows. That mentality trickles the last high-end restaurants in town that still down to the customers – that’s one of the main has a salad bar. In addition to Prince William’s things that keeps them coming back year after favorite, other signature dishes include the year.”

In addition to a wide array of cuisine, Sperry’s also has private dining rooms for events such as business lunches, rehearsal dinners and even receptions. The rooms can accommodate anywhere from eight to 85 people and feature private-dining customized menus along with wine pairing options. Sperry’s also offers a gluten-free menu and signature cocktails such as Sperry’s Martini and the Belle Meade Bourbon Manhattan. Sunday brunch items (at the Cool Springs location) include Sperry’s Benedict, Burton’s Benedict Oskar and Bananas Breakfast Foster. The Cool Springs location opened about five years ago, and Al Thomas followed in his father’s footsteps when selecting the décor. “Al went to England just like his dad did many years ago, and picked up a lot of the same style of items and artifacts chosen for the Belle Meade original,” says Tappan. Along with top-notch cuisine, Sperry’s is also known for giving back to the Nashville community, which has supported the restaurant for nearly four decades. Every month, they select a charitable organization and an item from the menu. For every one of the featured items sold, they give a dollar to the cause during that particular month. Tappan adds that at the end of the day, what keeps Sperry’s in business is delivering outstanding food, atmosphere and service on a consistent basis. With all the success of trendy new restaurants throughout Nashville in recent years, he says reliability and a strong reputation still make a big difference to customers. “When you peel back all the glitz and glamour, if you can’t give quality food and service, success in the restaurant business will be short-lived. At Sperry’s, we stick with the tried and true overall, then add certain elements that speak to today’s generation.”

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chef ’s corner Photo by Bagwell Macy PR

The True Measure of


As the weather cools and the days shorten, fall is the perfect time to gather friends around the table. I have a dish in mind that should work a little “get-together magic” — ricotta gnudi, similar to gnocchi and easy to make with roasted butternut squash, walnuts and mustard greens. You’ll feel successful, thinking of the culinary community you’ll be creating over this In this spirit of community, the U.S. State meal. And you’re always invited to our house… Department recently created the American please stop in and introduce yourself. Chef Corps, a network of chefs who travel domestically and internationally, cooking All our best, and bringing folks of all backgrounds and BE WELL ethnicities together through dining. This CP premise—connecting over a meal—has long been my mantra. I say toques off to the folks who initiated this program. To learn more, visit Success is measured in all manners and forms these days. You find variations everywhere you look, from reality TV to magazines to extreme competitions. At 1808 Grille, we measure success by the connectivity we see across our tables each day. Fostering community over a great meal is the cornerstone of what we do.


GNUDI • 2 ½ pounds ricotta cheese • 3 eggs • 2 cups flour • 1 ¼ cups asiago cheese • 1 Tbsp. salt

3. Add flour and mix. 4. Let rest in refrigerator for 1 hour. 5. Put mixture in piping bag, pipe 1-inch pieces into boiling water. (You can use a small scoop instead of piping bag.) 6. Place in ice bath when done, cool and remove. FINAL PREPARATIONS: • 2 cups medium diced butternut squash, cooked and set aside • 2 tsp. minced garlic • ½ cup toasted walnuts • 3 cups (semi compressed) medium chopped mustard greens – stems removed • ¼ cup lemon juice • Extra virgin olive oil or butter

1. Saute gnudi in a non-stick pan in a little olive oil, allow to caramelize a bit. 2. Add the remaining ingredients except lemon juice and butter. 3. Allow all ingredients to sauté for a few minutes. METHOD: 1. Drain ricotta through cheesecloth for 1 4. Drizzle lemon juice to your taste preference. 5. Finish by drizzling olive oil and/or butter hour. 2. Mix eggs, ricotta, asiago and salt in mixer. into pan; remove from heat and serve. October 2012 • | 103


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October 1October 31 Corn Maze Adventure Lucky Ladd Farms, Eagleville 615.274.3786





David Byrne & St. Vincent Grand Ole Opry Ryman Auditorium, Nashville

National Catfish Derby Pickwick Landing State Park 731.234.3188




October 4-7 Annual Rollercoaster Yard Sale Livingston 931.823.6421



October 5-7 National Storytelling Festival International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough 800.952.8392

11 Student Heritage Day Museum of Appalachia, Clinton 865.494.7680



October 12-14 Tennessee Fall Homecoming Museum of Appalachia, Clinton 865.494.7680

Fall English Tea at the Woman’s Exchange Memphis 901.327.5681 October 16-21 Catch Me If You Can





STS9 at the Ryman Auditorium Grand Ole Opry, Nashville

October 18-21 Fall Jamboree CoalCreek OHV Area, Oliver Springs 865.432.1251


Alanis Morissette Grand Ole Opry Ryman Auditorium, Nashville


Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Grand Ole Opry Ryman Auditorium, Nashville


Downtown Cleveland Halloween Block Party Courthouse Square/ Downtown Cleveland 423.479.1000

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25 October 25-30 Boo! at the Zoo Knoxville Zoo


Taste of Home Cooking Show 931.863.3552 Autumn Blaze Arts Festival Waverly 931.296.5860



The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis




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October 5-6 Unicoi County Apple Festival Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce



18th Annual Wine Over Water Chatanooga

Showoff on the Square Downtown Batesville

October 12-13 Clinch River Antique Festival Historic Downtown Clinton 800.524.3602 October 12-14 Foothills Fall Festival Downtown Maryville 865.273.3445

19 Bluegrass at the Amphitheatre Downtown Sparta Liberty Square Amphitheatre


Showoff on the Square

Granville Fall Celebration

Granville Museum




Germantown Oktoberfest Nashville 615.818.3959

October 13-28 Fall Color Cruises Norris Lake 865.426.7461

20 Spirits with the Spirits Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis 901.774.3212



October 26-27 Legacy of Stones River Symposium Murfreesboro 615.893.9501

Fiddlers Grove Fall Festival Fiddlers Grove Historic Village, Lebanon

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A Trip Through History:

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library TEXT BY Jesse Muchmore

As the next presidential election looms ever closer, we’re spotlighting a famed presidential library and museum within driving distance for most Tennesseans – a relatively new landmark in Little Rock, Arkansas, honoring former President Bill Clinton.

second floor contains various artifacts from his successful presidential campaigns, a replica of the White House Cabinet Room, and numerous presidential records representing a small sample of the library’s collection. Other exhibits include a timeline of events during the Clinton administration and several topical alcoves, each dedicated to an important aspect of his eight-year tenure, such as “Putting People First” and “Protecting the Earth.” The third floor shows Clinton’s post-presidential work with the William J. Clinton Foundation, and houses an extremely detailed replica of the Oval Office, gifts to the president from the general public, a “Holidays in the White House” exhibit and a replica of a table from the White House’s 200th Anniversary celebration.

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum opened to the public in November 2004 and is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). As a rule, presidential libraries aren’t your typical public library but a collection of documents chronicling the time of a former chief executive and his administration. Presidential libraries were initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1939 in an effort to preserve national heritage and to allow the American public access to his administration’s records. Many The museum also hosts temporary exhibits presidents followed suit thereafter until the along with its permanent collection. Previous Presidential Records Act of 1978 made public exhibits covered the Revolutionary War, the Founding Fathers, and more recent presidents’ access to presidential documents mandatory. journeys to the White House. The latest is The self-guided museum tour covers three the Dorothy Howell Rodham and Virginia floors of the facility. The first floor contains Clinton Kelley exhibit, on display until Nov. one of the actual limousines used during 25. This intimate showcase was the brainchild the Clinton administration and an exhibit of Chelsea Clinton, the granddaughter of outlining the tasks of the Secret Service agents both women and daughter of Bill and Hillary who protect the president. In addition to the Clinton, and explores the lives and hardships Orientation Theater, with a film that shares of both women through photographs, video the story of Clinton’s life and presidency, the interviews with both women and close 110 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012

friends and family, and some of their personal belongings. Due to Dorothy’s birthday falling on the same day Congress approved the 19th Amendment, also known as the Women’s Suffrage Amendment, the original document will be on display in the exhibit Oct. 19-24. The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum is located just off Interstate 30 next to the Arkansas River on 17 acres of land and is physically the largest presidential library in the U.S., containing 78 million pages of official records, 2 million photographs, 12,500 videotapes, and 20 million emails from the Clinton years. It staffs more than 100 people and has received close to one million visitors since it opened its doors. The structure is the first federal building to receive the platinum rating, the highest possible, from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building program. The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Parking is free and audio guides are available for a minimal charge.


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Contributing Stores — Oak Hall (Memphis), Lavish (Memphis), Belk, Leigh Nants (Milan), Signature’s (Jackson), Mam’selle (Jackson)

56 | Home Feature: Interior Designer — Cheryl Lee Smith, Photographer — Mike Boatman, Architect — Lisa Hord, Hord Architects Builder — Geoff Benson, Benson Builders Appliances — Ferguson Enterprises Lighting — Graham’s Lighting Floral Arrangements — Garden District Addison Glass George Finney Painting Douglas Upholstery T. Clifton Art Gallery

62 | Home Feature: Interior Designer — Roger Higgins, Photographer — Quinn Ballard,

66 | Design: Photography — Mike Boatman, Special thanks to:

94 | Entertaining: Social Butterflies,

110 | Roadtrip: Special thanks to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

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As one of America’s most respected and prolific interior designers, Charles Faudree possesses a wealth of knowledge on the topic of home and what it takes to make one truly extraordinary and personal. Over the years he has shared many of these insights with the world through his books, each brimming with his unique and striking style, which is most often categorized as French Country. Charles Faudree Home, his latest endeavor, is no exception.

about his well-planned designs makes them feel The section entitled “Outdoor Spaces” covers rooms where the outdoors and indoors meet. uncomplicated. Written by Gayle Eby, this chapter captures Each area in the home is represented by a some very inviting spaces. “Perhaps because section of the book. For instance, the first of his upbringing in the wooded landscapes portion is entitled “Entry and Hallway and sunny pastures of eastern Oklahoma, Design.” Interestingly, Faudree chose to have Charles Faudree has a keen appreciation for each of his chapters introduced by a different the wonders of nature and an unerring ability individual. “I am privileged to have friends to incorporate that feeling into his interior – designers, artists, family and clients – who designs,” Eby writes. Areas such as pool houses have the knack of creating wonderful homes in and porches are explored in this section. Each whatever space they happen to occupy. I have chapter of the book is equally exceptional. asked a few of them to introduce the sections that follow to add their unique insights on how Charles Faudree Home is truly a must-have to make the most of the rooms we live in,” he interior design volume. Full of lovely images explains in the book’s introduction. This aspect and inspiring words, it will make a perfect of the book makes for particularly interesting addition to any collection of home design reading and gives the volume a dynamic edge. books. The writing in each section has a slightly different “flavor.”

“Charles Faudree Home gives me the opportunity to share more of my designs and explore in detail what I’ve learned through the years about the ingredients of a home and its place in our lives,” Faudree writes on the opening page of his most recent book. It goes without saying, of course, that Faudree’s magnificent designs take center stage, but his familiar and easy writing style is equally captivating. Faudree has a simple way of talking about the realm of home that puts Photographed by Jenifer Jordan, the book is readers at ease. His modest style of writing full of eye-catching images of Faudree’s work. 114 | At Home Tennessee • October 2012

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