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Gift Guide 150 presents for everyone on your list

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Nashvillian of the Year Award To Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude); PhD (laser physics) Presented by Kiwanis Club International, Nashville, TN The Kiwanis Club of Nashville is proud to announce Dr. Ming Wang, director of Wang Vision 3D Cataract and LASIK Center, world-renowned laser eye surgeon, author, and philanthropist as the 35th recipient of their coveted Nashvillian of the Year Award for 2015. Dr. Wang receives the award by exemplifying the qualities of Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year and the Kiwanis International Vision. Dr. Wang worked diligently to make the world a better place, when he established the Wang Foundation, helping patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries, with sight restoration surgeries performed free-of-charge.

Massey, Phil Bredesen, Vince Gill, Tim Corbin, Mike Curb, Frank Wycheck, Darrell Waltrip and Mayor Karl Dean. A program saluting Dr. Wang was held at the Patron Club, Friday, July 29th at 11:30am. Dr. Wang was presented with a commemorative plaque along a commissioned caricature.

“It is difficult to know anyone who works as hard giving back to the community and changing the lives of children as much as Dr. Ming Wang,” said Kenny Markanich, president, Kiwanis Club of Nashville. “He has helped countless children through the charitable outreach of his foundation, giving free surgeries to repair their vision.” Dr. Wang actively contributes to the Nashville community as the founding president of the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce and as an honorary president of the Tennessee American-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The mission of these two chambers is to help educate Tennessee businesses about China, helping Tennessee to increase its export to China. He is also a cofounder of Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group, an organization that provides support to the diverse cultural and ethnic businesses in our community.

About Kiwanis:

For the past 35 years, the 100-yearold civic club has bestowed the annual accolade upon an individual who has gone beyond the expected scope of their abilities for the betterment and benefit of the Nashville community. The selection committee was spearheaded by George H. Armistead, III, one of the three original architects of the award (along with the late Gillespie Buchannan and the late Ralph Brunson). Past winners of note include Martha Ingram, Roy Acuff, Jack

Kiwanis Club of Nashville is a local chapter of Kiwanis International. This global organization of more than 660,000 members is dedicated to serving the children of the world. It annually raises more than US$100 million and dedicates more than 18.5 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children. Members of every age attend regular meetings, experience fellowship, raise funds for various causes and participate in service projects that help their communities. Dr. Wang can be reached at: drwang@wangvisioninstitute.com Wang Vision Cataract & Lasik Center 1801 West End Ave, Ste 1150, Nashville, TN 37203 615-321-8881 www.WangCataractLASIK.com

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Contents December 2016 | Vol. xxiii, No. 12

parties 25

This Magic Moment

26

Circling the Sun

28

Watching the River Flow

32

Jazz Up the Night

34

I Want to Take You Higher

37

A Toast to the Trio

38

Splish Splash

40

Heart and Soul

42

Country Chic

Readers and writers unite at Authors in the Round

The Sage Awards honors inspiring seniors

An outpouring of support at River Swing

Decked out at Jazzmania

Reaching for the stars at the Conservancy Gala Patrons Party

Rascal Flatts return for another year of Behind the Music

Farm to Fork dinner is a hit for Cumberland River Compact

The spirit of Andrew Jackson lives on at the Hermitage Gala

Sunday in the Park is always in style

47

Step Up to the Plate

48

Premier Crew

The Harvest Moon Ball raises funds to fight hunger

Tocqueville Society celebrates 35 years

features 51 63

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 A curated selection with a little something for everyone on your list

Connecting Generosity With Need

Ellen Lehman reflects on 25 years of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

departments 12 In Our Words Making spirits bright this holiday season 14 Behind the Scenes Thomas Haehn uses his family’s wine to make a difference 17 Nsider News, rumors & propaganda

74 ON THE COVER

Jack Chambers, Megan Murphy Chambers and Derek Whittaker from Nashville Rep’s A Christmas Story photographed at The Holland House Bar & Refuge by Daniel Meigs. Art direction by Heather Pierce. For more info on A Christmas Story, check out Arts and Galleries on page 72.

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42 22

Briefs

66

Nuptials

68

Taking Vows

70

Deconstructing the Dish

72

Arts and Galleries

74

Nroute

76

Best Behavior

78

Nstyle

80

Backstory

82

Pencil In

84

Nretrospect

Nashville Chew Crew, Santa’s Flight Academy and more

Latest Nashville weddings

Rodriguez-Ludlam vows

Pound cake made easy

Upcoming visual and performing arts

Alys Beach, Florida

Expert etiquette advice from John Bridges

Ribbons, paper and cards to spruce up your holiday gifts

Seeing everyday miracles

Calendar of December events

The history behind Battle Ground Academy’s annual Tug Day

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THE DATEJUST 41 The new generation of the essential classic, with a new movement and design that keep it at the forefront of watchmaking. It doesn’t just tell time. It tells history.

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Editorial

Herbert Fox, Jr. Nancy Floyd managing editor Lauren Langston Stewart staff writer Holly Hoffman social correspondent Gloria Houghland contributors Beth Alexander, Laura Bearden, John Bridges, Hallie Caddy, Carrington Fox, Wesley H. Gallagher, Christine Kreyling, Mindy Merrell, Sandy Nelson, Ellen Pryor, Jennifer Puryear, R.B. Quinn, Abby White, Varina Willse editorial intern Bailey Hill founding editor editor

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Heather Pierce Eric England staff photographer Daniel Meigs contributing photographers Michael W. Bunch, Steve Lowry, Jen McDonald, Brooke Rainey art director

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graphic designers Katy Barrett-Alley, Amy Gomoljak, Abbie Leali, Liz Loewenstein, Melanie Mays production coordinator Matt Bach

Wendy Silverman Lynsie Shackelford marketing art director Christie Passarello marketing promotions manager marketing events director

Advertising

Maggie Bond Rachel Dean senior account executives Carla Mathis, Hillary Parsons, Mike Smith, Stevan Steinhart, Jennifer Trsinar account executives Michael Jezewski, Marisa McWilliams, Keith Wright sponsorship specialist Heather Mullins sales operations manager Chelon Hasty account managers Sarah Brown, Annie Smith associate publisher sales manager

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fine art Nashville • Memphis

Paige Morehead

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Circulation

circulation manager

Casey Sanders

Nfocus is published monthly by SOUTHCOMM. Advertising deadline for the next issue is Wed., Dec. 14, 2016. A limited number of free copies, one per reader, are available at select retail establishments, listed on the website: nfocusnashville.com. First-class subscriptions are available for $75 per year. Send your name and address along with a check or American Express credit card number and expiration date to: GARy MINNIS, SOUTHCOMM. 210 12th Ave. S., Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37203 or call Gary at 615-844-9307. For advertising information, call MAGGIE BOND at 615-244-7989, ext. 233. Copyright ©2016 SouthComm, LLC.

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iN o ur wo rd s

Best Time of the Year Making spirits bright this holiday season our december issue means two things: 1) we’ve scoured the city to find amazing presents for our annual holiday gift guide, and 2) we’ve teamed up with a local performing arts company for another festive and whimsical cover. I couldn’t be more excited about either, and I hope you feel the same way. Every year, the gift guide is simultaneously one of the most fun and stressful things to pull together. During our scouting process, our team found nearly 1,000 items at local boutiques for the seven categories in this year’s guide, and we had the daunting task of narrowing them down to 150 gifts. We feel confident you’ll find something you love for everyone on your list. Flip to page 51 to start shopping.

We sought the assistance of the talented cast of A Christmas Story for this month’s charming and hilarious cover. The Nashville Rep’s annual production has become something of a holiday tradition, and if you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? It’s playing at TPAC’s Johnson Theater through Dec. 21. The rest of this holiday issue is filled with — you guessed it — party coverage. We’ve got photos and details from Sunday in the Park (page 42), Conservancy Gala Patrons Party (page 34), Authors in the Round (page 25), Hermitage Gala (page 40) and so much more. I hope you have a joyful and relaxing holiday season, surrounded by the ones you love. We’ll see you in 2017! BY NaNcY FloYd

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Nancy is a reader of books, rider of bikes and lover of all things local. She lives in East Nashville with her husband, Kyle, and beagle, Gus. Email her at nfloyd@nfocusmagazine.com.

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Looking Out for Nashville

pHoTo by DANIEL MEIGS

Thomas Haehn uses his family’s wine to make a difference

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Diamond cuff in 18 karat yellow gold, and fire opal earrings in bronze and 18 karat yellow gold, as seen on Page 34 of the new Mednikow Wish Book. Please stop by our store for your complimentary copy.

When Thomas Haehn moved to Nashville in 1994 to intern at Nashville Wine and Spirits, he planned to stay for a year, maybe two. Twenty years later, he not only calls Nashville home, but he is also doing his part to make it a better place. Thomas works in property management, where he deals with tenants at rental properties. Over the years, he has worked with several people who came on hard times and were unable to stay in their residences. Even as a caring landlord, Thomas wasn’t always able to keep people from eviction. When his tenants had nowhere else to go, he often partnered with local nonprofits to keep them from becoming homeless. He saw the work the nonprofits were doing and wanted to do something more to help, but his schedule didn’t allow for volunteering. Instead, he looked to his other job, importing wine, to find a way to contribute. Thomas is originally from Germany, where his brother Konrad runs the Von Schleinitz winery. The brothers teamed up to create a line of high-quality wines with prof-

its donated to four nonprofits that address varying needs of the less fortunate and struggling in our city. Room in the Inn supports homeless individuals; Safe Haven helps homeless families; SAFPAW Nashville assists homeless people with pets, and East C.A.N. cares for homeless animals and lost pets. “Sometimes [people] just need a helping hand,” says Thomas, “and that’s what these organizations do.” The Feed Our Homeless Nashville Project offers a handful of German wines that benefit these nonprofits, including a prosecco, three rieslings, a rosé and a red blend. Local graphic design artist Allison Parker designed the wine labels, and The Tony Marchetti Company donated logistical support for the importation. The FOH Nashville Project wines can now be found in many liquor stores in Nashville as well as at Turnip Truck and local restaurants like Lockeland Table. If you’re in need of wine for a holiday party or are looking for a gift that gives in more ways than one, The FOH Nashville Project wines are the perfect solution. Check out highdefwines.com for more information.

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dedication to the community. This year’s Nelson C. Andrews Award is deservingly in the arms of It’s a wonderful day in Nashville when Renata Soto, co-founder people come together to celebrate and executive director of the city’s triumph. The Nashville PubConexión Américas. She lic Education Foundation is a huge advocates for immigrants asset to the community, which was by teaching English, asconveyed in bright, shining lights sisting families in findat this year’s sold-out Hall of Fame ing a home, helping them Luncheon. The words “selflessness,” Chair Santi Tefel, Jordan Waldron, Tim to start businesses and “teamwork” and “thinking big” were Bewley, James Tapp much, much more. repeated over and over again. The Inspiring InnovaCo-chairs David and Gail Wilwhen Board Chair, and last year’s tion Award went to Nashliams spoke on the value of investhonoree, Jordan Waldron announced ville International Newcomer Acading in the future of our children and him as the award winner. Bridgestone emy. Their acceptance speech was one acted as uplifting hosts for the day. America’s Christine Karbowiak — that many attendees will never forget Megan Barry followed by confessing and one of our Model Behavior honoras three children came on stage to how lucky Nashville is to have events ees — spoke about leadership lessons help receive the award. These inspirpacked with 600 people in support of and giving back to the community in ing stories, and so many more, are the our children. Then, Shawn Joseph, diher keynote address. Emily Green, hallmark of the tireless efforts of Nashrector of schools, spoke about a heartHeather Piper, Cameron Anderson, ville educators and institutions across warming text message he received Brooke Sweeney, John Byers, Blair the city. Smyly, Cole Hodges, Matt Helton, Shane Bailey, Casey Summar and Annakate Ross were among those listening intently to her inspiring words as they prepare to be the next generaThe Young Leaders Council hosted its tion of leaders making a difference in 21st annual Fall Leadership Luncheon our community. at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Close to 370 guests attended the organization’s biggest event of the year at which young business professionals, as well as nonprofit and corporate individuDuring this year’s Joe Kraft HumaniKatrina Robertson, als, hear about important issues in Becca Stevens tarian Award Luncheon, business our community. It also provides the in Middle Tennessee came to a halt. current members of Class Leaders of industry, education, com67 an opportunity to netmerce, the armed services and law work with alumni and comenforcement in Davidson and the surmunity leaders in a relaxed setting. After plenty of time to mingle, everyone found their seats for lunch and a full program that opened with a welcome from YLC Executive Director Diane Hayes. While honoring the internationally known artist and national director of Lynnette Brown, Mercedes Almaraz, diversity at Skanska USA, Renata Soto, Alma Rosa Gonzalez, Karen Castro James Threalkill, as Alumnus of the Year, event chair Jack Turner, Aubrey Harwell and Board Chair-elect Santi Tefel infrom a public school student that formed the packed room that James is inspired him to keep his promise of rounding counties filled Music City probably the only alum who has ever bringing excellence by design to every Center to pay tribute to honoree Jack won an Emmy. classroom, every day. Turner. The Community Foundation The big surprise at every luncheon Special guest Vince Gill informed of Middle Tennessee selected the is naming the Young Leader of the the crowd that the first time he ever Clarksville native for the 23rd annual Year. Tim Bewley was bowled over performed in front of people was at award that recognizes individuals school. “I think it’s so imwho make life better for others. Jack portant to be encouraghas shown enduring dedication to a ing of young people,” said wide range of charitable causes from Vince. For one of his songs, Austin Peay State University and Fort he was joined by Head Campbell to organizations across the Middle Magnet singers for mid-state region. an emotional tune about As CFMT celebrates 25 years, Presgiving. ident Ellen Lehman recounted its beThe Hall of Fame Disginning and shared that Jack’s genertinguished Alumni were ous donation helped exceed the initial Waverly Crenshaw Jr., fundraising goal to establish the founJohn Byers, James Threalkill, Joe Steakley and The Rev. Blair Smyly dation. That was one of many gifts to Becca Stevens for their

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foster the creation of entities, with others being Ajax Turner Senior Citizens Center, Fort Campbell Historical Foundation, Leadership Clarksville and Leadership Middle Tennessee, to name but a few. A video of tributes from leaders around the mid-state region conveyed the extent of Jack’s commitment to his community and individuals in need. Lee Greenwood performed before Bob Corker presented Jack with the Kraft Award, which comes with the privilege of making grants from the Kraft Fund to his favorite charities. Among those celebrating Jack’s lifetime of commitment, hard work and generosity were Jack’s wife Margie, Meg and Scott Turner, Megan and Tim Vacek, Will Turner, Mary and Paul Turner, Mary Margo Turner, Kelly and Todd Williams, Lucy and Ray Hand, Jerry Williams, Judy and Joe Barker, Annette Eskind, Jim Cooper, Alisa White, Steve Anderson and Robert Echols.

That’s Amoré It was a night of dancing, singing and dining — with the emphasis on dining — when Nashville Public Television welcomed best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur and public television personality Lidia Bastianich for an extraordinary feast at Mangia Nashville. Owner Nick Pellegrino as well as his wife, Jeanine, and NPT President and CEO Beth Curley welcomed starstruck guests — including Janice Elliott and David Morgan, Steve Sirls and Allen DeCuyper, Paula and Tom Milam, Janet Kurtz, Ron Gobbell, and Shelley and Gage Logan — who maintained their cool while mingling with the Emmy Award-winning chef. Mangia, known for its lively weekend feasts, was the perfect setting for the five-course family-style menu,

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was topped with roasted grapes, shaved grana padano and balsamic vinaigrette. Lidia’s penne alla Norma with roasted eggplant and fresh ricotta inspired one of two first courses. Then, Nick led everyone in singing and dancing, a defining part of weekends at Mangia. That and a conga line burned enough calories to make room for his Jennifer Johnson, Tony Thompson, Cathy Thomas Umbrian chicken cacciatore with capers, olives and white wine, one half of the second course. mance was merely a practice run for To close, guests enjoyed dark chocothe upcoming G20 Summit! late budino with ameretti crumble After a good laugh at himself, the and left with bags of zeppole tossed history major and aficionado then in powdered sugar. Everyone went turned everyone’s attention to the home satisfied — not only from the reason they were there: the critical marvelous food but also knowing that importance of the preservation of their contributions to Nashville Pubthe Andrew Jackson property and its lic Television would provide for more education programs. Some of those seasons of Lidia’s Kitchen and other in attendance were Jimmy Spradley, fine programming on NPT. Susan and Bob McDonald, Jennie and Rob McCabe, Carol and Darryl Yochem, Becky and Dick Cowart, Anne Davis, Gina Lodge, Katy Varney, Cathy and Bobby Thomas, Carol and Frank Daniels, Edna and Pepe The recent Hermitage Gala Patrons Presley, Alberta and Bob Doochin, Reception was held on a beautiful fall Emily J. Reynolds, Carol and John evening, allowing guests to stroll the Rochford, and Ophelia and George grounds of the Tennessee Residence, Paine. the current home to Gala honorary chairs Crissy and Bill Haslam. This invitation-only, black-tie gala is the premier fundraiser for the Andrew Jackson Foundation, explained Regent Frances Spradley, who enlisted Co-chairs Angie Howard, Loraine the help of friends Lake Eakin and Lippolis and Dana Strupp welcomed Sandy Sangervasi as gala chairs. an excited crowd to the Artclectic PaThe patrons party, held the night betrons Party for a first peek at the artfore the main event, was a chance to thank 120 benefactors and sponsors as well as honor award recipients Bob Corker and Sarah Knestrick. Howard Kittell, CEO of the Hermitage, introduced our affable governor and shared with the group how he had always admired the governor’s ability to begin each speech with a humble yet humorous story offering a refreshing respite from today’s political climate. The governor did not let them down as he shared the story of Co-chairs Angie Howard and the first couple’s recent trip to Asia Loraine Lippolis where they received true red carpet treatment. As they walked down the ists and their works. Now in its 20th stairs to the tarmac filled with marchyear, the University School of Nashing bands, dignitaries and a “presenville fundraiser and juried exhibition tation of roses to Crissy larger than is a nationally respected art show any I had ever given her,” they couldn’t in addition to being a highly anticihelp but wonder what was going on. pated local event. Patron co-chairs As it turned out, the entire perforAnn Kloeppel and Melissa Rittenberg transformed the gym with chic black draping, a centrally located bar and delectable bites compliments of Merchants Restaurant and USN alums and brothers Max and Ben Goldberg. As visitors perused the works of established and Co-chair Lake Eakin, Bill and Crissy Haslam, emerging artists, Co-chair Sandy Sangervasi, Howard Kittell

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in April 2017, along with NFF’s Livin’ Reel program for at-risk teens. It was a lovely night for cocktails on The Cordelle’s expansive side terrace, but many revelers quickly made their way to the whiskey tasting table. Hosted by Joe Barnes of Drink Your Whiskey, the tasting featured 10 bottles of scotch, bourbon and Canadian whiskey and one bottle of Armagnac from the ’70s. “We’re here to walk people through the world of whiskey,” Joe said, pouring samples of the impressive selection of spirits. The Belle Meade Bourbon Sherry Cask Finish was a favorite of most guests, but with this assortment, it was hard to go wrong. Tables simply decorated with black tablecloths and white rose floral centerpieces set the stage for the four-course feast that included a citrus salad topped with strawberries and Marcona almonds, portobellos stuffed with lump crab, Parmesan and mozzarella, a filet mignon accompanied by bacon-wrapped asparagus

they stopped to congratulate Jay McDougall, a first-time participant who received Best of Show for his pieces in sculptured wood. Local artists — such as Charlotte Terrell, Ed Nash, Richard Bowers and Katie Gonzalez — made up a little more than half of the exhibitors, who offered something for every interest and price range. Art lovers and Tiger supporters in the crowd included Nick Lippolis, David Kloeppel, Edward Rittenberg, Jim Ramsey, Vince Durnan, Susan Brown, Sarah Sperling and Bruce Wolf, Donna Glassford, Tory Fitzgibbon, Frannie and Brooks Corzine, Julie and Bob Gordon, Arnita Ozgener, Susie and Jim Rieniets, Susan and Jon Shoenecker, Lori Fishel, and Molly and Mike Upchurch. Adults weren’t the only ones who experienced the fantastic asTed Crockett, David Allen, Lanaii Benne sortment of art. During Education Day, lowerschool students received one-ofand double chocolate cake with raspa-kind art experiences when they berry jus. Following dinner, a lively toured the show, met the artists auction threw guests into a frenzy and, in some cases, even served as over items like a private screening for assistants during demonstrations. 100 people at the 2017 festival, a turnProceeds from the weekend support table from Jack White and Third Man the Artclectic Endowment Fund for Records and a bottle of Pappy Van Innovative Teaching, which supports Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-year-old curricular innovation and classroom bourbon. Among those anxiously excellence for USN students. awaiting another year of spectacular

Movie Magic The Nashville Film Festival celebrated what it holds most dear — movies — at Night of the Silver Screen, a fundraising dinner at The Cordelle. Charlie Chaplin was projected onto the wall as guests arrived for the festive shindig supporting the 48th annual 10-day film festival, coming up

film and culture from the Nashville Film Festival were Executive Director Ted Crockett, David Allen, Dwayne Johnson, Lanaii Benne, Michael Dettner, Stacy Widelitz, Brian Owens, Melissa Lummus, Julia and Gordon Baker, Mike Stryker, Natasha and George Corrieri, Kristian Bush, Christy McNabb, Harold Loren and Shannon Casey.

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Have You Herd? Landscape architect Zach Richardson is an urban shepherd. His flock of sheep at Nashville Chew Crew provides targeted grazing services to clear overgrown land in order to reclaim acreage for residential and commercial use. A 2007 graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy, Zach studied landscape architecture at the University of Georgia, where, as an undergrad, he put some goats on an overgrown lot and watched them clear the land naturally — without expensive machinery or harmful pesticides. After graduate school, he studied targeted grazing in Atlanta under a mentor who also bred and trained border collies and livestock guardian dogs. Now Zach is back home in Nashville with a flock of 60 ewes, livestock guardian dogs and border collie Duggie to keep everyone on track. Since launching Nashville Chew Crew this summer, Zach and company have cleared overgrown hillsides at Fort Negley, stream banks along Richland Creek Greenway and a historic graveyard at Nashville City Cemetery as well as smaller residential projects. Got a stubborn overgrown tract to clear? No job is too big or too small for Nashville Chew Crew. Zach will erect a temporary electric fence energized by a solar charger. Then he and Duggie will deliver the sheep and their guardian dogs, who will stay on site until the grazing is complete. A good rule of thumb is one week per acre, but each job will vary. As Zach explains, “We work on animal time.” For estimates, contact Zach through nashvillechewcrew.com.

Take Off With Santa Christmas activities for kids abound in Music City, but this year, The Mall at Green Hills is offering a new interactive treat that is sure to be one of the highlights of the holiday season. For the first time ever, kids of all ages can don a digital elf suit and join Santa’s flight crew, helping the jolly old elf chart his intercontinental Christmas Eve course. Sponsored locally by the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the opening night of Santa’s Flight Academy marked a special celebration for patients of the hospital who were the first to get to help Santa power his mighty sleigh. The magic continues through Dec. 24, as cadets are given a flight crew badge and safely escorted by elves through this immersive adventure where the wonders of the illustrious sleigh ride come to life at their fingertips. The highlights include helping start and steer the enormous sleigh and helping navigate weather hazards, including a “real” blizzard. Round out the ride with a rockin’ dance party and a snuggle on Santa’s lap; what’s not to love? Santa’s Flight Academy will be open during regular mall hours. To register ahead of time, visit shopgreenhills.com/holidays.

Close Knit Community In 2003, avid knitters Ann Shayne from Nashville and Kay Gardiner from New York struck up an online correspondence on the topic of handmade woolens. Their kindred quirkiness and passion for knitting led to two coauthored books and a blog under the name “Mason-Dixon Knitting.” Now Ann and Kay are casting on their biggest project yet: a website designed to be a daily reading rabbit hole for knitters, with luscious photographs of textiles and hilarious and thoughtful essays on everything from life coaching to slow cooking. And on top of all of that, they have an online shop with a physical warehouse in Germantown. Ann and Kay curate the most delicious things they can find from around the knitting world. Look for limited-edition yarns, field guides and patterns by renowned knitters as well as adult coloring books by Juliana Horner from Nashville’s own CraftSouth. Spend a few minutes on masondixonknitting.com, and you’ll quickly see that it has a vast and far-flung read-

A Sweet Anniversary What’s better than empowering young girls and getting cookies in return? Girl Scouts of America celebrates the 100th anniversary of their cookie program this year, and you have a lot to be excited about! The centennial celebration will feature a new patch for the girls and a new cookie for the rest of us. This year’s special patch is called the Cookie Troop 100 fun patch. Troops will participate by setting a goal for their cookie sales and asking 100 new customers to purchase cookies. Do you see a theme here? Now for the big reveal — and what we’ve all been waiting for — the new flavor being added to the cookie arsenal will be the Girl Scout S’mores! This campfire-inspired cookie will feature two crispy graham cookies filled with crème icing and chocolate. “S’mores have strong ties to our organization’s history, and this cookie brings a new and delicious way to support girls and the fun adventures they experience through Girl Scouting,” said Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Communications Manager Dede Bearden. Dede mentioned that there’s more that goes into selling cookies than meets the eye. Each step of the process helps to mold the young ladies. They set goals with their troop and make decisions about where their product would sell best and how to market their sale. They also learn about money management, people skills and business ethics. The girls will start taking orders on Dec. 26. For a cookie locator and more information, head over to gsmidtn.org/cookies.

ership, equally apt to be discoursing on the finer points of Euroflax linen and mattress-seaming mitered square blankets as well as Girl Scout cookies and the best TV shows to bingewatch on a Sunday. Knitting is always front and center, but you don’t have to be a knitter to appreciate the creativity and humor of the conversation.

by Carrington Fox, Bailey Hill and Varina Willse photos Courtesy of ERIC ENGLAND, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Nashville Chew Crew And Mason-Dixon Knitting

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Joyce Vise, Denny and Jean Bottorff

Walker and Varina Willse, Randall and Sally Henderson, Varina Buntin

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tephen King once said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic,” and thanks to Humanities Tennessee, readers were given an entire weekend to meet the magicians who have transfixed them through the written word. At Authors in the Round, a highlight of this literary weekend, guests were invited to share a meal and conversation with 42 writers from around the country, some recently published for the first time and others fixtures on best-sellers lists. There was no shortage of cocktails or conversation in the War Memorial courtyard as bibliophiles brushed elbows with writers of every genre. Everyone was eager to get inside and see which author would be playing host at their table, but in a crowd that included Gayle Forman (best-selling author of If I Stay), country superstar turned cookbook author Kix Brooks, National Book Award finalist Arlie Russell Hochschild and her journalist husband, Adam, there were no bad tables in the house. Tim Henderson, Humanities’ executive director, did his best to quiet the excited crowd who were already entrenched in conversation. He gave a nod to this year’s “brilliant team” of co-chairs, Dianne Neal and Paul Ney, who truly did a fabulous job making the night run smoothly and look spectacular. They teamed up with Amos Gott on the décor to keep books the centerpiece of the evening (quite literally) with stacks of wooden versions topped with succulents and candles on each table. Best-selling author Andrew Maraniss served as emcee and miraculously managed to hold everyone’s attention for an introduction of all 42 authors — no small task — that provided clever tidbits about each one and praised their accolades (of which there were many). Guests enjoyed dinner and chatted freely with their designated authors before concluding the evening with specialty cocktails in the courtyard. As the night came to a close, revelers returned to their cars, their arms loaded with newly acquired books — a little portable magic to take home. by Nancy Floyd photographs by Daniel Meigs

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his year’s Sage Awards, hosted by the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville, honored inspiring seniors who have been advocates for improving the quality of life in our community. The four recipients had impressive lists of causes and organizations they support as well as a multitude of other reasons for being recognized. Former Mayor Bill Purcell presented the award to Berdelle Campbell by hilariously rattling off her lengthy list of accomplishments, feigning being out of breath at the end of it. Berdelle graciously accepted the award by saying that her focus is on the future of Nashville — as well as the future of the universe. Erica Gilmore presented to her mother, Brenda Gilmore, who was radiant in red. “My grandma always said that people don’t have to be nice to you, and when they are, always say ‘thank you,’ ” said Brenda. She noted that hard work is always necessary, and, having built a lifelong reputation as a champion for minorities, women, children and the environment, she doesn’t just believe it; she lives it too. Gwendolyn Rees presented the award to Cleatrice McTorry, who Gwendolyn said is insightful, a very good friend and someone who lives life with a spirit of compassion. Cleatrice was shocked that she won and encouraged guests to contribute to COA by reminding us that we will all “get there one day.” Charles Bone presented for close friend and minister James Vandiver. He noted the large amount of people that James has led to Christ as one of his biggest accomplishments. James said, “When we sit down to the table to determine what’s best for the welfare of the whole person, everyone needs to be represented.” He is proud of Nashville’s ability to see life from different perspectives. Friends and family of honorees, as well as past award winners, filled tables at the Omni, and hearts were warmed at seeing so many diverse groups so strongly affected by the people recognized. The honorees encouraged all to continue being inspired and ambitious, regardless of the amount of times we’ve circled the sun.

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airpath Farm, Susan and Todd Kaestner’s bucolic setting on the banks of the Harpeth River, is ordinarily a quiet place where horses spend their days in the pasture. But for Harpeth River Watershed Association’s 13th annual River Swing, the equine residents yielded their space to cars bringing supporters ready to celebrate 15 years of the organization’s impressive efforts to restore and maintain an ecologically healthy river. While sipping cocktails and munching on olive tapenade crostini and goat cheese stuffed peppadews, guests petted the horses that wandered over to check out the hubbub. Up in the barn, others selected scenes of the Harpeth to adorn their walls at a sale by The Chestnut Group plein air painters. After watching a splendid Middle Tennessee sunset, everyone found their way to the tent where an abundant buffet from Whole Foods Market included smoked shredded beef with chimichurri and Mediterranean herb chicken. A mashed potato bar with a number of tempting toppings balanced healthy sides like orzo kale salad, Brussels sprouts and roasted root veggies. Before heading back for chocolate or vanilla cake, eager bidders checked their standing at the silent auction, which included a St. Barth’s getaway and a private beer tasting for 20 at Little Harpeth Brewing with bites from Whole Foods. HRWA Executive Director Dorie Bolze concluded her brief remarks by ordering the crowd to “get back to the party.” Bizz & Everyday People took to the stage, and everyone, including Emma Otter, took to the dance floor until it was time for the cows — um, the horses — to come home. For 15 years, the Harpeth River Watershed Association has worked to preserve and protect the State Scenic Harpeth River, all 115 miles from Rutherford County to the Cumberland River. With successful River Swings, it can promise another 15 years of cleaner water and healthier ecosystems. As Dorie said, “We are the river … We are the solution.”

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A Toast to the Trio Rascal Flatts return for another year of Behind the Music

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or over a decade, the Rascal Flatts have taken fans Behind the Music and into the band’s benevolence by hosting their oh-so-popular fundraiser for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. This year was no exception, and the 300-plus patrons were treated to an unforgettable exclusive performance by the country music trio and their special guest, Kelsea Ballerini. The intimate evening was held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Event Hall with its breathtaking view of the Nashville skyline. Children’s Hospital Board Chair Allison DeMarcus served as the evening’s emcee. CEO Luke Gregory thanked the group for their contribution to this year’s beneficiary, the Growing to New Heights campaign, a $40 million effort to enhance the hospital’s ability to care for more critically ill infants and children. John Brock, the surgeon-in-chief, thanked the Flatts for their commitment to reaching the goal. “Eleven years ago, this event began as a VIP pre-party for the Rascal Flatts concert at Bridgestone Arena. Since that time, a state-of-the-art surgical wing has been developed at the hospital in their name as well as research funding for babies born prematurely,” he said. Co-chairs Joanie and Karey Witty transformed the event space into an intimate, tony club with high and low cocktail tables decorated in shades of peacock blue and purple and bedecked sleek glass bubble vases with purple orchids. The juxtaposition of a Southern supper buffet and a clean, contemporary mix was very Music City. Once again, it was a spectacular and inspiring evening. While the Flatts are the motivation behind the music, their leadership and feisty in-your-face enthusiasm for the hospital has always been boldly presented, benevolently outreaching and irresistibly overpowering. Here’s a toast to the trio! We’re hoping for many more decades of Behind the Music to come. by Gloria Houghland photos by eric england

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Splish Splash Farm to Fork dinner is a hit for Cumberland River Compact

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umberland River Compact hosted its fifth annual Farm to Fork dinner at Green Door Gourmet’s Grand Barn. Nashville food lovers came to relish a five-course meal prepared by top local chefs using regionally sourced ingredients and to raise funds to improve the quality of water and enhance the quality of life in the Cumberland River Basin. Guests were greeted with pecan cheese crisps, country ham and praline mustard on a sweet potato biscuit, bacon-wrapped watermelon rind, and grilled crostini with tomato jam, Bonnie Blue goat cheese and caramelized onion from Corner Market’s Emily Frith. While nibbling on these delectable bites, revelers browsed paintings by members of The Chestnut Group of local plein air painters who captured scenes of the Cumberland and the farms it sustains. Once seated for dinner, attendees enjoyed Mad Platter’s curried butternut squash bisque garnished with a cinnamon crème fraîche, brought by Marcia Jervis who was standing in for Craig. Next, host chef Richard Jones served a salad of mixed Green Door Gourmet kale greens with apple butter dressing, Hakurei turnips and candied spiced pecans. There were two choices of entrée: Miel’s Andrew Coins prepared milk braised leg of lamb, spiced beet purée, lamb fat braised sunchokes, smoked black garlic vinaigrette and petite herbs while Jason Zygmont of Treehouse satisfied vegans with confit and grilled king trumpet mushrooms, crisp squash blossoms, tomato pomodoro and dandelion greens. Juanita Lane of Dulce Desserts appeased the crowd’s sweet tooth with apple cake and salted caramel buttercream icing, and the meal was capped off with an assorted cheese platter from The Bloomy Rind. Paul Sloan may have been surprised when his name was called to receive the Tributarian Award, but no one else was. The former CRC executive director and past board chair has made far-reaching, enduring contributions to improving the health of the river and its tributaries. The entire evening was a jubilant celebration of autumn’s bounty, abundant clean water in the Cumberland River Basin and a better quality of life for all.

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s the 250th birthday of President Andrew Jackson approaches, The Hermitage hosted its 10th annual Hermitage Gala to support and celebrate the work of the historic presidential site, one of Middle Tennessee’s top tourist destinations. Co-chairs Lake Eakin and Sandy Sangervasi, both looking chic in black silk, greeted guests as they arrived to the Music City Center for the black-tie affair. As music from Jay Vernali’s jazz trio filled the air, revelers enjoyed cocktails and light bites while they perused the silent auction, which boasted five exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experiences at The Hermitage. The top package up for grabs included dinner for 10 on the back porch of the mansion, limousine service to and from the event and a behind-the-glass tour of The Hermitage’s artifacts. Once everyone took their seats for dinner, Frances Spradley, regent of the Andrew Jackson Foundation, welcomed the crowd. President and CEO Howard Kittell joined her on stage after dinner to present the Lewis R. Donelson Award to Sarah Knestrick for her “courageous leadership and unrelenting determination.” Sarah, who served as regent from 2004 to 2013, was touted for helping The Hermitage get through the recession and the flood and for starting the gala back in 2005. She was touched by the honor and took the opportunity to thank her friends and family and encourage all in attendance to serve the presidential home. “I hope you will drink the Kool-Aid and get hooked on The Hermitage,” she joked. Following Sarah’s comments, Senator Bob Corker was presented with the Jackson Award. Best-selling author and award-winning historian Michael Beschloss took the stage for the keynote address, speaking with passion about the historic sites that have impacted him the most in his life, from a childhood visit to Lincoln’s family home to a guided tour of Monticello with David McCullough. After a tour of The Hermitage that afternoon, he observed, “You really do feel Andrew Jackson’s soul.” It’s a feeling the staff has worked painstakingly to preserve, and thanks to such enthusiastic supporters, Andrew Jackson’s soul will continue to reside at The Hermitage for years to come.

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Country Chic Sunday in the Park is always in style

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hen Julie Fleming and Christy Waller agreed to co-chair the 27th annual Sunday in the Park, no one ever imagined that temps would be in the mid-80s for the beloved late fall event. Fortunately, gentle breezes prevailed making it feel a bit like fall for more than 600 supporters of Friends of Warner Parks. As guests arrived at Ridge Field, they were surprised to see The Folly — a clear tent decorated with a mule deer antler chandelier, cozy blue sofas with Scottish plaid pillows and, of course, a bustling bar — at the entrance. Decorations chairs Lorie Duke and Jay Joyner succeeded in making it the welcoming spot they intended; it stayed packed with partygoers. Inside the elegant luncheon tent, they teamed up with The Tulip Tree’s Mark O’Bryan to create organic arrangements of seeded eucalyptus, eucalyptus pods, rose hips, bittersweet, orange Dublin and oak leaf foliage that graced bars and tables. Strategically placed planter boxes — lacquered Hermès orange — were filled with boxwood, Foster’s holly, Nana cypress and magnolias. The sounds of a Nashville Pipes and Drums parade signaled it was time to be seated. Before guests enjoyed an autumn luncheon of petite iceberg wedge, panseared lemon thyme chicken with russet and sweet potato mash and apple crisp sundae from Kristen Winston Catering, Board Chair Kristin Taylor welcomed everyone to the “celebration of nature” with a brief update on Friends of Warner Parks projects, which have exceeded more than $30 million to date. Music from Marcus Hummon accompanied Becca Stevens’ invocation. In what has become a Sunday in the Park tradition, in lieu of parting favors Julie and Christy selected a bronze plaque commemorating the listing of Warner Parks in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 to be installed near the Belle Meade Boulevard entrance to Percy Warner Park. Working with our city, Friends of Warner Parks continues to preserve and protect nearly 3,200 acres of land for the enjoyment of more than 1 million people annually.

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Premier Crew Tocqueville Society celebrates 35 years Denice and Milton Johnson, Trudy and Bill Carpenter

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he Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville held a 35th Anniversary Celebration at the Schermerhorn to recognize the years of success that began with a shared vision for a better Nashville. It began in 1981 when Tommy Frist gathered 27 philanthropic individuals to address the needs of Nashville’s most vulnerable citizens. They founded the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Alpha Chapter, a society that now claims more than 400 donors and has raised more than $125 million for our United Way. In addition to Tommy and Trish Frist, other original members who came for the important night included Agneta and Brownlee Currey, Betty and Jimmy Perkins, and Irene and Ridley Wills. Wearing commemorative medallions on blue sashes, founders were easy to spot in the throng. United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian Gallagher and Vice President of Major Donor Relations Maureen Grant Hayes made the trip from Alexandria, Virginia, to thank the founders — who started what has grown to become the world’s largest leadership giving society — and all society members for their continuing commitment to the United Way. Details for the black-tie evening fell into the extremely capable hands of Janet Ayers, Cathy Brown, Lisa Campbell, Lee Ann Ingram and Anne Russell. They adorned Laura Turner Concert Hall in the society colors of blue and white and secured Kristen Winston Catering to prepare an exquisite meal. Members of the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Opera and Nashville Rep performed throughout the evening. Words from Brian and local President and CEO Eric Dewey preceded a new chapter in the society’s history. Martha Ingram received the inaugural Tocqueville Society Alpha Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award for her unwavering support and generosity to the society and the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. Grandson Henry Ingram, who flew into town from Stanford, surprised Martha with a performance of Pagodes from Debussy’s “Estampes.” The evening ended on an even higher note with actors from Nashville Rep singing, appropriately, “Seasons of Love” from Rent.

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H o l i day Gift Guide

For the kitchen

White linen towels with gold trim, $40 each >> Bella Linea | Bean & Bailey geo ice cream bowls in melon, mint and grey, $30 each; Bean & Bailey cocktail cups in melon, mint and grey, $25 each; Bulb vase in mint, $11-17; Peach vase with plant, $51 >> FLWR Shop | Leah Duncan tea towel, $22.99 >> Gift Horse | Silver kitchen shears, $56.50; Sir | Madam solid brass dessert scoop, $56.50; Lovewild Design organic tea vials, $20.50; One Canoe Two hand-painted recipe cards (set of 15), $16; Xenia Taler trivet, $63; Xenia Taler porcelain coasters (set of four), $40.50 >> Hester & Cook | Sweet Sentiment mug in mint, $12 >> Loveless Cafe | American Cake by Anne Byrn, $29.99 >> Parnassus Books | A l’Olivier extra virgin olive oil, $32.99 >> Sperry’s Restaurant | Mastering the Art of French Cooking 50th Anniversary by Julia Child, $40; Brass napkin rings, $18 each; Deep South: New Southern Cooking by Brad McDonald, $35 >> White’s Mercantile | Kaico kettle in white, $150; FS small standing bowl in terra cotta, $84 >> Wilder

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For the kids

Grimm’s cave arch puzzle, $55; Grimm’s sun puzzle, $40; Grimm’s owl building blocks in sea, $34; Misha Puff sweater dress in red, $168; Oeuf stuffed snake, $96; Bobo Choses sweater in gold and cream, $96; Lucky Boy Sunday Fancy Nulle, $132 >> Arcade | Modern Moose Superboy clock, $44.99 >> Corzine & Co. | Finkelstein’s sloth, $42; Train engine print, $21.99 >> Gift Horse | Yellow chick plate, bowl and mug, $112 per set >> Harpeth Gallery | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, $25; An Incomplete Book of Awesome Things by Wee Society, $10 >> Her Bookshop | Creetures Puzzle + Play Robot, $12.95 >> Serendipity | The Jungle Book: An Animals Primer by Jennifer Adams, $9.99; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Camping Primer by Jennifer Adams, $9.99; A is for Atom: A Midcentury Alphabet by Greg Paprocki, $9.99 >> Welcome Home

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Vagabond House natural antler handle grilling set, $151 >> Corzine & Co. | Drinktanks Juggernaut growler, $109; Keg cap accessory kit, $45; Stanley classic wide mouth flask, $25; Patagonia Headway MLC 45L bag in oaks brown, $189 >> Cumberland Transit | Epic Bike Rides of the World by Lonely Planet, $35 >> Her Bookshop | Sym Glass stemless wine glass, $11 >> Hester & Cook | Sweet Dixie Bar-B-Que sauce, $6.95; Jack’s Creek Bar-B-Que sauce, $6.95; Big Hoss rub, $7.95 >> Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint | Tuscan cypress ball, $46 >> Vignette | How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide by Katie Daisy, $19.95 >> Welcome Home | How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier, $19.99; Skeem Design fire matches in apothecary jar, $28 >> White’s Mercantile

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F E AT U R E

Connecting Generosity With Need Ellen Lehman reflects on 25 years of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee by Nancy Floyd photograph by Eric England

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ike many good ideas, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee was born out of frustration. President Ellen Lehman admits to whining to a friend — the late Ida Cooney — about the challenges facing local nonprofits when it came to endowments. In addition to running programs, working with clients, managing the organization and fundraising, the staffs, volunteers and boards of directors at these nonprofits were also being expected to oversee and manage financial endowments entrusted to their causes. It was unfair at best, unwise at worst, and the organizations and staffs were suffering as a result. Ida, the first executive director of the HCA Foundation (now the Frist Foundation), suggested to Ellen, a third generation Nashvillian and Harvard grad, that what Nashville needed was a community foundation to manage the charitable gifts and create new charitable opportunities for area donors. Ellen paired research with resources, studying to understand exactly what a community foundation does and partnering with local philanthropists. In 1991, with commitments of $1.5 million from a small group of donors, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee began. Now, 25 years later, the organization boasts 1,050 active funds and more than $986 million in cumulative contributions. We chatted with Ellen Lehman about the challenges in getting The Community Foundation off the ground, why it’s so important to the city and what the future holds. continued on page 64

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How did the idea for The Community Foundation first come about? The last week in September 1990, I went to lunch with a woman that I had gone to lunch with about once a year, and her name was Ida Cooney, and she was the founding executive director of what was then the HCA Foundation, but [is] now the Frist Foundation. We went to lunch at the old Cakewalk restaurant, ... and I was whining to her. I would like to use a more polite word, but really it was whining. I was whining to her about the fact that I was on two boards with two nonprofits. One was Family and Children’s Service, a wonderful social work organization that was really doing extraordinary things and was run by a saint named Martin Amacher at the time. And I was also on the board of Tennessee Rep with Mac Pirkle who is just an incredible artist and actor. Both those organizations had not insignificant endowments, and I thought it was really unfair and unwise of us as board members to expect an incredibly talented actor and an incredibly talented social worker to also know how to manage money. So, they were managing the organization; they were doing their client work; they were managing cash flow; they were raising money, and then here we were adding on this idea of managing an endowment fund, which is very different. I just thought it was unfair of us — maybe also unwise, but at least unfair of us as a community — to expect them to take on this added responsibility without training. And Ida leaned across the table, wagged her finger in my face, and in a really gravelly voice said, “What you need to do is start a community foundation.” And I said, “What’s a community foundation?” And she explained that a community foundation is a community’s charitable savings account where money comes in and is invested and can help make sure that generations of people who live in that community have better quality of life. And I said, “You’re right, that’s exactly what we need!” And we finished lunch, and ... she loaded me up with a big ol’ stack of books, and I took them home and read them. And I came back the next week, and I said, “You got any more books?” And that was really the beginning.

to death. [It’s] so easy for that to happen. We had already topped $1.5 million in commitments, and that was April of 1991. Then we said, “OK, this is really gonna happen,” and we began the IRS paperwork and the charitable solicitations permit and all the stuff that you have to do. So the first fund was established when? The first fund was the Ida Cooney Fund for the Arts because she had died. So, Ida’s great love was established in 1991. How many funds are under The Community Foundation umbrella now? There are over a thousand. Over a thousand funds that have been set up and that we are helping maximize their ability to make a difference. Is there a particular fund that is most special to you? I think the funds that are the most special to me are the ones where people have really come to us and entrusted their legacy to us. There was a man [Elias Skovron] who had been one of 250 people allowed to get a visa to leave Poland [in 1938] as a result of the work of Cordell Hull, who was then secretary of state, who was prodded by Judge Gore. He had one relative (by marriage), one relative in Nashville. As a result, he and his brother got two of the 250 visas. [If it wasn’t] for those visas, they would have died in the Holocaust. And he and his wife had no children, and when he came to us, he wanted to set up a fund in memory of Judge Gore, another one in memory of Cordell Hull, and he also wanted to set up a third fund to take care of some of the most vulnerable members of our population, which he deemed to be seniors and small children. And what struck me about this is that it was the longest document we’ve ever written, but he was entrusting to us his entire life. Everything he had at that time. His wife had predeceased him, and there was nobody left who was ever going to know his story if we didn’t tell it.

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When you think back to those early days, what were the biggest challenges facing the foundation? Ida had done a remarkable job over the course of the previous eight or 10 years of talking it up, so she knew that there were a lot of people in town who had seen the value of community foundations in other places. She told me that the reason a community foundation hadn’t really gotten off the ground here was because it was already such an incredibly generous community. And people were saying, “Do we really need this? We’re doing just fine.” But among the people she had talked to were people like Martin and Betty Brown who had seen the value of a community foundation in Louisville, Alyne Massey who had seen the value of a community foundation in Palm Beach, and Judy Liff Barker — or Judy Liff at the time — who had been raising money for what was then WDCN and had been at national conventions and had seen that community foundations were the deal! And then Ida was there backing it up by talking about all the creative things that were happening in other communities because a community foundation was there, and resources had already been set aside to make good things happen for those communities. So, there was already a lot of groundwork laid. I think the biggest challenge was just helping people understand that there was a gap. United Way had been doing fantastic work for a long time and serving as this community’s checking account, where money came in every year and money went out every year. And they were focused on health and human services, which is arguably some of the most important work any community does. And they had really done very valuable things. They had supported organizations like Family and Children’s Service, which was a counseling organization before counseling was, you know, socially acceptable. But just as an individual needs a checking account, they also needed a savings account. Helping to get people to understand that these were totally supplemental and complementary took a little doing. Did you have a moment when it hit you that this was going to work and be a success here? We got together a steering committee, and it was a lot of people. Some of the people I’ve already named as people who recognized that community foundations were good things. We also got together a lot of people who were just philanthropic angels in town and helped educate them and helped them understand. We also started talking to people who had no heirs, who had great commitment to the community. We talked to one couple who had lost their only child in a car accident and who were really trying to think through how they could leave a legacy and what that would look like and how it could work. And there was really no one around who was doing that work. I guess when I realized that this was actually going to happen was when we had this meeting in April of 1991, and by then we had gotten commitments because we didn’t want it to get talked

When you reflect on the last 25 years and think about where The Community Foundation is now, has it reached the goals you set forth in the beginning? I never looked at it as, “How much should we be giving out in grants? How much should we have brought in? How many people should we be helping?” I never looked at it that way because I approached in from an entirely different perspective: How can we make it easy for people to give to causes that they care about? And if we can focus on connecting generosity with need, if we can help people give with confidence, if we can help people give in ways that make a difference and that matter to them, if we can let them focus on the charitable goals and not worry about the paperwork, [those are] really the goals that I have had for this. Somebody asked me a long time ago why I was involved with setting up The Community Foundation, and my answer surprised him. I said, “I’m doing it for my kids.” My kids are the fourth generation of my family born here, and I want them to have the same opportunities that my grandfather who was born here in 1892 had or my dad who was born here in 1930 had or I had. You know, that’s really always been my goal. What are you most proud of when you look back on the past 25 years? I am most proud of the people who come in and who have great hearts, who never imagined that they could be considered a philanthropist, who never imagined that whatever they could give would make a difference. And being able to help them understand that if they have $15 to give, that’s great! Because their $15 and my $15 and your $15 all adds up, and it’s really important. What’s next for The Community Foundation? I think we are going to continue to think outside the box, to help people understand, to help individuals and corporations and families find the things that matter to them, to expedite making those things happen for them, and with them, even as we are looking for ways to create efficiencies in the nonprofit sector. It is hard to create new business models. It is hard to get people to think differently, transformationally, about the work that they’ve done and the work that they’re doing, but without this, I’m afraid, the community will lose out. What’s the best piece of leadership advice you’ve received? Nelson Andrews, who was our board chair for two wonderful years, taught me a lot of things. One of which — which I had already seen in other places, but he just had a way of saying it in such a succinct, lovely way — was that as long as you don’t care about getting credit, you can get a lot done. As long as you don’t feel the need to have the spotlight on you and you’re perfectly happy to have everybody else take credit for the work, you can get a lot done.

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Sara Rodriguez, daughter of Missy and Jim Brower and the late Michael Rodriguez, met Steven Ludlam in Nashville in 2013. The son of Carolyn and Steve Ludlum of Jackson, Mississippi, Steven was in town for an engagement party. Sara went to meet friends in Midtown who happened to be the same friends Steven was in town to visit. The following year, after brunch at Fly South, they drove to a friend’s farm in Leiper’s Fork where he proposed. Later that day, his parents and sister arrived in town. They all celebrated that night with a catered dinner at the home of Missy and Jim. “It was exactly what I had imagined,” said Sara. They married in Florida on Jan. 2 at Rosemary Beach Town Hall after a round of parties in the 30A area, including a New Year’s Eve celebration, a

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A Christmas Story For the eighth year in a row, this hilarious holiday classic featuring a pink bunny suit, a leg lamp and — of course — a Red Ryder BB gun is coming to the big stage courtesy of Nashville Rep. Through Dec. 21. Tickets $25-52.50. Andrew Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., 615-782-4040, nashvillerep.org. Christmas at the Ryman Grammy Award-winning couple Amy Grant and Vince Gill once again come together for a two-hour program to sing holiday classics as well as new seasonal tunes. Through Dec. 22. Tickets $35-125.

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Nashville’s Nutcracker Nashville’s Nutcracker takes the classic tale of young Clara traveling to her dreamland and weaves in pieces of the city’s rich history to make a grandiose production presented by Nashville Ballet. Dec. 3-23. Tickets $28-94.

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Schermerhorn Symphony Center, One Symphony Place, 615-687-6400, nashvillesymphony.org. Michael W. Smith: The Spirit of Christmas With the Nashville Symphony Bring the whole family to enjoy Michael W. Smith as he rings in the holiday season with all of your favorite hits. Dec. 7. Tickets $39-99.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, One Symphony Place, 615-687-6400, nashvillesymphony.org. Dickens of a Christmas Horse-drawn carriages, Christmas carols, holiday crafts, roasted chestnuts and fresh sugar plums are just a few things to look forward to at the largest Christmas festival in Middle Tennessee. Dec. 10-11. Gratis. Main

Street in Franklin, 615-591-8500, historicfranklin.com. Johnny Cash Christmas Special

In this 60-minute film, Johnny and June Carter Cash are joined by the Carter Family, Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell, Tony Orlando and Merle Travis to play original Christmas and country classics. Dec. 11. Tickets $14.95-24.95. Ford

Theater, 222 Fifth Ave. S., 615-4162001, countrymusichalloffame.org. Handel’s Messiah

One hundred choristers, 30 musicians and four soloists will perform the dramatic passages of one of the most inspiring works of music known to man. Dec. 15-18. Tickets $22-109.

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George’s at Alys Beach Located in a quaint and comfortable cottage with ample outdoor seating, George’s serves up regional fare for lunch and dinner. Menus are divided into two distinct categories: Behave, which includes healthier organic options and fresh seafood, and Misbehave, which centers around traditional beach favorites like shrimp po’boys, fried oysters or hearty burgers. Regardless of what you choose, you can’t go wrong at this local gem. 30 Castle Harbour Drive, Alys Beach, georgesatalysbeach.net 3

Luxury doesn’t even begin to describe Alys Beach, the pristine oceanfront community that sits on 150 acres of scenic 30A in northwest Florida. Often likened to a Mediterranean village, the whitewashed buildings and homes are actually Bermudan-style architecture inspired by a trip to the British island territory during the planning phase of the community. Established in 2006, Alys Beach currently has 100 homes, 20 percent of which are available for rent, allowing visitors the opportunity to enjoy this idyllic seaside paradise like a local. Impeccably constructed and furnished, each home features a private courtyard and water feature, and renters have access to all of the community’s amenities, including a private beach, world-class pool and 20-acre nature preserve. With an array of dining, shopping and leisure options within the community, one can easily spend an entire vacation without ever getting in a car.

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Start the morning off with a freshly baked doughnut — you’re on vacation, after all — but get to the charming truck early because these tasty confections go quick. There are plenty of classics to choose from — glazed, chocolate frosted, sprinkles and so on — but the real stars of the menu are the slightly unconventional offerings, like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, red velvet or maple bacon doughnuts. alysbeach.com/dining/charlies-donuts

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Piper’s Kitchen The beachside taco stand piles tortillas high with your choice of shrimp, fish, chicken, pork or brisket and a slew of fresh toppings, and if you call in an order from the beach, they’ll deliver lunch right to your chair. You can even add an ice cold agua fresca, beer or canned wine, and they’ll arrive in a cooler. alysbeach.com/dining/pipers-kitchen 2

The attentive staff at the poolside restaurant delivers fresh and hearty salads, sandwiches and snacks right to your lounge chair at lunchtime, accompanied by a lengthy list of craft cocktails, wines by the glass and beer. At night, the restaurant opens to the public for one of the most magnificent multi-course dinners you’ll have in the area. Local produce, seafood and meat fill the menu in complex dishes like crispy quail with Anson Mills grits, cane syrup and gold cheddar or grilled Gulf cobia with pancetta, fingerling potatoes and a white balsamic mignonette. Dishes are small enough that you can sample from every section of the menu without feeling guilty, but they’re loaded with flavor to keep you satisfied to the last bite. 23 Nonesuch Way, Alys Beach, calizarestaurant.com 4

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Roselie Kevin Korman, the former executive chef of Caliza, is the owner/chef of this new addition to the Emerald Coast’s culinary scene. Focused on creative, modern American fare in a family-friendly environment, Kevin and his wife, Angela, have created a fine dining destination where you can enjoy expertly prepared seafood without an air of pretentiousness. A tasteful children’s play area is located in the corner so kids can be entertained while grown-ups indulge in bold flavors of land and sea, like braised duck cavatelli, bloody mary-encrusted “trash fish of the day,” or fresh snapper with coconut curry and shrimp-cashew crunch. 12805 US Highway 98, Suite E101, Inlet Beach, roseliedining.com 5

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The Bottle Shop stocks wine, beer and liquor, along with a thoughtfully curated selection of mixers, glassware and accessories, but the real draw is the Tasting Room where bartenders serve from a small list of inventive, seasonal cocktails. Think pumpkin and pecan in the fall, fresh fruits and herbs in the spring and summer and even a concoction made with activated charcoal to turn it black for Halloween. 11 Castle Harbour Drive, Alys Beach, alysbeach.com/dining/neat 7

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The cafe stands ready to meet all of your beverage needs boasting a menu of espresso drinks and a small but impressive collection of wines by the bottle. Weekly wine tastings are held on Tuesday nights, complete with live music and a pizza truck in the courtyard. Pastries, granola and premade sandwiches round out the menu, but the restaurant is undergoing renovations to add a kitchen and will soon be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 147 W. La Garza Lane, Alys Beach, alysbeach.com/ dining/fonville 6

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My cousin (let’s call her “Jane”) is — how do I put it? — well-endowed. She gets by with it almost all the time, but now the holidays are upon us, and she’s likely to show up at our party in something twinkly and spangly and revealing. I love her, and I don’t care what she wears anywhere else. But this party is different. There will be lots of family there, including lots of our friends as well as business associates of my husband. Should I speak to her? —Kathy, Nashville This party is different, but “Jane,” I assume, is pretty much the same as usual but in a holiday mood. You say she “gets by with it almost all the time.” How exactly — bound and wrapped? You might well speak to her, but who knows what anybody else will show up wearing? Have you issued a dress code? She may turn out to be the life of the party. (She certainly sounds that way.) Are you worried about your husband’s business associates? If they get a bit antsy, they can take a rest. What are you worried about — seasonal itch?

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Every year, our neighbors host a holiday potluck the week before Christmas. The first year that we moved to the street, I brought a chess pie from a littleknown bakery about 30 minutes outside of town, but I passed it off, on my own plate, as homemade. But five years later, I’m still bringing the chess pie and letting everyone believe I made it. My neighbor is now begging me for the recipe, and I don’t know what to tell her! I can’t come clean about it now, but I don’t want to seem unwilling to share. Help! —Pamela, Franklin Hoping you won’t be caught being “naughty and nice”? Maybe your neighbor’s on to your game. If you can buy a pie from 30 minutes out of town, after five years, I bet she can do the same thing. You can either ask the pie makers for the recipe, rewrite it and pass it along (an unlikely option) or continue your game with your neighbor, insisting — with a winsome smile — that the recipe is a secret. (As far as you’re concerned, it is.) The game can go on — until your neighbor shows up with the same pie. When she does, tell her you just love the pie pan.

unfIltered I’m happy to say that my in-laws have stopped smoking, sort of. We’d banned them from our house while smoking. We care that much about our kids. Now they’re vaping, but I don’t want it in the house either. How do we pay them some respect but make clear what we want? —Christina, Bellevue They’re your in-laws. Before they arrive, ask your husband to make a call and lay down the rules, in the kindest way possible. I bet, if they care enough to vape, there won’t be a problem. Should they insist, Santa gets the chimney. They can have the porch. Crystal and diamond bracelet in platinum, as seen on Page 14 of the new Mednikow Wish Book. Please stop by our store for your complimentary copy.

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In The Man who Knew Infinity, Dev Patel plays self-taught mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, fortunately accepted to Cambridge University from Madras, India, prior to the dawn of World War I. You probably haven’t seen the film, released this past spring, since it has grossed only $4 million in worldwide release. Thanks to the miracle of Redbox, it’s available for just $1.50. His professor, G.H. Hardy, played by Jeremy Irons, is a renowned mathematician. He instructs the young man and requires that he show his work on intricate theorems that are groundbreaking for Cambridge professors but elementary to Ramanujan. What former seventh-grader doesn’t groan at the reminder to “show your work”? In addition to the hardships of living far from his young wife in a country cold with winter and filled with chilly academics, adhering to the rules of developmental theory was difficult. Ramanujan was gifted with an understanding of numbers that he said came from God, a suggestion that earned the derision of professors who had dedicated decades to mastering them. The British culture at the time saw the young mathematician as a curiosity. He couldn’t eat the cafeteria food at Cambridge, so he prepared a vegetarian dinner alone each night. While buying produce at the local market one day, he was beaten by British thugs. His face bruised and swollen, he approached Hardy, hoping for the warmth of human connection. Across the desk, Hardy scanned his work, dismissively offering rote advice to Ramanujan to double his efforts in breaking down the steps of complex theorems. Hungry, lonely, cold and beaten, Ramanujan raised his voice for the first time. “Look at me!” he cried. “Do you see my face? I have nothing! Do you know what I’ve given up to be here?” Hardy raised

his gaze. After months of working together, he looked into Ramanujan’s eyes, suddenly recognizing his daily efforts despite hardship and felt not only respect for his student’s genius but empathy. He saw Ramanujan’s essence. I was reminded of Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play, Our Town, a favorite of high school drama departments a generation ago. A 10th grade drama teacher assigned me Emily’s soliloquy for the annual drama competition. Spoiler alert: Ingénue Emily dies in childbirth in Act II. However, she is given the privilege of returning to observe one day from her youth. She grows increasingly distressed that members of her family go blindly through the paces of everyday life. “Mama,” Emily cries, “look at me just one minute as though you really saw me!” After naming simple joys like freshly ironed dresses, sunflowers, hot baths, sleeping and waking up, she ends with, “Do any human beings ever realize life while they’re in it?” I remember the passage as insightful, lovely, but I know my delivery was shallow. I wince to recall my young voice, callow and confident in delivering such pretty lines. If given the chance to play Emily again, I would barely be able to speak for the lump in my throat. This holiday season, I will put down the screen that is my constant companion and look into the eyes of the person in front of me. My wish for you and me is that we are able to drink in the moments with our loved ones, sweet friends, smart and funny colleagues, each possessing some gift from the divine. We’ll marvel at the many small blessings of everyday life — the scent of a cedar tree strung with lights, the glint of candles and maybe the hint of snow. Catching perhaps the fleeting musical refrain from a long ago carol. A hot shower. Sleeping! And maybe, at last, waking up.

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Beth was editor of Nfocus from 2001 to 2008. She is now a private banker at CapStar, and continues to be involved with many fine causes in Nashville. Email her at editoralex@bellsouth.net.

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11 What: Victoria Preview Screening and Victorian Celebration For: Nashville Public Television When: Sun., Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m. Where: Franklin Theatre Tariff: $50 per person Info: wnpt.org/victoria What: The Fire Ball

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What: Symphony Ball For: Nashville Symphony When: Sat., Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Where: Schermerhorn Symphony Center Co-chairs: Melissa Mahanes and Elizabeth Papel Party Note: White tie; Black and white attire for women; Harmony Award recipient Béla Fleck Tariff: $750 per person Info: nashvillesymphony.org

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With natural beauty and proximity to Franklin and Nashville, the Harpeth River draws countless people. While some think of it as a spot to fish or canoe, one group maintains a unique relationship with the river. Since 1935, Battle Ground Academy’s Tug of War has been an annual tradition pitting the school’s literary societies, the Platos and Greers, in a year-end competition on the river’s banks. Every May, Tug Day brings together the entire student body in a challenge of strength, stamina and teamwork and ends with one team in the river. Thanks to the efforts of the Harpeth River Watershed Association, that tradition will continue. Through events like its annual River Swing, HRWA raises funds to preserve and restore the ecological health of the river and its watershed so that we all can enjoy the Harpeth River for years to come.

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