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Contents February 2014 | Vol. xxi, No. 2

parties 25

A few great men Gordon and Shaun open their home for this annual celebration

28 O come all ye faithful Belmont Mansion supporters brave the ice for the Christmas Dinner


A royal engagement


Best Parties of 2013

The Antiques and Garden Show welcomes the real Countess of Downton Abbey

The votes have been tallied!



Making spirits bright  aystar Counseling spreads holiday D cheer at Evening in December

6 In our words Mind, body and hula-hooping


All you can be


Sneak peek

8 Behind the scenes Need balance?—LL Balanced, Laura Lea Bryant 13 Nsider News, rumors & propaganda

Dinner and dancing at the All Academy and ROTC Ball

Nashville Public Television previews Downton Abbey’s new season


features 36

A better you in 2014


Crazy fun fitness

Steps to self-improvement in the new year

Nashville’s newest and most unusual fitness classes

Briefs T he Heart Gala, Little Harpeth Brewing, Element Salon and more


Open doors




Taking vows

 ew shops, restaurants and N trunk shows

Latest Nashville weddings

Magner vows


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Deconstructing the dish: Cheater Chef


Arts and galleries


This just in


House and home


On the circuit


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Make it work

Margot’s winter white plate

Upcoming performing and visual arts

Duck Dynasty: The convert

Walking into the past

The heart of Nashville’s social season

Calendar of February events

And to all a good night

ON THE COVER The Countess of Carnarvon at Highclere Castle. Photographed by Matthew Lloyd, Getty Images. Check out our interview with Lady Carnarvon, keynote speaker at the 2014 Antiques and Garden Show, starting on page 44.

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Mind, body and hula-hooping


e have made it through one month of 2014 and those resolutions are slowly dwindling away. Lose weight, get organized, exercise more, eat healthy, save money, learn new hobbies, volunteer or spend more time with family. Whatever the resolution, I have to admit that like most, I rarely stick to the plans for more than a couple months. Resolutions are made to be broken, right? Our 2014 resolution here at Nfocus is to take better care of ourselves, physically and mentally. To keep our physical selves on track we had to get a little creative. Check out Nancy’s Crazy Fun Fitness feature on page 40. Nancy and I spent two weeks trying out every nonconventional fitness class we could schedule. The only stipulations were that it had to be taught in a class setting and it had to be fun. Sometimes we dragged coworkers and friends along. And our amaz-

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ing Harpeth Hall intern, Elizabeth, discovered on her second day that she would also be participating. From air drumming to Krav Maga, from sword fighting to trampoline aerobics, we had a blast in every class. We quickly realized who preferred the more aggressive endurance activities and who preferred the balance and resistance training. In Abby’s A Better You in 2014 feature, we check in with health and beauty experts from around our city. We explore the latest trends in keeping hair and skin looking their best. Nutrition experts show us the ins and outs to feeding our body without dieting. And finally, two experts discuss the importance of understanding the emotional state and being mindful of ourselves. Whatever your resolution may be, I hope you try to focus on yourself as a whole. Take care and let us know if you hear of new fitness trends. We’ll try anything once! Sinclair Kelly, editor

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or the 20th annual Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award Luncheon, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee decided to change things up a bit. Instead of a traditional awards ceremony, this year’s event turned into a comedic and poignant roast for award recipient Francis Guess. Music City Center was the site of the affair, and

delight to have Aubrey as the opening act.” Bill, who was tasked with chronicling Francis’s long timeline of civic duty, told the crowd, “Get comfortable. This may take some time.” And so it began, a walk down memory lane examining the many profound ways that Francis has improved our city. From the National Coalition of Human Rights to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Board of Officers, the Nashville Minority Business Development Fund to the Metro Convention Center Authority, it’s hard to find a nonprofit organization or community effort that hasn’t been impacted in some way by Francis. His lengthy list of accomplishments and personal friendship gave the afternoon’s 12 speakers—an esteemed group that included last year’s honoree John Seigenthaler, Karl Dean, Honey Alexander, Bill Forrester, Vicki Yates, and Francis’s daughter, Maria Guess—plenty of material for their roasts and toasts.

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ary and Jay Perkins welcomed members of the Cumberland Heights Endowment Society, thanking board members, society members and friends for their continued contributions and support. Guests enjoyed catering by Johnny Haffner, who Agenia Clark, Tracy Rode, Brenda Corbin, cooked up a Laura Smith Tidwell delicious buffet dinner, which was followed by a all of Francis’s pals, associates and program led by Rod Crichton, who fans gathered together to pay tribute serves at the Board Endowment Comto the “Man of the Hour.” mittee Chairman. Rod was excited to Cliff Richmond and the Cliff inform the crowd that last year, the Notes set a swanky vibe with jazz endowment gain of $500,000 enabled tunes as guests arrived, while Francis hugged, shook hands and posed for pictures with his many admirers. Aubrey Harwell, serving as the afternoon’s emcee, kicked things off before bringing the first “roaster” to the stage, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Bill Koch, who Mary Perkins, Betty Perkins, Jay Perkins joked, “It’s always a Ellen Lehman, Francis Guess

dana and Rick Abramson, Alice and Russell Rothman, Mary Brooke Bonadies, Danielle and Ben Austen and a sprawling family tree worth of Buntins and Finucanes welcoming their cousins to town.      

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orget milk and cookies, what every good boy and girl wants during the holidays is Martinis and Mistletoe! Each year, this fundraiser for The Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee attracts a huge crowd eager to celebrate the season.

Cumberland Heights to help an evergrowing number of patients. A young man gave a moving testimony of how Cumberland Heights changed his life, and he’s now employed in the admission department. This testimony served as a touching reminder of how essential the Endowment Society is for individuals who struggle with addiction in our community and beyond. Many showed up to celebrate this continued commitment to restoring hope and healing, including Heath Chitwood, Tiffany Cannon, Gordon Pollock, Kimberly Pate, Jimmy Perkins, John Mayfield, Jay Crosson, Betty Perkins, Linda Gorrell, Al Johnson, Pam Crichton, Frank Wade, Elizabeth Earthman, Frank Gorrell, Eleanor Templeton, Cindy Freeman, Dottie White, Jody Roberts, MarCo-chairs Caroline Sloan and tha Farabee, Louie and LauMimi Rose rel Buntin, John Mayfield and Anita Smith.

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friendly mob descended upon Watermark restaurant to celebrate the television premier of Mob City. The TNT miniseries about crime in 1940s-era Los Angeles is based on the book L.A. Noir by new Nashvillian John Buntin. John’s wife Melinda, recently recruited to Vanderbilt, told friends she wanted to throw a party in their new hometown that would rival the red-carpet reception John got in California. Mission: accomplished. You’d never guess the Buntins were new arrivals by the number of friends gathered to eat popcorn and cheer at the opening credits. At the first commercial break, John told the crowd that his book had a lot of violence and dynamite, just like the miniseries, though not quite so many tommy guns. As entertaining as Mob City is, it’s hard to beat the conversation during the commercials when you’ve got a cast of characters including Adam Ross, Daphne and Rawls Butler, Van-

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Cheekwood’s Botanic Hall, festively decorated with Christmas trees, was packed with people from the moment the party started, and these well-dressed youngsters kept the party going all night long. As guests mingled and caught up with friends

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new and old, they enjoyed passed to enjoy on the ride home—fresh appetizers from Backyard to BallKrystal burgers. room and d.Kates Catering. People were raving about Two Boots’ Kitty Wells pizza—topped with Nashville’s favorite food, hot AMI Tennessee, a grassroots selfchicken—and a special Martinis and help organization dedicated to Mistletoe pie, which featured red and improving the quality of life for indigreen pesto crisscrossed over a white viduals with mental illness, held their four-cheese and roasted garlic base. The Southern cooked their famous shrimp and grits at a live action station. While it was hard to pick a favorite, we couldn’t get enough of Firefly Grille’s truffle macaroni and cheese and Burger Up’s Marathon sliders, their sneakily healthy quinoa burgers. Once everyone was fueled by this incredible food, they were ready to dance the night away. The excellent Band 24/7 kept the dance floor full—perhaps guests were also fueled by the specialty cocktails provided by Lipman Brothers—martinis, of course, either with Tito’s Vodka, Corsair Gin or Kenwood Brut French 75. The bar was also stocked with plenty of wine and Olivia Thomas, Fate Thomas Jr. local brews from Yazoo and Hap & Harry’s. When they weren’t dancing, we inaugural Vision of Hope Gala at the saw a lot of cute couples who were Omni Nashville Hotel. Judge Dan surely looking for some mistletoe for Eisenstein was presented with the an excuse to smooch behind one of Vision of Hope Award for his advoCheekwood’s gorgeous Christmas cacy for persons with mental illness trees. Now, we’re not going to say who as a judge for the Davidson County we spotted kissing Santa Claus, but Mental Health Court. we saw a lot of up-and-comers havDuring the cocktail hour, guests ing a great time including Tony and mingled and enjoyed libations and ap-

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petizers before seating to a delicious dinner of black kale and romaine heart Caesar salad, pecan-crusted chicken breast with mushroom risotto and roasted asparagus, and a dessert of bourbon sweet tea crème brûlée with blackberry compote. Judge Eisenstein was presented the award by NAMI president Richard Baxter, noting Dan’s service as an outstanding member of our community. As the National Institute of Health reports, even though one in four persons in the U.S. will experience mental illness in their lifetime, only 40 percent receive treatment. NAMI and its supporters are determined to lessen the

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largest fundraiser, will honor Shelley Page with the 2014 Francis Robinson Award for her long-standing dedication to the Guild. Nashville’s Eric Close—you know, our other mayor— will serve as the celebrity chair. The downtown Hilton will be filled with the spirit of Seville, from the strains of Spanish guitars to the whirl and twirl of flamenco dancers. We expect the Sevillian sangria bar to be exceptionally popular, and we’re hoping it will mentally whisk us away to Spain—anything to distract us from this dreadfully cold winter! But of course, back in Tiffany’s, there were those little blue boxes, and the preview party gave guests the opportunity to buy “mystery” gifts, entering into a raffle for an incredible grand prize. As guests enjoyed passed appetizers including manchego cheese bites and particularly delicious bacon-wrapped dates, they

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with sparkly, wonderful things that every gal—and guy—would love to unwrap, but at the La Bella Notte preview and auction party, guests were more excited to hear about details for the anticipated event than what’s in that little blue box. This year’s Bella Notte, chaired by Howard and Morel Harvey, is inspired by Rossini’s comedic classic The Barber of Seville. The event, which serves as the Nashville Opera Guild’s

also had the chance to peruse some of the auction items presented by auction chairs Nancy Coleman and Molly Schneider. And, of course, we saw many people—including Kim Wilson, Jocelynne McCall, Haden Pickel, Betty Thackston, Luis and Vivian Lavin Fernandez, John Hoomes, Sandra Frank, Carol Penterman, Kristin Murphy, Tom Ventress and Irina Trenary—perusing the tempting baubles while they sipped their wine and ended the evening with the cutest little tuxedo-cup chocolate mousse treats.

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eby Pitts’ house was packed with some of the most powerful women in Nashville—and some of the best dressed, too—for a lively wine and cheese reception for Ida’s Friends. Cleverly defined as a “nonorganization” with “no officers, no by-laws, no dues, no meetings, no minutes, and no formal members,” Ida’s Friends is instead an opportunity for women to gather to honor and recognize each other’s achieve-

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ments and to celebrate the memory of former HCA Foundation President Ida Cooney. Every corner of Deby’s house was filled with conversation, with many women seeing each other for the first time after the calm that follows the busy holiday season. We spotted Claire Gulmi, Pat Shea, Jaynee Day, Amy Atkinston, Sally Smallwood, Barbara Bovender, Marsha Blackburn, Lois Jordan, Carol Daniels, Dawn Rudolph, Jan Babiak, Evette White, Cheryl Read, Jane MacLeod and Laurie Eskind among the many women in attendance. On this evening, co-chairs Colleen Conway-Welch and Nancy Hearn invited all of their girlfriends

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The New Brew In Town Be on the lookout for another Nashville beer hitting taps near you—Little Harpeth Brewing will begin distributing its five lagers around town this spring. Nashville natives Michael Kwas and Steve Scoville have both been brewing beer for years, and a couple of years ago they joined forces to turn their collective passion into a business. While craft breweries are nothing new, Little Harpeth is not your run-of-the-mill microbrewery. Unlike the majority of microbreweries, which brew ales, Little Harpeth brews Germanstyle lagers, a type of beer usually only produced by larger breweries. In fact, according to Michael and Steve, they are only the fourth lager-based microbrewery east of the Mississippi. So what’s the big deal about that? Well, ales are complex and flavorful, and while they are certainly fun and interesting, they can often be hard to drink. Lagers, on the other hand, are typically much cleaner and smoother. But ales take less time and care to brew, which could be why many craft breweries stick to them. Steve, who is the brewmaster, prides himself on taking pains to brew a beer that is flavorful but still easy to drink. They even cook their own raw corn and believe they may be the only craft brewery in the world to do this. They offer a pilsner, doppelbock, dunkel lager, black lager and San Francisco lager, in hopes that everyone can find at least one they love. So next time you’re in the mood for a Budweiser (it’s a lager!), ask for a Little Harpeth instead, and taste the smoother side of Nashville brews. To find out more about Music City’s new brews, visit

Good hair day Now that we’re a month into 2014, we want to know: how are you doing on that list of New Year’s resolutions? Have you de-cluttered your house? Lost any weight? Signed up for those cooking/French/dance/painting classes? If one of your hopes for the New Year is to get a fresh new look, we know just the place for you. Element Salon, a favorite Green Hills destination for hair therapy, is starting the year under new ownership. After the untimely death of founder and celebrity stylist Kevin Moser, Element will continue their tradition of timeless style and impeccable service under the leadership of Jason Facio. With over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, Jason is looking forward to continuing the legacy begun by Kevin and his highly trained team of editorial stylists and beauty experts. “I’m building on the shoulders of giants,” Jason says about the future. Humble as he might be, Jason’s a bit of a giant in his own right, hand-selected by L’Oreal’s national headquarters in New York City to be part of the Elite Prestige Project, a group of 250 beauty industry leaders from across the U.S. As Jason helps L’Oreal shape the future of the beauty industry nationwide, he’ll be bringing that same level of skill, experience and style to the day-to-day operations of Element, helping this beloved boutique salon maintain the stellar reputation that’s made it one of ELLE’s top 100 salons for three years running, and a favorite among Nashville trendsetters since it first opened its doors.

They’re all Heart It’s no surprise that donors and sponsors from both the local and national medical community will be lining up to take part in the 2014 Nashville Heart Gala. As the 41st event of its kind, the American Heart Association is thrilled to be hosting a special night that will unite the general community and philanthropic leaders to celebrate the mission, donors, volunteers and lives changed during the hard-working year. Dressed to the nines, guests will “Ignite the Night” by strutting their stuff at the luxurious Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 1 and include dinner, live music, dancing and silent and live auctions. There will also be a special showcase where Marion Couch will be the very first recipient of the Martin E. Simmons Award for her help in creating the Heart Gala, as well as her continual support of the organization. Elected as the first non-medical female president of the then-Middle Tennessee Heart Association board of directors in 1973, Marion has been a tireless volunteer for the American Heart Association for over four decades and has almost single-handedly

Bourbon, Royalty, ANtiques and Gardens The Antiques and Garden Show is back this February and better than ever. The show is the largest of its kind, with over 150 antique, art and horticultural vendors. It will take place Feb. 7-9 in its new location at the Music City Center, and as always, the event benefits Cheekwood and ECON Charities. This year’s co-chairs are Vee Vee Scott and Mindy Jacoway, and the honorary chair is award-winning designer Charlotte Moss, who has designed residences and executive suites all over the world. She will be available for a private meet and greet for Golden Benefactors Thursday afternoon as a preview to the weekend. Friday evening they’ve added a special event called A Bourbon Party, where Canal House Cooking authors, The Bourbon Review publishers and garden designer Jon Carloftis will show you how good food, good bourbon and beautiful gardens all make for great entertaining. But we have to admit that we are most excited about this year’s keynote speaker, Lady Carnarvon, the real mistress of Downton Abbey. Let’s be honest, we all wish we could live her life, so hearing her tell of the history and renovation of Highclere Castle will bring us one step closer to that dream. She’ll also be discussing her book, Lady Catherine, The Earl, and The Real Downton Abbey. On Saturday, designers Alexa Hampton, Jennifer Boles, Mario Buatta and Nina Campbell will join forces to let us in on the latest trends in interior design. For a full list of the weekend’s events and information on ticket prices, visit

grown its awareness, both in Tennessee and throughout the nation. For the event, guests will be offered the chance to donate in two different ways: the Open Your Heart donation will be accepted during the evening, aimed at improving children’s health, or online donations can be made at For more information and Late Party tickets, please contact Courtney Watson at or at 340-4135.

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Josephine, 2316 12th Avenue South, 292-7766. Burger Up and Frothy Monkey’s Miranda Whitcomb Pontes serves up fresh, local and seasonal Modern American fare at her newest 12South restaurant.

You Judith Bright, 2307 12th Avenue South, 269-5600. This jewelry store, featuring pieces handmade in Nashville, moves from the Mall at Green Hills into the 12South neighborhood.

Welcome Home, 1882 Eastland Avenue, 750-3354. A shop with gifts and décor ranging from colorful rugs to books on cooking for your dog.

Revival Home Inspirations, 5133 Harding Road, 712-6149. Remodel and renovate your home with this design-build firm at their new location in Belle Meade. Climb Nashville, 1900 Eastland Avenue, Suite 104 610-2200. Expanding from their flagship building, this popular indoor climbing center opens a second location in East Nashville.

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slightly drizzly morning couldn’t dampen the spirit of the exuberant crowd of gentlemen gathered at Gordon and Shaun Inman’s house for the 14th annual Gentlemen’s Christmas Breakfast. Hosted by Gordon and FirstBank’s Jim Ayers, this beloved yearly tradition provides the muchneeded opportunity to take a break from the busy holiday season and gather with friends to reflect upon the year that’s passed and toast to the coming year. After being greeted by Gordon and his lovely wife, Shaun—a lucky lady in this room of dapper gents—guests mingled in the Inmans’ beautiful home. (And speaking of dapper, Mark Wright pointed out that there were more Auburn ties in the room than Christmas ties.) With 180 bankers, health care executives, city officials, politicians, philanthropists and Music Row execs packed into one place, you might hear conversations about everything from stocks to songwriting. Once everyone had their fill of coffee, conversation and mimosas, they walked outside to the massive tent for breakfast. The bountiful breakfast from The Briar Patch Catering Company included a fresh fruit medley of blackberries, cantaloupe, papaya and strawberries, bottomless biscuit baskets filled with fluffy biscuits and sweet potato biscuits, country ham with red eye gravy and sorghum, garlic cheese grits and seven herb cheese eggs. The delicious spread was complemented with plenty of mimosas, Bloody Marys, fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee. There were many memorable moments from the breakfast, including Pastor Mike Glenn’s Christmas prayer and blessing for the New Year, and Alabama’s Randy Owens’ performance of “Christmas In Dixie.” Randy surprised the group with his new single, “Friends,” telling the group, “We are all so lucky to be blessed with friends.” Randy also gave a shout-out to Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, as both are cancer survivors and dedicated philanthropists. And it wouldn’t be the Gentlemen’s Breakfast without the grand finale: Darrell Waltrip’s traditional Christmas toast. Darrell’s wish for all of his friends is a wish we can extend to the rest of the world: “I pray each and every one receives a gift that cannot be bought.”

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O come all ye faithful Belmont Mansion supporters brave the ice for the Christmas Dinner


ure, there was a vicious ice storm in the forecast, but that wasn’t enough to keep Belmont Mansion supporters away from the annual Christmas Dinner. The lively party, which has become something of a holiday tradition, drew a festive crowd to Belmont Boulevard for the feast and preceding cocktail party. Upon arriving to the Mansion, guests immediately hopped aboard a trolley and took a short jaunt down the Boulevard to the stunning home of Mary Frances Rudy, gracious hostess and the recipient of the night’s Helen Kennedy Award. Exquisitely outfitted for the holiday, the home provided the perfect backdrop for an intimate pre-party. Guests nibbled on mini crab cakes and a host of delectable sweets, like homemade peppermint patties and chocolate dipped pretzels, while enjoying libations from the bar. Alcohol isn’t served in the Belmont Mansion, but the generous stockpile of mini bottles of booze waiting near the door as guests exited Mary’s home was surely enough to make spirits bright. Back at the Mansion, co-chairs Jessica Bracken and Sharon Sandahl truly outdid themselves with the lavish Victorian holiday décor. Taking a cue from the historic manse, the ladies adorned the room with decadent gold tablecloths and lush centerpieces comprised of seasonal greenery, hydrangeas, white roses, pinecones and berries—it was a dinner party fit for Adelicia Acklen herself ! Speaking of the dinner, celebrated local culinary talent Joe Shaw—formerly the executive chef for Watermark—prepared a delicious menu that revelers won’t soon forget. Steaming butternut squash soup with Parmesan focaccia croutons was a welcome start on this frigid night. A hand-torn baby hothouse lettuce salad with toasted pecans, dried cranberries, fontina cheese and a white balsamic vinaigrette paved the way for the main course: an all-natural, grass-fed filet of beef accompanied by potato gratin, grilled asparagus spears and wild mushroom demi-glace. Leland Riggan’s incomparable caramel cake was a fitting end for the hearty holiday feast—and made braving the treacherous weather all the more worth it.

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Making spirits bright Daystar Counseling spreads holiday cheer at Evening in December


aystar Counseling Ministries’ Evening in December might have moved to a new locale this year, but the event was still packed full of the same sweet holiday cheer everyone has come to expect over the years. For the 24th annual fête, Evening in December departed from their usual party site, Chaffin’s Barn, and moved down the street to the comfy confines of the Loveless Barn. As always, the precious Morlan family was stationed outside ready to greet guests with a holiday song as they arrived, and the Loveless Barn looked particularly festive for the season, with giant snowflakes projected on the side and lush Christmas wreaths adorning the doors. Indoors, red tablecloths, warm candlelight and floral centerpieces accented with pinecones continued the seasonal ambiance, setting the stage for a night of merrymaking and music. Revelers enjoyed classic holiday tunes with a bluegrass twist from the Spontaneous Mountain Boys before sitting down to a delicious feast from Loveless. Daystar Executive Director Melissa Trevathan joked that the chief concern over the new location was whether or not the crowd could peacefully share those famous Loveless biscuits. We didn’t see any fights break out, but we’d understand if they did. ’Tis the season for giving, we suppose, and everyone was on their best behavior. Buddy Greene did double duty, emceeing and entertaining with his mindblowing harmonica skills in between performances from the all-star lineup. Ellie Holcomb performed a (mostly) solo set of Christmas tunes, joined for a duet by her hubby and bandmate, Drew Holcomb, on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”—an adorable performance by a couple who actually had their first date at Loveless. The evening’s headliner, Martina McBride, took a break from her Christmas tour to participate in the fundraiser, much to the delight of this packed house. Teaming up with Daystar—which is across the street from her own Blackbird Studios—is something Martina has wanted to do for a while. “They do amazing things for kids, and I’m all about that,” she said. It was a sentiment shared by the boisterous crowd, who showed up in droves to support this worthy cause and, in the process, received an extra dose of holiday spirit.

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All you can be Dinner and dancing at the All Academy and ROTC Ball

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hen it came time to step up to plan the All Academy and ROTC Ball, it was a no-brainer for first time event chair Dave Pippin. With his son, Brandon, as a plebe at the U.S. Naval Academy, Dave was eager to do his part on this special night for Tennessee’s cadets and midshipmen. “If he can sacrifice for his country, I can do this,” Dave said. The dinner and dance, held two days after Christmas at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, exist to honor Tennessee natives who have committed to a life of military service. Ticket sales and auction proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, providing support to injured service members. And what an auction it was! Items ranging from a Jake Locker autographed football and cleats to a guitar signed by Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow to original artwork and jewelry kept partygoers busy with bidding. And for those taking a break from the auction, a fascinating display of weaponry, uniforms, supplies and paraphernalia from past wars served as quite an interesting conversation piece. The hotel ballroom was spruced up with poinsettias and candles, creating a classy holiday ambiance for the black-tie affair. Cadets and midshipmen were decked out in dinner dress, while their dates dazzled in a variety of formal gowns and tuxes. A few parents managed to sneak into the soirée, as well, noticeably overwhelmed with pride and admiration for their courageous sons and daughters. Since all of the honorees are currently students in high school ROTC programs or military academies, they’re quite accustomed to daily “briefs.” To give them a break from their rigorous studies, a speaker wasn’t scheduled for the Ball, allowing the students and their families a chance to focus on nothing but fun for the night. From the decadent dinner to the live music and dancing, the evening was full of energy and entertainment from start to finish, serving as a joyous celebration of the brave service men and women in the room and a way to honor the countless soldiers who have gone before them.

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e know how much you all love Downton Abbey, and a lucky crowd gathered at the beautiful Franklin Theatre for Nashville Public Television’s sold-out advance public screening of the first episode of the new season. The theatre lobby was packed with excited, welldressed folks eager to get a sneak peek of their favorite show. NPT went all out for their 1920s Soirée and Screening, placing a giant photo backdrop of the famed estate in the lobby, a popular spot throughout the cocktail hour as each and every guest clamored for a photo opp. The dress code was clearly aristocratic with lots of lace, fur and sparkles on these pretty ladies, many of whom combed vintage stores to create the perfect look. We spotted lots of fabulous jewelry as well, including some beautiful baubles lent by one of the event sponsors, Walton’s Jewelry. With so many well-dressed individuals, it was hard to pick a favorite, but if we had to, we’d vote for the Marvels. Patty Marvel was wearing a stunning vintage antique lace wedding dress that she bought at Neiman Marcus in Houston 40 years ago. Her husband, Jeff, was prepared for a formal dinner, channeling Lord Grantham in a red mess jacket that had just arrived from England (Patty found the suit on eBay). The bar kept busy as guests enjoyed wine from VPT Ventures and beer from Jackalope Brewing Company. Servers—or were those servants? —passed hors d’œuvres from Kristen Winston Catering, although a lot of people found out that wine of any kind is a perfect accompaniment to movie theatre popcorn. At 7 p.m. sharp, everyone rushed into the theatre for the screening. (Since we’d hate to be the bearer of any spoilers, that’s all we’ll say about that!) Afterwards, everyone walked across the street to Walton’s Jewelry for an after-party with music and champagne, the perfect ending to a perfect evening. Abby White photographs by Sinclair Kelly

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ow that it’s February, everyone’s starting to settle back into their routines in the calm that follows the storm of holiday madness. The kids are back at school, the social calendar is filling up again, and each day grows longer, hinting at the warmer days of spring, which we hope are just around the corner. In this time in between, you may have lost sight of those resolutions you proudly made less than a month ago. Maybe you were trying to lose weight—that’s the number one New Year’s resolution yet again, and probably always will be—or improve your overall wellness. Maybe you just want to try a new haircut. Whatever your path to self-improvement is in 2014, it’s time to get back on course. We talked to some local experts to learn how to make changes that will last.

Looking Into the New Year We’ve all heard of the stylish urban legend of the woman who’s had the same hairstyle and used the same lipstick for 30 years. Such classic, everlasting style is certainly enviable, but if we’re dialing the clock back to 1984, the hair and makeup trends at the time were more terrifying than anything George Orwell could have envisioned.

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That is, perhaps it’s time to try something new. For those who cringe at the idea of change, let’s start with makeup because that’s the easiest thing to wash off. We asked Mary Elizabeth Rhodes, manager at Private Edition in Green Hills, for her recommendations on what to try in 2014. “We are seeing some beautiful trends for spring,” Mary Elizabeth enthuses. “For eyes, gilded lids are important.” Mary Elizabeth recommends By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar Melting Eyeshadow in Fizzy Jade, a lovely minty green shadow stick packed with anti-aging proteins and antioxidants that smooth and protect the delicate eyelid area. The convenient shadow stick makes it a perfect addition to your makeup bag for easy touch-ups on the run. For lips, Mary Elizabeth suggests bright colors to chase those winter blues away. Try Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster Lip Gloss, a non-stick formula that contains SPF 15. We like the vibrant, fun Brightening Pink. If you’re really feeling bold, bright orange lips are still on trend, but trade last year’s matte formula for a more wearable sheer formula. Mary Elizabeth recommends Therapy Systems Gloss in Color #1 or By Terry’s Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Lipstick in Mango Tango. Getting below the surface of makeup, let’s move on to skin care, as Mary Elizabeth points out, “Makeup only looks as good as the skin underneath it.” Mary Elizabeth suggests getting a

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facial at least once during every change of season, and ideally every month. “We offer everything from the all natural Omorovicza hour and a half facial to the express 3-min., on the go peel, and a myriad of options in between,” she says. “The difference being your concerns, and the time you have available.” She also recommends trying Dermaplaning, which is ideal for any skin type and exfoliates the skin, removing the fine facial hair (affectionately known as “peach fuzz”). For in-between appointments, Mary Elizabeth speaks highly of Omorovicza’s Instant Plumping Completion Corrector SPF 20. Now that your face looks fabulous, make sure your hair is up to par, too. If you’re still in love with your hairstyle, keep it looking fresh. “Stop over-shampooing,” says Kelly Mason, owner of Green Pea Salon in 12South. “Shampooing is your enemy all year round, especially in women that color [their hair].” Instead, Kelly says that you should rinse your hair—most styling products are water-soluble—and condition mid-shaft to the ends, and rinse again. Towel dry and style as usual. When you do shampoo, make sure you’re using quality products. “If you’re spending $100-200 on color and use $5 shampoo, you’re ruining your investment,” he cautions. “Bumble and Bumble has amazing hair care products, and Davines has an amazing mask that will save your hair.”  If you’re looking to switch things up, Kelly recommends getting a consultation—which usually lasts 15 minutes and is typically gratis—before taking the plunge. Take pictures of hairstyles you like, and be sure to communicate with your stylist about your lifestyle, which certainly influences what kind of hairstyle will be both convenient and complementary. Fancy yourself a trendsetter? Kelly says that short is in, and fussy, overthought hair is out. “From shoulders to ears,” Kelly advises. “Goodbye mermaid hair, stripper hair, prom hair. Goodbye nondescript blonde, streaky hair, Bettie Page and ombré. Think gold—not yellow or brassy—or warm, golden browns and sunny highlights.” Most importantly, ask your hairstylist to show you how to recreate the style at home. “Make your stylist teach you how to style your hair—what products and what tools to use,” Kelly advises. “Braids, headbands, irons, hot rollers—not like the ones your mom has— Velcro rollers and a dryer. It’s your time in the stylist chair. Use it wisely.”

A More Nutritious Year Ahead Now that you’re looking amazing on the outside, make sure you’re feeling as good on the inside. After a solid month of

feasts as dinners, multiple cocktail parties every evening and one too many glasses of spiked eggnog, your pants are feeling a little tight. Resist the urge to wear yoga pants every day and make the commitment to retool your menu, and you’ll be back in fighting shape in no time. If you’re hoping to lose a significant amount of weight— which many Americans are at this time of year—take an honest look at what has and hasn’t worked for you in the past, and be realistic about what you can fit into your life. What works for your friends doesn’t necessarily work for you.

“Recording your food intake, exercise and goals you have reached makes it easy to see your success” “The best program is the one that you enjoy and that will fit into your life without too much adjustment,” explains Wendi Michelle, health and wellness coach, trainer and author of Effortless Real Food: Taking the Kitchen Approach to Health. Before making a drastic change in your diet, visit your general practitioner for a full lab screening. “Specifically, looking at all hormones and adrenal sufficiency,” Wendi says. “If there are any underlying issues, they will need to be addressed. Under those conditions weight loss is no longer as simple as calories in, calories out, and exercising can cause more damage than good. [It’s] best to rule things out at the beginning. Many defeated efforts are due to these untreated or misunderstood health concerns.” Once you get the green light, commit to being the tortoise, not the hare, as slow and steady always wins the race when it comes to losing weight. (For more on exercise, check out our Crazy Fun Fitness feature on page 40.) “If you try to change everything at once, you will likely burn out and get discouraged rather than meet your goals,” says Sarah-Jane Bedwell, R.D., L.D.N., SELF Magazine blogger and author of Schedule Me Skinny: Plan to Lose Weight and Keep in Off in Just 30 Minutes a Week. “I recommend focusing on one small change at a time. Once you have mastered one change, you can move on to the next one. For example, you might start out by adding a healthy breakfast to your morning. Once you are well in the habit of doing that, then you can try another change like switching from drinking soda to drinking water. This will help these changes to become a part of a lasting lifestyle rather than a temporary diet.” Sarah-Jane says that a little planning can go a long way. Prep healthy meals in advance, so when you’re in a time crunch later in the week, you’re prepared. Track your successes by using a food journal or a fitness app. continued on page 38

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“Recording your food intake, exercise and goals you have reached makes it easy to see your success,” she says. “Nothing is more motivating than seeing how far you have come.” It’s tempting to jump on the bandwagon of all of the trendy diets out there, but unless you have legitimate food allergies or sensitivities, you may have better luck with balance and moderation rather than eliminating entire food groups. “I personally feel like every ‘diet’ is trendy,” Wendi says. “It seems to me that if any one ‘diet’ worked, there would be no need to keep reinventing them. Overall, I believe in Real Food. Food as nature intended. Not chemically created or altered, non-habit forming, not processed, not hormone injected and not full of ingredients that require a laboratory to recreate. Food is powerful and so far, it hasn’t gone out of style. I think we’ve just lost touch with it. If you give your body what it needs and knows how to use plus eliminate all the ‘not food’ you’re eating, weight loss and improved health is inevitable. Nothing more long-term or easier. Real Food is where it’s at.” It’s easy to keep an eye on ingredients when you’re at the grocery store, but it can be challenging to stay on track when you’re at a restaurant or a party, where you’re not in control of the menu. But, as Sarah-Jane points out, you can control how much you put in your mouth. “The most important thing to remember when dining out is portion control,” she says.

“When working with people that are looking to optimize their wellness or improve balance, I start by asking the person to envision what ‘ideal health and balance’ looks like to them,” Blaire explains. “This is different for everybody. I have them take the time to really picture what this would look like in their life—are they eating more fruits and vegetables, are they dancing more or meditating regularly? When people visualize first, they are more intentional in the process of optimizing their overall health because they make changes that are personally relevant and meaningful. Once the big picture has been established, it’s possible to begin to set small goals that will move them towards that overall vision.” When breaking the big picture down into smaller goals, one implements mindfulness, which Blaire explains as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally,” a definition from Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction, known as MBSR. “You may not have realized it, but by doing something as simple as paying attention to small things—like the feel of water on your hands when washing dishes or the sound of the wind through the trees—you’re practicing mindfulness,” Blaire says. “When you do these things you’re in the present moment, not fretting about the past, or thinking about the future, which is what most of us do most of the time. “When a person is looking to practice mindfulness, a good place to start is by focusing on the breath for a few minutes,” she says. “Just noticing what it feels like to inhale and exhale enhances mindfulness. If that’s too difficult, they can sit for a few minutes and notice what’s happening in the environment around them. Mindfulness can lead to greater awareness on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Research has also shown that many diseases such as hypertension, anxiety, depression and chronic pain are benefited by mindfulness practice.” If you’re interested in taking your mindfulness practice further, Blaire says that anyone looking for a whole body approach to enhancing wellness or for treating specific conditions should start with an Integrative Health Consult with a nurse practitioner, doctor or health psychologist. “All aspects of wellness are considered, including physical and emotional aspects, and a plan is co-created to best suit their needs,” she explains. “This plan may include services we offer at our center. For those that prefer a less structured approach, it is possible to access our many services without a referral.” Some of the services offered at the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health include acupuncture, massage therapy, MBSR, nutrition coaching, Tai Chi, therapeutic yoga and physical therapy. By utilizing one or more of these services, individuals can benefit from a customized plan to develop mind-body health. “Through many of our services our patients are taught skills and tools to increase mind-body connection and are reminded to reconnect with the source that drives them—life meaning and purpose,” Blaire says. No matter what your personal goals are for the year ahead, we hope you have a healthy and fulfilling 2014. With excellent lip gloss, of course.

“Just noticing what it feels like to inhale and exhale enhances mindfulness”

Being Mindful in 2014 Changes on the outside are driven by changes on the inside, and once you start making improvements in one area of your life, you may find yourself taking a look at the big picture. If you need help assessing the big picture and breaking it down, Blaire Morriss can help. Blaire, ANP-BC, is the Clinical Leader of Health Coaching at the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health, which combines traditional medicine with complementary therapies to help patients enhance their overall wellness or combat chronic illness or pain.

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Hula Hooping The Basics: Take a trip down memory lane and get a fun, low impact workout by learning the art of hula hooping from Hoopnotica certified instructors Know before you go: Hula hoops are provided, but wear comfortable sneakers and fitted workout clothes. No negative self-talk allowed, so be prepared to encourage yourself and others. What to expect: Get to know your fellow “hoopers” in a quick share session before practicing the basics of waist hooping and several off-body skills. Each session ends with a hoop jam, allowing participants to strut their stuff and show off their new skills to music! How we fared: Owner/instructor Kristin immediately established a welcoming atmosphere, assuaging our anxiety about attempting an activity we haven’t tried since grade school. As a result, we laughed and cheered for the duration of the hour-long class, nearly forgetting we were getting a pretty decent workout in the process. For more info: Happy Hoops, Intensity Level:

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you’re among the 92 million Americans who made a New Year’s resolution this January, statistics indicate you might be on the verge of breaking it (if you haven’t already). And if you’re in the majority, your annual goal is centered on weight loss, health and fitness. Whether you’re hoping to shed a few pounds, get toned or simply stay in shape, we want this year to be a success for you. All across town, there are gyms, boot camps and yoga studios at the ready, but if your workout routine needs a little refreshing or if you’re simply looking for an unconventional way to burn some calories, try one of these crazy fun fitness classes. Each one is tried and tested by the Nfocus staff, and we’ve got the scrapes, bumps and bruises to prove it. From hula hooping to sword fighting, we’re bucking the treadmill tradition for something a little out of the ordinary, and we invite you to join us. by Nancy Floyd, Photographs by Michael W. Bunch and Eric England

Krav Maga The Basics: Train in the art of Israeli self-defense and gain the practical knowledge of fighting stance, combatives and various defenses against attack Know before you go: Arrive 15 minutes early for a tour of the facility, an overview of the class and a chance to meet your instructor. Come prepared for a very physical, full-body workout. Dress comfortably, wear sturdy sneakers and bring water. Punching pads and gloves provided. What to expect: A hardcore, heart-pounding warm-up session will have you sweating within minutes before pairing off with a classmate and practicing various punches, kicks and escapes. How we fared: Slightly intimidated at first by the knowledge that most of our classmates could probably kill us with their bare hands, we eventually overcame our fear and embraced the challenging—and slightly therapeutic—nature of the workout. After punching and kicking each other for the better part of an hour, we walked out of class feeling far less stressed and more empowered than when we arrived. For more info: Nashville Krav Maga, Intensity Level:

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Soulshine SUP Yoga

Swordplay Forza

The Basics: Grab a pair of weighted drumsticks and embark on a full-body workout that fuses Pilates, yoga, cardio and drumming

The Basics: Combine the balance benefits of stand up paddleboarding with the meditative and strengthening practices of yoga for a tough workout in a serene setting

The Basics: Learn ancient samurai sword techniques in a creative fitness environment

Know before you go: No drumming skills necessary, but it helps if you have a basic sense of rhythm. Shoes are optional.

Know before you go: Students should be able to swim and should wear a bathing suit or athletic gear that can get wet since falling/jumping into the lake is a strong possibility. Bring sunscreen, a towel and a water bottle.

What to expect: The fast-paced 30-minute workout— set to an upbeat “Poundtrack” of current rock, rap, dubstep and pop hits—combines easy to follow cardio moves, strength training and basic drumming into an intense routine that targets every major muscle group.

Know before you go: Dress comfortably and prepare to have fun! Swords (three-foot wooden bokkens) are supplied, and the class is non-contact so all maneuvers are made against imaginary opponents.

What to expect: The 90-minute class begins with land instruction before paddling to a quiet spot on the lake. Students work through power yoga poses at their own pace, performing at the level they feel comfortable.

What to expect: After a short warm-up to music, students practice a series of strikes and movements from a prearranged kata. Breaking into small groups, classmates build on the kata, crafting their own story and killing their make-believe foes.

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How we fared: To avoid the risk of frostbite, our team had to try this class out last summer. Poses that are easy on dry land take much more concentration on a paddleboard, and we ended up in the water far more often than others. Fortunately, hoisting ourselves back onto the paddleboard is a good workout in its own right.

How we fared: As it turns out, some of us are more graceful when killing imaginary opponents than others. Regardless of our ability to handle the three-foot sword and slay make-believe warriors and dragons, everyone felt encouraged and lighthearted during the course thanks to the motivation of our much more skillful classmates.

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How we fared: We hid in the back of the studio, afraid that we wouldn’t be able to keep up with the drumming cardio moves needed for the routine, but quickly found ourselves falling right in rhythm with our fellow Pound-ers.


Adult Ballet

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The Basics: Burn 1,000 calories in an hour with a fun, nonstop cardio session on a giant trampoline

The Basics: Master the beauty and grace of ballet under the tutelage of Nashville Ballet’s trained dancers and choreographers

The Basics: Strengthen, lengthen and tone the entire body through a series of slow, controlled movements performed on a Megaformer machine

Know before you go: Classes are for students age 13 and up. No prior experience necessary. Ballet slippers required for intermediate and advanced classes; socks are acceptable for beginner classes.

Know before you go: Arrive early for your first class for an overview of the equipment. Class sizes are limited so registration is required, and all participants must wear grip socks (available for purchase at the studio).

What to expect: The first half of the 90-minute class is spent working at the barre, honing basic techniques, stance and positions. Students get more of a cardio workout during the second half of the class in the center, working on traveling and jumping. All classes include live accompaniment from a pianist.

What to expect: Every class is different, but each 50-minute workout targets the main muscle groups every time, engaging your entire body. Although the spring and pulley mechanisms on the machine can seem intimidating at first, instructors are eager to assist to ensure that you’re confident throughout the entire routine.

How we fared: Standing and stretching at the barre gave us flashbacks to being five years old, but when it came time to leap across the room, we realized that we’re far more self-conscious (and less graceful) than we were as children. A great way to work on flexibility, it also gave us a great excuse to wear a tutu as an adult.

How we fared: Planks and lunges are hard enough as it is, but when coupled with an unfamiliar machine that moves and slides at will, it’s a wonder we survived. Thanks to Studio Novo’s patient instructors, we soon (sort of) mastered the movements, quivering muscles and all. The next day, however, we struggled to move at all without wincing in pain.

Know before you go: No sneakers allowed on the trampolines so bring grip socks or be prepared to jump barefoot. Classes are held in a warehouse, so internal temperatures are directly impacted by the weather. Dress accordingly. All classes are first come, first serve. What to expect: Far more than simply jumping, this class gives you a full-body workout that’s both amusing and exhausting. Cardio intervals and upper-body strength training are interspersed with more fun challenges, like relay races and games of four square. How we fared: Right off the bat, jumping on a trampoline made this workout class much more enjoyable than traditional exercise, until about three minutes in when we remembered how exhausting jumping on a trampoline can be. Fortunately, the variety of the routine offered plenty of opportunities to catch our breath. Insider tip: trying to run across a court of trampolines will undoubtedly result in face planting. For more info: Sky High Sports,

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A Royal Engagement The real countess of Downton Abbey chats with us about her upcoming trip to Nashville


rom Feb. 7-9, the highly anticipated Antiques and Garden Show returns for its 24th year with a magnificent three-day show. In addition to moving to a new location—downtown Nashville’s newest architectural feat, The Music City Center—the A&G Show will be welcoming the Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon as this year’s keynote speaker. At her Friday morning lecture sponsored by H.G. Hill Realty Company, Lady Carnarvon, best known as the current Countess of Highclere Castle, the setting for the hit TV show Downton Abbey, will be inspiring the crowd with tales of the castle’s rich history, fine antiques and artwork, and its vibrant predecessors. We chatted with Lady Carnarvon about her new book, Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, her first-ever trip to Music City and what it’s like to reside in one of the world’s most famous residences. We’re so excited that you’re coming to Nashville on your U.S. book tour and that you’re visiting the Antiques and Garden Show. Have you been to Nashville before? I haven’t. I’m very much looking forward to it. It’ll be great. Is there anything you’re hoping to do while you’re here? No. I enjoy where I go. And I’m very much looking forward to seeing around Nashville and learning a little bit about it. My time there is going to be quite short though, isn’t it? So whatever I’m offered, I’ll enjoy looking. Is there anything you can tell us about your lecture? The nature of it? Well, I tend to try to please everyone and talk a little bit about Downton, a little bit about Highclere, a little bit about Almina, a little bit about Catherine, a little bit about lots of things. In a very short time, I cover about 1,300 years of history. (laughs) It depends on the size of the audience and how it goes. I’ve had some practice over I’ve sort of learned a little bit about watching what the audiences are hopefully amused by because that’s important and to see where their faces lead me. If they’re falling asleep, I know I’m going the wrong way. Tell us about your new book, Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey. Well, it’s a big book, actually. I was looking at it the other day and thinking I’m glad I’ve written it and I’m not about to write it. (laughs) There’s a lot of information in there and I could almost have written two books actually, joking apart, because that part of history from 1922-1945 is very comprehensive. It covers a huge topic when America is really becoming, for a time, much more involved in Europe, so to try to bring all those plans together and with the American heroine and with the abdication crisis in the middle of it and a divorce in the middle of it and then something called the Second World War at the end of it, it was a big challenge to take on. And my husband was slightly doubtful, actually. There was a lot of information to distill and to try to make engaging and readable. What new or surprising details did you uncover about your predecessor or Highclere Castle in your research? The main thing I uncovered was about Catherine herself, and I was blown away. Catherine is my husband’s grandmother, my little son’s great-grandmother, and what an amazing person to be descended from. Because what I hadn’t realized was that her own lineage was of

such importance to American history because she’s descended from the Lee family of Virginia and some other very famous American families, and I found in our archives some extraordinary notes. I found notes from Theodore Roosevelt, who is actually one of my favorite U.S. Presidents. Another one signed by George Washington, another one signed by Robert E. Lee. So, who the devil would’ve thought that’s what I’d find when I was writing about history? So that’s quite amazing, isn’t it? After you’ve researched these two ladies, Catherine and Almina, are they a guide for how you and your husband use the property these days? When I wrote Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, I’d find out about how she ran bits and pieces of the household, how knowledge was passed down, how they made a dinner party work, and actually, we don’t do things so differently today. And the same in Catherine’s time. I think it gives you a tremendous sense of continuity. I’m sitting on the same chair in the same place that Almina sat in 1895, and her predecessors sat before her, so that is quite an extraordinary thing to concentrate sometimes on. Often, I’m actually working in a more practical way, looking at the plumbing that Almina put in because she was a fantastic contractor, as well, and the electricity and understanding what their plan was and how I’m going to redo it today. Or what their plan was with heating and how they decorated something or where she might’ve gotten that mantelshelf from. So she did a lot, Almina, so I’m often, as I said, looking back and learning from her. I tend not to do things too quickly, to try and sit and listen to the house a bit. So the answer is, you do look backwards, and today as well, knowledge is handed down person to person. How has your life changed since Downton Abbey? It’s made Highclere one of the most famous residences in the world, but how has that changed your day-to-day life? Well, it means when we’re open to the public, we’re busier. And there isn’t much privacy, but there wasn’t a huge amount, so I think it’s just being aware of that. And, if I say something, it’s more likely to be picked up by somebody else. (laughs) But the best things in life are still the same, which perhaps is taking the dogs for a walk or planting in the garden, things like that don’t change, which is what I love to do to relax. Or the research that I’m doing doesn’t change because I think you have to be aware of added interest in the family, as well as the house. Filming a show is certainly an innovative way to raise funds for the castle and property. Well, it’s raised the marketing profile, hasn’t it? And then you try to raise the money through doing things like writing books or having the public around. BBC and ITV—or whoever it is, ITV and NBC— they always claim they shouldn’t have to pay as much [to film at the property] because it’s going to raise the marketing. So we all sort of accept that and I think really it has sort of worked out for us, obviously. And then you take what you’ve gained and you use the American word called “leverage” and you leverage it to see what direction you can go in to create a future income or future revenue stream and, to me, to write about the real people is wonderful. It’s amazing. It’s such an amazing house, surreal, and what people really did I find so interesting and shine such a light on where we are today. So that is a joy and it’s hard work, but then hard work is good. I enjoy it. continued on page 46

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How do you and Julian Fellowes come up with what you’re going to write about, or what stories you’re going to tell? Well, we try not to talk to each other about it now, actually, because it’s easier not to. Because he’s a great scriptwriter, obviously, and he’s had huge success with it and we have a friendship, as well, and I’m trying to keep the two separate and therefore, still sort of coherent. And I’m not worried about what he’s writing. I trust him and I like him and I can see what he’s doing. And I’m engrossed in what I actually find and I’ve got so much that I find that I have trouble anyway trying to distill that down, and bring it in together without getting any more muddled with what he’s doing. So, I now consciously ask him to have breakfast rather than talk about Downton. Originally, he was considering using the property for Gosford Park. Is that correct? He did, but we were too far from London, and anyways, we wouldn’t have Maggie Smith talking about the marmalade and now we have her every Sunday. So I’m hugely grateful we didn’t get Gosford Park and very grateful like all the rest of the cast are—and I’m sure even Maggie Smith, I’m sure she enjoys it—that we have landed up somehow in Downton. It’s a fun series for a Sunday evening, and I’m thrilled that it’s being shown on PBS, as well. It’s a great way that it’s gone in America. It’s been fantastic in terms of their revenue and success, as well, so I think we’re all very lucky together, aren’t we?

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How much more meaningful is it to see your residence be used and stories told that are connected to your family history? It is quite odd sometimes. It is quite surreal when you’re sitting there looking at the shutter on TV and it’s in the room where you’re watching it and it’s opened by someone who’s not there but someone who is there might also be shutting it for you. So, there are moments when it is completely surreal, but I think with a good sense of humor, you can get along. And sometimes it’s quite odd because I’ve got my little son and we’re sitting in a pub and having a meal together or something and next door to us there will be some people discussing Downton. It is bizarre.

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Are there any details that you’ve uncovered for the new book about Catherine that will somehow work their way into the plotlines in the fourth season? Well, I think there are some similarities by chance, but in all honesty, Catherine is a big book and I focused completely on writing that. But I know that Julian is obviously a highly intelligent man and in looking at history, he’s writing his own fictional characters against it. But I thought there were some hilarious similarities that I found quite amusing. But Julian is dealing with some interesting storylines in this time. I also think the contrasts are as interesting as the similarities to me. Have you already begun planning for your next book? Yes, I have, actually. I’m going to do a book about food and entertaining at Highclere Castle next. A slightly different book because I think there’s a lot of color and a lot of different things I can do with that. I’ve got a recipe I’ve found from about 1797 for how to cook an ox head (laughs), which I don’t think is what we’d do today, but what I wanted to do was lay it against what we would do today. Like, when the chefs make three great winter soups, which go out on a shoot for example. So I’m going to do a slightly different book which I hope will appeal, looking at what we actually do turn into food, whether it’s crab apple jelly or how we cook lamb or chicken or what we serve for Sunday lunch or what Almina cooked in 1895. But I’m going to do it through the seasons. I’m going to write about each month and then illustrate it like that. I hope that might amuse people. How long will you be traveling around the U.S. on your tour? I come to you first of all and then I’m ending up in New York where my son and husband are joining me, because it’s my son’s half-term. So I’m trying, as usual, you know how you multi-muddle as a woman, trying to be the wife, the mother, you’re trying to make some money, trying to run a home from a distance, so it’s all those kinds of stuff, and then I’m going to fly back from New York with my son because his half-term comes to an end around the 21st. That’s my sort of time frame. Lots of teas, I imagine, lots of Downton Abbey teas. I’ll be having tea about four times a day (laughs). We’re so thankful for the opportunity to chat with you. And we’re so excited to have you at the Antiques and Garden Show. It’s fantastic because, joking apart, the antiques in the castle and the works of art and all the paintings are extraordinary. So I’ll make sure I’ve got some individual ones to throw into the slideshow. I’ve got so many books I wish to write, I just can’t quite write them fast enough. I can’t quite find the hours in the day. But there’s a lot here and it’s a beautiful house and I never, ever get tired of driving into park or riding through it and walking around it. It’s an amazing place. by NaNcy Floyd, PhotograPhs courtesy oF JesPer Mattias

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Tennessee Performing Arts Center The Million Dollar Quartet—Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins—would’ve felt right at home at this year’s ’50s inspired TPAC Gala, chaired for the second time by Jason Bradshaw, Bob Deal and Theresa Menefee (last year’s Co-Chair Dream Team winners). In full-skirted frocks and slim-cut suits, partygoers reveled in the rockabilly themed details, from “Great Balls of Fire” centerpieces to a performance from legendary singer Wanda Jackson. Runner-up

Welcome to the Circle Magdalene House Thistle Farms/Magdalene held their yearly fundraiser at the Ryman after outgrowing previous venues, and dare we say that the Mother Church has never been filled with so much love and joy. From testimonies from Magdalene survivors to performances from Jennifer Nettles, Jeff Hanna, Levi and Marcus Hummon, plus surprises from John Prine and Maura O’Connell, there was not a dry eye in the house.

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Chukkers for Charity Music City Rochelle Center/Saddle Up! Masquerade The attendees of this year’s annual charity polo match were surprised when they arrived and found out that they were not only guests of the outdoor party, but also extras on season two of Nashville. The event was everyone’s favorite as they channeled the “Keep Calm and Ride On” theme of the day and enjoyed the tunes of Glenn Miller’s orchestra. Runner-up

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The ladies of the Junior League sure know how to party, and their inaugural Music City Masquerade event last spring showcased that better than anything. Co-chairs Ashley Stringfellow and Catherine Plato planned the black-tie affair to perfection, from the swanky outdoor lounge setting of the cocktail party to the mini grilled cheese sandwiches and blood orange martinis that comprised the late night snacks. We’ve already got this event marked on our calendar for 2014 and you’d be wise to do the same!

Cheekwood The 51st annual Swan Ball, the city’s premiere social event, was all about chintz and charm this year. With Amy Colton and Julie Walker at the helm and an unforgettable performance from Kool & The Gang, the night was full of nonstop energy and entertainment from the moment the first limo arrived.


Inspire Nashville Possibilities! Inc. The inaugural Inspire Nashville event, held at Big Kenny and Christiev Alphin’s beautiful home, gathered glitterati from the music industry to honor the Grand Ole Opry’s Pete Fisher for his lifelong commitment to serving others. The party, which featured performances from Big & Rich, Vince Gill and Jewel, was a fundraiser for Possibilities! Inc., which raises money for therapeutic programs at Onsite.

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Best Revamped Party: Symphony Fashion Show

Symphony Fashion Show Nashville Symphony In addition to featuring the mesmerizing dresses by Monique Lhuillier, the Nashville Symphony’s Spring Fashion Show drew an exciting, young, fashionable crowd. Music by one of Nashville’s most glamorous ladies, artist and model Karen Elson, along with the band LEAGUES, injected some new life into this beloved annual event, and the Parisian style supper club on One Symphony Place was très fabuleux. continued on page 50

Best Just-Plain-Fun Party: Chukkers for Charity

Best Just-Plain-Fun Party Runner-up: Swan Ball

Hottest Party: TPAC Gala

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Rochelle Center/Saddle Up! Slight changes to the time of day and time of year made a world of difference at Chukkers for Charity, creating a much “cooler” event in the process. The annual polo match for Rochelle Center and Saddle Up! helped usher in fall while giving the crowd five minutes of fame as extras on Nashville.

Best One-Time Event

Night of the Elephant Elephant Sanctuary Anticipation was running high for this one-time event, as each party leading up to it only hinted at the marvelous gala on the horizon. The Loews Vanderbilt was effectively transformed into the jungle, complete with maps, watering holes and enough palm leaves to make Disneyland look like child’s play. The star-studded event—Tiffany, Miss Tennessee, Clare Bowen and Dawn Wells were all looking fabulous—left everyone hoping that perhaps the committee would reconsider, and we could do it again in 2014?

With hors d’œuvres and an open bar in the Main Lobby of the Schermerhorn followed by performances from Matthew Perryman Jones, Holly Williams and Carmina Burana, Ballet Ball Late Party guests were able to celebrate the Nashville Ballet throughout the night.

Co-Chair Dream Team

Sylvia Bradbury and Ann Dobson/ Sunday in the Park Friends of Warner Park The lovely ladies behind this year’s Sunday in the Park—Sylvia Bradbury and Ann Dobson—planned an amazing fundraiser for Friends of Warner Parks that brought in a record crowd and sent retiring executive director Eleanor Willis off in style.


Jennifer Puryear and Jane Ann Pilkinton/ Symphony Ball Nashville Symphony Jennifer Puryear and Jane Ann Pilkinton are certainly two of the sweetest co-chairs in town, but this year’s Symphony Ball also proved they’re two of the hardest working. The gorgeous white-tie event was the perfect way to celebrate the Nashville Symphony after a challenging year, and the fact that Brad Paisley stopped by for a performance certainly didn’t hurt.

Most Fabulous Invitation

Symphony Fashion Show Nashville Symphony C.J. Hughes, the mind behind this year’s ticket to the Symphony Fashion Show, incorporated a chic, charcoal design and innovative typography that left guests in high anticipation for an evening of Monique Lhuillier, Karen Elson and LEAGUES. continued on page 52


A Downton Abbey Affair Nashville Public Television The Cheekwood Mansion was refashioned into the famous Crawley estate for NPT’s A Downton Abbey Affair. Revelers donned their most glamorous Edwardian attire for a black-tie soirée so sophisticated even the Dowager Countess would’ve approved. Best Women’s Event: Cause for Paws

Best Women’s Event

Cause for Paws Nashville Humane Association The annual luncheon and fashion show, featuring poodle centerpieces and puppy models, celebrated its 25th anniversary and entertained both guests and furry friends for the benefit of the Nashville Humane Association.

Best One-Time Event: Night of the Elephant

Best Children’s Event

Soup Sunday Our Kids Adults and kids alike were entertained at this spring fundraiser benefiting Our Kids at LP Field with the chance to taste-test unique soups from 50 local eateries, see a magic show, get a balloon animal or visit with a handful of costumed characters.

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To excite guests for Wanda Jackson and ’50s themed décor, this invite, designed by TPAC’s Jennifer Wright, was complete with a CD resembling a vintage vinyl that contained songs and a video from the Million Dollar Quartet Broadway show that inspired the gala.

Anytime the fire marshal has to approve your party décor, you know you’re doing something right. The “Great Balls of Fire” centerpieces—round ombré flower arrangements with flames in the center created by the talented Phillipe Chadwick—were the perfect tribute to the night’s Million Dollar Quartet theme.

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Frist Center for the Visual Arts Holding any event in the Frist Center for the Visual Art’s gorgeous Art Deco building gives a party a striking visual advantage from the start, but this year’s Frist Gala had a truly inventive decoration: Live models posing as paintings from the Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age exhibit. How are they going to top that in 2104? We can’t wait to find out.

The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park The Conservancy Gala brought beautiful elements of the earth inside, turning the giant tent into a magical, lush Ferngully. From the bed of moss that housed the place cards to the stunning lights in the dinner tent—which cast bewitching shadows throughout the tent walls and ceiling—the evening had an elegant yet whimsical feel to it. Runner-up

Swan Ball Patrons Party Cheekwood For this year’s Swan Ball Patrons Party, Mark O’Bryan of the Tulip Tree somehow managed to make Brian and Patti Smallwood’s stunning hilltop aerie even more magical. The breathtaking dinner tent was transformed into a vision of white, complete with lavish centerpiece of peonies and iceberg roses and delicate gold swans, of course.


Authors in the Round Humanities Tennessee Want to make us happy at parties? Give us books! Between the award-winning works of Literary Award Gala honoree Robert K. Massie and the autographed copies of books by Authors in the Round participants, we’ve got plenty of reading material to keep us busy all year round.

Most Irresistible Hors d’œuvres

Sunset Safari Nashville Zoo Moonshine and tacos and cake pops, oh my! With more than 50 local restaurants, bakeries and breweries serving up bite-sized appetizers and sweet treats, guests at Nashville Zoo’s Sunset Safari were taken on an exotic and delicious culinary adventure.

Best Overall Menu

l’Eté du Vin Patrons Party Nashville Wine Auction Sean Brock of HUSK and Tyler Brown of Capitol Grille teamed up to create this delectable fourcourse feast that was, hands down, one of the most incredible meals we experienced anywhere this year.

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Most Creative Invitation: TPAC Gala

We’re never ones to turn down dessert, especially not a dessert that’s as striking as it is delicious. Such was the case with Sargent’s Catering’s unforgettable mini chocolate grand pianos filled with white chocolate mousse and raspberries. It was almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

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Junk in Your Trunk & African Sunset/ Night of the Elephant Elephant Sanctuary The Night of the Elephant’s signature drinks kept the party going into the wee hours. We loved the “Junk In Your Trunk,” an upgraded bourbon and Coke accented with maple syrup and garnished with peanuts, and the ladylike “African Sunset,” a delicious vodka cocktail sweetened with Chambord, champagne and fresh raspberries.

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Best Dancing Guests

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Once in a Blue Moon

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An intimate concert with Rascal Flatts is an incredible draw on its own, but supporters of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital were in for a wonderful surprise when ’90s R&B stars Boyz II Men took the stage at Behind the Music. The harmonizing trio quickly won over the crowd with their amazing vocals and dance moves, bringing Motownphilly back yet again.

The bluegrass strains of the Grass Stains and the toetapping energy of Tommy Jackson’s Rocky Mountain Revue were too tempting to resist at Once in a Blue Moon. Party guests packed the dance floor, making their finest (and funniest) attempts at clogging and line dancing.


Preservation Punch/ Heritage Ball The Heritage Foundation Best Entertainment: Kool & The Gang/ Cocktail consultants Jon and Lindsay Swan Ball Yeager of PourTaste pulled out all the th stops for the 40 anniversary of the Heritage Ball, creating Preservation Punch, a sweet and spicy autumnal concoction built around local Corsair quinoa whiskey. Infused with apple, orange and fig flavors, the Punch was a tasty way to toast the past and the future of the Heritage Foundation, and kept the bars busy all night long.

Best Special Guests Runner-up: Martin Sheen/Great Futures Gala

Best Entertainment

Kool & The Gang/ Swan Ball Cheekwood


Kenny Rogers/ Concert for Cumberland Heights Cumberland Heights The always-lively Nashville social scene welcomed a few music legends to grace its stages this year, much to the delight of partygoers. Kool & The Gang had Swan Ball attendees kicking off their Louboutins to dance the night away, while Kenny Rogers packed the Ryman Auditorium to raise funds for Cumberland Heights.

Best Special Guests: Boyz II Men/Behind the Music

Best Entertainment: Kenny Rogers/Concert for Cumberland Heights


Martin Sheen/ Great Futures Gala Boys and Girls Club of Middle TN Hail to the Chief ! It was a presidential affair at the Great Futures Gala when the Boys and Girls Club welcomed The West Wing’s President Bartlet (aka Martin Sheen). Not only did the legendary actor serve as the night’s keynote speaker, he also paid a special visit to the Andrew Jackson Clubhouse to spend time with a roomful of excited kids.

Best New Venue

The Grange at Green Door Gourmet Behind the Music and the Cumberland River Compact Dinner have left everyone excited for future events at Sylvia Ganier’s rustic and charming event barn on Hidden Valley Farm. continued on page 54

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Kev er e k o o r B Lindsey marries Magner n o d l e Sh Ro bert


ashvillian Lindsey Kever met Sheldon Magner through mutual friends on Election Day in 2008. He proposed the day after Christmas in 2009 by waking her at 6:30 a.m. saying he couldn’t wait any longer to present her with his mother’s engagement ring. He had already asked her father Jim’s permission, and the rest of the family was in on the secret. When she ran through the house shouting, “I’m engaged,” they all responded, “We already know!” They married in August at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., during a festive weekend of activities including lawn games, horseback riding, trap shooting, Southern buffets and bluegrass music. “Planning and executing a weekend-long destina-

tion wedding was a huge collaborative undertaking, particularly since Sheldon and I lived 3,000 miles away in Malibu,” said Lindsey. “I need to give special credit to my sister and maid-of-honor, Jamie Kever, Karen Kaforey of Signature Events, and my mother, Erica Kever,  whose generosity of time and spirit made my dream weekend possible.” For the hillside ceremony, the couple, with the help of their officiant and family friend Christopher Harris, wrote everything, including their vows and ring exchange statements. They also wrote and read love letters to one another during the ceremony. “It was important to us that the ceremony be non-traditional but still feel spiritual and sacred,” said Lindsey.

The reception began with cocktails in the wine cellar followed by a four-course seated dinner, featuring a selection of bacon-wrapped quail, New York strip steak or sea bass. After dinner, everyone moved out to a tent for dancing to the music of Burning Las Vegas until 2 a.m. Lindsey attended Harding Academy, University School of Nashville and Georgetown University and is a graduate of The College of William and Mary. Sheldon is a graduate of University of California at Santa Barbara, The Brooks Institute and the EMT School at UCLA. The couple recently moved to Nashville, purchasing a house in Green Hills, to be near family. Sandy Nelson

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Margot’s winter white plate Winter fresh veggies



efore all the mustaches moved to town, a pioneering chef named Margot McCormack opened a cozy little restaurant in Five Points, serving comforting Southern French and Italian peasant dishes. Thirteen years ago, Margot Café was pretty much the only reason anyone crossed over the Cumberland for a meal. Today, she’s the grande dame of trendy East Nashville in a corral of pig tattoos. Who knew!?! The menus at Margot Café and its nearby European-style café sister, Marché Artisan Foods, present straightforward, thoughtful seasonal cooking. Encouraged by vegetarian members of the team, Margot makes a point to always offer a meatless entrée, featuring local produce and interesting grains, like the crowd pleasing Winter White Plate. Great for cold weather, creamy, rich Tennessee polenta is topped with oven-roasted cauliflower, crumbled Gorgonzola, toasted hazelnuts and a parsley or fresh herb garnish. It’s a great recipe for home cooks as a meatless entrée or as a hearty side to a winter braise, oven roast chicken or simply grilled meats. Chef Margot sources her stone-ground polenta and grits, rich with deep whole corn flavor, from Falls Mill in Belvidere, Tenn., and they are for sale at Marché Artisan Foods. She advises to cook the Tennessee polenta low and slow, at least an hour, unlike the quick cooking polenta most of us will find in the supermarket. She also urges home cooks to take care cutting the cauliflower into attractive florets, not rough chopped pieces, and opt for a chunk of Parm and grate it yourself.

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1 cup polenta, whole grain stoneground, if possible About 1 cup cream (half and half to heavy, you choose) ¼ cup butter (½ stick) ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper, to taste

1 large head cauliflower Olive oil 2 to 4 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola or other blue cheese About ½ cup toasted hazelnuts or walnuts, coarsely chopped Chopped fresh parsley

Cook the polenta according to the package directions substituting cream for about ¼ of the water. Cook until creamy and smooth, stirring frequently. Stir in the butter and Parmesan cheese. Add salt, to taste. Keep warm on the stove. While the polenta cooks, heat the oven to 450° F. Cut the cauliflower into bite-size florets. Spread them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast the cauliflower about 30 minutes or until tender, but not mushy, with nicely browned edges. To serve, plate individual servings by spooning the polenta into a bowl. Top with cauliflower. Sprinkle with Gorgonzola, nuts and parsley. Or, serve family-style, plating all the components as above on a large platter. Makes 4 main or 6 side servings. r.b. Quinn and mindy merrell

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Attitude feAturing SugAr + the hi-LowS: Photo by tec PetAjA


Attitude Three masterful Nashville Ballet choreographers team up with Sugar + the Hi-Lows to create an evening of unforgettable art, contemporary dance and live music. February 14-16. Tickets $28-65. James K. Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick Street, 782-4000, Citizen Twain

Of Things to Come

Val Kilmer takes on the legendary Mark Twain for one night only at the Ryman. February 7. Tickets $57-152. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Avenue North, 8893060,

Preview a selection of the artists and projects planned at the Arts Company for this year. Through February 21. Gratis. The Arts Company, 215 Fifth Avenue North, 254-2040,

Kristin Llamas: The Socratic Dialogues

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The contemporary artist’s large paintings represent the public’s responses to a series of questions once posed by Socrates defining beauty, justice and courage. Through February 8. Tickets $4-6. Parthenon, 2600 West End Avenue, 862-8431,

Ghost: The Musical

Artist Mark Rothko faces opposition from his protégé in this 2010 Tony Award winner. February 13-March 1. Tickets $2547.50. Andrew Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick Street, 782-4000,

Tennessee Jack and the Kudzu Vine A local twist on the folktale Jack and the Beanstalk, this family-friendly performance features enormous puppets to bring the land of giants to life. February 15. Tickets $23. James K. Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick Street, 782-4000,

Number the Stars Based on the Newbery Award winning book by Lois Lowry, Annemarie’s tale is one of courage and loyalty amidst the heartbreaking tragedies of World War II. February 20-March 9. Tickets $7-20. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street, 252-4675,

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Experience 5,000 years of Chinese culture with classical dancers, captivating costumes and large animated backdrops. February 22-23. Tickets $52-132. Andrew Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick Street, 782-4000, Journey to the afterlife in this thrilling Broadway adaptation of the Oscar-winning film. February 25-March 2. Tickets $15-70. Andrew Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick Street, 7824000, Photo by joAn MArcuS


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Mixed-media contemporary artist Tom Brydelsky investigates memory, perception and life through his textured encaustic paintings. Through March 15. Gratis. Tinney Contemporary, 237 Fifth Avenue North, 255-7816,

Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan Japanese prints and decorative arts displayed alongside paintings by artists such as Monet show the influence of Eastern culture on Western art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through May 11. Tickets $7-10. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, 244-3340,

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Duck Dynasty: The convert






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ast December, GQ reporter Drew Magary trekked to Louisiana for an audience with Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E’s Duck Dynasty clan. “Out here in these woods, without any cameras around, Phil is free to say what he wants,” wrote Magary. That’s not even close to being right. While there may have been no cameras around, Robertson was facing the most fearsome recording device known to man: a liberal reporter from a national publication. The rest is Duck Dynasty history. First, Phil declared gays the frontrunners in the sinner’s race. Then he claimed black folks were happier in pre-civil–rights–era Louisiana. Of course, none of this was surprising coming from the leader of a family of countrified evangelicals all decked out in full beards and head–to–toe camo. The only thing new about this was Robertson’s crude riff on the relative desirability of a woman’s front parts versus a man’s rear parts. [He didn’t address lesbian parts.] This in a magazine that may have a gay reader or two. It caused quite a stir. Yawn. The thing that struck me about the article was not Robertson’s totally predictable takes on this and that— heard it a thousand times before—but rather how much Magary was concerned with what this gay-bashing, Bible-thumping blowhard thought of him. It began with a macho challenge. Seems there were seat belts in Phil’s “camo-painted ATV…but it doesn’t look like they’ve ever been used,” reported Magary. (That’s not macho. That’s stupid.) So Magary decides he won’t wear one, “because I don’t want Phil to think I’m a [sissy].” Oh for God’s sake. Who cares if a gay-bashing, Bible-thumping blowhard thinks you’re a sissy? “That’ll bury up in you and keep you dead,” said Phil of a four-bladed arrow loaded in the “huge” cross bow sitting on the dash of the ATV.

Graphic enough? I haven’t heard this level of macho rhetoric since Hulk Hogan wrestled his way to notoriety. Later, when Magary pantomimes turning the crossbow on Phil, “[Phil] laughs and pats his pants leg: ‘That’s why I keep an extra sidearm here.’” It’s the old pistol-in-the-pants trick. To me, Robertson sounds like some cockamamie character off The Andy Griffith Show before Sheriff Taylor reins him in. Again, why should we care what this gay-bashing, Biblethumping blowhard thinks about anything, let alone celebrate him as some kind of backwoods icon? Because he’s a likeable guy, reports Magary. Phil is a “welcoming and gracious” host, Magary writes, who “preaches the gospel of the outdoors and, to my great envy [emphasis added], practices what he preaches.” So Drew Magary, a reporter from GQ, envies Phil. “I shouldn’t be sitting around the house and bitching,” writes Magary, “I should be out here, dammit! Killing things and growing things and bringing dead things home to cook! There is a life out here that I am too chickenshit to lead....I feel both inadequate and ungrateful.” Are you kidding me? Magary goes on to describe the Robertson family as “ideal Christian icons”—Not. Ideal Christians are neither homophobic, nor racist—“beloved for staking out a bit of holy ground within the mostly secular, often downright sinful, pop culture of America.” While Magary admits Phil might be a little over the top, he lets it pass. “I’m a guest in his house and he is my welcoming host, so I smile politely and nod like the milquetoast suburban WASP that I am.” Oh, I think it’s worse than that. From all indications, Magary went to Louisiana a liberal and returned a convert. To what I don’t know. Note to Drew: might be time to reread Heart of Darkness.

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Walking into the past


ast Sunday, my dog Arthur and I went for a walk in City Cemetery. I often observe the Sabbath this way, forgoing the solace of Scripture for the solace of the past. The cemetery was established as a public burying ground in 1822, so its limestone walls embrace a lot of history. When Arthur and I arrive, ca. 8 a.m., we’re usually the only ones among the living, and the ambience is peaceful, almost prayerful. Occasionally a member of Metro’s park police will cruise through, checking for acts of vandalism, I presume, and that dog is firmly attached to leash—although the permanent residents are way beyond leash laws. But most of the time Arthur is a solitary sniffer, and I commune only with the dead. There are about 20,000 of them in City Cemetery’s 27 acres and they’re a diverse crowd: politicians and merchant princes, whites and blacks, educators and warriors. Interred are many of Nashville’s “firsts”: first settlers James and Charlotte Robertson, the city’s “First Lady Schoolteacher” and “First White Male Child.” Two of the original Jubilee singers are here, their graves marked each fall by magnolia leaf wreaths trimmed with purple ribbon. So is Confederate General Richard Ewell, who fought at Lee’s side, most notably at Gettysburg, to keep them enslaved. Some of the more affluent have personalized monuments. The obelisk of Robert Baxter features a carv-

ing of his Tennessee Iron Works. The palmetto of their native South Carolina is inscribed on the pier of Henry and Septima Sexta Middleton Rutledge, who lived on the hill that still bears their name. Fading inscriptions on tombstone after tombstone record the frailty of women in the 19th century. Ann Rawlins Sanders and Mary Brown Winbourn died at 21, Mary Macon Cannon Bryan and Lydia Jewett at 24, Virginia Randall Tite at 26, Sarah Ann Gray Walker at 28, to name a


few. Louisa Gordon Zollicoffer survived to age 38, but it’s hard to know how. According to Carole Bucy and Carol Kaplan in The Nashville City Cemetery, Louisa died after the birth of her sixth living daughter, having already buried seven other children as infants. I’m grateful that as a woman of the 20th and 21st centuries, I’ve not been subject to the same bitter logic. I’m also grateful for City Cemetery, a place of respite from the relentless present, offering me the broader perspective of almost 200 years of history set in stone. In this context, the frustrations and failures, anxieties and angers that periodically plague me subside into dust.

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Christine Kreyling writes about architecture, urban and interior design, with the occasional detour into narratives about her dogs and cats. She’s the author of several books about Nashville’s architectural and planning history, but is most widely known as the oldest living writer for the Nashville Scene.

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City living 10.09.13



F or the Nashville Civic Design Center’s annual meeting and luncheon, co-chairs R ick Bernhardt and R obert Murphey brought A rthur Nelson to serve as the keynote speaker. More than 450 people attended the luncheon at the downtown Hilton to hear about development changes and trends in Nashville and Middle Tennessee and living The Plan of Nashville in support of the Nashville Design Center.


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Laugh and lunch 10.09.13 The Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville had a successful eighth annual Patrons luncheon downtown at the R enaissance Hotel, raising more than $250,000 to help medical patients during their stay at local hospitals. Co-chairs Laurie and Jim Seabury and Sharalena and Dick Miller brought comedian Dennis R egan to entertain luncheon attendees. The A yers F oundation, Earl Swensson A ssociates, Inc. and Vanderbilt U niversity Medical Center served as the presenting sponsors.



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1. Julie Caldwell, Misty White, Wendy Estopinal, Marcel Estopinal 2. Ashley Heeren, Steve Penley, Vickie Merta, Sylvia Roberts, Ian Craig 3. Michael and Lisa Moschel 4. Katherine Miller, Liesel Meyer 5. Abby Slagle, Melissa Frist by Elizabeth Leader photographs by Brooke rainey

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Making a list 11.14.13


We love sneaking a peek at anything, especially the Nashville Pi Beta Phi A lumnae Club’s Christmas Village. The 53rd annual holiday shopping extravaganza took over the Tennessee State F airgrounds once again, filling six buildings with art, bath and beauty products, clothing and accessories, home and garden décor, food, jewelry and gifts. We saw a bunch of ladies— and a few tolerant gentlemen—shopping ‘til they dropped.


1. Hilary Cripps, Hope Tenpenny, Virginia Howell 2. Kim Brannon, Ami Kase, Melissa Carlson, Kristi Weiner, Linda Hart 3. Kimberly Mote, Laurie Smith 4. Co-chairs Beth Johnson and Holly Farley 5. Sarah Eaves, Jacqueline Safstrom 4


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Merry and bright 12.21.13 “Give Big, Live Big” was the theme of the 11th annual Winter Party benefiting Second Harvest F ood Bank, and everyone was willing to show their generosity this season by giving to the cause. Guests R SVPed to the party by making a donation to Second Harvest and were entertained by DJ Brent Elliot once they arrived, who made a champagne toast in addition to providing the music for the evening.




1. Jessica Kinnard, Emma Harwell, Ashton Alexander 2. Clayton and Jessie Cook 3. Phil Warren, Katie Kergosien 4. Brian Cook, Haden Wiley, Elizabeth Bradbury, John Rader 5.Lee White, Amy Bowers, Katy Bowers, Charles Webb

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The W.O. Smith Junior A dvisory Board and the Phoenix Club ignited the night at the second annual F ire Ball New Year’s Eve party. Edley’s and McDougal’s prepared hors d’œuvres before Puckett’s presented their midnight breakfast buffet. Between the Whisper Creek Whisper Wagon’s hot chocolate and coffee and Prichard’s Distillery’s cocktails, everyone was able to toast the New Year and support the W.O. Smith Music School and the Phoenix Club at the same time. 1. Michele Keith, Daniel Campbell 2. Chairman Ryan and Katherine Moses 3. Abby Berren, Ben Bridell 4. Lauren McKinney, Lauren Sikes, Elizabeth Bradbury, Christina Barnes 5. Kaitlin Littman, Alison Reside, Hannah Reside by Elizabeth Leader photographs by Eric england

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What: Unleashed: Dinner with Your Dog For: Nashville Humane Association When: Sat., Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m. Where: Hutton Hotel Tariff: $85 per person info: What: GnashVegas Casino Night For: Predators Foundation When: Tues., Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m. Where: Bridgestone Arena Tariff: $200 per person info: What: Antiques and Garden Show Preview Party For: Cheekwood and ECON When: Thurs., Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m. Where: Music City Center Tariff: $200 per person info: What: Scholar-Sips For: Vanderbilt Woman’s Club When: Fri., Feb. 7, 4:30 p.m. Where: Vanderbilt University Central Library Tariff: $40 per person info: What: Antiques and Garden Show For: Cheekwood and ECON When: Feb. 7-9 Where: Music City Center Tariff: $15 per run of show ticket info: What: Winter Lights For: Family and Children’s Service When: Sat., Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. Where: OZ Nashville Tariff: $200 per person info: winterlights2014


What: Pink Tie Guys For: Susan G. Komen of Nashville When: Thurs., Feb. 20, 6 p.m. Where: Jonathan’s Green Hills Tariff: $75 per person info:




What: Three Blind Vines For: Heritage Foundation When: Fri., Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m. Where: Factory at Franklin Tariff: $35 per person info:

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What: Music City Mardi Gras For: Lisa Ross Parker Foundation When: Fri., Feb. 21, 7 p.m. Where: Vandy Student Center Tariff: $30 in advance info: What: Pairings For: Nashville Wine Auction When: Fri., Feb. 21, 7 p.m. Where: Citizen and The Rosewall Tariff: $200 per person info:

22What: Pairings Vintner Showcase and Auction For: Nashville Wine Auction When: Sat., Feb. 22, 1 p.m. Where: The Factory at Franklin Tariff: $125 per person info:


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What: Heart Gala For: American Heart Association When: Sat., Feb. 1, 6 p.m. Where: Schermerhorn Symphony Center Tariff: $75 per late party info:

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To all a good night Circa 1992


ince 1985, Daystar Counseling Ministries has provided the opportunity for kids and adults alike to receive counseling and has helped countless Nashvillians during individual and group sessions. Every winter, Evening in December continues to benefit Daystar and all of the care they provide for the local community. The annual dinner, which recently celebrated its 24th anniversary, has evolved into a heartfelt night that brings the crowd together through testimonies by Daystar clients, song and holiday spirit. Each evening has had its own share of musical entertainers to wow the crowd, and from the Fisk Jubilee Singers to Martina McBride, we can’t wait to see who serenades us next year for their 25th celebration. This photo from The Glory Bugles’ performance in the ’90s captures the fun of the night and shows that garland, wreaths and ornaments are not only used for decorations on the mantel, but as a festive way to complete to your holiday outfit, too.

Left to Right, The Glory Bugles and Fisk Jubilee Singers perform at Evening in December

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Nfocus February 2014  

Best Parties of 2013 The Real Countess of Downtown Abbey A Better You in the New Year

Nfocus February 2014  

Best Parties of 2013 The Real Countess of Downtown Abbey A Better You in the New Year