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No-Fuss Holiday Entertaining

Heritage Ball, Authors in the Round, River Swing, Dinner on the Bridge, Music City Food + Wine

In Perfect Harmony Symphony Ball prepares for 30th anniversary

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Contents November 2014 | Vol. xxi, No. 11



It city


For the girls


A perpetual feast


Celebrating Nashville with Second Harvest Food Bank

Lee Ann Womack shines at the Girl Scouts Luncheon

Culinary delights abound at Signature Chefs event for March of Dimes

Too close to home End Slavery Tennessee seeks to end human trafficking


Time, talent and treasure


Supper under the stars


Guitars and gilt


The swing of things


Take it off


Fun for the whole family

Female philanthropists band together at the Tiffany Circle Luncheon

A memorable dinner with friends at Nfocus Alfresco

Music and Masterpieces brings awareness to childhood disease

A record-setting year at River Swing

Unmasking cancer one work of art at a time


A heroine’s journey YWCA honors six leaders at Academy for Women of Achievement


Bridge builders


Wise through reflection


Back for seconds


Beyond words


Back in time

Celebrating an extraordinary year for Greenways for Nashville

The Council on Aging honors community volunteers at the Sage Awards

Horticultural Society hosts its second Fall Harvest Dinner at Cheekwood

Readers and writers unite at Authors in the Round

The Heritage Ball honors the Battle of Franklin’s sesquicentennial


8 In our words Time flies 10 Behind the scenes Recovering beauty—The Pink Chapter, Tina Adams and Deidre DeFelice 14





Open doors




Taking vows

News, rumors & propaganda

City Winery, Blushing Berry, Juice Bar and more

New shops, restaurants and trunk shows

Latest Nashville weddings



Tips from the pros Music City Food + Wine Festival offers a taste of Nashville




In Perfect Harmony


Deconstructing the dish: Cheater Chef


No-Fuss Holiday Entertaining


Arts and galleries




Match game





On the circuit



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Symphony Ball celebrates pearl anniversary with 30th annual event

Eliminate stress from the guest list

Kicking off autumn at Cheekwood’s new family fundraiser


Symphony Ball co-chairs Karlen Garrard and Anne Maradik photographed at Schermerhorn Symphony Center by Michael W. Bunch. For more information on the 30th annual Symphony Ball, check out our In Perfect Harmony feature beginning on page 70.

Snow vows


Breakfast in a bag

Upcoming performing and visual arts

Happy meal

Girl talk

Human voices

The heart of the social season

Calendar of November events

Days gone by

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Time flies Staying busy and having fun


’m not entirely sure when it happened, but here we are, smack dab in the middle of fall. The days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler, the trees are displaying the slightest bursts of color and I’ve got the holidays on my mind. This time of year is always hectic and seems to pass in the blink of an eye, but it’s still my favorite. It will always be my favorite. We’ve had our fair share of hectic and busy around the Nfocus offices lately, as I’m sure you can relate. Our social calendars have been teeming with parties of all shapes and sizes—The Heritage Ball, River Swing, Authors in the Round. When it comes to fall events, there’s something for everyone (and on every night of the week!). One of our favorite soirées is yet to come and it’s celebrating a milestone this year. The Symphony Ball is turning

30 this December, and co-chairs Karlen Garrard and Anne Maradik have some fun surprises in store. Flip to page 70 to read about the gala’s three-decade history and get a sneak peek at what to expect this year. If you’re planning a party on a smaller scale this season, be sure to read our tips for No-Fuss Holiday Entertaining on page 78. Somehow in the midst of our packed schedules, Abby White and I found time to make our stage debut with the Nashville Opera. We were honored to be supernumeraries in La Bohème—complete with fabulous costumes and giant wigs—at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Read about our experience on page 82. And if you were at the show, be grateful they didn’t let us sing! Our schedules were just a little too full for us to find time for vocal coaching. Maybe next year. NaNcy Floyd

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ast October, wardrobe consultant Tina Adams made a bold decision. Due to family history, her risk of getting breast cancer was nearly 90 percent by the time she hit 40. So when one of her scans showed suspicious changes, she and her doctors decided that she should get a double mastectomy. While the procedure was a relief for Tina, it was also a difficult decision with dramatic physical, and therefore emotional, effects. She spent the recovery cloaked in bandages, wearing loose clothing, and unable to lift her arms to perform simple tasks like washing her hair. Once she had healed, all of her clothes fit differently. Even as a wardrobe consultant, Tina had trouble figuring out what to wear post-surgery, and it took a real toll on her self-confidence. During her recovery, hair and makeup artist Deidre DeFelice often washed and styled her hair, which made a huge impact on Tina’s emotional well-being. She realized that even little things like putting on makeup could make a difference in the way she felt. So in honor of breast cancer awareness month, Tina and

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e were thrilled when we found out that OZ would host The Actors’ Gang—including their Academy Award-winning founder and director, Tim Robbins—for a late summer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We were even more thrilled to attend an intimate fundraising reception before the closing performance, where the Gang gloriously deconstructed the fourth wall, inviting the audience on an incredible theatrical journey. At the reception, guests enjoyed food by James Beard nominated chef Dale Levitski (whom you may recognize from Top Chef or from his current gig as Sinema’s Executive Chef), setting the stage for a beautiful evening. After an intro from OZ’s Lauren Snelling, Tim Robbins shared his story of starting The Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles, joking that he realized a job in show business would support his theater career better than a job as a pizza delivery boy. But in all seriousness, he thanked the crowd for understanding the importance of sup-

transformed to resemble 1960s Madison Avenue. Guests arrived to the red carpet—gamely dressed to the nines in the requested attire of ‘60s chic—

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before partaking in a decadent cocktail hour. While enjoying passed appetizers, martinis and fake cigarettes (hey, it’s the ’60s!), a live jazz band entertained the crowd, coaxing our favorite dancing duo, Owen and Amy Joyner, out on the dance floor with the song “Wipeout.” Next on the agenda was a four-course meal featuring roasted butternut squash soup, iceberg wedge salad, three cheese and sundried tomatostuffed chicken with roasted asparagus and tricolor fingerling potatoes, capped with a teardrop mousse cake with raspberry drizzle. Fortunately, people didn’t eat Tim Ozgener, Tim Robbins, Cano Ozgener, too much to enDale Levitski, Sam Reed joy some postdinner dancing. porting theater in their community, And we caught many a well-heeled calling OZ an oasis, and shared how guest cutting a rug, including Larry much he loved walking through the and Sandra Lipman, Rick and Vicki doors to see so much art displayed on Horne, Wes and Karen Brown, Sue the walls, noting that “art can transMendes, Kira Hilley, Cara Schneider, form lives.” The lucky group—which Joe Barker, Paul Vasterling and Jason included Cano Ozgener, Tim OzFacio, Laurie Eskind and our Model gener, Aylin Ozgener, Scott Hethcox, Behavior honoree and Opera board Stacy Widelitz, Beth Curley, Jim Seamember, the lovely Cara Jackson. bury, Kevin Crumbo, Jerry Johnson and Sam Reed—couldn’t agree more.

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rom the moment we received the swanky invitations—complete with gleaming highball glasses and a pop-up Empire State Building with an olive on top—we knew we were in for a fun evening for the Nashville Opera’s reprise of A Mad Men Affair. Dubbed “Mad Again,” this year’s event was once again generously hosted by Joy and J.R. Roper in Lexus of Nashville’s dashing downtown showroom,

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he Vanderbilt Women’s Club hosted their Opening Garden Tea, where Vanderbilt first lady Lydia Howarth welcomed the new academic year among more than 100 club members. In addition to honoring the VWC’s life members, the event also served as the opportunity to introduce the new scholarship students. The VWC’s speaker for the occasion was Robert Early, executive associate vice chancellor and counselor to the chancellor for development and alumni relations at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt Catering pro-

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Gallagher were actually referring to the nationally recognized guests who will be headlining the event. More than 100 excited committee members flowed into host Kathy Rolfe’s beautiful Jackson Boulevard home to hear plans for this year’s show. Betsy Wilt co-hosted the morning gathering. They are just two of the many past chairs who continue to volunteer year after year. And Betsy has special reason to stay involved this year: Julie is her sister! The show will truly be a starstudded event. Diane Keaton will give the keynote lecture. The actress, author and style icon will follow with a book signing for her architecture book, House. She will also receive an award from Cheekwood for her ongoing efforts in historic restoration. Kae told the group, “She epitomizes the art of stylish living, which is what the show is about.” Kreis Beall of Blackberry Farm, Garden & Gun’s Rebecca Darwin and designer Suzanne Kasler round out the all-star lineup, sharing their views on Southern style. Stylish committee members in the room included Steve Sirls, Jane Sloan, Katherine Beasley, Susan Chapman, Lucie Carroll, Nancy Deaton, Elaine Sullivan, Sandi Sangervasi, Mary Jo Shankle, Kate Ezell, Elizabeth Papel, Donna Dalton and Nina Davidson.

vided a vast array of options, including mini caprese salad, toasted brioche with spiced pimento cheese, sweet tea and buttermilk brined chicken salad, open-faced shrimp salad with micro greens, BLT canapés on toasted baguettes, smoked salmon skewers, and a variety of miniature tea pastries and tarts. Among the ladies who lunched were Sheila Jensen, Margaret Norris, Lisa LeMaster, Rosemary Worley, Maisie Roden, Joan Harshman,

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n celebration of the upcoming Literary Award Gala, a group of die-hard bookworms—including Anne Davis and Karl Dean, Beth Alexander, Todd Bottorff, Mary Barfield, Tari Hughes, Sinclair Kelly, Claudia Schenck, Elizabeth Sherrard and Amanda Tate— gathered at Clay and Cathy Jackson’s beautiful home for a kick-off cocktail reception. This year’s Gala chairs, Corinne Kidd and Keith Meacham, were excited to share details about the event with the group of volunteers, committee members and underwriters. Keith noted how thrilled she was to be more involved with the Nashville Public Library, an institution she praised for opening its doors to everyone, and Corinne reminded the group that the goal of the Gala is to preserve the legacy of our public library while bringing new friends and supporters to the circle. As the crowd enjoyed passed appetizers by Kristen Winston, Corinne and Keith revealed this year’s Literary Award recipient: attorney and bestselling author Scott Turow. Keith and Corinne explained the courtroom-drama theme of the Gala, in accordance with the author’s popularity in the legal thriller genre, which also explained the playful display on the Jacksons’ dining room table, which was filled with evidence bags, yellow crime scene tape, bullets and handcuffs. But the true star of the party was Margaret Ann Robinson, who everyone wanted to say hello to before they left for the evening. continued on page 16

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and Jim Seabury. The clever cochairs are keeping other plans for the 30th anniversary celebration under wraps. Discussing their favorite Faith and Tim numbers were Betsy Wills, Annette Eskind, David and Melissa Mahanes, Anne Russell, Kaki Pulliam, Mindy and Boyd Jacoway, Elaine Sullivan, Eleanor Willis and last year’s cochairs Jane Anne Pilkinton and Jennifer Puryear.

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n a recent fall evening, the Symphony Ball committee and past ball chairs convened at Ben and Mary Gambill’s home to hear plans for the upcoming 30th anniversary of the white-tie soirée. Co-chairs Anne Maradik and Karlen Garrard waited in the foyer to welcome eager attendees. A quartet from the Symphony entertained on the terrace while committee members mingled, sipping wine and sparkling rosé and anxiously awaiting news about the highly anticipated event. Martha Stamps, Mary’s sister and talented caterer, created the delicious hors d’œuvres passed by her capable crew. When the music stopped, so did the conversation as Anne and Karlen addressed the crowd. Of course, the big news of the night was the announcement that Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will receive the 2014 Harmony Award. “They told us go big; this is a big year. So we did,” said Karlen. Symphony president and CEO Alan Valentine told the crowd, “We are thrilled to honor these outstanding artists with this award.” Other big news for the big year: Amy Grant and Vince Gill will open their home for the Patrons Party, with additional co-hosts Julie and Frank Boehm, Barbara and Jack Bovender, Karen and Bruce Moore and Laurie




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ore than 200 Tennessee Repertory Theatre supporters, including many actors in costume, attended a combined party/press conference at the trendy Emma bistro cafe in the au courant trolley barns downtown. Word had spread that there would be a very big announcement about a major change at the Rep, and you could just feel the anticipation building in the room. That shared enthusiasm was evident

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as guests chatted with each other while enjoying libations and heavy hors d’œuvres from Bacon & Caviar Catering. Promptly at 6:30 p.m., as promised, Tennessee Rep Board chair Vicki Horne welcomed everyone to Emma, stating, “We’re the cool kids in town, so we had to pick a cool venue.” Cool, indeed, was a performance from 2014 season opener, Sweeney Todd. Vicki then introduced producing artistic director René Copeland who announced that Tennessee Rep would now become Nashville Repertory Theatre. The room seemed to explode with applause. “Tonight we celebrate 30 years of live theatre, a city that is our home, and we celebrate our future. This is one of the most important days in our history,” exclaimed René. Next, Martha Ingram delighted the crowd with 30 years worth of anecdotes including the night Mac Pirkle came to her door with the idea of nonprofit professional theatre in Nashville. “Sometimes I look back and wonder how I was so crazy to get involved,” Martha laughed. “I am so glad I did!” The accontinued on page 19

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clamation for the two co-founders brought down the house. Paula Roberts, president of the board of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, and Megan Barry, Metro Council member at large, concluded the program by acknowledging the 30-year history of this successful endeavor and anticipating the next three decades. As Megan stated, “Nashville Repertory Theatre, well played!” Some of those spotted mixing and mingling were Pat Patrick, Patrick Waller, Owen Kelly, Lolita Toney, Eleanor Whitworth, Bennett Tarleton, Sandy Spitz, Sally Levine, Chip Arnold, David and Lois Riggins Ezzell, Ed Benson, Steven Lorenz, Hannah Schmidt, Marquis Miller and Lily Parker.

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hen Marci Houff, a six-year survivor of ovarian cancer, moved to Nashville, she quickly discovered there was a need for ovarian cancer awareness among women in Music City. She immediately hooked up with the folks at Gilda’s Club and a new benefit was born, Chic Awearness: Fun, Fashion and Friends! The second annual event was held again at Elan Hair and Skin,

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he Council on Aging of Greater Nashville celebrated their Sage Award honorees at a Patrons Reception at the Omni Hotel. While the 23rd annual awards luncheon gives participants a chance to know more about the outstanding contributions to Middle Tennessee these mature adults have made throughout Chair Marci and Stephen Houff their lives, the Patrons Party had a fun, epicurean edge to it. The cocktail right in the heart of Green Hills. With reception had two food stations: one shampoo bowls used as wine coolserving the favorite  fare of  historical ers and the stylists’ chairs removed, preservationist  May Dean Eberling, there was plenty of room for more and the other reflecting the preferred than 200 guests who arrived to show provisions of Sharon Hurt, the drivtheir support. ing force in the redevelopment of JefMarci’s enthusiasm for the cause is ferson Street. The passed appetizers clearly contagious. She was able to rewere the choice cuisine of community cruit a slew of generous sponsors and volunteers, Jim and Hilda McGregor. donors such as U.S. Trust, The Wine Of special note was Mary Chap, DJ Ron, Levy’s and Kalamatas. Churchwell’s designation as HonorServers passed never-ending platary Chair. Mary has served on the ters of tomatoes stuffed with salmon, board of COA for several years and chicken skewers, hummus, baklava, taught for 29 years in the Nashville Spanakopita and teal butterfly cakes. Metropolitan Public School  System. Teal is the signature color for ovarian cancer awareness, and the butterfly is the symbol. Phillipe Chadwick designed beautiful arrangements and hung butterfly mobiles from the ceiling. Models, all with a connection to ovarian cancer, wore the latest fall fashions from Levy’s. The fashion show circled throughout the entire salon— there wasn’t a bad seat in the house! Some of those spotted mixing and mingling were Marci’s proud husband, Stephen Houff, Anne Ruark, Chase Hilda and Jim McGregor, Janet Jernigan, Mercedes Lytle Cole, Amy Marsalis Simpkins, Kathleen Estes, Nancy Russell, Sloan Shell, This mother of five and proud grandDenise Downey and Dalena Berrett. mother of a dozen grandchildren has not slowed down one bit as an avid community volunteer and certainly hat better way to welcome fall knew how to work the room at the than with a wine tasting? The Patrons Party. It was evident that National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Mary had never met a person she Mid South chapter hosted a thirsty didn’t like, and the feeling that night crowd for Fall Crush, their fun annual was mutual. event. Patrons enjoyed a swanky re  Some of those in attendance ception at private club Citizen before were Lin and Bill Andrews, Nichomoving next door to The Rosewall, las Bailey, Claudia and Gordon where they joined attendees for a Bonnyman, Paulette Coleman,

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ood-natured paella chefs Fernando Arguello, Jose Gonzalez, Pepe Nunez, Alphonso Nieto and John Tighe arrived in the courtyard of Casa Azafrán with paella pans and plenty of rice for a showdown of family recipes and regional traditions as intense as any barbecue rivalry. Seafood versus terrestrial meats. Artichokes versus olives. These were just some of the delicious culinary grudges that emerged over the open fires at the inaugural Battle of the Paellas benefiting Conexión Américas. Paella was a particularly apropos subject, since it features saffron—azafrán, in Spanish—the spice that gives its name to Casa Azafrán, the gleaming global community center on Nolensville Road that houses Conexión Américas. Judges Demetria Kalodimos, Brenda Wynn and Sherry Deutschmann awarded first place to Pepe and wife Yvette for a Spanishinfluenced medley with beef stock and artichokes. Meanwhile, Jose

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won the people’s choice for his pan loaded with mussels and shrimp— not to mention his award-winning, if tongue-in-cheek, trash talk. There was hardly a grain of saffron rice left by the time the dancing started, but a few minutes on the dance floor got the crowd ready for flan and another round of sangria. If clean plates are signs of success, then Battle of Paellas is destined to become an annual event. Sampling the saffronscented bounty were Judy and Kelly Wright, Katie Greenebaum, Ann Shayne, Gini Pupo-Walker, Carrie Weir, Renata Soto and Pete Wooten, Adriana Bialostozky and David Parra, and Tory and Will Fitzgibbon.

Creating opportunities


veryone looks for ways to express their creative side. Some do it for fun, while others make it their livelihood. Poverty and the Arts was founded in 2011 as a means to empower homeless individuals to generate income and find meaning and purpose through artistic endeavors. One way the organization accomplishes this is through the Homeless Artist program, which was recently celebrated with an exhibition at abrasiveMedia. It was a perfect match, as aM facilitates and advocates for artists while building relationships in the artistic community. The exhibition featured the works of three artists who participated in this year’s Adopt a Homeless Artist program. Kateri Pomeroy is an abstract artist whose love for bold colors and unique shapes is revealed in pastels, acrylics and pen and ink. Sam Fulks uses clay and wood in sculptures of all sizes while Anthony Carpenter works mainly with acrylics and repurposed wood. Guests considered which pieces to buy while sipping wine and enjoying music by the Bill Alexson Trio. Others pondered over the silent auction items, many donated by Nashville’s artistic community like Nashville Ballet and our Symphony. There was also a drawing for an abstract pastel by Kateri. Jamie King was the lucky winner! This evening highlighted visual art, but Poverty and the Arts also hosts events that encourage the homeless to express themselves through writing, theatre and music, as well, continued on page 22

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conversations, including the quote from an unidentified die-hard volunteer who deadpanned, “This was supposed to be an internship, and here I am 17 years later.” And here we are, in 2014, celebrating the many people who open their hearts—and, just as often, their wallets and their front doors—to fund the programs that make Tennessee a great place to live.

The army marches on

t the Center for Nonprofit Management’s annual Salute to Excellence Awards at the Renaissance he fall social season is in full force Hotel, more than 1,100 community and a plethora of committee kickleaders gathered to celebrate those offs have already been held to start who embody the spirit of giving and the philanthropic efforts for the variearn us our reputation as the Volunous nonprofits in our fair city. One of teer State. the country’s oldest and most sucWeaving our way through the cessful events held each year is The crowd—which included Larry Papel, Swan Ball, which benefits nationally Wearen Hughes, Jim Ramsey, Julie renowned Cheekwood. Gillen, Charles Stewart, Laurie DaThe Swan Ball 2015 Committee vis, Tim O’Brien, Brian Williams, Kick-off was held recently on an abMatthew Bourlakas, Jackie Arnold, Kate Dageforde, Charlie Hartig, Sue Fort White, Kasey Anderson, Jim Ramsey, Casey Summar, Thor Urness, Tiffany Dobson and Nancy DeKalb—we saw many shining stars representing all areas of Middle Tennessee’s philanthropic pantheon. Over a dinner of citrus-brined chicken with tarragon cream, mashed sweet potatoes and a baby bean blend, attendees cheered on the evening’s award winners, including the Nashville Film Festival, Tennessee Foreign Language Institute’s ESL to Go, Bethlehem Co-chairs Kathleen Estes Centers of Nashville, Soles4Souls, and Barby White Nashville CARES, End Slavery Tennessee, Nashville Food Project and solutely gorgeous fall day at the home Adventure Science Center. Individual of Kathleen Estes, who is chairing winners included the late beloved this year’s ball with Barby White. Carl Carlson (Men of Valor), James This lovely luncheon served as a Johnson (Room In the Inn), Suzanne chance for the vast army of Swan Ball Harrison (CASA) and Phillip Many volunteers to pick up their packets. (YWCA). “We talked about having a program Throughout the evening, we also and welcoming our committee but overheard some pretty entertaining decided against it. They know exactly what to do. They don’t need us to tell them!” laughed Barby. Indeed, she was spot-on. After a short mix and mingle, these worker bees made their way around the dining room table loaded with goodies from the The Picnic and ended up in sundry locations throughout the house Sue Fort White, Kasey Anderson, making plans with their Jim Ramsey various groups. Make no


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mistake about it: this group is a welloiled machine of veteran volunteers. Some of those spotted munching on tea sandwiches and canapés were Auction co-chairs Cathy East and Carolyn Taylor, Grace Clayton, Heidi Rose, Caroline Sloan, Mary Lindley Carswell, Jane MacLeod, Anne Nesbitt, Katie Benson, Sylvia Bradbury, Carole Kirkland, Mary Morgan Ketchel, Elizabeth Nichols and last year’s Swan Ball co-chairs, Peggy Kinnard and Betsy Wilt.

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care. Among those thrilled by Jim’s announcement were HHH Founder Mickey Beazley, Dick and Sharalena Miller, Dan and Lisa Slipkovich, Keith and Leslie Churchwell, Annette Eskind, David Posch, Gordon and Shaun Inman, Bob and Mary Clement, Brenda Corbin, Anona Johnson, Brian Shipp, Leisa Gill and Andrew McDonald.

Moving forward


he Blake McMeans Foundation strives to educate young people about the dangers of drinking and driving and encourages them to make good decisions. Blake, a former tennis champion whose life was forever altered when he was involved in an alcohol-related automobile accident, travels to schools around the country, encouraging children and teenagers to make good choices. Today, in an effort to spearhead prevention initiatives throughout the state, the foundation partners with organizations including the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Tennessee school districts and college cam-

record crowd convened at the Omni for Hospital Hospitality House’s Patrons Luncheon, enjoying an opportunity to celebrate 40 years of serving hospital families in times of need. Co-chairs Jim and Janet Ayers stood well-positioned outside the ballroom to greet the stream of guests arriving at the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Board chair Jim Seabury welcomed attendees as they noshed on a hearty lunch of grilled flat iron steak with blue cheese whipped potatoes and charred broccolini. The clatter of silver stopped as John Lawson gratefully described his family’s eight-month stay at HHH while their 10-year-old daughter, Ella, underwent cancer treatment. America’s Got Talent runner-up Tom Cotter added levity to the day reminding all that laughter is the best medicine with his rapidCo-chairs Callie Shell and Cynthia fire comedy. Arnholt, Blake McMeans, Co-chair Lyndsay Rhodes Not on the program was an astonishing announcement from Jim Ayers. He surpuses and Athens Distributing. The prised everyone, including Janet, by organization held a fundraiser at The revealing, “No one knows this, but I Rosewall to both celebrate the imporam going to build you a new building.” tant work that Blake and the foundaAlthough the Ayers Foundation will tion do and raise more money to keep fund the facility, it will be named in it all going. honor of Wright Pinson, vice chancelGuests had plenty to snack on, lor of health affairs at VUMC and esfrom the slider station offering Yasential HHH supporter. The extraordizoo marinated pork sliders, burgers narily generous gift will allow HHH to or grilled cheese sandwiches to the almost double its current occupancy cavatappi and cheese station, providof 30 families. ing the fanciest mac ’n cheese options Founded in Nashville, HHH is the we’ve ever seen. A live auction temptonly facility accepting adults, famied the crowd with fantastic trips—a lies and children with no time limit week in the south of France, a two-day as long as they are under a doctor’s sailfishing trip in Palm Beach—signed guitars and a custom fire pit. We saw many friends and supporters of the foundation, including Mary Wilson, Beth Alexander, Perian Strang, Leila Hartsfield, Blair Parks, Pat Morel, Jane Corcoran, Graham Young, James Hundley, Abbie Addotta, Erin Addotta, Beth Johnson, Ashley Frist, Sara James, Mackenzie Averbuch, and event chairs Callie Shell, Cynthia Arnholt David Posch, Wright Pinson, Tom and Lyndsay Rhodes. Cotter, Jim Seabury

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A sweet Deal Make your next party a little bit sweeter with treats from Nolensville bakery Blushing Berry. Brazilian mother-daughter duo Regina Pinto and Ana Monnaco started the bakery in Regina’s kitchen a couple of years ago, and demand grew so much that they moved into a storefront this past January. Have them set up a dessert buffet full of truffles and other chocolate treats, or send guests home with a couple of macarons as a favor. Truffles come in flavors like pistachio crème, caramel Himalayan salt and Regina’s favorite, PB&J bursts. If your party has a theme, they will even make confections in fun shapes such as their signature chocolate guitars. They also offer several flavors of cheesecake, which make a perfect dessert for any Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. And there will be plenty of new seasonal items when the holidays roll around. Speaking of holidays, if you have a friend with a sweet tooth (who doesn’t?), you can order an adorable hatbox filled with delectable delights to be delivered anywhere in the country. Go ahead and get your order in; they run out of ingredients fast! You can also head out to the store and fill one up yourself, and you’ll likely get to taste some of the treats while you’re at it. Most months they are open Thursday through Saturday, but in December they will be open every day. Visit their website at to see what else they have to offer.

Wine and Dine Looking for a place to entertain outside of the home? City Winery, Nashville’s newest restaurant and entertainment venue, opened last month in a 30,000-square-foot former warehouse near the Music City Center downtown. It is the franchise’s fourth location, preceded by New York, Chicago and Napa. As the name suggests, the idea behind City Winery is to bring an authentic vineyard experience into an urban setting. The décor is inspired by Italian and Spanish wineries, with steel fermenting tanks, French oak barrels, old brick, large wooden columns and grand archways. The Nashville location is still getting its winery up and running, but it will eventually serve house-made tap wines. In the meantime, wine is shipped in from the New York location, along with a diverse menu of 400 bottled wines from various locations. The restaurant, open every day for dinner, offers a wine-inspired, regionally influenced and locally sourced menu with a Mediterranean flare. There are three private dining rooms that seat anywhere from 30 to 60 people, as well as outdoor areas available for private events. You can even rent out the whole place if you can find enough guests to fill it! The music venue seats 300, and the full menu of wine and food is offered during shows. Join their VINOFILE program to get advance access to shows and wine suggestions from the restaurant’s virtual wine sommelier. City Winery is the perfect place for any occasion, from dinner with the family to your annual Christmas party. For a list of upcoming concerts, check out their website at

sip on this With the impending holiday season upon us, you may already have visions of turkey dinners or Santa’s leftover milk and cookies (someone has to eat those, right?) dancing in your head. But if the upcoming carb- and sugar-fest already has you loosening your belt, now is the perfect time for a pre-holiday cleanse. The flagship Juice Bar opened in Brentwood in April of 2013, and John and Vui Hunt have since expanded to multiple locations throughout Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama. They recently opened their Berry Hill outpost as an “express” location—seating is limited—though you can choose from the same offerings as the Brentwood Juice Bar. The Juice Bar is known, obviously, for its juices, available in 16- or 24-ounce sizes. Build your own or choose from their menu. The Sweet Greens, powered by apple, kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley and lemon, is a fantastic option for those who like a sweeter juice. If your palate swings the other direction, try the Fresh Greens, which swaps the apple for celery. The substantial smoothies are great post-workout, and you can select a variety of add-ons (whey protein, chia seeds, spirulina, bee pollen, etc.) to pack even more of a punch. Plus, the Juice Bar offers items that require chewing, such as their delicious quinoa salad or their tasty spring rolls. If you’re interested in a full-on cleanse—six 16-ounce juices a day—the juice comes in mason jars (eco-friendly and adorable!) and is made fresh daily. You can pick them up each day, whether you’re doing a one-day or a 21-day cleanse, and they keep for up to three days.

Creative Forces Nashville may bear the moniker of Music City, but singers and songwriters aren’t the only talents standing in the spotlight these days. Bright stars are emerging from nearly every creative field across town, giving us even more reason to feel hometown pride for our local artisans. Two such creative forces have teamed up for a stylish new collaboration just in time for the holiday shopping season. You’ve cheered on Amanda Valentine throughout two seasons of Project Runway—perhaps you even own some of her fabulous designs—and now you can buy her jewelry. Amanda, who competed in the 11th season of Runway, was voted back on the show by fans for season 13, where she took second place. If you’ve been watching, you know that Amanda designed not only the clothing, but also the jewelry featured in the Runway finale show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York City. This

collaborative collection between the fashion designer and Mclaine Richardson of Margaret Ellis Jewelry happened in the rapid-fire pace that the reality competition requires; the girls only had two weeks to make 25 pieces for the finale show. This exclusive capsule collection combines Amanda’s fondness for Bohemian patterns and modern graphics with Mclaine’s affinity for ancient art and Etruscan influences. The six-piece collection—composed of ear cuffs, wrist cuffs, statement necklaces and hand chains—is handcrafted in bronze or sterling silver and is priced from $95 to $1,150. Each design is made to order, using traditional techniques. The collection will be produced locally in the Margaret Ellis Jewelry studio, so if you’re searching for that perfect gift, this sophisticated yet modern capsule collection is exactly what you’re looking for. For more information or to purchase a piece, stop by the Margaret Ellis Jewelry showroom in Cummins Station or visit or

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t’s always such fun to mix and mingle with celebrities, especially when we consider them “our” celebrities—as in the cast and crew of ABC’s drama, Nashville. Several hundred patrons turned up at the incredible home of Sylvia Roberts to do just that for a new fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Sylvia’s auspicious abode is also a star on the hit TV show as the home of lead character Rayna Jaymes, sparking the idea for the new event entitled Nashville and Friends at Home. The evening began with cocktails, a vintage inspired photo booth experience, a meet-and-greet with the stars of the show and a savory summer supper prepared by Jan Sweeney and Party Time Services. Guests were then directed to the side lawn to a gargantuan tent and stage adorned in American flags, gobo star patterns and large urns filled with white hydrangeas. Nashville singer-songwriter Abigail Rose began the show as everyone settled comfortably in their seats. Second Harvest’s CEO Jaynee Day, who was celebrating her birthday that night, thanked Sylvia and event co-chairs Fletcher Foster and Hugh Howser for their stupendous efforts before presenting a special recognition award to Nashville executive producer and creator, Callie Khouri. Callie, in turn, introduced our city’s mayors—both the real and the fictional ones—Karl Dean and Eric Close. Eric also served as the evening’s emcee and provided charming anecdotes about each performer. The star-studded lineup included Aubrey Peeples (Layla Grant), Chaley Rose (Zoey Dalton), Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott), Clare Bowen (Scarlett O’Connor), Chip Esten (Deacon Claybourne) and Callie’s husband, T Bone Burnett. The crowd went wild. It was such an impressive night, and although it was evident we love “our” celebrities, it was also clear that they love us equally. They seemed to enjoy meeting each and every patron, many of whom they knew from other charitable organizations they’ve supported. Several of these famous personalities live right here in Music City and seem to thrive in both versions of Nashville. Gloria Houghland photographs by Michael W. Bunch

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veryone loves a Girl Scout cookie, and everyone loves the Girl Scouts, too, as evidenced by the packed house at the Music City Center for the annual Luncheon. After the color guard processed to the stage, a group of lovely young Girl Scouts led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Girl Scout Pledge, which some of us had to reach way back into our memories for! As guests enjoyed a farm-fresh salad and thyme herb and brioche crusted chicken breast with lemon orzo pasta and quinoa, Agenia Clark, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, praised the many volunteers who keep the scouts going and believe in the transformative power of this beloved organization. She then introduced Molly Gupta, who reminded the crowd that the late Joan Rivers had been a Girl Scout before speaking to the immense spectrum of members that the Girl Scouts encompass. Guest of honor Lee Ann Womack took the stage for a revealing Q&A with CMT’s Leslie Fram, recalling her early years in small-town Texas—joking that her vocals were initially “too country” when she got to Nashville—and what it’s really like to be a girl in the music industry these days. Lee Ann then performed for the crowd, highlighting songs from her newly released record. While watching Lee Ann is treat enough, guests were also treated to the most delicious of Girl Scout cookie-inspired desserts: giant martini glasses filled with either a chocolate mint mousse (topped with a Thin Mint, of course) or strawberry and yellow pound cake with a Shortbread Cookie. Everyone left the luncheon inspired by the role that this treasured institution plays in the lives of our girls and perhaps a little inspired to use those boxes of cookies they gave on the way out in a more creative way in the kitchen. That is, if the box survived the ride home.

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A perpetual feast Culinary delights abound at Signature Chefs event for March of Dimes


veryone knows to come to March of Dimes’ annual Signature Chefs event hungry, as the evening is always filled with a plethora of culinary delights. As guests arrived at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, they were welcomed by event chair Jeanne Pankow and honorary chair, supermodel Niki Taylor. Also greeting patrons upon arrival was a group of March of Dimes ambassador mothers—Honey Comella, Katie Tucker, Angela Crane-Jones and Amber Vongsamphanh—who each had premature babies and could speak to the importance of the March of Dimes better than anyone else. Photos of their beautiful children were proudly displayed on purple ribbons on their respective lapels, a reminder of the necessary role that the March of Dimes plays in improving the health of babies. Hungry partygoers perused the extensive silent auction items in the foyer before filing into the Champion Ballroom, where stations lined the room offering miniature plates from some of our favorite restaurants including The Palm, Silo, Mere Bulles, Pomodoro East, Saffire, Eastland Café and Amerigo. (It was hard to pick a favorite dish, but if you had to twist our arms, we’ll admit to going back for seconds and thirds of Lorraine’s Chef Hayden Haddox’s Dijon and sorghum roasted pork with Beaverdam Creek corn pudding!) Many of our favorite chefs were in attendance, too, including The Palm’s Bryan Lytle (who also served as the event’s culinary chair) and Gigi Butler of Gigi’s Cupcakes.

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Too close to home End Slavery Tennessee seeks to end human trafficking


nd Slavery Tennessee’s inaugural luncheon was such a success last fall that co-chairs Whitney Akin and Marilyn Jones decided to offer an additional breakfast event to accommodate the crowds this year. Great idea, ladies—both events sold out! Richland Country Club is known for good food, and they did their best on this day of double duty. Morning supporters started their day with muffins, scrambled eggs, bacon and potatoes. The lunch crowd enjoyed strawberry spinach salad with grilled chicken and poppyseed dressing. Kim Thomas, curate at The Village Chapel, served as moderator and emcee at both events. As she introduced a video of an ESTN client, she acknowledged, “this is not necessarily a polite, Southern luncheon topic.” She then reminded the crowd that when discussing human trafficking, polite conversation won’t get the job done. Board chair Susie Higginbotham stressed the critical work needed for those who have been rescued and those in need of rescue. A panel discussion with detective Matt Dixon, assistant DA Antoinette Welch and ESTN executive director Derri Smith gave a deeper look at the range of services offered for these victims. From addressing immediate urgent needs, such as advocates in court, to longterm reparation including counseling and medical care, ESTN provides an allencompassing approach to assisting every victim—minor and adult, female and male—of human trafficking. After the powerful presentation, board vice chair Bill Decker announced the founding of the Wilberforce Circle, a donor society asking for a three-year commitment starting at as little as $250 per year. Considering the range and necessity of services, it is a small price to pay to help these victims. For those not familiar with William Wilberforce, he was an early 19th-century English politician and philanthropist and an influential leader in the movement to abolish the slave trade. Considering the recent arrests in Green Hills and Brentwood, human trafficking is truly happening in our backyard. End Slavery Tennessee is addressing the problem by creating a caring community of support for each victim while protecting vulnerable individuals from becoming one.

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n a city as generous as Nashville, the reach and impact of volunteers leaves an impression every day. The Tiffany Circle is one such group consistently providing much-needed funds and outreach for the American Red Cross. The ladies recently celebrated their successes and planned for the future at their annual Tiffany Circle Fall Luncheon co-hosted by Barbara Bovender and Colleen Conway-Welch. Tennessee Region Tiffany Circle co-chairs Barbara Bovender and Louise Bairnsfather greeted guests as they arrived at Belle Meade Country Club. Many took advantage of the time before lunch to meet guest speaker Melanie Sabelhaus. In addition to many other professional and philanthropic accomplishments, Melanie is the founding national chair of the Tiffany Circle. The women sat down to a light lunch of roasted lemon thyme chicken, quinoa pilaf and delicious carrot flan. Barbara Bovender warmly welcomed the ladies and recognized new members. Barbara has been a driving force in establishing and growing the Nashville chapter, one of the founding Tiffany Circle chapters. Now in its eighth year, the local organization has grown to 46 members. A PSA featuring Miss Tennessee 2014, Hayley Lewis, was shown, in which she promotes Red Cross CPR training. Hayley has successfully used Red Cross lifesaving skills twice—once as a lifeguard and more recently during the Miss Tennessee pageant when a fellow contestant was choking on her lunch. Barbara then introduced Melanie, describing her as “a force of nature and inspiration.” That is an understatement. It is no surprise that under Melanie’s direction, the Tiffany Circle has grown from eight chapters and 100 women to 54 regions and countries and more than 750 women. Melanie’s dynamic talk centered on women as philanthropists and the investment of time, talent and treasure that makes things happen, including the Tiffany Circle. Noting that over the years she’s witnessed that “cheerful givers respond to artful askers,” she cleverly asked who wanted to join the Tiffany Circle that day. As the women left, members received the familiar blue box tied with a white ribbon. Inside was a custom-made Tiffany charm representing the number of years she had been in the Tiffany Circle. After Melanie’s inspiring talk, there should be a few more blue boxes on the table at next year’s luncheon. Holly Hoffman photographs by Eric England

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Supper under the stars A memorable dinner with friends at Nfocus Alfresco


t seems Nfocus has a devout fan in Mother Nature, if the weather for our annual Alfresco event is any indication. For the third year in a row, we enjoyed perfect fall temperatures for the outdoor supper and cocktail party. With just the right amount of coolness in the air, guests gathered on the manicured back lawn of the Resident’s Club in Franklin’s picturesque Westhaven Community for an evening of cocktails, conversation, music and dining. To kick off the festivities, revelers could choose between the Triple Smoke OldFashioned or the Simply Southern, a refreshing cocktail fueled by Corsair’s Vanilla Bean Vodka, along with a selection of wines and Jackalope beers. Puckett’s offered a little taste of the feast to come with tantalizing hors d’œuvres that included prosciutto-wrapped figs, artichoke bruschetta crostini and goat cheese pizzettes. Twinkling strands of lights zigzagged above the lawn, casting a dreamy glow on two community tables, positioned side by side. Hester and Cook’s chalkboard runners and cutlery kitchen papers stretched the length of the tables, topped with glowing votive candles and charming arrangements of peach roses. In an exciting new twist this year, ASCAP arranged a songwriters round—featuring chart-topping and award-winning writers Matthew West, Benji Cowart and Justin Ebach—to provide song pairings with each course, the perfect complement to Corsair’s cocktail pairings and, of course, Puckett’s hearty menu. Diners enjoyed grilled tomato salad, sautéed Swiss chard with Asiago cheese, wild mushroom risotto, Chianti-braised short ribs and a decadent tiramisu. It was an unforgettable evening of food and fellowship, but more importantly, it was an evening of hope. Proceeds from the event benefited Franklin’s own New Hope Academy, a private school serving a racially and economically diverse student body through classical education and mentorship programs.

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ise partygoers in UberX and Lyft rides blazed a trail to the Green Door Gourmet for this year’s Music and Masterpieces. A new venue was necessary to hold the growing numbers of attendees. The night benefited the Thisbe & Noah Scott Foundation, which promotes research, awareness and support for families of pediatric neuromuscular diseases. Parents John and Laurian Scott started the foundation to honor their children’s lives in hopes that no others have to suffer from neuromuscular diseases. Guests kicked the night off with the evening’s specialty drink, A Mighty Voice, a refreshing vodka and fruit tea cocktail. It was the perfect catalyst to get the bids rising quickly at the silent auction. More than 80 regional artists donated works for this event, so there was truly something for every taste. Peg Leg Porker passed down-home snacks including pork rinds and smoked catfish dip. A wide selection of wines and local beers accompanied the treats. Jim Beavers and Ben Rue shared the stage providing cocktail hour music, interrupted only for a welcome from executive director Lindsay Ballew. Clockwork’s arrival on stage announced that dinner was served. Guests enjoyed smoked chicken salad in lettuce cups, pulled pork bites, mac ’n cheese and barbecue beans followed by Colt’s gooey bars. The room became quiet when Laurian took the stage. Her moving story and video were powerful reminders of the purpose of the night and the need to raise funds. And what better way to raise funds than with a live auction? Edward Playfair kept the bidding lively, especially on Rob Hendon’s guitar painting. But isn’t that to be expected? Rob’s guitar art is a fixture in Music Row offices and synonymous with Nashville’s music scene. By the end of the night, more than $73,000 had been raised! Although Thisbe and Noah passed away at young ages, their legacies live on through the foundation and the work of their parents. This month, The Child Neurology Foundation in Los Angeles will honor John and Laurian with the inaugural John and Laurian Scott Heroes of Promise Award. The impact of this courageous couple is more than enough to make their children, and our city, proud.

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or this year’s River Swing, nearly 500 guests gathered at Harpeth Westover Farm on the banks of the Harpeth River to raise funds for the protection of the river and clean water in Tennessee. The backyard of Matt and Ann Dobson’s beautiful home was the perfect place to enjoy hors d’œuvres— including crudités, assorted fruits and cheeses, bruschetta and shrimp crostini— just before sunset. That and cocktails, such as the evening’s popular specialty drink, the Corsair Ryemaggedon-infused Whiskey River. After everyone had ample time to catch up with old friends and perhaps play catch with the Dobsons’ adorable dog, the festivities moved over to the large tented area, which was beautifully decorated for a fall feast. Before taking their seats, guests perused the silent auction—popular items included a bracelet from Walton Jewelers, custom bags by Clay Bush, compost and CSA services, oil portraits by Gary W. Oakes, a week at a cottage in Rosemary Beach, and Firehole Rise, a wall hanging by artist A.D. Maddox, which also served as the art on the invitation and the backdrop for the nearby photo booth. As the band Floyd the Barber serenaded the crowd, folks lined up for a bountiful and colorful dinner sourced primarily from local producers via Whole Foods, including field greens, a blueberry and walnut kale salad, grilled steak and chicken, roasted vegetables, red velvet quinoa, smashed red potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and snowflake rolls. A giant cake—with both vanilla and chocolate options—was the cherry on top for anyone who still had room after dinner. The event raised $129,000, a record for the nonprofit, ensuring that future generations can enjoy the area as much as we do today.

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eceiving a cancer diagnosis can change everything, creating fear and uncertainty for patients and families. Because of this, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center strives to ease some of the turmoil and even to allow some beauty to emerge. This year’s Courage Unmasked Tennessee, held at the spacious OZ Nashville, showcased one of the more moving and unique artwork displays we’ve seen: radiation masks belonging to former cancer patients transformed into works of art. The simple yet elegant décor in the main reception hall allowed the decorated masks to steal the show with vibrant pops of color. While soft shades of green and blue lighting adorned the draped walls and silver centerpieces sparkled throughout the space, the festive headgear lined the middle of the room in an orderly and eyecatching display. When a patient with head or neck cancer comes in for chemotherapy, they are fitted with their own mask, constructed from a sheet of flat thermoplastic, to focus the radiation and protect the rest of the head and neck. To raise awareness for head and neck cancer treatment, Courage Unmasked paired former patients with local artists and celebrities to decorate the radiation masks. What better way is there to tell a patient’s story than turning their “coat of armor” into a work of art? For this project, several of the artists interviewed the patients to construct original masterpieces using their masks as the canvas. The artistic themes varied wildly, ranging from princesses and peacocks to dollhouses and sea monsters. The masks were auctioned throughout the evening, both silently and through a live auction with American Pickers’ Mike Wolfe and Paul Polycarpou, while honorary host and speaker Pam Tillis led the evening with the spirit of hope. Hallie Caddy photographs by Michael W. Bunch


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Fun for the whole family Kicking off autumn at Cheekwood’s new family fundraiser Alice Rolli, Carter Paine with Palmer


hile we love Nashville year-round, it always looks best in the fall, and one of our favorite places to spend the season is Cheekwood. Our local botanical treasure opened their doors for a new event, Fall For Cheekwood: A Family Benefit, a fundraiser for the nonprofit’s school tours, which bring more than 9,000 schoolchildren from across the Southeast to experience the beauty of Cheekwood free of charge. When guests arrived, they were greeted by event chairs Susannah Scott-Barnes and Sara Bovender and also by the beautiful pumpkin patch, offering gourds of all shapes and sizes. Honorary chair Kimberly Williams-Paisley, with her family in tow, was among those enjoying the variety of events for kids of all ages. We saw some friendly competition happening in the game area, which touted sack races, apple bobbing, fishing and bowling. Nearby, a craft station kept little ones busy so their parents could wander to the Biergarten or perhaps one of the drink stations, where signature cocktails featuring Bang Candy’s superb syrups kept spirits high (the Lavender Mint Julep won raves from us!). The giant hay slide was a popular attraction, as were the hayrides that encircled the grounds, giving attendees the perfect view of the newly changing leaves. Lest anyone start to run out of energy, the area was dotted with food stations overflowing with popcorn, s’mores, Donut Den donuts, pretzels and mustard, and a miniature candy store courtesy of the Sugar Dive. Striking Matches serenaded the crowd as families made their way to The Farm House’s Southern buffet, a bountiful feast of Springer Mountain buttermilk chicken with roasted squash and kale, a colorful autumn salad, deviled eggs with Tennessee ham, pimento cheese with toasted crackers, Tennessee white cheddar mac ’n cheese, hot dogs and biscuits with ham. As the sun started to set, bedtimes were approaching, and everyone left Cheekwood full, happy and excited for the upcoming holiday season.

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A heroine’s journey YWCA honors six leaders at Academy for Women of Achievement


ach year at the Academy for Women of Achievement ceremony, the YWCA, an organization dedicated to helping women create a better quality of life for themselves, honors the females in our community who shine their light on others. Well-wishers showed up at the Renaissance Hotel to celebrate this year’s impressive honorees—Janet Ayers, Rosetta Miller-Perry, Rita Mitchell, Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, Abby Rubenfeld and Laura Smith Tidwell—who serve as role models for women hoping to break through the barriers that females face in the workplace and beyond. Committed to educating our citizens, fighting for equality and serving countless philanthropic causes, these ladies are truly warriors in our community. As a ballroom filled with masses of past honorees proved, Nashville is populated with tenacious and generous women just like these. Pat Shea, President and CEO of YWCA, began the ceremony by thanking the evening’s co-chairs, Susan Short Jones and Kathy Cloninger, for continuing the organization’s traditions. She also spoke out about the recent media attention on domestic violence, using it as a platform to encourage the men in our lives to stand against it with us and “join in on the solution.” After hearing the inspiring voices of the women being honored that evening, a famous Nora Ephron quote came to mind: “Be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Not only are these women the heroines of their own lives, but they also provide superb examples for those who benefit from the YWCA’s efforts to empower women to become self-sufficient, longing to never be seen as victims again.

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Bridge builders Celebrating an extraordinary year for Greenways for Nashville


n the day of Dinner on the Bridge, supporters of Greenways for Nashville were nervously checking weather reports every few minutes to determine whether this beloved event would be held alfresco or moved to a backup indoor location. Fortunately, the rain held off, and although it was a little windy, it was an otherwise perfect night to dine on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge against the beautiful backdrop of Nashville’s skyline and the Cumberland River. Pre-dinner, roving musicians strolled through the crowd, creating relaxing background music as guests sipped wine and cocktails and took in the breathtaking views. In a rural-meets-urban moment, Osceola the eagle and Arty the barred owl ( from Wings of SOAR) were on hand—or rather, on arms—to visit with attendees. Partygoers were equally enthusiastic about seeing co-chairs Kay and Keith Simmons and Ann and Clark Tidwell. As the sun dipped over the horizon, guests found their seats at tables cloaked in emerald cloths and elegant burlap runners. Accents of rust-colored napkins, potted greenery and candles glowing inside tinted mason jars created the perfect blend of rustic and elegant. Greenways for Nashville’s president Mark Deutschmann welcomed the crowd and spoke of the “extraordinary year of accomplishment” for the organization. With 15 miles of trails added, it was a remarkable year indeed. Karl Dean, who is obviously passionate about the cause, reflected on how the number of greenway miles has doubled during his mayoral career, resulting in wonderful opportunities for safe recreation throughout the city. Making a toast to the late John Seigenthaler, the mayor inspired the crowd with a message about connectivity, drawing a parallel between John’s reputation as a bridge builder and the innumerable ways that greenways enhance and connect our city.

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he Council on Aging recently welcomed a new class of Sage Award winners at its annual luncheon. For 23 years, the awards have gone to outstanding mature individuals in recognition of their lifelong contributions to improving the quality of life for others in Middle Tennessee. After several years of record-breaking attendance, chair Nell Ann Crowe and her committee wisely moved the event to the Omni Hotel to accommodate the growing crowds. Honorary chair Mary Churchwell watched approvingly as guests streamed into the ballroom. The Omni is becoming a go-to spot for events. One reason is the food. For the awards presentation, the menu was simple, delicious and oh-so seasonal. Guests listened patiently during Harry Chapman’s welcome before enjoying the hearty salad of mixed greens with smoked chicken, Noble Springs goat cheese, pecans and cranberries followed by a cream cheese pumpkin mousse for dessert. Harry, who is ageless and thus can never win a Sage Award for his good deeds, thanked all who came to honor “those who pour themselves out for their community.” He recognized the numerous past Sage honorees and VIPs who showed up to welcome this year’s class. Among the group was former mayor and past Sage honoree Richard Fulton. It was during his administration that The Council on Aging was created. During the presentation of awards to the honorees, it was obvious that this year’s recipients were more than worthy of the recognition. Teacher, professional and community volunteer May Dean Eberling is a champion of historic preservation and the arts, and she was instrumental in making NewsChannel 5 the preeminent voice for the nonprofit world. In addition to serving on many boards, Sharon Hurt is a driving force behind the redevelopment of Jefferson Street and a saving grace to countless, disadvantaged seniors through her role in the creation of the JUMP shuttle. Hilda and Jim McGregor are longtime community volunteers, both individually and as a couple, serving numerous Middle Tennessee agencies including FiftyForward, United Way, Cheekwood, Nashville Ballet, Park Center and Sister Cities. Beverly Patnaik, Council on Aging president, described the “changing and aging face of our community.” As the community changes, Sage Award honorees provide the inspiration, example and guidance to address our future needs. Holly Hoffman photographs by ERic England


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ast year, the Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee planted the seeds for a brand new event, the Fall Harvest Dinner, hosted on Cheekwood’s beautiful grounds. For its second incarnation, it’s clear that this event has fully bloomed, offering a superb meal and a front-row seat to Mother Nature’s changing wardrobe, all while providing underwriting for the breathtaking fall chrysanthemum display we enjoy so much this time of year. Guests arrived just before dusk on a blustery, cool fall evening, greeted by bluegrass music from the Lonesome Pine Ramblers, who provided the perfect soundtrack for this relaxed yet elegant affair. Attendees had plenty of time to mix and mingle during the cocktail hour, which included a Southern Bourbon Tasting and a biscuit bar filled with options such as sweet potato, miniature Southernstyle, hot and fried chicken sandwiches, and a variety of butters, jams and honey. Pre-dinner, some took the opportunity to stroll the area, while others stuck close to the biscuits (and the bourbon!). As the sun set, everyone moved to the tables in the Wills Perennial Garden, which provided a stunning view of the Mustard Meadow below. The tables were beautifully decorated and illuminated by strands of lights, casting an ethereal glow on the chicly attired dinner party. The meal, prepared by Chef Jason Crockarell and the Flavor Catering Team, started with a lovely arugula and spinach salad dressed with toasted pistachios, goat cheese, dried blueberries and champagne vinaigrette. The anticipated main course—pork tenderloin with caramelized apple and bourbon demi-glaze with white cheddar stone-ground grits and braised rainbow chard served with jalapeño cornbread and yeast rolls—barely left enough room for dessert, a white and dark chocolate bread pudding with hot salted caramel sauce, a delicious end to a perfect evening.

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he Southern Festival of Books is one of the myriad reasons why we love autumn in Nashville. The yearly festival—one of the oldest and largest of its kind—is among Humanities Tennessee’s initiatives to develop a sense of community through literature, history and culture programs across the state. At this year’s Authors in the Round dinner, the War Memorial Auditorium was once again filled with bookworms of all kinds to raise funds to support this commendable nonprofit. After a day of storms that plagued the outdoor festival, the rain ceased as guests arrived for cocktail hour in the auditorium’s courtyard. Art Four Sale entertained the crowd as they enjoyed libations and passed hors d’œuvres of sweet potato biscuits with Benton’s country ham and triple cream Brie with fig jam and candied almonds. Attendees filed into the auditorium, searching for their tables and their corresponding authors in what could be described as a speed-dating book club. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to attend this fun event, each table hosts an author, who brings copies of his/her book for the group. Throughout the dinner, each table is encouraged to pick the author’s brain, which makes for a pretty raucous room. In fact, we have to hand it to master of ceremonies Nancy Van Camp, who successfully hushed the excited attendees in order to introduce all of the authors. While everyone enjoyed a roquette arugula and butter lettuce salad with roasted red and gold beets, herbed goat cheese, candied bacon, toasted pecans and white balsamic vinaigrette, Humanities Tennessee’s executive director Timothy Henderson welcomed the crowd, thanking founding chair Todd Bottorff and event chairs Lee Pratt and Neil Krugman. Timothy spoke fondly of John Seigenthaler, noting how he served as a host for the event from the first year on and was an integral part of the Festival. A video tribute featuring luminaries such as Ann Patchett and Alice Randall played as an entrée of pan-roasted free-range chicken with autumn vegetables, asparagus and heirloom carrots was served with herb biscuits and yeast rolls.

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ith the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin on the horizon, The Heritage Foundation is busy planning how to commemorate the milestone in interesting, educational and entertaining ways. Although the official sesquicentennial celebrations will take place in November, The Heritage Ball paid tribute to the historic event in its own way. The black-tie gala, held, as always, at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, offered guests a little trip back in time with a welcoming committee made up of Civil War re-enactors. Partygoers could also revel in the flavors of the past with a drink inspired by the Civil War. Drawing inspiration from a recipe published in 1863, Jon Yeager, the mastermind at PourTaste, crafted the Boneset and Spruce, a refreshing and palatable blend of molasses, lemon, spruce, mint, boneset bitters, brandy and rum. While perusing the silent auction and swaying to the throwback tunes of The 5 Points Swing Band, guests nibbled on Peppadew peppers stuffed with goat cheese and chorizo, wild mushroom and Gouda tarts, and mini seared lamb meatballs. Everyone was eager to get face time with co-chairs Lisa and Brian Beathard and honorary chair Marty Ligon during the lively cocktail hour, while this year’s Heritage Ball Queen Nancy Smith was spotted gleefully working the room in her tiara and sash. After pausing for a quick visit to the photo booth, attendees entered the main tent, outfitted for the occasion with strands of twinkling lights and magnificent centerpieces in the warm hues of autumn. The dinner from Chef ’s Market showcased the impressive offerings of area farms, as most ingredients in the delicious three-course feast were sourced locally. Following dinner, guests enjoyed the music of Band X, a wine tasting and late-night bites from the Puckett’s Trolley. It was an evening to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and plan for the future, the perfect representation of The Heritage Foundation’s important mission to preserve historic resources for future generations.

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t last year’s inaugural Music City Eats fest, attendees weren’t quite sure what to expect. But this year, the renamed Music City Food + Wine Festival established itself as the go-to culinary event for foodies in Nashville and beyond, attracting visitors from all over the country to see if everything they’ve heard about our food scene is true. For those who like to tinker in the kitchen, the festival offered entertaining and enlightening panels (who doesn’t love a good talk on kitchen disasters?) and cooking demonstrations by marquee names such as Tim Love, Michael Symon, Masaharu Morimoto and Andrew Zimmern. (We heard a rumor that a local food blogger dared Andrew to eat the eye from the pig Pat Martin was roasting nearby …and we heard he declined. Perhaps next year? ) James Beard Award-winning chef Mike Lata showed everyone how to shuck and serve oysters, mussels and clams, and restaurateur/chef Amanda Freitag (you may recognize her from Chopped) demystified the egg in her “Egg-spertise” demonstration. The festival’s Grand Taste tent, anchored in Public Square, hosted the best of our local restaurants, providing small plates and other artisanal offerings alongside more than 60 invited wineries, breweries and distilleries. Attendees had the exclusive opportunity to try popular dishes from the area’s most lauded restaurants, which likely informed the answer to the recurring question, “What’s for dinner? ” With all of the parties on the horizon—and the looming holiday season—who has time to cook? If you’re hosting out-of-towners, welcome the opportunity to take a day off from the kitchen and show off our rapidly developing restaurant scene. Let’s start with breakfast. Everyone loves the Loveless Cafe, but after trying Biscuit Love’s fantastic dish of miniature biscuits and ham—served with a spicy but sweet jam—you’ll want to chase this food truck down. The buzz at the fest was that a brick-and-mortar Biscuit Love Brunch will be opening in the Gulch soon, so keep your eyes, ears and taste buds on the lookout, as this will be a fun place to start the day. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since Pinewood Social opened in the trolley barns on the Cumberland. It’s the only place in Nashville that works

for breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails and coffee meetings—along with pool parties and bowling matches—offering an elegant yet laid-back experience. At the festival, Pinewood chef Josh Habiger served a tantalizing tongue, thinly sliced and served on toast, though his menu offers everything from a classic burger or fried chicken to liver and onions, perfect for a business lunch, cozy date or a lively night on the town. Or perhaps you’re in the mood for dinner and a movie? At one of the city’s newest culinary stars, Sinema, you can do both simultaneously. At the fest, they offered a delicious cardamom and sugar encrusted French Toast. (At press time, Sinema had just started brunch service.) We suggest trying pre-dinner cocktails in Sinema’s upstairs lounge, along with Chef Dale Levitski’s inventive starters— the foie gras and a salad named “Licorice” are standouts—before dining in the main room downstairs. Everything on the menu comes with a side of classic movies projected on the walls; for a truly special evening, rent out their private dining room—equipped with its own movie screen—for a night that you and your friends won’t forget. In between the panels, demos and book signings, attendees wandered through the Grand Taste tent, maybe for seconds (or thirds) of festival favorites like Hattie B’s, who proudly represented the unofficial food of Music City with their hot chicken sandwiches. Otaku South’s Tantan Mazeman noodles were so good that we may have dumped them into our mouths, sans fork. Messy but delicious! And speaking of messy, The Catbird Seat had one of the most talkedabout dishes of the weekend, a cream-filled pastry in a paper bag sprinkled with “dirt” made of cocoa nibs. Don’t try that at home unless you have someone to clean up after you. As we made our way through the tasting tent on the festival’s final day, we remembered last year, when we watched Chef Jonathan Waxman’s cooking demonstration and started to hear rumors that he was interested in opening a restaurant in Nashville. Obviously that rumor was true, as he opened the exceptional Adele’s this year. We have a feeling that more exciting restaurant openings are on the horizon, which means that you’ll have even more reasons to dine out. Abby White photographs by michael w. bunch and Eric England

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In Perfect Harmony The Symphony Ball celebrates pearl anniversary with 30th annual event By Abby White


or three decades, the Symphony Ball has been a highlight of the social season. In addition to raising necessary funding to fuel community outreach programs, recording projects, and an outstanding, diverse performance season each year, the ball builds a bridge between the classical music community and Music Row through the Harmony Award, highlighting the diversity of Nashville’s creative landscape. If you’ve attended the ball, you know what a glorious event it is each year. If you’ve ever been involved in planning the ball—or perhaps another event on our busy social calendar—you know what a massive undertaking it is and how challenging it can be to produce a white-tie event that is, at heart, still a fundraiser. It certainly wouldn’t be possible without the many dedicated volunteers who offer their time and services and the local businesses that provide their expertise, often at a reduced cost. With the pearl anniversary of the Symphony Ball just weeks away, we’d love to take you on a little journey back in time to review the inception, growth and evolution of this event throughout the years. We talked with chairs from years past—who offered both poignant and humorous memories that we think you’ll enjoy revisiting—and we also met with this year’s chairs, Karlen Garrard and Anne Maradik, who provide a behind-thescenes glimpse of what it’s really like to plan an event of this magnitude. Because as Nashville continues to grow and evolve, one thing should remain constant in order for us to be Music City: Nashville must have a world-class symphony. At Nfocus, we offer our gratitude to all of the patrons, volunteers, supporters and fans of the Symphony who have kept the music playing since 1946 and will keep it playing for many years to come.


he year 1985 was a pivotal year for the Nashville Symphony. After 39 continuous performance seasons, the Symphony musicians went on strike. Fortunately, the strike was resolved within weeks, and later that year, music director Kenneth Schermerhorn led the Symphony into their 40th season. “We had to close down the Symphony because we couldn’t meet payroll,” recalls Judy Simmons, who served as the inaugural ball chair that year with the late Jeannie Hastings. “We worked through everything eventually with the union, but we didn’t have an active Symphony playing when we did the first ball, so Martha’s idea of the ball was to raise funds.” Judy is, of course, referring to Martha Ingram, one of the Symphony’s most steadfast and dedicated supporters, past board chairman and continuous honorary chairman of the Symphony Ball Executive Committee. Her vision was not only to create another income stream for the Symphony but also to encourage more people in the community to get involved to build and support the kind of orchestra that Music City deserved. “Getting it started was a little bit scary because we had never done this before,” Martha recalls. “But Judy Simmons and Jeannie Hastings, they were fearless, and we proceeded. And we had a sell-out for the first ball!”

The first Symphony Ball was at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel on Dec. 18, 1985. According to Judy, they started planning the event in September, an incredible undertaking for an event hosting more than 500 attendees. “We did it on a Wednesday night because we couldn’t get a Saturday night,” Judy explains. “There weren’t many white-tie affairs then, except for the Swan Ball, so it was nice.” The first event raised more than $200,000 for the Symphony, an incredible feat, especially considering the time constraints and the late addition of a new white-tie gala to the Nashville social calendar. Judy, who also chaired the event the second year— this time with Eleanor Willis—says that little has changed in 30 years. Just like the inaugural year, the chairman and the committees are very involved with the event logistics in order to keep costs down. For the second Symphony Ball, the organizers introduced the Harmony Award, honoring Barbara Mandrell in 1986. The award was established by the Symphony Ball leadership in order to recognize an individual from the commercial music community who has demonstrated interest and support of classical music in Nashville, serving as an ambassador to represent the Nashville Symphony to the city and ultimately the world. The very name of the award

highlights the unique harmony that exists between the distinct music communities in Nashville, in which classical music plays an integral part. The Harmony Award has been given to a variety of marquee names throughout the years, including Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Rascal Flatts and music industry legends such as E.W. “Bud” Wendell and Owen Bradley. “That came out of Martha’s mind—and my mind and my husband’s mind—that we needed to blend country music and symphonic music, and so we came up with the Harmony Award,” Judy says, noting that the recipient often performs at the event. “Every year, it’s fun to see who we’re going to have!” “The focus on the Harmony Award helps combine a lot of aspects of our Music City, bringing in what I would call some of the commercial musicians, but many of whom are classically trained,” Martha says. “We have a chance to honor them, and they bring more glamour to our event. I think that this is an element that has really enriched the whole experience of coming to the Symphony.” This relationship between two distinct musical worlds has grown even stronger throughout the years, inspiring creative collaborations that extend past the ball and touch every part of our community. “There are things that have happened in the Symphony itself because of these connections—Ben Folds, who’s got a big career going, he’s now written a concerto to be played with the Nashville Symphony,” Martha says. “I don’t know that that connection would have been made without this Harmony Award that reaches out to people who are interested in crossing over to the classical world. I think there’s a mutual respect that’s grown as a result of this Harmony Award, and it’s enriched all of us.” Jean Bottorff, who chaired the ball in 1993 with Trish Frist, recalls that one of the many responsibilities—and challenges—of the chairs and the committees was to execute a luxurious white-tie event on a budget. But as Jean explains, the chairs and their committees used their creativity and resourcefulness to make the event a showstopper. “We were trying very hard to have a beautiful theme but honor our budget and not spend too much on decorations,” Jean recalls. “We chose a winter wonderland look with tall, bare trees, crystallized continued on page 72

Throughout the years, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra has built bridges across musical genres, inspiring a harmonious relationship to tie our city’s creative communities together. Along the way, many challenges were met, particularly financially, but even Mother Nature and her 2010 flood could not dampen the spirits of this organization. Thanks to the dedication of supporters, patrons and volunteers, the band—or, rather, orchestra—plays on. Here’s a look back at some memories from the past 30 years.


Nashville Symphony kicks off 40th season, led by music director Kenneth Schermerhorn First Symphony Ball held at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel



Classical and country music collide once again when Michael Martin Murphey joins Kenneth Schermerhorn and the NSO for a cabaret pops concert at the Nashville Convention Center in February Harmony Award given to Chet Atkins

In March, Chet Atkins, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs and Danny Davis are among the musicians joining Kenneth Schermerhorn and the orchestra for a performance of classic country favorites including “Rocky Top” and “The Green, Green Grass of Home” The first Harmony Award is given to Barbara Mandrell



Chairs Jean Bottorff and Trish Frist create an “ice skating rink” outside the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Vince Gill is given the Harmony Award, wowing the crowd with his rendition of “White Christmas”

Emmylou Harris joins the Symphony for a special Valentine’s concert, performing classic love songs (Harris would receive the Harmony Award three years later)


For the 10th Symphony Ball, Martha Ingram and Kenneth Schermerhorn are distinguished with the Harmony Award

Naomi and Wynonna Judd are honored with the Harmony Award, the first duo to be distinguished

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and flocked with snow, and placed those on the tables with tiny lights. I think we took the idea from the flagship Saks store in New York City, as they do the same look every year. It was simple but magical.” But Jean and Trish didn’t stop there—they brought the magic out to the street, welcoming guests from the moment they arrived. “I always love to feel a sense of arrival at an event, so Trish talked a local contractor into building an ice rink in the paved parking area at the Loews Hotel,” Jean recalls. “It was too warm for ice—and out of our price range—so we painted the rink ice blue and had children on rollerblades skating around the rink. Carolers and mulled cider completed the look for arriving guests. 1 Sutton Lipman recruited her little friends to skate, and they all looked adorable. “That night, we had so many compliments on the look of the ball and it barely cost 15 cents, thanks to the contractor’s donated rink and the forest of donated trees,” Jean continues. “I guess we should have thanked Saks, too. Every year, when I go into that store at Christmas, I am reminded of the Symphony Ball.”   For chair Julie Boehm, 1994 was a standout year, as it was the first time the Symphony performed at the ball, playing on the mezzanine overlooking the Loews lobby as guests entered the hotel. Additionally, Martha Ingram and Kenneth Schermerhorn were the Harmony Award recipients, giving the community the opportunity to honor those who worked so hard to build it into the world-class institution it is today. Julie Malott, who chaired the 2000 ball with Jamie Stream, fondly recalls the effort put into decorations that drenched the event space, filling it with the lovely scent of gardenias. This particular occasion honored not one, but two music industry icons, Lyle Lovett and Ahmet Ertegün. “It was all pink and green and chocolate, and we had these Plexiglas bars that were lit from underneath, so you could see all the pink lights coming up—it was so pretty,” Julie recalls. “They had either wheatgrass to make them a vivid green, or they had white gardenias floating. The whole place smelled like white gardenias. Out in the lobby, we had that big rose ball.”

In 2001, chairs Hilda McGregor and Anne Russell decorated The Loews with lots of red and gold (including the arduous task of tying big gold bows on all of the chairs). Guests were treated to a big surprise: a special address from President Bush. Just a few years later, in 2004, Elaine Sullivan chaired the ball with Barbara 2 Bovender in a special celebration for Kenneth Schermerhorn’s 20th anniversary with the Symphony. The dining hall was transformed with an Asian theme, including hundreds of colorful Chinese lanterns and festive Chinese caps for guests to wear.

Elaine fondly recalls everybody doing a line dance together with Martha and Kenneth in tow. Sadly, it was Kenneth’s last opportunity to attend the ball, as he passed away in April of the following year. Sandra Lipman and Hope Stringer chaired the 2005 ball, which honored LeAnn Rimes with the 3

Harmony Award. This was the last year that the ball was held at the Loews Vanderbilt, and Sandra and Hope had fun with a playful theme. “Hope and I have fabulous memories of our ball and have become even better friends as a result of chairing together,” Sandra enthuses. “We had an absolutely fantastic time working together to create the 21st annual Symphony Ball. Not only did we become ‘21 ... Legal at Last,’ with T-shirts designed to reveal that; we were the last ball at the Loews Vanderbilt prior to moving to the new Schermerhorn Symphony Center. We draped the walls in the ballroom with handpainted fabric and backlit the entire space to enhance our ‘hot’ colors of golden reds and oranges. The effect was spectacular!” In September of 2006, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, a breathtaking neoclassical structure offering

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all photos courtesy of the nashville symphony: 1. Ball chairs from previous years taken in 1995 2. Emily James (2003) 3. Vicki Horne (2011) 4. Sydney and Sheila Keeble (1992), Sissy (1992) and Sidney McAlister 5. Faye Wyatt (1996)


Nashville Symphony starts partnership with Naxos Records through the signing of a recording agreement A Classic Christmas with Martina McBride, featuring the Nashville Symphony, is broadcast nationally via TNN


Amy Grant, who received the Harmony Award in 1990, fulfills her mission of being an ambassador for the organization by taking the Nashville Symphony with her on their first national tour



Nashville Symphony Board votes to pursue the planning and construction of a world-class concert hall and launches a $120 million endowment campaign

Led by Kenneth Schermerhorn, Nashville Symphony makes Carnegie Hall debut and releases multiple albums through Naxos At this year’s Symphony Ball, Lyle Lovett receives the Harmony Award and music industry legend Ahmet Ertegün receives the Golden Sound Award



2003 marks Kenneth Schermerhorn’s 20th anniversary with the Nashville Symphony Dec. 3: groundbreaking ceremony for Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Nashville Symphony presents its first Beethoven Festival


Alan Valentine named President and CEO of Nashville Symphony

The Rockettes appear at the Symphony Ball

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a hall with over 1,800 seats, opened to the public. In December, Lisa Campbell and Trudy Byrd chaired the first ball in the Schermerhorn, which honored Harmony Award winner Connie Bradley. In late 2007, Giancarlo Guerrero was named the new Music Director of the Symphony. Just a few months later, in February of 2008, the Symphony won three GRAMMYs® for Best Classical Album, Best Orchestra Performance and Best Classical Contemporary Composition. “All of the GRAMMY Awards® and nominations that the Nashville Symphony’s recordings have garnered since 2007 are a source of great pride for us and a testament to our supremely talented musicians and orchestra leadership,” Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony president and CEO, says. “Those first three awards, however, were really special for a couple of reasons. The 2007 GRAMMY®  wins were for the very first disc we recorded at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. We recorded the disc in the summer of 2006 in the hall before it opened and before


the construction was even finished! Second, and perhaps more important, is how those first GRAMMY Awards® firmly established the Nashville Symphony’s place in the American orchestral landscape as an ensemble committed to contemporary American music and to achieving the highest standards of musical excellence.” After just a few years in their new home, tragedy struck in the May 2010 flood, which caused $40 million in damages to the building. The building’s mechanical system, electrical distribution system, commercial kitchen, two Steinway grand pianos, and the $2.5 million Schoenstein pipe organ were among the casualties as more than 24 feet of contami-

nated water flooded the Schermerhorn’s basement level. But by December, the tremendous support from the community enabled the doors to reopen on New Year’s Eve for a soldout performance with violinist Itzhak Perlman. Just a year later, Laurie Eskind chaired the ball with Vicki Horne, and everyone was grateful to be back at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center after the flood (the previous year, the ball was held back at Loews). Taylor Swift, who has proven to be an ardent supporter of the arts in Nashville, was distinguished with the Harmony Award that year. And for Laurie, the evening was memorable for another reason. “My favorite memory is the fact it was my husband’s 60th birthday that day, and so we honored him that night, as well,” she recalls, smiling. “We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him. I got up and spoke, Vicki got up and spoke, and I said, ‘My husband’s put up with this all year long, and just what he wants to do for his 60th birthday is celebrate with his near and dear, closest friends, so can we just thank him by singing him ‘Happy Birthday.’” And of course, everyone did, because that’s what we do in Nashville, no matter the occasion. We stand together for our friends, for our Symphony, for our community, whether it’s to sing “Happy Birthday” or rebuild an essential cultural institution from the damage caused by floodwaters or bankruptcy. Looking back at the initial mission of the Symphony Ball, the constant thread through three decades has always been to support this integral part of our city. “We thought that the ball would perhaps get some of these people there,” Martha recalls of the first Symphony Ball. “As it’s turned out, some of the people we got there that first time are still coming! And so, the good thing is a lot of them have become more interested in the Symphony and in its growth, and they’ve become pretty major supporters.” The many dedicated patrons of the Nashville Symphony have held steadfast to this mission since 1985 and continue to support the Symphony today. “A lot of us are still working in some fashion or [are] on the Symphony board,” says Judy Simmons. “So it’s exciting having some of the people who originally went still coming 30 years later. I think it’s lovely.” continued on page 76

all photos courtesy of the nashville symphony: 1. Holly Wilds and Ellen Martin (1999) 2. Charlotte (1997) and Tom Cone 3. Arlene Kaufman (1990) 4. Kelley Beaman and Sissy Wilson (2008) 5. Larry and Sandra Lipman (2005), Hope (2005) and Howard Stringer





Sept. 9: Opening of Schermerhorn Symphony Center

April 18: Kenneth Schermerhorn dies


Eight months after massive flooding caused more than $40 million in damages, Schermerhorn Symphony Center re-opens with a performance by Itzhak Perlman and the Nashville Symphony on New Year’s Eve

Nashville Symphony wins three GRAMMY Awards®

Sept. 7: The Nashville Symphony kicks off its 60th season, led by Giancarlo Guerrero


The Nashville Symphony performs at legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the Spring for Music festival, a celebration of America’s most innovative orchestras The Nashville Symphony’s recording of Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion is honored with a GRAMMY Award® for Best Classical Instrumental Solo

The Nashville Symphony’s recording of Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony receives three GRAMMY Awards® The Nashville Symphony is one of 26 American orchestras to be honored with a 2010-2011 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming at the League of American Orchestras


The Symphony partners with classical music label Naxos on an initiative to provide free online music resources to educators to supplement the Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts for Nashville-area students Pop superstar Taylor Swift generously donates $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony to assist the organization in continuing its mission

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What it’s like to plan the Symphony Ball

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or the 30th annual Symphony Ball, event chairs Karlen Garrard and Anne Maradik are thrilled to mark the pearl anniversary of the ball. Both ladies have been involved with the event before, and when the executive committee approached them to chair this year's gala, they were honored to step into the shoes of so many dedicated volunteers before them. “We’re the ‘It City,’ and we can’t call it ‘Music City’ without supporting a sustaining Symphony,” Anne says. “We started by brainstorming and talking about a vision. With the 30th year being the year of the pearl, that was a jumping off point for us.” The process started a year ago, which gives you an idea of how long it takes to plan an event of this scale. Karlen says that they spoke with past chairs to get insider’s tips on how to execute a memorable evening on a budget. “We’re fortunate that we’re good friends with several of the chairs from years past, and they’ve been immensely helpful,” she says. “And the people on our committee have been involved with a lot of different balls and events in town—they’re so knowledgeable.” “And everyone we’ve asked to help us has said ‘yes,’” Anne jumps in. “I think that’s a testament to the Symphony, and to the philanthropic spirit in Nashville.” Earlier this year, Karlen and Anne were excited to announce this year’s recipients of the Harmony Award, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. “We are delighted and honored to be named the recipients of the 2014 Harmony Award by the Nashville Symphony," the duo says. "Joining the list of illustrious past winners, and doing so in the year of the 30th anniversary of the Symphony Ball, makes this recognition something truly special.” For the menu, Karlen and Anne have enlisted the services of Kristen Winston. In accordance with the pearl anniversary, expect to see the theme beautifully carried over on the menu (perhaps oysters?). Kristen says that she is taking a seasonal approach to the menu with both ingredients and aesthetic, and that the dinner will reflect the classic elegance of the Laura Turner Concert Hall. “The Symphony Ball has such a great energy,” Kristen enthused. “It is the holiday season, so both guests and staff are especially joyful. The entertainment is also very exciting! We are thrilled to be a part of it.” And as for the decorations, we got a sneak peek on one of the Décor Committee meetings, in which Melissa Mahanes, Kate Satz, Kaki Pulliam and Tulip Tree’s Mark O’Bryan joined Karlen and Anne to determine the best way to exemplify the pearl anniversary—a more challenging concept than you may initially think. The committee didn’t want the event to look overly bridal or too holiday specific. Fortunately, pearls come in all colors of the rainbow, and the committee focused on both warm and cool shades of blush, cream, silvery grey, amber and copper. Anne and Karlen also revealed a big change for the 30th year: the Symphony Ball logo, traditionally a trumpet wrapped in a bow, is a trumpet draped in a strand of pearls. Next year, it will revert to its traditional logo, but for the 30th anniversary, the slight alteration is fitting. “Pearls are classic, timeless and elegant,” Anne says. With the assistance of Mark—who would only reveal that the floral palette would involve the color “blush”—the committee met at the Schermerhorn to review fabric swatches for tablecloths and napkins, along with options for candleand napkin-holders (expect to see lots of shells and different shades of pearl) and vases molded from mercury glass and other mixed metals. At the meeting, Melissa brought out one showstopping fabric after another, and the committee viewed them in different lights to see how they would appear to the crowd the night of the event. Different plate settings, centerpieces and placeholders were moved around the tables as the committee deliberated. But as for their final decision…well, you’ll just have to wait and see.

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eady or not, the holidays are coming, and between trimming the turkey and trimming the tree, there are plenty of opportunities to open your home to friends and family. Whether you have visions of Rockwellian-style dinners or lavish cocktail parties dancing in your head, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to get overwhelmed. To eliminate stress from the guest list this holiday season, we called on a few friends to provide their tips and tricks for effortless entertaining. by Nancy Floyd

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Stock up. How do you know how much wine to serve? A good formula for a cocktail party is two glasses of wine per person for the first hour and one glass for every hour after that. A glass of wine can be three or four ounces. (This roughly translates to 75-100 glasses per case of wine.) My formula for a multi-course gourmet dinner party is one bottle per person.

varietal, bravo! If not, take note that wine tastes better in glass than plastic, and it stays the proper temperature longer if held from a stem. The color of the wine can be more thoroughly enjoyed from clear crystal as opposed to colored wine glasses or cut crystal.



4 Have a plan. Serving wine requires attention. Opening a bottle of wine takes time, so plan accordingly for each bottle. Younger wines need to be opened approximately 60 minutes before you serve them. Older wines will be better if served immediately after opening. Serve the wine first, followed by the food. This allows guests to sample the wine with and without the food and sets a good pace for the meal.

Do your research. Before your party, study up so you can provide interesting facts about the wine: who made it? Where was it grown? Was it named after a person or a region? There are so many interesting things to learn and enjoy about wine.

Offer some variety. Serve two Cabernet Sauvignons by the same winemaker but from two different vineyards or vintages. Or, serve an old world wine beside a new world wine, like red Burgundy beside Pinot Noir or a Bordeaux beside a California Cabernet blend.

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Hosts with the most Steve Sirls and Allen DeCuyper have been entertaining guests for 30 years, and their home, affectionately referred to as The Craighead House, has been the site of everything from intimate dinner parties for eight to massive charity benefits for 500. The dashing duo shares six tricks they’ve picked up along the way to guarantee a stress-free shindig: one



Know your guests. Mix the cocktails, buy the wines and prepare the foods that your company loves! It will instantly make them feel at home and will leave a lasting impression that lingers far after the night is over.

Set the mood. The right lighting, a cozy fire, some nice background music and an uncluttered space go a long way in creating a festive mood and a relaxing environment.

Use what you have. Whether it’s greenery from your own garden or glasses from your collection of stemware, drawing from your own supply is a costeffective and eco-friendly way to make an event more personal and special.




Be prepared. Keep linens pressed, silver polished and glassware stored for easy access so that you can entertain at a moment’s notice. Avoid last-minute stress by prepping appetizers and side dishes ahead of time, whenever possible.

Divide and conquer. Divvy up tasks between you and your cohosts to play on your strengths. Allen handles food and beverages while Steve tackles the flowers, décor and logistics. Know your strengths and work on the things that come most naturally to you.

Call in backup. Hire a professional to serve drinks or pass hors d’œuvres, especially for crowds larger than 20, to allow you the opportunity to enjoy yourself and mingle with your guests. And as an added bonus, you’ll actually save some cash. As Allen says, “We learned a long time ago that you’ll save a lot on alcohol if you hire a bartender.”

OUR PANEL OF EXPERTS Holly Hearn Whaley As the president and CEO of Nashville Wine Auction, the country’s oldest charity wine auction, Holly takes a party very seriously. With more than 35 years of event planning experience, Holly provides extraordinary wine experiences to help fund the fight against cancer in Middle Tennessee.

Jennifer Neal Edwards Jennifer is an award-winning event designer and floral artist with more than 15 years of experience designing for weddings, special events, film and television. She is the founder and owner of Reveal Event Style, an event design firm in Nashville.

Allen DeCuyper and Steve Sirls Allen and Steve have been hosting parties for 30 years, opening their home and garden for everything from family dinners to huge charity benefits. The couple is committed to many worthy causes and have hosted gatherings for nonprofits such as Nashville CARES, the Antiques and Garden Show, Young Professionals Network and Tennessee Preservation Trust.

flowers Jennifer Neal Edwards, awardwinning floral artist, event designer and owner of Reveal Event Style, takes the guesswork out of holiday flowers with six steps to botanical success: >>

1 Roll out the garlands. Premade garlands last a long time and create an instant base for florals. Adorn doorways, freshen up tabletops or suspend from chandeliers for eye-catching pieces, and then spruce them up with berries, flowers, ornaments, gilded fruits or lighting.

2 Trust your instincts. Your party décor should reflect your personal style or, as Jennifer puts it, be “the dressed-upin-heels version of your home.” Choose arrangements and accents that reflect your taste and design aesthetic so they complement your home décor rather than detract from it.

3 Keep it simple. When it comes to flowers, an easy way to avoid a decorating disastert is o stick to a monochromatic color scheme. Select buds in differing textures but the same hue for a tailored and tasteful look. Or, use your favorite flower in mass quantities to create an instant showstopper. Remember to avoid overly aromatic flowers, especially for a dinner party, so they don’t compete with the fragrance palate of the meal.



Create a focal point. Select key locations throughout the home that you want to highlight, such as the entrance, buffet, dining tables or fireplace. For cocktail parties where guests will be standing and mingling, set up arrangements that are visible from four feet up so they can be easily spotted. For seated dinners, limit the height of your flowers to nine inches or less so they don’t create an obstacle for conversations happening across the table.

Obey the rules. When it comes to varieties, textures and finishes, follow the rule of odds, using a 3-to-1 ratio of face flowers to accent flowers. This will keep arrangements looking balanced and cohesive. “No element should cover or overpower another,” Jennifer advises. “They should appear in ‘comfort and joy’ with each other. It’s about mingling, not getting lost in the mix!”

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Add a little glitter. If ever there’s a time for a little glitz and glamour, it’s the holidays! Gilded or glittered flowers—even of unique varieties like protea, cactus and succulents— are a wonderful way to enhance an arrangement and add to the ambiance of a room by reflecting candles and lighting throughout the space.

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Cunnin gham marries Micha e l Wesley Snow


olly Cunningham and Michael Snow met in fifth grade at University School of Nashville and remained good friends throughout high school. They began dating while studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, in 2008, and he proposed in Grayton Beach, Florida, in 2013. They married in June at West End United Methodist Church with Reverend Robert Early and Reverend John Feldhacker officiating. Reverend Early also performed ceremonies for Molly’s parents in 1980 and her sister Grace Ann in 2010. The bride processed to “Trumpet Tune” by Purcell and “Trumpet Voluntary” by Clarke. The couple recessed to “Fanfare” by Lemmens.

Molly wore a gown by Monique Lhuillier with a lace bodice and full tulle skirt and carried a bouquet of cream and blush peonies and garden roses. Her cathedral-length veil was worn previously by her sister. Bridesmaids wore floor-length blush crinkle chiffon dresses by Amsale and carried blush and pale pink roses. For the reception at Hillwood Country Club, Sutton Florist decorated with lush floral arrangements in light pink hues and bathed the area in a pale pink glow. Furniture provided by Please Be Seated created an intimate, warm ambiance. Hillwood Country Club catered the Southerninspired dinner, and The Clean Plate Club provided

late-night ice cream sandwiches and sliders. Dessert Designs created the fudge and caramel layer wedding cake. The Super T Revue brought the tunes, and Southern Social Weddings and Events masterminded the occasion. After a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple moved to Washington, D.C., where Michael practices law with Hogan Lovells. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University Law School. Molly received her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University and her Master’s in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is a third grade teacher at Wayside Elementary in Potomac, Maryland. Sandy Nelson

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Encore! On stage with the Nashville Opera


ooking at cities across the nation, there’s cause for concern over the state of opera in America. Earlier this year, mezzo soprano Jennifer Rivera opined in the Huffington Post about the disheartening closures of multiple regional opera companies, including Opera Pacific, Cleveland Opera, San Antonio Opera and, shockingly, the New York City Opera. The San Diego Opera nearly shuttered its doors this spring but was fortunately saved due to a rush of donations and a massive board restructuring. But our Nashville Opera is bucking the trend, executing stellar, world-class productions at a lower operating budget than many other major markets. Under the leadership of general and artistic director John Hoomes—who is celebrating 20 years with the organization—the Nashville Opera is ensuring that this revered art form will not fade away in Music City. In addition to presenting a marvelous season each year (with tickets starting at $26), the Opera offers free community performances and educational outreach opportunities. “It’s all about bringing audiences in,” John says. “We have an opera education tour where we take a fully-staged children’s opera with costumes, singers, sets and piano and take it into the schools. “When I first came to Nashville—and I can’t believe it’s been two decades, but it has—there was nothing like this,” he says. “So we got the tour together, and contacted the schools, and they said, ‘Opera? The kids will hate that!’ But now, we have a waiting list. And I’d like to expand the tour, but that takes money. And one of the things people donate to us for is our education program, to help expand it. Because education is something we feel strongly about.” John says that this program reaches around 30,000 children, mostly in elementary schools, each year. The opera also holds gratis public performances, often in public libraries or community spaces like the Parthenon, which is a wonderful way to reach new audiences. Another creative way to attract new opera fans? Fun performances at locales like the Franklin Theatre ( for sing-along movie nights) or Fat Bottom Brewing ( for Brews & Baritones, which involves a side of pop-up opera with your beer). The Opera’s community outreach initiatives extend to all citizens of Nashville, exemplified in their upcoming collaboration with Conexión Américas for the January performance of Florencia en el Amazonas, which also marks the Nashville Opera’s first performance of a Spanish-language opera.

For the Opera’s recent stunning production of La Bohème, Nancy Floyd and I were cast as supernumeraries, non-speaking and non-singing roles (you’re welcome, everybody). We were blown away not only by the cast’s professionalism and proficiency but by their welcoming spirit towards a couple of pedestrian performers like us. Once we got past the thrill of dressing up as late 19th-century Parisian “wealthy ladies”—wigs, bum rolls and gloriously massive hats—they helped us with everything from stage directions to explaining the plot. And the principals! Like most regional opera companies, John travels to New York City to audition principals, casting a year or two out from the performance, and these performers are truly rock stars in every sense of the term. They travel the world to perform in opera companies just like ours, spending a few weeks in each city while they prepare for the production. Performing is physically and emotionally taxing, and these are not only powerful singers and actors, but athletes. Having a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of the Opera gave us a new appreciation for how much work goes into each show, from the hair (wig) and makeup team (under the phenomenally talented Sondra Nottingham) to the incredibly organized production stage manager Kat Slagell. It takes a village to put on an opera production, and this village is filled with hardworking individuals. Funding for the Nashville Opera is led by the Nashville Opera Guild, who annually present the Opera’s largest annual fundraiser, La Bella Notte. Kicking off the social season each January, this black-tie event includes a musical multi-course dinner, which John describes as “opera dinner theater,” featuring performances between each course. The Opera is also supported by FORTE, a group composed of young professionals who have a passion for opera (you may recognize recent Nfocus Model Behavior honoree Cara Jackson, who was one of the spearheading forces behind FORTE). If you’re already a supporter of the Opera, you’re well aware of how impactful and awe-inspiring their performances are, whether it’s a massive production in TPAC’s Jackson Hall, like La Bohème, or an intimate show in the Noah Liff Opera Center, like The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat. If you’re interested in learning more about supporting the Opera through the Guild, FORTE or just as a fan, visit for more information. And if you’re interested in being a supernumerary? Well, you’ll have to fight me and Nancy for a spot! Abby White

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Breakfast in a bag Tasty omelets in 13 minutes


ne way to preserve family goodwill during the holidays is to let everyone express his or her individualism in a community setting, preferably without staring at smart phones. Tonya Jones and Al Hacker celebrate holidays with a big blended family and have found that group happiness begins with a good breakfast—specifically, individual baggie omelets. When Al introduced us to the simple genius of this old campfire scout method, we went right home and tried it. Prepare to be amazed. Bring a large pot of water to a gentle simmer on the stove (or a turkey fryer in the backyard) and set out the eggs (2 to 3 per person), an array of omelet accessories, a stack of freezer-grade sealable plastic bags and a black marker to write your name on the bag. Then, step aside. The baggie omelet sous vide station is ready to go, and the hosts are free to enjoy coffee or a Bloody Mary. Holiday breakfast happens in waves at Al and Tonya’s as family members roll out of bed á la The Big Chill. With the mise en place complete, everyone curates their own breakfast, which is ready in 13 minutes. The boiled bag method produces perfectly cooked, moist eggs with well-distributed melted cheese and the rest of your fillings. Cook several at a time, but don’t crowd the pot. Allow the simmering water to circulate around the bags. Some ingredients require a little prep work. Raw vegetables like onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and spinach should be sautéed first and set aside. Shred or chop cheeses for even distribution and thorough melting. Dice cooked meats like ham, bacon, ground beef and steak. Once out of the water, allow to cool a minute or two for easier handling. Carefully open the bag and allow any steam to escape. Then gently roll the omelet out of the bag and onto a plate. The result is spectacular. Take this method with you on the camping trip, to the beach house—anywhere you can boil water and need to feed a crowd.

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Camelot One of Broadway’s most legendary musicals, this enchanting fable recounts the story of King Arthur and his infamous love triangle with Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere. Nov. 4-9. Tickets $62.50-72.50. Andrew Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick Street, 615-297-2966, ARK PLACE PARK H BELLE MEADE BELLE MEADE HENDERSONVILLE BELLE MPEADE PLACE ENDERSONVILLE ENDERSONVILLE MaryHAddison Hackett:

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day-to-day life, the Nashville-based painter revisits a time-tested genre: the still life. Through Nov. 8. Gratis. David Lusk Gallery, 516 Hagan Street, 615-7809990,

James and the Giant Peach Roll off with James and his band of creepy crawlers on this wild, musical adventure based on the treasured novel by Roald Dahl. Nov. 6-Dec. 14. Tickets $14-20. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street, 615-252-4675,

Nomadic Views: Fantastical Views from This World and Beyond Fulfill your sense of wanderlust through a variety of works that speak to the nomadic spirit. Through Nov. 14. Gratis. Corvidae Collective, 11 Arcade, 615-2511609,

Cindy House: Inspired by Nature


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Pause and reflect on the splendor of the natural world during this vignette show featuring the masterful pastels of Cindy House. Through Nov. 15. Gratis. Haynes Gallery, 1600 Division Street, 615-3127000,

Abstract Works Artists Caio Fonseca, Raphaelle Goethals and Robert Treat showcase musically-inspired works in gouache, etching and encaustic. Through Nov. 15. Gratis. Cumberland Gallery, 4107 Hillsboro Circle, 615-297-0296,

The Adventures of Robin Hood and His Merry Men STC’s ClassAct partners with Playhouse Nashville to produce an original adaptation of the classic story that’s sure to be a fun adventure for the whole family. Nov. 14-22. Tickets $6-10. Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, 615-554-7414,

The Book of Mormon From the creators of South Park, this nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical features an all-star cast and a scandalous, outrageous good time. Nov. 18-23. Tickets $72.50-137.50. Andrew Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick Street, 615297-2966,

Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy Presenting a fresh perspective on Italian Renaissance art, this exhibit features works from the Vatican that have never before been shown in America. Through Jan. 25. Tickets $7-10. Frist Center, 919 Broadway, 615-244-3340,

Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country

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Take an intimate look into the career and personal life of one of the most successful country artists of all time. Through March 30. Tickets $14.9524.95. Country Music Hall of Fame, 222 Fifth Avenue South, 615-416-2001,

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Happy meal The greatest luxury of all time


year ago, I had a baby and we all know the best thing about having a baby: the meal calendar. When you have a newborn that nurses every two hours and a toddler who is flailing around on the floor because his lovie needs a Band-Aid and a husband who unknowingly asks a simple question like, “Babe, do we have any beer?” then you need a friend and not just a friend but a friend with a meal. I first experienced the meal calendar when my twin daughters were born six years ago. The day we brought them home from the hospital, Sally McDougall appeared with a warm winter feast—beef tenderloin, steamed asparagus, mashed potatoes, rolls and the crown jewel: chocolate cake. This was just the beginning of what I remember about the meals that proceeded to come and come and come for months on end—homemade shrimp and grits, homemade curry, homemade apple pie with a perfect little apple on the top made out of dough. Homemade chicken casserole, of course, and homemade soup, of course. Homemade fettuccines and lasagnas and manicottis. Spinach salad and Caesar salad and kale salad. Some people even brought homemade breakfast with their dinners. (Liz Atwood, thank you for that banana bread. Rebecca Owen, thank you for those pumpkin loaves.) And then there were the just-as-thoughtful souls who brought dinners they had procured from our local catering gems: pork tenderloin from Something Special, kebabs from Kalamatas, Lucayan salad from Calypso. This was six years ago, and I leave no detail behind.

Last year, I got to experience this incredible kindness all over again. To all of you women (and men) who came bearing dinner, I cannot thank you enough. Not having to plan meals, schlepp to the grocery, cook said meal and clean the dishes is perhaps the greatest luxury of all time. It blows cashmere pajamas and facials out of the water, especially when you’re not sleeping and you wouldn’t dare show your face in public anyway. This kind of stewardship is hardly limited to new moms. Bringing someone food is an appropriate response to just about any major life event: birth, sickness, surgery, divorce, death, pet death, bad dye job. And, in my humble opinion, Nashville women are better meal-bringers than residents of any other city. To prove this point, I tell you that women from Alabama have admitted it’s true. I also share the example of a friend of a friend who moved here knowing not a soul. She had a young child and breast cancer, and after one email from a neighbor whom she’d just met, this newly arrived Nashvillian had meals coming to her for eight weeks straight. She was bowled over by the generosity she experienced. I have tried and failed to get on various people’s meal calendars over the years, as I know you have, too. There are waiting lists to get on a meal calendars around here, that’s how good we are. And the best thing about all this is that no one knocks. No one expects you to answer the door. No one expects pleasantries of any kind. It’s just a meal, magically appeared, that is all about giving and all about thanks.






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The Words a. “I think you can pick up on the fact that pink is our favorite color.“ b. “We’re the brains of the operation; they just don’t know it!” c. “We’re the cool kids in town, so we had to pick a cool venue.” d. “This was on my bucket list.”


e. “All we did was clean up the yard.“ f. “OMG! It’s T Bone Burnett, the greatest writer in America, and he is shaking my hand!” g. “I’d say this is a lot harder than planning a wedding.” h. “Sometimes I wonder how I was so crazy to get involved, but I am so glad I did.” i. “This is one of the most important days in our history.”

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Human voices A personal touch in the digital age


used to think the lady who lives inside my car was my best friend. She’s so unflappable! So dependable, always there. She never gets frustrated and seems to forgive my foibles, gently instructing me to turn around at my first opportunity. I envy her calm confidence when she says, “In a quarter of a mile, turn right.” She knows how to get from here to wherever we want to go. I’ve always trusted her completely. That is, until one recent Saturday when I needed to pick up some petits fours at Sweet and Sassy in Madison. “You have reached your destination,” she proclaimed after numerous instructions. I had reached not a bakery but a cemetery—not my destination for a while yet. Betrayed! I had trusted her! I wound up having to call a human to get me to the petits fours. The direction lady didn’t say a word for the rest of the trip. The whole fiasco reminded me how grateful I am for human voices and their gentle reminders that foibles can be forgiven, imperfection can be lovely, that both patience and impatience can be the right choice depending on the moment. I’m grateful for the friends who call just when you need a laugh, who tell funny, selfdeprecating stories about personal screw-ups. I’m in awe of friends who, regardless of life’s battles, square their shoulders, lift their chin, put on their stockings and a smile and face the day; friends who have been through tough times but can still make your stomach ache with laughter; friends who share the air time so that each of us learns something about the other’s life in that brief juncture. No one could possibly live long enough to amass all the experience necessary for a fully actualized life, could they? Friends who can say, “You

won’t believe what a mess I made of this,” help expand a limited repertoire of experience. I need friends who are practical, who know just what the solution is for almost any dilemma, from home repair to relationships. My daughter-in-law is one of these, guiding me through equivocation to just the right answer, providing the right words to say or suggesting the appropriate tool or the perfect handyman for the job. I’m grateful for friends who forgive a flare of temper or word of judgment spoken without enough information. Friends who send a little note or an email that reveal understanding—those are treasures, too. I love a friend who can articulate—or accept—an apology. I depend on friends whose wisdom makes you step back with a gasp at your own shortsightedness, who provide a perspective that puts oxygen back in your lungs. I adore friends who are mystical, open to what others cannot see, infusing meaning into what I thought was mere coincidence. Their incandescence lingers long after our meetings have passed. I treasure the stolen dance inside Starbucks or on a sidewalk—fellows who hear the music whether it’s playing or not and lift you off your feet for just a moment. And in a way, isn’t that what we’re all doing—listening for magic that will transform the mundane into the miraculous, waiting for a moment worth remembering? I don’t think well-behaved women—or men—get nearly enough credit. I need them to remind me about the value of civility, the grace in lively discourse. They may rarely make history, but they make the most marvelous friends. And they are the best guides possible for the journey we’re all on together. That’s what I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving.




FO R A D V E RT I S I NG I N FO R M AT I O N , P L E A S E C O N TA C T YO U R A C C O U N T R E P R E S E N TA T I V E Beth AlexAnder

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Lead by example 09.19.14


The YMCA Center for Civic Engagement hosted a dinner at the State Capitol to benefit the CCE’s programs, which educate students on how the government works through Model United Nations, leadership conferences and an international exchange program. After touring the Capitol during the cocktail hour, guests heard from Secretary of State Tre Hargett and YMCA CCE Board members Allison Gossett, Sean McGuire and Anne Elizabeth McIntosh.


1. R  achel and Colin Barrett, Dan Dummermuth, Susan Moriarty 2. Paul and Catherine Fleming, Carrie Pfeiffer, Mathew Pfeiffer 3. Kamisha and Corey Niter 4. Kimberly Tavares, David Dantzler, Jimmy and Kim Roberts 5. Anne Elizabeth McIntosh, Tre Hargett, Gini Moonshower



by Abby White photographs by eric england


Starting to build 09.30.14 Habitat for Humanity hosted their Women Build Kick-off Reception at the offices of Frost Brown Todd in the Pinnacle Building. These women business leaders work together every year to fund and build a house for a female homeowner. Among plans the committee discussed: Couture Construction taking place in March at Dillard’s in The Mall at Green Hills. We’ll be in line with several hundred more to shop at this fun event!




1. Gabrielle Gipson, Roxianne Bethune, Kebbyn Connell 2. Sarah Gaffney, Kristin Clarke, Kelli Carver 3. Lucia Folk, Alicia Dawson, Olivia Nelson 4. Ebony Kelly, Lucile Householder, Christie Edwards, Linda Rebrovick 5. Mekesha Montgomery, Christie Wilson, Tina Adams by Holly Hoffman photographs by Michael W. Bunch



Cocktail contest 10.02.14






Ballet Ball co-chairs Melissa Mahanes and Kerri Cavanaugh welcomed their committee of dedicated supporters to a kick-off celebration at Corsair Distillery. While enjoying bites from Bacon & Caviar, guests were encouraged to try three specialty cocktails created by Corsair and to vote for their favorite, which will be the featured cocktail at the main ball. Curious to see which cocktail won? We’ll meet you at the Ball on March 7 to find out. 1. Co-chairs Melissa Mahanes and Kerri Cavanaugh, Heather Thorne 2. Lynn and Elizabeth Greer, Owen Joyner 3. Betsy Wills, Jennifer Puryear 4. Jay Joyner, Marci Houff, Sarah Reisner, Paul Vasterling 5. Todd and Sharon Sandahl, Vince Dreffs, Amos Gott by Abby White photographs by Michael W. Bunch

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Setting the stage 10.04.14



Supporters of the recently renamed Nashville Repertory Theatre came early to enjoy libations and heavy hors d’œuvres before the company’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Fans of the grisly dark comedy (is there a more appropriate play to set the stage for Halloween?) had the opportunity to take a sneak-peek backstage tour before the show.


1. Betsy Whittaker, Deby Pitts, Vicki Horne 2. Matt Jenkins, Cynthia Frahm 3. Mark Siedlecki, Erik Broeren 4. John and Ann Shayne, Nate Eppler, Pat Patrick 5. Felicia Byrd, Cynthia Frahm, Holly Whaley, Samuel Dallas


by Abby White photographs by Michael W. Bunch


Speak and spell 10.07.14 It was a battle of the brainiacs at The Bee, a hilarious and fun-filled fundraiser for Nashville Adult Literacy Council. The grown-up spelling bee pitted teams of six against each other in a humorous word-centric contest, with top honors going to a group from Vandy. Guests enjoyed a variety of bites and Yazoo and Jackalope beers, all while raising $23,000 for NALC’s mission to teach adults to read.




1. Nancy DeKalb, Meg Nugent, Blake Farmer 2. Jacob Drucker, Danica Drucker 3. Alex Kimerling, Cindy Thomsen, Nicole Smith 4. Megan Staubitz, Stacia and Thomas Hadley 5. Sara and Gary Schott, Jim Chesney, Sarah Coode by Nancy Floyd photographs by eric england



Sing for your supper 10.11.14




Before the final performance of La Bohème at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, patrons of the Nashville Opera gathered across the street at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis for an elegant dinner and preshow party. Everyone was eager for the production, especially Nfocus editors Nancy Floyd and Abby White who had blink-and-you’ll-miss-them roles on stage—turn to page 82 for more on that! 1. Barbara Bechtold, Betty Walker, Kathryn Walsh, Kay Housch 2. James Wiseman, Susan O’Connor 3. Dena Williamson, Jan Riven 4. Bill and Bonnie Meyers, Nancy Coleman, Andy Valentine 5. Betty and Ed Thackston, Debora Glennon, Morel Harvey



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November 2014 What: Conservancy Gala For: Centennial Park and the Parthenon When: Sat., Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Where: The Parthenon Co-chairs: Beth Fortune and Debbie Turner Party Note: Black tie Tariff: $500 per person Info:



What: Chili Cook-off For: Linda’s Hope When: Sat., Nov. 1, 2 p.m. Where: Home of Ford Tomlin Tariff: $20 per person Info: What: Harvest Moon Ball For: Second Harvest Food Bank When: Sat., Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m. Where: War Memorial Auditorium Co-chairs: Barbara Anne Corbett, Tim and Pam DuBois and Eileen Hernandez Party Note: Featuring artist and musician Ray Stephenson Tariff: $250 per person Info:


Where: The Hutton Hotel Party Note: Speaker Milton Johnson and presentation of Young Leader of the Year Award Tariff: $45 per person Info:


What: Opening Night Cocktail Supper For: Nashville Jewish Film Festival When: Wed., Nov. 5, 6 p.m. Where: Noah Liff Opera Center Party Note: Screening of The Return of the Violin Tariff: $75 per person, $140 per couple Info:


What: Nashville Jewish Film Festival What: Wine Down Main Street When: Nov. 5-15 For: Boys & Girls Clubs Where: Various locations When: Sat., Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Tariff: $10 per person Where: Historic Downtown Franklin Info: Tariff: $125 per VIP, $85 per 06 general admission What: Nashville Business Info: Hall of Fame For: Junior Achievement of 02 What: Sunday in the Park Middle Tennessee For: Friends of Warner Parks When: Thurs., Nov. 6, 6 p.m. When: Sun., Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m. Where: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Where: Edwin Warner Park Chair: Yonnie Chesley Co-chairs: Elizabeth Akers and Party Note: Honoring Candy Bass Jack Bovender Tariff: Invitation only, contact Tariff: $2,500 per table 615-370-8053 Info: Laura Buchanan, 615-627-1183 Info: 07 What: Royal Flush Casino Night 05 What: National Philanthropy Day For: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Award Luncheon When: Fri., Nov. 7, 8 p.m. For: Association of Fundraising Where: Citizen Professionals Tariff: $75 per person When: Wed., Nov. 5, 11 a.m. Info: Where: Omni Nashville Hotel 07 Party Note: Honoring Michael W. What: Literary Award Smith as Philanthropist of the Year Patrons Party Tariff: $55 per person For: Nashville Public Library Info: When: Fri., Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. Where: Home of Margaret 05 What: Fall Leadership Luncheon Ann Robinson For: Young Leaders Council Party Note: Conversation with When: Wed., Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m. Jon Meacham and Scott Turow


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What: An Evening with Friends For: Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital When: Fri., Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Where: Loveless Barn Co-chairs: Paige Hill and Kelli Myers Tariff: $75 per person Info:

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What: A Women’s Thanksgiving For: Renewal House When: Sun., Nov. 9, 5 p.m. Where: Maddox Grand Atrium Co-chairs: Cristin and Kate Viebranz Tariff: $75 per person Info: 14 What: Houses of Hope Luncheon For: Habitat for Humanity When: Mon., Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. Where: Omni Nashville Hotel Tariff: $250 suggested donation Info:


13 What: Champagne and Chardonnay For: Nashville Wine Auction When: Thurs., Nov. 13, 6 p.m. Where: Home of Sylvia Roberts Party Note: Ladies only! Co-chairs: Amy Atkinson and Carol Hudler Tariff: $100 per person Info:


13 What: Hats off to High Hopes Songwriters Night For: High Hopes When: Thurs., Nov. 13, 6 p.m. Where: The Rosewall Party Note: Entertainment by Tim Nichols & Friends Tariff: $150 per person Info:


What: Christmas Village For: Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center When: Nov. 14-16 Where: TN State Fairgrounds


What: Chair-ish the Night with Vince Gill & Friends For: STARS When: Fri., Nov. 14, 6 p.m. Where: Country Music Hall of Fame Tariff: $175 per person Info: What: d’Vine Selections Wine Tasting and Silent Auction For: Ronald McDonald House When: Fri., Nov. 14, 6 p.m. Where: Nashville Farmers’ Market Tariff: $60 per person Info: What: Party with a Purpose For: Best Buddies When: Fri., Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. Where: Rocketown Tariff: $75 per person Info: What: Sparkle & Twang For: Tennessee State Museum When: Fri., Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Where: Lexus of Nashville Party Note: Boots and Bling attire Tariff: $90 per person, $175 per couple Info: What: The Boulevard Bolt For: Homeless of Nashville When: Thurs., Nov. 27, 8 a.m. Where: Belle Meade Boulevard Tariff: $45 per person, $65 at door Info: What: Bal d’Hiver For: CASA, Family and Children’s Service and Kappa Alpha Theta When: Fri., Nov. 28, 6 p.m. Where: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Co-Chairs: Jane Corcoran, Irwin Fisher and Anne Riegle Info:

What: Literary Award Gala For: Nashville Public Library When: Sat., Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. Where: Downtown Public Library Co-chairs: Corinne Kidd and Keith Meacham Party Note: Black tie, Honoring Scott Turow Tariff: $500 per person Info:


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ounded in 1897, the Delta Sigma Fraternity was composed of young men from different high schools around the greater Nashville area. The class from this particular photograph brings back nostalgic memories of a more refined era. At the time, Nashville was blessed with two incredibly talented orchestras—Frances Craig and Owen Bradley—who provided the tunes for the annual Spring Formal. Fueled by coy looks and the excitement of teen love, the young men and women danced the night away until 2 a.m., when the whole group headed off to a delicious catered breakfast. Through events like these, the Delta Sigma Fraternity brought together people who might have otherwise never met—truly creating lifelong friendships.

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In Perfect Harmony: Symphony Ball prepares for 30th anniversary, No-Fuss Holiday Entertaining, Heritage Ball, Authors in the Round, River Sw...