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Contents March 2013 | Vol. xx, No. 3

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Free at last The Emancipation Proclamation makes a stop at Tennessee State Museum

32 First position Ballet Ball patrons enjoy light bites, city views and beautiful art 34

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Party animals

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Nashville Humane Association celebrates Top Tails Donor Society

38 Wish upon a star Make-A-Wish gets major celeb support at Stars for Wishes 41 Grand ole opera The annual musical multi-course meal raises the bar 44

Divine inspiration The Antiques and Garden Show honors Albert Hadley

49 Where the heart is Nashville lovingly celebrates the 40th annual Heart Gala

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Raising the barre

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Emerald city

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Modern luxuries

A festive party at War Memorial commemorates 20 years of Nfocus

Spring fashion trends—Mad for mod

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08 In our words Brace yourself!

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10 Behind the scenes Classic style for mother and child— Kayce Hughes 13 Nsider News, rumors & propaganda

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52 ON THE COVER Salome Steinmann photographed at EYE Management’s studio by Fairlight Hubbard and Amy M. Phillips. Styling by Milton White, assisted by Tyler Minor, Lauren Cunningham and Kris Dailey. Hair and makeup by Megan Thompson. For more details, check out our Modern luxuries feature starting on page 61.

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he Swan Ball Unveiling Party is a time for the chairmen to reveal all the yummy details of the upcoming annual soirée. This year’s unveiling was no exception with 2013 chairs Julie Walker and Amy Colton doing the honors at Longleat, the historic home of Cathy and Clay Jackson. Standing on the staircase at the entrance of the Jacksons’ stunning home, the chairs were welcomed by host Clay, before he turned the program over to Cheekwood President and glowing newlywed Jane Offenbach McLeod, who explained that the proceeds from the 50th Swan Ball are being used to bring Bruce Munro’s light and glass installation to the former Maxwell House Coffee estate. Next, this year’s designers, the local duo Anita Hogin and Hugh Howser of Elizabeth Broyhill, Allison DeMarcus, Elizabeth Dennis HThree Events, provided a detailed explanation of their including some recognizable ones inspiration and final design. “When worn by celebs like Ginnifer Goodwe first met with Amy and Julie, they win, Julie Bowen, Nina Dobrev and gave us their ideas based on their walks throughout the entire grounds Nicki Minaj. Two gorgeous models, at Cheekwood. Through all of their Sammi Moore and Laura Hanson Sims, were on hand to showcase the inspiration, the overall theme centered around nature. We wanted to beautiful dresses. capture nature in an elegant manner.” Alan Valentine welcomed the With charts on easels and swatches well-dressed crowd, including Anof a floral design, Hugh highlighted astasia Brown, Sandra Lipman, the vision: colors of clover, loden Janice Elliott, Lake Eakin, and green, marmalade and coral poppy, J.R. and Joy Roper from presentivory drapes encasing the entire balling sponsor Lexus of Nashville, beroom, and a chandelier of 7,000 lightfore introducing the spring fashion ed Lucite hummingbirds floating as a show co-chairs Elizabeth Broyhill canopy over the green lacquered bar. and Elizabeth Dennis, affectionately referred to as “The Elizabeths.” Also in attendance was Alison DeMarcus, this year’s fashion show emcee, who will be wearing a Monique Lhuillier gown for the affair. “That will be tough,” she joked. In addition to scoping out the beautiful garments, guests had Carole Nelson, Jane Offenbach the opportunity to McLeod, Sandra Lipman learn a little more about some of the After that, the much-anticipated exciting surprises The Elizabeths surprises were revealed fast and fuhave in store for this year’s event, riously. The prestigious Swan Award including a Parisian-inspired supper will be presented to the “Prince club following the runway show proof Chintz” himself, Mario Buatta, duced by Big Events. It’s obvious this while the music will be by Kool and year’s fashion show is in good hands the Gang, an announcement which and won’t soon be forgotten!

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for Women campaign; some kindhearted men are getting in on the action as well. Belle Meade Country Club was packed with a group of 200 local businessmen for the Go Red for Women Men’s Event, the largest turnout in the event’s five-year history. The guys night out was entirely focused on women’s hearts, both literally and figuratively. In addition to learning about women’s heart health, the men also had a chance to write sweet notes to the ladies in their lives, make contributions on their behalf to the American Heart Association and purchase gifts at a Valentine’s boutique from vendors like Girl with a Pearl, Ilex, King Jewelers, BOCONI and Grand Cru. A wine tasting and

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known as a young person’s party, it is both a terrific value and just plain fun for the 200-plus attendees with aficionados of all ages in the mix. Director of Decoration and Special Projects for Veranda magazine Carolyn Englefield served as moderator of a panel comprised of former Parrish-Hadley designers, who have

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become some of the most respected names in interior design: David Kleinberg, Brian McCarthy and Thomas Hamel. Bunny Williams, Honorary Co-chair of the event and the venerable icon of “Albert Hadley University,” was in the audience and delighted the patrons with her comments. It was clear that these successful, creative minds revered Nashvillian Albert Hadley, the focus of this 23rd Antiques and Garden Show. Dana Miller (second cousin of Albert Hadley with daughter, Had-

of having comfortable seating from Albert, Brian’s note that all of Albert’s clients “adored him” and Thomas’s three-word distillation of Albert’s style as “classical, architectural and rich in color.” Other design tips included Albert’s admonition to give clients what they never knew they wanted, remember that suitability is always important and don’t forget to assess the architecture before you start decorating. During the Q&A segment, Bunny advised the attendees to recognize the value of social media, saying, “You had better learn to use blogs and Pinterest boards, it’s the future of design!” Though David Kleinberg responded with, “I’ll never learn to Pinterest, I’ll learn to cook first!” Following the presentation, the collectors were treated to a tour of the Show floor with the designers visiting their favorite booths, pointing out objects of particular note while explaining how they would use them in their own design projects. This first-hand lesson was truly the epitome of the entire party. A lot of bang for your decorating buck.

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Gordon, Aubrey and Carlana Harwell, and Luke and Susan Simons, and the very first chance to view Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Highlights from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Ashley Levi, co-chairing this year’s Frist Gala with Dallas Wilt, welcomed guests as they arrived in the Grand Lobby. Mark O’Bryan of The Tulip Tree outfitted the Grand Lobby’s tables with glowing pillar candles, gold tablecloths and orange tulips. As Ashley said, “You can’t have a Dutch exhibit

without tulips!” Even Kristen Winston drew inspiration from the Dutch theme with her tantalizing selection of hors d’œuvres, but this wasn’t your typical meat-and-potatoes feast. Guests nibbled on braised beef and root vegetable tartlets, crispy potato pancakes with salmon gravlax, and Parmesan and kale puffs, the perfect complement to the selection of red and white wines and champagne provided by The Wine Chap. The main event of the night, however, was the private guided tour of the exhibit by Salvador Salort-Pons, head of the European Art Department at Detroit Institute of the Arts. As guests admired the more than 80 works on display in the Ingram Gal-

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Lucius Carroll served as honorary chair of the event with Joie Pate officially chairing this lovely midday tea party. Flint Clouse started the program with remarks about an upcoming legislative bill the group hopes to pass this year as they are the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. As both a parent and victim of drunk driving where her non-drinking passenger son, Cole Kilgore, was killed, Kathy Kilgore Beeler explained that MADD is also one of the largest victim services organizations supporting drunk and drugged driving victims, underage drinking and survivors at no charge. Kathy is a volunteer with their Victim Impact Panel creating awareness and sharing her story. “We are not just a bunch of angry moms,” she explained. “We are just asking people to be responsible when they get behind the wheel of a car.” Former National Chairman of MADD Milly Webb was also in attendance and reiterated the importance of the group’s mission. These folks do know how to have fun while advancing the cause of their important work. The success on this Sunday afternoon was evident in the bright décor that transcended the gloominess outside, an eclectic and colorful array of delectable finger foods and the smiling faces of children dressed in their own homemade hats. All in all, it was an event that would have brought a smile to both Alice’s and Taylor’s faces.

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here comes the bride One can never have too many choices when picking out a wedding dress, which is why we’re thrilled to announce the opening of Nashville’s newest bridal salon, Geny’s Bridal. Located on Charlotte Avenue, this boutique is the newest venture by the owners of Geny’s Wholesale, a flower shop and warehouse that has been providing and designing flowers for weddings in Nashville for years. In an effort to expand their contribution to the wedding world, they decided that dresses would be the next logical step. The dress shop boasts designs unique to its store in the Nashville area, offering gowns from Robert Bullock, Ellis, Siri, Lis Simon and a line made specifically for Geny’s Bridal with dresses appropriately named after flowers. Geny’s Bridal is not couture, but not a warehouse either; they pride themselves on offering high quality dresses at price points that many brides can afford. They also sell bridesmaid dresses by Jordan Fashions and Alexia

Get ready Nashville, Fashion Week is back. From April 2-6, Nashville will be runway ready and giving Bryant Park a run for its money. The third installment of Nashville Fashion Week will benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which awards a fashion industry professional each year with funds to further advance his or her training and career in fashion. This year’s winner is Lauren Leonard, creator of the internationally popular clothing line Leona. Lauren’s designs have been featured at both of the previous Nashville Fashion Weeks, and her styles have been seen on Nashville stars the likes of T. Swift, in fashion mags like Lucky and Elle, and on television shows such as Gossip Girl and 90210. Lauren was born and raised in the South, spent the beginning of her career in New York City and returned home to open her studio in Nashville. Her designs, while universally appealing, have a vivid sense of Southern style and charm. The award she receives this year will allow her to attend the Premiere Vision Textile Show in Paris. While the schedule for this year’s Fashion Week hasn’t been released, all access passes are available online for $350 at nashvillefashionweek.com. Be on the lookout for news of trunk shows, designer appearances, industry panels and more in fashionable stores throughout Nashville.

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he original Emancipation Proclamation, one of the most significant documents of human freedom, has only been exhibited outside of the nation’s capital four or five times in the past century-and-a-half. Recently, Nashville was lucky enough to be one of the few cities in the country to enjoy the privilege of having the Emancipation Proclamation travel to its environs. So, when Tennessee State Museum Executive Director Lois Riggins-Ezzell and Victor Ashe, Chairman of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, stood at the foot of the grand staircase on a slightly chilly February night, they welcomed more than 1,000 dignitaries and guests to the Discovering the Civil War exhibition reception and a special sneak peek at the priceless document. This night was truly an unparalleled moment in the history of the State Museum. Following an invocation by State Representative Johnny Shaw, Lois introduced Victor who recognized the exhibit’s generous sponsors before introducing Honey Alexander, former Tennessee First Lady and Trustee of the Foundation for the National Archives. Honey explained that the role of the Foundation was to interpret and share the incredible Archives collection with the American public. When Governor Bill Haslam stepped to the podium, he commended Honey for her instrumental role in positioning the museum so that this exceptional traveling exhibition from the Archives might make its only Southeastern stop within the boundaries of the Volunteer State, an exceedingly important battleground—with more battles fought here than any other state besides Virginia—during the devastating Civil War. It was truly an unforgettable program. The 13th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops Civil War reenactors served as honor guard while members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol provided courier protection for the Emancipation Proclamation and a pair of very realistic Lincoln and Mary Todd impersonators roamed the massive crowd. But, it was famed operatic soprano Kallen Esperian of Memphis who brought the house down with her performance of songwriter Mickey Newbury’s special arrangement of “An American Trilogy,” a medley of three 19th century songs originally made popular in the ’70s when Elvis began including it as a showstopping number at his concerts. The official ribbon cutting at the entrance to the exhibition gallery was the evening’s pièce de résistance, of course. Gloria houghland photographs by eric england

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nytime you walk into a party and are immediately greeted by a puppy, you know it’s going to be a good night. Such was the case at Nashville Humane Association’s Top Tails Donor Society cocktail party, an evening to celebrate the tight-knit community of generous supporters and animal lovers. Held at the stylish home of Mary and John Bettis, the intimate gathering was a way for the NHA to express gratitude for the compassion and kindness of their dedicated donors. A shindig thrown by the Nashville Humane Association wouldn’t be complete without the presence of a few party animals, and the Top Tails gathering was no exception. Rover, Rebel and Angel, three precious 8-week old puppies hoping to find their forever homes, were on hand to welcome and snuggle with guests as they arrived. Mary and John recruited their cute kids, Wyatt and Conway, to lobby on behalf of the pups, desperately pleading with the roomful of animal enthusiasts to consider adding yet another pet to their broods. Kristen Winston Catering provided the evening’s delicious eats, a selection that included roasted mushrooms stuffed with spinach, feta and bacon; spicy tuna tartare on crispy sushi rice cakes paired with mini cucumber ginger martinis; beef tenderloin crostini dressed with white truffle aioli, arugula and crispy shallots; and mini chocolate macaroon and caramel ice cream sandwiches. Guests mingled over appetizers and libations, sharing stories of their beloved furry friends, many of which were adopted from NHA over the years. As the party came to a close, attendees were treated to a special parting gift: a copy of The Pet Tribute Book. The collection of stories and photographs, compiled annually by the Humane Association, celebrates the joys of pet ownership, something this crowd knows better than anyone. Nancy floyd photographs by sinclair kelly

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hen Journey keyboardist and longtime Make-A-Wish supporter Jonathan Cain moved to Nashville, it didn’t take him long to connect with the Middle Tennessee chapter of the nonprofit. Bringing a sincere passion and a big vision, Jonathan teamed up with board member Joey Hemphill and created the idea of a new fundraiser that would rally celebrities for the cause. And thus, Stars for Wishes was born. “Between the two of us, we have a lot of friends,” Jonathan said, and he wasn’t kidding. Within just a few months, the pair not only made the fundraiser a reality, but they did so with the help of Kellie Pickler, Emeril Lagasse, Ronnie Dunn and Cowboy Troy, not to mention CEO Beth Torres and Board Chair Jeff Lynch. The result was a fabulous night of entertainment and dining at the Factory at Franklin. Amos Gott of AmosEvents transformed Liberty Hall for the “Boots and Bling” themed event. The faux leather linens, brushed brass accents, rope curtains and customized amber and crystal chandeliers created the perfect blend of dressy and casual. From the second guests arrived, it was obvious they were in for a very special night. And it was an evening that kept getting better and better. Emeril, who has granted more than 75 wishes with Make-A-Wish, prepared the four-course New Orleans-style dinner. The sold-out crowd feasted on chicken and Andouille sausage gumbo, boudin sausage stuffed quail, and bananas foster parfait. As the dinner progressed, the audience was treated to an appropriate wine pairing and entertainment pairing with each course. One of the biggest crowd pleasers of the night was Emeril’s nine-year old son, EJ, who took the stage with Jonathan to sing “Don’t Stop Believin’.” With such a successful inaugural event, Stars for Wishes is destined to become an annual affair. “We’re starting with this and I know we’re going to make a difference for a lot of kids in Middle Tennessee,” Jonathan says. With a delicious dinner, star-studded lineup, sold-out crowd and worthy cause, it was an impressive start, indeed.

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he circus may have been in town, but The Nashville Opera Guild’s annual La Bella Notte event was the top attraction. Always an anticipated evening for opera aficionados and patrons of the arts, La Bella Notte is the largest fundraiser for the Opera, supporting educational programs throughout schools in Middle Tennessee. This year’s theme, The Magic Flute, was beautifully executed in the preview and patrons parties leading up to the event, celebrating Viennese food, wine and beer. While cast members from The Magic Flute mingled with the crowd, guests perused silent auction items including a luxury trip to Sonoma, Cindi Earl jewelry, an autographed Predators hockey puck, a Nashville set visit and a brand new 2013 Lexus RX 350 presented by Lexus of Nashville. After a cocktail hour in the upper lobby of the downtown Hilton, guests were welcomed into the opulent ballroom, where the stage was adorned with bright, colorful globes. Small stages set in corners of the room hinted at the beautiful performances to come. Bill Whetsell and John Hoomes served as the masters of ceremony for the lively evening. The multi-course meal started with a delectable arugula salad and house-made lobster ravioli in a light cream sauce. The musical accompaniment for this course featured selections from Showboat, La Périchole and My Fair Lady. A brief intermezzo, sweetened with a palate-cleansing limoncello sorbet, included performances of favorites from West Side Story, Carousel, Roméo et Juliette and Les Misérables. The main course, a hearty grilled black angus filet dressed with a wild mushroom compote, white truffle mousseline potatoes and grilled asparagus, was made even more enjoyable with performances from La Traviata, Carmen, Gianni Schicchi and The Barber of Seville. The delicious meal was polished off by a rich red velvet cake, and, appropriately, a performance of Lady and the Tramp’s “Bella Notte” by Peggy Lee. The evening also presented the opportunity to honor Joseph Allen with the Opera Guild’s Francis Robinson Award in recognition of his contributions to the organization. Abby white photographs by michael w. bunch

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e inspired. The two word motto for this year’s Antiques and Garden Show also served as an unavoidable mandate for patrons, as it was impossible not to find inspiration in the beautiful displays and gardens on site. As guests filed into the Convention Center for the Benefactors and Preview Parties the night before the show’s public opening, they were in awe of the breathtaking transformation of the space. Under the flawless direction of co-chairs Dana Miller and Birgitta Williamson, this year’s show was a tribute to renowned American designer, Tennessee native and longtime supporter of the show, Albert Hadley. Jonathan Savage and Katie Harwell of Savage Interior Design wowed guests with a vibrant entry “garden” that evoked Albert’s timeless style in a staged living room outfitted with hues of gray and red. Local landscape artists constructed five other gardens, each a unique interpretation of an Albert Hadley wallpaper design. Whether it was Phillipe Chadwick and Troy Marden’s massive tree, constructed of clothing and a billowing parachute, or Page | Duke and Southern Scape’s sequined curtain and papier-mâché gourd, every designer presented a distinct perspective in their garden aesthetic. Preview party co-chairs Lorie Duke, Jay Joyner and Mary Spalding created a chic and lively atmosphere for guests to enjoy their sneak peek of the show. Gray flannel tablecloths, white tulips fastened with raffia, and lipstick red Chiavari chairs set the tone for this stylish shindig. Individual food stations allowed guests to graze all evening on hummus, cheese straws, potato skins, beef tenderloin, turkey, lemon squares and chocolate turtles (that were in the shape of a turtle!). The fabulous décor, scrumptious food and stunning gardens served to further enhance the main focus of the event: the impressive collection of antiques and horticulture dealers from around the world. The abundance of goods for both interiors and outdoors provided the crowd with everything they could need to transform their newfound design inspiration into a beautiful reality, something that would’ve made Albert Hadley very proud.

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he words of the classic tune “As Time Goes By” remind us that the “simple facts of life” remain true no matter how times change. This was a fitting theme for the 40th annual Heart Gala, where more than 500 guests reflected upon the impact of four decades of generous giving and the renewed commitment to support the work of the American Heart Association. During the cocktail reception, held in the lobby of the Schermerhorn, patrons had primary access to a hotbed of silent auction items, including an America’s Cup yacht experience, a trip to the 2013 ESPY Awards and VIP tickets to the Masters. The band kept the crowd entertained with lively covers of timeless hits from beloved movies such as Ghostbusters, Titanic and Top Gun. When guests entered the main hall, they had to do a double take, as it was transformed into an elegant supper club, a sophisticated yet fun marriage of Hollywood glamour and Art Deco by mastermind Amos Gott of AmosEvents. One nearly forgot the chilly temperatures outside when surrounded by white palm trees, candle lamps and soaring calla lily centerpieces. As attendees were transported back in time by vocalist Mark Romero, they feasted upon a tantalizing 28-day aged beef filet followed by the most incredible “birthday” cake—a spiced carrot confection dressed with rum butter sauce. Throughout dinner, videos of survivors’ stories were played on a screen onstage, reminding the crowd of the importance of continued research in order to fight cardiovascular disease, which is the number one killer of men and women and a leading killer of small children in the U.S. The evening also provided the opportunity to honor our mayor, Karl Dean, for his active support of wellness initiatives to improve the health of our community. Following the dinner, guests enjoyed the always exciting late party, where there was an abundance of music, dancing and even more birthday cake.

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The bride wore a silk organza gown with a sweetheart neckline and trumpet silhouette, accented with lace embroidery. She carried a bouquet of pink and cream roses highlighted with pink peonies and green mini hydrangeas and wrapped with antique lace from her mother’s veil. In her shoe was a silver sixpence from her grandfather Joe Thompson’s coin collection. For the reception at Travellers Rest Plantation, Italian street lights and draped fabric transformed the barn, and chandeliers adorned the adjoining tent. Knestrick by Design styled the floral arrangements in collections of silver and mercury glass containers. Stephanie Alexander and Anna Peebles of You’re Invited Events planned the party. John Howard of Sargent’s Catering provided a menu of southern fare featuring barbeque pork

profiteroles and fried green tomato appetizers along with signature drinks named Slim Pickens and Sweet Caroline. The dinner buffet included cheese grits and grillades with beef tenderloin, fried chicken skewers, Gouda mac and cheese, a salad made up of corn, tomato and avocado, as well as a biscuit bar. Familiar Faces provided the music for dancing, and Billie Mochow created the cakes. Spring green fondant ribbons to match the bridesmaids’ dresses trimmed the four-tiered white almond wedding cake with white raspberry buttercream icing. The groom’s cake was a perfect replica of his Gibson SG guitar. After a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple returned to Cincinnati, Ohio where Caroline is a news producer for Fox-19, WXIX and Chris is with Apple, Inc.

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ou can never have enough handbags—so many events, outfits, purposes. But, if you find the right one, one that makes you feel confident whether you’re in a dress or yoga pants, now that’s the perfect bag! The search was always on, and then I found it. Recently at dinner with my “young” friends, I noticed—well, coveted—their handbags. The bags had a fresh look that was understated and elegant. Buttery leather, nice proportions. They told me their friend, Ceri Hoover, made them. My first thought was, “Who is Ceri Hoover and why don’t I know her?” My next thought was, “How do I get one of these fabulous bags?” Lucky for me, someone special gave me the pin tuck clutch for my birthday. It’s pretty spectacular! Then I met Ceri, naturally carrying a clutch of her own design. Ceri is bright, engaging and full of the entrepreneurial spirit. She began by making pillows for interior design stores along Highway 30-A, eventually growing it into an online home décor store called Cooper Grey. The transition to handbags was serendipitous. While sewing cowhide pillows, she took the leather, reduced the size, stitched it up, folded it over, and her handbag line was born. Since then, Ceri has learned much about leather, including that the best place to get her hides is in Tennessee. She also sought the best talent to work with her.

That’s how she found David Bloom. He has 30 years experience in the industry, coming to Nashville from New York to work for Hartmann. He has his own line now, Tucker & Bloom, making small batch organizational bags. David collaborates with Ceri to carry out her creative ideas—producing prototypes, refining ideas and sharing a wealth of experience. David agreed to show me how they create a prototype. He was a bit hesitant at first, until I promised not to cause irreparable damage. In a nondescript building with shelves piled high with leathers of all colors, tables spread with pattern pieces and sewing machines humming, Ceri’s vision becomes a reality. I carefully cut pattern pieces for the Fall 2013 collection as David explains lines and colorings in the hides. He shows—but does not let me cut—brightly hued leathers for the current spring line. I watch a handle get wrapped in leather and stitched for a black Wyeth bag. The bags are in various stages of construction, awaiting finals tweaks before going into small batch production. I try to decide which one I want next. We are spoiled by immediate gratification; I know I am. We buy fast fashion from Target, Zara or H&M to stay on the latest trend. But when it comes to an item you will enjoy for years, wouldn’t you rather have lasting, classic fashion created by a local talent like Ceri Hoover?

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Holly keeps up with the latest on fashion and dining, however musically, she is stuck in 1982.

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lake Shelton took his stand in the dead of winter. “Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music,” he declared. “And I don’t care how many of these old [timers] around Nashville are going, ‘My God, that ain’t country!’” Old timer and Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price soon took exception, Blake apologized and all seemed right with the world as purists nodded to the East, evoked Hank Williams and skipped out of the room whistling the countriest song that ever was country: “Love Sick Blues.” It has everything, that song: yodeling. Lost love. More yodeling. But is it really country? Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues,” now a country music standard, was written by Tin Pan Alley scribes Irving Mills and Cliff Friend for the 1922 Broadway musical, Oooh Ernest. Yes, musical. Like Hello Dolly and A Chorus Line. Mills, a Jewish publisher-songwriter from New York’s East Side also discovered Cab Calloway, according to his son, and co-wrote “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” with that world famous hillbilly, Duke Ellington. But to get back on track, no matter where it ended up, “Lovesick Blues” didn’t start out as a country song. There’s more bad news for country purists. Writing in Book Forum, critic Luc Sante reported that Hank’s 1949 recording of “Lovesick Blues” copied black–faced minstrel singer Emmett Miller’s 1925 recording of the song “note for note and inflection for inflection,” and presumably yodel for yodel. (This black–faced business was part of the mainstream music scene in those days.) Speaking of yodeling, isn’t that some kind of Swiss Alps-Austrian deal? Yes, most certainly, accord-

ing to Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodeling, but it also may be a Native American and an African thing. What yodeling certainly isn’t, is a cowboy thing. That was made up, in the ’30s, in Hollywood, says music historian Nick Tosches, calling the cowboy yodeler “one of the mightiest pop hallucinations of all time.” So why did yodeling become a country music staple to start with? Probably because Jimmie Rodgers popularized yodeling with a series of 13 so-called “Blue Yodels” he recorded in the ’20s. (All together, now, for the blue yodel everybody knows: “T for Texas, T for Tennessee.”) Some think Rodgers, who would end up billing himself as “America’s Blue Yodeler,” picked up his yodeling habit from the aforementioned minstrel singer Emmett Miller. Maybe. While Miller was three years younger than Rodgers, he began recording a couple of years earlier. Both were eventually recorded by Okeh and then Victor Records’ roving song collector Ralph Peer (wasn’t everybody?) and there’s speculation they ran across each other in Asheville where Miller lived for a time in the mid to late ’20s, but nobody has proven it. While we’ll probably never be able to sort out who influenced whom, there is no question that yodeling— that singing style, technique, aberration, abomination, you decide— became a country staple and a symbol of country authenticity because it was associated with the guy who was then “the man,” Jimmie Rodgers. He was the first person inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, after all. Whatever. Bottom line: there’s nothing inherently country about yodeling or “Lovesick Blues.” What’s country is Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams and, oh yeah, Blake Shelton.

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The MSRP of the RX 350 F Sport is $47,000. The extras on the model I drove—heads up display, premium surround sound, navigation system with voice command, and Lexus Enform, an offering that connects your automobile to a plethora of apps and services (including gas prices, stock quotes, weather and traffic reports)—brought the price of the car to just under $54,000. But here’s what’s so interesting about this car—it has something for everyone. It’s a lovely, everyday vehicle for driving hook up, toting groceries and sports equipment, running errands or driving to work. For sedate driving days like these, you just slip behind the wheel and go. If on the weekends, for example, you want to head out into the countryside to enjoy a more…ahem…assertive driving experience (shall we say), that’s when the “Sport” element comes into play…and I do mean play. Paddle shifters deliver control to your fingertips. Rack-and-pinion steering, active torque control and the F Sport-tuned suspension (read “a slightly stiffer ride”) make this a totally delightful drive for someone (like me!) who enjoys flailing about on beautiful twisty roads. And there’s plenty of horsepower when you need it. Gas mileage is quoted at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg on the highway. And what, pray tell, does that “F” stand for? I vote for “fun.” With the 2013 RX 350 F(un) Sport, Lexus has lived up to its brand. It is a powerful, beautiful, practical, luxurious and thoroughly happy drive.

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n the first Tuesday of each month, the phones at Belle Meade Country Club light up with orders for their “Gourmet Take Away” fried chicken dinners. If you snooze, you lose, because the kitchen only makes about 50 orders and not a one goes unclaimed. They sell out because the fried chicken is spectacular, simple as that. Two days later, reheated in a toaster oven, it’s still just as spectacular. We arranged a sit-down with BMCC executive chef John York because we had to know what he was doing back there. Chef York’s secret is an innovative egg wash brine which handily combines a salt brine with an egg wash in one stroke. “Chicken needs a brine,” he said, “especially the breast meat. Lots of folks soak chicken in buttermilk, which is a great tenderizer, but buttermilk tends to turn the chicken dark and it doesn’t look too good when it’s fried.” The chicken rests in the salty egg wash overnight and the next day it’s ready for flouring and frying. Chef York is a purist about seasoning chicken for frying—just salt, freshly ground black pepper and paprika for color. To test the seasoning in the flour, he fries a test wing. We recommend this step at home because you’ll want an incentive snack while you work. Chef York also recommends frying white meat separately from dark meat—the dark needs to cook a bit longer and it’s easier to manage same size pieces per batch. Our results were spectacular, too, and well worth the effort and moderate mess. Chef York’s egg brine was so smart and easy that we’ll definitely fry chicken more often, and you should, too. Really delicious Southern fried chicken at home will change the way you think about that big bucket.

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ou’ve seen them—skinny, a bit disheveled, eyes glued to smart phones. They want to work for you. Or with you. Really, they want to manage you. Because they have an undergraduate degree in “management,” and you don’t. They have never lived in a world without the Internet. Never seen a phone bolted to the wall. They’re members of Gen Y—the poor souls trying to enter the job market now. You know which popularized “generation” you belong to. As a Baby Boomer, I can tell you we were beat over the head with it, as we swelled elementary schools, then colleges, where we burned bras and flags; flooded the work force; had our Echo Boom babies, catapulted the housing market into the stratosphere as we bought first homes, then second homes, then investment properties. When the earliest Boomers began looking retirement in the face, they had an oh-crap moment. Crashing real estate values, credit card limits, and a retirement fund as saggy as their backsides made retirement suddenly seem very far away. As everyone knows, our slightly older, carefree buddies have been called “the Traditionals,” because they grew up when playing by the rules was the way to get ahead. They survived the serious stuff—the Great Depression, World War II; married in their early 20s, had kids, bought a home, paid off the 30-year mortgage, and are now travelling and paying tuition for their grandchildren. Gen X-ers—now 32 to about 47— are characterized by their skepticism. They experienced private disillusionment in divorcing parents, and public disillusionment in Watergate and philandering presidents. They tend to be proponents of a “trust but verify” philosophy, more loyal to individuals than organizations. They want to work on

their own terms and don’t want to feel trapped by their employers. Which brings us back to Gen Y. Recently, Generational expert Jason Dorsey (himself a Gen Y-er) was in town to speak to Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) about Gen Y, which experiences a delayed adulthood, “adultolescence,” a sort of freedom without responsibility. They don’t know how to ask questions, make change or read cursive. The average 28-year-old is about three to five years behind other generations in work-life experience (and Jason says it’s their parents’ fault). Where did more than 80 percent of the 2012 college grads move after graduation? Back home with mom and dad. Perceived as tech-savvy, they might more accurately be called tech-dependent. They see a ringing phone as an invasion of privacy. They prefer communicating by text. Email is second, but you should fit the entire message into the subject line because that’s likely all they’ll read. These folks don’t read blocks of text. Try bullet points. And face-to-face is absolutely the last resort. It’s not all bad news for employers, though. Gen Y-ers want to work somewhere they believe in and intend to make a difference from Day One. They are natural status quo challengers, so will be great for organizations that want to continuously improve. They’ll decide on the first day whether they’re in a long-term job, so make it amazing: pair them with a peer guide of the same age and sex, so that they’ll speak the same language. Have business cards ready to go. They’ll need ongoing feedback because they’ve gotten it from their parents all their lives. For me, texting is a great way of sending a message of immediacy (highest and best use: OMW). To the Gen Y-ers I’ve left hanging in the past year, please email. Or let’s meet in the middle: you send me an email, and I’ll reply with a text.

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The Words a. “I feel like I’m in a John Hughes movie.” b. “We are all decorating divas!” c. “I have friends that would knock you down to get a picture.” d. “Will you grab me the redneck cup over there?” e. “If you’ve ever been to a Titans game, you’ll recognize this music.” f. “I’m out of focus, which is why you didn’t get my picture last night.” g. “Every room needs baskets to bring it down a little.” h. “I haven’t seen your picture in the paper in over four days.” i. “Feel free to clean up my terrible run-on sentence.”

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What: Dancing for Safe Haven For: Safe Haven Family Shelter When: Sat., March 2, 6:30 p.m. Where: Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Co-chairs: Deborah Varallo, Bob Tuke and John Steele Party note: Celebrity dancers include John Dwyer, Darrell Freeman, Kate Herman, Meredith Libbey, Denine Torr and Vicki Yates Tariff: $200 per person Info: safehaven.org

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What: Celebration of the Arts For: Currey Ingram Academy When: Fri., March 1, 6:30 p.m. Where: Currey Ingram Academy Party note: Performance by Vince Gill, Hosted by Brenda Lee Info: 507-3180 What: Pairings For: Nashville Wine Auction When: Fri., March 8, 6 p.m. Where: Noah Liff Opera Center Chair: Keri McInnis Party note: Featuring winemakers and eight local chefs Tariff: $175 per person Info: 329-1760 What: Private Vintner Dinner For: Nashville Wine Auction When: Sat., March 9, 7 p.m. Where: F. Scott’s, Flyte, Midtown Café, Miel, Watermark Party note: Dinners paired with exclusive wines Tariff: $125 per person Info: 329-1760

Where: Rocketown Party note: Local bands perform Tariff: $10 in advance, $15 at door Info: rallyfoundation.org

10 What: Nashville Honors Gala For: T.J. Martell Foundation When: Sun., March 10, 5:30 p.m. Where: Hutton Hotel Co-chairs: David Corlew, Kitty Moon Emery and Steve Hauser Party note: Honoring Vince Gill, Peggy Joyce, T Bone Burnett and Butch Spyridon Tariff: $1,000 per person Info: honorsgala.org

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What: Couture Construction For: Habitat Women Build When: Sun., March 10, 6:30 p.m. Where: Dillards at Mall at Green Hills Tariff: $50 per person Info: habitatnashville.org What: Jeffrey Steele and Friends Benefit Concert For: Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund When: Tues., March 12, 7 p.m. Where: Franklin Theatre Party note: Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Gloriana, Colt Ford, Chris Janson, The Shuggah Pies, LoCash Cowboys Tariff: $1,000 VIP package, $75 per person Info: cmft.org/attend

What: Interfaith Dental Clinic Gala “A Trip to the Orient” For: Interfaith Dental Clinic When: Sat., Mar. 9 Where: Loveless Barn Party note: Live music, silent auction and Oriental food with a Southern twist 13 What: Public Schools Hall of Fame Tariff: $150 per person Info: 329-4790 For: Nashville Public Education Foundation 09 What: York and Friends Anniversary When: Wed., March 13, 11:30 a.m. For: ALIAS Chamber Ensemble Where: Curb Event Center Party note: Inductees include When: Sat., March 9, 4 p.m. Where: York and Friends Fine Art Robert Lipman, Walter Overton, Info: 352-3316 Steven Eskind; Award to Margaret Dolan; Entertainment 09 What: Rally Rumble by CeCe Winans For: Rally Nashville Tariff: $150 per person Info: 783-2810, nashvillepef.org When: Sat., March 9, 5 p.m.

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Where: Ensworth High School What: Lifesaver Breakfast Co-chairs: Lady Antebellum For: American Red Cross Party note: Ping pong tournament When: Thurs., March 14, 7:30 a.m. and songwriters round Where: Lipscomb University’s Tariff: $300 per team of two, Allen Arena $100 per spectator + concert Chair: Bill Krueger Info: 321-4939 Party note: Special guest Jon Meacham 23 What: Tennessee Waltz Ladies Info: redcross.org and Gents 14 For: Tennessee State Museum What: Team Hunt Documentary When: Sat., March 23, 7 p.m. Premiere Where: Home of Pam and For: Hunt Michael Hollis Fund Mike Koban When: Thurs., March 14, 6 p.m. Info: 253-0130, lhendry@bellsouth.net Where: Franklin Theatre Party note: Shelby Hadden’s 23 What: Kidney Kaper documentary, Not a Statistic For: Kidney Foundation Tariff: $50 VIP, $20 per person When: Sat., March 23 Info: 321-4939, teamhunt.org Where: Renaissance Hotel 19 Party note: Talent show, casino What: Fight Night games, dinner and dancing For: Not Alone Tariff: $200 per person When: Tues., March 19, 6 p.m. Info: 383-3887, Where: War Memorial Auditorium tennesseekidneyfoundation.org Party note: Eight amateur boxing exhibitions 24 What: Crown Affair Patron Party Tariff: $20 per person For: FiftyForward Info: 782-4040 When: Sun., March 24, 6 p.m. 21 What: ATHENA Awards Where: Home of Judy and Pat Nebhut For: Nashville CABLE Info: 743-3400 When: Thurs., March 21, 6 p.m. Where: Schermerhorn 27 What: Cumberland Heights Symphony Center Women’s Luncheon Co-chairs: Tina Boone and For: Cumberland Heights Susan Hosbach When: Wed., March 27 Info: nashvilleathena.org Where: Hillwood Country Club 23 Co-chairs: Jamie Granbery and What: Nashville Cherry Jennie Garth Lowe Blossom Festival Party note: Guest speaker For: Nashville Cherry Blossom Laurie Dhue Festival Project Tariff: $150 per person When: Sat., March 23, 10 a.m. Info: 432-3226 Where: Public Square Park Tariff: Gratis 30 What: Cirque de Nash Info: nashvillecherryblossom For: Oasis Center’s Just Us festival.org When: Sat., March 30, 7:30 p.m. 23 Where: W. O. Smith School What: Ping Pong and Songs Tariff: $40 per person For: LadyAID Info: oasiscenter.org When: Sat., March 23, 12 p.m. What: A Downton Abbey Affair For: Nashville Public Television When: Sat., March 2, 7 p.m. Where: Cheekwood Party note: Formal Downton attire or black tie Tariff: $250 per person Info: wnpt.org/downtonaffair

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he American Heart Association has spent 40 fabulous years raising awareness about cardiovascular health across Middle Tennessee through the annual Heart Gala. This sophisticated soirée has a long history of being fun and fashionable, something that these stylish photos serve to prove. Although some of these smiling faces are no longer with us, we remember them fondly as the hard workers and diligent supporters of this most worthy cause. And we extend the sincerest thanks—from the bottom of our (healthy) hearts—for leaving such a lasting legacy.

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