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Roxy Regional Theater's Gala 36 HBA 18th Annual Golf Tournament BCycle at APSU Health, Wealth & Life Fall Series MTSU True Blue Tour Amity Salon’s Naturally Undone - Girls Night Out Taste of the Pennyrile The Children’s Dentist Supports Kenwood Elementary Annual Wine Tasting Partners In Education Appreciation Breakfast Visiting Angels Anniversary Remembering Our Heroes Through Art: Pillar of Hope Project Montgomery County Grassroots Event Fort Defiance Sevier Days 3rd Annual Welcome Home Veterans Celebration Business After Hours at Old Glory Distilling Co. The Looking Glass Restaurant Panini Cooking Class Welcome Home Veterans Valor Luncheon & Recognition 2nd Annual Memory Ball Tails of the Trail Clarksville 50+ Activity Center Fashion Show United Way Campaign Kick-Off Belle Hollow Catered Food Tasting Frolic on Franklin The Copper Petal Grand Opening Brews for the Brave Hot Rods & Hareys The Food Initiative’s Fine Fettle

Happy fall! We’re celebrating a great new season and all it brings with our Annual Taste of the South issue. We encourage you to gather together with friends and family as the weather turns crisp, the colors change, and the bounty of nature offers up seasonal delights that make our food here in the South such a treasure to taste and to share. With that in mind, we’ve created your go-to guide for hosting the perfect dinner party, course by course, complete with hors d’oeuvres, dessert and everything in between. Speaking of the season, we also encourage each of you to get into the autumn spirit by supporting one of our many local charities like Loaves and Fishes or the Aaron McNeil House featured in this issue as they work with those in need to fight hunger. As our calendars fill this fall, be sure to save some space for the Roxy Regional Theatre’s new season of shows. This is one great theater season you’re not going to want to miss!


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Roxy Regional Theatre's Gala 36 STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCAS RYAN CHAMBERS Guests gathered in Downtown Clarksville for one of the biggest nights the Roxy Theatre has to offer--the Annual Roxy Gala. The Gala as it has come to be known, takes place on Franklin Street and included a beautifully catered dinner as well as live music. The evening’s main focus is to raise the funds that help the Roxy Theatre remain one of Clarksville’s most unique attractions. Ticket sales from the event as well as a silent auction are the types of fundraising that bring talent from all over the country to the Roxy for performances throughout the year. The Roxy offers exciting productions that are an entertaining experience for everyone! To find out the full line up of performances as well as upcoming events, visit

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Clarksville Montgomery County Home Builders Association

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The Clarksville Montgomery County Home Builders Association’s 18th Annual Golf Tournament was recently held at Clarksville Country Club.

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“This was our 18th year,” HBA's Karen Blick said. “The majority of the money we raise each year now goes to the Jack Amos Memorial Scholarship at APSU. We also provide $1,000 scholarships for APSU students who are planning to pursue a career in the housing industry.” The sold-out event fielded thirty four- man teams who received goody bags, spirits, and golf shirts, and they also enjoyed lunch sponsored by DBS & Associates Engineering, Inc. “We did lots of giveaways,” Blick said. “We sold chances to win refrigerators, grills, portable heaters, and golf items for the players. We had a 30-minute rain delay, but it just made the day better. All of our builders and suppliers had more time for networking opportunities and fellowship.”

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Blick says that they are already looking forward to 2019 and have met to discuss new ideas. She predicts a bigger and better tournament next year.

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Price Hopson & David Russell

Dana Dunn Dewberry, Sarah Davis & Lauren Schmidt

Adam Blick & Kevin Judisch

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Price Hopson, David Russell, Haskell Fink & J.T. Ferrell

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BCycle at APSU STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY CENTONZE The City of Clarksville recently partnered with Austin Peay State University to bring the popular BCycle program to APSU's campus. Students may now access a bicycle free of charge at a BCycle station located in front of the Foy Center. “The BCycle program we've had in place has been such a tremendous success,” Mayor Kim McMillan said. “We have numerous stations located throughout the city, but we didn't have a location on the APSU campus until now. So, when APSU students suggested they would like to have this program on campus, we thought it was a great opportunity for a partnership.”

Mayor Kim McMillan & Dr. Alisa White

The BCycle program is free to students, but other locations around the city charge a small access fee. The city will be providing all maintenance on the bicycles and the return station. Unlike the other city BCycles, the APSU bikes are uniquely adorned with the APSU logo.

Candice Tillman & Ava Vienneau

“We are excited about this new offering to APSU students,” Mayor McMillan said. “This partnership will empower APSU students not only to have quick and easy access around campus but around the community as well. Biking around our city is a great opportunity to see what Clarksville has to offer.”

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1. Set your budget. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans on average spend 9.6 percent of their income on food, and that includes both groceries (5.5 percent) and eating out (about 4 percent). Check how much you spend on groceries and restaurants and use those numbers as a starting point to shift more of your spending to healthier home-cooked meals.

2. Plan a menu. This not only answers that stressful question, what’s for dinner?, but menu planning also allows you to use up what’s already in your fridge and gives you a good outline of what you need to buy for the week. You’ll be less prone to impulse purchases— which makes it easier to stick to a budget. Be sure to include a leftovers night in your meal planning to eat up odds and ends of previous meals. Waste-free Wednesdayor free-for-all Friday, anyone?

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STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY CENTONZE Yasmin Thornton & Alyssa Lawrie

Colby & Melinda Byard MTSU recently brought its True Blue Tour to Clarksville for the first time, with a showcase of the university's programs being presented at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center by a cadre of recruiters, admissions staff, administrators and other team members.

The True Blue Tour is on a 14-stop schedule that will take it to cities in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia. MTSU recruiters are also reaching out to students in many other rural counties in the area. “Our key annual recruiting event, the True Blue Tour, gets bigger and better each year, and we're looking forward to our first-time visit to Clarksville,” MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said. “The end result is a wonderful opportunity for prospective students and their parents to hear firsthand from MTSU representatives, as well as get important information about admission and financial aid. “This is a prime opportunity to explain the unique educational experience MTSU offers.” Greg Smith & Jesse Carr

As many as 200 – 300 were in attendance for the 2-hour event, including local high school students and their parents. Appetizers and refreshments were served, MTSU merchandise was given out, and some special prizes were awarded.

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The evening concluded with remarks from MTSU President McPhee, comments from MTSU students, and a short video that highlighted the university.

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Taste of the Pennyrile STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY CENTONZE The James Bruce Convention Center was the site of the annual Taste of the Pennyrile, a benefit featuring food, fun and raffles, with all proceeds going to Pennyroyal Hospice Inc. Kelly Martin is Executive Director of Pennyroyal Hospice Inc. He and his team take care of 500 - 700 people each year. “This is our 14th year,” Martin said. “It's growing and getting better all the time. We had 30 vendors at our benefit this year, offering all types of food-- everything from ice cream to fish, to pizza. Any food you wanted we offered. We even had a gluten-free table.” The money raised goes to help people who don't have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid—people who might otherwise not receive the services they need. “We don't turn anybody away,” Martin said. “During the last 4 -5 years, the amount of free care has tripled. That has a lot to do with the current insurance debacle. More people are left out, and we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to die with dignity.”

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Fall in love WITH THE CALM




The Perfect, relaxing Fall Family Getaway Friday: Reserve a cabin, houseboat or RV spot at Prizer Point Marina & Resort, then sit back & watch the leaves change color. Saturday: Be a National Geographic Photographer for a day as you explore the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area’s Elk and Bison Prairie; the 700-acre home of the majestic elk and huge bison. Sunday: Grab a hearty breakfast at The Pier—the pancakes are particularly filling—because you’ll need the fuel for a final family nature walk before heading home. October 2018 | • 25




or the community of Clarksville, coming together to support a cause and lend a hand is something that seems to come naturally, so giving are the people who live and work here that no mission is too difficult to complete. And as a community so deeply rooted to the military, the word “mission” is certainly a familiar one, one that rolls off the tongue with regularity and lack of forethought. They know that a mission takes teamwork and dedication, a vision to see it through to completion through planning, preparation, and hard work. And it is those very things that accomplished the mission of repairing the Parrish House this year when the historic old building that serves as the home base for Fort Campbell’s Army Community Service Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) was given some muchneeded attention so that it could truly serve the needs of the families of our fallen heroes. Originally built in the 1830s by David Parrish, a veteran of the War of 1812, the Parrish House has undergone several transformations throughout the course of its lifetime, going from a two-story log cabin to a massive Greek Revival style mansion with Italianate additions. Beginning in the mid-20th century, the massive house served as a home to Fort Campbell’s commanding generals until 2014, when former Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell Maj. Gen. James McConville donated the Parrish House to ACS-SOS. Time and use have naturally taken a toll on the structure and the property itself, and more than everyday maintenance tasks began to bring the need for more major repairs to reality. No small task—even under normal circumstances. But because of the fact that Parrish House is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, Federal law requires that the historic character of the building and property be maintained. “We started working in early May on the exterior of the Parrish House to include new landscaping, patio furniture, and even upgrading the playground area,” says director of Corporate and Military Development at F&M Bank Charlie Koon, who played a key role in generating support and supplies as well as recruiting volunteers to complete the project—so much so, in fact that he was officially presented with The Commander’s Award for Public Service by the U.S. Army. “Since then, we have painted most of the interior as well as some of the exterior, replaced the carpeting on the stairs, changed multiple light fixtures, and made repairs to the kitchen such as installing new appliances and upgrading the lighting,” Koon continues, cataloging an impressive list of changes. 26 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | October 2018

Equally impressive is the number of hands put to work on the project, the number of hours and resources put toward bringing the mission to successful completion. “Nathan Clark and David Adams, Lowe’s store managers in Clarksville, have been great assets to this project. Their willingness to get involved and turn this project into a ‘Lowe’s Heroes’ community project really took this community partnership to a new level; and Niki Harrison, ProService Sales Specialist for Lowe’s, did a great job coordinating volunteers onsite and making sure that all materials were delivered as needed,” Koon says, his gratitude for such willing support evident. “Having 12 Lowe’s stores contribute to this project along with F&M Bank, AJAX Distributing, the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, The Christian County Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County Master Gardeners, Gold Star Family Members, and many other community members has made the Survivor Outreach Services Project an incredible success.” “This is all about taking care of our warriors. These men and women have given all that they are and all that they'll ever be to the country and community that they love, and the Parrish House reflects that service,” says Kim Wead, a Master Gardener intern who used her expertise to serve as volunteer coordinator for landscaping. Like Koon, Wead was also awarded for her service and honored with The Commander’s Award for Public Service. “In turn, we’re reflecting that love on our nation of heroes.” And what an outpouring of love it has been, as more than 200 volunteers have put in long hours at Parrish House, among them Army spouses, Gold Star Family members, Fort Campbell’s Directorate of Public Works employees, master gardeners and interns from the Montgomery County Master Gardeners Association, and Lowe’s Home Improvement employees as well as students from local high schools and colleges. “This truly was a joint effort between Fort Campbell and our local communities, and it was amazing to see everyone come together to honor and remember the sacrifices of our fallen military and their families,” says Suzy Yates, Survivor Outreach Services Program Manager at Fort Campbell. Now complete in its repairs, the Parrish House was officially rededicated on September 7, 2018 in a ceremony featuring a ribbon cutting as well as words of thanks by Brigadier General Todd Royar, Acting Senior Commander of the 101st Airborne Division. A time of honoring all who worked to make the Parrish House mission-worthy, the historic old home is now that very thing it has long been meant to be: a place to raise up those grieving the loss of their fallen.

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supports Kenwood Elementary STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCAS RYAN CHAMBERS It’s back to school for children all over the country, and teachers can use all the help they can get while trying to get ready for the long school year. Schools throughout the area ask local businesses to sponsor them in order to ensure that all of the needs are met to make sure every child has what he needs to succeed. This year, The Children’s Dentist, located at 271 Stone Crossing Drive, is sponsoring Kenwood Elementary School. They purchased over $1300 worth of school supplies for kindergarten through 5th grade and delivered it to some very happy students. They urge all businesses in the Clarksville area to find out what the schools need and help in any way they can. To find out how you can help, contact Dr. Lary Deeds at Dr. Lary Deeds & Dr. Sara Deeds

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Annual Wine Tasting PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCAS RYAN CHAMBERS STORY BY LIESEL SCHMIDT Staying in-the-know when it comes to politics can be a tricky thing; but in today’s world, it’s increasingly important to be politically savvy—especially when you’re a woman. We have a rising need to know our rights and to offer our voices, and it’s organizations like the Red River Republican Women’s Club that make navigating the confusion a bit less challenging—and a lot more fun. Hosting candidates for elected offices to speak to their voters about the concerns of the community and forge a more personal connection, the RRRWC’s annual Wine Tasting and Membership event brought together more than 130 guests to hear the words of Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Congresswoman Joni Ernst of Iowa, Senator Mark Green, Tennessee Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Lee, Representative Curtis Johnson, Representative Jay Reedy, and Clarksville Mayor Candidate Bill Summers. Dakota Jackson & Allison McHenry

Laine Arnold & Cathy Kolb

Corinthia Elders & Bill Summers

Terry Miksic & Karel Biggs

Sharon Grimes, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn & Jill Ayers

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Partners in Education

Appreciation Breakfast STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY CENTONZE Anthony Johnson, Director of Community Relations and Continuous Improvement for the Clarksville Montgomery County School System, spoke about the recent Partners in Education Appreciation Breakfast that was held at Wilma Rudolph Event Center. “The Partners in Education (PIE) program is under the umbrella of CMCSS,” Johnson said. “Starting this year, it's under the leadership of CMCSS's Education Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that supports the school system.” Johnson says the goal of the annual event is to celebrate and recognize the local business and community partners who do so much for CMCSS students. “At this event, we bring those community partners together with school representatives, teachers and principals, and thank them for all they do to support public education,” Johnson said. “We take the time to honor these special partnerships by presenting Partner Awards, the recipients of which have been nominated by the schools for their outstanding work.”

Anthony Johnson & Millard House

Rep. Joe Pitts & Elise Shelton

Several awards were presented. Among them, this year's Corporate Partner Award went to to Premier Medical Group, STEM Partner of the Year to Clarksvile Street Department, and the Sarah Ditmore Cooper Outstanding Partner Award to F & M Bank.

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Sherri Balthrop-Zook & Esperanza Soriano-McCrary

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Think Pink, Fight Strong STORY BY LIESEL SCHMIDT


espite it’s girlishness, the color pink is the color of a warrior, a color that shows support and solidarity and offers a sign of hope. And more than any other time of the year, October is a month awash in this once overlyfeminized color while we as a country stand together in the fight, knowing that the threat is real, but by no means is it an unconquerable foe. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October has become the official reminder not to surrender in our vigilance, to push ever forward in our search for a cure and to raise a flag in our march to victory so that the ones entrenched in the battle are not left to stand alone. All across the country, businesses donate portions of their profits to raise funding for research and reminders are redoubled to make an appointment for annual mammograms or to conduct regular self exams. Charity walks march across the map, both literally and figuratively, as men, women, and children lace up in a dedicated effort to show unwavering support and honor to those who have fought the fight and won; to those who are still engaged with the enemy; to those who have been lost to the insidious and heartbreaking diagnosis. Pink ribbons have become like a badge of courage, sending an unspoken message that we have not forgotten and that we will never give up until we’ve won the war and the world is no longer under the shadow of the disease that so cruelly robs us of our wives, our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, and our friends. Fortunately, as time progresses, so too, does the efficacy of our efforts to eradicate the disease. Recent years have seen a marked upswing in the scientific research dedicated to finding cures, developing treatments, and making more accurate diagnoses. As a result, we’ve identified new preventative measures and developed innovative new methods for earlier detection so that the words “breast cancer” are no longer synonymous with an un-winnable war. But still, the fight must

go on, for far too many women—and even some men—still face a reality that could steal their hope of a long and healthy life. As October blushes into all shades of pink, let us all be reminded that this is not a color to be donned one month out of the year, just as it is not a fight limited to the confines of a calendar. It is an ongoing effort, a continuous campaign that needs our vigilance every single day of the year until we have finally conquered and finally won, until pink is the color of lasting victory. More than anything, the women represented by this color are not to be pitied or to be seen as fragile, for they are warriors with immeasurable strength and indomitable spirit, women who represent the human spirit and what it can overcome when those around them offer love, support, understanding, and hope. For more information on ways to donate to breast cancer awareness and research and to donate to the cause, visit or

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Visiting Angels Anniversary STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY CENTONZE Visiting Angels, a living assistance services business in Clarksville, recently hosted an event to celebrate its one year anniversary and give everyone an opportunity to meet Executive Director Jenna Moffitt. “We are a non-medical home assistance company,” Moffitt said. “We offer our service to people who are 18 and older who may have a temporary or permanent disability, they are recovering from surgery, or are dealing with anything that may hinder them in their day-to-day activities. We can help.” The national company's Clarksville office staff can provide meal preparation, run errands, give medication reminders, do light housekeeping, and much more.

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Remembering our Heroes through art: pillars of hope project STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY CENTONZE Pillars of Hope: Remembering our Heroes is a project that started under Volunteer Clarksville's 9/11 Days of Service in 2011. Recently the public art piece was on display at Downtown Commons, and people were invited to add their own talents to this ever-changing memorial. “We started Pillars of Hope on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, said Arts for Hearts' Rita Arancibia, “This is a way for us to honor our heroes through art and service. All the tiles that make up the pillars have been painted by the community, so its a piece of public art designed to honor our first-responders, our military, and their families.” So far, more than 1,100 tiles have been painted and placed on the pillars. People were on site, painting more tiles that will be added to the display next year. Barbara Kane & Pamela Kallas

“These are only on display once a year,” Arancibia said. “The Pillars are usually at the CMC Public Library each September, for about ten days. This year, the library is under construction, so we brought them out to Downtown Commons. Next, we are taking them to the R F Sink Memorial Library at Fort Campbell."

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STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCAS RYAN CHAMBERS Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn was the guest of honor at a Montgomery County grassroots event in support of her U.S. Senate campaign recently held just outside Clarksville. Cecil Morgan and Don Jenkins hosted the campaign fundraiser/ meet and greet at the Ruby Cora event venue, where hundreds of local supporters enjoyed live music from Senator Jack Johnson and the Austin Brothers Band and great food catered by Mission BBQ. About 200 people were in attendance, including many local business and community leaders. Other special guests included Senator Mark Green and Joni Ernst, Iowa's first female senator.

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“Montgomery County includes the best that Tennessee has to offer,” Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn said. “I so enjoyed being with friends old and new at our grassroots event in Adams.

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“Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, and our next Congressman, Mark Green, got the crowd going, but it was Senator Jack Johnson and his band who really rocked the house,” said the Congresswoman. “I'm so grateful to everyone who came out to our barbecue, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.”

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all is a season filled with an amazing abundance of rich colors, when the leaves change and the harvest comes to bear with fruits and vegetables whose flavors warm us to our very souls. And as a time of year when we so often gather together with friends and family, dinner parties become a regular event, one where we can sit and savor time with one another as we breathe in the scents, savor the flavors, and luxuriate in the wonderful warmth that seems to flood through us with every sip and bite.


Bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts with Balsamic Glaze With their earthy nuttiness, Brussels sprouts create the perfect counterpoint to the smoky undertones of bacon and highlights the saltiness in a way that makes it seem to sing. Add to that the hint of sweetness of the balsamic drizzle, and all the rich flavors of

Dinner parties also offer the perfect opportunity to create an experience, from the flavors, fragrances, colors, and textures of the foods you serve to the décor and plating. Every aspect is a flood to the senses, so use the richness of fall to inspire every component—both on the plate and off. From hors d’oeuvres to dessert, we’ve created a stunning five-course menu that will help it all fall into place, offering the perfect pairings for each course that compliment the inherent beauty and subtle nuances of the ingredients. And whether you fancy yourself a true connoisseur or simply appreciate a great glass of wine or a spectacular spirit, this fall menu is sure to fill your senses and make your guests fall in love with the glorious harvest of fall.

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Butternut Squash Soup A silky-smooth soup filled with warm spices that play in perfect harmony with the natural sweetness of butternut squash, this harvest-time staple is one that celebrates the essence of fall in every single aspect. Golden in hue, it naturally brings to mind autumn and all it has to offer, and its richness is one that seems to wrap you in comfort. To play up the golden color of the soup, plate using bright white soup bowls atop gold chargers. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and toasted pumpkin seeds to add some variance in texture or finish with a simple drizzle of heavy cream.

A great cheese course is the perfect way to start off a dinner party, and when it comes to fall, there’s no better choice of cheeses than the creamy, pungent nuttiness of bleu cheese teamed up with the saltiness and hazelnut notes of aged Havarti. Adding the crunch of whole grain, butter, or even water crackers creates the perfect contrast of textures, but freshly sliced whole wheat bread offers a pillowy denseness that acts almost as a neutral foil to the deep flavors of the cheeses. To round out the course, add charcuterie meats like salami and prosciutto, two options whose flavors meld beautifully with the cheeses and fresh seasonal fall fruits like figs, pears, apples, and grapes. For some additional saltiness, add black olives and toasted pumpkin seeds, and sweeten it all up with apple butter—all fall favorites that highlight the best autumn has to offer. To play up the harvest theme, use a large wooden platter to plate and garnish the platter with dried corn husks, apple leaves, sage, and edible flowers in rich golds and reds. October 2018 | • 47

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Quince isn’t an ingredient that many people turn to when harvest time hits, but this luscious fall fruit is one that needs to be celebrated for its tartness and acidity. Balanced out by just a hint of sweetness from the vanilla, this sorbet is a refreshing break from the more rich courses that precede it and will be served next.. To keep things looking classy, serve in shallow champagne glasses or footed sorbet dishes with dessert spoons.


Gorgonzola, Pear & Arugula Salad

With its peppery arugula balanced with the nuttiness of pecans and blue cheese and the sweetness of those freshly harvested fall pears, this salad highlights autumn at its peak. It’s a beautiful display of nature’s colors, with greens and golds and reds that bring to mind the changing of the leaves and the bite in the air. Avoid plating on a dish that’s dark so that the colors of the salad stand out. Try clean, crisp white so that it looks even fresher when presented to your guests.


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A hearty yet elegant dish filled with earthy mushrooms and packed with the richness of beef rounded out with red wine, Beef Bourguignon is a classic that never goes out of style—but nowhere is it more celebrated than in the advent of fall, when we seek the comfort of its depth of flavor and meatiness. Plate using dinnerware that stands up to the lack of color variance in this stew-like dish. If you’re using white plates, be sure to use a charger underneath that will give it some visual interest, like a rich green or even aubergine to play up the aspect of red wine.

The sticky sweetness of pecan pie is popular all over the country— most especially in fall when the pies richness and density feel at their most comforting. But bringing it all up a notch is the addition of bourbon, a perfect ingredient whose caramel notes seem to make an already delicious pie even more addictive. Serve up your pie in style by using gold-rimmed dessert plates and a sweet dollop of airy whipped cream.

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Use the colors and textures of your serving vessels to create a harvest time vignette, whether you plate appetizers on wooden boards or use dinnerware in rich, autumnal hues. Be sure, however, to use colors that coordinate well with one another throughout the progression of the meal. Instead of using standard silverware, swap your utensils for burnished brass or matte gold to compliment the color pallet of fall.


Naturally, you’ll need to determine the size of your menu as you plan your guest list. Whom are you planning to invite, and when do you plan to start? If you’re looking to have a longer dinner party, consider starting out with hors’ douvres and mingling a bit, then going into appetizers to officially start the meal before moving on to salad, soup, palate cleanser, entrée, and dessert. The more numerous the courses, the more labor intensive the preparation; the bigger the budget; and, of course, the longer the evening will run.

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Three Linens are a great way to bring the feel of your party into fall, so rely heavily on those by using the rich tones of nature during autumn: reds, oranges, browns, and deep greens. Gold is the perfect accents, to incorporate gold-toned accessories through the use of candlesticks, utensils, chargers, or napkin rings.

Four Use your table and any surface on which you might be serving to create tablescapes by using an assortment of natural elements common to fall: dried leaves, husks, pinecones and acorns, branches with dried berries, and miniature pumpkins and squashes. Create a visual harvest to tie back to your autumnal theme and to highlight some of the ingredients of your dishes.

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Fort Defiance recently hosted its annual Sevier Days, a look at life in Clarksville prior to the Civil War, complete with reenactors and historical demonstrations. “This is our 7th annual celebration of Sevier Days, which is named for Valentine Sevier, one of the first settlers in the area,” Historical Interpreter William Parker said. “I know Fort Defiance is sometimes pigeon-holed as a Civil War site, but that was only four years of its history. People inhabited this area for generations before that. So we're trying to celebrate that part of our history, the pre-Civil War era.” The Saturday event drew lots of curious visitors, young and old, who were engaged in the demonstrations and eager to ask questions.

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“We are focusing on the wares of the late 18th century,” Parker said. “We have a blacksmith, a flint knapper who makes arrowheads and spearheads, and a woodworker. It's a great insight into how things were done more than 200 years ago.”

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At Beachaven Winery, thousands came out to see the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall, and an exhibit entitled Remembering our Fallen. Tilted Kilt provided a free picnic lunch to visitors, and hundreds of runners participated in the annual Valor Run, a Half Marathon, 5K, and Memorial Mile that honors the courage and sacrifice of those in uniform. The highlight of the week was the much-anticipated free concert by Lee Greenwood. A huge audience packed the Beachaven lawn for an evening of music and wine that won't soon be forgotten.

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Building a community is all about building relationships—especially when it comes to development and expansion. Sure, you could have all the components of planning, permits, architecture, and design; but there has to be a relationship built—sometimes, like a building, from the ground up. Which is precisely where Regina Mick steps in. As the Director of Business for Development for DBS & Associates Engineering, Inc. for more than four years, the 38 year-old former military veteran serves a role that many might not realize exists, forging relationships between DBSE and the community; seeking new opportunities with other consulting firms, private agencies, and public organizations; marketing the company’s services; and preparing requests for proposals, letters of interest, and technical proposals. “I have the privilege to be an active part of the community; and in working for DBSE, I get firsthand information on what new developments are in the works and have the opportunity to see them come to fruition,” says Mick, who spent part of her childhood here when her father served at Fort Campbell and is now pleased to once again call Clarksville home. “I’m passionate about the success and growth in Clarksville, and my profession allows me to be involved in multiple aspects of the community.” And involved she is, holding active memberships with Two Rivers Company, Clarksville Young Professionals, and Fort Campbell Post Secretary for the Society of American Military Engineers in addition to being in regular attendance at many city and county committee meetings as well as meetings for such area organizations as the

Downtown Clarksville Association, Home Builders Association, and Clarksville Realtors Association. “I want to see Clarksville continue to grow and see the success of all of the efforts of our close-knit community.” With such deep involvement in the community—not only professionally, but also personally in her service as the current Secretary and Marketing Director for the Downtown Artist Cooperative (DAC)—Mick certainly feels the depth of the bond within that community. And she sees the undeniable value to strengthening those connections and leaning in, feeding off the knowledge of others who share a similar vision. “In being a member of CYP, I have met a large network of individuals who share the same passion for personal growth and community involvement; and I have also met some of my closest friends,” says the business woman/ abstract expressionist artist. “It’s nice to have a group of individuals to guide you on your journey, and learning from them is invaluable.”

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STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCAS RYAN CHAMBERS The September Business After Hours, which is produced each month by the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, was held at the always festive Old Glory Distillery. Business After hours is the perfect opportunity for members of the community, Chamber members, and small business owners to meet and connect in a casual environment away from the stresses of the office. This month guests were treated to all of the wonderful drinks that Old Glory has to offer, and of course a buffet that paired well with each of the drinks. There are over a hundred guests each month, and it’s always great seeing all the friendly faces and meeting new and interesting people. To find out when and where the next Business After Hours will be, contact the Chamber of Commerce at Joel Botcher & Earl Hutley

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The Looking Glass restaurant is now hosting a series of informative, hands-on classes for people of all ages and skill levels. Recently several young culinary-curious folks came out to try their hand at panini making. Kada Garris is the general manager at The Looking Glass, she talked about this and other upcoming classes. “These cooking classes were designed to bring the community together and get the kids involved,” Garris said. “So, this is a kidfriendly activity that will let families in Clarksville know more about what we offer here at The Looking Glass.

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2nd Annual Memory Ball STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY CENTONZE The 2nd Annual Memory Ball, a masquerade ball that features dancing, socializing and raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer's, recently took place at Riverview Inn. Cindy Hancock of LifeLinc Pain Centers and Alison Head Hurt were among the organizers of the event. “This was our 2nd annual Masquerade Ball,” Hancock said. “All of the proceeds will benefit Clarksville's Walk to End Alzheimer's. And we were so excited to have so many great participants, donors, and door prizes this year. You name it, we had it. This was a big event.” Over one hundred fifty guests were in attendance, wearing their masks, and fully in the spirit of the evening. Bidding on the silent auction items was robust. “Last year we raised about $8,000,” Hancock said. “This year we're hoping to increase that figure.” Hancock lost her grandmother to Alzheimer's. “Many of my friends have lost loved ones as well,” She said. “We see what they deal with on a daily basis. We've got to help find a cure for this disease. We are looking for that first survivor right now. It's America's 6th leading cause of death, and currently there is no cure.”

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Alison Head Hurt's story is similar. “I lost my mother to Alzheimer's last year, and my cousin, Pat Head Summit,” she said. “So I've always been involved in fundraising to bring awareness and find a cure for Alzheimer's”. Hancock points out that the Alzheimer's Association provides free resources for families in their community. Money raised helps fund that support locally.

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ariana Bowen is 10 years old and a self-proclaimed “slimeologist” as she often buys her own supplies to make the nostalgic 90s toy. She combines the glitter, glue and various colors together to create the gooey slime that many children enjoy. Mariana has made over 51 batches of slime, and she saves a sample of each in small jars. Mariana is a child at heart, yet when she steps foot on the gym mat she becomes a champion in martial arts. “As soon as she could start walking, she was on the mat with her brothers and sister in Judo class,” said Donnie Bowen, father of Mariana. Bowen started the Bowen Combative Arts Academy in 2014. Bowen was in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, but his interest in Judo,, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and wrestling began well before he enlisted. As a young child, Bowen watched Black Belt and Kung Fu theatre, along with most of Bruce Lee’s movies. Bowen began with Taekwondo and Karate. Then, influenced by Bruce Lee, he began Judo and Filipino stick fighting. The Special Forces qualification course brought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu into Bowen’s life when he was stationed at Fort Campbell. “When it came to opening the academy, it was like giving back to the community, and not only that, I had a vested interest because my own children were training,” Bowen said. Now Bowen spends his days teaching Mariana and other children the non-striking arts of Judo, Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 64 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | October 2018

For the Bowens, training together is a lifestyle. Both Mariana’s mother and father train, Mariana’s two older brothers are black belts in Judo, and her older sister is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. From age four, Mariana was competing in wrestling. At age six she began Judo and at age seven she won the Judo National Championship. Currently she is focusing on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She plans to earn her black belt in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and help other children train and compete. Recently Mariana won the 2018 Kids International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Championship in Las Vegas, and she plans to continue competing at many other competitions in the future. “For Mariana, this is pretty much a way of life,” Bowen said. The Bowen Family

“Mariana had a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu pro-match earlier this year, and it was really neat because she went out and competed and everyone loved her, and then when she went to change, she was in a dress, like a professional.” Bowen laughed. “All the other kids are putting on their Jiu-Jitsu T-shirts and then there’s Mariana in her dress. She’s my baby girl.” As Mariana’s instructor as well as father, Bowen emphasizes hard-work. “The overall goal for their training each day is to be better than they were yesterday. Whether the improvement is mediocre or incredible, it’s the work you put in behind it that matters,” Bowen said. “We see greatness in our children, and we want them to always improve.” Bowen teaches his classes as if he’s teaching his own kids. “We’re raising the next generation, so we have to do things right the first time,” Bowen said. Grappling-arts teach integrity and discipline, as without hard-work, trainees will never improve. “My favorite thing about training is being able to protect myself,” Mariana said. During competitions, Mariana still gets a bit nervous, but she knows her opponent is nervous as well, and she uses those nerves to push her through the competition. Bowen finds teachings in The Art of War by Sun Tzu and often uses what he reads to quote small life lessons at the end of his classes. “Be the champion of your own life,” Bowen said. “Do what makes you happy no matter how many medals you win.”

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Tails of the Trail STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY CENTONZE Lisa Thomas of Nashville-based Tails of the Trail was in town recently to pair shelter dogs with some caring local folks and lead them all on a walk around Liberty Park. The non-profit group began in Nashville in May, 2015 as a Community Outreach program. The group partners with local animal shelters and rescues to organize hiking events. “Our mission is to exercise and socialize homeless dogs, reducing stress and euthanasia rates while increasing community awareness and adoptions,” Thomas said. “We also transport shelter dogs out of state to the Midwest and Northeast. Middle Tennessee has an overpopulation problem because of its relaxed spay/neuter laws. Sadly, shelters are at capacity, which over-stresses the dogs.” Lisa Kelly

For this event, “Tails” partnered with Montgomery County Animal Control and the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone.

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The Liberty Park hike had 15 dogs walking with 26 participants. Thomas says there will be another event in October. “We try to do this every month,” Thomas said. “We started events in Clarksville two years ago, and our calendar is on under Tails of the Trail. We are a non-profit, so we greatly appreciate financial contributions, and of course, our volunteers. We have facilitated more than 570 adoptions since 2015.”

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The Clarksville 50+ Activity Center recently hosted a fashion show to have a little fun and show off some of the items that will be available at a shop that is soon to open in the facility. “The fashion show featured some of our members wearing items from The Shoppe,” Marketing Director Jan Holleman said. “But anything that was gently used, re-purposed or homemade was welcome in the show. We just wanted to show people that they can still look attractive on a budget.” The Center boasts a membership of about 3,000, many of whom were obviously having fun as they walked the runway for an audience of their peers.

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“The show is a way of having fun and announcing The Shoppe,” Holleman said. “We offered new and used items, consignment merchandise and more. There was much more than just clothing. I'm hoping we can do an official opening and ribbon cutting in October.”

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The center is becoming known for its special events including pool tournaments, yoga, ceramics and painting classes, Bible study, karaoke, and themed-dances. But the calendar is also full of healthrelated programs of interest to folks over the age of 50. For more information go to or find them on Facebook.

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UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCAS RYAN CHAMBERS Encouraging community members to "play their part" in making a difference, United Way and the Roxy Regional Theatre joined together to usher in this year's campaign season. Guests gathered for a sneak peak of the current show Hairspray that is being performed at the Roxy while enjoying a fun-filled block party that concluded with the official re-lighting ceremony of the Roxy's marquee. The event included live music by Syd Hedrick & The Phalcons (NOT Falcons?) as well as appetizers and beverages provided by local merchants. To find out more about United Way and the many ways this organization assists the local community, visit

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Belle Hollow Catered Food Tasting STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY CENTONZE Luci Armitstead and her team at Miss Lucille's recently hosted a catered food tasting inside The Belle Hollow, one of Clarksville's premiere event venues. Luci says the tasting event is held on a quarterly basis, and it is open to anyone looking to plan an upcoming event of any type whether it is a fundraiser, social soiree, or a wedding.. Guests were treated to a variety of The Belle Hollow's most popular catering items. A variety of table displays were also on view to assist in the planning process. Planners were on hand to talk with guests about ideas for their upcoming event and to help them envision the flavors, feel and look of their special evening.

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Frolic on Franklin STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCAS RYAN CHAMBERS The Roxy Regional Theatre hosted the annual Frolic on Franklin for another successful year, and hundreds of people showed up to see what this year’s Street Fair had to offer. The Frolic on Franklin is set on historic Franklin Street in Downtown Clarksville and gives everyone an opportunity to meet with local artists and artisans and take home a piece of original artwork made in Clarksville. This year the activities included live painting, woodworkers, photographers, and dozens of other types of artists that may only be found here in the area. This is just one of the events put on by the Roxy, and it helps to raise funds to assist with operating costs for one of the region’s oldest performing arts theatres. To find out when next year’s Frolic on Franklin will be, visit Jackie Chambers & Olasubomi Aka-Bashorum

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Megan and Luke Baggett recently celebrated the grand opening of their business, The Copper Petal, a fashion boutique on Franklin Street. “We've been open for about a month, but we waned to do something fun for our existing customers and to invite new customers,” said Megan Baggett, who describes the boutique as a fun, welcoming environment for everyone. The boutique offer sizes from Tween to 3XL. All the items offered at the store are fun with a trendy feel, and there is a great selection of boutique styles that are popular now.”. “We have custom shirts as well,” Baggett said. “We already have our unique 'Clarksville' and 'Gov' shirts. We are in the process of creating shirts for every high school in Clarksville/Montgomery County as well. Luke & Megan Baggett

“This first month has been awesome. We have had tremendous support, and we are super excited for the rest of the year, and Christmas, and everything to come.”

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Luke Baggett gave a short background on the couple's journey to their own Franklin Street shop. “When Megan and I were first dating, she opened the Copper Petal online,” said Luke Baggett. “That was two years ago,” he said “We got married in March and one of her major goals was to have a brick and mortar store. We were in Miss Lucille's for a little over a year, and now we're very excited to be open in downtown Clarksville.”

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riginally built in 1896 as an Episcopal church called Church of the Good Shepherd, the building that still proudly stands at 604 East Second Street in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, now serves a different purpose—though, by all accounts, it has been in service to the community since its very first nails were put in place. First as the only African American Episcopal church in Hopkinsville, then as the first library for African Americans in town, the historic little building was eventually designated as an official landmark. And after a string of mergers of United Way organizations, the former church became a haven of a different sort—one offering hope and help to those in need.

Now functioning under the name of Aaron McNeil House, Inc., in honor of its founder, Rev. Aaron McNeil, who served as the Rector of the church until his passing in 1906, the building functions as the headquarters for various community services whose purpose is to

promote the well-being of individuals and families in Hopkinsville and throughout other areas of Christian County through the operations of their food pantry, crisis relief assistance, and educational services. Truly, theirs is a mission of offering more than just a bag of food and a good word, as the team at Aaron McNeil House take a more in-depth approach at getting members of their community back on their feet. “Most of us are one only paycheck away from being in a crisis ourselves,” says Aaron McNeil House Administrative Assistant Tamara Standard. “Like many people I have found myself on hard times, but there have been people who have helped me and showed me kindness along the way. I’m glad to be able to give even just a little bit back each day.” By all arguments, what happens at Aaron McNeil House could hardly be considered “little,” as they offer a wide range of programs and services to meet the widely ranging needs of those who have found themselves in a crisis situation—a fact which allows them to offer aid to individuals who, as Anderson says, “fall through the cracks of other programs.” While some of the organization’s assistance is based on income and household size, others are freely given without question, not the least of which is food distributions through their food pantry. The house’s community garden also serves great purpose, as all members of the community are welcome to gather from the garden’s harvest in order to have fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables. Naturally, a full belly and proper nutrition is important, but their services also include rent/mortgage assistance, coverage of basic utilities, bus

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“Like many people I have found myself on hard times, but there have been people who have helped me and showed me kindness along the way. I’m glad to be able to give even just a little bit back each day." -Tamara Standard

passes for our local transit system, and even the provision of certain medications through the signed prescription of a physician as well as prescription eyeglasses. Caring for the body as well as offering relief in dire financial conditions are but a simple snapshot of the ways that Aaron McNeil House takes the members of its community in hand and works tirelessly to lift them out of dark times.

Commodity distributions are offered on the second Saturday of each month. Volunteer opportunities for the Aaron McNeil House Christmas program begin October 1st.

Unfortunately, those dark times have fallen on many; but team at Aaron McNeil has been there to help in any way that they can. In 2017 alone, the organization served 6,403 individuals— nearly nine percent of the population of Christian County. 2,953 households sought assistance through crisis relief, the food pantry, and TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program), totaling $155,748.38 in aid. Naturally, numbers like those can’t be reached without the proper funding, and as a United Way Agency, Aaron McNeil House receives much of their funding through United Way. So, too, do they rely on the generous donations of local churches, private individuals, civic groups, FEMA, and various city and county government organizations. Because they maintain their affiliation with the Episcopal Church, the house also receives some funding from the Diocese of Kentucky. A great help, to be sure, but funding alone isn’t enough to reach the people who need it the most, for money cannot offer words of encouragement, words of support and understanding and words of advice. Nor can it reach out and embrace someone in need of comfort or hold the hand of someone who feels alone. For that, Aaron McNeil House relies on the support of its board members, staff, and those who so willingly offer their time as volunteers—and the work that they do, each and every day is changing lives. This is the house that faith built, and that faith is keeping it standing true. Aaron McNeil House, Inc. is located at 604 East 2nd Street, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42241. For more information on services and opportunities to donate or volunteer, call (270) 886-9734 or visit

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B r e w s f o r t h e B r av e STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCAS RYAN CHAMBERS The Green Beret Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting soldiers of the U.S. Army Special Forces and their families, hosted Brews for the Brave. Brews for the Brave is a family friendly event with live music, food trucks, a Kid’s Corner, a silent auction and beer for purchase. 100% of the silent auction proceeds go directly to the Green Beret Foundation. This event was hosted by the Fort Campbell Chapter of the Steel Mags, an elite sisterhood of women established by the Green Beret Foundation, with the goal of addressing the unique and critical needs of qualifying female family members of The United States Army Special Forces soldiers. “These families often times won’t ask for help when help is needed, which is the sole reason we put on these events. We found that being creative and allowing people to have fun and get involved while still raising money for the families of these fallen soldiers makes all the difference,” said Jen Paquette Executive Director of the Green Beret Foundation and founder of GBF’s sorority, the Steel Mags.

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“We want Green Berets and their wives and children to feel like we are all part of a family — we are here for them.” To learn more about Brews for the Brave and how to participate and/or sponsor, please visit our Facebook event page at:

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HOD RODS & HARLEYS STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY CENTONZE Appleton's Harley Davidson recently hosted its annual Hot Rods & Harleys, a custom car, truck and motorcycle show, with live music, food, and fun for everyone. “This is one of our favorite events,” Shannon Connor said. “We've been doing the Hot Rods & Harleys show for 15 or 16 years. I would say 300 - 500 people joined us this year.” Connor says awards were presented in five different categories: new school, and old school cars; new school and old school trucks; and people's choice. Appleton's also presented a Best of Show award for motorcycles. “I think we had more than 50 automobile entries and over100 motorcycles,” Connor said. “This is a free event that everyone seems to enjoy year after year. It's just a fun afternoon, and of course we always have great live music.

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Fine Fettle STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY CENTONZE Michael and Regina Hampton of The Food Initiative recently hosted the annual Fine Fettle, a farm-to-table tasting event that brings out the area's most talented chefs to show off their finest creations to more than 200 guests. “We had chefs from Nashville and Clarksville, and there were six different establishments represented with main courses at this event,” said Michael Hampton. “Local restaurants provided appetizers and desserts and some local breweries were upstairs with a great selection of beers. Everything served at this event represented the best in locally-sourced food and drink. All were made with local meats, produce and other ingredients raised in middle Tennessee.”

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Hampton says the Food Initiative Farm is doing well. It continues to grow food which helps to feed Clarksville's food-insecure, while teaching students the day-to-day operation of an actual farm.

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“We are still in production mode,” Hampton said. “We'll be winding down in the next couple of months. We have wrapped up our summer youth program and they've all gone back to school. So, now we have opportunities for field trips and small groups to come out and tour the farm as well as to work along side us and learn.” Information about The Food Initiative may be found at Chris & Shannon Hester

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