Social 1-26-2017

Unleashed. Dinner with Your Dog

Unleashed, Dinner with Your Dog, was held at the Hutton Hotel to benefit the Nashville Humane Association.

Chair Marcia Masulla chose the theme “Luck of the Paw” and arranged a casino night for the 7th annual event.

Hosted by country singer Tanya Tucker, the event featured cocktails, dinner, and live and silent auctions.

Among the items up for bid were golf with a Titan, a Music City package, baskets from Woofgang Bakery, My Second Home, Nashville Holistic Pet, and Pet Safe, tickets to Drive By Truckers, Steve Martin and Martin Short, the Olate Dogs, and the Nashville Sounds.

In addition everyone enjoyed the pet fashion show, which featured the latest in canine couture modeled by Nashville Humane Association dogs.

Funds raised by this event go to support the care of more than 4,000 dogs and cats that come through NHA’s doors each year in need of a loving home.

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Bracken Children’s Garden Kickoff

A kickoff was held for the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden at the home of Patsy and Bob Weigel, where members of the Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee gathered to hear details of the organization’s support of the project.

The two-acre garden will be handicapped accessible, with a working garden where children can get their hands dirty, a tree house, pathways, a water feature, and much more.

Members of the Horticultural Society visited children’s gardens around the country to borrow the best ideas for Nashville’s oasis for young people.

Everyone at the kickoff enjoyed food from Belle Meade Country Club and club members including a medley of tea sandwiches, tomato soup in demitasse cups, cheese straws, salmon mouse, chocolate covered strawberries, crab bites, caviar and scrimp nibbles, beef tenderloin, and baby eclairs.

Dancey Sanders designed a glorious miniature garden with sculptures of children and a fountain of a child watering a garden, which was admired by guests including: Mary Jane Lavender, Juanita Allender, Gloria Reeves, Babs Freeman, Florence Ann Ketelsen, and Ellen More.

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La Bella Notte

The 23rd annual La Bella Notte was held at the Hilton Nashville Downtown by the Nashville Opera Guild.

As guests entered the hotel lobby, Madelyn Bridges directed the seventy members of the Belmont University children’s choir in a number of beautiful songs.

After shopping at the silent auction, everyone moved into the dining room for a meal of antipasto, grain salad, beef filet, shrimp, baby root vegetables, and chocolate bourbon bombe.

Between the delicious courses, Amy Tate Williams accompanied mega-talented singers Danielle Pastin and Courtney Ruckman, sopranos, mezzo-soprano Melisa Bonnetti, and bass Mathew Trevino, who wowed the crowd with his performance of Old Man River.

John Hoomes served as emcee and presented The Francis Robinson Award to Nancy Coleman and Andy Valentine for their support of Nashville Opera.

Supporters included: Marion Couch, Betty and Ed Thackston, Melissa Mosteller, Judy and Joe Barker, Elizabeth and Larry Papel, June and Boyd Bogel, Carol Penterman, Mary and David Rollins, Dancey and John Sanders, Elaina Scott, Esther Swink, Doreatha and Andre Churchwell, and Anita Cash.

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Adventure Science Center Film Premiere

The Adventure Science Center held a red carpet premiere of its new Sudekum Planetarium fulldome production ECLIPSE: The Sun Revealed.

After a reception with a cocktail buffet by Menu Maker offering Ahi tuna and beef tenderloin canapes, and displays of cured meats, vegetables, cheeses, dips, chips, fruit, and more, everyone moved into the planetarium to see the film.

The show was produced at the planetarium and features visuals that explore historical and cultural views of eclipses illustrated in culturally-inspired styles; geometry that leads to lunar, partial, annular, and total solar eclipses; a visualization of what can be seen from within the shadow of a total solar eclipse; scientific discoveries generated or supported by total solar eclipses; how to safely view an eclipse; and a first-hand account of one person’s total solar eclipse viewing experience.

ECLIPSE: The Sun Revealed was made possible by a grant from the Sudekum Memorial Trust. The making of the film was inspired by the total solar eclipse which will be seen from Nashville on August 21 of this year.

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