Social 1-5-2017

Symphony Ball

Symphony Ball Chairs Elizabeth Papel and Melissa Mahanes crafted a beautiful evening at the Schermerhorn Center based on the Black and White Ball hosted by Truman Capote in 1966 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The Symphony Ball guests all dressed in black and white and the decor featured the color red with tablecloths and floral centerpieces in shades of crimson.

Capote served scrambled eggs and spaghetti and meatballs, but luckily Kristen Winston Catering was on hand to offer a more upscale menu with delicious shrimp cocktail, filet of beef, and chocolate mousse bombe.

Grammy Award winning banjoist Béla Fleck received the Harmony Award, for an individual who exemplifies the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community.

Capote had the famous Peter Duchin Orchestra perform at his event and the same wonderful ensemble played at the ball fifty years later. In addition, the Nashville Symphony performed three pieces, to the delight of the crowd.

Committee members included: Edie Bass, Jean Bottorff, Barbara Bovender, Laurie Eskind, Gail Danner, Dara Russell, Ellen Martin, Mark Lee Taylor, Mary Schoettle, Jamie Stream, Colleen Welch, and Holly Wilds.

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“Lights & Legacy” Members’ Holiday Reception

The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission and the Board of the Tennessee State Museum Foundation sponsored the “Lights & Legacy” Members’ Holiday Reception and celebration of the legacy of Executive Director Lois Riggins-Ezzell. Lois was the Museum’s Executive Director for 35 years and is now Director Emeritus.  During a heart-felt talk to those in attendance, Lois spoke about the good fortune of working with seven Tennessee Governors, including the Honorable Bill Haslam.

A long overdue and much-needed, new state museum facility was approved by the legislature on Governor Haslam’s watch. It will be located in North Nashville at the intersection of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street and will open in 2018.

Holiday music was performed by Justyna Kelley and Eddie Gore. Guests included Anne Russell, Tom Ingram, Paul & Carla McCombs, Pam and Mike Koban, Milah and Steve Lynn, Tom Smith, Charles and Nancy Sargent, Linda and Jere Ervin, Many-Bears and Ernie Grinder.


NPT’s Victoria Preview Screening

NPT held a Victoria Preview Screening and Victorian Celebration at the Franklin Theatre, to let everyone know about the new Masterpiece series which follows the feisty queen’s reign after she ascended the British throne in 1837.

Victoria on Masterpiece features finely appointed interiors, lavish costumes and extravagant ballroom scenes as it provides a look at the woman who gave her name to an era.

The program premieres on Sunday, January 15.

Victoria’s 63-year reign coincided with the Industrial Age, the Dickensian era and the American Civil War. It was also the time when many holiday traditions were established, among them the adornment of Christmas trees, the Christmas Carol story and the sending of Christmas cards.

For the preview, Bacon & Caviar Caterer provided delicious sausage stuffed dates wrapped in bacon, cranberry chicken salad, mini corned beef Reubens, Mulligatawny stew and stuffed mushrooms.


Harding Art Show Kickoff

The Harding Art Show kickoff was held at the eclectic East Nashville art studio of the show’s featured artist for 2017,  Ed Nash.

The event was held in anticipation of the show scheduled for May 4 to 6 at Harding Academy.

Co-chairs Julie Infante and Misty White introduced Nash, a Nashville based, internationally known artist, whose work can be found in collections in the U.S. and U.K.

Everyone mingled as they visited with the artist and viewed his art. Patrons enjoyed delicious fare from the Corner Market that included pork tenderloin on sweet potato biscuits, chutney cilantro chicken, pickled shrimp, assorted vegetables, fruit and desserts.

Guests included: Todd and Kelly Williams, Tricia Hall, Tom and Sandy White, Jill and Joe Parker, Mike Delevante, and Barbara and Fred Turner.


Opera’s La Bella Notte Patron Party

The La Bella Notte Patron Party was held at the clubhouse of Governor’s Club, where everyone gathered to support the Nashville Opera.

Staged by the Opera Guild, La Bella Notte will be January 21 at Hilton Nashville Downtown. The black-tie event benefits Nashville Opera education programs and features a gourmet meal, specially selected wines, and arias by the opera’s Mary Ragland Young Artists.

Nancy Coleman and M. Andrew Valentine will be the Francis Robinson Award Recipients.

At the kickoff, there was music, estate jewelry for sale, and a drawing to win various prizes including a guitar signed by Vince Gill.

A delicious buffet offered a salad bar, beef tenderloin, chicken piccata, asparagus, grits, pumpkin cake pops, petite fours and more.

The tables were covered with white cloths, centered with bouquets of white roses, green hydrangeas and other blooms and foliage.


Taqueria Holiday Event for Safe Haven

Taqueria del Sol on 12th South gifted Safe Haven Family Shelter with $40,000 as a result of its second annual Taqueria Holiday event.

The casual eatery donated all proceeds from that evening to Safe Haven.

Country star Dierks Bentley matched dollar for dollar as did Zac Thomas, Taqueria Nashville and Taqueria Atlanta, resulting in every dollar spent by patrons amounting to five dollars for Safe Haven.

Taqueria’s Tony Halligan and Bentley teamed up last year to create the event for Safe Haven.  Bentley was on site all evening with his family; much of that time he spent outside greeting guests as they lined up on the sidewalk.

Taqueria del Sol is a fun, casual eatery offering made from scratch Southwest and American cuisine.

Safe Haven is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the entire homeless family. Families with children make up 32% of the homeless population. For more information, visit or call 615-256-8195.


Goldston Christmas Tea

Charlotte Goldston hosted a Christmas tea for about fifty of her lucky friends at Belmont Mansion.

In addition to the lavish Victorian decorations in the historic home, Sharon Sandahl created outstanding floral centerpieces for the serving table and dining tables.

Sandahl used lush white and silver-sprayed hydrangeas, red roses, red hypericum berries, and greenery.

Briarpatch Catering provided a fabulous menu with smoked salmon on gougeres, sweet potato biscuits with country ham, blueberry scones with clotted cream and jam, chicken salad in pastry shells, brie in phyllo, and so many sweets including peppermint meringues, chocolate cups with lemon curd, an assortment of truffles and much more.

Everyone also enjoyed hot chocolate, spiced tea and an assortment of additional teas.

Favors for the delighted guests included passes to tour Belmont Mansion and white chocolate candies.


Family and Children’s Service Kickoff

Family & Children’s Service (FCS) had a kickoff for its upcoming 75th Birthday Bash, which will be held Saturday, February 25.

The kickoff was held at the newly purchased building at 2400 Clifton Avenue, where the birthday event also will be held.

The new building is only a shell right now and will require a huge renovation. The organization is working to raise nine million dollars for the project, but a portion of the money will come from the sale of the current building.

FCS’s facility is 14,000 square feet of office space, with 32 parking spaces. The new building is 32,000 feet and will have one hundred parking places.

Those at the kickoff enjoyed a basket lunch by Johnny Haffner Catering while they heard an overview of the festive and unusual thematic elements which will be used to create a classic kid’s birthday party for the bash, but with an adult slant.

Co-chairs of the party are Mary Lee Bartlett, Sarah Ann Ezzell, Ellen Jacobs, Anne Elizabeth McIntosh and Amy Colton.


Frist Repeal Day Party

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts held a Repeal Day Party, to mark the end of Prohibition on December 5, 1933,  with proceeds supporting the ongoing care of the Frist building.

In November, 1933, the cornerstone was laid for the downtown Nashville U.S. Post Office, now the Frist Center, and Prohibition was repealed a month after that.

Everyone at the party enjoyed cocktails mixed by Nashville bartenders Jonathan Howard, John Peet, and Riley Perrin. Each bartender demonstrated and served a special drink using Old Forester bourbon. Old Forester was America’s first bottled bourbon and one of only a handful of distillers licensed to make spirits before, during and after Prohibition. (Dr. Forest got his license to create spirits for medicinal purposes.)

Hors d’oeuvres offered were ham on biscuits, salmon mousse, Waldorf salad in mini phyllo cups, pigs in a blanket, little lemon chiffon cakes, and blood orange ice wine gelee.

The host committee included: Beegie Adair, Amanda and Ryan Blanck, Sara and Andrew Burd, Tammi Edwards, Heather and Jeff Middleton, Monica Ramey, Powell Regen, and Robin Haney.