Public Media Stations Reception
A reception honoring Tennessee’s public television and radio stations was held at Tennessee’s Executive Residence.
Governor Bill Haslam and Crissy Haslam welcomed the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s board of directors as their special guests.
The evening began with remarks by NPT’s President and CEO Beth Curley, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s President and CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison, and CPB board Chair Elizabeth Sembler.
Gov. Haslam’s remarks blended bits of Tennessee history with insightful, and at times humorous, comments about the role of media in our society.
Grammy-winning artist Kathy Mattea spoke about her connection to NPT’s Aging Matters series, particularly the most recent documentary, Aging Matters: Living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, which premiered later the night of the reception on NPT.
Mattea then performed two songs, including the poignant “Where’ve You Been?”
Later, Jim Hoobler led impromptu tours of the art hanging in the mansion’s public areas.
Guests dined on spoon-served citrus-marinated beets with Tennessee-herbed goat cheese mousse and chives, Bear Creek Farm cast-iron beef tenderloin on crostini with tomato jam and micro greens, shooters of smoked tomato bisque with grilled cheese croutons, and bruschetta of Roma tomato, basil, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Salvation Army Stocking Stuffing
Members of the Salvation Army Auxiliary got together for their annual stocking stuffing event at Christ Presbyterian Church.
Stockings were filled for elderly people in need with socks, soap, all kinds of sundries, and much more. The stockings will be stored until Christmas time, when they will be given out to those who will be very happy to receive the practical items.
After the work was done, everyone enjoyed a potluck lunch which offered barbecue, stuffed eggs, all types of salads, sandwiches, rollers, fruit, brownies, cupcakes, cookies and numerous other dishes.
Then there was a short business meeting with speaker Tom Stumb, who discussed the Gathering of Angels set for Nov. 3. The event will be a luncheon at Rocketown with a singer as well as testimonies.
Christmas in July for Make-A-Wish
A Christmas in July party was held at The Rosewall to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The event chair, Brian Barry, turned his 40th birthday into a fundraiser for the charity, which grants wishes to children who have life-threatening medical conditions.
Everyone enjoyed a DJ, dancing, silent auction, live Secret Stocking auction, beverages and appetizers.
The decorations were lavish, with large lighted Christmas trees, huge reindeer, brightly wrapped packages, and lots of holiday figures.
Chef Andrew from Virago provided a variety of crostini topped with beef tenderloin and blue cheese, goat cheese and caramelized onions, tomato and fennell, and mint chocolate cookies and almond bars.
Up for auction were tickets to the ballet and symphony, a dinner at Valentino’s, clothing, a Build a Bar basket, jewelry from Cindi Earle and Kendra Scott, sports items, and a gift card from Tom and Chee.