Social events

Downtown Library Garage Celebration

Kyle McDonald, Colin Rice, Andre Rolsin, and Billy Curtis.

Kyle McDonald, Colin Rice, Andre Rolsin, and Billy Curtis.

Messer Construction Company held a topping out ceremony and lunch for the new downtown Library Garage, on the corner of 7th and Commerce.  The event featured the uppermost beam being put into place, signed by more than 50 guests. Nashville Downtown Partnership President and CEO Tom Turner, Messer Construction Vice President Tom Lampe and Messer Construction Project Manager Eric Guffey all spoke to the crowd.
Everyone enjoyed a barbecue lunch, prepared by U-Kno Catering.

The 130,000 square foot project brings 350 additional parking spots to downtown Nashville, a much needed expansion to the ever-growing city and the library.  Kent Oliver, director of the Nashville Public Library, said the expansion will add more parking, better signage, traffic-slowing measures in the garage, and entrance ramps that will help patrons enjoy a better overall experience as they visit the Main Library in downtown Nashville.

TPAC Gala

Shirley Zeitlin and Annette Eskind.

Shirley Zeitlin and Annette Eskind.

Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) presented its Applause Award to legendary musician and producer Norbert Putnam and Dollar General Corporation at the annual TPAC Gala. The center also honored the legacy of the late singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg, who lived, performed, and recorded in Nashville.

Caroline Sharp, a drama teacher at Oliver Middle Preparatory School in Nashville, was named TPAC’s Teacher of the Year. The party was themed to the Tony Award®-winning hit musical, An American in Paris, which will play TPAC Oct. 31 to Nov. 5.

TPAC Gala began with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by the award presentation, dinner from Sargent’s Fine Catering, special performances, and additional music by 12 South. The menu included a mixed greens salad with Roquefort cheese, filet mignon with lobster sauce, creamed spinach, rosemary roasted potatoes, and Raspberry Clafoutis a la Vanilla. A large replica of the Eifel Tower anchored the decor and table decorations included lavender flowers, tapered candles, and white cloths with electric blue napkins.

Helping plan the event were reservation Co-chair Julie Boehm, auction Co-chairs Lauren and Patrick Poole, floral designer Phillipe Chadwick and décor and Parisian advisor Amelie de Gaulle. Supporters included: Norman Scarborough, Kimberly Hewell, Larry and Sara Stessel, Eleanor Whitworth, Kurt Zettel, Anna Burgner, Tracy Kane, Bill and Susan Joy, Julie Allen, Gary Bynum, Ramon and Deborah Ann Cisneros, Ron and Brenda Corbin, David Figge, Amanda Hartley, Reginald Hill,   and Mark and Cathy Cate.