2014 Ball King & Queen Named, Menu and Band Details Announced

2014 Heritage Ball King and Queen
2014 Heritage Ball King and Queen

Williamson County’s longest-running black tie event is rapidly approaching, and officials from the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County are making final preparations for the nearly sold-out 41st Annual Heritage Ball on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park in Franklin.

At last week’s Sponsors Party at the beautifully restored antebellum Jasmine Grove home of Lucibeth and Brian Mayberry, organizers surprised downtown Franklin residents Greg Flittner and Nancy Smith with a special honor: the pair was named King and Queen of the Ball, respectively.

“Greg and Nancy have been tireless supporters of the Heritage Foundation, having chaired events and volunteered in myriad ways,” said Torrey Barnhill, Heritage Ball coordinator. “Our Board, staff and Ball committee is proud to recognize them for all they’ve done to advance our mission of protecting and preserving the places that matter in Williamson County.”

Flittner, who now serves as president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, spent 23 years in healthcare with General Electric and is currently vice president of development for CDI, with an office in Franklin’s downtown historic district. Nancy, who is president of the Brownstones Homeowners Association board of directors, has been heavily involved in assembling a record-setting silent auction offering for this year’s Heritage Ball.

“We feel like we owe it to the community to give our time and try to make it even better,” Smith said. “It has been our honor to be able to get involved with the Heritage Foundation and work with their tremendous staff. Being in a leadership role on the silent auction committee has allowed us to meet so many great people and make lasting friendships.”

The silent auction includes more than 150 items collectively representing approximately $100,000 in retail value. Items range from artwork to luxurious vacation packages, one-of-a-kind jewelry to tickets and rare experiences donated by supporters of the Heritage Foundation. For the first time ever, attendees will be able to bid online using their mobile devices during the event.

Another treat will be the menu, focusing on fresh, local delights from Chef’s Market including a fall salad with apples, Cajun seared pork belly and maple vinaigrette; a New York strip steak loin roulade with mushroom duxelle with spinach, smoked tomato and a Madiera demiglace; and a triple chocolate mousse teardrop cake with Chambord cream and fresh raspberries. Three local farmers – Delvin Farms, Noble Springs Dairy and Allenbrook Farms – have supplied product, and a vegetarian stuffed portabella mushroom option is also available.

Prior to dinner, during the cocktail hour, Williamson County’s Five Points Swing Band will serenade guests with the big band sounds of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra. Afterward, the dance floor will be packed as Band X from Atlanta keeps the crowd moving until late. Of course, there’s a local connection – Franklin’s own Michelle Froedge is a singer with the dance band that has developed a following all over the South.

Attendees can also enjoy a wine-tasting tent, sponsored by Lipman Brothers & R.S. Lipman, and late-night Southern bites compliments of Puckett’s Trolley.

“There are so many incredible components to this year’s event, including the nod to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin in 2014,” Barnhill said. “We’ve got some surprises in store, and we’re nearly sold out. We encourage anyone planning to attend to purchase tickets now, before it’s too late.”

To purchase tickets, contact Barnhill at (615) 591-8500 or by email at tbarnhill@historicfranklin.com.

Since 1967, the not-for-profit Heritage Foundation’s mission has been to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.








Sponsor’s Party Held at Mayberrys’ Magnificent Home; Recognizes 2014 Ball Supporters

Jasmine Grove

Patrons of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County gathered on Sept. 4 to honor the sponsors and table hosts who will make the 41st Annual Heritage Ball possible. The Ball will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park in Franklin, and will be a retrospective of all that the Foundation has accomplished—with a special spotlight on the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin.

In its 41st year, the gala is Williamson County’s longest-running black tie event. The Sponsors’ Party, held at the magnificent Jasmine Grove home of Lucibeth and Brian Mayberry in downtown Franklin, recognized the major investments of local and national companies that will further spur historic preservation efforts.

The Ball is honored to have CapWealth Advisors, one of the state’s top wealth management firms, as a 2014 Patrons Sponsor. FirstBank, one of Tennessee’s largest community banks and a relatively new fixture on the downtown Franklin scene thanks to its renovated space at Five Points, is also a Patrons Sponsor for this year’s milestone event. In addition, Premier Sponsors include Alexander Automotive and SouthStar, LLC & Ovation.

“These businesses place a special emphasis on giving back to the community, and that philosophy is also the backbone of the Foundation’s mission,” said Torrey Barnhill, Heritage Ball coordinator. “We look to partner with like-minded leaders who understand the importance of our vision of saving each and every place that matters in Williamson County.”

Barnhill also referenced the Mayberrys’ contributions, and says the young couple is an indicator of both the Ball’s and the Foundation’s multi-generational involvement.

The Mayberrys’ three-story antebellum home, thought to be built around 1850, is the pair’s second downtown Franklin house to renovate in the context of historic preservation. The couple has turned the Civil War-era home—which was in a state of despair when purchased—into a representation of its original grandeur.

Lucibeth says they tapped in to the Foundation’s resources and expertise during the rehabilitation process, and have used the experience to educate their own young children on the importance of preservation.

“Our children are extremely connected to the community because they have a very strong sense of place. The house has given them that connection, even at their age,” Lucibeth says. “We believe we are stewards of this historic home. It’s a wonderful asset to the community, that a family home like this is still serving the purpose for which it was originally built.

“As a family, it’s become our thing together. My 8-year-old loves to give tours. His room’s window has a Civil War-era signature etched in the window.”

As the 80-plus attendees arrived at Jasmine Grove they were treated to bites by Sargent’s Catering and donated spirits from R.S. Lipman & Lipman Bros. The hand of Steve McLellan of Garden Delights crafted the flower arrangements in the sweeping backyard, and Southern Events donated party equipment.

In addition to the Patrons and Premier Sponsors, others include the Major Sponsors: Audi of Nashville, First Farmers and Merchants Bank, First Tennessee, Franklin Synergy Bank, Grand Avenue, Landmark Bank, Lipman Bros. & R.S. Lipman Company, Martin Foundation and Southern Events; as well as the Supporting Sponsors: A. Marshall Family Foods, Full Service Insurance, Inc., Embassy Suites Cool Springs, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Tennessean/Williamson A.M., Williamson Herald/Southern Exposure Magazine, Westhaven Partners and YOUR Williamson.

For more information on the Ball, or to reserve a $375 ticket to the event, call Torrey Barnhill at 615-591-8500, ext. 20.

All proceeds from the Heritage Ball benefit the work of the Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

2014 Heritage Ball Sponsors