More than 250 guests gathered around an impressive vintage car collection at Alexander Automotive on Friday, July 31 for a glamorous evening celebrating the 42nd Annual Heritage Ball–and the reveal of this year’s “Rhapsody in Blue” theme, inspired by the classic Georgia Gershwin song.
”One of the most widely performed versions of the song was the first classical arrangement, often dubbed the 1941 Rhapsody,” said Lynne McAlister, Heritage Ball coordinator. “Since the monies raised at the benefit this year will go toward renovating the ca. 1941 Old, Old, Jail, we felt the theme had a lovely synergy with the mission of the Ball.”
Supporters of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County enjoyed a mini silent auction, craft cocktails by GRAY’S on Main, and Premier DJs of Nashville spinning tunes in a magnificent setting complements of Barry and Jackie Alexander’s antique cars. Plus, guests enjoyed farm-to-fork bites created by Homestead Manor that included herbed goat cheese in phyllo cigars, rye squares with smoked beets, micro greens and cannellini beans, sweet potato biscuits with blackberry jam, caramelized onions and beef tenderloin, and more.
In addition models acted as docents for the evening. Elizabeth Greer, Taylor McGrath and Erica Wagstaff–wearing themed designs provided exclusively by Belk at Cool Springs Galleria–shared history about several different cars, the 42nd Heritage Ball and the Heritage Foundation’s vision for the “Big House for Historic Preservation” (or the Old, Old Jail).
In the past, the reveal party has been a more quiet affair, but thanks to the vision cast by Ball Chair Cathi Aycock, this season’s reveal night became a “party about a party.”
“I wanted to keep all of the wonderful things that make the Heritage Ball so beloved, and combine that with some more modern elements to really thank our volunteers and make this night shine,” Aycock says. “I hope to use the same formula–keep the best and add something fresh–to the Ball itself too. I think if someone hasn’t been to the event in a while, they will be amazed at what we have planned. And I know the loyal Ball attendees will love the mix of classic and fresh ideas.”
The 42nd Annual Heritage Ball will be held September 19 at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. To purchase tickets or learn more, go here or email Lynne McAlister at firstname.lastname@example.org.