42ND Annual Heritage Ball Theme Revealed Among Vintage Revelry


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 ​g​oat ​cheese in ​p​hyllo ​c​igars​,​ rye squares with ​s​moked ​b​eets, ​m​icro ​g​reens and ​ca​nnellini ​b​ean​s, 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–shar​ed ​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 lmcalister@historicfranklin.com.

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