The Heritage Ball auction opened this particular item online for bids. To learn more about the portrait auction items, bidding process, and how it benefits the Foundation, go to the auction site at www.hfportraitauction.com.
Generations of Williamson County residents have made a tradition of supporting the Heritage Ball, the community’s longest-running black-tie event that benefits the Heritage Foundation. This year the nonprofit’s patrons will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, thanks to its 2015 silent auction offerings.
World-renowned figurative artist Maestro Igor Babailov, Hon. RAA, is providing two commissioned paintings for the Ball’s auction, one adult portrait (valued at $55,000) and another for a child (valued at $44,000). Babailov is currently completing the official portrait of Pope Francis–the artist’s third papal portrait–from his Brentwood-based studio.
“Igor is a legend in the global artistic community, and those who benefit from his genius are part of an esteemed legacy that will live forever,” said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation. “This is a priceless opportunity, and perhaps the most exciting silent auction we’ve ever had.
“His donation will play a major role in helping the Foundation to preserve historical landmarks that may otherwise be destroyed. We are both thrilled and thankful.”
Deemed Living Master by his contemporaries, the Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (est. 1757) is one of the most sought-after portrait artists in the world. He has been selected to paint three living presidents in three countries, two living Prime Ministers, members of the noble families and British Royalty, in addition to a slate of other prominent public figures. To learn more about his work, go to www.babailov.com.
Those who win the Babailov bids can expect a traditional portraiture process: the subject will sit for the artist for a few hours of preliminary graphite studies of likeness, character and personality. The following turnaround time for an oil portrait is three to six months. The individual 40 x 30” figure portraits come with a personally endorsed copy of Babailov’s new book, “Greatest Portrait Moments.”
To reach a wider audience outside of Middle Tennessee, the Heritage Ball auction opened online this week for bids. To learn more about the portrait auction items, bidding process, and how it benefits the Heritage Foundation, go to the auction site at www.hfportraitauction.com.
Each year, the silent auction provides an impressive selection of items that range from estate jewels and custom clothing to extravagant getaways. Over the past two years silent auction proceeds have raked in more than $100,000 for the Foundation’s mission to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Williamson County.
This year’s monies will specifically benefit the renovation of the ca. 1941 Old, Old Jail–also known as the future Big House for Historic Preservation, a public resource for historic preservation and the first permanent home for the Heritage Foundation.
The 42nd Annual Heritage Ball will be held September 19th at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. Tickets are $375 per person, and tables are available. To learn more or reserve a ticket, go to www.historicfranklin.com/events or email Lynne McAlister at email@example.com.
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.
We’re huge fans of the Franklin Farmer’s Market here at the Heritage Foundation — and we bet you are, too! To show our appreciation, we asked Stephanie Allen of Allenbrooke Farms (and one of our favorite former ‘Save the Franklin Theatre’ advocates!) to send us a recipe so that we could take even more enjoyment out of our Saturday morning trips! Check out her rendition of the classic fried green tomatoes recipe below… and start making your grocery list now!
Fried (Actually, Baked) Green Tomatoes
Stephanie Allen, Allenbrooke Farms
— 3 or 4 medium-sized green tomatoes (note: it’s ok if slightly turning)
— 4 eggs
–4 cups buttermilk cornmeal
Wisk eggs. Separately, slice tomatoes about1/3 to 1/2″ slices. Dip tomatoes into cornmeal, then into egg, and into cornmeal again. Place on a cookie sheet with a good amount of olive oil on it. Bake in preheated oven at 425′ for 5-10 minutes. Then turn over and cook until lightly brown on each side — probably another 5-10 minutes, just keep an eye on them. Top tomatoes with sauce and feta cheese, and serve! (Stephanie’s note: This is easier, probably healthier and definitely less messy than frying! I’ve started cooking my squash this way as well, but using panko and Italian bread crumb mixed in place of the cornmeal.)
–1 cup roasted red pepper (bake a couple in toaster oven)
–1/3 c. mayonnaise
–1-2 t Sriracha sauce
–2 t minced garlic
–1 t lemon juice
Pulse all ingredients until mixed. Don’t over blend. Can premake, and chill if you like. It keeps well if left over in fridge!
Ms. Kim, owner of Winchester Antique Mall on Bridge Street, eagerly awaits a big change coming to downtown Franklin. Though the pending opening of a boutique hotel in our historic core means that she’ll have to relocate her business, Kim says that she fully supports the addition and the advantages it will bring.
“I’ve been here for 26 years, so it is a bit bittersweet — but I’m also excited,” Kim says. “This has encouraged us to expand and we’ll be closer to the heart of downtown, within easy walking distance.”
Winchester Antique Mall will soon be moving right around the corner to the old Tennessean building on Second Avenue, which is owned by the hotel’s developers Rod Heller and Jay Franks. The current building on Bridge Street will be torn down to make room for the hotel, but Kim says she knows it will ultimately be worth it. As a business owner and member of the Downtown Franklin Association, she views the hotel as a valuable partner and addition for local businesses.
“We get people in here all the time asking for places to stay downtown. I think that it will be a great addition to Franklin. I’ve seen the drawings, and they’re beautiful,” she says. “I also think it’s wonderful that they are only hiring local people and local retailers. The hotel compliments us. The new hotel will face our location, so we’ll be able to help each other out.”
Kim, who is also a member of the Heritage Foundation, credits the organization for working hard to make the hotel a reality and an asset to the Franklin community.
“The Heritage Foundation has a huge, positive impact on the Franklin community. I can’t tell you how much I sing Mary Pearce’s praises, because she does so much for this town. She and Rudy Jordan both,” she says. “They’re an easy target when there is change, and what they do can be a thankless job. But they handle the challenge really well.”
Kim is excited about everything that her new space has to offer, including 7,700 square feet to fill and having everything conveniently located on one floor. She also says that she is looking forward to having additional parking, which will be invaluable for her customers.
The expansion, she says, will also allow both new and old vendors to have an eclectic mix of quality antique merchandise, while still staying cozy and intimate.
“Although we are relocating to a larger space, one thing will always remain, and that is our loyalty and love for our customers. They are the best and have always been our family! We are looking forward to building on that,” Kim says.
We are proud to lay claim to Pam Lewis–preservationist, philanthropist and music industry veteran–as a new board member of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County. The President & CEO of PLA Media has led a long & fascinating career in both New York City and Nashville… and we know that her varied expertise in fields ranging from politics to non-profits will serve our organization well.
The Historic Register property owner has even written a book about her experiences with preservation–how neat is that? Aptly titled A Tennessee Yankee, Pam shares her life and the restoration journey when she rescued the Harrison House from development. You can purchase the book here.
So that you can get to know Pam better, we put together a quick Q&A that shows off her passion for the community and why she chose to spend time on our mission (to learn more about her very interesting life–and how she came to Franklin–read her fuller bio below her answers). Enjoy!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the rural mid Hudson valley north of NYC and south of Albany. It is called McIntosh country and is loaded with rolling hills and orchards. If you have never visited, put the area on your bucket list — it is spectacularly beautiful with the Catskill Mountains, Hudson River, estates, The Hudson River school of painters Frederick Church and Thomas Cole house museums, and in general loaded with beautiful vistas, history, culture and charm. It’s also only two hours by train to the city which I love.
How long have you lived in Williamson County? What is your favorite part of this community?
I moved to Franklin in 1993. Franklin feels like home to me even more so than my home town. The people are so engaged in our town and care about the way it grows, its history and destiny. We have strong opinions- not allot of apathy, about the important things anyway. I feel a sense of community for the first time in my life.
How did you first become familiar with the Heritage Foundation?
It is impossible to own a historic home in Franklin and not become acquainted with the Heritage Foundation. As soon as I bought the Harrison House, the phone began to ring, notes were dropped at my back door and before I knew it I had met so many people and found myself on the Candlelight Tour! The dance had begun, and oh what I an interesting and joyful dance it has been.
I said in my book “Tennessee Yankee”, my life changed forever and for the better when I decided to rescue that house from development and I mean it. I would never have met so many interesting people from all walks of life, never have run for office, become involved in so many historical causes–and really I feel most blessed and lucky.
Why did you choose to invest your resources with the Heritage Foundation?
I feel that there are so many facets of the Heritage Foundation that are important to our community. Our community would be a very different place (and I would argue less unique) without the consistent, tenacious dedication of the HF staff. There have been so many projects, so many victories and a few disappointments to be sure. What impresses me is how multifaceted HF is as an organization: a valued clearing house for information, research and a historic resource, the many beloved family festivals, the spring Heritage Tour, Franklin Theater restoration and continuing events, land reclamation and various restoration projects, as an activist organization for preservation issues and so much more.
Do you have a favorite event that the Heritage Foundation produces?
I guess my favorite event from the Heritage Foundation is Dickens. Though, I must admit I like any opportunity to slip into a hoop skirt and who doesn’t like to wax a bit English especially around the holidays.
What is your favorite historic landmark or project in Williamson County?
It would have to be the collaborative work on land reclamation- I think the first thing I was involved with was Roper’s Knob.
It’s your perfect Saturday. What would you do?
A cup of coffee, a work out and zumba class and I can be happy just walking around my farm gardening , swimming, riding, and enjoying my critter family but, also any Saturday when I am exploring some place new and traveling. I am a homebody who also loves to travel and have a long list of places to visit and re-visit.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t complain, be grateful in all things, have a short memory and thick skin, seize the day.
To riff off our friends at StyleBlueprint, what are a few things you can’t live without (aside from faith, family and friends)?
Books; coffee and music in the morning; animals in my life; freedom; good health and piece of mind.
Pamela Lewis, a native of upstate New York, is a graduate of Wells College with a B.A. in Economics/Marketing and a minor in French and Communications. Lewis spent a year in Paris studying at COUP (Center of Overseas Undergraduate Program) affiliated with The Sorbonne University. In New York City, she did additional graduate course work at Fordham University, The New York School for Social Research and The Publicity Club of New York. From 1980 to 1984, Lewis was part of the original publicity/marketing team that launched MTV to the world and also worked with MTV’s sister cable channels Nickelodeon, The Movie Channel, and the Arts & Entertainment Network. In 1984 she left WASEC (Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment Company), a joint venture of Warner Communications and American Express, with the position as National Media Director.
RCA records relocated Lewis from New York City to Nashville to help shape the careers of top country stars such as Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, The Judds, and Alabama. In 1987, she formed award-winning Doyle/Lewis Management with partner Bob Doyle, while continuing to operate PLA Media. The first client Lewis agreed to represent was an unknown Oklahoma crooner named Garth Brooks, who she worked with until 1994. Lewis also managed Trisha Yearwood’s early career, landing her a record deal at MCA Records. Under Lewis’ guidance, Yearwood released her debut self-titled album in 1991, becoming the first female country musician to sell one million records off her first single “She’s In Love With The Boy.” The album went on to be certified double platinum, and Yearwood went on to win the Academy of Country Music award for Top Female Vocalist later that year.
In 2003, Lewis made her first foray into the world of politics running for office of alderman-at-large in Franklin, Tennessee. She won a four-year term and was the only female on the board for two years and vice mayor for a year. Lewis is a graduate of University of Tennessee’s Institute of Public Service Local Government Leadership Program (third level). She has also served on or chaired multiple committees as well as being elected to the Planning and Historic Zoning Commission. She is a graduate of Belmont University’s College of Business Administration’s Scarlett Leadership Institute Mini Executive MBA program.
Lewis’ charitable board work has included: The Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte’s You Have The Power, BRIDGES Domestic Violence Center, Sister Cities of Franklin, Battlefield Preservation Commission, GAP, mayor appointed Moderately Priced Housing Task Force, Franklin’s Historic Battlefield Commission, ARC Board and the Tennessee Preservation Trust.
Her other community outreach efforts include historic preservation and green space causes, women and children’s advocacy, educational scholarships, fair housing and environmental and animal rights protection. Her foundation has given away thousands of dollars to numerous charities over the last ten years.
A relic of the former Franklin High School–also known as The Old Gym–is getting new life in an unexpected way!
The Heritage Foundation is proud to reveal that another part of “Vintage Franklin” will be incorporated into Old, Old Jail renovations: later this month Rock City Construction Co. will be repurposing the windows from the Old Gym, and placing them at our soon-to-be headquarters.
Located off Columbia Avenue, the building has been standing in horrible disrepair since the fire that destroyed Franklin High School in January 1956. A local nonprofit is prepping to tear down the gym in the coming months, with plan to restore the property as part of the Carter Hill Battlefield Park — but we wanted to be sure to save a part of it, before that happens!
Removing and restoring these windows to use in the Old, Old Jail is not only a continuing of the Heritage Foundation’s commitments to all types of preservation, but it is also a long awaited task that both Mary Pearce and Fred Reynolds of Rock City are excited to accomplish. This feature will not only bring another charming element to the building, but will also encourage that hip, vintage feel that the Foundation is wanting in the future “Big House for Historic Preservation!”
For more information about the Old, Old Jail or the project, call Executive Director Mary Pearce at 615-591-8500.
As our festivals and events in downtown Franklin street continue to grow, so does the Heritage Foundation: last month, we added Abby Williams to the team — a new staff member who will work closely with the festival director on the annual events, as well as help manage our various social media channels and website.
A Franklin resident who’s lived in the community for nearly 10 years, Abby interned with the Heritage Foundation back in 2012. She graduated from MTSU in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Communication, with focuses in advertising and leadership management. Post college, Abby continued to work with the Foundation as an active volunteer.
Thanks to her unique experience with our organization, Abby has been able to jump straight into the fray — and is loving it.
“I’ve never felt more honored to work for such an amazing nonprofit organization,” Abby says. “The community of Franklin is truly a remarkable place and we are excited to take our street festivals to the next level of excitement in the upcoming year!”
To congratulation Abby on her new position, email Abby at email@example.com or call her at 615.591.8500 ext. 17.
Much about the Heritage Ball has changed over the last four decades, but the mission of the seasoned tradition remains the same. Members of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County are every bit as focused on the importance of historic preservation here as they were in 1972.
This year, Coleman and Cathi Aycock of Franklin have been chosen to cast their vision and lead planning for Williamson County’s longest-running black tie event, to be held Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2015.
“We are honored to continue the Ball legacy that the ones who came before us brought to life,” Cathi Aycock said. “Living in Franklin for the past 26 years has given our family a greater appreciation for what this event represents. Franklin is a place that values, protects and preserves our cultural resources — but if it weren’t for the Heritage Foundation’s work, our community would not be the same shining jewel it is today.”
Coleman Aycock has been a commercial real estate broker for 30 years, currently specializing in Williamson County property with Urban Grout Commercial Real Estate. He has served as past president of SIOR for Middle and East Tennessee. Coleman is a past board member of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, former chairman of the advisory council for The Salvation Army, served on the board of the Williamson County Transportation Association and was a past ambassador on the Diversity Council.
Born and raised in Middle Tennessee, Cathi Aycock was a stay-at-home mom for several years before returning to the workplace to create a popular lifestyle brand as part of her role as the style columnist at The Tennessean.
Now, she acts as the director of marketing and communications at Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station — A. Marshall Family Foods Inc.’s latest multi-layer hospitality concept that includes Harvest, a rustic Tuscany-inspired restaurant and bar slated to open in June. In addition, the Homestead property will house an on-site organic farm and orchard, a rustic event barn, a farmer’s market and more.
In recent years, Cathi has worked with organizations such as Mercy Community Healthcare, Friends of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity, and has volunteered in support of various events for the Heritage Foundation.
Together, the Aycocks have two children, Cole (21) and Claire (19), both of whom attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
“When we moved to Williamson County on our first wedding anniversary, we planned on staying a year or so, then moving on back to Nashville,” Cathi said. “But we fell in love with the people and the sense of place here. Fast forward over two decades, and we now hope to celebrate every wedding anniversary, through our 50th and beyond, in this amazing community.”
Though she brings many years of experience in marketing and event production to the table, Cathi says she really hopes to draw on her own first experience at the Heritage Ball for inspiration on the event she’s now chairing, two decades later.
“Coleman and I attended as young newlyweds, me in a borrowed gown. I fell in love with the glamour of the event and the people who were so passionate about the Foundation’s vision,” she said. “I hope to recreate that magical feeling within guests at the 42nd Annual Heritage Ball, with newly conceived ideas and modern touches.”
The 42nd Annual Heritage Ball will be held September 19th at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. To pre-purchase tickets or learn more, email Lynne McAlister at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This story was written by Emily West for the Franklin Home Page
Supporters of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County packed the lower section of the Franklin Theatre to recognize board members and landmarks that garnered historical preservation.
The Historic Five Points Post Office/First Bank became the overall winner of the foundation’s 48th annual award ceremony Tuesday evening. The structure will receive a bronze plaque on the outside of the building to credit its win.
“What they did was turn it into one of the first-class projects of Franklin,” said Dan Brown, a member of the Tennessee Historic Commission. “They did this all while keeping the use of the space.”
The bank invested $3 million into the renovation of the building, which returned the outside façade to its original look.
Julian Bibb, co-founder of Franklin’s Charge, helped announce the award ceremony along with foundation executive director Mary Pearce. The two put on the entire show, with a full presentation of how the foundation has affected the city.
Pearce explained the past year has been positive, with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin and starting the restoration project for the Old, Old Jail on Bridge Street.
Jail reconstruction, which will become the new home for the Heritage Foundation, has also received a substantial amount of funding for its effort. So far, $1.6 million has been raised with only $500,000 remaining to reach the ultimate goal.
In addition to fixing the structure, Pearce explained the space will now have a large parking lot for a lawn chair theatre and food trucks. Organizers said the project will reach completion by the end of 2015.
“We hope this is a treasure,” Pearce said.
The economic impact for the foundation’s four events – Brewfest, Main Street, Pumpkin Fest and Dickens of a Christmas – totaled out at $2,839,875 in 2014.
A saved relic, the Franklin Theatre, sold 70,000 tickets with a $3.5 million impact for Franklin.
“We all get to enjoy it,” Bibb said. “It’s a remarkable facility. What probably goes less noticed is how much other communities notice us.”
The crowd stood in the theatre as the duo on stage talked about the efforts for the Carter House Cotton Gin, which was recently unearthed in an archeological dig last week.
Bibb and Pearce recognized Donnie Cameron, who previously owned the property, for his patience in waiting for preservationist groups to purchase the land.
“This was one of the lynch pins of that success and was one those waited a long time to see,” Bibb said.
In addition to the overall award, the foundation also awarded other locations – commercial and residential – for their efforts throughout the year.
Submitted by Burt & Beth Moses (Award of Merit, Infill Residential)
1007 West Main
Hard Bargain Carol Wall’s new home
Submitted by Carolyn Wall, Brant Bousquet, & David Crane of Crane Builders (Award of Merit, Infill Residential)
361 9th Avenue North
Submitted by Jan & Mary Wells (Award of Merit, Historic Residential)
221 Lewisburg Ave.
Submitted by Dr. Friesinger and Michael Lee Restoration (Award of Merit, Historic Residential)
215 Fifth Avenue South
Submitted by Jason Ritzen & Robynne Napier (Award of Merit, Historic Commercial)
1549 Thompson Station Road West
Submitted by Jason Collins (Award of Merit, Historic Commercial)
232 Fifth Avenue South
O’More College of Design’s Farrar Fleming Hall
Submitted by the O’More School of Interior Design (Award of Merit, Historic Commercial)
232 South Margin Street
Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church
Submitted by Mike Ensch, Christi Ensch, Lillian & Bo Stuart, Hugh & Janet Tharpe (Award of Merit, Historic Commercial)
Fifth and Main Street
Historic Five Points Post Office
Submitted by FirstBank (Overall Winner)
510 Columbia Avenue
Old Natchez Trace
Submitted by Superindent Eddie Hood & Collier Engineering (Award of Merit, Community Enhancement)
1801 Old Natchez Trace
Cannons the Square
Submitted by Dr. Sam Gant, Sam Huffman, Sam Whitson, Pam Lewis and Mike Skinner (Award of Merit, Community Enhancement)
Main Street and Third Avenue
Cotton Gin House
New board members
The Heritage Foundation also voted in its new members that will now serve of the board. Outgoing members were Connie Haley, Ann Johnson, William Powell, Bob Roethemeyer and Rudy Jordan.
• Danny Anderson, Realtor, managing broker at Parks on Main.
• David Garrett, partner at Cheatham and Palermo and Garrett.
• Kay Heller, long time preservationist, owner of Rare Prints Gallery.
• Pam Lewis, CEO of PLA Media.
• Nancy Smith, entrepreneur, community volunteer, committed to brownstone project.