2000 PARADE OF HOMES March through four upscale new homes, each created by a different area builder, in the Laurelbrook development in Franklin on the annual “Parade of Homes.” Even if you can’t afford one of these ritzy homes, you’re bound to find ideas and inspiration in the state-of-the-art designs and features you’ll see on the tour. To join the parade, take I-65 South to the Old Hickory Blvd. West exit and go 4.5 miles. Turn left on Hillsboro Road and go 3 miles before turning left on Manley Lane. Then follow the signs to the free parking area from which you’ll be shuttled to the homes themselves. Hours are 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Mon.-Sun., through Oct. 22. Admission is $9; kids under 12 are free. A portion of the proceeds benefits The Kids on the Block of Middle Tennessee. For information, call 366-7185.
2000 HOME & LIFESTYLE SHOW Whether home to you is a house, an apartment, or a condo; whether you’re a fitness nut or a couch potato, you’ll find plenty of inspiration at CoolSprings Galleria’s second annual “Home and Lifestyle” show, Oct. 19-22. The show features dozens of booths and vendors offering information and products to upgrade and modernize both your home and lifestyle. We’re talking art, home security systems, health clubs, fitness equipment, computers, home remodeling products, and much more. For information, call 771-2050.
ANNUAL HEART OF COUNTRY ANTIQUE SHOW If country antiques and Americana are your thing, this annual event is heaven on earth. This year’s show runs Oct. 19-21 at the Opryland Hotel, 2800 McGavock Pk., and features 150 antique dealers. Special features this year include a “Log Cabin Quilt” exhibit with 19th- and early 20th-century examples of this favorite quilt pattern; collector Woody Straub’s booth with regional American art and furniture from around the country; and Darlene Lowe’s showcase exhibit of painted furniture and decorative arts. Lowe will also give a talk on “Trade Secrets of Collecting and Successfully Living with Antiques,” 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Tickets are $8 and parking is free. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. If you’d like to beat the crowd, plan to attend the preview party, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 18, and enjoy first crack at the antiques, plus a country buffet and live music for $65 per person. For information, call 800-862-1090 or go to http://www.heartofcountry.com.
THE ANTIQUES & GARDEN SHOW OF NASHVILLE “Artistry in the Garden” is the theme of the 11th annual Antiques & Garden Show, and who better to articulate that theme than Martha Stewart? The show is Feb. 8-11 at the Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St., and features not only Martha’s talk but also a buyers’ tour of the show floor with New York designer Bunny Williams as well as a presentation on the history of royal gardens and garden sculpture by Princess Michael of Kent. In between the lectures, attendees can ramble through eight gardens and a sculpture trail, and shop their way through dozens of antique and horticultural booths laden with furniture, home accessories, plants, topiaries, tools, and more. Take a break for a bite to eat at the Garden Café, right on site. Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance. Individual lectures are $40 each; admission to all three lectures is $100. If you want to get a jump on the general public, consider attending the preview party 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Tickets are $100 per person and include a cocktail buffet. Event proceeds benefit Exchange Club of Nashville Charities Inc. and Cheekwood. For tickets call 352-9064 or 800-891-8075. For information, call 352-1282 or go to http://www.antiquesandgardenshow.com.
Sweet Charity Events
ARTRAGEOUS Fall under the spell of the 13th annual Artrageous gallery tour, which this year has a Halloween-appropriate “Bewitched” theme. The tour of ten Nashville galleries is 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28 and the late party at the Gaylord Entertainment Center follows 9 p.m.-1 a.m. As usual there will be lots of good food and cheap wine on the gallery circuit, not to mention some mighty fine art. Live musical entertainment at the late party is provided by Mandy Barnett and Kristine W., with DJ Ron Slomowicz spinning dance tunes in between. There’s also a silent auction for fun stuff like original art, a car, airline tickets, a leather chair and ottoman set, a diamond and sapphire ring, and the signed, hand-written lyrics to Janis Ian’s hit tune “At Seventeen.” Tickets are $65 per person to the tour and party; $45 per person to the party only. Proceeds benefit Nashville Cares. Call 259-4866 or go to www.artrageous.org.
ARTCLECTIC Forget the usual suspects. Organizers have rounded up 48 new artists for the fourth annual “Artclectic” benefit art show, Nov. 2-5 at University School of Nashville, 2000 Edgehill Ave. Old favorites like Myles Maillie, Polly and Charlie Cook, and David Arms will be back, too, bringing the total number of participating artists to 60. Work ranges from the fabric paintings of Stella Mercy Marx and Charlotte Avant’s stylized contemporary paintings to Carlton Wilkinson’s photography and Phyllis Salter’s quilts. You’ll also find sculptures, ceramic works, watercolors, jewelry, and mosaics. The event kicks off with a preview party, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 2, with food, cocktails, and live jazz for $20 a person, reservations required. Admission is free to the art show 6-9 p.m. Nov. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4, and 1-4 p.m. Nov. 5. Twenty-five percent of art sales benefit educational programs at University School of Nashville. For information or reservations to the preview party, call 321-8019 or go to http://www.usn.org/artclectic.htm.
“CHAIR”ISH THE KIDS Reserve your seat and grab a chair for the fifth annual “Chair-ish the Kids,” a fundraiser on Nov. 3 that features one-of-a-kind chairs designed and created by artists from around the state. This year’s event includes a silent auction where you can bid on the artistic chairs and other art items, plus a cocktail buffet dinner. The locale this year should further enhance the artsy ambiance: Organizers are using the unfinished seventh floor of the new 2525 West End Ave. building overlooking Centennial Park to create a Soho-like loft setting for the event. Proceeds benefit Kids on the Block of Middle Tennessee, a nonprofit program in over 600 area schools that addresses issues like school violence, diversity, and AIDS. For ticket cost and more information, call 333-6356.
And Another Thing
GARDEN GIFTS Feed your feathered friends, decorate for the holidays and plan next spring’s garden with the help of classes offered at Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave. S. First up is a seminar on making bird feeders from recycled materials, noon-12:45 p.m. Oct. 26. Cost is $5. Next, learn to make a simple grapevine wreath for the holidays, noon-12:45 p.m. Nov. 9. Cost is also $5. Get even more into the Martha Stewart mode with the “Gifts from the Garden” class, 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 9, which will show you how to use materials from your own yard to make gift cards, holiday decorations, and more. Cost is $35 and includes materials. Finally, take the mystery out of what grows where in a perfect garden with the “Garden Planning Workshop,” 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 5. Cost is $35 and includes a planning booklet. Reservations are required for all classes. Call 340-7471 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
GARDENING WITH CLASS Even as the leaves fall and flowers fade, there is much that can be doneand learnedin the garden. Cheekwood offers a variety of classes this fall and winter that will keep gardeners and gardens in shape until next spring. Classes include “Perennials and Shrubs for Fall,” 9:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 28; “Fall Pruning,” 9:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 28; “Holiday Centerpieces,” 6:30-9:00 p.m. Nov. 2; “Understanding Espalier,” 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 4; “Renovating Your Lawn,” 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 4; and “Holiday Wreaths,” 6:30-9:00 p.m. Nov. 9. Costs range from $20-$48 per class. For information, call 356-8000 or go to http://www.cheekwood.org.
INTERIOR DESIGN STUDENT EXHIBITION See what the next generation of interior designers have in mind at this student exhibition Jan. 9-Feb. 9 at Watkins College of Art and Design, 100 Powell Place. Both residential and commercial projects, including adaptive reuse designs, will be displayed. Lighting fixtures designed and built by Watkins students will also be on view and some of these will be for sale. Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri. For information, call 383-4848.
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