Charity Tour of Homes Helps Local Nonprofits

Charity Tour of Homes Helps Local Nonprofits
Latest Building Design From French Country to Hamptons Style

From an automated screen porch system and new kitchen and bath products to a hidden room and authentic Irish pub, the latest in gorgeous building, renovating and interior design ideas are featured at the Charity Tour of Homes, Fridays through Sundays, April 25 – May 4, with 11 decorated homes on beautiful home sites throughout Middle Tennessee with 100% of the ticket benefiting six local nonprofits.

Presented by the elite Master Custom Builders Council of Tennessee, home ranging in style from Hamptons and French Country to Charlestonian Georgian are open for tour with just one admission price allowing visitors to see stunning homes from the lake at Fairvue Plantation to Belle Meade and Thompson’s Station.

Charity Tour of Homes Chairman Bryan Edwards, president of Hughes-Edwards Builders, said the tour includes the best of the best in the home building industry while helping local charities including STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand), Miriam’s Promise, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Sumner County CASA, High Hopes and Against The Grain.

Outdoor living areas are still a top priority for homeowners. All 11 of the homes have their own twist including two homes in Gallatin’s pretty Fairvue Plantation – one with a disappearing glass pocket door and another with an automated screen porch system. Outdoor fireplaces, grilling stations and fire pits are also very popular and are seen in several homes. The West Nashville Manuel Zeitlin designed home which has a multi-level terrace and leads to a pool and hot tub.

Kitchens continue to trend toward the open floor plan, granite and marble counters, Thermador appliances and tile floors including one in a peacock stone. If you are interested in comparing custom cabinetry, the homes have a variety of styles, wood and finishes. This craftsmanship can also be seen in an elliptical suspended staircase in a Belle Meade Charlestonian Georgian style home and on the American Country style Franklin home’s curved staircase.

And driven by customer interest, green building elements are used in several homes from a geo-thermal HVAC and bamboo flooring to spray foam insulation for lower heating and air condition bills.

Don’t miss features this year including a Gallatin home’s Irish pub complete with a beer tap and Irish sayings carved into the pretty wood cabinetry with Irish knot trim and a secret door in a Franklin boy’s bedroom leading to a hidden playroom.

Tickets are available at each individual home site for $15 or online via or where a complete listing of home sites is available for MapQuest.

Builders participating in this year’s tour include: Kingdom Builders, McPherson-Shaw, Inc., W. Hugh Nelson Builders, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, R. Thomas Construction and Walsh Custom Homes. Additional members of MCBC of TN include: Hilton Design/Build, Hughes-Edwards Builders, Shane McFarland Construction and David Patton Construction.

The Master Custom Builders Council of Tennessee is an elite group of the finest custom-home builders in the mid-state sharing a deep passion for their craft and for providing their clients the latest in custom, residential construction at substantial discounts if they participate in the premier home tour. Originally brought together to leverage their buying power and cost savings for clients, the group established the Charity Tour of Homes in 2010 and since that time have donated over $30,000 to area nonprofit organizations.

Home Tour Builders - Home Tour Site Addresses
Charity Tour of Homes Chairman:Bryan Edwards, 615-405-7846 Hughes-Edwards Builders, Hendersonville, TN

MCBC of TN President: Bob Shaw, 615-615-207-4912, McPherson-Shaw, Inc., Hendersonville, TN

Kingdom Builders
Hugh Nelson II, 615- 500-3377615- 500-3377, Brentwood, TN
  • 1118 Cages Bend Ct., Gallatin, TN 37066
Arthur Rutenberg Homes
Steve Ernst, 615-822-1727615-822-1727, Hendersonville, TN
  • 1184 Potter Lane, Gallatin, TN 37075 (Fairvue Plantation)

McPherson-Shaw, Inc.:
Bob Shaw, 615-615-207-4912, McPherson-Shaw, Inc., Hendersonville, TN
  • 1492 Boardwalk Place, Gallatin, TN 37066 (Foxland Harbor)
  • 835 Plantation Blvd., Gallatin, TN 37075 (Fairvue Plantation)
  • 6109 Elizabethan Dr., Nashville, TN 37205 (West Nashville area)
W. Hugh Nelson Builders:
Hugh Nelson Sr., 615-500-3377615-500-3377, Nashville, TN
  • 648 Belle Park Circle, Nashville, TN 37205 (Belle Park at Cheekwood)

R. Thomas Construction:
Rork Thomas, 615-371-9970, R. Thomas Homes, Franklin,TN
  • 1404 Richland Woods, Brentwood, TN 37027 (Richland Woods)
  • 5500 South Stanford Dr., Nashville, TN 37215
  • 4526 Gosey Lane, Franklin, TN 37064

Walsh Custom Homes LLC:
Brian Walsh, 615-957-7999615-957-7999, Walsh Custom Homes LLC, Franklin, TN
  • 446 Cotton Lane, Franklin, TN 37069
  • 1204 Saddle Springs Drive, Thompson Station, TN 37179 (Saddle Springs)



Andy Warhol’s Flowers Exhibition Set To Open At Cheekwood This Summer

This summer, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art will host an exhibition entitled Andy Warhol’s Flowers, featuring nearly a dozen screen prints from the original Flowers series as well as paintings, studio photographs, and the artist’s audacious floral proposal for the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. The exhibition, presented by Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin, PLLC, opens June 14 and will be on display through September 7.

“We are honored to host this exhibition of Andy Warhol’s Flowers at Cheekwood,” said Jane O. MacLeod, President and CEO. “Not only is this an opportunity to view some of Warhol’s most beautiful and rarely seen work, it’s a chance to view it in relationship with the floral abundance of our gardens. Our natural setting provides a dimension to this exhibition that will truly enrich the visitor’s experience with both art and nature, and that’s exactly what we’re here to do.”

Fifty years ago, during the summer of 1964, Andy Warhol was reeling from a series of temporary setbacks: a poorly received film, a destroyed mural, and controversy over the artistic merits of his grocery store product images, including the now-iconic Campbell’s Soup cans. At the suggestion of Henry Geldzahler, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Warhol began work on a series of silkscreened flowers that would eventually total 900 boldly colored paintings ranging in size from 5-inch square to 7 x 13 feet. Inspired by a photo of a hibiscus flower in Modern Photography magazine, the Flowers series became Warhol’s first solo exhibition at the prestigious Leo Castelli Gallery in New York, where every painting in the collection sold. The original exhibition was not only a stunning collection of Warhol’s work, but an expression of the nature of pop art itself: transforming something commonplace—like a flower– into art.

Warhol’s flower imagery reveals a softer, more intimate side of an artist best known for his bold pop imagery and searing commentary on art and popular culture. Many consider these images to be Warhol’s quietest and most beautiful work; it’s also the least studied. Flowers are the only subject that Warhol revisited throughout his entire career and in almost every medium. The Flowers exhibition is a unique opportunity to trace the progression of Warhol’s work through the entire span of his career, from delicate early illustrations in the 1950s to the bold prints of the 1964 series, ending with the tension between beauty and banality in his final photographs and prints before his death in 1986.

In addition to the exhibition itself, Cheekwood will host a special Lunch and Lecture event featuring speaker Vivien Fryd from the Department of Art History at Vanderbilt University. Fryd’s talk will explore Andy Warhol’s background and examine the ways his closeted sexuality is both absent and present in his flowers, comics and other subjects. A guided tour of Andy Warhol’s Flowers will follow the lecture, scheduled for Thursday, July 17 at noon. A registration fee of $25 for non-members and $15 for members includes lunch and gate admission; visitors should call 615-353-9827615-353-9827 to register.

In addition, Cheekwood will offer guided tours of Andy Warhol’s Flowers Saturdays at 1:30 pm for the duration the exhibition, running from June 14 – September 7, 2014.



American Songwriter Reveals Musicians Corner Spring 2014 Lineup

Musicians Corner returns for its fifth year of free weekly lawn parties in Centennial Park beginning on Saturday, May 3 with a stellar line up presented by Southwest Airlines®. The Spring 2014 Season will run each Saturday through June 28 from 12p.m. to 5p.m. Musicians Corner is proud to partner with American Songwriter in the announcement of this year’s acoustic stage lineup.

Musicians Corner and Songspace, a partner company of American Songwriter, provided emerging artists with an opportunity to be considered for acoustic performances at the Spring 2014 Season. “One of our priorities is to provide a stage for emerging artists to perform for a large audience,” Executive Director, John Tumminello said. “We listened to over 150 artists and selected 36 talented performers to showcase to our audience.”

Musicians Corner and We Make Tapes & Discs, will host a contest in May to select one additional artist who will win 1,000 manufactured CDs and a showcase slot at the June 28 Spring Season Closer Presented by Nashville Scene.

Musicians Corner’s weekly lawn parties will take place every Saturday in May and June, featuring: Main Stage and Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage artist performances; an expanded Mix 92.9 Kidsville including crafts, fitness activities, and a Musical Meet & Greet educational area; Dogville, a new event area with activities for dogs; a mix of Nashville’s best food trucks; and a Beer Garden serving Nashville’s local brews.

Acoustic Stage Lineup
May 3: Spring 2014 Season Kick Off - Presented by Southwest Airlines
  • Chasing Summer
  • Levi Hummon
  • Joel Levi
  • 1:30 PM Main Stage Acoustic Set by: Halfbrass
May 10
  • Honey Boy and Boots
  • Just Friends
  • Sam Lewis
May 17: Presented by ASCAP
  • Jonathan Kingham
  • Bearheart
  • Jamie Kent
May 24: Presented by Southwest Airlines
  • Featuring Food Truck Festival
  • Mateja
  • Hickory Slims
  • Dara Tucker
  • 1:30 PM Main Stage Acoustic Set by: Justin Klump
May 31
  • Nick Flora
  • Kiya Lacey
  • Adrianne Archie
  • 1:30 PM Main Stage Acoustic Set by: Music City Dough Boys
June 7
  • Whitney Coleman
  • Zeke Duhon
  • Jillian Edwards
  • 1:30 PM Main Stage Acoustic Set by: Jillian Edwards
June 14
  • Will Davenport
  • Adam Hambrick
  • The Novel Ideas
  • 1:30 PM Main Stage Acoustic Set by: Centennial jamBands
June 21
  • Cereus Bright
  • Mercy Child
  • Morgan Bosman
  • 1:30 PM Main Stage Acoustic Set by: Erin Rae
June 28: Spring 2014 Season Closer - Presented by Nashville Scene
  • Rebecca Roubion
  • .dnk
  • We Make Tapes & Discs Showcase Winner
  • 1:30 PM Main Stage Acoustic Set by: W.O. Smith Music School Camp BackBeat Bands



Goodwill Career Solutions of Middle Tennessee - Weekly Job Fairs

Goodwill Career Solutions of Middle Tennessee - Weekly Job Fairs

The Goodwill Career Solutions center in Murfreesboro will host a job fair from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 for seven employers looking to fill thousands of positions in Rutherford, Davidson, Williamson, Bedford and Wilson Counties.

Employers include SMX, Verizon Wireless, Acceptance Now, Centaur Janitorial Services, ProLogistix, Waffle House and Mid Cumberland Homemaker Program. Nearly all of the positions these employers are hiring for pay $10 or more an hour.

Representatives from these companies will be on site and interviews are possible, so dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring resumes, photo ID, Social Security card or birth certificate.


When: Wednesday, April 16
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Career Solutions
710 Memorial Boulevard, Suite 210
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

This job fair is one of several taking place during the week of April 14 at our 26 Career Solutions centers. For a complete list of job fairs, visit



PearlPoint Cancer Support To Host Wine & Pearls

PearlPoint Cancer Support To Host Wine & Pearls on May 1, 2014
Inaugural Event in Nashville Will Benefit the Nonprofit’s Mission to Create Cancer Confidence

PearlPoint Cancer Support announced the first ever Wine & Pearls Nashville. The event will be held May 1, 2014 from 6-9 p.m. at the brand new Lexus of Nashville (2010 Rosa L Parks Blvd). Guests will enjoy an evening of socializing, fine wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.
Wine & Pearls originated as a fundraiser hosted by Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga to benefit PearlPoint Cancer Support. Celebrating its 5th year in 2014, the evening continues to be a huge success – raising both awareness and funds for PearlPoint’s mission to create a more confident cancer journey for adults anytime, anywhere. This success is something PearlPoint hopes to replicate in Nashville and beyond.

“We are so excited to bring the popular Wine & Pearls event to Nashville,” notes Susan Hosbach, President & CEO of PearlPoint Cancer Support. “This event is more than a special night out. It also creates greater awareness about the personalized guidance PearlPoint offers free of charge to adults impacted by cancer. And as the reach of our organization continues to grow I would love to see Wine & Pearls events in cities across the US.” 

Special thanks to event sponsors HCA TriStar and Pinnacle; media sponsor Nashville Lifestyles; and patrons Skip and Karen Burris, Beth and Randy Chase, Beth and Sam Harwell, Matt and Ashley Lane, Barbara Paul and Tom LaFaille, JR and Joy Roper, Micki and Michelle Slingerland, Dee Anna and Hubie Smith, David and Mary Glenn Vreeland, Melissa and Alex Waddey, Beverly and Jay Wallace, Mike and Lindsay Wells, and TJ and Betsy Wilt.

For questions about the event or to purchase tickets visit


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