More than 100 Polk Memorial Association patrons turned out for the annual Spring Luncheon and Garden Party last Thursday, March 28th. This year's luncheon and garden party was significant in that it commemorates the bicentennial celebration of the James K. Polk Home.
Many of the attendees donned a topper to honor Sarah Polk, the "First Lady of Style," who wore many hats in her roles as mentor, advisor and confidante of our 11th President. The notion of wearing hats to the Spring Luncheon hearkens back to the 1920s, when the original Polk Association first met and was composed entirely of women.
The event co-chairs Julie Crichton and Beth Kelley chose a blue and green theme for the invitations and table decorations, with beautiful centerpieces created by committee chair Nicole Houser. Committee chairs Holly Dobbs and Robin Estep helped with set up, seating and invitations.
Always a hit, the garden party hosts, a.k.a. wine servers, -- Chris Burgess, Andy Crichton, Kyle Elkins and Stephen Walker -- made sure the ladies glasses were filled. Local musician Callie Hopper played the background music during the garden party as the ladies (and gentlemen) mingled hat-to-hat before lunch. Kay Curtis and Gretchen Vire made the Polk Pickles that were available for sale.
At the luncheon, Rev. Joe Evans of First Presbyterian Church gave the invocation. Outgoing Polk Assoc. president Dinah Vire welcomed the Association's new president, Beth Gilbert. County historian Bob Duncan was the keynote speaker who discussed what Columbia, Tenn. was like in 1816.
Senior from Zion Christian Academy's 2016 class served the lunch, which was catered by Pat McNeese. The tent was sponsored by Brian Fann, D.S. of the Art of Dentistry; Beck Dental Group; and Redman Davis. Smelter Services Corp. was the wine sponsor.
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