Set in the town center of Thompson’s Station in front of Circa Restaurant, the Rotary Club of Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station hosted its "Sip and Savor at the Station" event Saturday, June 18. More than 400 people turned out for the inaugural event to sample food from local restaurants and a variety of spirits, from craft brew and tequila to wine, whiskey and bourbon.
Attendees were shuttled in style from the parking field to the event in black Mercedes luxury vans, provided by Elite Transportation. Upon arriving at the Welcome Tent, ticket holders received goodie bags with assorted event-related items, including a beer or wine glass, wine opener, coaster and the like.
With 31 vendors providing samples at seven different "tasting stations," attendees got a true taste of local, which was the ultimate goal of the event: to promote local businesses, the area and raise money for the park system.
Event organizer and Rotarian Kayce Williams (pictured below) said, "We were thrilled with the turn out for the evening and feel like we reached our goal of creating a signature event for the Rotary Club and the Spring Hill/Thompson Station area."
She added, "We were also honored to be able to introduce and promote local restaurants, caterers and businesses to the public. Some of the finest tastes in the state are right here in our neck of the woods!"
Among the many vendors present were Homestead Manor, Christy's Restaurant, Acapulco Mediterranean Grille, Grecian Pizza, and Taziki's Mediterranean Grille. Local wineries, breweries and distilleries ensured patrons didn't go thirsty as they. For those who like to finish their palate with something sweet, the Station Sweets tent offered everything from pies and ice cream to spiked selzter. And for those who enjoy a savory cigar, the "Last Stop" tent offered a good smoke from the Cigar Station.
Amber's Drive, the Americana-style band from Spring Hill, set a lively ambience in front of Circa Restaurant with their hit songs, like "Jump Off This World" and "Take a Picture of It." "We were honored to be asked by the Rotary Club of Spring Hill to be a part of their inaugural celebration of local businesses. Amber's Drive often performs for corporate and private parties, and "Sip and Savor" was an impressive, first-class event," said lead singer and guitarist Denny Wayne Rudolph.
The major event sponsors of Sip and Savor included Vanderbilt Health, Station Wine & Spirits, Elite Transportation. House sponsors included Ameris Bank, Elixir Wine, Spirits & Beer; First Farmers; Autobody Advantage; Goodall Homes; Hometown Realty; Traditions Senior Living; and Chapter 2 Investments.
Nearly two dozen Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Spring Hill and Thompson's Station helped set up and run the event. They are always open to might want to participate in helping with next year's event or simply get involved with the community. The Club meets every Tuesday at 8 a.m. at Trinity Church. Their mission is to improve the community. Find out more about the Rotary Club by clicking HERE.
Cheers to a great inaugural event. We look forward to attending next year's and many more to come!
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