Anyone driving by the James K. Polk home last Thursday would have noticed a sea of colorful hats bobbing through the gardens. It was, of course, the annual Spring Luncheon held every year on the grounds. Women are encouraged to wear hats in honor of Sarah Polk, the true "First Lady of Style".
Co-Chairs Anne Cain and Connie Harden and Party Hostesses Deonne Pannell and Paulette Scoggins fashioned the ultimate garden party and luncheon. Ladies nibbled cheese straws from the Polk Gift Shop while sipping wine or tea and enjoying the gorgeous spring day.
The ladies then strolled next door to St. Peter's Episcopal Church for the luncheon. Stunning birdcage centerpieces dotted the tables in shades of lavender, pink and green. Per tradition the centerpieces were available for purchase following the event, with several ladies taking them home to enhance their personal tablescapes.
During the luncheon current President, Beth Gilbert, led the program with her "Pop-ups for Polk". Gilbert, while fashioned with an array of themed hats, shared tidbits about current and future plans for the Polk home, specifically the recent "Taste of History” viewing party, the current kid-friendly “West to Prosperity” exhibit, and upcoming summer camps.
To keep the event light an airy, Roben Mounger led a fun trivia game with the winner going home with a variety of gifts from the Polk Gift Shop. In addition to the games, attendees could purchase copies of the Polk Home cookbook, “Provisions and Politics- Recipes Honoring First Lady Sarah Childress Polk”.
Following the usual announcements, the most exciting one of the day was shared. In 2018, the James K. Polk Memorial Ball will held at the Polk home! The news was met with ecstatic cheers from the luncheon attendees. The Polk Ball is one of the premier events in Maury County and rotates locations at various historic homes. To bring the ball downtown is an enormous feat that will be remembered for years to come.
The close of the luncheon brought announcements of the winners of various silent auction gift baskets and acknowledgement of various donors that contributed to the day: Beck Dental Care, Byrd Cain, Betsy & Bob Duling, Heritage Construction Group, the James K, Polk Gift Shop, and Roben Mounger. The luncheon was catered by Pat McNeese with assistance from bar attendants, Victor Beck, Peter Moon, David Williams, and Sonny Scoggins. For more information on events like this, contact the James K. Polk home at www.jameskpolk.com.