Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

April 3, 2014

DAR celebrates Tennessee’s musical legacy at brunch

CROSSVILLE — On a recent Saturday morning, Scarlett Catering came alive with sounds of music and an auctioneer. The annual Daughters of the American Revolution spring fundraiser began with the delightful strumming of fiddler Vincent Houston playing “Cherokee Shuffle.”

As he strolled through the audience, the next performer was waiting in the wings. Singing Kitty Wells’ 1952 #1 country song, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” Teresa Wilson captivated the audience with her clear, Southern voice. Next Rebecca Purdue, who has studied opera and performed in various playhouses, gave a lovely rendition of “Tennessee Waltz.”

The Children’s Orchestra Cumberland County Association provided those attending with violinists Dannielle Rosser and Emery Smith, who did a splendid job playing the classical piece “The Clock Store” by F. Mazas. Debra Markum added a special touch to “Stormy Weather,” which delighted the crowd. Last, but not least, D.J. Garrison, performing one of Elvis’ all-time favorites “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” brought many nostalgic smiles as he tenderly placed his scarves around attendees’ necks.

Much gratitude is extended to all the singers and musicians who contributed their talent as well as their time to make the musical program a success. Also, to Donna Garrison for working the sound system and assisting in various ways.

Throughout the morning the silent auction tables lured people to place their bids. Then following the brunch, which consisted of the house speciality Ms. Hassie’s chicken salad with fresh fruit, Jeff Arms took the floor for the live auction. He truly added much spark with his humor interspersed amongst his auctioneer calling.

A warm thank you goes to all of those who donated items as well as those individuals who placed and motivated the bidding. And, to Jeff Arms for being one of the most entertaining auctioneers ever.

The DAR Crab-Orchard Chapter would be remiss if they did not also include in their words of praise Doug and Sarah Scarlett of Scarlett Catering and their staff, the four servers, Stevi Leigh’s Florals, Brown’s Music, Music Makers, Wilson’s Music Depot and South Cumberland Elementary. Thank you for your contributions in making this an extraordinary event.

And finally, much gratitude to all of those people who purchased tickets to the spring fundraiser. Through your support, the Crab-Orchard Chapter can continue to provide the funds needed for historical preservation, education and patriotism in this wonderful community.

For more information about the local DAR Crab-Orchard Chapter or becoming a member, contact Regent Joyce Yaeger at (423) 533-2411, Registrar Emmy Edwards at 456-8092 or Membership Chairman Charlotte Reynolds at 484-2630.

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