Posted on June 17th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Shaun Fulco and Roger Hyver on their wedding day earlier this month. (Photo by Dawn Isbell)
To make up for that recent blog post about a romp of a divorce party (click here), I will now pass on a story about love.
Shaun Fulco was 15 years old in 1982, working nights and weekends at the bowling alley her father managed in the New Orleans suburb of Chalmette. She noticed an attractive and talented bowler named Roger Hyver, who also lived in her town. He was there all the time practicing. Shaun says he was good enough to have been a professional bowler, had he had the financial backing. He was 19. To say Shaun was smitten would be an understatement.
“I made a friend of mine come day after day to the bowling alley to sit with me and watch him bowl,” she recalls. “We would watch him for hours. My friend would beg me to leave.”
Roger was unaware of the teen’s affection and attention. But Shaun’s father was not unaware of it. And he was not amused. “My dad said, ‘No way!’ because of the age difference,” Shaun says. “He was not going to let his 15-year-old daughter get involved with a 19-year-old guy.” Her father kept an eye on the situation. If he noticed Shaun paying too much attention to Roger, he’d change her assignment and make her go work in the bowling alley’s day care center, out of sight of the bowling lanes. (read more)
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Posted on June 12th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Mickey Mallonee makes good use of one of the fans which were provided for dinner guests on the porch of Middlebrook's Summer House.
The wonderful series of events that is Knox Heritage’s “Summer Suppers” began last Saturday in spectacular style with a Gay Nineties theme at the beautiful Middlebrook plantation.
Middlebrook, tucked away at 4001 Middlebrook Pike, was constructed circa 1795 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the oldest existing frame residences in Knoxville.
Owner Rick Fox said Saturday that most people think of the Civil War when they think of Middlebrook and it did play a role in that war, serving as a hospital at one point. Prior to the war, it was a slave-run plantation. But that was just one era of the home’s long life. The estate has been continuously occupied all along and, in the 1890s, long after the Civil War had ended, it was owned by Major Thomas Shapard Webb’s family.
That was the time setting for the Gay Nineties party, and most of the menu items Saturday were based on recipes from the 1901 “Knoxville Cookbook,” which included dishes from Major Webb’s wife, Blanche McClung Webb, and other family members. (read more)
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Posted on June 7th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Oh, too bad. It appears that a giant wedding cake has fallen on top of a no-good, cheating husband!
Let’s say you are 63 years old and have been married to your husband for 42 years, since you were 21. And let’s say you found out he has been cheating on you — with a woman he also had an affair with 30 years ago! What would you do?
If you are estate attorney Anne McKinney, you get a divorce, keep the house and your ex-husband’s very favorite guns from his sizable collection (just to make a point!) and you throw yourself a massively fun divorce party — complete with song and dance numbers centered around the lout in question!
Oh, and you auction off your wedding dress, wedding crystal and china and give the money to charity!
That, friends, was the occasion last night at Southern Depot for Anne McKinney’s “Brave Heart Party.”
“Welcome, everyone, to my Brave Heart Party, where we’ll be celebrating my new life and my new, brave heart after the end of my 43-year marriage,” Anne said at the start of the festivities. “The last 5-1/2 months have been the hardest of my life. (read more)
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Posted on June 5th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Artist Richard Jolley invited local tourism officials recently to tour his studio and a warehouse to see his monumental work-in-progress.
In a little less than a year, an art installation that organizers hope will be the “tipping point” for Knoxville’s growing reputation as a vibrant arts and culture destination will have its official opening. (read more)
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Posted on May 31st, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Mimi Turner enjoys a rose in Jackie Wilson's garden in Rockford.
Is this a new trend around here? Or have I been missing out all these years? It seems that we in Knoxville just cannot get enough of garden parties these days!
Every other day, Alan and I are checking the forecast and heading out to someone’s garden. Don’t get me wrong. I love garden parties. I just don’t remember there being so many before. The latest was last week when Jackie Wilson invited guests into her rose garden for a fundraiser for the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum.
It would be a tremendous understatement to call Jackie a “Francophile.” She is absolutely eaten up with the country! So much so that she bought a piece of property in nearby Rockford and built herself a house and garden that feel as if they are located in the middle of Provence. And what’s the most French of all French drinks to serve? Right. Champagne. (read more)
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Posted on May 30th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Singapore hokkien chicken. Those are quail eggs in it.
Good news: If you want to experience authentic Singapore cooking, you don’t have to go all the way to Singapore.
You only have to take a short jaunt to Sewanee, Tennessee, where Knoxville native Richard Emory (Fulton High Class of ‘66) and his wife, Irene, recently opened a very unique restaurant called Crossroads Cafe. Irene, you see, is from Singapore. After living literally all over the globe to accommodate Richard’s career as an architect, the couple decided to move from their most recent home in Sri Lanka to Sewanee so their 14-year-old son, Crawford, could attend St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School and take, among other things, Mandarin Chinese. (read more)
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Posted on May 28th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Columnist Sam Venable was just getting warmed up when this picture was taken.
What do turkey hunting and classical music have in common?
The Venables and their friends!
It was more than a sellout at the lakefront home of Frank and Lisha Venable a few weeks ago when News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable joined his buddy Bo Carey and other members of the Venable clan for an event billed as “Music, Tales and Yarns.” It was part of the Knoxville Symphony League’s “Elegant Dining” series of fundraising meals. And all I can say about this one is, “Thank goodness one of the menu items was fish!” Because I don’t eat quail or venison — and those were the other entree options.
It actually was a fun and relaxing time on a Sunday afternoon. Bo played fiddle and guitar and cracked us up with his parody of the Tennessee Waltz. And Sam regaled us with tales of his turkey hunting adventures, many of which cannot be repeated here. What did the younger Frank Venable do? He manned the grill while his wife, father and mother helped with host duties. (read more)
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Posted on May 23rd, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Mary Anne and Sam Beall, center, are flanked by their friends Jack and Sara Rose. The Bealls were the honorary co-chairs of the Sunset & Roses event.
The UT Gardens have a lot to celebrate. Just last month, Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a bill sponsored by Knoxville state Sen. Becky Duncan Massey designating UT Gardens as the “State Botanical Gardens of Tennessee.” (read more)
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Posted on May 21st, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Egg salad served on crispy chicken skin and topped with pickled onion. An unbelievable appetizer brought to Knoxville by the Southern Living Test Kitchen.
There is a treasure in Knoxville that is hidden in plain view. It is the Southern Food Writing Conference, in its second year of being held downtown in conjunction with the decidedly un-secret International Biscuit Festival.
If you care anything about food and/or writing, you need to be there when it returns this time next year. If you want to hear great music, great stories and converse with bona fide experts about Southern culture, get your reservation in. If you want to meet journalists and cooks from across the country, you have just GOT to be at the Southern Food Writing Conference when it convenes again in Knoxville May 15-16, 2014.
Here is a look at this year’s conference. Confession: Alan and I actually signed up for the conference just so we could go to the dinner at Blackberry Farm that is included in the registration. And, believe me, it would have been worth it just for that. But, once I started listening to the speakers who followed each other back-to-back for the better part of two days, I just couldn’t tear myself away. This opportunity is a gem. One I would have traveled hundreds of miles to experience. But here it is in the heart of Knoxville. (read more)
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Posted on May 9th, 2013 by Tami Hartmann
Thanks to Tami Hartmann of Moxley Carmichael for writing this guest post for the Blue Streak — Cynthia Moxley.
Do you have a stairway from your closet to an out-of-season storage room? How about a stage built into the children’s playroom all ready for that special show? Or a chandelier in the wine cellar made from select vintage bottles?
The Knoxville Symphony League Show House never fails to impress, and this year it’s bigger than ever. This elegant painted brick home is nearly 11,000 square feet with 26 rooms and 7 ½ baths on three levels. It includes two kitchens, a media room, a wine cellar, a fitness room, and two entertainment rooms. Just walking around it fulfills your daily exercise requirement. (read more)
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