Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam and their daughter, Annie Haslam Colquitt, helped the Knoxville Museum of Art kick off the summer season.
Our friends at the Knoxville Museum of Art have a good recipe for a successful party.
- Hire a rocking band.
- Get Holly Hambright to cater the food and The Pour Guys to handle the bar.
- Invite the governor.
Voila! You’ve got yourself a party — and a good little fundraiser, to boot.
The museum’s “Kickoff to Summer” party was a relaxed good time, even for the governor and his family, by all appearances.
The band, Jessie’s Girls, had everyone on the dance floor as soon as the band took the stage. The vibe was festive. Food and drink were top notch. And, when we left the museum, I really did feel like summer was off to a good start.
Read on to check out the fun times.
I love this! Everyone knows the Haslam family owns the Cleveland Browns. But Ann Haslam Bailey even brings her own Browns koozie with her!
Ann with her brother, Gov. Bill Haslam.
Knoxville Museum of Art Executive Director David Butler, left, with Cindy and John Compton.
The museum’s director of development, Susan Hyde, left, with Margaret and Cliff Rodgers.
KMA’s curator, Stephen Wicks, with his wife, Wokie Massaquoi-Wicks.
Gov. Haslam, right, with Charlie and Nancy Wagner.
Melinda Meador, left, with Sheena McCall.
Artist Tommie Rush, left, with First Lady Crissy Haslam.
Mimi Turner, left, and her daughter, Mollie Turner.
I guess Milton Turner has a bright idea!
Steve Bailey, left, and Joe Fielden.
Ruth Fielden, left, with Karen Gilbertson.
Gov. Haslam, left, with my husband, Alan Carmichael.
Mary Ellen Brewington, left, with caterer extraordinaire, Holly Hambright.
Holly has her own “blue streak!”
Jerry Kruse, owner of The Pour Guys.
Francis Norris sampling some of Holly’s wares.
Like this pork bahn mi.
And these thumbprint cookies.
From left, Meg Counts, Greg Dunn, Steve Bailey and Jennifer Dunn.
From left, Calli Troutman Drummey, Kimberly Gross Leopold, Jordan Greene Pilot and Annie Haslam Colquitt.
Sharon Bailey and Dick Brower.
Joe Gouffon, left, with Marshall Peterson.
From left, Ann Goldstine, John Cotham and Kay Clayton.
Gov. Haslam, left, with Knoxville Deputy Mayor Bill Lyons, who used to work for the Halsam administration when Haslam was Knoxville mayor.
Lauren and Mike Hall.
I like this picture of Allison Page.
Linda Gay Blanc and David Butler.
From left, Ed and Joanne Owens, Peggy and Ron Turner, and Bob and Becky Paylor.
Kimbro Maguire and Penny Lynch.
From left, Greg Dunn, Alan Carmichael and Sylvia Peters.
Geoff and Pat Wolpert.
Cindy and John Compton with the governor and first lady in center.
From left, Susan Hawthorne, Barbara Bernstein and Florence Johnston.
From left, Alan Carmichael, Mark Heinz and Bill Lyons.
From left, Bob Alcorn, Tommie Rush, Marie Alcorn, Jane and Mike Fowler and Joe Gouffon.
Dance floor was lively.
Folks loved the band.
Including the governor and first lady!
Here’s a good look at the action: