Carolyn Pearre, left, and Jane Creed were members of the Leadership Knoxville Class of ’93, aka “the best class ever.” Carolyn came from Nashville for the group’s annual party.
Every Leadership Knoxville class is special. But to all of you classes who think you are “the best class ever,” I have one thing to say to you: Call me in 26 years!
That’s how long my Leadership Knoxville class, the class of ’93, has been consistently holding its annual fall party. Without fail. Every. Single. Year.
This year we gathered at the lovely West Knoxville home of class member Jane Creed and her husband, Kenneth. As always, everyone was asked to contribute by bringing either a soup, salad, appetizer or dessert. Plus, wine, of course. And we always pick a non-cook to bring bread.
The Sunday evening weather was marvelous. It was before this cold snap hit, and we were able to make it an indoor-outdoor event. As always, the camaraderie was even warmer than the delicious soups!
Come on, you other classes. If we can do it, you can do it!
The Creeds’ beautiful home was decorated for autumn.
Kenneth, an avid landscaper, took class member Annette Winston on a tour of his lavish yard.
The rest of us did what we do best — we “gathered.” From left, class members Mark Deathridge and Carolyn Pearre with Carolyn’s husband, Courtney. Many of our spouses also enjoy our annual gatherings, and they now feel as much a part of our group as the actual class members.
In the “outdoor kitchen” are Dan and Kathy Hamilton, left, with Kenneth Creed and Alan Carmichael. Kathy was in the class of ’93. The others are spouses of class members.
Bert Sams, left, with class members Charlie Mercer and Rusha Sams.
Dr. Walter and Lynne Fain. She was the class member.
Class member Thurman Kinnebrew with his wife, Becky.
Class members Annette Winston, right, and Larry Mauldin with Larry’s wife, Bonnie.
While we gathered, we munched on the Tennessee caviar that Carolyn brought.
And Kenneth poured more wine!
Class member Cile Mathews, right, with Alice Mercer.
Class member Gwen Brown with her husband, Ron.
From left, Kathy, Carolyn, Barry Winston and Jane. All but Barry are class members.
When we got hungry, we gathered for a blessing. From left, class members Stuart Worden and Dwight Wade, Kenneth Creed, and class members Rusha Sams and Lynne Fain.
Thurman brought these wonderful turkey and ham sandwiches as appetizers, but we decided to serve them with the soups and salads.
Speaking of which, we had a fantastic tossed salad.
A broccoli salad.
And an asparagus orzo salad.
The soup makers outdid themselves again this year. Here’s Dan Hamilton digging in to the tomato dill soup his wife, Kathy, made. It’s the recipe from the old Silver Spoon restaurant. Who else remembers that pleasant place?
Annette made a tried-and-true favorite: chicken pozole. The fun part of this soup is adding all the garnishes — cheese, cilantro and avocado. Yum.
Charlie Mercer brought Italian sausage vegetable soup. He’s brought it a number of times over the years, and folks love it so much they just call it “Charlie’s soup.” (Sorry about the steam getting on my lens!)
Ron helps himself to Charlie’s soup.
Alice and Charlie Mercer at dinner. I think I took him by surprise.
Some folks took their plates outside to enjoy the weather.
And then, what some (like my husband) consider the best part: dessert. Stuart gets ready to taste a few. Starting with fudge pecan pie! Wow.
We also had apple cake from the Apple Cake Tea Room.
Kathy composing a perfect “tasting” plate.
Carolyn doing the same.
Baklava was a sweet option.
A nice looking plate.
Alan getting his strength up for a very important job he had coming up.
Which was helping people unpark the cars he had helped them park earlier!
He likes this job!
See everybody next year!