Tom Boyd and Sandi Burdick welcomed guests to Ancient Lore Village.
Looking for a creative way to salute their major donors, the leaders of Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum decided to take them to Inner Earth!
That is the fictional realm that is the theme of Ancient Lore Village, the new 67-acre resort and event center owned by Tom Boyd and Sandi Burdick in South Knoxville. The guests enjoyed cocktails and an elegant hors d’oeuvres spread prepared by Executive Chef Simon Hall and music by Sean Claire, a violinist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, before touring the eight guest cottages and numerous gathering places on the property.
Everyone was amazed by the combination of whimsy and elegance the location embodied. Based on a book Boyd wrote about various mystical creatures who dwell in Inner Earth, each cottage portrayed a different theme. Check out the Ancient Lore Village website for more info on hosting events there. In addition to leasing out the entire Village, other options include special Saturday dinners that guests may enjoy without committing to an overnight stay.
Alan Carmichael, left, with Julia and Gary Bentley during cocktails.
Anna and Tom Ford. (If that glass looks a little off-kilter, it’s because it is!)
Hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef Simon Hall were delish.
Sean Claire of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra provided beautiful tunes.
The rain did not dampen our spirits as we toured the village.
This is Bokee’s Bungalow. It is named after the main character in the book upon which Ancient Lore Village is based: “Bokee’s Trek: Outcasts to Inner Earth.”
Here’s a painting of Bokee. He bears a strong resemblance to Tom Boyd, the book author and founder of Ancient Lore Village. Can you see the tiny lilac fairy near the top? That represents Boyd’s wife, Sandi Burdick!
Dining table in Bokee’s Bungalow.
Here’s Bokee’s bathroom!
From left, John Butler, Townes Osborn, Bob Marquis and Sandra Anderson.
Lane Hays and Stuart Worden.
There are many nice outside gathering areas at Ancient Lore Village.
David Williamson outside Leprechaun Lair.
Loved the chimney in this one!
There’s the leprechaun himself!
From left, Victoria Daniel-Cape, Jack Barlow, Diane Humphreys-Barlow and Annelle Neel.
Rick Fox and Ralph Cianelli. Rick is chairman of the board of the Knoxville Botanical Garden.
My favorite cottage was Waterfall Villa.
Look at these beautiful birch trees inside it!
And this wall treatment!
Here’s what Sandi had to say about that. “We didn’t use wallpaper anywhere. All the wall treatments were faux painted by an extremely talented local group of artisans called A New Hue using all kinds of paint, Venetian plaster, gold and silver foil and — in the case of the faux tree fireplaces — concrete. The Waterfall main suite bedroom was about seven layers of paint, plaster and foil!” Wow.
Speaking of waterfalls …
Tom Boyd, center, with Executive Chef Simon Hall and Melissa Blettner, the CEO of Ancient Lore Village.
Patrick and Rachel Beasley.
Katharine Pearson Criss, left, and Joan Ashe.
The landscaping will be lovely when it fills in.
Another lovely gathering spot.
This big light fixture came from The Foundry near World’s Fair Park.
Ground Elf Burrow.
Tom Boyd with Victor Ashe, former Knoxville mayor and U.S. ambassador to Poland.
Marty Begalla, left with John and Sandra Butler.
Neil and Maureen Dunn McBride.
Archway to a big gathering spot.