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Harvest Moon: Shake It Up
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee shook things up with its largest fundraiser. For its 34th annual event, they revamped the former Harvest Moon Ball into something more in line with its brand. They dropped “ball” from the name, relocated to the casual and popular Loveless Barn, and recruited Debra Taylor and Lynne Warne as co-chairs. The ladies used their boundless creative talent to plan a lighthearted evening that retained the fun the party is known for.
To interpret the new feel, Amos Gott of AmosEvents transformed the barn into a swanky honky-tonk. He dressed pub-height barrel tables and long farm tables in black, brown and cow-print linens and topped them with lanterns and sunflowers in cellar bottles. As guests entered the party, they selected a signature beverage — a bourbon-based Apple Harvest Moon or a Yazoo Gerst Amber Ale with mini Nashville Soft Pretzel Co. garnish — and found a place to sit and enjoy bluegrass favorites from Craig Duncan and Friends.
Tents on either side of the barn provided ample space to entertain the large turnout. Debra steered people to one side where Sharon Harper’s one-of-a-kind necklaces and medallions attracted loads of interest. The tents also provided enough room for four food stations piled high with The Loveless Cafe’s classic Southern fare. There was something for every taste: chicken and fixings, catfish and pork barbecue sliders, salads, and — of course — plenty of their famous biscuits with sweet and savory toppings.
After dancing to classic party tunes from Super T Revue, the evening ended on a warm note. Guests poured hot chocolate for the ride home, and ladies received a shawl to ward off the chill. The new look and feel of Harvest Moon was a huge success, both with enthusiastic attendees and for funds raised to serve children, families and seniors at risk of hunger throughout Middle and West Tennessee.