Music City Center February 2–4
WORDS Amanda Dobra Hope
Where can you listen to Diana, Princess of Wales’s brother, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, speak; stroll through indoor gardens, and find a one-of-a-kind historical item that will be the perfect fit for your home, all while supporting myriad great causes? The Antiques & Garden Show, right here in Nashville!
From February 2 through 4 at the Music City Center, you can get three days’ worth of garden strolls, world- class lecturers, music, one-of-a-kind antiques, and parties. Admission to the show itself is only $20 for the whole weekend when you purchase your tickets by January 28, with party and lecture tickets being an extra fee. “We wanted to make the show affordable. We didn’t want income to be an issue,” say this year’s co- chairs Robin Puryear and Kim Holbrook. Long-time friends, volunteers, and show supporters Puryear and Holbrook have a very special mission in mind for this year’s show. The theme “A Sense of Place…” is something the pair came up with based on their love of family heirlooms and history. They define a sense of place as what makes your surroundings important to you in particular; what’s in your house that matters to you. These things all come together to give you your sense of place. “Everyone has things in their home that have history and a story to tell,” Puryear says. “The history of them is important to me to pass on to my children.”
So how were the pair able to secure the 9th Earl Spencer, and how does he fit in with this year’s theme? The Earl is currently in the process of renovating and restoring portions of Althorp and will be opening new rooms to the public so he can continue to share the nineteen generations of Spencer heirlooms in the estate. Coincidentally, Cheekwood, one of the major non-profit recipients of the funds raised by the show, is also currently undergoing restoration and renovations in order to offer even more learning and outreach programs to the public. When Holbrook decided the Earl Spencer was the perfect person to serve as the keynote speaker, she was delighted that he received the invitation with enthusiasm and complete resonance with the theme. Other world-class speakers on the roster include master floral designer Lewis Miller, award- winning architect Gil Schafer, and English interior designer Rita Konig, as well as a panel of leading interior designers, decorators, and stylists. Another interesting draw is the opportunity to purchase a book from each of the speakers and have them signed by their authors right on the spot.
Holbrook and Puryear hope the show serves as a memorable experience for all attendees. “One of the most fun things I’ve ever seen at this show is when people come in and someone says oh my gosh, my grandmother had that! It doesn’t have to be the most expensive piece—everything has a history and a story,” Puryear exclaims.
Holbrook and Puryear also want you to know that this event is not only beautiful, informative, and fun, but that its main purpose is its philanthropy. Funds raised benefit Cheekwood and its programs as well as the Economic Club of Nashville, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting more than twenty charities focused on children and families in the Nashville area. Now in its 28th year, the Antiques & Garden Show, managed by an army of over 150 volunteers, has raised more than $7 million for both beneficiaries.
Get advance tickets now at www.antiquesandgardenshow.com.