As part of its celebratory activities, the City of White House 50th Anniversary Dinner — ‘An Evening with the Arts’ will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 “under the stars and string lights,” all while highlighting several hometown artisans.
It will be held on the grounds of the White House Inn Museum and Chamber of Commerce, 412 Hwy. 76, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
The event, hosted by the city, the chamber and the White House Inn Museum, will feature a dinner by Delaney’s Street Eats and an assortment of beverages — including craft beer and wine — as guests enjoy the sounds of live music by Zach Sax Nashville and skilled work by local artisans.
Cost is $75 per person or $400 for a table of six. Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, Sept. 10. The event can accommodate 175 tickets.
All proceeds from the evening are earmarked towards the purchase of signage for the museum — one that will complement the museum’s place in history, according to Mandy Christenson, White House Area Chamber of Commerce president.
“With this being ‘An Evening with the Arts,’ guests can expect a very Bohemian theme to the event, and since it’s outdoors in September, there is a pretty decent chance that it will be warm,” said Christenson. “We are encouraging guests to think: beach wedding as they choose their attire. We envision ladies in sundresses or flowy skirts and our gentlemen in short sleeves and even shorts.”
She said, during the evening, local artisans will display their talents and create masterpieces on site related to White House.
“One of the goals of the event is to highlight the talent located in our community and to show, while White House may be small, we are a unique community with a wide variety of people that make our community truly one-of-a-kind,” Christenson added.
Live paintings will be done by Studio 76 artists SuEllen Jamison and Charlotte Nash Byrdfeather; Thad and Stephanie Dorris with The Tin-7 Barn and Hannah Herendeen with Oak & Pine Workshop will showcase their skills in woodworking and Beth Clay of Lovecatchers will create wire sculptures.
Also, Lloyd Douglas Designs will show his process for creating pieces; Johnny Kantreed of LJK Cigar Box Guitars will make a custom cigar box guitar as well as Krynn Knepfel of Bloomchick Flowers who will design a custom floral piece.
“After dinner, the masterpieces created on site will be auctioned with all proceeds going to the museum’s sign project,” Christenson added.
During the evening, guests will also have the opportunity to tour the museum and see displays specifically created for the anniversary celebration.
“We would like to see some sort of special event become an annual or possibly biennial activity to showcase our museum and the dedication our volunteers put into the history of White House. There are so many interesting things about White House; we want to make sure our residents and visitors of our community can learn and explore what makes White House unique,” said Museum Coordinator Susan Holcraft.
For more information or to reserve tickets, call (615) 672-3937.