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  • Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam, file

(Information provided by Amanda K. Kerns, Public Information Officer for the Office of the First Lady of Tennessee) 

Governor and First Lady Haslam will host their Second Annual "Tennessee's Home for the Holidays" Open House Event December 3-14, 2012.

The theme this year is "Tennessee Music".

We have partnered with Museum of Appalachia in East Tennessee, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Middle Tennessee, and Stax Museum in West Tennessee to acquire authentic pieces or reproductions from their museums that represent Tennessee's rich musical heritage.

The museum pieces have been supplemented with complementing ornaments and decorations from the Jim Marvin Collection, a holiday, floral & gift company based in Dickson, TN. The president of the company, Jim Marvin is considered a leader in holiday design and color directions for the last 30 years. It is a treasure to have him in Tennessee!

Open House Tours will be offered at no cost to the public Monday-Friday, December 3-14, at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. C.S.T.  It takes about an hour to tour the home.

The Residence will also be open on Saturday, December 8 for those who cannot visit during the week.

A reservation is required for participation.

Reservations be made online by visiting the First Lady's website: 

• The County Ornament Tree representing all of Tennessee.
o Local artists in each of our 95 counties painted an ornament representing their county. Each ornament is extremely unique, portraying the skill and creativity of its artist. We are very grateful for the time and talent the County Ornament Artists contributed to the project.
o The tree is a Frasier Fir grown by Santa's Place located in Woodlawn, Tennessee.
• The Stairwell Garland
o A variety of musical instruments have been incorporated into the stairwell garland to represent the "Tennessee Music" theme.
o We are borrowing the instruments from the W.O. Smith Music School located here in Nashville.

Living Room-Appalachia Music Tree
• The Museum of Appalachia located in Norris helped us to create the Appalachia Music Christmas Tree and Mantel.
• The tree and mantel feature authentic handmade musical instruments made by people who lived in the Southern Appalachia Mountains. Music has always played an important part in the lives of the people living in the Appalachian region. Even in the most remote mountain cabin, shy of furniture and cooking utensils, one often finds two or three musical instruments. My favorite instrument that we have on display was created entirely from matchsticks.
• Leyland Cypress Tree grown by Duncan Christmas Tree Farm, Selmer, TN.

End of hallway-Country Music Tree
• Country Music Hall of Fame helped us to create the Country Music Tree
• The tree features photographs from the Country Music Hall of Fame's archives a Hatch Show Print tree skirt
• Displayed in casing:
o Jacket designed by Manuel, a famous costume designer and artist who has created fashions for Johnny Cash, Elvis, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones. He designed this specific jacket to represent Tennessee and its music heritage.
o A custom framed and sculpted Hallmark Christmas ornament that commemorates Brenda Lee's landmark Nashville recording, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." It is from Brenda's personal collection.
• The tree is a Fraser Fir grown by Santa's Place, Woodlawn, TN

Sunroom-Soul Music Tree
• Stax Museum in Memphis helped us to create the Soul Music Tree
• The tree features:
o Reproduction 45's, soul album covers, speakers, and a pair of stacked shoes that look similar to those worn by Isaac Hayes. The psychedelic colors are reminiscent of the colors that were popular during the 1960s, the formative years of American Soul Music
• The tree is a Concolor Fir grown by Santa's Place, Woodlawn, TN

Conservation Hall

Gospel Trees
-Ornaments created based on Gospel music and Christian symbols
Snowflakes made from sheet music of Handel's "The Messiah" ,
Ceramic crosses, angels, and stars
Ornaments made sheet music from church hymnals
-Nashville area Christian high school students from:
Christ Presbyterian Academy
Davidson Academy
Lipscomb Academy

Holiday Song trees
-Ornaments created based on students' favorite holidays songs
"Frosty the Snowman"
"Away in a Manger"
"Jingle Bells"
"The Grinch"
-Elementary students throughout the state:
Battle Academy, Chattanooga
Alamo Elementary, Alamo
Mount Olive Elementary, Knoxville
Green Magnet, Knoxville
Mooreland Heights Elementary, Knoxville

Elvis Tree
-Ornaments created by students at Elvis' alma mater in Memphis
Humes Middle School
-Ornaments are gold records, album covers, and pictures from throughout Elvis' life

Patriotic Tree
-Ornaments created to honor the men and women serving in the military Gra-Mar Middle School, Nashville

Higher Education Tree
-Ornaments represent many of our colleges, universities, technical schools, community colleges, and other institutions of higher education
This tree was featured last year and we decided to display it again because education is so important to the future of our state

We would like to thank:

- Our corporate sponsors for helping us to provide "Tennessee's Home for the Holidays" at no cost to the public.
o Blue Cross Blue Shield, FedEx, First Tennessee Foundation, Pilot Flying J, AT&T, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Comcast, Curb Records, Grand Ole Opry (Ryman Hospitality Partners), Pinnacle, and TVA
- The Tennessee Christmas Tree Growers Association for donating the live Christmas Trees.
o President Joe Steiner
o Duncan Christmas Tree Farm & Gifts in Selmer, TN
o Santa's Place in Woodlawn, TN
- Our decorator, Jim Marvin, and his team who generously donated their time and talent to help us decorate the Residence this year.
- The schools who helped us in creating ornaments this year. The participating schools were a collection of Arts Magnet Schools, Elementary, Middle and High Schools from all across the state. We are very grateful for the time and talent their students shared with us this year.


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