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RECAP: Once in a Blue Moon 2019

The Land Trust for Tennessee Celebrates 20 Years with Friends Under the Moon & Stars

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RECAP: Once in a Blue Moon 2019

More than 700 hundred community members gathered under the moon and stars at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s historic Glen Leven Farm on Saturday, October 26, for The Land Trust’s annual Once in a Blue Moon fundraiser. The group was brought together for a mutual cause: conserving land important to the people of Tennessee.

  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge

Luminary Reception & Moving Words

The evening began with a special Luminary Reception featuring remarks from Nashville Mayor John Cooper. From the stage, Mayor Cooper spoke about the importance of open space to the quality of our neighborhoods in Nashville and the viability of our city. Sisters Judy and Karen Guy, both landowners and conservation easement donors, also gave an emotional account of their decisions to protect their family farms that date back generations.

To kick-off the main event, Liz McLaurin, President & CEO of The Land Trust, thanked those in attendance and invited Kix Brooks on stage to lead the crowd in a rendition of God Bless America, a Blue Moon tradition.

Susannah Scott-Barnes followed with a moving speech about her late father, Martin Brown Sr., and his commitment to land conservation. She spoke about the importance of leaving a legacy for future generations and caring for the land for the benefit of future generations.

  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge
  • Once in a Blue Moon 2019 photo by Peyton Hoge

Looking back on all that has been accomplished over the past 20 years, as well as toward the future of conservation throughout the state of Tennessee, the evening was a special celebration that brought together many generations. Chair-Moons Bonnie Cross and Caroline Smith went to great lengths planning and executing the finest details of the event, making this year’s Once in a Blue Moon a truly unforgettable celebration.

Following a farm-to-table dinner was a lively performance by the Whiskey Wolves of the West and a bonfire with s’mores, coffee, and cider.

Special Thanks to All Who Made this Possible

This year’s Once in a Blue Moon was made possible by our sponsors Jack Daniel’s, SunTrust Foundation, Andrews Transportation Group, Haven Behavioral Healthcare, LP Building Solutions, Morning Pointe Senior Living, Lipman Brothers and R.S. Lipman Company, Rock/Creek, and The Hermitage Hotel, as well as Corporate Table hosts, including AllianceBernstein, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, B. Riley Wealth Management, First Tennessee Bank, Franklin Synergy Bank, HDLA, H.G. Hill Realty Company, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Prim + Pretty Prints, Riley Warnock & Jacobson, PLC, and Stites and Harbison, PLLC.

More information about sponsorships and Once in a Blue Moon 2020 is available here.