BELMONT MANSION ANNOUNCES FIFTH ANNUAL DUELING COCKTAILS EVENT
This year’s 1950’s Vegas-themed fundraiser includes a silent auction and casino games
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The fifth annual Dueling Cocktails fundraiser, benefiting the historic Belmont Mansion, will be held at the home of Bill and Janet Schock on Saturday, Aug. 19. All proceeds from the event will fund current and future restoration projects, education efforts and public programming for the historic Nashville home.
“Dueling Cocktails is one of the most memorable events of the summer,” said Belmont Mansion’s Director of Development Mary Enkema. “We are so thankful for our amazing committee and volunteers who work tirelessly to make the event come alive, especially this year’s event co-chairs, Designers Bob Deal and Jason Bradshaw.”
Belmont Mansion was constructed between 1849 and 1853. Throughout the years, it has been the summer home of Nashville socialite Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham, temporary headquarters of the Union army and an all-girls college and seminary. The mansion is considered one of the most elaborate antebellum homes in the South and one of the largest house museums in Tennessee. The entire Belmont estate was built, furnished and landscaped by the Acklen family, boasting luxuries such as lavish gardens, an art gallery, a bowling alley and a pet menagerie.
The Dueling Cocktails event originated in 2012 as a lighthearted take on a 19th-century duel between William H. Polk, brother of future President James K. Polk, and Richard H. Hayes, brother of Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham. While at a party, Hayes made an unflattering comment about Polk’s escort. With his honor in question, Polk challenged young Hayes to a duel. Hayes lost the duel and died the next day from injuries sustained during the fight.
This year’s event will transport guests to Las Vegas in the 1950’s. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include a silent auction, casino-themed activities, a replica of Frank Sinatra’s Las Vegas booth, heavy hors d'oeuvres and tantalizing cocktails. The three signature cocktails dueling for the top spot at the bar include: The Summer Sipper, Adelicia Sidecar and French75.
Tickets are required and cost $125. Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite or online at http://www.belmontmansion.com/duelingcocktails. For all questions, including inquiries about sponsorships or donating items to the silent auction, contact Mary Enkema at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615)460-5459.
About Belmont Mansion Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971, Belmont Mansion currently operates as a house museum and is maintained by the Belmont Mansion Association through admissions, venue rentals, event fundraisers and individual and company donations. It is the mission of the Belmont Mansion Association to ensure that the original beauty of Belmont Mansion and the rich legacy of Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham are alive, relevant and exceptionally presented to visitors from across the world.