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Wine and Cheese event planned to aid Pickett Chapel restoration

Kimberly Jordan • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:21 PM

The Wilson County Black History Committee will host a Harvest Wine and Cheese event Saturday to benefit the continued restoration of historic Pickett Chapel. The inaugural event will be held in Baird Chapel at Cumberland University beginning at 7 p.m.

The event will be "a nice evening of entertainment and food" said WCBHC President Mary Harris.

"This is for the entire community," she said. "We are planning a nice evening out for those that attend."

Along with food, the event will feature performances by The Blues Brokers and Earl Vantrease and Company. Harris said she hopes people will "get up and dance" to the music of the local talent.

Harris said ticket sales have gone well, and many items have been donated for the silent auction to be held that night. One of the featured items up for bid will be original works by local artist Sally Jovain.

"We are excited about that," said Harris, noting that Jovain recently had a showing of her work at The Mill in Lebanon.

Funds raised at Saturday's event will be used to supplement funds the committee recently obtained through grants from the City of Lebanon, the county and the Tennessee Historical Commission. The historical commission grant amounted to $22,200.

Tickets will also be available at the door, Harris said.

"We will talk about the restoration of the chapel and things we have planned for the future. We are hoping for a good turnout," she added.

Tickets are $50, or $375 for a table of eight. For more information, contact JoAnn Brown at jbrown7006@charter.net or 615-335-4739. Tickets are available at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and at the Roy Bailey History Center and Museum, 115 E. Main St.

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