The ninth annual Low Country Boil on the highest hill in Southfork Subdivision was all cleared away by noon on Sunday, but Sherry’s Run and the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition are $30,000 better off than they were before the great event.
Between 300 and 325 people were in attendance Saturday evening at the popular affair, according to the Shamrock Society sponsors. The crowd intermingled, ate delicious food, drank their choice of drink, studied silent auction items, wrote their bids on sheets of paper (and crossed their fingers), bid on other items in a live auction and listened to music over the course of the evening.
The huge tent set up on Ed Riley’s property had 90 feet of tables set down the middle that held dozens of unique silent auction items on both sides of the tables. Included in these were artwork of various kinds, weekend and week -ong trips, bottles of wine, jewelry, luggage, baskets full of all kinds of items, a model of the Stonehaven sailing ship, coolers, wreaths, all kinds of sports gear and clothing, and even an electric fan shaped like a crab.
“I had to have that fan,“ said Cheryl Bockstruck, who works in Cumberland University’s Development Department. “It will go great in my beach décor room. I’ve never seen one like it.”
After hitting the silent auction tables, guests were invited to “come and get it” as an adjoining tent opened up to reveal serving tables full of tender and juicy chicken, rice, beans and sausage, shrimp and cocktail sauce and bread. Desserts consisting of cupcakes, bread pudding and cookies were located in a different area so they were accessible after the other food had ceased being served.
Each guest found themselves a seat at one of the many tables covered in colorful purple, lime green and yellow cloths. While the crowd dined, David Hale supplied recorded music; Jimmy Cheers, who said he grew up in Detroit with Motown, did a variety of Temptation songs, including “My Girl,” and the Knob Creek Band finished out the evening.
Mike Walker of United Country-Walker Realty & Auction handled auctioneer duties for the live auction portion. A Smith & Wesson automatic pistol went for $575, while a diamond pendant and ring brought $975. A one-week stay at any Marriot Vacation Spot in the world – not including travel – brought $2,200. A Bradford Portrait Session plus an overnight stay at the Ritz Carlton in Palm Beach netted $500. A week-long stay in a beautiful Mountain Retreat Log Cabin in Lake Tahoe that sleeps 10-15 brought $3,300.
Several gentlemen parading around in several of the winning bras from Sunshine Flowers’ “Bras For A Cause” contest brought their usual number of laughs from the crowd. Guests were able to help raise additional monies by paying a dollar to vote for their favorite bra.
A “Closest To the Pin” contest was set up behind Riley’s house where the entrant paid $10 for one ball or $20 for three balls to try their luck. The five individuals closest to the pin were: 1) Charles Hill, 2) Morris Ferguson, 3) Joe Gray, 4) Dan Mack and 5) Charles Hill (again). These five will go later to Five Oaks and shoot again. If one makes a Hole-In-One there, he receives $100,000, half of which will revert back to the charity. Philip Craighead reported there was a great turnout for the contest.
“We are so pleased,” said Bob Black, statistics coordinator for the Shamrock Society. “It was a beautiful evening. The wind had died down and it’s always so wonderful to have super friends to work with and see so many of those fantastic friends who attend each year, not to mention the new friends.
“This was our ninth Low Country Boil and we’re so appreciative of everyone who supports us. We plan on doing it again next year.”
“I had never been to the Low Country Boil,” said Lebanon’s Ann Floyd. “I nearly begged off this morning because I was afraid it was going to be too cold, but I decided to come. I’ll tell you what, I would have been kicking myself all over the place if I hadn’t come. This has been great!”
“That’s the kind of stories we like to hear,” said Black.