Dare To Dine a delicious success

Bonnie Bucy • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Editor’s note: For the full story of who went where and what they ate, be sure to pick-up a copy of this Saturday’s Lifestyle Section.

Leadership Wilson’s annual Dare To Dine came to a beautiful conclusion at the Lebanon home of Susie and Ed James when the 172-plus people attending the unique event all gathered for dessert, coffee and whatever else they desired to finish off Saturday night.

There were many oohs and aahs because the James’ had only finished their house about three-and-a-half years ago, so not that many people had seen the inside. The couple personally greeted everyone coming in through the front door.

The formal dining room table held trays of various sweet bites, while a table in the family room held a tiered server offering huge juicy strawberries coated in chocolate. Trays on the island in the kitchen contained fluted glasses of white wine for the guests’ pleasure.

A bar set up on the enclosed rock porch provided a bartender and various other choices of drink. Even their large attached garage was put to use with rugs on the floor, table cloths on three or so round tables with lantern centerpieces, and a table set up with coffee and all the accessories including alcoholic and non-alcoholic flavorings.

The guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves as they intermingled with one another, talking about where and what they had eaten for dinner earlier. They toured from room to room taking in all of the James’ elegant furnishings and decorative touches.

James said when they decided to build in Waters Hill, they had been presented with a set of plans that they “tinkered with” until they had what they wanted. The master bedroom is downstairs, with three bedrooms and a family room upstairs. Mostly decorated with earthy or softer tones, with elegant furnishings, the home is warm and comfortable, as several guests commented.

For instance, the TV room held a large sofa and a couple of big overstuffed chairs upholstered in brown leather that you wanted to curl up in. A ceiling to floor rock fireplace with a nice hearth held large candles and holders, an antique oil painting in an oval frame and an arrangement of cattails. A totally different round mirror framed in smaller round mirrors hung over the mantel.

Black wicker furniture with upholstered cushions made up a sitting room that ran into a wonderful all rock and brick enclosed porch that contained another fireplace.

A table seating 10 off the kitchen was surrounded with varied upholstered chairs, and a most unusual lighting fixture hanging over it from a dark red ceiling edged in swirling black or charcoal shadowing.

The master bedroom appeared to be in a soft fern green. The bed, dresser and bureau were ornate, dark, big and beautiful. Window treatments and bed linens were first class all the way, and the huge master bath beckoned to everyone that walked into the area, saying, “Come try me out.”

It was another great Dare To Dine for Leadership Wilson, which pays for the high school students selected each year to attend the program. The adult participants in the program pay to attend, but the students selected from the high schools to attend are not charged.

For more information on Leadership Wilson or Dare To Dine, contact Dorie Mitchell, director at 615-443-7614 or Dorie@LeadershipWilson.com. Then, check out the rest of the story on Dare To Dine this Saturday.

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