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thumb_BCH10_donor_photo2_smSeated L-R Heather Thorne and Mary Dee Allen of Wimberly Lawson; Diana Baranowski; Karla Clarke, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott; Kelly Swallows, Swallows-Newman Insurance Agency Standing L-R Chad Welch, Electronic Express; Sam Holm, Chartwells of TTU; Hal Harder, WCTE; Jay Albrecht, Cum-berland Business Journal; Wayne Cravens, Cravens & Co. Wealth Management; Derek Baranowski; Zach Ledbetter, Cookeville Communications; Rock Haines, Budweiser of Cookeville; Steve Jones, Spankies RestaurantIt's art-party time in Tennessee – plan now to attend Bacchanal 2010: A Celebration of Art, Wine & Food on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 1-5 p.m., hosted by Spankies Restaurant in Cookeville. The popular annual event supports scholarships and programs for art students at Tennessee Tech University and the Appala-chian Center for Craft.

Guests will be treated to smooth jazz by John Richards while indulging on the lavish cocktail buffet, tast-ing a variety of wines and specialty beers, and perusing the selection of art and fine craft available during the live auction.

Reservations are $40 per person (until Fri., Oct. 22) and $50 at the door. Guests also receive complimen-tary valet parking and commemorative wine and pint glasses.

"The Bacchanal is an excellent example of a successful partnership with community businesses, artists, individual supporters and the University," said Ward Doubet, director of TTU's Appalachian Center for Craft and Bacchanal Committee chairman. "The event has grown consistently over the years providing more opportunities for scholarships and unique programming for our art majors."

"The Bacchanal's devoted donors have been committed to the success of the event and its mission of supporting art students and their education," said Beth Smith, Bacchanal coordinator and marketing and program manager at the Craft Center.

"This year's underwriters [at the time of this article] are Derek and Diana Baranowski, Budweiser of Cookeville, Horizon Wine and Spirits, Dr. Spencer Madell, Spankies Restaurant, and Swallows-Newman Insurance Agency. Our patrons are Advanced Cleaning Service, Cravens and Co. Wealth Management, and Wimberly Lawson Seale Wright and Daves," stated Smith.

"Event sponsors include Chartwells at TTU, Cookeville Communications, Cumberland Business Journal, Electronic Express, Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, Johnson Nursery and Garden Center, David Mat-lock, Ted McWilliams, Merchandise Express and Party Rentals, and WCTE," she continued.

The Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott in Cookeville is offering discounted rates for Bacchanal revelers for the weekend of Oct. 23-24. For information and reservations call the Fairfield Marriott located at 1200 Sam's Street, 931-854-1050 or visit

For information and reservations for the Bacchanal, call Shannon at TTU's Appalachian Center for Craft, 931-372-3051 or visit