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Raise a toast to Tennessee Tech University art students and help raise scholarship funds for them simultaneously at the 2003 Autumn Bacchanal.

It’s set for 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, at Spankies Restaurant in Cookeville, located just off TTU’s campus at 203 E. 9th St., and features gourmet food, wine and a live auction of original artwork beginning at 2:30 p.m. Reservations for the event are $25 per person if purchased before Friday, Oct. 8, and $30 at the door.

In its eighth season, this year’s Bacchanal will offer guests an entirely new look — from logo to invitations and even to the commemorative wine glasses given in appreciation for support of Bacchanal Scholarships.

“The new logo was designed by artist Jesse Kaufman of MMA Creative, and it features a contemporary design representing the highlights of the event — art and fine craft, gourmet food and wine,” said Jane Morgan Dudney, promotions and development manager for TTU's Appalachian Center for Craft and a Bacchanal committee member.

“He designed the original artwork for Bacchanal promotions and once again donated his time and talent in support of academic art scholarships for students at TTU and the Craft Center,” she continued.

This year’s event is also dedicated to the memory of Shelia Marie Phillips, who died in April. Phillips has been described as “one of the most dedicated supporters of the Bacchanal.” She served for years on the Bacchanal Planning Committee and in the TTU Bacchanal Art Scholarship program, which benefits up to three TTU art students annually.

Phillips was an employee of Cookeville’s Swallows-Newman Insurance Agency, an underwriter of this year’s Bacchanal.

“We plan to continue our work with the Bacchanal, not only for the Bacchanal’s success in scholarship funding, but for Shelia’s memory,” said the agency’s Mike Swallows. “It was a cause, an event, to which she was very dedicated.”

In addition to Swallows-Newman, other underwriters for the event are Derek and Diana Baranowski and Dr. Melvin Rapelya. Bacchanal sponsors are Advanced Graphics, B&G Wholesale, Budweiser, Clear Channel Communications, Jesse Kaufman/MMA Creative, Spankies Restaurant and Spring Creek Pie Co.

Work for the auction is donated by TTU and Craft Center art faculty, resident artists, advanced students, alumni and regional artists. Items up for bid will include paintings, drawings, furniture, sculptural and functional ceramics, hand blown glass, dyed and woven textiles, fine jewelry and metals, mixed media and more.

“Each year, the Bacchanal is supported by a generous group of people — including underwriters, sponsors, donors, artists and the planning committee, which is made up of university staff and faculty, community members and regional arts supporters. They provide months of planning and preparation, which is all essential to the continued success of the Bacchanal,” Dudney said.

More information about the Bacchanal is available on TTU’s web site at

For reservation information, call Candace Osteen in TTU’s music and art department at 931/372-3161 or e-mail her at