Special Opportunities: Session I

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Lunch & Learn: A Day at the Custom Car Collection
Thursday, September 17
12:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Home of John Bridges
Cost: $30 per person, includes box lunch, tour and lecture
Instructor: John Bridges
Author, Historian, Musician and Antique Car Collector

Two years ago, as a part of John Bridges’ and view his collection of classic ’40s and ’50s automobiles. We saw everything from a WWII Willys Jeep, a 1941 Lincoln Continental convertible, Cadillac’s 1949 Motor Trend Car of the Year, several early Studebakers and even two one-off Packard prototypes. Currently under restoration is Bridges’ latest passion, a bullet-nose 1950 Studebaker (is it coming or going?) Starlight coupe. See them all and learn the stories behind their creation on Thursday, Sept. 17. Lunch will be provided.

Ornament Class at Franklin Glassblowing Studio
Tuesday, September 29
10:00 a.m.
Meet at Franklin Glassblowing Studio, 1143 Columbia Avenue, Franklin,TN
Cost: $40 per person, includes all materials and instruction.

Do you love glass art? Have you ever wanted to try your hand at glassblowing? If so, this is a class you don’t want to miss! Franklin Glassblowing Studio is home to beautiful glass works of art. During this class you will learn the basic skills to work with glass from seasoned instructors/artists while creating your own unique glass ornament and keepsake. Following class, we will enjoy lunch (dutch treat) in downtown Franklin.

Tour of Historic Mount Olivet Cemetery
Saturday, October 10
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Meet at Mount Olivet Funeral Home, 1101 Lebanon Pike, Nashville
Cost: $25 per person, includes refreshments and lecture prior to tour
Instructor: Libby Lacock
Historian and Retired Tour Guide

During Mount Olivet's Confederate Cemetery Illuminated Walking Tour, the dead “come alive.” This site has over 1,500 Confederate graves. Reenactors in period dress will portray spies, soldiers (from privates to generals) and Southern belles from Nashville’s past. Stationed at their burial sites, each will tell the story of the person who is buried there, reliving the battles and other historical events that took place during that time. Don’t miss this interesting and educational presentation that is sure to appeal to all ages.
*Please bring a flashlight, and wear walking shoes.

Special Opportunities: Session II

Lunch & Learn: Football Stories and Experiences from the Southeastern Conference
Tuesday, October 27
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 363
Cost: $25 per person, includes box lunch and lecture
Instructors: Lane Thomas and Greg Thomas
SEC Head Linesman and SEC Field Judge

Brothers Greg and Lane Thomas will discuss life as SEC football officials and what goes into preparation for a game. Topics will include physical preparation, rules study, in-season weekly routine, game weekend itinerary and film study. Hear stories, insights and funny experiences from Saturdays on the SEC sidelines. Learn how the game has changed over the past five decades going back to when their father, Ted Thomas, began his career as an SEC football official.

Lunch & Learn: The Press and Politics: An Insider's View
Thursday, November 12
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Nelson & Sue Andrews Institute, Ezell Center, Third Floor
Cost: $25 per person, includes a box lunch and lecture

Instructor: Lydia Lenker
Managing Director, Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership, Lipscomb University and former Press Secretary to Gov. Phil Bredesen

This lecture will address the experience of being a political reporter and a press secretary to a governor. Lenker will discuss the requirements of both jobs and what the experience was like for each. As a reporter, Lenker worked with press secretaries; as press secretary for Gov. Phil Bredesen she worked with reporters. She will share her experiences during this interesting transition.