Local radio and television personality Don Counts is fitted for an apron by Marie Caldwell, president of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Mu-seum Association. Don, of Fayetteville Public Utilities’ Channel 6, will be one of many Celebrity Waiters for the Pasta Premier, an upcoming mu-seum fundraiser.
Tickets are selling fast for the 14th Annual Pasta Premier, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Museum and Civic Center at 521 Main Avenue South in Fayetteville.
Social hour that evening begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and entertainment with Carriage House Players at 8 p.m.
This year’s list of Celebrity Waiters for the event, led by Matre D’ Ricky Kimbrough of US Bank, will include State Sen. Jim Tracy; State Rep. Billy Spivey; Sheriff Murray Blackwelder; Paul Braden, assessor of property, who won Best Server in 2013; Steve Cheatham of the Bank of Lincoln County; Mary Jane Porter, county trustee and winner of Best Server in 2011; Jeff Whitmore of First Commerce Bank; Claudette Gibson of Regions Bank; Justin Harwell of the Bank of Lincoln County; John Karby of Edward Jones; Don Counts of Fayetteville Public Utilities’ Channel 6; and longtime radio personality Eddie Tucker.
“We are excited to have some ‘new blood’,” said Marie Caldwell, president of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Museum Association. “Jeff Whitmore is well known in the community, and many people will remember Eddie Tucker from WYTM and WEKR. Of course this is the first year for Don Counts from Fayetteville Public Utilities’ Channel 6.
“We are also so fortunate to have State Rep. Billy Spivey as well as State Sen. Jim Tracy,” she continued. “We also have Matt Randolph as bartender – he is so generous to give of his time, and I believe he has been our bartender for the last 14 years or close to it.
“The FFA from Lincoln County High School will also help with clearing the tables, and we always appreciate them so very much. Debra Quarles will be playing keyboard during the social hour, and everyone seems to really enjoy her
A silent auction will also take place with lots of items to bid on, such as the cherry bowl seen in last week’s edition of EVT, gift baskets, crystal pieces, a solar birdbath, original art by Rachel Harwell, and many other
items. A handmade quilt with the University of Tennessee logo, donated and quilted by Wanda Boyd, is also an item sure to be popular. For a dollar donation per ticket, the quilt can go home with a new owner. The drawing will be after the CHP performance, and the winner must be present.
“Tickets are going fast,” Caldwell said. “We have limited seating, and each year people call me the week before for tickets. I hate to turn anyone down, but sometimes the tables are filled. Everyone wants to sit with friends so
we always have each table with reserved seating, which we try to have in place the week before the event.
“If anyone would like tickets, please call me and leave a message. I will get back to you as soon as I can and let you know if there is available space. My home number is 433-7504.
“This year we plan on honoring a Friend of the Museum again,” she said. “Last year we honored the Stone Bridge Garden Club and the prior year, Carriage House Players. We have also honored County Mayor Peggy Bevels for her years of work getting the Museum up and running and her continued support. We feel it is important to remember and honor those who have made a difference in our community and been responsible for making the Museum the tourist attraction it is today.”