Sculpture Fields At Montague Park Has First Dinner Excursion

Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Bar Car
The Bar Car

The first annual Dinner Excursion on the Tennessee Valley Railroad event was a success for Sculpture Fields at Montague Park. With over 80 people in attendance, the evening included education, laughter, friends, and excitement about the future of Sculpture Fields.  

The evening began with introductory champagne, hor d'oeuvres, and speeches filled with information on the status of the park's progress to date. Attendees heard from board members, David Neuhoff, Bill Overend, the curator, John Henry, and Adam Driver from AD Engineering. They then climbed aboard the Tennessee Valley Train for a ride around Chattanooga complete with full bar, observation car, and sit down dinner served by white-gloved waiters.

Each participant was encouraged to play the "Ambassador's Challenge" - a scavenger hunt aboard the train - where the winner was rewarded with an original drawing by John Henry.  As each person departed the train, they were presented with a giclee print made from an original John Henry oil pastel, and a piece of fudge that was donated from Rock City, and board member, Bill Chapin.  

A recap of the event from hostess and board member, Pamela Henry, said, "Everyone said it was a 'magical' evening. The nostalgia of the train, white table cloths, more silverware than I have seen at a setting in all my years, with white glove service by the wait staff. The food was extraordinary... what a wonderful surprise it was starting with a Tomato Basil Bisque, a huge chicken breast, filled with a chestnut stuffing, or a huge prime rib in Maderia sauce. Compartment D on the Pullman car is where Marilyn Monroe was filmed in 'Some Like It Hot' and we all got to go in and take a look. The Observation Car was so 1930's... we offered a signature cocktail called the Swizzle, which was named after a sculpture by Mark diSuvero."

Notables at the event were Joe and Rachel Decosimo, Rose Decosimo, Robert and Candace Chazen, Gary and Sally Chazen, Bill and Janet Horten, Jay and Trisha Morris, Cam Busch, Carolyn Kaufman, Dr. Michael and Tam Wood, Jay and Ellen Heavilon, Robert and Carol Mitchell, Jane and Bill Pickering, Tim and Jan Boyd, Frances McDonald, Terry Mowers, Dr. Joe and Barbara Brogdon... just to name a few. 

The inaugural grand opening is projected in 2014. For more information, contact Cathy Clifford by phone at 266-7288 or by email, clifford@sculpturefields.org.   


Dinner in the train
Dinner in the train


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