November 2016 Around Town 3

The Edison School Fall Festival

The Edison School held its annual Fall Festival which included pumpkin painting, hay rides, live music, the first annual Pie Contest and Tin Man Competition—a spoof on the popular Iron Man Competition. Winners of the Tin Man contest were Nathan Basco in the adult division and Georgia Kurzhal in youth. Pie contest winners included 1st Place – Our Place Café (Turtle pie); 2nd Place – Red Rooster Café (pecan pie); and a tie for 3rd Place – The Pie Lady (chocolate pecan) and Mary’s Place (chess pie). Tin Man station sponsors included Duensing & Yarborough Chiropractic, Wood Motor Company, Ashwin Sastry, Cherokee Medical Center, Boxercise by Lee Wood, Indian Lake Neurology, Life Lessons Therapy, Knockout Fitness and the Hovenden Family.

“Despite the warm afternoon, everyone had a great time and the Fall Festival was a huge success,” says Rebeckah Dopp, head of school. “Our parents and sponsors really worked together to offer a great event.”

The Edison School is dedicated to students with specific learning differences and unique learning styles, serving students in Sumner, Wilson, Robertson and Northeast Davidson Counties from facilities in Gallatin. For more information about The Edison School contact Rebeckah Dopp, head of school, at or by calling 615.431.5637. Visit the school website at

TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center Welcomes New Pediatrician

TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center is pleased to welcome Sarah Mian, MD, pediatrician, to the community. She received her medical degree from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenview, NC, and completed her pediatric residency from the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Mian to our medical staff,” says Regina Bartlett, chief executive officer at TriStar Hendersonville. “Dr. Mian is very passionate about community outreach and volunteering with adolescents. We are excited for her to partner with parents in our community to ensure their children grow up healthy and safe.”

Dr. Mian plans to craft health outreach initiatives in Sumner County, promoting prevention and education. She is fluent in Spanish and has experience in immigrant health volunteering abroad at rural health clinics in Central and South America.

She is now accepting new patients at the Hendersonville Children’s Clinic located at 262 New Shackle Island Rd., Suite 203 in Hendersonville and Portland Children’s Clinic at 103 Redbud Dr., Suite A in Portland. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call TriStar MedLine® at 615.342.1919.

2016 Annual Tree Lighting Sets the Spirit of the Season

HolidayFest welcomes the Christmas season on Sunday, Nov. 27th, right after Thanksgiving, as the mayor of Hendersonville throws the switch which will light up the trees around the Fountain at Memorial Park on Main St, a joyous celebration that drew more than 1,000 people last year.

The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is a free event and has grown enormously in recent years as the city welcomes school choirs, dance groups and entertainers from all over Sumner County to sing carols while the audience looks on. This year Emcee Samantha Russell of Fox 27 will welcome all and introduce the many entertainers coming out, which include Hendersonville High School Choir, The Dance of the Academy of Dance, Wynette Turner, Cherle Sterban, Tyler Edwards, Between the Lines and, as the headliners, Martin Family Circus.

The festivities begin at 3 p.m. and go until 7 p.m.  The family affair includes an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and many of Santa’s friends from Actors Point Theatre, who will be there for photos. Everyone in the family can enjoy free carriage rides, food vendors and a ride on the D&H railroad, as well as having fun on a bouncy house from Ultimate Party.

“We are really excited about this event,” Larry Phillips, President of HolidayFest said. “We always get a huge turnout and I am sure that this year will be a record number of attendees with all the new growth in our county.”

“This is a great time to hang out with family, see a lot of your friends and it’s a very festive way to connect with your community,” said Tyler Edwards, a student at Station Camp High School who will be singing during the afternoon.

“We just love to see the smiles on the kids’ faces,” Lynda Evjen, Board Member said. “They love all the characters and the excitement and thrill of all the fun music and always want a photo with Santa.”

“It’s a great honor to be here to welcome Christmas with the  City of Hendersonville ,” Paul Martin of Martin Family Circus said. “It is a joy to be part of this celebration. It’s very meaningful. We appreciate Holidayfest and the City of Hendersonville.. We’re proud to represent them.”

The actual lighting of the Trees will be at 6:30 pm and end with Martin Family Circus. For more information, go to or find Holidayfest on Facebook.

Vol State Building Opening Celebrated with a Jazz Procession

Jazz music and a festive New Orleans-style Second Line procession recently led students, faculty, donors and the public into the new Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building at Vol State. Attendees crossed over the pedestrian bridge to the new building for the grand opening celebration, signifying a bridge to the future.  The $30 million facility at Volunteer State Community College is the largest building on the Gallatin campus. It is specially designed for humanities students.

“It’s been wonderful to see the students really make use of the new building – both the classrooms and the informal study spaces,” Dean of Humanities Jennifer Brezina says. “It means a lot for them to be able to have the room they need to apply what they are learning and collaborate with each other.”

“It’s important for our community college students to have high-quality equipment and facilities,” says Tennessee Board of Regents Acting Chancellor David Gregory. “This wonderful new building will be a great home to Vol State students for many years to come.”

“The humanities building was on the capital projects list for some 12 years before it was funded,” says Vol State President Jerry Faulkner. “After receiving funding, there have been almost two more years of planning and construction that have led to this celebration.  We are so happy to have this addition to our campus that will enhance our mission of providing quality education to the citizens of north Middle Tennessee.”

The SRB Humanities Building opened on the first day of classes for the fall semester. It is student-focused in design, from comfortable and stylish study areas to wide hallways and floor to ceiling windows. The entire building is wired for state-of-the-art classrooms, allowing for better connectivity and virtual collaboration. There is a new Performing Arts Studio that can house everything from plays to poetry readings. A new recording studio will more than triple the size of the other Vol State recording studio. Choral and music practice rooms provide for better instruction. The art studios include a dedicated printmaking room and a ceramics facility. For more information about the Humanities at Vol State visit