Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held outside the gallery at the Mountain Mirror building on North Watauga, and guests were encouraged to wear masks. Tall cocktail tables invited guests to mingle at a social distance, while Cameron Doody and Ted Alling served guests from the bar. It was a perfect fall evening, and attendees were happy to see their neighbors and to support such a wonderful cause.
Linda shared, “We could not have had such a successful event without Lucia Hopper’s willingness and support to let us use the gallery space, which made for a perfect gathering spot.”
The idea of creating quarterboards for our lovely Lookout Mountain homes has been a dream of Linda’s for many years. Last year, the support of friends (who are now board members) helped this dream become a reality. During college, Linda summered on Nantucket and then lived there after college in the late 90s. She found it very charming that the homes on the Cape had names listed on handsome quarterboards so that visitors and neighbors alike could see the clever captions.
“I thought the concept of naming homes on the mountain as they do on the Cape and islands was an easy transition as the mountain has such charm. Additionally, raising money for the community was a no-brainer! Our website has drawn orders form Massachusetts to Virginia, although our primary goal is to have Lookout Mountain residents support the cause and to have quarterboards hung on local homes,” Linda explained.
You can drive around the mountain and see quarterboards on many mountain homes. Karen and Albert Leavengood christened their charming home ‘Lagniappe,’ a term from their native Gulf Coast that means “a little something extra. The word was originally used by the Spanish when they inhabited New Orleans and other southern regions. It became customary for merchants to give a lagniappe or “a little something extra” to their customers, and it was also used in homes when entertaining guests by topping off one’s drink or going above and beyond in the area of hospitality. “The word holds special significance for our family as we think of how God has blessed us with his love, which is definitely something extra that we don’t deserve. We hope it also shapes how we entertain in our home, going above and beyond to welcome guests. We have really missed welcoming friends and family into our home this year amidst COVID-19. One of the last times we had a large group together was around Mardi Gras last February when we had our spades group over for a big bowl of gumbo and a little “lagniappe” to wash it down. We love that our quarterboard hangs over our back porch to welcome guests,” Karen said.
Kate Boschi and her husband, Rich, who is from England, lived in their first home on Boundaries Road in London. When they moved to Lookout Mountain, this cute couple frequently joked they just “moved the boundary west.” Therefore, they have a beautiful quarterboard on their home titled “Boundaries West.”
Dr. Peter Rawlings named his home “Mountain View” after a farm his father’s family owned in Louisa County, Va. When the original Mountain View was sold in the early 1930s, his paternal grandmother invested her proceeds in G.E. stock. When her grandchildren were born, she gave each of them some of the stock, and in the 1990s, Dr. Rawlings gave the stock to his children. He told his children to use the stock any way they desired, but to always keep a few shares to remind them of Mountain View farm and their heritage.
Natalie and Allen Jackson named their home “Trailhead” since they reside on West Brow Road near the entrance to Sunset Park, while the Dosters dubbed their outside seating area “Sunset Soiree” since it looks off over the brow.
The Kitzman’s home sits on bustling Scenic Highway where they can see all the comings and goings of people on the mountain, so it seemed appropriate to name their home “Eagle’s Nest.”
Quarterboards for a Cause generously gave a $3,000 donation to the police department for an upgrade to its camera system. How wonderful to have Quarterboards for a Cause supporting our mountain! Learn more at quarterboardsforacause.com.
by Ann Henley Perry