Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
WOW! Talking about a successful and fun night for Miss Music City, Saturday night was one. I started off my night outside of the beautiful Bridgestone Arena in wonderful downtown Nashville ringing the bell for the Salvation Army! Although it was cold and raining all of the volunteers made the best of it by singing, dancing and get as many donations as we could, I can promise you my kettle WON!! (According to me). When the game started all of the volunteers headed inside for an exciting Hockey game against the Florida Panthers. The best part has yet to come, your Miss Music City was able to take her first Zamboni ride! I had a wonderful time raising money for such a great cause, cheering for my home town hockey team the Nashville Predators, taking pictures with fans and although the Zamboni ride was amazing but not amazing as the $800 we raised for the Salvation Army!
As most of you in the Miss Tennessee family know our dear Amanda Swartout going thru a very hard time right now. For those of you that do not know Amanda, she is a Chattanooga, 12 year old native that has been battling a Brain Tumor. As most of you know the reason why my platform is Relay For Life is because when I was 8 I lost a very dear friend, Noelle to the same disease! As I watch this family go thru the same thing that Noelle's family did I can do nothing but lift them up in prayer. Although it may not seem like it, we are making strides towards finding a cure to this robbing disease! Earlier this month Amanda and her family were able to Make A Wish and take a family vacation to Hawaii where Amanda was able to swim with dolphins and have some awesome family time. Amanda, who loves country music by the way even got to meet Lady Antebellum along with her sister. After the trip Amanda's prognosis was not exactly what the family would have hoped but as her mother said "God does great things," and I truly believe that.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
If you know me, you know I LOVE the Holiday season, yes I am "that" person that starts listening to Christmas music in October, and nothing can kick off the Holiday season like the sound of Christmas music and the Salvation Army bells. On Monday night I had the wonderful opportunity of being a volunteer and greeter at the first annual "A Gathering of Angels Benefit Concert!" the concert took place at Christ Church on Old Hickory Blvd and was a free show for all those willing to come and hear some of the best Christian and Country artist in Nashville. This benefit concert featured Victory recording artist Jimmy Wayne, Belmont graduate Julie Roberts, Grammy award winning Christian artist Matthew West, and one of the most famous and successful country groups Restless Heart!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
WOW! That is the only word I can say to explain last night,what a great group of people I met in such a wonderful community but the night didn't start off like that, let me explain! Well you see I'm a girl, and I get caught up in what outfit I should wear, what shoes I should wear and of course how I should wear my hair, and you see I didn't give my self enough time to look at the map and make sure I knew exactly where I was going so I did what any person would do, I put it in the GPS and that is where the plan went down hill.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Whew! It is was a long 7 hour drive back to NC to see my family but I made it, and while I was here in NC I just had to get a few pictures in with my favorite photographer and brother, Tyler VanDyke! Tyler is only 15 you guys and is already so in depth with his career as a photographer and well as you can see he is GOOD AT IT, if I say so myself! I thought I would share just a few of the pictures that we took this weekend....check out my website for more!!!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
What better way to spend a wonderful Saturday afternoon than at the park with two of the sweetest girls I know, who are they? Macy Moyer and Camille Gear. Macy Miss Capital City Teen Princess and Camille is Miss Music City's Outstanding Teen, both of the girls will compete in March in hopes of bringing home the state title to wonderful Music City! Lupus is Macy's platform and I was so excited when she asked me to come and get involved! Lupus is not something that everyone knows about, and I think that being apart of such an event really opens your eyes to that reality. You may still be asking what is Lupus? Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. This results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs. If you would like to get involved and help people that are diagnosed with Lupus look up the Lupus foundation nearest you!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Chicken on a stick, fried everything and CMX Demolition Derby cars pretty much explains this appearance in a nut shell! I started off the fair at the Opening Ceremonies celebrating 104th year of the TN State Fair, and was so proud to be apart of honoring the state fair which is now a Century Fair! After hearing about all the great things the fair has done over the past years, and where it started and now where it is at made it that much more amazing that I was actually apart of such a great event. Luckily the rain held off for my next event at the fair and that was the CMX Demolition Derby! After I sang the National Anthem and talked for a little bit with the drivers and crowd it was time to watch the cars beat up on each other, and boy did they do that, in fact at the end of the night there was only ONE car still standing after all six of the races!! I want to send a special thanks to the TN State Fair for having me at all the events and Rebecca Fowler over CMX for getting me involved at the Demolition Derby, I had so much fun and can’t wait till next year when I drive a car at the Derby!
The winning Demo Derby CMX team and I at the awards ceremony
If you would like to see the host, all of the drivers and their pit crew go to:
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
What better place to make my very first Miss Music City appearance than downtown Music City at the renovated Hard Rock Cafe! As the Demolition Derby drivers prepare for their big show on Friday, September 10th at the TN State Fair, they all had a special Kick off party dinner and guess who they invited? Miss Music City! Meeting all the drivers and their families made me so excited for this weekends events at the Fair! I want to send a special thanks to The Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, thanks so much for all the wonderful food and the great view and also Rebecca Fowler over the Demolition Derby for letting me be apart of this great event, maybe next year I’ll drive a car? I think I’ll stick to on the road driving! Hope to see you all at the State Fair!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Walk with Miss Music City and Support the Nashville Lupus Foundation
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Events Shelter in Centennial Park
Get Your PURPLE On!
The LFAM's 2010 Walk for Lupus Now T-shirts will be PURPLE, the official color of Lupus Awareness! We would like to encourage you and your walkers to “Get Your PURPLE On" to help raise awareness and funds to support the mission of the Mid-South Chapter. Any registered participant who raises $100 or more on their individual fundraising website or in off-line donations by Friday, September 17, is guaranteed a 2010 Walk for Lupus Now "Get Your PURPLE On" T-shirt! Help us make a statement on Walk day by encouraging your team members to raise $100 each and “Get Your PURPLE On”!
Schedule of Events
3:00pm - Registration, Pre-registration and Team Captain check-in opens. Help yourself to healthy snacks and drinks while enjoying some LIVE music. Stroll through the Health & Wellness Fair area gathering helpful information on living better and healthier! Visit the Children’s Corner, Door Prizes, Sponsors, Lupus Information table, take Team photos and fill out your “I am walking for...” stickers. Visit with friends, family and co-workers during this extended registration time.
4:40pm - A word from our Walk Coordinator, Sponsorship Recognition, Fundraising Club Awards and Warm-up!
5:00pm - Walk for Lupus Now Nashville begins!
6:30pm - Individual and Team Awards announced & Door Prizes will be given out.
7:00pm - Lighting the Parthenon Purple for Lupus Awareness!
Events Shelter in Centennial Park
The Events Shelter is located in the Northwest corner of the Historic Centennial Park in Nashville. Centennial Park can be accessed from Interstates 65 and 440. The main entrance to the park is located on West End Avenue. There are also entrances to the park from 25th Avenue North, 27th Avenue North and Park Plaza Road.
We will once again ask our participants to park in the HCA parking lots on Park Plaza Road. Look for event signage and volunteers to direct you to the parking areas. The lot directly behind the Shelter will be reserved for handicap parking only.
Walk for Lupus Now Nashville
The Walk for Lupus Now Nashville is a 1, 2 or 3 mile lap along a paved, flat path around the park passing the beautiful Parthenon, duck pond and many flower gardens. Walkers have the option to return to the events shelter after each lap. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. Walking maps will be available on Walk day.
If you would like to register for the walk follow this link:
For more information about what Lupus is, How you can get involved follow this link:
If you would like to donate, go to Miss Music City's Lupus Fundraising Page:
Miss Capital City Princess, Macy Moyer will also be there!! Come Support this great cause!!!!
As I stood on the stage with 14 other very deserving young ladies on August 21st, I was fortunate enough to be named Miss Music City 2011! I am so excited about working hard in the Nashville community and starting my journey to the Miss TN stage in June 2011. Although it is only a few weeks in to my title I can already tell you that I have the best sister queen, Miss Capital City, Keisha Wilson as well as the most supportive committee. I can not wait to see where this year takes me. You do not know how excited I am to be your new Miss Music City!