3rd Annual Secret Society Weekend at Blackberry Farm

Enjoy a look at our special weekend in eastern Tennessee

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    A beautiful Smoky Mountain sunset welcomes us to Blackberry Farm

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    The Blackberry Farm Boathouse, situated on Walland Pond

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    Horses graze in the pasture at Blackberry Farm

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    Secret Society Club members enjoy a glass of wine at the weekend's opening Harvest Feast

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    Secret Society Club members take in the view from the Main House veranda

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    Senior Editor Jessica Mischner chats with guests

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    Pritchard, G&G's Boykin spaniel, owned by Editor in Chief David DiBenedetto

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    Glazed quail legs, prepared by Blackberry Farm Chef Joseph Lenn, are served at the Harvest Feast

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    Garden & Gun Editor in Chief David DiBenedetto welcomes guests to the Thursday night Harvest Feast

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    Guests enjoy live bluegrass while dining on the Main House lawn

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    Peel-and-eat barbecue shrimp prepared by Chef Joseph Lenn

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    The Harvest Feast at nightfall

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    Editor in Chief David DiBenedetto and sculptor Grainger McKoy lead the discussion during the Meet the Master session

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    Grainger McKoy with one of his sculptures

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    Grainger McKoy signs his book The Brilliance of Birds

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    Guest mixologist Jane Lopes and guest chefs Erik Anderson and Josh Habiger of the Catbird Seat in Nashville sit with Chef Joseph Lenn

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    Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat Winery leads guests in a wine presentation and tasting

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    Friday night dinner, creekside at Yallarhammer

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    Singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin, with her husband, Nathan Followill (on the right), and Garden & Gun Contributing Editor Matt Hendrickson

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    Gathering for drinks before Friday night's dinner

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    Blackberry Farm proprietor Sam Beall welcomes guests to dinner at Yallarhammer

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    Guests enjoy a delicious outdoor meal of cornmeal dusted catfish, sweet and spicy fried chicken, basil marinated corn on the cob, and fried okra

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    A selection of wines from the Au Bon Climat portfolio

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    Chef Joseph Lenn mans the smoker

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    Singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin performs after dinner on Friday night

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    The Saturday morning gospel brunch in the Blackberry Farm garden

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    Tennessee peaches picked fresh from the Blackberry Farm garden

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    John Coykendall, Blackberry Farm Master Gardener

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    Fresh tomatoes dressed simply with olive oil and sea salt

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    The gospel choir warms up for their performance Saturday morning

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    On the menu at the gospel brunch: buttermilk biscuits

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    A garden-fresh Bloody Mary served with Benton's bacon

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    Part of the Garden & Gun crew: Jessica Hundhausen Derrick, Muriel Schelke, and Garden & Gun founder Rebecca Wesson Darwin

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    A group gets ready to depart for a guided hike and birding with the Blackberry Farm regionalist while another group head to the sporting clays course

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    Hesse Creek is home to rainbow and brown trout ranging from eight inches to eight pounds

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    Guests fish in Hesse Creek

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    Costa Sunglasses was the weekend's sporting partner

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    Guest chef Erik Anderson of the Catbird Seat prepares for Saturday night's Finale Dinner at the Barn

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    Secret Society Club members arrive at the Barn for the Finale Dinner

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    A cocktail of sparkling wine, sour beer, and sake created by mixologist Jane Lopes of the Catbird Seat

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    Pork belly and a poached egg, prepared by the chefs from the Catbird Seat, are served at the Finale Dinner

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    Guests enjoy the Finale Dinner at the Barn

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    From left: Pierre Manigault, Rebecca Wesson Darwin, and J. Edward Bell III give a toast and closing remarks at the Finale Dinner

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    Singer/songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell performs for the group during the Finale Dinner and after party

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    The 2012 Blackberry Farm Secret Society Weekend group

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Garden & Gun Secret Society Club members traveled to Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN, for a four-day celebration of exquisite food & drink, sporting activities, art and cultural pursuits, outdoor adventure, and renowned musical talent.  

Special Thanks to:
Au Bon Climat
Costa Del Mar
Grainger McKoy
Jessie Baylin
Jason Isbell
The Catbird Seat

 

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