The Goldenrod Gala, scheduled for Oct. 21, is the first of what is intended to be an annual event to benefit the Friends of South Cumberland State Park.

The event, supporting Tennessee’s largest state park, will be held on the Cumberland Plateau near Sewanee, in a ballroom tent overlooking Lost Cove and the recently dedicated 4,000-acre Sherwood Forest addition to the park.

The evening will feature a gourmet dinner prepared on-site by chef Alex Belew, artisan-crafted cocktails and wines, and after-dinner dancing to the South Jackson Street Band & Orchestra.


A few individual seats still available. Learn more or reserve seats here.

The Adventure Auction will be a main feature at the gala. It will offer three unique and incredible expeditions into areas of South Cumberland State Park that aren’t normally accessible to the public.

State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and SCSP Ranger Park Greer will guide 10 winning bidders into the Werner Old Growth Forest in Savage Gulf to see the largest remaining tract of uncut timber in the region.

Professor Jan Simek and Ranger Jason Reynolds will take four winning bidders to the new Sherwood Forest area of the park to see some Native American cliff drawings.

The gala’s honorary chair, Dr. David Haskell, will give 10 winning bidders autographed copies of his new book, “The Songs of Trees: Stories From Nature’s Great Connectors,” and accompany them and Ranger Jessie McNeel on a unique expedition into the Fiery Gizzard area of the park.

You must be present at the gala event to bid on and win these adventures.

The major sponsor of the gala is Solid Ground Shelters, which manufactures expansive European-inspired canvas shelters that are furnished with a mattress, table and chairs, providing the feel of a bed-and-breakfast. Learn more about Solid Ground Shelters here.

Among the gala’s supporting sponsors are the Smoke House Lodge and Restaurant, Tower Bank, Prichard’s Distillery, Prologue Fire Logs, Tennessee Brew Works, Ben Lomand Connect, Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative, Joseph’s Remodeling Solutions and the Monteagle Piggly Wiggly.

If your organization would like to be a supporting sponsor of the Goldenrod Gala, contact event chair Kelly Baggett at 615-594-8138 for more information.

Lost Cove. (Photo: Contributed)