Travel & Leisure 2017 Advertorials

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 by tgregory

Fulfill lifelong dreams with FiftyForward Travel

Whether it’s a day trip to a local or regional must-see destination or an overseas adventure, FiftyForward Travel offers exciting opportunities to visit fun places outside your neighborhood and around the globe.

Trips with FiftyForward Travel always include comfortable accommodations, knowledgeable tour guides, safe and easy travel itineraries, and great prices. Embrace what we call a FiftyForward first– a chance to try something for the first time. Learn about new cultures, try new foods, and make new friends. 

FiftyForward Travel also features a program called “On the Road with Joan,” led by travel guide Joan Sincerbox. Day trips include regional travel to renowned craft festivals, local tourist attractions, and special holiday open houses at historic mansions, hotels and inns. 

Upcoming national and international trips include Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains (Dec. 5-7); India (Feb. 14-23, 2018); Spain (March 10-20, 2018); and Alaska (Sept. 2018).

Travel slots fill up quickly; be sure to contact Janice Judd, FiftyForward Travel Coordinator, to book your next adventure: (615) 883-8375; or Dust off that passport and go!

Established in 1956, FiftyForward is an advocate for adults 50+ offering centers, programs and services. Learn more at


Give the gift of theatre with TPAC gift certificates

Giving the gift of the performing arts is a great idea for any occasion, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center can help. With gift certificates in a variety of denominations, everyone can give the thrill of a live performance.

TPAC gift certificates can be used to buy tickets for any show at TPAC or War Memorial Auditorium including comedy and concerts; family favorites; and the stunning performances of Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre.

Of course, you can always give the best of Broadway with upcoming shows like “Jersey Boys,” “Cabaret,” “Wicked,” and “Waitress,” featuring the music of Sara Bareilles.

Trouble deciding? Don’t worry. Gift certificates don’t expire until two years after their purchase. Just redeem them when you’re ready by phone, online, or in person at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville.

Plus, buying TPAC gift certificates helps support the center’s efforts to present diverse artistic and cultural programming as well as TPAC Education’s comprehensive and curriculum-based arts programs.

Whether shopping for the holidays, a birthday, or a Wednesday, TPAC gift certificates are the perfect way to share the arts with your friends, family, and loved ones.

Visit and pick out the perfect gift for someone special.


‘Jew Store (the musical)’ kicks up its heels for Akiva

When looking for leisure activities in Nashville, look no further than our very own Jewish community! “Jew Store (the musical)” will make its Nashville premiere at the Gordon Jewish Community Center. 

Country icon Dolly Parton held the original adaptation rights to the best-selling memoir, “The Jew Store.” When her rights expired, JCC member and writer, producer, director Jay Kholos, acquired the property for musical theatre adaptation.  The production is Akiva School’s major fundraiser.  

Jay’s previous musical, “A Stoop On Orchard Street,” had its GJCC world premiere before its Off Broadway engagement. Only two performances for “Jew Store (the musical)” are scheduled for Nashville and include a 7:30 p.m. show on Saturday, Dec. 9, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 10.  After the Nashville performances, the production will travel to Atlanta, Chicago, South Florida and Philadelphia prior to an open-ended New York engagement.

“Jew Store (the musical)” is the romanticized story of a Russian-Jewish family’s journey from the teeming tenements of New York, circa 1920, to a small Southern town in Northwest Tennessee, where most residents had never seen—let alone met—a Jew before. 

Facing a curious and often hostile populace—including the KKK—Aaron Bronson, his wife and two children try to make a life by opening a dry goods store dubbed by locals as the “Jew Store.” There are 19 original songs, including “A Glass of Tea with the Rabbi’s Wife,” “Kineahora Curse,” “Mr. Jew,” “Hurtin,’” “It Couldn’t Hurt, You Could Convert,” “Country Bumpkin” and “Opportunity.” 

For tickets and information, visit or call (615) 823-1031. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the benefit of Akiva School.


Nashville Trunk & Bag: The place to get carried away

Nashville Trunk & Bag is so much more than a luggage store. From Tilley hats to shoe covers, we’ve got you covered from head to toe. Of course, we have the largest selection of Briggs & Riley luggage, which has the only guarantee in the industry that covers airline damage, and many other brands of high quality. 

With the holidays fast approaching, why not consider a leather product such as a journal, briefcase, wallet, backpack, passport cover, valet tray, just to name a few.  All leather items can be personalized at no additional cost, while you wait, and you can also take advantage of the free gift wrapping.  We also offer the best selection of fine writing instruments from $20 to $1,000 and a variety of colored inks.  As a small business, operating for over 80 years,  we strive to meet your every need with our friendly and knowledgeable staff.  We hope to see you soon!


Blakeford’s WellLife builds on individual interests

At Blakeford at Green Hills, we have designed our WellLife offerings with our residents in mind. No matter what their interests are, they’ll find something just right. Each activity and class is geared to promote well-being. 

Our goal is for each person to connect, thrive, and be inspired and enlightened. 

Residents can sign up for educational opportunities through Blakeford University. Recent topics have included world religions, technology, literature, music, and self-care. 

There are fitness classes like Strength and Balance, Tai Chi, Yoga, and more. Residents can also choose to exercise on their own in our Wellness Center. Our expert wellness team can provide personal training as well. 

For residents with an artistic flair, we offer a variety of craft classes. For the musically inclined, residents can join a sing-along, or learn to play the ukulele.

We have outings to area attractions or just a fun night at a restaurant. Residents can spend an afternoon shopping or enjoying our weekly social hours. We also provide volunteer opportunities within our community through Blakeford Friends. Shabbat services are also available to residents. 

From movies and special events, to games and lectures, our residents are never at a loss for something to do. Residents can choose how involved they want to be. It is really up to them.


Challah & Honey: Leisure, catering go hand in hand 

Next time you are looking to call a caterer who fits the bill … look no further than Challah & Honey!

Carlos Davis moved from the island paradise of Barbados to Nashville in 1998 to further his culinary journey as a chef. He has acquired more than 20 years of food and beverage experience in hotels, restaurants, corporate and private catering. He currently works as the culinary director of Challah & Honey Catering, a full-service catering company, and C&H at Home, a chef-driven, home meal pickup service. 

Passionate and creative, Carlos has always recognized the value of striving to exceed customer expectations and has made that a priority in every stage of his culinary career.

Starting at the age of six, he learned the principles of cooking from his mom and how vital it is for your heart to be involved. Today you can still taste that love, and his meticulous attention to detail is refreshing. Honing those skills and studying culinary arts and hotel, restaurant and institutional management, starting in Barbados, he has chosen to work in places with the clear focus on quality of food and a dedication to great service.

Within the last 10 years, his focus has also grown to include directing a catering company with a dedicated team and a certified kitchen location, to care for the needs of the Jewish community. Yes, an authentic Kosher facility to service the many needs in the Greater Nashville area.

The Challah & Honey team aspires to be recognized as a reliable and affordable full-service catering option in the Nashville area, thanks in part to their continued focus on quality and service. As such, we warmly welcome you to our table…and await the opportunity to be at yours.


Carrie Mills Designs: Where the art of luxury and leisure meet

When leisure time is rare and you are searching for a unique and meaningful gift or piece of art for your home or office, or a loved one, look no further than artist Carrie Mills.

Invite Carrie to create a piece of art in her unique and elegant style that will be celebrated in the moment and passed down for generations to come.  Whether it be a pet portrait or a special moment you would like translated onto archival paper or canvas, look no further.

Make your leisure time more relaxed and your special gift memorable with a personalized original work of art. It makes a touching wedding, bar or bat mitzvah, anniversary or birthday gift. 

For more information please visit or call 615-210-5044.


Get Connected begins 11th year introducing teens to Israel

Jewish children are often taught that in Israel they will always have a homeland and refuge. Ten years ago, area synagogues and the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee created Get Connected, the Israel Teen Tour.

Thus far, 215 students have participated in the Get Connected program and new participants are currently registering to join Get Connected’s 2018 delegation that will take place from June 5-19, 2018. This is a highly-subsidized trip offered to Jewish 10th and 11th graders through the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, with additional scholarship opportunities available. 

Several pretrip activities help the students get to know one another, enrich their understanding of the land of Israel, and solidify the expectations of a group trip.

In addition to touring the holy land, while in Israel the trip includes spending four days and three nights in the homes of Israeli teens in our Partnership2Gether region of Hadera-Eiron. Here, our Nashville youth are fully immersed in Israel’s rich and beautiful culture through the eyes of the locals, and many times, our participants feel this is the most exciting part of the trip. The Get Connected experience wraps up when several of the Israeli teens who hosted our students in Hadera will come to Nashville and spend two weeks experiencing life with our Nashville teens. 

Participants are asked to host these friends for a one-week portion of their time in our community. As one can imagine, participation in the Get Connected program is a wonderful, life-changing experience. Applications are available on the Federation’s website at under the “Our Impact” tab. Contact Harriet Schiftan at with questions.


Synergy Realty Network helps with buying, creating perfect home

You’re ready to move into your next house. But not just any house. You want to find the right place, one special enough to call home. One where work, leisure, and family all become one.

Maybe you love to travel, or perhaps you’re a homebody and love to entertain.  You are looking for a professional who understands your lifestyle and the home that would be the perfect fit. 

Franklin and Lana Pargh are just that. In this business, there’s no speed limit, which is why Franklin and Lana work so well together providing excellent customer service with outside-the-box thinking. That’s why they call themselves home consultants. 

Franklin is a third-generation real estate professional and a fifth-generation Nashvillian. Lana has a background in architecture and design. Her years of experience help bring the vision of your home to life. 

If you can dream it, Franklin and Lana can find, renovate or design the home to fit your needs. If you’re looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate in Tennessee, please contact Synergy Realty Network. 

Franklin Pargh: (615) 351-7333 or

Lana Pargh: (615) 504-2685 or

Please visit their website at


Embassy Suites at Vanderbilt helps guests enjoy best of Nashville

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville at Vanderbilt is a full-service, all-suite hotel located in the heart of Midtown and Music Row; less than two miles from downtown Nashville at 1811 Broadway.  

This beautiful hotel is within walking distance to over 30 restaurants and venues.  Rates include a complimentary made to order breakfast each morning featuring omelets, waffles, a full array of fresh bakeries, fruit, coffee and juices along with a complimentary evening reception featuring assorted cocktails, beer, wine, soft beverages and light snacks.  

Each suite features a separate bedroom and living room area along with a wet bar, small fridge, microwave, two cup coffeemaker and pull out sleeper sofa.   

There’s complimentary shuttle service within 2 miles of the hotel, based upon availability at the time of booking from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily.  We offer a 24-hour business center and fitness center.  The hotel also features a whirlpool and sauna.  •