Rendezvous at Ravenswood, the final event of a series of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Brentwood becoming a city, took place on Thursday at the historic Ravenswood Mansion in Marcella Vivrette Smith Park.
The celebratory evening was filled with live music, dinner and dancing to bring an end to the city’s yearlong celebration.
The Tyrone Smith Revue was the entertainment for the evening. Smith, known best as “Super T,” performed a range of music, including soul, Motown, funk and classic rock, with his energetic, 12-piece band.
A handful of local representatives from all levels of government attended, including Senator Marsha Blackburn and Representative Mark Green.
Green presented a proclamation to Brentwood on Thursday, which was also entered into the official congressional record in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Oct. 4.
The proclamation read, in part, “[Brentwood’s] thriving business environment, high quality of life, top created schools, scenic beauty, a Tennessee way of life, have given a well deserved reputation as one of the best places in the nation to live, work and raise a family.”
Blackburn talked about some of the fond memories she had since moving into her first home in Brentwood in 1977 with her husband, Chuck.
“We have talked about the things together as a community we’ve all done,” she said. “Chuck and I helping to start the Brentwood Library, he’s been involved with rotary, we were involved with the chamber of commerce, he was involved with the Brentwood 2020 … do you all remember that? It seems like forever, but now here we are seeing it come true. All of those are such fun memories for us.”
Blackburn held her glass high in a toast to Brentwood’s 50th milestone.
“To the legacy and heritage that is our past, our present and all of the potential that surrounds us, and to the next 50 years, our future, knowing the best is yet to come,” she said.
Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little also reflected back on the city’s history and gave a celebratory toast to the future.
“Brentwood has always been about hard work, serving your fellow man and striving for excellence,” he said. “We’re a very blessed community, but I think our community also does a good job of blessing others.
“My hope is that we will continue to excel, and its (Brentwood’s) citizens will continue to serve.”