Magical Music and Dessert Extravaganza For Community Theatre Group

There is nothing like a magical night of music in your own backyard and the Bethlehem Players are set to deliver for the sixth year in a row an all-star cast of singers, dessert extravaganza and a neat array of artful silent auction items this Saturday, February 18 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, Franklin, TN.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for desserts with delicious favorites from Bethlehem UMC bakers and a signature frozen confection created for the event “Wedding Cake Ice Cream” by The Pied Piper Creamery which promotes the April 13-28 Bethlehem Players, “Southern Fried Nuptials,” the hilarious sequel to “Southern Fried Funeral.”

This night is all about the music with the brilliant Bryan Ward doing the pre-game show with several Billy Joel favorites. favorites Dietz Osborne and Martha Wilkinson will be co-hosting the show with a faboo opening duet leading a group of beloved and incredibly talented divas Megan Murphy Chambers, Laura Matula, Melodie Madden Adams, Kandace Williams and Bethlehem’s own Maggie McNulty, now a music theatre student at University of Tennessee – Chatttanooga. Yep, overly happy that she’s coming home to sing the humorous “Pulled” from the hit Addams Family Musical and a sentimental favorite “A Way Back to Then.”

Get your $15 general admission tickets via or 615-791-6456, ext. 2 and check out the Silent Auction preview on Facebook including the event signature piece by artist and gallery owner Ron York.  We’ll be taking text bids on this gorgeous piece through the conclusion of the show on Saturday night.

Joyful Melody by artist Ron York, York & Friends Fine Art Gallery. Text bidding has now begun. You do not have to be present to win. Text name, phone number and bid at 615-294-3138 with beginning bid of $150 - valued at $850.

Finally, here’s a little dessert inspiration for you. WSMV’s More At Midday was incredibly kind to allow some bananas foster cross-promoting happiness.

More at Midday adorable host Kacy Hagerty taste tests. Check out amazing artist Shelley McCoy's cute magic cupcakes painting - part of Saturday's Silent Auction.

For a demonstration on how to make bananas foster, here are the segments on my YouTube channel and the full recipe is below. Most of all, join us for a magical night of music for a great cause!

Bananas Foster with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Ice Cream

Ingredients: 1 cp chilled whole milk, 
¾ cp granulated sugar, pinch of salt (optional), 2 cps heavy cream,
1 T pure vanilla extract

Directions: Using countertop ice cream maker, pre-freeze insulated bowl. In a mixing bowl, whisk cold milk, sugar and pinch of salt until dissolved. Add 2 cps of heavy cream and vanilla. Turn on the mixer and pour in mixture. Allow to blend for 15 to 20 minutes until firm. Transfer immediately to an airtight container and freeze for firmer consistency for 30 minutes. Yields 10 – ½ cup serving.

Bananas Foster

Ingredients: 4 firm bananas, juice of one lemon, 2/3 cp packed brown sugar, ¼ cp butter, ¼ cp banana liquor, ¼ cp dark rum, cinnamon to taste

Directions: Cut bananas in half and brush with lemon juice. Set aside. Melt sugar and butter in a skillet, sprinkle with cinnamon and add banana liquor. Add bananas. Cook 2 minutes and turn. Repeat. Heat rum in separate sauce pan, add to bananas and ignite. Transfer to ice cream and serve immediately. Yields 4 servings



About Nancy McNulty

PR & marketing practitioner, wife/mom, writer, tennis player, cook & lover of the arts & pop culture. Began as a Nashville Banner & WMCP Radio Station reporter. Communications grad - Univ.of TN - Knoxville including working at WUTK & The Daily Beacon. Spent two summers interning in Washington, DC w/ one stint in the Majority Leader's Press Office - "yes, I can give you directions Mr. Kissinger." Now living, loving & working in Nashville, TN w/ my integrated marketing biz - Forest Home Media.. Love sharing great tips on what to do & where to go with folks via this NanceSense experience blog.Twitter & Instagram @NanceSense & Pinterest@NancyMcNulty
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