Cheekwood Releases Dressing Downton Activity Schedule


Beginning June 17 and ending September 10, Cheekwood will host Dressing Downton, Changing Fashion for Changing Times. Opening with the newly restored Cheekwood Mansion, the exhibition is set to take visitors back in time to the 1930s, the era in which the Cheek family inhabited the mansion, throwing lavish parties and entertaining family at the American Country Place Era estate.

In addition to Dressing Downton, which will highlight 36 period costumes from the hit television drama Downton Abbey, Cheekwood will offer themed programming all summer long to complement the exhibition, including afternoon teas, classic cars, workshops and more.

Dressing Downton is co-presented by the First Tennessee Foundation and Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC.

A full schedule of exhibition programming is listed below.

Afternoon Tea in the Pineapple Room
Thursdays and Saturdays, June 17 – September 9
Guests this summer can enjoy a traditional English tea to complement a visit to Dressing Downton. Teas include admission to the exhibition, seasonal scones and cake breads, tea sandwiches and a variety of sweets catered by Something Special as well as specialty teas from Shineworthy Teas. Tea seatings take place at 3 p.m.

Tickets: Adult $60 (Members $40), Youth $55 (Members $35).
Reserve tea time:

Thursday Night Out
June 22 – September 14
Cheekwood is staying open until 10 p.m. each Thursday this summer with family activities, live jazz music, dancing, 1930s lawn games, cash bars with signature cocktails and fashion pop ups from Nashville Fashion Alliance members. Entry is included with membership or general admission. Thursday Night Out is sponsored by Publix Market Charities, LLC.

Downton Saturdays
Saturdays, June 17 – September 9
Enjoy family activities, live jazz in the gardens and special programs each Saturday during Dressing Downton, including classic cars beginning in July, Dressing Downton Lecture Series, and Downton-inspired jewelry making, hat making, and floral design workshops.

Classic Cars in the Courtyard
July 1 – September 10
Hosted in conjunction with the historic restoration of the Cheekwood Mansion, two stunning antique cars will be exhibited in what was once the Cheek family’s garage (now Cheekwood’s Courtyard Gallery) at the Frist Learning Center. Step back into the 1930s and experience these examples of classic automotive design. Entry is included with Cheekwood membership or general admission.Dressing Downton Workshop Series

Downton-Era Floral Arranging
Instructor: Christie Tarleton of The Farmer’s Florist
Join Christie Tarleton of the Farmer’s Florist to learn about the cutting gardens of the early twentieth century, harvesting flowers from your own gardens, and floral arranging. Workshop participants will also make their own Edwardian era-inspired arrangements. This workshop fee includes admission to Dressing Downton, a garden walk led by the instructor, and a boxed lunch from the Pineapple Room.

Saturday, June 24
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Lunch included
$80 members | $100 non-members
Sign up:—Downton-Era-Floral-Arranging

Cloche Hat Making Instructor: Anna Zeitlin of Fanny & June
During this two-day workshop, each participant will make a felt cloche hat inspired by the costumes of Downton Abbey. Led by Anna Zeitlin, milliner at Fanny & June, the workshop includes admission to Dressing Downton.

Saturday, July 22 – Sunday, July 23
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$200 members | $250 non-members
Sign up:—Cloche-Hat-Making

Jewelry Making Instructor: Brooke Griffith of Glen & Effie
Make your own necklace from heirloom pieces from the 1920s, inspired by the costumes of Downton Abbey. Participants will learn basic jewelry making techniques from Brooke Griffith, jewelry designer of Glen & Effie, and will leave the workshop with a one-of-a-kind statement piece. The workshop fee includes admission to Dressing Downton and a boxed lunch from the Pineapple Room.

Saturday, August 26
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Lunch included
$120 members | $150 nonmembers
Sign up:—Jewelry-Making

Dressing Downton Lecture Series

Downton Abbey: Fashions of a Transformative Era

Vanderbilt University’s Senior Lecturer of Theatre and Costume Designer and Shop Manager Alexandra Sargent will discuss the designs of the clothing from the show and the influence the costumes held on cast of characters in ways both subtle and bold. Designers, including Paul Poiret and Coco Chanel, created clothes that mirrored the shifting lifestyle and attitude from Victorian to modern.

Saturday, June 17

12:00 p.m.
Massey Auditorium

Drinking in the House of Windsor: British Tipples of the Early 20th Century

Husband and wife duo and owners of PourTaste, Jon and Lindsay Yeager, will guide guests through the history of the cocktail and talk about what those in Downton Abbey were likely to be drinking. Attendees will learn about the libations and beverages of choice for those who lived upstairs or downstairs.  Custom cocktail tasting will be available to those 21 and older.

Through a lens of education, the Yeagers have created cocktail, beer, and wine menus for hotels, restaurants, and bars while consulting for events, festivals, retail shops and brands.

Saturday, July 15

12:00 p.m.

Massey Auditorium


Through the Looking Glass: America in the 1920’s

Tony Perrin, senior lecturer for O’More School of Design’s School of Fashion, will explore key moments in the 1920s that helped to define an era, and how the stories of the Crawleys and Cheeks fit in to the historical timeline. Skyscrapers grew ever taller, women’s hemlines grew ever shorter and the good times rolled on until the last of the champagne dried up with the stock market crash in 1929.  Join us for a tale of the post-war boom, the rise of the youth, the jazz age, liquor, and a society with an unquenchable thirst for more.

August 5, 2017

12:00 p.m.
Massey Auditorium

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 3.15.36 PMDressing Downton is included with general admission or membership, but is a timed ticketed event. To make reservations, visit  Groups of 15 or more can receive special group pricing.

Dressing Downton is co-presented by GSRM Law and First Tennessee.

For more information about Cheekwood and upcoming events, visit


About Cheekwood

Cheekwood is a 55-acre American Country Place Era estate in Nashville, Tennessee. Built in 1929 by the Cheek family who amassed their fortune through the Maxwell House Coffee business, the estate was gifted and opened as a public institution in 1960. Today, it features 12 distinct gardens, a woodland sculpture trail, an 8,000-piece permanent art collection, and Georgian-style Mansion with historically furnished rooms and galleries. Over 225,000 visitors come to Cheekwood annually for year-round seasonal festivals, world-class art exhibitions, breathtaking gardens, and educational and public programs for all ages. A member of the American Public Gardens Association, Cheekwood is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, 8 miles west of downtown Nashville. Daily hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For further information, call 615.356.8000 or visit

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