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APSU introduces new social event, Fall Fling, Sept. 18

Austin Peay State University will welcome the autumn season – and begin a new tradition – with a new social event.

Fall Fling, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18 at the Clarksville Country Club, is a casual alternative to the formal and popular Candlelight Ball held annually in March.

Fall Fling is not a fundraiser but a ‘friend raiser with fun as our major objective, said Shelia Ross, director of the APSU Office of Alumni Relations. We think it will be a really great way to close out summer and welcome the fall.
Austin Peay State University will welcome the autumn season — and begin a new tradition — with a new social event.

Fall Fling, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18 at the Clarksville Country Club, is a casual alternative to the formal and popular Candlelight Ball held annually in March.

“Fall Fling is not a fundraiser but a ‘friend' raiser with fun as our major objective,” said Shelia Ross, director of the APSU Office of Alumni Relations. “We think it will be a really great way to close out summer and welcome the fall.”

In organizing the event, the planning committee — with L M Ellis, Linda Nichols, Doris Witherspoon, Margaret Deitrich, Doris Davenport, Zoot and Kitten Parker, Debbie Nichols, Larry and Kay Martin and Nikki Peterson — wanted to provide an event that would appeal to people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with social hour, followed by dinner at 7.

Dinner will be set up in various stations — a carving station featuring steamship round of beef; the pasta station with three types of pasta and accompanying sauces, meats and garnishes; the Asian station to include three meats along with appropriate sauces, rice/noodles and garnishes; and the fourth station will have an assortment of crisp garden vegetable crudités and dip, domestic and imported cheeses and gourmet crackers, along with seasonal fresh fruit.

Dancing from 8 p.m.-midnight will feature the band, Big Thrill — a seven-piece band that plays a variety of music ranging from the toe-tapping sounds of the ‘30s and ‘40s through the pulsating rhythm-and-blues beat of the “big chill” era, as well as the ‘80s, country and today's top contemporary sounds.

“The band is relatively new to our area and is sure to play music that will be fun and exciting and perfect for dancing or listening,” Ross said.

Dessert and coffee will be served from 9-9:30 p.m., and a cash bar will be offered throughout the evening. In addition, a courtesy shuttle will be available to transport guests from the country club to the parking lot after the event.

Cost is $75 per couple, $40 per person. Attire for the evening is dressy casual.

“While similar in many ways to the Candlelight Ball, Fall Fling will offer a great evening of food, music and fellowship at a local venue and at a very affordable price,” Ross said. “It was also felt that the dressy casual attire would be appealing to most people and would not require the purchase of formal wear to attend.”

Advance reservations are required by Friday, Sept. 11, and seating is limited. To reserve tickets or for more information, contact the APSU Office of Alumni Relations by telephone at 931-221-7979 or 800-264-2586. -- Melony Shemberger