Who are the Belle Meade Plantation Belles? History of Nashville doll club
Belle Meade Plantation Belles Doll Club
The Belle Meade Plantation Belles Doll Club was formed by three women in September of 1997 at the old Shoney's in Belle Meade. Two of the women, Donna from West Nashville and Kathryn from Bellevue, had met at a doll show earlier that year and placed a classified ad in the local paper announcing the first meeting in September. Lorena from Pegram joined them at the first official meeting and the club has met every month since then.
Plantation Belle Barbie Outfit
The club was named after the location where the club was founded and the Plantation Belle Barbie outfit, one of the original Barbie doll fashions from 1959, which is pictured in the club logo above.
The Plantation Belles doll club was originally a Barbie collectors club but has expanded to include other fashion dolls including Tyler, Gene, and Fashion Royalty, and many other dolls have been displayed and discussed including Effanbee, Madame Alexander, Vogue and other dolls. Barbie doll remains a popular topic at meetings, however, and the club has been invited by Mattel to participate in special events in Nashville in the past such as the release of the Country Rose Barbie doll.
Club members have held doll displays at the Bellevue Center, displayed Barbie cars at the Bellevue Cruisers car shows, donated toys to Agape Child Services every Christmas, and participated in many other fun events.
Plantation Belles Club Meetings
When the Belle Meade Shoney's closed, the doll club moved to the Shoneys in Bellevue where they continue to meet the first Thursday of every month at 7 PM.
Plantation Belles Club Membership & Dues
Visitors are welcome. The first meeting is free. After that it is $3 per meeting or $25 a year to join the club. Since expensive collectible dolls are frequently on display, membership is open to girls 12 and older.
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