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Alexandria, Va. high school history teacher Keith Mills from Washington, D. C. attended the Farm to Table Dinner on Main Street. Mills received a summer grant to visit several historical sites in the United States. The Mills’ itinerary ended with a trip to Portland, Tennessee to witness the eclipse totality.
Sumner Crest Winery had over 400 people representing eight countries and 37 states including Hawaii and Alaska watch the eclipse on the grounds of the winery.
Progression of the eclipse by photographer Patrick Flanagan.
This group chose to have their eclipse experience at Portland's Richland Park. Many other groups came to the park on Monday -it was the eclipse headquarters for the Portland Chamber of Commerce.
Patrick Flanagan takes pictures of the various stages of the eclipse on the grounds of Portland Church of Christ.
Pallet Barn TN owner Kim Rice in her booth at Solar Eclipse Treasurers held Saturday during the Portland Chamber of Commerce's Eclipse Weekend. Rice organized the event which had approximately 25 booths.
The staff at TriStar Portland enjoying the eclipse. SUBMITTED
Dylan Harris giving visitors a Tennessee send-off after the Aug. 21 eclipse on Dobbins Pike with a sign saying.... TN loves you - Y'all come back. SUBMITTED. See more photos…
Four on the Floor entertained a large audience from the Portland area and points beyond as visitors came to the area to view the eclipse.
Jane and John Fox enjoy a Moon Pie while waiting on enthralled eclipse to begin
Dave Tiebor and his son Tiebor chose Bottom View Farm to pitch their tent during Portland's Eclipse Weekend. Both are from Buffalo, NY. Dave came to cover the eclipse for the Bee Suburban Newspaper Group. His son Dave came to broadcast the event over WNTQ of Cumulus Media from Syracuse, NY.
The Farm to Table Dinner sponsored by the Portland Chamber of Commerce was held Aug. 20 under the lights on Main Street during Eclipse Weekend. Over 100 people from the area, as well as people from several states near and far, enjoyed the dinner catered by Carolyn Berry.
Dave Shuffelt proposed to Beverly Reliford during the Diamond Ring Phase of the Eclipse, as the entire crowd cheered at Sumner Crest Winery on Monday. They are from Kentucky.
Photograph made at the eclipse viewing area at Portland Church of Christ by photographer Patrick Flanagan
Main Street was crowded when Four on the Floor preformed for the third and final Music on Main for the Summer, as a part of the Eclipse Weekend.
Julie Ansley and Bill Ansley from Hollidaysburg, Pa. chose Bottom View Farm to watch the eclipse. The Ansleys had checked out other nearby cities and were attracted to Portland because of the nearby Sumner Crest Winery.
A group of friends gathered at Willow Lake to view the eclipse. SUBMITTED
Portland City Alderman John Kerley and city attorney David Amonette welcome John Casey and Christine Warta from Baton Rouge, La. to the Portland Chamber of Commerce Farm to Table Dinner.

The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse was a once-in-a-lifetime event for many Portland residents. The city, along with the Portland Chamber of Commerce, and numerous volunteers spent countless hours preparing to show everyone - young and old - a good time.

Special events leading up to the eclipse included Music on Main the Thursday before, featuring Four on the Floor and a catered meal at the Farm to Table Dinner on Sunday. Residents had an array of choices of where to view the eclipse, with crowds showing up by the hundreds at Richland Park, Bottom View Farms, and Sumner Crest Winery, among other places.

And it wasn't just local residents that had a good time. People traveled from more than three dozen different states across the country to view the eclipse in Portland, as well as visitors from nearly a dozen different countries.

As would be expected, visitors were impressed with all the southern hospitality.

Visitor Dean Busack posted to the chamber's Facebook page with, "Thanks to the City of Portland, the Chamber of Commerce, and all the good folks who were at Richland Park for a wonderfully pleasant eclipse viewing experience! We drove down from Newark, Ohio and couldn't have been happier with the town that we picked! Well done!"

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