Introducing KATHY MILLER TIME’s Tailgating Through The SEC

After years of following and rooting for my favorite team, the Tennessee Volunteers,

Kathy & Robin UT Volunteer fans photo by Kathy Miller

After years of attending Florida football games as a Gator Mom,

Gator Mom at SEC Championship game photo by Kathy Miller

And after years of traveling around the SEC going to away games

Tailgating at Ole Miss with Joanne photo by Kathy Miller

One question keeps coming back to me.

“What makes people so passionate about their schools, their teams and their football?” What would happen if there were no opposing teams to dislike? There would be no games. There would be no intense rivalries. There would be no great AWAY games to look forward to.
Fall would not be nearly as much fun.

My husband, Dave always says the best fans travel to away games. I agree! They want to experience the excitement and special traditions at fellow SEC schools and stadiums.

 They want to tailgate on the Quad in Tuscaloosa.

The Quad at The University of Alabama photo by Kathy Miller

They want to hear the chimes in Baton Rouge,

 The Chimes at Memorial Tower and Tiger Stadium at LSU photo by Kathy Miller

And see Mike, the Tiger’s Habitat at LSU.

Mike The Tiger's LSU habitat photo by Kathy Miller 

They want to experience Toomer’s Corner in Auburn,

The famous oak trees in Auburn Alabama photo by Kathy Miller

And have a fresh squeezed lemonade from Toomer’s Drugs.

Fresh squeezed lemonade from Toomer's Drugs Auburn photo by Kathy Miller

They want to tailgate in The Grove,

Tailgating in The Grove Ole Miss photo by Kathy Miller

And ride on a double decker bus

double decker bus traveling between The Grove and Oxford Mississippi photo by Kathy Miller

They want to see the Arch in Athens,

The Arch at University of Georgia Athens photo by Kathy Miller

And experience a game between The Hedges.

The hedges University of Georgia Sanford Stadium photo by Kathy Miller

They want to place a few bets at Keeneland Racetrack on a beautiful day in October

Keeneland Racetrack Lexington Kentucky photo by Kathy Miller

And then go to a Kentucky game at Commonwealth Stadium.

Commonwealth Stadium at University of Kentucky photo by Kathy Miller

They want to walk through Vandyville,

Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville Tennessee photo by Kathy Miller

And maybe hit a few Nashville music row bars.

Music Row Bars Nashville Tennessee photo by Kathy Miller

They want to watch the boats make their way to Neyland Stadium on the Tennessee River,

The Vol Navy and the UT Lady Vol Boathouse photo by Kathy Miller

And  drink beer out of Mason jars (ala Kenny Chesney).

Tennessee Florida Party with Mason jars photo by Kathy Miller

They want to hear the cow bells ringing.


Mississippi State photo taken by Kathy Miller at MS stadium
They want to see the Cockaboose Railroad at South Carolina,

Cockaboose Railroad at South Carolina tailgating cabooses photo from Kathy Miller

And maybe get invited inside a Caboose.

They want to hit The Swamp Restaurant on Friday night,

Millers at The Swamp Restaurant Gainesville Florida photo by Kathy Miller

and then tailgate at The Swamp on Saturday.

The Swamp at University of Florida

They want to hear Woooooo Pig Sooie!

Wooooo Pig Sooie and the Arkansas Razorback photo by Kathy Miller

And hit Dickson Street for Bikes, Blues & BBQ.

Dickson Street and Bikes Blues and BBQ Fayetteville Arkansas photo by Kathy Miller

They want to walk through the columns at Missouri,

Missouri columns of old Academic Hall Missou photo by Kathy Miller

And go to the Zou.

The Zou at University of Missouri photo by Kathy Miller

They want to hear from The 12th Man in Aggieland,

Home Of The 12th Man at Aggieland Texas A&M photo by Kathy Miller

And “Gig ’em, Aggies!”
"Gig 'em! Aggies" photo by Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller Time’s “TAILGATING THROUGH THE SEC” painting series celebrates the special traditions and unique tailgating spots of each of the 14 Southeastern Conference schools. I have traveled through the SEC gathering recipes from fans and alums, taking hundreds of photographs of tailgates and landmark buildings, then capturing these experiences into compositions that celebrate each school’s uniqueness.  Every painting includes a tailgate.  The paintings are meant to elicit an emotional response from that school’s fans.

Watch for upcoming stories from my tailgating travels.I welcome your comments, recipes and any inside information about your favorite tailgating spots.

 Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table!


  • Robin leonard says:

    Love it Kathy!! My ping pong ball earrings made the cut! Haha. You have me so excited for football season. I can’t believe we have 5 more months!!! I hope Kathy Miller Time is a huge success!

  • Kay Fillingim says:

    Sister Kathy,
    This is wonderful….so proud of you!
    I love you.

  • sec1fan says:

    Would love to hear from you SEC fans!

  • Charlie Albright says:

    Kathy, I read every word and loved it. Agree that ” real fans go yo away games”. Rosemary and I traveled to Michigan games all the time. Viewed lots of new territory for me in your write up. It was fantastic. Thank you for sharing. Charlie

  • Laura says:

    Another fun blog! I love reading the stories and seeing the fun pictures. Wish I could have participated in tailgates when my kids were in school but they went too far away. I am living it vicariously through you, Kathy!

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