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Jenny Houbler Boyd is a proud wife, mother, grandmother, restaurateur, and musician.
Born in Munich, Germany, she moved to Knoxville as a child after Army Major Claude D. Houbler and his wife, Pat, adopted her. She still calls Knoxville home today, but enjoys spending time in Germany each year.

From a young age, Jenny was passionate about the arts. She danced in the Knoxville Ballet Company for many years and performed in the theater program at Bearden High School.

Jenny first met Randy in 1983. The couple married two years later at Erin Presbyterian Church where they continue to worship today. They have two adult sons, Thomas and Harrison, a daughter-in-law, Lindsey, granddaughter, Wiley Mae, and two dogs, a rescued dachshund, Oskar Mayer, and a golden-doodle, Jolene.

PRESERVING OUR APPALACHIAN HERITAGE

In 2011, Jenny opened Boyd’s Jig and Reel, a Scottish-themed musical pub, in the Old City of Knoxville, with the mission of preserving and promoting Appalachia and Scotland’s shared musical heritage.

You can find Jenny playing fiddle, mandolin, or banjo at Jig and Reel’s weekly Old Time jam sessions. Musicians from around East Tennessee gather each Tuesday and Wednesday, and all are invited to join in; the pub even has instruments to share! Jenny also plays in the Good Thymes Ceilidh Band, a traditional Scottish music band that plays at the pub every other Thursday.

PASSION FOR OTHERS

Jenny is passionate about promoting the adoption of children, animal welfare, and the arts in our schools. She has served on numerous community boards including: Young-Williams Animal Center, the Historic Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, East Tennessee Historical Society, the Museum of Appalachia, and Dogwood Arts.

She also works alongside her family and the Boyd Foundation to help make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in America.

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