Just among friends
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:00 AM
Scarlett returned to Tara Saturday afternoon and the Old South was exactly as she remembered. Ladies still gathered for afternoon tea parties. Tea tables were still covered in linens, accented with linen napkins. A selection of fine teas were served from treasured collections of fine china tea cups and saucers, with a delectable choice of savories, scones and sweets.
Bringing the Old South home to Philadelphia, Magnolias and Sassafras hosted its first Second Saturday Afternoon Tea on Sept. 14. Magnolias and Sassafras is located in the Monroe Williams/Coffee Bean building on the corner of Beacon and Center, across from Steve's on the Square and City Jewelry. Linda Griffis takes "Mississippi" pride in the fact that the store has only Mississippi Made items, made by Mississippi artisans in the gift shop.
Muffins are made and baked fresh daily, served Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cinnamon rolls are served on Saturday morning. A variety of freshly baked bar cookies, cookies and other sweets are served daily, with cupcakes to be added to the menu soon. They offer a variety of tea selections, and even the coffee beans used in the Coffee Shop are from a Mississippi Roasting Company. Bill and Linda Griffis made the curates for the tea using an eclectic mix of china found at estate sales and flea markets.
Mildred Estes and Liz Goldman gave tea cups and saucers from their private collections to be used at Magnolia and Sassafras' afternoon teas. Linda and Leah Jarrell planned the menu for their first Saturday afternoon tea, with Leah being the primary baker. Guests were greeted and served by Linda and Leah, Kassie Riley, Jessie Hennington and Jamie Griffis. As a special hostess, Liz extended a warm, gracious welcome for which the South is known.
Quoting Linda, speaking for everyone who made the tea a truly delightful Southern experience, "We wanted to do something out of the ordinary that would make people happy. We feel the tea was a huge success because the ladies had such a delightful time. We had a wonderful time serving them afternoon tea fit for a queen".
Tea is served the Second Saturday of each month at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Reservations are required. Hats and gloves are optional, but very Southern and fun to wear!
Tommy and JoAnn Smith rode the entire Natchez Trace Labor Day Weekend, covering 1100 miles in four days. Traveling the north end of the
trace to Nashville and the south end to Natchez, Tommy rode his Harley Low Rider, and JoAnn her Honda Shadow. "The north end is the prettiest", JoAnn told me, "but we saw lots of beautiful soybean fields and a few cotton fields all along the Trace. Not much wildlife. I guess because it was so hot".
They spent one night in Tuscumbia, Ala., in "beautiful" Coldwater Inn, reminiscent of "an antebellum home.". The next two nights were spent in Tupelo and Natchez. Coon Dog Cemetery in Tuscumbia was among the places they enjoyed visiting. JoAnn explained that only coon dogs can be buried there, and fascinating names and stories are recorded on the markers.
Reminded me of the days Harold and I followed the successful, profitable reign of Buddy Dees' award-winning coon dog named "Mississippi Rip". Buddy's diploma from Mississippi State is said to bear the notation, "Funded by Mississippi Rip."
They visited Rattlesnake Saloon in Tuscumbia, "a one of a kind place built under a huge rock back in the woods". "We ate lunch there. Huge hamburgers, served with "snake eyes" (breaded and fried jalapenos)".
They enjoyed The Loveless Cafe at the north end of the Trace near Nashville, where the "home cooking" included delicious homemade biscuits, served with homemade blackberry preserves. "They also offered local-made moonshine, but we didn't think we wanted to try that. There was a gift shop, but since we have to travel "light", there can be no shopping!".
The Supper Club met with Marlene Permenter Saturday night, September 14. Special guests were "Philadelphians" Jimmy and Sammie Rea, and Sammie's cousin, Catherine Abel, all of Madison. Members enjoying the evening together were Katie Kemp, Jautees and Billy Martin, Sara Fox and Christine Fulton.
The JOY group from East Philadelphia Baptist Church attended the 2013 State Senior Adult Rally held at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Ridgeland on Thursday, August 29. 452 people from over the State were registered for the day's activities.
Entertainment was provided by the Miller Sisters, Emily and Lacey, who, dressed in striking costumes, provided melodic harmonies and amazing dances. The sisters began performing together at an early age, dubbing themselves, "Broadway-on-the-Driveway". Their show, "Swing St. Louis", featuring timeless hits from the World War II era, may now be seen everywhere, schools, churches, Branson, etc.
Following morning refreshments, those attending chose from the following "break-out" sessions: "Fun Time with Tony Martin" - (Mississippi Baptist Convention Board), "History in Hymns" - Irene Martin, Harperville, and "Leadership: How to Lead, Teach and Motivate Seniors Today" - Gary Mayfield, Clinton.
The session adjourned at 11:45 A.M. and the obvious question came before the group. Where to eat? Their driver and friend, Randy Hearn, will stop anywhere at anytime. Breakfast on the way down at McDonald's in Carthage. How about lunch at the Golden Corral in Jackson? Good choices!, agreed Brother Mark Cloys, Curtis Blocker, Randy and Jackie Hearn,
Richard and Linda Brewer, Ray and Lilly Partridge, Hoyt and Marjorie Payne, Bobbie Anthony, Bo Thomas, Mazelle Skinner, and Ray Fleming.
Brent Gray, President of Thomasson and Company, presided over the 2013 Summer Session of the Southern Pressure Treaters Association, of which he also serves as president. The meeting, held August 22-25 in St. Simeons, Georgia, was also attended by Pat Thomasson, Helen Thomasson, Randy Deweese, and Walt Rudolph, repreesenting Thomasson and Co.
Gloria and Ed Williamson have returned from a week-long visit to Cuba. The trip which is well documented by their tour guide, and shared with me by Gloria, contains many interesting accounts of places they visited and activities they enjoyed, and like the report from any trip, much mention was made of places they dined.
They enjoyed a marlin taco appetizer at Paladar La Guarida, hiked into Habana Vieja to eat at Taberna de la Murella, Havana's only microbrewery and brew pub, chose pork over chicken and seafood at a restaurant across from the Bay of Pigs, enjoyed fish served with delicious mashed potatoes at Restaurante Plaza Manor, watched lunch (a pig rotating on a stick above the fire pit) being prepared while at a hacienda surrounded by an array of various flowering bushes, and said good-bye to new friends at El Aljibe, the best of the state-run restaurants, famous for chicken made with their secret sauce, served with delicious black beans.
Ed and Gloria flew out of Miami into the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, and checked into the Telegrafo, which their guide deemed "the best hotel in Havana." Their tour included a stop at the Convento de Nuestra Senora Belin, a photo shoot at the Plaza de Revolucion, a stroll through John Lennon Park, listening to jazz music by the Buena Vista Social Club at the Cafe Taberna, and a busy day at Finca la Vigia, Ernest Hemingway's estate.
Visiting the Bay of Pigs, "no substitute for actually being in a place about which you have long read", touring a museum about the invasion of Playa Giron, and visiting the town square, Parque Jose Marti, in Cienfuegos, a World Heritage site, called by Cubans the "Pearl of the South." In Trinidad they stayed at Brisas Trinidad del Mar, an all-inclusive resort, and drove into the Valle de los Ingenios, where Trinidad's fabulous wealth of the first half of the 19th century was produced by slave labor in sugar fields and mills.
They enjoyed the spectacular view out over Trinidad and the Caribbean as they wound their way into the mountains into Sierra del Escambray and Topes de Collantes, a complex of park areas high in the mountains. Of the trip, the guide wrote, "It has been another great trip, with a fantastic group of people. Everyone had a great time, raved about the trip, and agreed that Cuba is a fascinating place to visit". That is surely the report I got from Gloria, and we thank her and Ed for sharing the experience with "Friends."