My first big mistake was to trust computers to guide me from Charleston to Savannah. At a distance of 100 miles, it seemed like a sure-fire hour and a half drive so I booked a flight that landed at 5:30 pm. Google gave the drive time of one hour and forty-eight minutes, only a little […]
Send me to a heaven where the angels look and sound like Quentin Baxter and Charlton Singleton. Well, that’s what Wednesday’s luncheon at The Mezz, the jazz lounge upstairs at Sermets on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina, was … heaven. Our intimate gathering was organized by SSAC Founders Mary Brent Cantarutti and Martha Greenway […]
“Sorry, we’re closed.” “The sign says you’re open.” I don’t know if it was Southern hospitality, or how sorry-hungry I looked, but a gorgeous man in a chef’s jacket came out from the back and said, “Chef says there’s a limited menu. Maybe there’s room.” I fall in love easily, always have. I fell in […]
Most folks know about a King cake. You know, that seasonal cake with the plastic baby Jesus baked in it. It’s usually served in the days leading up to Lent and is especially popular for Mardi Gras. Nancy Lee, the next birthday gal in our group, grew up in Louisiana and often talked about baking […]
What’s hot, healthy and the pride of South Carolina? Why, ginger ale of course … specifically Blenheim Ginger Ale, which William Grimes of The New York Times reportedly called “the sweet-hot pride of South Carolina.” Martha Greenway, one of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony Founders and a South Carolina native, treated me to a […]
On the first day of the Southern Sampler Artist Colony workshop in Charleston, South Carolina we cover the long dinning room table of our beautiful Sullivan’s Island home with paper, scraps, glue and tape. Everyone has the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind writing journal from a simple 8″ X 11″ composition book. These books are […]
We are rapidly counting down the days before the Southern Sampler Writing and Creative Retreat. This year we are having our own book launch party in Charleston for the hot off the presses “A Southern Sampler“. The event is in the afternoon on April 20 and we will serve delicious finger foods. Since the “company […]
Do y’all ever think about belonging? We Southerners know that belonging is our birthright, like forgiveness tied up for Christmas with a big red bow, but I never gave it a lot of thought until I started stirring the creative pot—Southern style—with writer and artist friends from the San Francisco Bay Area. The first SSAC […]
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