'Glorioso' flower show was simply glorious

thestoresc@gmail.comMarch 25, 2014 

There was lots of fun to be had at the Trustees' Garden Club in Savannah's flower show "Glorioso," earlier this month.

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  • ELIZABETH'S QUICK HOPPIN' JOHN

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 large onion, chopped

    1 red bell pepper, chopped

    1 green bell pepper, chopped

    2 15-ounce cans black eyed peas, drained and rinsed

    1 teaspoon black pepper

    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

    2 cups cooked, smoked ham, chopped

    6 servings of cooked rice



    Saute onion and both peppers in olive oil until soft. Add peas, black and cayenne peppers, garlic powder and ham. Stir well and heat through. Toss in with rice and heat. Uncle Ben's rice holds up well with this. This is great with grilled food and at oyster roasts.

My daughter Tat and I were so happy to be in the audience at "Glorioso," the flower show hosted by Trustees' Garden Club in Savannah. The beautiful flower arrangements and displays were scattered around the Jepson Center at the Telfair Museum.

Our favorite parts of the event were the talks by Julia Reed and Hugh Acheson. Julia has a very fun sense of humor and regaled us with stories about life in New York, Washington, D.C., boarding school and growing up in Greeenville, Miss. Julia writes for many of my favorite magazines, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Her house in New Orleans was featured in the February issue of Southern Living.

Hugh is the chef-owner of two restaurants in my hometown of Athens, Ga. He is in the throes of renovating a historic building in Savannah at the corner of Whitaker Street and Victory Drive. It is called The Florence -- the name of the "waving girl" in Savannah, and after Florence, Italy. The food featured will be Italian with a Southern twist. We were shown photos of the work in progress in the building, and by all accounts it will be fabulous. Having eaten at Hugh's two emporiums in Athens, I can guarantee a good time will be had by all.

The auditorium was packed with lots of beautifully dressed ladies who were laughing and enjoying the whole affair. Some of the ladies included Corinne Reeves, Mary Reeves, Ann Elliott, Brenda Dunaway, Kathy Cashman, Elizabeth Dickinson, Loretta Wells, Holly Montford, Sylvia Coker, Alice Fraser, Celia Dunn, Angela Gale, Allison Dickinsheets and Monica McGoldrick.

It was a really swell gathering.

  • Megan, the adorable twin sister of Gwynn Baker, got a real surprise recently. Megan goes to historic war re-enactments with her boyfriend, Sean Congleton. They get all dressed up in costumes so those in attendance get a real feel of how life was like then. Well, in the middle of one part of the event all became quiet. Sean got down on his knee in front of everyone and presented Megan with a proposal and a gorgeous engagement ring. Sean had Golis Jewelers fashion the ring after an exact copy of Megan's great-grandmother Jenny Clarke Baker's ring using his grandmother's diamond. The ring features sapphires, Sean's birthstone, and looks amazing. Thank heavens Megan said yes because that is one of the prettiest engagement rings I have seen. The couple met at a ribbon-cutting for Cocoon Linens, Sean's family business in Sheridan Park over a year ago. Now they are planning an October wedding and planning their own cocoon in Bluffton. Happy news for sure.

  • April 1 is April Fool's Day, but, guess what April 14 is. It is Cuckoo Day. If you hear one of the birds call on that day, throw away all the money in your pockets and spit on the ground ... don't look down at it. It is good luck. Maybe we could substitute the call of a whip-poorwill. Tommy Heyward told me that when you hear one of those in the spring it is good luck ... just in case we can't find a cuckoo.

  • It is time to start thinking about bathing suits and shorts -- let us hope. In France they have a saying for ladies who have a pear shape or big thighs, in fact it sounds so charming who would really care? "Culotte de cheval." It translates to "jodphur thighs." Those French really have a way with words.

  • The thought of April brings us to Easter and our Bluffton Children's Easter Parade. Easter Sunday is April 20 this year. Our parade will be at 10 a.m. April 19 on Calhoun Street. The Easter Bunny will be dressed in his white furry suit looking really spiffy. Children and their grown-ups are invited to join the fun. Don't forget your Easter bonnet! Details: 843-757-3855

  • Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.

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