This past week I had the pleasure of speaking to the Gulf Shore’s Women’s Club which meets at the beautiful Craft Farm’s Club House. It was a wonderful meeting with around 50 members attending the fun luncheon.
When I arrived, the room was already buzzing with activity. This is one ofÂ the most organized groups I’ve seen in a long time, and I’m sure the Gulf Shores community appreciates their many contributions. One of my favorite programs they mentioned was the “Birthday Club.” On the member’s birthday month, they bring a gift bag containing a cake mix, can of icing, and birthday candles. These bags are taken to a local agency that serves families in need, and are distributed to the parents of children with birthdays, so they will have a tasty cake on their special day. Isn’t that a great idea?
I was at the meeting representing the Gulf Coast Newspapers, and many of the ladies were familiar with my column, “Southern with a Gulf Coast accent” which appears in their paper, The Islander. The photo above, shows me with my new friend Bootsie, who said my story, “Elvis is in the manger” is her all time favorite, and that she’s even sent it to many of her out of town friends. How nice! Â She was so supportive and kind, as was everyone.
This month, the members had a bit of a talent show, with many bringing crafts and artwork they’ve created to display. It was the perfect backdrop to my presentation, because I spoke about the creative spirit we feel here in Baldwin County.
This mardi gras wreath was incredible. Absolutely beautiful, you would have to have a very large front door to even hold it.
Baskets woven from local pine needles, paintings, handmade dolls and sewing projects were all perfect examples of people who stay busy and explore their passions.
This needlepoint sailboat was one of my favorites. Mainly because I’ve tried needlepoint before, and know what a pain in the patootie it is.
Supplies are donated by members each month for various agencies throughout the county. The Lighthouse, a shelter for women will be the recipients of these much needed items, and the other display was for the work the club does at The Alabama Sheriff’s Boy’s Ranch.
Everyone had a job to do, but mixed in with all the formalities was plenty of laughter and fun, visiting with good friends. The main topic of the day was the excitement over the upcoming Tour of Homes, which is the club’s signature event. Now in it’s 38th year, the tour raises funds for academic scholarships for community members.
This year’s tour is coming up on Saturday, February 21st and features five stunning homes. Details for tickets are located at the bottom of this post. If you are in our area, you will want to make sure to attend!
And of course, on the way home, I was sucked in to the vortex of all massive stores, Old Time Pottery, which is where I end up every time I’m in Gulf Shores. I didn’t need a thing, but it was a good work out, roaming the million miles of aisles overflowing with pillows, dishes, and more baskets than any one person could ever dream of. I bought a pot holder, and called it a day.
The Women’s Club is crucial to the feeling of community in Gulf Shores. Come down and support their efforts by attending the 38th Annual Tour of Homes, Saturday, February 21st. Tickets are $20 and can be bought ahead of time at these fine businesses:
Fran’s on Hwy 59
In the Pelican Place Shopping Center – Beach Boutique and Jubilee Apparel and Gifts
Flowers by the Shore on Hwy 59
In Orange Beach, Pack and Mail in the Winn Dixie Shopping Center.Â
The City of Gulf Shores will be running a shuttle bus to the houses. Contact them here for more information. Very few tickets may be available at the door on the day of the tour, but this popular event usually sells out fast, so get your tickets now!
Hi Leslie Anne… Looks like a great group. I love the idea of all the birthday cake fixings! Have a great weekend!
I’ve always been a big believer that everyone needs a birthday cake. My Mom mailed my husband a cake mix so he could bake me a cake on my first birthday after we were married. He got the hint.
I’m sure the GSWC had a great meeting and enjoyed their speaker! It was nice to hear how the club supports so many local agencies. Loved the wreath and a great idea for the birthday club. Old Time Pottery, can’t pass it without going in!
Have a great weekend.
You would have loved the wreath. It was even more fabulous in person!
what a wonderful idea with the birthday cake ingredients…i’ve never heard about that but it is a fabulous way to give back to those in need.
forgive me if i’ve already told you this (my old mind comes and goes!) but have i toldl you my son and his family are relocating from b’ham to the spanish fort/gulf breeze area? his company transferred him there last week actually and he’s already there but having to find temporary housing until the house in b’ham sells and then they can seriously house hunt. i’ll be down that way more now so hopefully i can take a side trip to fairhope and we can meet up!
btw, i love the old time pottery in gulf shores. i was a little surprised 2 summers ago though to not see the grove of pine trees gone that surrounded it….do you know why the trees were taken down?
i was so happy to FINALLY see some sunshine today! i get pretty down and out when it’s cloudy and raining too many days like we’ve had lately.
Can’t wait to meet you in person soon. Your son will love it here, and if he needs dishes or pillows . . .
I have no idea why the trees are gone. We tend to cut pine trees when they are close to our buildings because they are the first to blow over in a hurricane. But I don’t think a mountain could crush that Old Time Pottery building!
Sounds like a great group of women doing wonderful things for the community~how much fun to be invited to speak, I know they enjoyed your energy and fun stories!
I love being asked to present to these local groups, either personally or as a representative of the Fairhope Public Library. The people, so kind and energized, make me feel like a rock star! I guess the GSWC are actually rock stars because they are about embark on their annual Tour of Homes.
Oh yes, everyone down there loves this group.
I did not know that Gulf Shores had a tour of homes, That would be a wonderful weekend!
It’s always a great tour of newer style homes, since hurricanes have a way of keeping things new in that area!
What a treat for those ladies to have you as a speaker, I love to hear your wit and southern wisdom!
The cake idea is fabulous, I’m sure it puts a smile on many a child’s face.
Happy New Year!
Thanks, and happy new year to you too!
This is truly “Living the Volunteer Spirit through Community Service”! GFWC Alabama!
What an energetic and creative group of ladies! I love the needlepoint ship too and I also do needlepoint so really appreciate all the details in that piece. Looks like a fun day!
I used to wonder why real needlepoint pillows were so expensive, and then I made one myself and thought I wouldn’t sell it for anything less than 1million dollars! Patience is not my strong point.
I love house walks! I love seeing all the beautiful homes and getting ideas (that I will probably never use) for my own house. Are you kidding me with that Old Time Pottery Store?!?! Sensory overload to be sure!! Quite amazing restraint, my friend, to leave with just a pot holder!