One of the most exciting and fun parties of the year was held this past weekend, as the Eastern Shore Art Center (ESAC) and the Committee On Public Art (COPA) presented, “Puttin’ on the Gritz – Celebrating All Things Southern.”
Guests were encouraged to dress in their idea of what makes them “Southern” as they enjoyed delicious Gulf Coast shrimp and grits, pulled pork, a pimento cheese station, and as a nod to Elvis, a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich bar. The crowd was dressed in everything from formalwear to bluejeans.
Dark photo, but here I am with Elvis and my own darlin’ Southern Gentleman (Hehehe! He’s lived in the south now for over 40 years, although a few of those were in South Florida so they don’t count, but I think he’s just about nearing perfection). I opted for the cowgirl boots, pearls and denim to stand out from the sea of seersucker. You know how we hate to show up in the same outfit as another girl. It was either this or my hoop skirt, and I couldn’t ride my horse to the party in a hoop.Â How did Scarlett ever manage?
Our good natured Mayor, Tim Kant is speaking with popular local character and internationally acclaimed artist, Nall. Not sure what Nall’s wearing, but honestly, he’s been seen looking this way around town on a regular non-costumed day. You never know what you’ll find in Fairhope with all these artsy folks wandering loose.
The most beautiful hats were on display, and yes, we really do wear them from time to time around here. They are practical for keeping the sun off our delicate faces, or in my case, hiding frizzy-humidity hair!
An interesting auction added to the fun of the night with art, trips and other prizes up for grabs. You WILL NOT BELIEVE WHAT I WON!!!! (My Mother is not happy with my prize at all). More to come on this later . . .
Y’all just would have loved it!
Thanks to ESAC for a few of these photos.