Porch Sitting Essentials for Summer

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Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Good morning, chic readers! Porch sitting season is in full swing and, we don’t know about you, but we couldn’t be more excited!

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Ken Tate Architect

 

This idyllic gazebo by the sea is just the kind of place where we’d like to spend the next few months. And this beautiful custom railing adds even more appeal to this charming spot. 

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Coastal Living Magazine -Photo: Lisa Romerein

 

When it comes to porch essentials, we tend to think about furniture and accessories, lighting and the perfect tray to carry those sundown cocktails, but porch railings are another absolute essential and can help define the look and feel of a porch.

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Coastal Living Magazine – J. Savage Gisbson Photography

 

This classic X-railing is airy and open and screams summertime. (Although it’s probably not the best for containing toddlers!)

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Coats Homes

 

A beautiful wrought iron rail is both classic and sophisticated and tends to hold up really well.

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Coastal Living Magazine- Tria Giovan Photography

 

We are absolutely loving wire terrace railing lately, especially for maintaining a crisp, clear view. Wire adds a bit of a modern feel too. 

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Alessandra Branca Bahamas House – Architectural Digest

 

Chippendale is another classic favorite and, in a fun color, it helps turn a porch into an outdoor living room with tons of personality. 

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HC&G

 

You know how much we love architectural details, and porch railings are no exception. As with furniture, sometimes rails are even chicer when you mix and match styles for a totally custom look. 

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Architectural Digest

 

Aerin Lauder’s Palm Beach retreat is stunning any way you slice it and these turned balusters contribute to the old world glamour. 

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Historical Concepts

 

For that quintessential mountain feel, there is nothing like a railing made from locust logs and branches. This one is exquisite and blends right in with the nature surrounding it. 

What is your favorite type of porch railing?

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What A Touch of Teal is Saying about My Latest Novel, The Secret to Southern Charm:

“Last fall, I read Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey and fell in love with Ansley, and her daughters, Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson. (You can read my recap of that book here.) Luckily for me, the gals are back in this second installment of the Peachtree Bluff Series, entitled The Secret to Southern Charm… This story is heartwarming, and had me flipping its pages late into the night.”

 

FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE!

 

 

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In Good Taste: Architect John B. Murray

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John B. Murray, Architect via Dering Hall

One of our favorite things about John B. Murray’s architectural designs is that he always keeps and eye on the view. From expansive fields of green, 

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To a sparkling water vista, 

John B. Murray Architect living room

To the cityscape to end all cityscapes, 

John B. Murray Architect living room

He designs homes that work with the environment around them–

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And suit the needs of the families within their walls. 

John B. Murray, Architect kitchen

From an expansive eat-in kitchen, 

John B. Murray, Architect hallway

To a spectacular upstairs nook, 

John B. Murray, Architect bathroom

An outstanding paneled bath and closets, 

John B. Murray, Architect bathroom

To a light, bright, glass-filled haven, 

John B. Murray, Architect pool

This architect creates spaces that simply beg to be lived in. 

John B. Murray Architect pool

Outstanding outdoor spaces, 

John B. Murray, Architect house and garden

And breathtaking facades are two of the hallmarks of this architect. 

John B. Murray, Architect house and garden

And his designs are as diverse as the families within their walls.

John B. Murray, Architect house and garden

We can’t think of a better place to welcome us home at night–and we can’t get enough of the good taste of this extraordinary architect. Can you? 

Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here! 

Wilmingtonians, stop by the fabulous Zia Boutique on Thursday, May 24 between 4 and 7 to shop, sip and get your book signed. Zia Boutique will have books for sale or you can bring your own!

 

PREPPING FOR MEMORIAL DAY

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Things We Love: A Shingled House

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Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

With summer weather right around the corner (Mother Nature-willing!), we can’t stop thinking about coastal style. 

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APD Architects

 

Nothing creates that quintessential beach feel quite like a gorgeous shingled house

shingled house
Catalano Architects

 

From New England to North Carolina, 

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Catalano Architects

 

There’s nowhere that this stunning style doesn’t fit right in. 

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NYC&GPhotography Marili Forastieri

 

We are completely convinced that putting cedar shakes on anything will instantly make it charming. 

shingled house
Catalano Architects

 

And a splash of other beautiful architectural details doesn’t hurt either!

shingled house
Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

One of our favorite architects, Patrick Ahearn, uses the staple in ultimate style. 

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Jenny Wolf Interiors

 

A sweet pop of color adds even more cozy charm to a shingled home, 

Things We Love: Shingled Houses
Brady Design

 

While keeping it neutral feels stately and chic. 

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APD Architects

 

A shingled house practically calls for a perfectly manicured yard, doesn’t it? 

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Shope Reno Wharton via Architectural Digest

 

Even in a home where shingles don’t cover every inch, we think they steal the show–and add interest to an exterior in droves. 

shingled house
Shope Reno Wharton via Dering Hall

 

Another favorite of ours? Cedar roofs, of course! 

shingled house
APD Architects

 

This home looks like the perfect place to spend the summer–or at least a week or so of it. 

shingled house
Ike Kligerman Barkley

 

Are you planning any summer escapes this year? 

shingled house
Wettling Architects

 

If so, wishing you a getaway somewhere just as coastal and positively charming as these gorgeous shingled houses! 

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Woman’s World thinks you and your mom will love reading my Peachtree Bluff Series together–and we wholeheartedly agree! Pick up copies of Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm for both of you… But only if you want to be the favorite child!

Gifts for Mom

COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! 

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Things We Love: A Gorgeous Garage

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles – Architect Yong Pak

 

More than just a place to park your car, a garage — when done right — is an integral part of the home.

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T.S. Adams

 

We’re still in the planning stages of our addition,  and a gorgeous garage is on the top of our list for things we need — and inspired this post! Remember, when doing your own addition, it’s always a good idea to compare prices and get a firm quote.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Keeping our cars out of the salt air is great, sure. But, when it comes to garages, 

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NLB Architects

 

we love the idea of creating extra space for guests. 

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McCann Design Group

 

A charming suite up top complete with bedroom, bathroom and kitchen gives guests privacy while still letting them be a part of the fun.

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Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

Extra room for guests or no, isn’t it nice when a garage is a seamless part of the home, not an afterthought? This one is particularly well done, we think.

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Anne Decker Architects

 

Detached garages can add charm — and work well when they are added later,

garage
Patrick Ahearn Architects

 

but there’s nothing better when it’s raining outside and you have a car full of kids, groceries, etc. than to be able to slide right in your door without getting a drop on you!

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Patrick Ahearn Architect

 

When it comes to garages, it’s all about the garage doors isn’t it? We love the charm of these carriage doors

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APD Architects

 

This garage is simply stunning.

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Anne Decker Architects

 

Does it get any better than this? We don’t think so! Thanks so much for stopping by and making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here! 


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Simon & Schuster thinks Mom and her book club will love The Secret to Southern Charm for Mother’s Day and so do we!

COME SEE ME ON  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR! 

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American Farmhouse Style

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 American. Farmhouse. When we hear those two words, we know what’s to come is going to be good. Great, actually.

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We can just picture reclaimed (or original!) wood floors and a smattering of antiques.

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Fabulously rustic wood beams and a smattering of sunlight — perfect for getting plenty of work done in a perfectly farmhouse office.

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 A farmhouse is the kind of place where families can come together, where it’s okay to have a little bit of dirt on your feet.

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The kitchen is beautifully updated for fresh-from-the-garden meals any night of the week.

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 But it still maintains so many of the characteristics that give a farmhouse its undeniable charm in the first place — like a warm and welcoming paint color, for instance.

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 And family dinner around the dining room table isn’t just something that sounds good on paper. It’s a nightly ritual.

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 A proper garden is a must at the American farmhouse. Watering cans and clippers and garden clogs… and a new sink ensconced in something antique is a really great way to enter off of the garden if you can get it. (And a dog bowl because, of course, the farmhouse has dogs!)

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 A bit of rustic beauty combined with upscale elegance works nicely for entertaining friends.

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 And, well, there are some places that you just don’t really need to be rustic…

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 Like in this beautiful bathroom, for instance.

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Flowers must greet you at the door; that’s a given. But they can’t be too terribly fussy. Wild is always better on the farm.

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 And a bit of stone on the facade is simply stunning.

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 A fence for cattle or pigs… or looks… is always a great touch.

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 And extra credit is given for a real-life, old-timey barn.

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Yes, we’d say this American farmhouse hits all the high notes of what we expect from a truly fabulous American farmhouse that is as livable and updated as it is rustic and character-filled. We think we could move right in! What about you? Can you see yourself living on this gorgeous farm?

Donald Lococo Architects



I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your support during these first few weeks of  The Secret to Southern Charm Book tour. My novel even became a TARGET FICTION BESTSELLER AND A BOOKSCAN NATIONAL BESTSELLER!  Thank you,  for helping to make my dreams come true, for telling your friends and writing reviews, for hosting and coming to my events . . . I am here today because of you, and, even though we may not have ever met, I count you as one of the people I am most grateful for every day.

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR!

 

April 17: SC Entertainment Television talk in Kinston, NC, private

April 17: Sips and Sweets, Community Council for the Arts, 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC, 100% of book purchase price will be donated to CCA, to reserve a copy or purchase a copy to pick up at a later date, call (252) 527-2517free and open to the public

April 19: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library,269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD 21403, event contact is Amanda Spino, 410-222-1770, [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to the public

Apr. 20: Launch of Literary Luncheon series at The Annapolis Bookstore, 53 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, Contact is Mary Owen, 410-280-2339, [email protected]

April 21: Bethany Beach Books, 99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19967, Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM

April 21:  Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 3 until 5 PM., Free and Open to the Public 
April 22: Reading at ROOT, Manasquan, NJ, please register through BookTowne, Contact is Maribeth Pelly, [email protected], 732-722-7255, 3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 23: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, free but registration required at http://westervillelibrary.org/events?event=29771 or by calling the library at 614-882-7277 ext 4; 7:00 pm, open to the public

April 24: Meet Author Kristy Harvey at Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129, organized by Cuyahoga County Public Library, Contact is Billy Kelly, [email protected], 216.749.9359, 7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 26: “Books and Bites,” Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, North Carolina 28734, Light refreshments will be provided, 12 pm, free and open to the public

April 29: Viva Wine Bar, 168 Exchange Street Pendleton, SC 29670, contact is Sally Martin, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30: The Secret to Southern Charm: Kristy’s tips for living a beautiful life, inspired by Southern interior design and entertaining; Huff Harrington Home Store, 3872 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, refreshments provided; Contacts are Meg Harrington and Ann Huff: [email protected], 404-467-0311 , 1:00-3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30,: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St, #138, Woodstock, GA 30188, contact Gary Parkes, [email protected], 770-516-9989, 6:30 pm

May 1: Reynolds Plantation Linger Longer Cultural Series, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr., Greensboro, GA 30624, contact Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected], 5:00 pm

May 2: Charleston, SC UNC Alumni Event

May 5:  Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Party, Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event; The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contest and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live.;  Contact Jamie Anderson at Downtown Books, 252-473-1056, [email protected]; 4:00 pm, open to the public

May 10: Children’s Cancer Partners Fundraiser, Cornelius Yacht Club

May 21: Sassee Reads Books Club Chat

June 13: Raleigh, NC Read & Go program, Tour of Salisbury, NC based on Lies and Other Acts of Love, Raleigh Parks & Rec,(919)996-4723

June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private

July 25: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm
 

 

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House Tour: Beautiful in Birmingham

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Good morning, chic readers! Birmingham, Alabama is one of our favorite southern cities, and this Birmingham House by architect James F. Carter gives us one more reason to add to the list of reasons we love this southern enclave.

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With all the modern amenities of a brand new house,

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But the stately details that overflow with old southern charm. 

black-and-white-Birmingham

Can you get any more classic than those black and white floors?

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Those stairwell areas are always hard to decorate. How many pictures do you need? How do you space a gallery wall? This bookshelf idea is totally genius!

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Speaking of bookshelves and Alabama (and speaking of speaking…) I have the privilege of speaking at Hoover, Alabama’s Southern Voices, which is most certainly a bucket-list item of mine, Saturday, February 25.

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It will be such a privilege to present alongside some of my personal favorite authors, Rebecca Wells (the Ya-Ya Sisterhood), Chris Bohjalian, Julie Cantrell, Mary Kubica and Karen White, along with a few that I am so excited to get to know. If you’re in the area, come see us!

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I am going to go out on a limb and say that I think these homeowners might just be avid readers.

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Bookshelves in every room are the kind of statement we like to make!

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This paneling is just exquisite. It’s hard to believe that this is a new house!

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Navy and brass is a classic color combination that we can’t get enough of. 

kitchen-Birmingham

It is perfection in the kitchen, the perfect shade to feel deep but not heavy.

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We think one of the major characteristics that separates the old from the new is hardware. This lock makes the door look like it has been there forever!

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Sloping rooflines add such character.

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Did we mention charm? Oh, the charm!

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What a perfect little nook for working–or daydreaming. 

bathroom-Birmingham

Classic details, beautifully implemented, are always in style. We think it’s safe to say that James Carter has gorgeously good taste.

What do you think?

I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your support during these first few weeks of  The Secret to Southern Charm Book tour. My novel even became a TARGET FICTION BESTSELLER AND A BOOKSCAN NATIONAL BESTSELLER!  Thank you,  for helping to make my dreams come true, for telling your friends and writing reviews, for hosting and coming to my events . . . I am here today because of you, and, even though we may not have ever met, I count you as one of the people I am most grateful for every day.

THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM TOUR!

 

April 19: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library,269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD 21403, event contact is Amanda Spino, 410-222-1770, [email protected], 6:30 pm, free and open to the public

Apr. 20: Launch of Literary Luncheon series at The Annapolis Bookstore, 53 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, Contact is Mary Owen, 410-280-2339, [email protected]

April 21: Bethany Beach Books, 99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19967, Time: 11:00AM-1:00PM

April 21:  Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 3 until 5 PM., Free and Open to the Public 
April 22: Reading at ROOT, Manasquan, NJ, please register through BookTowne, Contact is Maribeth Pelly, [email protected], 732-722-7255, 3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 23: Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, free but registration required at http://westervillelibrary.org/events?event=29771 or by calling the library at 614-882-7277 ext 4; 7:00 pm, open to the public

April 24: Meet Author Kristy Harvey at Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH 44129, organized by Cuyahoga County Public Library, Contact is Billy Kelly, [email protected], 216.749.9359, 7:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 26: “Books and Bites,” Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin, North Carolina 28734, Light refreshments will be provided, 12 pm, free and open to the public

April 29: Viva Wine Bar, 168 Exchange Street Pendleton, SC 29670, contact is Sally Martin, [email protected], 4:30-6:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30: The Secret to Southern Charm: Kristy’s tips for living a beautiful life, inspired by Southern interior design and entertaining; Huff Harrington Home Store, 3872 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, refreshments provided; Contacts are Meg Harrington and Ann Huff: [email protected], 404-467-0311 , 1:00-3:00 pm, free and open to the public

April 30,: FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St, #138, Woodstock, GA 30188, contact Gary Parkes, [email protected], 770-516-9989, 6:30 pm

May 1: Reynolds Plantation Linger Longer Cultural Series, Lake Club, 1000 Vista Dr., Greensboro, GA 30624, contact Marie Garrison, Cultural Arts Director, [email protected], 5:00 pm

May 2: Charleston, SC UNC Alumni Event

May 5:  Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Party, Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954, ticketed event; The classic event of the genteel south comes to The Elizabethan Gardens. Dress in style and enjoy the revels and embellishments of the race at this fundraising extravaganza that benefits three Outer Bank non-profits: The Elizabethan Gardens, Beach Food Pantry and Dare Education Foundation. Sponsored by Outer Banks Blue Realty. Expect a traditional southern affair with mint juleps, live and silent auctions, sumptuous derby pie, a hat contest and an assortment of live music, games and entertainment as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and anticipate the big race to be broadcast live.;  Contact Jamie Anderson at Downtown Books, 252-473-1056, [email protected]; 4:00 pm, open to the public

May 10: Children’s Cancer Partners Fundraiser, Cornelius Yacht Club

May 21: Sassee Reads Books Club Chat

June 13: Raleigh, NC Read & Go program, Tour of Salisbury, NC based on Lies and Other Acts of Love, Raleigh Parks & Rec,(919)996-4723

June 20: Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe benefiting Beaufort Historical Society in Beaufort, NC; luncheon at Coral Bay Club; ticketed event, Contact is Patricia Suggs, [email protected]; 252-728-5225; open to the public

July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm

July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private

July 25: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm

 


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