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Christmas Arts & Crafts Show



christmas-santa-graphicsfairy010On Sunday, December 8, 2013, from 11 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the public was invited to walk through the decorated 1850 Manor House, courtesy of Doris Davis.

The Christmas Arts and Crafts + Gift Show featured vendors selling handmade and other specialty gift items, baked goods and local foods.

Fresh Floral Arrangements Class

by Doris Davis

Doris helps students create a special arrangement using fresh flowers, herbs and greenery.  Made in a floral cage, using flower foam to keep it fresh, the arrangement may be used as a door or wall hanging, or as a center or mantel piece.
Floral Wreath Arrangment_1aBring clippers, if desired for arrangement you may bring your own ribbon and candles. All other materials will be provided.

Tuesday Dec. 10th from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon.  Fee: $40.00.  Click here for Registration and Payment Form; mail or fax registration and payment by Dec. 5th.


Christmas Memories from the Foy Family

“Christmas and Thanksgiving were two big holidays,” remembers Robert Lee Foy, Jr., “All the Foy family would be here for Thanksgiving.  We had a big meal, turkey, ham, and chicken.  It was a very big time.  We had a corn bread dressing, sometimes Oyster Dressing.

Floral Wreath Arrangement_2aChristmas was almost a repeat of Thanksgiving on the meal.  The house was decorated with a live tree, and it was decorated with cookies that were in the shape of Santa Claus, and men and women.  The house was decorated with holly and yaupon and smilax, and the banisters were draped with smilax, and over the doors they hung the holly and yaupon.

They made wreaths.  You took moss and wrapped it around a wire and stuffed your pine needles and pine cones and holly, and it made a pretty wreath.  The mantles would have holly and yaupon and candles.  There was a homemade wreath on the front door.  They used berries for color and clusters of pine cones for decorations” (Interview, 1979).

Robert Lee Foy, Sr.’s second wife, Grandma Lee, remembers frozen eggnog, ambrosia, and the camellia bush out front as large as the 3rd story of the manor house.  Christmas was in the front parlor, and she had a card table set up with a puzzle a lot of the time (Interview, 1979).


 Local Support & Raising Awareness

This past holiday season we helped to raise awareness for domestic violence, especially in the state of North Carolina, which ranks in the top ten for domestic partner murder each year, with 122 domestic violence related homicides in 2012. More 2012 statistics from the North Carolina Department of Justice.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month; however, shelters throughout the state of North Carolina are underfunded and require some of the most basic necessities.

Though we most often think of children in need of toys over the holiday season, most victims of domestic violence (men, women, boys and girls) would most like a safe home in which to return.

In honor of the men and women who help families survive and overcome in our local area, we lent our support to Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc.  We collected items throughout the month of November and December for their Wishlist 2013.

We partnered with Carolina Farmin‘, who sold Christmas trees from western North Carolina  from November 27th through December 22nd, here at Poplar Grove. Carolina Farmin’ donated one dollar for every Christmas tree sold, and  Poplar Grove Plantation matched $1 for $1 to help support DVSS.

Save the date:  December 7, 2014.  Show applications will be posted in August.