Can you believe that Porch Season is coming to an end? How did you spend yours? In between your vacation, irregular summer schedule and transporting children hither and yon, we hope you managed to visit The Gracious Posse every now and again. In case you missed a few, here’s a summer-y of the highlights for your perusal this Labor Day weekend.
Sunshine and Blue Skies
Blessed with unusually temperate weather here in RVA, we were able to enjoy the great outdoors to its fullest.
A few of us donated a progressive dinner (Midsummer’s Night Progressive Dinner ~ Rivah Style) on the Rappahannock River to the Anything Goes Gala. Luckily a cartel of friends won the bidding, and we couldn’t have predicted
how perfect the evening turned out to be.
I climbed on a bike for the first time in several years to join the Biking Belles
on a late sunny afternoon to bike the Capital Trail. I encourage all to experience the bucolic trail ride that runs beside Route 5, the cradle of American history.
Jim Carleton welcomed us to his gentleman’s farm in June.
His unending gardening quest could have him living off the land and sea in no time.
We were impressed by the effort and style many put into the yards, gardens and even boat docks we discovered this summer. We hope you will find in Dockscaping, Crape-Scaping, Garden Gates and Rappahannock River Riches some Pinterest-worthy summer images.
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
The Posse was on the go.
Alison and her family kicked their summer off with a 10-day Italian adventure.
If you’re thinking about taking your family, read Alison’s Ten Day Italian Itinerary for a Family with Young Adults and Top Ten Tips for Touring with Family in Italy for helpful and essential information.
LDB and I visited family in Bermuda.
Read Living in Paradise Bermuda-Style to find out what it’s like to live there: the good, the bad and the gracious.
Speaking of Bermuda,
An Evening in Bermuda was the theme for the 58th annual Bal du Bois. The Junior Board of Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital transformed the Country Club of Virginia
into a picturesque Bermuda setting to celebrate the 2014 sponsors.
Back Home on the (cooking) Range
Our summer adventures led to related culinary pursuits. The Progressive Dinner’s dessert was Key Lime Parfait, which inspired me to share
Alison’s Italian adventure prompted her to find the ultimate tiramisu with a fun family
was another crowd-pleaser that KK served the morning after the Progressive Dinner. Make note of this when you need to feed a house full of guests over the upcoming holidays.
It Wouldn’t Be Summer without Flower Camp
Sisters aMl and mEl kindly shared their passion and talent for floral arranging with a few lucky friends. We learned about
using the new neutrals in Part One,
how to arrange with succulents in Part Two, and
how to make a fake peony in Part Three.
Winding Down the Season
As summer faded, many began the transition from the porch to the classroom.
In Dorm Room Drama: Venus v. Mars, Alison chronicled the difference between girls
when it comes to decorating (or not) a dorm room.
We profiled our first Educator in Residence, Davidson President Carol Quillen.
Charmed by the President’s home
and Carol’s influence on the college and beyond, we enjoyed our tour of the welcoming Davidson campus.
Leave it to sSn to keep us on our toes when it comes to being a tourist in our own hometown. In Cure the End of Summer Quandary with a Hometown Tour,
she inspires us to see the sites we usually ignore in our daily travels.
Empty Nesting is something I’ve grown accustomed to the past year, but it’s a new phenomena for Alison. See how she copes with it (or not)
The change of season envelopes me with mixed emotions. I hate to say goodbye to the peaches, tomatoes and long summer evenings, but when I think of football season, tailgating, changing leaves, a fire in the fireplace, and soup on the menu, it makes me feel okay about retiring the swimsuit and sandals. I hope this post finds you happily drinking in the last remaining days of pour-ch season.
August 29, 2014