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Garden Party

Last week our Supper Club got together.

Supper Club started in 2004 when I'd newly moved to Charlotte and was living at a really fun apartment complex.  I mentioned to the leasing office girls that it would be fun to get some groups together within the complex so the residents could all meet.

Beth & I at last week's Supper Club

With that, Supper Club was born, and it all began with a sheet of printer paper taped around the hallways where people could write their name & email address if interested.  We started with a lot of people but it eventually whittled down to a group of 8 of us who still get together.  Yes, seven years later we're all meeting monthly! 

And did I mention that all of us have since moved from the apartment?  We didn't let that stop us from getting together.

Since 2004 there have been:
   * Five weddings
   * Eight pregnancy announcements
   * Seven babies born (one is on the way, due in January!)
   * Countless glasses of wine consumed (which is how we know when someone's preggers)

Here's how we do it:  each month, the hostess plans a complete dinner -- apps, entree, sides, dessert.  The attendees all bring a bottle of wine.  Simple. 

Last week when Beth hosted, she told us about her new(ish) neighborhood community garden.  About two years ago, there was a very bad flood in her 'hood.  The water came very close to Beth's house but luckily it was situated just high enough to dodge the flooding.  Her house is on a corner, and the homes on the road perpindicular to hers were all flooded and completely destroyed. 




The City of Charlotte galliantly stepped in, purchased those homes from the individuals, and turned the area into a community garden.  People can sign up for a plot of land where they plant whatever they wish.  There are also two plots of corn free for the taking for anyone.  We all loved this concept, so we grabbed our wine glasses after dinner and headed down to take a look.

 

It was amazing ... tons of produce and flowers.  Beth gave me a few squash and also a jalapeno, which I used in pico de gallo last night.  I just loved the concept of this community garden. 



7 comments:

  1. How fun! We've been wanting to do a supper club with some other couples too just haven't gotten around to it.

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  2. What a great idea! Looks like a fun group : )

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  3. Okay, I seriously want to start a group exactly like this. You guys could right a book about what a little supper club turned into, because it is absolutley darling - and looks like a ton of fun!

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  4. What an awesome get together! I love it, April! Happy hump day!

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