RAREBITS FOR JUNE 24, 2015
CHANEY FARMS, WESLEY AR.
If you’ve never been to the Chaney Farms, you’ve missed a treat. Granted, last Wednesday was pret-ty warm and humid. But 15 PAPO people and guests came out to enjoy the flowers, the graceful pre-Civil War home (built around 1857), the smokehouse, the panorama of woods, fields and distant hills and a building which the Chaney’s have turned into the Mockingbird Bed and Breakfast.
Becky Chaney was there to welcome us all. As was our paintout host Kay Pickett. And yes, the Mockingbirds were out in full voice.
By the time the Bunny arrived (late) quite a few cars lined the back yard. John Dillingham, coffee cup in hand, called out “Hey Bunny, we were just talking about you!” But he wouldn’t say what it was about. Uh-oh. Karolyn Farrell, and Natalie Olsen opted to paint in the flower garden. Victor Parkerson followed the shade around, trying to stay within it. Steve Schneider settled in a spot which overlooked the aforementioned distant panorama. He captured the vast sky and fields below very well.
The Tillerys, Carol and Mike drove in. They live “just over yonder hill” near Elkins. They brought their lovely granddaughter, Elaina, who had sewn her own loop-skirted Civil War era gown. When she twirled around, Bunny caught a glimpse of not one but three petticoats! (And in 90 degrees too! Sigh –and some people long for the good ol. days). The Tillery’s and Bunny decided to repose on the home’s front porch; Elaina on the swing, Carol and Bunny sketching and Mike reading.
Roz and Harrison Ramey checked in; Roz setting up in the garden whilst Harrison strolled the grounds. He sat down on a tree swing. Little by little the rope stret-ch-ed, unraveled, split apart and down he want – ker-plunk. Thank goodness the ground was rock-less.
Julie Hays bopped in, still grinning over her participation in last Saturday’s area Master Gardener Show in Bentonville. Gardeners had made flower arrangements based on Julie’s paintings. Neat!
Annetta Gregory arrived. She can be pleased with her chairmanship of last Saturday’s Artist’s of Northwest Arkansas “Art in the Park,” also in Bentonville. Lots of browsers and many sales. Bunny’s breath caught when she spied Annetta’s painting of – what else – a rabbit!
Today Lisa Powell joined us. First as a guest and during lunch – a member. Welcome Lisa! She’s a housemother at U of A. (Best she not relay the story of when, years ago, she and other sorority pledges played tricks on the upper class sorority sisters. Lisa called the water company, had them turn off the water for a couple hours in the morning. Alas – they forgot about breakfast preparations.) Yikes!
As usual, just like clockwork, around 12 noon, Victor’s stomach announced it was lunch time. Those within hearing distance began getting our art act together.
Lunch was at Ms. B’s Bakery in Elkins. A very cozy drop-in-for-lunch spot, Ms. B food selection looked very good. And the bakery/dessert treats – oh my! “So let’s eat dessert first,” Annetta announced. Luckily no one paid attention – including her. Many of us can attest to the quiche variety. And the salads were mighty tasty. Most (if not all) of us demonstrated that Ms’ B’s dessert treats – cupcakes, cookies, whole cakes, cream puffs, on and on – and Danish rolls of a variety of flavors – were consumed with great enthusiasm!
KAY: THANK YOU!!
What can we say?
You did it again
In your inimitable way!
You arranged it all.
You guided us too.
We had a great time
With Ms. B, Becky and You!