Football time in the fall is the best time of the year. Leaves start to change color, the weather turns cooler and many of us hit the road to follow our college teams.
My view from Camp Chimney in Cashiers, North Carolina.
I hope you are smiling right now. I am. I will get to the tailgating part soon. First I would like to thank the family and friends who have been such a big part of this Tailgating Series.
My mom taught me to send thank you notes to the people who help you, give you a gift, or teach you lessons in life. She is the beautiful lady in the middle (with the T on her shirt.)
You never know when a thank you will open new doors for you. I have a perfect example of going the extra mile when someone does something nice for you.
I received a freshman tuition scholarship offer from the University of Tennessee. The letter stated who had given the scholarship, how much was given (it was tuition only for 3 quarters) and to please send a thank you note to the donor. I immediately sent a thank you note to Mr. Dwight McDonald, president of The White Stores, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee. At the end of Fall Quarter, I sent Mr. McDonald a note, again thanking him and telling him my grades. After Winter Quarter, I did the same. I received a phone call and was told that Mr. McDonald would like to meet me. I met him at his office. After asking many questions about my studies and about campus life, he asked about my dorm life. I told him I was living at home due to limited finances. After an hour of conversation, he stated that his company would like to offer me a full, 4 year scholarship including tuition, residence hall room and board. He became a mentor to me and all because I took the time to keep him informed and to thank him. We stayed in touch throughout my UT career until his death right after I graduated from UT. He gave me a book he hoped would influence my life; The Magnificent Obsession, by Lloyd C. Douglas. I felt that Mr. McDonald was telling me to not worry with paying him back, but to influence other people’s lives in the future.
Thank you to my family and friends, who encouraged me to proceed with the tailgating paintings. What started out as a vague idea for a painting soon spiraled into an all encompassing passion, and my family and friends were right there with me.
My Sawgrass Girls, Ya Ya’s
You would be bored to tears if I just listed all the names of those who have helped me. Many of you have already been mentioned or pictured in my posts. That is a thank you from me. I will continue to send my thanks in every post!
Now back to Tailgating!
Dave and I will be hitting the tailgating road this weekend. We will go to Gainesville to the Florida/Arkansas game. I would love to meet up with Razorback fans! If any of you have Arkansas friends, please guide them to my website and tailgating blog. Wooo Pig Soiee!!!!
We will be watching Tennessee/ Georgia game before heading to The Swamp. My heart will be with the Vols, but the Dawgs look very good this year.
The following week Dave, James, Aunt Vern and I travel to New Orleans and Baton Rouge for the Florida/LSU game. We want to experience Tailgating On The Bayou!
Louisiana cuisine is so distinctive. All schools have barbecue, hammies, slaw and all the usual fixings, but due to the Cajun and Creole influences, there is nothing like Louisiana cooking! I will not try to give lessons on the differences between the two, but think French influence, as in Geaux Tigers. My painting includes many specialties including jambalaya, muffalettas, crawfish, gumbo and blackened alligator.
The Trinity is involved in so many dishes, the Trinity being not the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, but onions, green peppers and celery.
LSU fans we want to meet you and tailgate with you!
Next we travel to Natchez to pay a visit to Mississippi State graduate, Carol Jones. Carol works at the Monmouth Historic Inn.
Dave did not travel with me to the Ole Miss/Alabama game so we will make the trek to Oxford.
We have reservations for dinner at City Grocery. Hope to meet lots of Ole Miss fans. I will also take Dave to Taylor to experience Taylor Grocery.
Then on to Starkville and Mississippi State.
I love the Cow Bells and want to see them ringing. Also can’t wait to taste the Edam Cheese.
Next on to Tuscaloosa.
We hope to enjoy local food. Our Bama friends have recommended Dreamland and Nick’s In The Sticks. Any other suggestions?
We leave Tuscaloosa and head for the mountains.
In celebration of SEC college football and the fall season I will be meeting college football fans and signing prints at The Hen House in Highlands, North Carolina, Saturday, October 19, 2-4 PM. Prints on premium satin paper and greeting cards featuring all 14 SEC schools will be available.
We will be on the road again, traveling back to Amelia Island. The Florida/Georgia game in Jacksonville, Florida creates lots of activity on Amelia Island. Many Georgia fans stay on the Island.
In celebration of the Florida Georgia game I will be meeting fans and signing prints on the porch at The Plantation Shops at Palmetto Walk, on Amelia Island. Friday, November 1, 10-4. Prints on premium satin paper, and greeting cards featuring all 14 SEC schools will be available.
For my Auburn friends and fans, the Auburn prints and cards are available at Southern Crossing in Opelika, Alabama.
Watch for upcoming stories from my tailgating travels. I welcome your comments, recipes and any inside information on your favorite tailgating spots.
Come celebrate with me. I’ll save you a seat at the table.