Saturday, October 30, 2010

"A Man Named Pearl"

A few weeks ago I told you about the upcoming art festival, featuring world  renowned topiary artist, Pearl Fryar.  Pearl is the subject of a documentary, A Man Named Pearl.  According to Docudrama Films, "The film traces Pearl’s journey from a small town sharecropper’s son to an internationally-acclaimed artist, and from his initial goal to win the Bishopville, SC, “Yard of the Month Award”—a goal instigated by a bigoted remark—to the many accolades that followed, including museum exhibitions and his status as the celebrated cultural icon of his impoverished town."  The documentary will be shown at the Retro Cinema on Friday evening, November 5. 

For a limited time, the Fitzpatrick Hotel is offering an ArtFest weekend package that includes a night at the Fitzpatrick, 2 tickets to the special screening of "A Man Named Pearl" on Friday night, wine reception before the screening, and the opportunity to meet Pearl after the movie.   Rates for the package deal are: $129 for rooms facing the rear and $169 for rooms facing the square.  Call, e-mail, or visit our website for reservations.  

Please make plans to come out and see the film and meet the man that many refer to as the "real life Edward Scissorhands". 

Monday, October 25, 2010

It takes more than pink to fight breast cancer

Today's post was written by Kathryn Filipiak, RD, LD.  This is a very appropriate post for this time of year as our breast cancer awareness is heightened during this time of year.  Thanks Kathryn for great information!

The traditional colors of October have been shifting recently from orange & black to pink.  All over town here in Washington, GA, store windows are painted with pink ribbons and words such as “hope” and “dream.”   Thanks to the Susan G. Komen efforts, pink has come to symbolize a collective fight against breast cancer nationwide.   But while pink may be the theme color, research shows more and more that our reds, oranges, yellows, green, blues, purples and browns are the real heroes behind cancer prevention.  
            I could go into great detail about all the things you should and shouldn’t eat but the truth is a lot of us already know that to prevent cancer you need to eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables (cauliflower included even though it’s white!) and eat not just whole wheat but a variety of whole grains (like quinoa, barley, millet and oats too!).  Some of you may not already know, however, that being overweight may soon surpass tobacco use as the leading cause of cancer.  Or that over two thirds of ALL cancers are preventable through lifestyle changes such as not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting daily exercise.  Or even that all of us have pre-cancerous cells in our bodies and what we eat can either promote these cancer cells or destroy them.
            The following top recommendations here come directly from AICR, American Institute on Cancer Research.  AICR performs a meta-analysis of all cancer & lifestyle factors published to produce solid, research based recommendations on how you can prevent cancer.  They also offer a ton of delicious recipes and ideas to use fruits and vegetables you may normally pass over in the grocery store or farmers market. 
Dr. Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD has published this book on research based advice on foods and habits that boost your body’s ability to destroy cancer cells along with conventional treatments.  My favorite point that is emphasized in this book is that healthy eating can be incredibly satisfying and delicious.
In this last week of October, rather than think about all the things you know you should be doing, start to think about one or two lifestyle changes you could actually be doing.  Maybe it’s a decision to start reading food labels and avoid buying any product that contains “partially or fully hydrogenated oils” (known as trans fat).  Or perhaps you decide to carve out thirty minutes once a week to go to your local farmer’s market and let your kids pick out a new vegetable they want to try.  Even easier may be to start drinking a cup of green tea each afternoon to refocus for the last couple hours of work.  By focusing on one or two small changes at a time, you are able to snowball your efforts into lifelong habits.  Trying to completely change your eating habits all in one day, however, usually leads to frustration and failure. 
So to help continue to fight breast cancer all year long, keep thinking pink but don’t forget about red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and brown too!      

Veggie Plate


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Breakfast -- the most important meal of the day

At the Fitzpatrick we want our guests to start their day off right and of course, that means breakfast.  One of the recent changes we have made is to begin offering more healthy breakfast food choices.  We now have organic dairy products, fruit, and juices.  We also have a array of baked good prepared by Kathryn Filipiak, a registered dietician who owns Southern Scratch Delights and Delectables.  Kathryn specializes in preparing nutritious but incredibly delicious foods.  She also tries to utilize local produce and foods produced by Washington-Wilkes farmers and gardeners wherever possible.  Below are some pictures of Kathryn's creations on our breakfast table, but the pictures do not do justice.  In this case, tasting is believing!

I have been talking with Kathryn about posting some recipes on this blog, so be on the look out for those in the future.  Or better yet, Kathryn has a booth at the Farmer's Market each Saturday so feel free to visit her to purchase some of these fabulous baked goods for yourself.  Check out Southern Scratch on Facebook.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fabulous Fare at the Farmer's Market

Our family had the opportunity to go to the Washington Farmer's Market this morning and were so impessed with what we found.  The Washington Farmer's Market is located behind the Courthouse on the square and runs every Saturday from 8am - noon.  In addition to beautiful fruits and vegetables, there were also baked goods, and arts/crafts. 

We bought some tomatoes (that I am looking forward to using tonight), honey from nearby Tignall, and pans of cinnamon rolls and orange rolls baked this morning by Kathryn Filipiak of Southern Scratch Delights and Delectables. I failed to grab my camera before I left the house so I took a few pictures of my purchases after I got home and I also lifted a couple of Farmer's Market pictures from Southern Scratch's facebook page (Kathryn, I did not think you would mind!)

Take a visit to the Farmer's Market one Saturday morning -- you won't be disappointed!
Pan of Kathryn Filipiak's made-from-scratch orange rolls

One of Kathryn's pictures showing her tables at the market 

Another one of Kathryn's pictures showing fresh produce

Some of the pretty vine-ripened tomatoes I picked up

Monday, October 11, 2010

For a fun Halloween weekend, try the Masquerade Ball at the Fitz

Do you have plans for the Halloween weekend?  If not, why not do something fun and unique this year?  Talk of the Town will be hosting a Masquerade Ball in the Fitzpatrick Ballroom on October 30th.  The Ball will be held from 7-11 pm and will feature music from DJ Jason Crook.  Tickets are $15.00 per person, but with each room booked at the Fitzpatrick, we will throw in two tickets free of charge.  This would be a great way to spend the Halloween weekend!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

The ArtFest is coming to town…November 5-7

The Washington-Wilkes Arts Foundation has scheduled its Annual Fall ArtFest for November 5-7.  This is a great event for the whole family as there are artists demonstrating their work, art to purchase, and fun activities for the kids.  Mike and I have a number of pieces of art in our home that we purchased at previous ArtFest’s that are very meaningful to us since we had a chance to meet and get to know the artists.
This year’s featured artist is Pear Fryar, a world renowned topiary designer.  He is the subject of the documentary movie, “A Man Named Pearl” that will be shown on Friday night and there will be a chance to meet Pearl Fryar after the movie.  I went to his website,, and was absolutely blown away by some of his work.  I am so looking forward to meeting him and seeing his work in person. 
The schedule for the ArtFest is:
Friday —
Movie:  “A Man Named Pearl”
Meet & Greet artist after movie

Saturday —
Art  Exhibits on the Square
Children’s Art
Topiary by Pearl
Member Reception (evening)

Sunday —
Art Exhibits

The exact times of the events have not been finalized, but will be posted to the WWAF website,

Below are some pictures that I took at a prior ArtFest.  Hope to see you there!