Will March come in like a lion? Or like a lamb? With the beautiful pink blossoms appearing on ornamental trees around town and the forecast for sunshine with cold temperatures for the start of March, we would have to compromise and say that the month is “coming in like a cold lamb for us and a “cold lion for the NC Mountains!”
Today Around Davidson has a reminder about Women’s Basketball at Davidson College, a visit with new Pines’ residents, Priscilla and Tom Perkins, and an interview with Judy Gregory, an artist who creates memorable pieces using tea bags and a Noteworthy Note about a permaculture workshop this weekend.
GO CATS! LADY CATS THAT IS!
Men’s Basketball at Davidson College has been popular for decades while Women’s Basketball has taken a bit of a back seat. This will change if some of the residents of The Pines Retirement Community in Davidson have anything to say about it. There is a devoted group of seniors, including Nyra Brannan, Jean Berg, Martha and Reid Montgomery and Joanne and Bill Rawson, who are promoting attendance and want each of our readers to consider coming to the Lady Cats’ final home game this Monday, March 4. The game begins at 7:30pm in Belk Arena – and tickets are 50% off for Davidson College Alumni.
Best of all, this Monday evening’s game is Senior Night for Davidson’s very own Fab Five: Barbara Sitton, Jasmine Calin, Sarah Davis, Sophia Aleksandravicius and Katrin Chiemeka. In addition to being superb athletes, Sophia, from Westchester, NY, is majoring in Political Science; Jasmine, from Miami, FL, is Anthropology major; Katrin is majoring in Spanish and calls Marienthal, France, home; Sarah hails from St. Clair, MI, and will graduate with a major in Psychology; and Barbara from Richmond, VA, is a math major.
Be sure to mark your calendars now for next Monday’s game against Western Carolina. Davidson women will travel to Asheville for the Southern Conference Tournament the weekend of March 8-10 with high hopes to winning it all. Our best wishes go with each of the seniors as well as all the rest of the team.
WELCOME TOM AND PRISCILLA PERKINS
Paging through a recent Pines’ resident directory, we noticed that new residents, Tom and Priscilla Perkins, come from New York City. Gee, we have known this couple for years and thought they came to us from Terrell, NC. Turns out that both answers are correct.
Priscilla and Tom Perkins moved to a cottage at The Pines last August 2012. Having been in our area since 1999, they sold their lake home in Terrell and arrived in Davidson last summer. Originally from Oklahoma, Tom went to NYC for work, met Priscilla, a NYC native, when they both lived in the same apartment building. They married and lived in a brownstone on East 69th Street until moving to Maryland in 1990 and then nine years later to North Carolina. Tom had a career in real estate finance while Priscilla worked for Finch College, Mutual of NY and a brokerage firm among other careers. Their daughter, Laura, looked at colleges in North Carolina and while touring Davidson, the Perkins were hooked: they were in the South, near a large city and airport, good doctors and lake living! Their daughter went to Duke University and continued at Columbia for a MSSW but Mom and Dad came to Davidson. Laura is now a social worker in Danbury, CT, and will marry this coming August to a young man who is an Associate Minister in the Congregational Church of Reading.
Tom and Priscilla have been active in the Davidson College Presbyterian Church since 1999 with Tom serving as church treasurer and Priscilla working with Community Missions and the Women of the Church. They love The Pines and find the residents delightful. Although Tom insists he is the only native Oklahoman there, they have adjusted well and we welcome them to Davidson!
THE ART OF TEA BAGS
Around Davidson first mentioned Judy Gregory when she made “tea bag” place cards for the No-Da Book Club Christmas Tea held last December at the Copeland House. Keeping the place card in the Around Davidson file, your correspondent finally got it out, made a call, and spent an afternoon with artist Judy Gregory in her New Neighborhood home. What an amazing few hours!
Let’s start with Judy and her family. She and her husband, Fred (who celebrated a birthday yesterday – Happy Birthday, Fred!) moved to Davidson in 2006 to be supportive of their daughter, Cristin Gregory, who has a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine and practices acupuncture at her business, “Well Being,” in Cornelius across from the elementary school. (They also have a son, Matthew, who is a chef in DC and is married to Jennifer, a photo editor of The Washington Post.)
Fred Gregory grew up in Skaneateles, NY, and retired from his own investment firm to give him more time to play, according to Judy. That is to “play” golf, basketball and his beloved tuba for the local Piedmont Prime Time Community Band in our area and for numerous groups in Chautauqua, NY, which the Gregorys call home for half the year.
Judy grew up in the Chautauqua area so it is no surprise that this couple “migrates” north each summer to the home they built decades ago. Judy got her start in art with a neighbor who was a grade school art teacher and progressed to junior high where the art teacher refused to let her take French but rather insisted she continue with her art classes. Fred and Judy both graduated from Alfred University in upstate NY and married during their senior year. Moving to St. Louis, Judy found a career as a commercial artist but once the couple returned to New York and the Rochester area, she taught art and was a studio artist there.
Certainly Judy Olson Gregory (www.juditholsongregory.com) has made a name for herself as an artist. One gallery flyer describes her as follows: “With studios in New York and North Carolina, Gregory, an award-winning visual artist, teacher and arts advocate, creates works of cast paper and found objects.” In our area, Judy is featured at the Hodges-Taylor Gallery in Charlotte. She has a marvelous studio in her home in Davidson where she spends time daily.
Often times she works with used tea bags only (which friends and neighbors save for her with preference being the flow-through bags). Once the tea bags are opened into squares, she dries them and then brushes on an acrylic transparent medium, making them into a sheet which allows her to fashion them into designs. Working with “plays on words,” Judy created designs such as the “Casual Tea” of woven tea bags and the “Proper-Tea” showing a child’s dress with a leash attached denoting a parental connection. Judy has also used tea bags combined with homemade paper from cotton linters (short cotton fibers) for some works of art. A piece from 2008 called “M-T” was a play on the word “empty” showing a large kimono lined with empty tea bags whose strings show on the outside handmade paper – signifying an emptiness awaiting what life brings.
Needless to say, your non-artistic correspondent cannot do justice to this unique approach to an art form relying on the simple used tea bag, but asks only that you check out Judy’s website and admire her abundant creativity. As has been stated so many times, our town is full of charming, talented, delightful residents. Hooray for Judy Olson Gregory and hubby, Fred!
Permaculture! It is the “buzz word” for spring and this Saturday, March 2, is the time to learn all about it. Join Kathleen McIntyre, certified in permaculture, at a workshop from 1-4pm at a home on Mayes Road in Davidson. Here is the scoop on How to Build a Dynamic Food Garden Using the Tools of Permaculture. Fee: sliding scale $10-$20. You will learn the following through hands-on experience:
- How to properly place a garden within your landscape for optimum productivity.
- How to build your garden from the ground up using the technique of
- The importance of keyhole bed design.
- How beneficial plants can make your garden more resilient, beautiful, and attractive for insects.
For more information, please contact Kathleen at 828-216-5030 or by email at email@example.com. Parking space is limited, so carpooling is recommended. If you would like to park and ride, please meet at The Children’s Schoolhouse Parking Lot, 17616 Caldwell Station Rd Huntersville, NC 28078 just before 1pm. Be sure to dress warmly, bring water and snack, compass if you have one, notebook and pencil plus shovel or garden tool.
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