Ship Ahoy and More!

Lynn Horton is a freelance writer and editor who in another lifetime taught English and Creative Writing at McIntosh High School and later worked in the Starr’s Mill High School Media Center.

Love, exciting and new
Come aboard, we’re expecting you
Love, life’s sweetest reward 
Let it flow, it floats back to you . . .  Hmmmm, hmmmm, hmm

That’s the theme to “The Love Boat.” Do you guys remember Captain Steuben? Julie, the cruise director? The flaky First Mate and The Doc? Well, they were all there. Yes, Saturday night at The Southern Ground Gallery and under the excellent direction of Steph and Dale Reeder, the Senoia Area Historic Society and guests set sail for their annual dinner/dance event.
It was a gorgeous starlit night as Bill and I walked along a red carpeted gangway, lights blinking gaily on each side, into a welcoming crowd of costumed party goers and into an area transformed by a nautical-themed decor. Ah, Nostalgia.
Couples were first photographed behind a large life preserver hung from the “ship’s railing,” then checked in and given an itinerary for the evening which included three Shore Excursions. Really Steph! How clever.
Bill and I were late, having missed the email that listed time changes, and so I also missed shopping on the Lido Deck. A 20 percent discount was offered on the purchase of any of Shelly Brown’s signature jewelry collections. Darn! I was crushed, but Bill was chuckling into his cravat. Yes, he looked rather like that dapper (and very wealthy) fellow on another 80s sitcom, Thurston Howell, III from Gilligan’s Island, replete in navy sports coat and straw Panama. And I was wearing my mom’s classic fur wrap over beige chiffon and as many pearls and sparkly rhinestones as possible in order to look like his “Lovey.” He could have shelled out for a bracelet at least.
The crowd was divided by “Decks” and rotated through three favorite local restaurants, enjoying among other goodies; mussels at McGuire’s, pork tacos at Nick & Norms, and bruschetta at Tomato House. Our well-executed visits included Ireland, Mexico, and Italy. Cool, huh? And lastly, The Reeder’s son Jared, who owns Knife and Stone in Newnan, treated all the “passengers” to a crazy, yummy dessert treat after the dancing and just before the cruise ended. More! More! Senoia, we need more evenings right here in town like this!
Oh, I did hear that there is a cool Line Dancing group organized by Boots and Bling. They have grown so much so fast they need a larger space. Any ideas?
Oh, and speaking of new, have you been to Jacob’s Table on Barnes Street. Bill and I stopped in today and visited with the friendly owner. We took home a very fresh salad and a nice muffin. Looking forward to trying a panini…looked good coming off the grill. And can’t wait to have a coffee under the umbrellas on their front patio. Looking at the forecast tonight, though, it will be another week or two. We have some near-freezing temps throughout the rest of this week.
We also met the most charming State Farm agent who was painting away in her new storefront offices just next door to UnHinged. Brook Barnes will be bringing three and one-half ladies with her when she moves from her Hwy 16 location. Stop in and say hello to this lovely mother of three; can’t wait to see this energetic and very friendly lady join the merchants in Senoia. She seems excited about meeting all the residents as well and becoming a part of this growing and vibrant community. Of course, I took the opportunity to invite her to visit and join the SAHS membership for Thursday night’s meeting, (doors open for refreshments at 6:30). It will be another time for all of you to view the art exhibit which will be taken down after this coming weekend. Regular hours Friday and Saturday from 1 to 4 pm.
I admit that I am not just dreaming of sunshine, I was pro-active this week. Found a great Groupon coupon for three spray tans at Elite in Peachtree City. And since we had tickets for The Love Boat, I visited and came away feeling, well, tanned. It must be psychological, but I check it out in the mirror, and hey, I am ready for a sundress. And I am ready for something more….
This is the time of the year I love to plan a vacation. I have suggested to Bill more than once that we should take a real cruise, somewhere warm, with cabin service where they turn our towels into monkeys and frogs and braided hearts and things. Gosh, I didn’t realize how much I missed those little surprise critters propped up in the middle of our bed upon returning from a luscious seven course dinner. And as much as I try to recreate the turned down bed with a wrapped Godiva chocolate on each pillow, something is strangely missing—like — maybe, the sound of the Atlantic Ocean! You think.
Speaking of Groupon, my goodness, you can get anything from the internet. If you had told me even 10 years ago that I would be having a box delivered to my home in which there were the perfectly measured ingredients for three nights of delicious meals, I would have told you, No Way. But here it comes, once a week. A beautiful box marked HelloFresh and here I go, the next super chef! No kidding. I have to do all the prep and cooking, but following the easy directions in living color, I turn out gorgeous plates. I admit that I even take pictures and send to friends and family.  Why not. My cooking has never looked (or tasted) so good. Just ask Bill. Smiles friends.
Love. Let it flow…it flows back to you.

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