Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Or... House Party for a reason, sometimes known as a salon - what a fabulous idea!

"A salon is a gathering of stimulating people of quality under the roof of an inspiring hostess or host, partly to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation and readings, often consciously following Horace's definition of the aims of poetry, "either to please or to educate" ("aut delectare aut prodesse est"). The salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical salons of the 17th century and 18th century, were carried on until quite recently in urban settings among like-minded people of a 'set': many 20th-century salons could be instanced."


Imagine y'all, walking into a house party and being greeted by a giant shining silver bowl of mint juleps! And, as instructed we were told to grab a straw and suck some down! Yum. Yum, yum, yum. Well, Miss Vero did not have to imagine because that's exactly what happened to us on Sunday at the home of the fabulous Miss J.J. Wilson!

And to what did we owe such festivities? Well, hunnies, anyone who can have a house party and raise money, not to mention awareness deserves a big shout out and so, we would like to thank Miss J.J., who opened up her lovely childhood home in old Riomar to everyone for the benefit of the Marian Fell Library.

Here's a little excerpt from Miss J.J.'s recap:

"The intangibles gained are harder to compute, but the good feeling in the room (and yes, everybody had a chair, miraculously enough) was palpable — we all learned SO much from our informed and charming speakers. Rody Johnson appeared as himself — not as easy as it sounds — and somehow brought Vero’s history from early days up to the present (he also donated $5 from each book he sold back to the Library, bless him); Rich Votapka — excuse me, I mean E. Nelson Fell took us even further back and the tour de force of all the Fellsmere firsts had the audience gasping. Both presentations plus the input from Pam Cooper and Suzan Phillips and other knowledgeable guests were appreciated also. The Cracker Tales were agreed to be first rate and several copies were sold (though Charlotte had doubted anyone “would want them”)."

This is the kind of party that speaks to Miss Vero's soul, we love our local history and we are so honored to hear the stories first hand from people like Miss J.J. and Mr. Rody Johnson (who, by the way, has a lovely feature about his book "The Rise and Fall of Dodgertown" in Vero Beach magazine this month).

Miss Charlotte Terry is also doing a wonderful job with her "Cracker Tales" project and we applaud her efforts as well. We think it should be part of a required welcome package, along with a complete history of Indian River county, given to everyone at the DMV when they get their new drivers licence in Vero - or better yet when they register to vote!



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