Julia's on Front Street, where the past is present
When I play golf, everyone knows it.
There are not many golfers who squeal with delight, but darn it, when I make a great shot, I just can’t hold in the excitement. For some reason it’s acceptable to wear pink shorts, argyle and those silly little hats, but squealing is frowned upon. If I were in charge of the rules that would most certainly be changed. And I’d make it so that if your friend hit a great shot in the middle of the fairway, it would be okay to pick up everybody’s else’s balls and put them in the same spot too. And I’d vote for a few more holes on the green, because sometimes it’s just a lot easier if you have more than one target to aim for.
Obviously I don’t take myself or my golf game too seriously. If I’m having a really, really, off day on the golf course, I am happy enough to pack up the clubs and just ride around on the course with my husband, enjoying the quiet, the peacefulness of the course, and the simplicity of taking the afternoon, hole by hole, accepting whatever hazards lie ahead.
Entertaining is a lot like golf. The people who do it really well make it look so easy.
A great party is something people will talk about for years, and the best ones become a reference point. “When did John have his surgery — wasn’t it the weekend before the Jenkins brunch when the petting zoo got loose and we had to chase down a llama on Front Street? They had the absolute best bloody marys at that party — and nobody does cheese grits like Kat!”
Here in the South, so many of our festivities revolve around food and entertaining, so quite naturally you’d expect the best hostesses to be Southern girls. And as much as I love me some Food Network, we’ve been growing our own generations of hostesses long before anyone ever heard of an Iron Chef or knew that cupcakes could have wars, thank you very much.
One of Georgetown’s most legendary hostesses was Julia Kaminski. People still talk about what a “charming and lovely hostess she was” but they also have great stories about her “giving up cocktails before 5 p.m. for Lent.” And when you visit Julia’s Past and Presents on Front Street, you’ll feel that same sense of welcoming as if you were meeting up with Miss Julia herself.
Julia’s lovely museum gift shop has historical items, artwork from around the state and a section of children’s books and crafts.
New Kaminski House director, Robin Gabriel, says that the “focus is on filling our store with unique South Carolina artwork and products.” Barbara McCormick’s sweet grass baskets, Susan Lumpkin’s live oak pottery, and books by celebrated local maritime history author Robert McAlister are just a few of the local items featured in the store. Gabriel and board member Kevin Jayroe say there are some exciting changes coming to Julia’s with continued focus on showcasing South Carolina artisans and historic pieces.
Miss Julia would be so excited with all the preparations for a fabulous party at her house on Saturday; a 40th Anniversary Celebration on the lawn, with a reception to follow. Come by and see what’s new at Julia’s at 1003 Front Street where the past is present. And make it your business to keep it local.
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