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  • 21 Dec 2016 10:53 AM | Deleted user

    Atlanta Botanical Gardens
    October 22-23, 2016
    Idea:  Pat Ownby

    Pat & Ashley Ownby Lose Faith at Chihuly Nights

    I have to admit that I had to Google Chihuly when Pat Ownby asked me to put together a trip to visit the Chihuly Exhibit at Atlanta Botanical Gardens.  It was a glorious fall day Saturday October 22nd, when 17 Chihulians invaded Atlanta.  (We had started with 21, however many of our fellow CSC members seem to be breaking a lot of bones lately.  Sandy Talbott broke her elbow, Susan DuBose broke her wrist. Be sure to send them both healing thoughts.)

    We gathered in the lobby of our hotel around 3:00, then carpooled or Ubered to Campagnoio Restaurant for an early evening meal.

    I had envisioned us all walking as group in the gardens looking at each exhibit - boy was I wrong!! There must have been one million people in the garden - ok, that’s an exaggeration - there were thousands of people all wandering around the beautiful, breathtaking glass sculptures.  Pictures do not do justice to Chihuly’s work.  

    We were never together as a group at the gardens - whoever we were in the car with upon arriving is who we toured the exhibits with. We never even saw any of our group during the tour.  

    Around 9:30 my phone rang it was Pat Ownby asking have you seen Faith?  We can’t find Faith; we don’t know where Faith is.  I was deeply troubled to hear that Pat and Ashley had lost their Faith.  I told her I would pray and hopefully they would find Faith and make a new commitment to do better in the future.

    We all gathered as a group back at the hotel courtyard to discuss, share stories and show each other our pictures.  I was overcome with emotion to see that Pat had found Faith.

    A gay time was had by all - just ask two of our lovely ladies to give you the hilarious details of a mistaken encounter to Felix Bar & Lounge - let’s just use the word:  Phallus.  Details are best obtained in person.

    Great Time, Great Group,
    Go with us next time,
    Barb Wise


    Pat Finding Faith

  • 21 Dec 2016 10:50 AM | Deleted user

    Ghost Tour HUGE Success!!

    CSC Bardstown Bourbon Trail Trip

    Jerry dipping his bottle of Marker’s Mark

    September 23-25, 2016

    Fantastic Group (missing the Bates).  Jerry & Becca Hicks, Buddy & Teri Carter, Butch & Carol Cook, Tom & Angelika Edwards/Roden, Roy & Trinda Brunner, Lyn Marvil, &  Melodie Thompson, and Barb Wise.  Thank you to Gordon Campbell our DD. 

    When Ashley asked me to take the position as “Special Trip Coordinator” the one thing he said to me was “make it fun, make it affordable, and make it special”! He then said, “The first trip I want you to do is the Bourbon Trail in Bardstown, KY.  CSC member Jerry Hicks would really like a club trip to Bardstown.  Here’s to you Jerry & Becca Hicks. Thank you for a Great Idea!!!

    Jerry & Becca Hicks

    It was a beautiful fall afternoon when we all arrived in Bardstown to start our trek on the Bourbon Trail.  Maker’s Mark was our first stop for the afternoon, and it was an excellent tour. The tasting did nothing for me except make my mouth pucker! Sorry Bill McCallie…

     CSC members Butch Cook and Roy Brunner had a grand time dipping their own bottle’ of Marker’s Mark into the hot red wax.

    Our next Stop was Heaven Hill/Heritage Museum.   Leaving Heritage we arrived at my favorite - The Oscar Getz Whiskey Museum, (I love history, and I always try to visit history museums wherever I go,  making it a part of my trip.  I did this when my children were little, turning a vacation trip into a learning trip of local history).  The Oscar Getz Museum was this and more, the museum is housed in a Catholic Boys Home.  The rooms are all full of memorabilia from the 1800’s to today on whiskey and related trivia.  

    We then had a private after hours tour.  It was so special just the CSC on a guided tour of this historic building.  One of the items was the bottle of REDRUM from the movie “The Shining”!  Donated by Barbara Wise (for real) from Griffin, GA.   I love history and soak it up like a sponge anytime I can.

    Dinner Friday night was at the “RickHouse Restaurant” recommended by CSC member Dr. Jeanne Scanland.  The restaurant is located in the basement of the Getz Museum - how convenient was that?  Just walk downstairs to an old wine cellar turned into one of the finest dining experiences in Bardstown.  

    On Saturday we visited four more distilleries.  We went to six all together: Marker’s Mark, Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses & Willett’s.  

    We are all now experts on bourbon, just ask us and we can tell you all you ever wanted to know about bourbon but were afraid to ask!

    A few of the main points that stuck in my head were:

    *All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.

    *The reason Pappy Van Winkle is so expensive is because this angel comes down and drinks 3/4 of the barrel before it is opened.  Therefore leaving very little to bottle.  And that is the truth!!!  It is called “the angel’s share.”

    Oh, I almost forgot the Ghost Tour, oh me, oh my, I knew I was in trouble when I found out Patti, (she informed us) was a Ghost Hunter! Certified and bonafide!!!  When she told us the walls of the Talbott Inn called her name and told her to work there, we lost most of the group to the bar across the street.  The faithful few that remained with me was because I think they felt sorry for me, Tom and Angelika mainly because I think they thought Patti might make me disappear.   Four of us (me, Tom, Angelika & Melody) braved our way to Jesse James’ bedroom where we were to see the Ghost of Jesse James.  Well Jesse did not appear, however Patti did show us pictures of his “ghost” on her IPad.  Patti lost the rest of us when on her IPad screen she was scrolling through the pictures of ghost sightings in Bardstown she said; “Oh here is one of me and Howie Mandell”.  

    That’s all folks.

    Good Trip, Great Fun, Grand Time!
    Go with us next time.
    Barb Wise

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