One of the reasons I blog is to document my adventures. In my old age, I want to remember the details of all the things I’ve enjoyed. I want to see how my life has changed and how those changes have inspired me to become the person I am.
When I was married, my life was full of adventure. Rarely did a weekend pass when there wasn’t some type of fun activity. My ex and I were in involved in many different clubs. After we separated, because of finances and other responsibilities, I had to let go of nearly all our memberships.
Once I was able to get my finances under control, I rejoined the Heritage Club at Duplin Winery. The club truly feels like family. I always feel welcome, even when I attend things by myself. A girl needs fun things in her life!
So, allow me to share my my Duplin Art Class adventure from this past weekend…and if you browse the link, make sure you check out all of Duplin’s events.
When I saw that Duplin Winery was offering a painting class, I jumped at the opportunity to attend with my mom and sister. A day spent sipping wine and painting is a day well spent. Otherwise, I’d just be at home, cleaning the house.
The painting class was held at the Chapel in Duplin’s Vineyard. I loved the rustic-elegant atmosphere. Nestled among the trees and vineyards, it would be the perfect venue for a wedding!
The chapel was situated by a pond. I can only imaging how pretty it must be during the springtime when all is fresh and green!
Ann, the art instructor, was amazing! She has the most infectious personality. She was so encouraging and positive. I loved that she stressed that art should be very individualistic. She reminded us that we all have our own style. That’s something I try to teach the elementary-aged kids in my art classes at school. Individuality is the most important thing when creating!
We had so much fun exploring our creativity and laughing with our table-mates as our paintings emerged. Nothing creates a bond like sipping wine and crafting. We all agreed that the wine definitely improved our painting skills!
Halfway through the class, lunch was served. Before the class began, we were allowed to chose from several lunch options. My sister chose the fried green tomato and pimento cheese sandwich. I opted for the chicken salad. I’m very picky about chicken salad. I won’t eat just anyone’s chicken salad. I like it to be “clean”. In other words, I’d die if I were to get a piece of fat or gristle in my mouth.
Every time I’ve visited the Bistro at Duplin, located at the winery, the food has been spectacular! Definitely put that on your list of places to visit. You won’t be disappointed!
Because the day spent with my mom and sister was so fantastic, I had to have a souvenir to commemorate the occasion. So, I added another wine glass to the family. Does it really matter that I already have 10,058 others at home? Absolutely not. I had to have it. I couldn’t have resisted the gold leopard print even if I hadn’t had an excuse.
Not only did we leave with our chicken paintings, we left with great memories of a day well spent. And we won’t tell anyone that we took the exit in the wrong direction and wound up in Wilmington! Oops!
On the way home, I was was thinking that the three of us should do more things together. Although we are all neighbors, we often pop in and out for a quick visit. However, we rarely spend more than those few minutes together. As I get older, I’m grateful to have my family live so close. I’m grateful for the rare days that we can coordinate our schedules to spend a block of time with one another. And one day, I’ll be grateful I took the time to write it all down. So, in my old age, I can remember all of the good times.