“Giving birth is little more than a series of muscular contractions allowing the passage of a child. Then the mother was born. — Erma Bombeck
“Ma” is the first sound a baby can vocalize, which is why it is believed that in many languages the word for mother begins with the letter M or the sound “ma”. For example: Latin, mater; English, mom; polish, matka; Italian, mother; Welsh, mum.
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis honored mothers in 1908 by holding the first Mother’s Day service at Andrews Methodist Sunday School in Grafton, WV On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. mothers. However, in 1870, abolitionist Julia Ward Howe first proclaimed an annual day of appreciation for mothers, many of whom fought for pacifism and disarmament during the Civil War.
As a mother of six, I expect Howe had plenty of opportunities at home to call for disarmament. The Rooney Bin has only two children, but can sympathize with Howe’s need for peace. I still remember the annual 15-hour road trips to visit grandparents when war broke out frequently between the young Binsters, then aged 2 and 6.
“I don’t care if your sister kicked you in the knee,” I said. “You shouldn’t hit someone smaller than you. Now cut it before I bang your head!
Sawgrass Fashion Show
Nothing like a spring fashion show to brighten up the lives of mothers and others after two years of pandemic shutdown. The Sawgrass Women’s Club hosted a “Passport to Style” luncheon featuring fashions from the Sawgrass Village boutiques: A’Propos, Lemon Twist, Scout & Molly and the Sawgrass Club Pro boutique. Before the member models paraded through the dining room, the 160 guests had the opportunity to shop in pop-up boutiques.
Club president Elise Beard held a brief business meeting, announcing that the club has grown to 429 members and, in addition to monthly meetings, offers special activities such as fun with flowers, field trips a day, a bunco, a bridge, needles and a group of writers.
A’Propos modes were modeled by members Cindy Feeley, Michaele Harried, Sharon Jones, Susan Latshaw and Katie Tartt; Mary Ann Augustine, Donna Berger, Mary Carol Stearns, Tracy Stevenson and Jan Wilson showed off clothes from Lemon Twist, while Lauren Daly, Kim Fleischer, Dee Koutoufaris, Stacy Rendzio and Ana Reyes looked glam in Scout & Molly. The surprise models were Sawgrass Club Assistant General Manager Perry Kenney and Director of Golf Stefan Brunt wearing golf shop attire.
Favorite travel destinations that the models had visited or hoped to visit soon included Alaska, Paris, Italy, the Mediterranean, Europe and the Baltics. The hosts described cool summer fashions and offered tips: travel light, take comfortable clothes, plan a full itinerary before you go, and take lots of photos.
Retro Party for Rotary
Guests at the Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary Mineral City celebration took a trip back in time. On April 23, the Sawgrass Marriott became a 1970s scene. Guests dressed up the role, wearing bell bottoms or short skirts and sparkly sequined dresses and jackets that reflected the colorful disco lights at the above the head. It was “Rotary night fever”.
The Boogie Freaks played the best hits of the era: bringing everyone back to the crowded dance floor in the days of disco, boogie and Bee Gees hits. Before dancing, they bid at a silent auction, bought raffle tickets for a luxury vacation trip and enjoyed a disco buffet.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the “Rock of the Community Award” to community philanthropist Ernie Bono. Club President Lori Anderson said: “I’m proud to present this award to Ernie Bono, but I’m even prouder to call him my friend.
President-elect and event chair Ron “Doc” Renuart added that Bono “lives by the creed ‘everything is a gift'”.
Bono was honored for his work with Catholic Charities, Baptist Beaches Medical Center, a prison ministry helping the incarcerated, and as secretary of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, where he helped raise more than $5 million for families affected by childhood cancers.
Jay Fund CEO Keli Coughlin paid tribute to Bono, citing “his willingness to roll up his sleeves and do any job…he helped create a culture of caring.”
This was the first live event hosted by the Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary in three years. Over the past 20 years, Mineral City celebrations have raised $1.7 million for charities, such as Beaches Habitat for Humanity, BEAM, Betty Griffin Center, HEAL Foundation, MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, Beaches Dial-a-Ride, Community Hospice and the Council on Aging.
A Fine Heart fundraiser
Supporters of Art with a Heart in Healthcare (AWAHIH) gathered at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall for the first nonprofit fundraiser since 2000, A Fine HeART Experience. The pandemic pause has not interrupted the work of the healing and arts organization founded in 2001.
Since then, AWAHIH has served more than 100,000 young patients and their families at several Jacksonville locations – Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Specialty Care Children’s Clinic, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in St. Vincent’s Riverside, Baptist Medical Center and Mayo Clinic – by offering personalized art sessions that meet the needs of patients.
A team of artists, community volunteers, and interns from the University of Florida provide opportunities for artistic expression that promote physical and emotional well-being, which improves patient outcomes.
“I’m so excited about the turnout for this event,” said Christy Ponder, Executive Director. “All of the generous support we have received from our sponsors and guests will enable us to provide more artistic experiences for patients and their families at the hospital, which will help improve the healing process.”
This year’s event featured a live performance by Them Vibes, cooking by TacoLu Baja Mexicana, cartoon artists, and a live painting by AWAHIH Artist-in-Residence Dylan Bauer. Live and silent auctions and raffle prizes added to the fun. Patients and families who have worked first-hand with AWAHIH during their stay at the hospital have spoken of their experiences and how they have benefited from the healing process through an artistic experience. To learn more about AWAHIH, visit the website at www.awahih.org.
Jacksonville Beach artist Gretchen Alter grew up in New York where she worked in human resources at Christie’s after graduating from college. She had frequent opportunities to see what goes on behind the scenes at the famous auction house and gave St. Johns Questers members advice on buying and selling.
Questers is an organization for women interested in collecting and learning about antiques and the arts. In April, they met at Corinne Martin’s Plantation home to learn the ins and outs of high-end auction shopping.
Alter didn’t host the auctions, but it offered an interesting perspective on what happens before, during, and after auctions of high-end items sold by celebrity clients. The fall and spring evening auctions are the best times to go, according to Alter.
“However, because of the internet, there are things for sale all the time,” she said. “One of my favorite things when I worked at Christie’s was preparing for the auction. Before the auction, a preview is open to the public. You could try on amazing jewelry; after the auction you can go online and print the results.
Subscription catalogs are also available online at Christie’s.com or Sothebys.com, another famous auction house. Some items are so valuable that they have their own special book; or you can travel to New York, Hong Kong, London – wherever the auction takes place – to bid in person. Values are determined by the provenance, the ownership history of a valuable object, work of art or literature.
In June 2004, Alter went to Doris Duke’s auction.
“Some people have others because they’re so famous. It’s so stressful. It’s exciting,” Alter said.
One final tip for auction buyers: “keep in mind that there are so many auctions that things are affordable, or you might be better off selling them yourself.”
The last word …
Celebrating mom dates back to pagan times. The early Greeks honored Rhea, mother of the gods, by bringing honey cakes, sweet drinks and flowers to their mothers at dawn; call it the origin of breakfast in bed (hint, hint). In Yugoslavia, however, children tie up their mothers on Materitse (Mother’s Day), only releasing her after she pays them with sweets (don’t even think about it).
The Bible says Eve is the mother of all living things. But did Adam serve her breakfast in bed? An early morning feast may not be what your mom really wants. Something as simple as a card, either handmade or purchased might do the trick. Mother’s Day is the third biggest day for sending cards. But all mom really wants is eternal gratitude, because she’s the one who brought you into the world…and can bring you out of it if you don’t straighten up.
Keep in mind the words of comedian mom Phyllis Diller: “I want my kids to have everything I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.
Jackie Rooney is a freelance writer living in Ponte Vedra Beach. Contact her at [email protected]