Salt and pepper sets feature bold colors, geometric patterns
If you’re an art deco fan, Fivestripes.com has some funky salt and shaker peppers with bold colors and geometric shapes that will add some kick to your kitchen. Prices range from $15 to $77 for the William Bounds Limited collection. Spending more than $70 on a salt and pepper set may seem pricey, but these sets are like functional art. For more details, go fivestripes.com/category-s/198.htm.
Grosse Pointe Holiday Mart runs Oct. 18-19
The 55th annual Grosse Pointe Holiday Mart kicks off Oct. 18-19 with goodies from nearly 30 stores from across Metro Detroit and the country. You’ll find everything from home decor items to jewelry at this year’s event, which will include stores like Detroit-based Nest, City Bird, Nora, and Hugh.
“Holiday Mart may be more than half a century old, but we still have some new tricks up our sleeve, including a robust roster of new vendors that will offer something really fresh for our longtime shoppers,” said Helen McKnight, Grosse Pointe Holiday Mart chairperson. “We also felt it was very important, during this transformational time in Detroit’s history, to provide a showcase for the outstanding and unique Detroit retailers who are fueling the rebirth of our great city.”
Admission is $5 and payable at the door. Festivities will begin with a special Patron Preview Cocktail Party from 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday with cocktails and entertainment; tickets are $75 and available online at holidaymartgrossepointe.com. Proceeds from this year’s mart benefit prenatal care and cancer prevention screenings at Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan.
Fall gardening tips for allergy-sufferers
Allergies can be brutal — the endless itchy eyes, runny nose and coughing. With fall gardening season officially here, allergist Dr. Clifford Bassett, director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York, has good tips when it comes to working outside.
■ Wear a pollen mask when gardening.
■ Wear gloves to minimize local contact and reduce irritation to the skin of your hands and arms.
■ Limit gardening to a minimum on “high” pollen count days.
■ Take advantage of rainy, cloudy or windless days, which usually have lower pollen counts.
■ Keep your garden and lawn free of flowering weeds.
Garden City Garden Club unveils its own 'Calendar Girls'
When my phone rang last week with a caller telling me about a local garden club that was doing its version of the movie “Calendar Girls,” I had to pause for a second. “Isn’t that the movie where they take their clothes off?”
Faced with declining attendance at their annual garden walk, the Garden City Garden Club, around since 1956, made a bold decision: Why not make its version of a “Calendar Girls” calendar to raise money for their scholarship program? They hired Charlotte Laurie Photography and 14 members agreed to creatively pose for the “Garden City Garden Club Reveals All……about Gardening” 2014 Calendar. It will be “revealed” Saturday at the Garden City Garden Club Plant Sale/Exchange at downtown Garden City’s 2013 Chili Cook-off and Hot Rod/Motorcycle Show. It’ll also be available at a bake sale at the Garden City Fire Station Open House in downtown Garden City. The festivities start at 11 a.m. and go all afternoon, says member Cheryl Partin.
The photo shoot was held in the club president’s secluded garden with two men and 12 women, all shot separately. And while some were nervous and shy, others had no problem disrobing for a good cause, Partin says. “Our photographer, Charlotte, was amazing and made it very comfortable,” Partin says. “We all had a great time!”
Calendars are $12. For more information or to buy a calendar, call (734) 788-1319 or visit the club’s Facebook page at facebook.com/gcgcmi.
Our Town Art Show and Sale at Community House
More than 300 pieces of art from 167 artists will be on display at the 28th annual OUR TOWN Art Show and Sale Saturday and Sunday at the Community House, 380 South Bates in Birmingham. Presented by the DeRoy Testementary Foundation and the Community House, the show will include everything from contemporary to traditional art and is free and open to the public. Thirty-five percent of the proceeds will be used to fund Community House wellness, leadership and art outreach programs for at-risk youth in Pontiac and Detroit. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (248) 644-5832 or go to www.tchserves.org.