By Marie Anne Greene
The drive to the big city, Atlanta, was uneventful. However, the later than normal arrival time precluded all afternoon fun activities so after a change from comfortable driving clothes into womanly Skinny pink jeans, a flowing tunic also in pink and of-course Pink Tennie’s and a Make-Up touch up Our Gal was more than ready for a glass of wine and a nice dinner in a comfortable restaurant. Regrettably, there is only one within ten miles of the Dream-Maker’s Studio, an old reliable, comfortable family style Italian Restaurant.
Neither one of us, Marie and Phoebe, (the Dream-Maker) had a fixed agenda for the weekend although since it had been a month since our last get-together there were many happenings and topics to chat about. However, it quickly became evident that each of us had two-three things she wanted to do. Phoebe had, in a previous telephone call said she had a Wedding Gown that she just had to see on Marie. Our Gal countered that she had a Strapless Party Gown that she was just dying to show the Dream-Maker. A fun start!
Next Phoebe said she and a lady friend had visited the Inn two weeks back and proceeded to remind they (Marie and Phoebe) had visited the Inn back in November and enjoyed the experience but had not visited the Museum/Gift Studio. Phoebe continued with the fact that she and her friend had visited the Museum Shoppe and had met and been entertained by the lady who ran the shop.
It was decided another trip to the Inn and Shoppe was warranted. Phoebe then proposed that Marie bring “The Spring Sun Dress” which after an extended search, Marie had recently purchased. Phoebe’s plan/idea was if the meeting with the Shoppe Lady went well, Marie could change from her walking out luncheon outfit and really get into the “Plantation Story Theme” that the Shoppe Lady loves to tell.
With that plan (fantasy) made, Marie was planning to wear a multi-colored striped skirt and a solid Violet colored Tunic top. Phoebe rejected the striped skirt and recommended a much more feminine alternate. This was a filmy floral yellow/rose/violet colored airy skirt with a flouncy hem. Marie loved its femininity and acquiesced to Phoebe’s judgement, and off the daring duo went for the twenty-mile ride through the backroads of the Georgia green hills arriving at the Inn during the last half of the lunch period.
After sampling the large variety of Southern Cuisine that was offered and the several savory deserts our two-girl team walked to the Museum Shoppe and Phoebe reestablished her rapport with Natalie, the Museum/Shop Manager and proceeded to introduce Marie, who was still wearing the Walking-Out Floral skirt and violet tunic and an Auburn bob. Then began a three-way girl dialogue about the many unique Museum displays which included many handmade artist works ranging from paintings to statues, jewelry and uniquely colorful flowing coverups. After this warm period of friendship, Marie asked Natalie for directions to the restrooms, then headed off with her “Large – It’s In here Somewhere Shoulder Bag” dangling in her left hand.
Our Gal is well accomplished with her Wonder-Woman super-fast change capabilities and in less than three minutes had slipped out of the Floral skirt and Tunic combo and into a near ankle length yellow Sun Dress, white sandals and now shoulder length Blonde tresses with a matching yellow Plantation Sun-Hat. When, our Gal returned to the Shoppe in this new mode, she was greeted immediately by Natalie with a joyous “Marie – Oh my gosh! You look wonderful. Welcome back.”
Of-course both Phoebe and Marie were thrilled by this unreserved warm demonstration of womanly acceptance neither, Phoebe non- Marie detected any questioning of Marie’s persona.
The tour and stories continued eventually with Marie Anne describing her experience living in Virginia and Carolina Plantation Homes including showing a few pictures. After purchasing several of artistic items our two Gals began their departure preparations, Natalie came around and gave both warm hugs, thanked them for the visit and turning to Marie said she really hope to see them again soon and please send her copies of some of the photos that Phoebe had been busily taking during the visit.
After leaving the Museum, Marie made a bee line to the lady’s room, where she accomplished another rapid transition back into the Tunic and Floral skirt mode. Next Phoebe yielded to Marie’s desire to drop into some of the Main Street shops. This detour was a Marie excursion solo. As Our Gal enter the first shop with the name of, The Twisted Sisters, Marie exclaimed to the young woman sitting behind the counter reading a book – “Wow! What a change from my last visit. Last time the store was bare.” The book lady said Oh! That was not this store but the one next store.” Marie responded, “Oh! Okay- Sorry. My mistake. May I browse”. “Of Course, please do”, came the cheerful reply.
During the slow stroll, Marie picked up two bars of a hand-made cherry perfumed soap and an absolutely delightful looking Blue-Violent-Silver Bralette. Both were on Sale. As Marie placed the trio on the checkout counter, Marie’s interlocutor pick-up a box containing one of the soap bars and putting the box near her nose sniffing its aroma and commented “Pretty”. Marie jokingly chided her saying “Now you owe me a discount”. The exchange concluded with the standard – “Do you want the receipt in the bag? Nodding her head Marie concurred, and placing the receipt in the bag, the smiling young women said “Thank you for dropping in and your purchases and please do come back – We get new things every week.” Marie then decided not to duck into the other stores and returned to the car and a very patient Dream-Maker.
After starting the car and embarking on the final leg of trip to Home Base (Phoebe’s Studio) the topic of discussion turned to a review of the interchange of Marie and Natalie. Both Phoebe and Marie were sure that Natalie had no inclination that Marie was anything other than the friendly, soft-spoken, polite and pleasant lady who appreciated old houses and Southern history. They both also agreed if Natalie had seen beyond Marie’s presentation, she hid it well or was not put off and just accepted Marie’s persona as a pleasant person.
Having had the Southern Lunch, neither of our Gals were interested in dinner, so no further stopping and after reaching the Studio and sampling a light wine, the mini-Fashion Show began. The first on the stage was Marie contribution the violet and gold studded Strapless floor length number with its multi-layered crinolines. Marie was the model and Phoebe both the critic and photographer. It was deemed perfect for a whirling Viennese Ballroom dance competition or Fancy Ball Party with all its glitter and glamour. The challenge, possibly far beyond reality, was where could such a venue could be found. A possibility was a Halloween Event and evenly better was a Halloween Themed Cruse. With those thoughts the Violet Gown left the Studio Stage and was replaced by Phoebe’s special find – Her size 8 Wedding Dress.
Both of our GALS, as do most women, just love the arura of romance and glamour that surrounds the mystic of a Wedding and this particular example of the Wedding Dress Designer’s Art fully measured up, and in the opinion of our Two-party jury, exceeded the norm. Marie, the model, was ecstatic with the style, feel of the satin material, the tucks, folds and sweep of the bodice and skirt and the overall perfectly womanly image and sensation. All these feelings could be seen in her eyes and her joyful smile. Phoebe was so enamored with this Bridal Vision she could not stop taking pictures almost in a random manner.
This ends our narrative and we leave to your judgement the three ensembles worn by Our Gal – the Walking Out Floral Skirt/Tunic Combo – the Strapless Party Gown and the dreamland Wedding Dress. Oh! Almost forgot. Marie send a Thank You Note to Natalie which hopefully may prompt a reply- will let you know.
Hope You have enjoyed this little Vignette.