Mothers and Magnolias Tea relives memories of old Rich’s
by Sally Litchfield
May 21, 2013 11:40 PM | 2201 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
May 11 was a return to the good ol’ days when ladies wore dresses and hats to lunch. The Mothers and Magnolias Tea brought mothers, daughters, old friends and new to the Marietta Museum of History to relive memories of the old Rich’s Magnolia Tea Room and fashion hows.

Jeff Clemmons, author of “Rich’s: A Southern Institution,” signed books and engaged the guests with stories of the history of Rich’s. Carol Westbrook of The Magnolia Room organized a fashion show like the ones at Rich’s. Models paraded around each table. Fashion information cards were at each place setting. Westbrook once worked in the fashion department of Rich’s. The Magnolia Room and Urban Renewal, and Doodlebugz and Rhinos and Rhinestonez (on the Marietta Square) loaned pieces for the models to wear.

Chicken salad, cheese straws, frozen fruit salad and the famous coconut cake, made from original Magnolia Room recipes, were prepared by Creations by Cookie. Attendees received swag bags full of goodies including Trapp candles, Bremen Museum passes, Little Black Dress/ Little Red Wagon magazines and coupons to surrounding retailers.

Lunching in fashion were: Charlene Barton, Betty Benson, Eugenia Bocian, Emma Jane Canup, Jean Galt, Betty Goolsby, Martha Graham, Judy Renfro, Roberta Roberts, Betty Sheldon, Mary Grace Smith, Margerie Tulkoff, Carolyn Whitfield and Melissa Whitfield.


Lifestyle recently reported on 1st Annual Car Show sponsored by the Smyrna Jonquil Lions Club. The event featuring classic and antique cars was rained out and rescheduled to June 15. It will be held at Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna beginning at 9 a.m.

For more information, call Michael Coolbroth at (770) 435-4417.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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