MANNING - The Land, Parker and Welch courtyard was transformed into a beautiful dining venue for Tuesday's Farm to Table celebration, a part of this year's Main Street Manning's annual meeting.
Brunson's Nursery converted the law firm's back …
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Brunson's Nursery converted the law firm's back parking lot into a beautiful oasis complete with planting beds and trees that appeared as if they were permanent.
Beautiful handmade tables, set side by side for a more intimate setting, were laden with floral and greenery arrangements that also included fresh vegetables and branches with cotton bolls still attached. Each place setting included a Mason jar mug, a tea towel and a fan that did double duty as a menu.
More than a hundred guests mingled, enjoying a variety of appetizers that were served by Culinary Arts students from the F.E. DuBose Career Center. Manning High School's FFA students were also on hand assisting with appetizers and assisting where needed.
Before the actual meal began, Main Street Manning took care of a little business including the presentation of several awards. Manning Mayor Julia Nelson welcomed everyone to Manning and thanked the Farm to Table committee and its volunteers for all the hard work that went into the event and for how nice everything looked. She also thanked the caters, the farmers and the students who volunteered their time to assist in the event.
Three awards that are voted on by the public were presented along with two recognitions that were handed out by Carrie Trebil, director of Main Street Manning, a department of the City of Manning.
Trebil presented the Most Hospitable Award to Lucy's Traditional Southern Bakehouse. The Best Window Display Award went to Monkey Grinders, and the Best Building Renovation Award went to Kathy and Bubba Rabon for Mill Street Grill.
"Our Main Street Hero Award goes to a special person," Trebil said. "She needs recognition for reining us in - Nancy Cave."
Trebil also presented Marie Land with a gift for chairing the Farm to Table event.
"Miss Marie is the driving force behind this," Trebil added. "It's all this lady right here. The tables, the decorations, the lights it's all her."
"It takes a town to put on an event like this," Land said. "Living in Manning is so wonderful."
Land encouraged the guests to get to know the people around the tables.
"If you don't know someone, introduce yourself and get to know them," she said.
Land thanked the farmers and local businesses, particularly McCall Farms who cans Margaret Holmes' vegetables, for generously donating their goods to the event. She also thanked Patrick Brailsford, who made the tables for Farm to Table.
"These tables were made from antique wood," she added. "Patrick did a wonderful job."
Jean Prothro, whose late husband, June Prothro, founded Prothro Chevrolet, said she'd like to see more of these events.
"This is wonderful. It's like years ago when friends and family would get together to talk and enjoy spending time together. We don't do things like that anymore," she shared. "We need to do more of this."
To purchase a handmade table, contact Brailsford at (803) 460-9456.
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