afternoon, WNC WOMAN.”
are you sitting down?” That’s how Eve started out when
I answered the phone one afternoon last month.
yes...” I replied, wondering what on earth she had up her sleeve.
“Remember that $75 I wanted to donate to WNC WOMAN? Well, I
changed my mind.”
James and I would like to host a celebration for WNC WOMAN as a fund-raising
(I’m fairly certain I said something much more intelligent than
got to thinking about that $75 and decided to do something that could
be a MUCH greater support to the magazine. I know you and Sandi are
running this magazine with little more than sweat and ingenuity. This
is a wonderful thing you do—an incredible service—and
we want to help the magazine grow. There has been great enthusiasm
from everyone I’ve talked to about it.”
I listened with rapidly growing excitement. You see, Eve and her husband
James are a remarkable pair. I had known them since I created the
website for their B&B four or five years ago.
is a highly published gardener and floral designer who grew up in
Charleston, SC. Oh, and she’s a fabric artist, and a creative
chef, and earth mother. James is a Ph.D., a home inspector, a builder,
and a non-denominational minister—and an Asheville native. (His
father was Dr. Grier Davis, once the Presbyterian minister in Asheville,
later president of Montreat College.)
stopped by to meet with the two of them at The Hawk and Ivy, their
scrumptious B&B, to talk about what they had up their sleeves,
and why they were led to make this incredibly generous offer. We sat
in their sunny, new kitchen that James had built, surrounded by plants,
art, and cherished family antiques.
winter I had been working on releasing my Superwoman,” Eve said,”...and
in the process I had been looking closely at what I truly want to
be doing. We had had the leanest months ever in November and December,
and so what do you do when times are lean? You give it away!”
(whose natural beauty makes her look like she recently shapeshifted
from a flower) laughs like a woman who has just tossed aside a coat-of-many-burdens,
and is finally being led only by the deepest core of her heart.
“I was so touched by the centerfold on Clara Curtis in the January
issue. She is a beloved friend of mine—for years we have gone
to New Bern together to decorate the Tryon Palace for Christmas. As
I read the article,” she continued, “I realized what a
unique role this magazine plays and what a gift it is for all of us;
I was overcome with an intense desire to help support it and bring
together a devoted gathering to create that support. I love that you
have followed your vision in creating this magazine."
piped up: “We are very sympathetic with that. We have made a
practice of following our guidance even when it didn’t make
much practical sense. We follow our dreams...” “It may
not always be easy or seamless...” (Eve) “It’s messy.”
(James) “But we love it.” (a chorus of Eve and James.)
“We are committed to doing our deeper soul’s work”
(at this point they are in such sync, the words could come from either
mouth!) “and it seems you are too.”
the mid 70’s, Eve and James were led to create a personal growth
and spiritual retreat center in the mountains near Asheville. It was
four years of very exciting work, but in the end they were unable
to buy the property and returned to Atlanta. Eve’s new vision
was to have a cutting garden. She dreamed the house and found it,
literally a week later. They loved it and Eve flourished in Atlanta.
Eve’s garden became ‘Eve’s Garden’, a splendid
display garden with a floral design business that drew thousands of
visitors and significant media attention.
they yearned to return to the mountains. That dream, too, came true.
They found the perfect property for a B&B in Barnardsville. James
grinned, “For reasons that were never clear to us, the bank
gave us a loan even though we had left behind all our sources of income.
We had nothing but a dream and lots of pretty pictures...”
The Hawk and Ivy was born.
years later the Hawk and Ivy is a holistic, country retreat B&B
with 24 acres and a 1910 farmhouse and guest cottage and a well-established
and well-deserved reputation for delicious food, beautiful gardens,
and simple elegance. The house is full of family antiques, including
a grandfather clock that has been in James’ family for seven
generations. The organic gardens are an integral part of the B&B
from the gourmet breakfasts to the flowers in each room and the wedding
decorations in the barn. There are perennial borders, a large kitchen
garden full fruits, berries, herbs, and vegetables, and dozens of
overflowing pots of flowers. Guests might be greeted in the morning
by a bowl of 5 or 6 different kinds of berries, fresh baked scones,
an organic asparagus omelet amandine, most of it from the garden.
Each morning is a different feast. (The gardens should be lovely on
the beginning, they had only a passing thought of holding weddings...but
people started calling on their own, asking if they could be married
there. At the time the barn had no lights, no decks, no toilet. But
the setting, never-the-less, was idyllic. The 20 acres of wildflower
meadow behind the houses form their own private valley with a long,
high ridge affording 360-degree views of the mountains.
finally said “Okay, God, we get it!” They borrowed money
from their best friend to build decks off three sides of the barn.
“When you get guidance, you follow and then fill in the blanks
as you go along.” Eve explained. They have hosted more than
130 larger weddings on that meadow.
Now they are feeling lead once again to become more of a spiritual
retreat center B&B. (James is planning to build small meditation
sites on the mountainside.) “We believe when someone comes for
a personal retreat—our assumption is they have impeccable guidance.
Our role is to reflect what they already know. We meet with them and
ask them to articulate their intent for this time. There is magic
in articulating intent…they are making a sacred commitment to
themselves. We meet a couple of times during their visit to support
and encourage and help deepen their intention (--not telling them
what to do in any way.)
THE BIG IDEA?
Sunday June 26: An evening of great food, entertainment, and celebration
to honor WNC WOMAN and those who are inspired by it. This event is
all inclusive, for spouses, partners, and friends, everyone who loves
and wants to support the magazine. And the weekend of June 26th also
marks the beginning of our fourth year.
are unfolding as this is being written. There is much excitement and
anticipation. Please call if you want to help, and order tickets early!
Space is limited.
We will keep you informed as the event continues to come together.
Just mark June 26th on your calendars. You can call Arlene Winkler
at 225-3766 with your credit card to buy your tickets (tickets are
$25, $50, or $100...the amount you pay is up to you!). Or you can
send a check to WNC WOMAN, PO Box 1332, Mars Hill NC, 28754. If you
want to volunteer to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to take a look at where the big event is going to be,
go visit hawkandivy.com,
a website I designed for James and Eve.