In times past if a woman found herself suddenly on her ownthere were very few options for her to make her way in the world. Widowhood abandonment and other circumstances often forced women to turn to one of the only respectable avenues of income available to them - opening a boarding house. In this unique volume Alice Sink and Nickie Doyal tell the stories of resourceful women across North Carolina who opened their homes to strangers out of necessity and in the process created a kind of family for peoplewho were of no blood relations. Featuring boarding houses from the colonial period through modern times stretching across the entire state it’s North Carolina history from a new and different perspective Illustrated with great pictures and recipes that would have graced the boarding house table.
Join the Peppertree Retirement Village residents as they experience lives unlike the stereotyped views often associate with senior living. Meet Legree who falls head over heels for a young handsome never-do-well. Laugh with horoscope buff Joanna Stadwick and her elderly father as they cross paths with the Beufort County water meter reader. Share Miss Constance’s dignity and self-consciousness as she convinces herself that in a former life she definitely was a maid in Charles Dickens’ 1836 London home. Laugh with Lavoris Darrell Waltrip race car fan as she serves customers in the Island café. Be introduced to the Green Brothers Curtis and Franklin who know what everybody is doing where and when. Cheer on the managers of Peppertree Irene and Lee and the maid Viola they have hired. Last but certainly not least become acquainted with four-year-old Brandi Camero and two spoiled kitty cats Pessy Mae-Mae and Puddy-Cat. Now put members of this eccentric group together as they travel to Charleston for visits to the Gibes Art Gallery Charleston Fine Arts Museum and the Market area. As they are forced by circumstances to interact during the trip they come to terms with the reality that no [wo]man Is an Island.
Quite unexpectedly circumstances have led to an eclectic blending of Lowcountry neighbors the pastors and congregation of Palmetto Church of the Brethren and the girls next door at the Pink Alligator Strip Club. Shortly after spring storms ravage the existing Braxton South Carolina church sanctuary the members are forced to move to the only space in the area large enough to accommodate them an empty warehouse outside the city. Sharing to the dismay of many in the congregation the same parking lot with “the girls next door.” Meet Felicia Stedman middle-school teacher by day and stripper by night. Fall in love with robust middle-aged red-headed house mom Gertie. Get an inside bird’s eye view of the strippers’ nightly routines their pride as well as their gripes and concerns in their chosen profession. Laugh and cry over the crude antics and often misguided mentality of the men who frequent the Pink ‘Gator. Also meet Reverend Thomas Hunter the young handsome pastor of Palmetto Church of the Brethren his two assistant pastors and various members of his Reconciling Congregation open and affirming of Gay Lesbian Bi-Sexual Transgendered and Straight people. Their motto is “Open minds open hearts and open doors.” Identify with Miss Estelle Sprinkle octogenarian church member whose wisdom astonishes all. Become immersed in the mysterious disappearance of Braxton entrepreneur and church leader John Jay Grimes.