Well, that's exactly how Thelma and Louise think. Wherever that Laguna Blue SUV takes 'em on this road of life, they seem to make new friends. Those road-trippin' gals want to know what makes the place tick - who those folks are and why they want to share it with other folks.
Going to Inside Out - a home and garden experience in Gilman, Illinois was just one of those times. A blog in November shared Thelma and Louise's first impressions with the business and their monthly shindig, "High Heels and Eyelashes, Mustaches, too". And what a bang-up impression that was! This time our gals are gonna tell you about some of the stories Paula Warmbir and her staff shared. And Thelma and Louise are sharing stories about the whiz-bang fun they had during "Get Your Merry On!"...the official kick-off of the shop's Christmas season.
|A Beautiful "Painted Lady" Victorian Building|
In the past, it was a grocery store. But Thelma and Louise were more thrilled to hear it was also a saloon in days gone by! They could just imagine fellers playin' cards while ladies dressed in saloon finery were strutting their stuff. Our gals would have been in the thick of it, fer sure!
Just a quick look above when comin' through the door, and - AHHHH! - a shiny tin ceiling! It's a real beaut! Nothing makes a place more welcoming to our Thelma and Louise than a room that shines from above! And, now, with all the Christmas finery out and displayed right nice, that whole shop is shinin' and sparklin' and makes Thelma giddy - lordy, how she loves those baubles and bling!
|Paula Warmbir and Beth "Spike" Campbell -|
Don't they look happy?!
And the best part is it still sounds like a peach (as long as Thelma isn't ticklin' those ivory keys!). During the "Get Your Merry On!" event during the first weekend in November, Nancy Coleman was playing Christmas Carols. Louise was gettin' all misty-eyed rememberin' how her Mammaw used to play the piano every Christmas for their family party. The piano player even played a special, sentimental song that Mammaw used to play for little Louise, "Suzy Snowflake"! Louise couldn't help herself and recorded Nancy playin' a tune to share with y'all - you'll see all the bling-bling in the shop, and the hustle-bustle of the shoppers, too. Make sure you stick around to see Thelma be-boppin' to the music! (https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=jZ-zlkwi9Gw&video_referrer=watch)
It doesn't take the girls long to find their way to the Tasting Bar...free samples of Illinois wine is a good thing for these gals! Buy a glass of your favorite wine for a good price, or better yet, buy a bottle (or ten) for your home shindig. You can get wines from Blue Sky Vineyard, Aquaviva, August Hill, Prairie State, Fox Valley, and their newest addition, Lynfred. All from Illinois, and the best wine there is to wet your whistle. The shop also has special brews from Brickstone Brewery in Bourbonnais, just in case you don't care for the 'fruit of the vine'.
Jim Eyers, the owner of Blue Sky Vineyard in Southern Illinois, was pouring his fine wine that particular weekend. He was right nice and such a friendly fella! Some of Thelma and Louise's favorite wines are from his winery! He sure helped folks "Get Your Merry On!" Especially when he shared his personal favorite, "Chambourcin Reserve". Don't get much better'n that!
|Jim Ewers from Blue Sky Vineyard was happy|
to help folks "Get Your Merry On!"
While they were enjoying the "Get Your Merry On!" event, these girls were ready to do a little shopping for the holiday. The hardest thing was findin' things for other folks instead of themselves. Sleevy-Wonders, fancy-schmancy jewels and jangles for the lady in your life or for your home can be found in every nook-and-cranny of this shop. Our Thelma and Louise have their eyes on a couple cute little aprons for the holidays. OOOH-LALA!
Paula even let our gals put their beaded wine glasses in her shop for folks to buy - they're the best to use when drinking that great Illinois wine! Yee-haw...the gals hope they'll make money for more road-trips!
Paula always makes sure there is some good entertainment for her Inside Out friends! Barry Cloyd from Peoria was also playing some tunes on his gee-tars and pickin' his banjo while singin' his songs for the party-goers upstairs that weekend. He has a very nice voice that helped the folks enjoy their time at Inside Out "Get Your Merry On". Folks were gathered around on the benches and tables listening while they tapped their toes and sipped on their wine. Yep, they were all gettin' merry!
|Thelma with Susette Cole|
from "YES!" Magazine
So many ladies came in that weekend...and you could tell so many of them were friends. Lots of smiles from lots of happy folks! Among those special friends who visited was Paula Roberts. She won a special gift from Thelma and Louise for just being swell and one of their most dedicated followers!
|Paula Roberts with a special gift from Thelma and Louise|
with owner Paula Warmbir