Monthly Archives: April 2014

Regency Style: Treasure of the Day

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John Nash. Beau Brummell. The Prince Regent.

Take home a little piece of Regency style, exemplified by an exuberant taste for ” japanned furniture” — black and gold lacquering that was used extensively throughout the Brighton Pavilion by the order of the Prince Regent himself.

Regency style also combines utility with pleasing visual elements, as does this lacquered wood side table with a gallery edge.  Our sample is a reproduction from the 1960s — but who has to know?

The 52nd ABC sale opens at 8 am Saturday, April 26.  The Tar Heel Ten Miler begins early Saturday morning; the roads around St. Thomas More will not be closed, but traffic will be halted as groups of runners come through.   Click here to see a traffic advisory along with road closures for Saturday’s race.  Plan your trip and travel times accordingly.

ABC Sale Chairs – Bud & Mary Jo Sell

All your favorite departments return to St. Thomas More for the 52nd ABC Sale.  The Treasure Room, women’s clothing, and the women’s boutique will be ranged along the hallway to the left of the main entrance.  Books are set up behind the welcome table in the lobby.  The big fellowship hall will be home to cook’s corner, linens, accessories, white elephant, children’s and infants’ clothing, and men’s clothing.  The furniture section will be in the lobby outside the fellowship hall — at the entrance to the right of the main entrance.  The garden center will be in the courtyard off the fellowship hall, and baked goods and hotdogs will greet you outside.  Credit card payment points will be available at centralized locations.  Click here to see a schematic layout of this year’s sale.

Chapel of the Cross 2014 ABC Sale

St. Thomas More Church*

Saturday, April 26

8 am to 1 pm

Cash, checks and all major credit cards accepted.  Proceeds go to benefit the IFC Building Campaign and other charities in in Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties.

*St. Thomas More is located at 904 Carmichael Street off 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard.

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The great Barnhill ham project

Barnhill gave the Chapel of the Cross a ham for Christmas — a country cured ham from Smithfield (NC).  This 14-pound beauty, a fine example of old-fashioned Southern dry-curing, is a valuable commodity.  I squirreled it away until I could figure out what to do with it!

I consulted three reputable sources:  a Christ Church cookbook from the mid-70s, (the recipe of Mrs. Grigg Mullen), the Mordecai cookbook, called A Source of Much Pleasure (the recipe of Emyl Jenkins) and Cooking with Pork, which looks like it came from the late 70s, judging by the photos.

First you wash and scrub the ham with a wire brush to remove any mold; then you soak it in warm water — I used a cooler — for about 24 hours to extract some of the salt.  You want it to have a salty tang but you need to get rid of some of the curing salt.  I was prepared to saw off the ham hock, but thanks to modern production methods did not need to.  (Saving that bone though, for seasoning!)

I put the ham on a rack in a roasting pan and preheated my oven to 500 degrees. (This is Emyl’s method.) I added seven cups of very hot liquid — I used a combination of water and orange juice, as suggested by the Cooking with Pork people, and covered the whole shebang with heavy aluminum foil.  Then into the oven for 20 minutes.  At this point Emyl advises that you turn the oven off for three hours and do not — do not — open the oven door.  At the end of three hours, turn the oven back on to 500 degrees and when it reaches temperature, cook it for 20 minutes more and turn it off again.  Then let it stay in the warm oven overnight — for eight hours.

Does this work? Absolutely.  I removed the foil and peeled off the rind and then removed the fat.  It practically jumped off.  All the cookbooks give a recipe for glaze a bit reluctantly; all emphasize that a glaze is completely unnecessary to enhance the flavor.  Since I was planning to use the ham in biscuits or rolls for the Chapel of the Cross Easter reception, a glaze did not seem to be called for.

Mrs. Mullen crisply reminds us that Smithfield ham is a delicacy and that very thin slices are in order.  So enjoy this lovely Easter delicacy prepared with enthusiasm using a generous gift from our contractor.  (Biscuit-stuffing courtesy of the Chapel of the Cross Kitchen Guild.)

Thanks to the great Barnhill ham project, I look forward to doing this next year in our brand new kitchen.

Walker Mabe

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Sturdy and handsome: Treasure of the Day

Now is the time!  ABC Sale donation drop-off started today.  Curbside drop offs continue at St. Thomas More tomorrow, 8 am to 7 pm, and Thursday, 8:30 am to 4 pm. Drop off your stuff and get a tax receipt in return.

The sale opens at 8 am Saturday, April 26.  The Tar Heel Ten Miler begins early Saturday morning; the roads around St. Thomas More will not be closed, but traffic will be halted as groups of runners come through.  Click here to see a traffic advisory along with road closures for Saturday’s race.  Plan your trip and travel times accordingly.

All your favorite departments return to St. Thomas More for the 52nd ABC Sale.  The Treasure Room, women’s clothing, and the women’s boutique will be ranged along the hallway to the left of the main entrance.  Books are set up behind the welcome table in the lobby.  The big fellowship hall will be home to cook’s corner, linens, accessories, white elephant, children’s and infants’ clothing, and men’s clothing.  The furniture section will be in the lobby outside the fellowship hall — at the entrance to the right of the main entrance.  The garden center will be in the courtyard off the fellowship hall, and baked goods and hotdogs will greet you outside.  Credit card payment points will be available at centralized locations.  Click here to see a schematic layout of this year’s sale.

Treasure of the Day: A heavy sterling silver Tiffany baby cup, with plenty of heft to withstand repeated banging on the high chair tray.  Initials, DEH, and the year, 1918, make this a very special offering.  Scrap metal value alone is over $100; we know you’ll find it priceless!

Chapel of the Cross 2014 ABC Sale

St. Thomas More Church*

Saturday, April 26

8 am to 1 pm

Cash, checks and all major credit cards accepted.  Proceeds go to benefit the IFC Building Campaign and other charities in in Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties.

*St. Thomas More is located at 904 Carmichael Street off 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard.

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Charming: Treasure of the Day

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This little clown, about 10 inches tall, is a Vietri Italian ceramic wine jug.  Standing sturdily in his little balled slippers, his jacket curling up into the handle, he holds his collar open to form the jug’s spout.  His head comes right off — it’s like a ceramic cork — so you can easily decant your wine.  Captures the Italian idea of dolce vita and aerates that inexpensive bottle of chianti with charm.  Perfectly good for milk or water or lemonade too!

ABC curbside donation drop-off starts tomorrow at 1 pm!  Drop-offs continue Wednesday the 23rd, 8:30 am to 7 pm and Thursday the 24th, 8:30 am until 4 pm.

Chapel of the Cross 2014 ABC Sale

St. Thomas More Church*

Saturday, April 26

8 am to 1 pm

*St. Thomas More is located at 904 Carmichael Street off 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard.

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Beverly Dixon Macaws: Treasure of the Day

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Chapel Hill native and North Carolina artist Beverly Dixon painted this pair of macaws in pastel and wash on paper.  Her work is very popular ’round here — this could be your chance!

Make room for this fine feathered duo by donating some of your old art — that painting you don’t notice any longer or the one you never really liked or the framed posters that still say “dorm room.”    The ABC Sale crew will take your donations curbside at St. Thomas More starting Tuesday, April 22, 1-5 pm.  Drop-offs continue Wednesday the 23rd, 8:30 am to 7 pm and Thursday the 24th, 8:30 am until 4 pm.

Chapel of the Cross 2014 ABC Sale

St. Thomas More Church*

Saturday, April 26

8 am to 1 pm

*St. Thomas More is located at 904 Carmichael Street off 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard.

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Scandalous…: Treasure of the Day

IMGP2236This superb handpainted Art Nouveau floral ewer with heavy goldwork and beading is an excellent example of Royal Hinode Nippon porcelain.

Our particular ewer was meant to be bequeathed to Kathleen Winsor, the author of Forever Amber, published in 1944.  The novel told the story of Amber St. Clare, who moved up through 17th century British society by marrying successively wealthier men, all the while keeping her love for the one man she could never have.  The novel was banned in at least 14 states and some countries for its scandalous content, although Winsor remarked that the only two steamy scenes she wrote were removed by her editors.  They substituted ellipses instead; “in those days” she said, “they could solve everything with an ellipsis.”

Although banned, Forever Amber was an instant best seller.  Our donor’s aunt read Forever Amber (cover to cover, I’m sure) and immediately removed the author from her will.  And that is how this beautiful piece made its way to the ABC Sale.

ABC Sale volunteers will take your donations (wholesome or scandalous) starting Tuesday, April 22, 1-5 pm.  Drop-offs continue Wednesday the 23rd, 8:30 am to 7 pm and Thursday the 24th, 8:30 am until 4 pm.

Chapel of the Cross 2014 ABC Sale

St. Thomas More Church*

Saturday, April 26

8 am to 1 pm

*St. Thomas More is located at 904 Carmichael Street off 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard.

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It could change your life: Treasure of the Day

Reflect on ancient history or just perfect those beautiful eyes for a night on the town using this lovely Venetian glass dressing table mirror.

When Constantinople was sacked by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, all the glassmakers fled to Venice.  When the Ottomans took the city in 1453, glassmakers again fled to Venice.  Thus Venetian glass would not exist but for Byzantium.

There are entire Pinterest sites dedicated to Venetian glass — the item we have for the ABC Sale is the real thing, circa 1900.  If you don’t have  a dressing table it would be worth getting one just to be able to use this mirror.  It could change your life.  So stop by the furniture department before you leave the sale with this mirror tucked under your arm next Saturday!

Chapel of the Cross 2014 ABC Sale

St. Thomas More Church*

Saturday, April 26

8 am to 1 pm

*St. Thomas More is located at 904 Carmichael Street off 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard.

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Gaudy Night: Treasure of the Day

IMGP2234Collectors and investors, decorators and do-it-yourselfers, scavengers and eccentrics: all will make their way to the ABC Sale on April 26 to see what treasures they can discover. Last week donors and treasure-seekers arrived at the home of Jenny and David Routh to contribute and kibbutz at A Treasured Affair. David Lindquist was on hand to appraise, aided as always by Elizabeth Lindquist and Pamela Pate.

On each day leading up to the sale, we will highlight a treasure or two just to whet your appetite.

Today’s focus is a piece of gaudy pottery, a gold Japanese Satsuma semi-porcelain teapot. This jolie-laide specimen, dating to 1900, features a dragon on the lid — scales and all — with images of the immortals peering out from dragon infested waters. Since they are immortal, they regard the dragon — and us — with sang froid. (Not sure why this teapot sparks an urge to speak le Francais.)

I’ll bet you’ve thought of your own unusual piece you’d like to donate. The ABC Sale crew will take your donations (both precious and pedestrian) starting Tuesday, April 22, 1-5 pm. Drop-offs continue Wednesday the 23rd, 8:30 am to 7 pm and Thursday the 24th, 8:30 am until 4 pm.

Chapel of the Cross 2014 ABC Sale

St. Thomas More Church*

Saturday, April 26

8 am to 1 pm

*St. Thomas More is located at 904 Carmichael Street off 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard.

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English bond

Our beautiful masonry work is coming into its own on the arboretum side of the building.  The brick is being laid in an English bond — appropriate for an Episcopal church in the Anglican Communion.   The pattern alternates a stretcher course — bricks laid end to end, lengthwise — with a half-brick course.  This matches the original pattern on the remaining Battle Building as well as the Yates addition.


An English bond gives the building loads of character as well as structural strength.  The masons have modified the pattern a bit to make sure there are full bricks turning all the corners with full head joints — mortar covering the entire surface of the two bricks where they join.

 

At the gable ends of the building, where the brickwork is flush with the roof and trim (called the rakes), there are brick triangles on a 45-degree bond.  Another fancy detail is the addition of corbels on the corners of the building near the top — successive rows of masonry projecting out from the face of the wall.  Soldier courses — bricks standing up — and row locks — bricks lying down — over windows and doors — add character and shed water.

 

Variation and diversity in the pattern will make our building one of a kind while strengthening the fabric of the masonry.  It’s just another way the outward and visible aspects of our building symbolize the inward and spiritual truths of our varied, character-filled, and strong parish.  Thank you for all the diverse ways you have chosen to support both the building campaign and the ongoing work of the parish. All your gifts, whether time, talent, or treasure, reflect your character and your strength.

Walker Mabe

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No guts/no glory

Inspectors were on site this week to examine and approve the guts of the building — the pipes, chases, conduits, and ductwork that carry water and wastewater, warm air and cool air, power and light, and telephone and computer cables.  Each trade has to have its work inspected.  Our electricians, plumbers, HVAC contractors, and IT folks have been working side by side to complete their work prior to hanging the drywall, or sheetrock, that covers it all up.

The good weather and longer days this week resulted in dawn-to-dusk activity.  Now the roof is closer to being dried in and masons have made good progress on the arboretum side.  More scaffolding awaits them around the rest of the structure.  Next week ductworks, fans, and venting will be installed in the current dining room, kitchen, and dish room — the future library and first-floor classroom for the new building.

There were no inspectors on hand to look at the guts of the folks who embarked on this project — though some might have thought they needed their heads examined!

As a 20-year vision comes to life, your vestry and parish commissions are working together to develop an intentional, strategic vision of mission and ministry that will enable us to live into this great work we are doing together. We need everyone’s help as we prepare to open the doors of our Galilee building.  No guts; no glory…  Have you made your best pledge?

Walker Mabe

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