What fun Pickett’s book group had here this past weekend! When she’s not at Oak Grove Plantation Bed & Breakfast during the winter, Pickett dines and discusses books monthly with a group of friends in the Washington area. Once a year, the group stays at Oak Grove and discusses the chosen book–this time “Charlie Wilson’s War,” about a congressman who just about single-handedly led American efforts to remove Soviet troops from Afghanistan.
Of course, the book discussion only lasts a few hours. On Friday night, the group had dinner at the elegant Bistro 1888 restaurant, enjoying beef medallions, avocado key lime pie and other fine menu items. The women shopped at the Farmer’s Market before helping to make dinner at home on Saturday. Then they stopped in at Alan Gatrell’s Cowboy Up café in Virgilina to sing karaoke with Mike, Pickett’s husband. Between wonderful country and western songs from other patrons, Mike and Ginny sang “Both Sides Now,” Mike sang “Georgia on My Mind” and Louise sang “Take Me Home Country Roads.”
Not wanting to leave out absent members, the group did several conference calls, including one to Albania, where Marty is sailing on a year-long adventure with Art. On the phone later from Washington were Amy and Barbara.
Both mornings the guests were served a gourmet breakfast, first with Tortilla Espanol and biscuits and the next day pancakes and fruit salad. After breakfast on Sunday, Mike, Ginny and Louise serenaded the others before the visitors returned to Washington.
Your book group can have similar experiences in this laid-back country home near South Boston. Let us know when you’d like to come.