It didn't take me long to find "Mrs. Turner's," although the house had undergone several renovations/restorations in the ensuing 47 years. (47! Ouch, that was painful to say!) A beautiful fence covered the front view of the house, but I got a shot of either side. The door featured in the second picture is where we would go inside to our "classroom." (I seem to remember being outside most of the morning, though....thanks to South Florida's great year round temps and Mrs. Turner's wise decision making!)
These pictures are from my 4th birthday party in 1963, held at Mrs. Turner's.
(My friend Phillip is sitting next to me at the head of the table.)
One of the best parts of my trip to Delray was an amazing luncheon I had with some lovely friends, who are also involved in historic preservation. When I returned to Richmond, Joann Peart, my former Delray neighbor, sent me some pictures of my mother and father at a party at her house in 1996. The pics, which I had never seen before (thank you, Joann!!) were enclosed in a beautiful card designed by noted artist, Lois Brezinski. When I finished walking down memory lane, I looked at the card more carefully. Something was so familiar about it.....
|Paintings courtesy of Lois Brezinkski|
It was Mrs. Turner's house!!! I quickly pulled up the pictures that I had taken, and sure enough....There it was! What a thrill.....It is going straight into a frame!
PS. One of the other friends I lunched with in Delray is the amazing Augustus Clemmer Mayhew. Clemmer writes columns for the Palm Beach Daily News (The Shiny Sheet) and for The New York Social Diary on Palm Beach historic landmarks and other properties, as well as highlighting significant structures (and people) in Delray Beach, Gulfstream, Boca Raton and beyond. He is a wealth of knowledge and a brilliant writer. You won't want to miss his columns! Here's one from this week's NYSD.