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Albemarle Tradewinds January 2016 Final5

January 2016

White Gloves and

White Gloves and Collards White Gloves and Collards is the story of a privileged childhood in Edenton, North Carolina, a small southern town that cherishes its customs and history as symbolized by the Confederate Monument at the foot of Broad Street. As she copes with the untimely deaths of her parents, young Helen observes how the community is coping with a different kind of loss—an end to the Jim Crow rules of behavior they’ve always lived by. With love and support from a brainy older brother, an eclectic extended family (many of whom are segregationists), and a wise African-American maid, she tries to make sense of the changes taking place around her, both in her personal life and in society as a whole. RESIGNATION HOPE MAMA DAUGHTER GROWING SISTERS COMFORT CHANGES COMMUNITY SUPPORT GLOVES COLLARDS CAREGIVERS PLAYMATE OPPRESSIVE CHERISHED CANCER FUNERAL REMINISCED EDENTON Helen Pruden Kaufmann, a native of Edenton, NC, graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in American History. She was the community liaison for a public school desegregation program in Massachusettes before relocating with her family to California, where she has done writing and editorial work for educational organizations such as the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the Challenge 2000 education initiative of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford. Helen and her husband now live in the San Diego area Written with humor and heart-wrenching honesty, this is not a typical civil rights era morality tale where heroes and villains are clearly delineated. Rather, it’s the story of everyday people dealing with change the best they know how. For some, that meant clinging to the myths of the past. For others it meant opening hearts and minds. And for Helen with her personal struggles, it meant doing a little bit of both. 4 Albemarle Tradewinds December 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

By: Kelly Thorsby THIS MONTH’S SPOTLIGHTED SPONSOR: Toyota of Elizabeth City! Visit www.toyotaofelizabethcity.com to see a great deal on a car today! I am THRILLED to continue my relationship as a writer with Albemarle Tradewinds once again! As the chamber president, it is important that we openly communicate with our community and this magazine gives me the opportunity to do so. We have been the Official Voice of Business Since 1911 and have helped our local businesses grow for over 100 years. Member benefits include: E-newsletter ads, effective e-blast system, social media campaigns, marketing and educational opportunities, 100+ annual networking events, and promotion of literature, posters, coupons and much more! To learn more, purchase a $50 ticket to our 105th ANNUAL DINNER MEETING– Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6-9pm at KE White. We will be honoring our “Super Heroes” of the chamber, our members and sponsors. We will also award our Small Business, Business and Non-Profit of the Year awards. Also join us for the 25th ANNUAL BUSINESS EXPO & JOB FAIR– Tuesday, March 22nd (5-8pm) is our signature Sneak Peek event for a $25 ticket admission. On Wednesday, March 23rd, (10am-2pm) our Community Day features our Super Hero Non-Profit Hall of Justice for just $2 at the door. This heroic event takes place at KE White and also has a Super Hero theme. Booths are $350 to our members and $450 for future members. Don’t miss our best networking event of the year co-sponsored by COA Small Business Center. We hope you will attend these special events and learn how we can help your business as well. Call us for details at 252-335-4365 or visit elizabethcitychamber.org. 502 E. Ehringhaus St., EC, NC 27909 My staff and I would like to thank you all for a successful 2015 and look forward to sharing 2016 with you as well! May you all have a Blessed, Prosperous and Healthy New Year! When I opened my doors in 2012, I mainly worked on my jewelry, the set-up of the store, and the sponsoring of, and promotion of the over 100 artists on display here. Now for the next phase….combining art with antique and vintage furniture. Let me explain what I mean… One of my passions is working and re-working vintage and antique furniture, also building new furniture out of old pieces. I work with all mediums to include stains, chalk paints, milk paints, mineral paints, glazes, waxes, metallic’s, really what each “individual” piece requires. I love doing custom builds. Taking an old tv cabinet as an example, and making a custom doggie den. While many artists can do the same concept, we all have our own individual visions and end product. When you purchase anything from and artist, it is a huge compliment to us, it tells us that you appreciate and love OUR work. We all notice. My latest store project is a desk from the North Western Furniture Company out of Iowa, America’s Largest Desk Manufacturer. It is a Cherry Desk that was in sad shape. I sanded her down to bare wood and applied a Minwax stain called “driftwood”. Removed her hardware and painted them with white enamel paint, distressed them, and reapplied the original painted hardware. I then applied three coats of clear furniture was to seal and protect. I have a local artist who is HAND carving new front lion claw feet for this beauty. I am so excited for them to arrive! This will be a beautiful heirloom for another 100 years of use. elizabethcitychamber.org/ 252.335.4365 This is where “ART meets ANTIQUES” 116 N. Poindexter St. Elizabeth City, NC 27909 252-339-3868 facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds December 2015 5