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Pat Manko, President

Bonnie Clutterbuck, Editor

February 2011

SHOWHOUSE EDITION Message from the President … Pat Manko The season we have all been waiting for is almost here – the Designer Showhouse! We have been talking about it for months. Rose and Marge have been teasing us about how fabulous it is going to be. The designers are anxious to get started. Some of them will actually be gutting their rooms and starting from scratch – a new concept with the Showhouse. In the very near future, each Guild member will be sent 4 general admission tickets. To help support our efforts, we ask that you either sell them, or personally purchase them to treat a friend or business associate. The parties are being planned – hope to see you at one or both of them. The docent volunteer letters will be going out soon. I know you are anxious to sign up for at least 2 shifts so you will be eligible to attend all lectures. And it goes on and on. This newsletter is mostly about the Showhouse, so please read each article so you will know what is going on. We were so sorry to have had to cancel the Friend’s luncheon. The timing just was not right. Now of course I know you will want to become a member of the Friends of the Jacksonville Symphony Guild. You can help sponsor a concert next year. Why not take that returned $75 check and add $50 to it and become a Friend. Then you can tell all your friends that you helped sponsor a concert. There are several non-Showhouse articles in this newsletter. Please read them. You may want to take advantage of what they are offering. One in particular – the Jacksonville Symphony Golf Tournament. We get credit for every dollar we bring in. If you are a golfer or have a family member or friend who is a golfer, get them to sign up. Just remember to indicate The Guild where it says Company. You don’t have to be a Guild member for us to get the credit. See you at the Showhouse!

ANNOUNCING! Jacksonville Symphony Guild 2011 DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE 9433 Coxwell Ln, Chandler Oaks, Jacksonville “Southern Grandeur” April 2 thru 24 As the 2011 Showhouse Co-Chairs, we welcome everyone to the Coxwell estate, which we feel lends itself to this year’s theme of “Southern Grandeur”. We present this Showhouse as a thank you to the community we serve. The house reflects the warm and welcoming southern traditions we enjoy. Life moves a little slower; it’s calmer, happier and a lot more peaceful here.

Many thanks are expressed to everyone who has helped us showcase this superb event in our beautiful city. Our sincere gratitude to Showhouse committee members and the countless hours they have worked to open the doors, as well as the unbelievably talented designers who have demonstrated their remarkable ability and interpretation of this unique home. While at the Showhouse, visit the Showhouse Boutique and The Village Shops. We’re also very proud of our Guest Speaker Series and their varied topics. Keep in mind as you walk around the grounds that, not only is the estate for sale, but most of the furnishings, artwork and accessories can be purchased at the Designer-After-Sale on April 25th. Marge Burgess and Rose Littlefield Designer Showhouse Co-Chairpersons

GROUP TICKETS Looking to enjoy a fun day at the Showhouse? Group tickets are perfect for groups of 10 or more at only $12 per person, a 20% discount savings. Enjoy the Showhouse tour, guest speakers, meet the designers, and shop in the Showhouse Boutique and The Village Shops. Members of your group do not have to attend at the same time. Simply purchase the tickets in advance at one time, and each individual can attend the Showhouse at his or her own convenience. Group tickets may be purchased by calling (904) 280-2373, or E-mail

GUEST SPEAKER SERIES Admission to a special interest Speaker Series is complimentary with a Showhouse ticket. An additional presentation may be attended by purchasing a one-time return pass for $5. As seating is limited, be sure to arrive early. All presentations begin promptly at 11 a.m. New and Unexpected Estate Tax Provisions Tuesday, April 5 Donald Wright, Rogers Towers Attorneys at Law The focus of this presentation is on the surprising and unexpected transfer tax provisions of the Tax Relief Act of 2010, signed into law December 17, 2010, and how those provisions affect estate and trust planning for individuals and married couples, now and in the future. Radiation Oncology & Tomotherapy in the Treatment of Cancer Wednesday, April 6 Joann Dragun, M.D. FACRO Dr. Dragun, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, specializes in the use of state of the art tomotherapy from the 21st Century Oncology team. Stump the Designer Thursday, April 7 Louise Johnson, In the Garden Landscape and Design Louise is ready for your thorniest questions. Moving beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to landscaping, Johnson uses her talents and training in landscape design, horticulture, and paver and construction material to create elegant outdoor concepts.

You’re It! Successful Single Mothering after Divorce Tuesday, April 12 Jeanne Ward, Author Maintaining yourself, your family and your sense of humor in challenging times. Farm to Table Wednesday, April 13 Chef Eric Fritsche, Pastiche’ Featuring a farm-to-table cooking demonstration showcasing produce harvested at Twinn Bridges Farms in Macclenny. Let’s Eat In Thursday, April 14 Chef Shirley Munn, Personal Chef “It’s never too late to follow your bliss!” After a 20-year career in healthcare, Shirley Munn took the road less traveled and became a Licensed Personal Chef. Chef Shirley will share her life-changing paradigm shift and encourage others to consider finding their bliss. It’s never too late! Elegant Outdoor Concepts Saturday, April 16 Louise Johnson, In the Garden Landscape and Design Louise will reveal her secrets to bring your house and garden in perfect harmony. Your landscape can be designed as well as the interior of your home. Louise will describe her concepts on opening up the relationship between indoors and outdoors. Sensible Cooking With Local and/Organic Tuesday, April 19 Chef Brian Siebenschuh, Orsay’s Restaurant Chef Brian will be speaking about Orsay’s focus on using organic / local / sustainable products, when possible, while recognizing that it’s not always practical given the scope of the restaurant’s operation (tens of thousands of guests per year). Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate! Wednesday, April 20 Sandy Polletta, Co-owner of Edgewood Bakery Who can resist the scent and taste of chocolate! Whether it’s the main ingredient or the garnish, chocolate is entertaining and delicious. Learn new tips, tricks and recipes. Patients and Breast Cancer Thursday, April 21 M. Firdos Ziauddin, M.D. Dr. Ziauddin, a fellowship –trained surgical oncologist, focuses on treatment of breast cancer and of benign breast disease. His presentation will inform attendees about the evolving role of surgery in the treatment of patients with breast cancer. Note: Docents volunteering for two (2) shifts are entitled to return to the Showhouse for the entire Speaker Series.

SHOPPING AT THE SHOWHOUSE! After completing your tour of the Showhouse, you’re sure to find a few crown jewels of your own in the numerous retail venues on the grounds. Showhouse Boutique – Welcoming Avondale Gift Shop! Those who have visited this shop are no doubt aware of its distinctive and elegant offerings. The Showhouse Boutique will offer an abundant collection of unique gifts and home accessories to tantalize the most discriminating shopper. Also new this year we are pleased to offer “Take Heart Jewelry”, utilizing natural stone, shells, beadwork and copper or silver wire. Each piece is handmade by Hilary Markel, a treasured Jacksonville jewelry artist.

The Village Shops – A special experience for the avid shopper and anyone who enjoys searching for unique and unusual treasures. Featured in the Shops are Michael Parrish of Design Elements offering home accessories, silk floral and greenery; Pam Howard of The Village Lady Bug, offering gift items and home accessories; Gene Hittle of Gene’s Fine Finds offering an array of unique vintage items; and Louise Johnson of In the Garden Landscape and Design offering unique plants and garden accessories. NOTE: As a percentage of all sales are donated to The Guild, purchases from the Showhouse Boutique are sales tax exempt; however, purchases within The Village Shops are not exempt. Also, the Showhouse Boutique accepts, cash, personal check, MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Forms of payment in The Village Shops are determined by the individual store. All sales are final.

THANK YOU TO SHOWHOUSE VOLUNTEERS As you tour the Showhouse, you’ll no doubt notice all of the ladies and gentlemen dressed in black and white. These are our precious volunteers! Many of our volunteers have volunteered for the Showhouse for many, many years. They come from all walks of life, all ages, all ethnicities, and all areas of the First Coast, Georgia and the Carolinas. They drive many miles and donate many hours. They are dedicated to arrive early for duty in order to familiarize themselves with design and architectural details throughout the Showhouse in order to make your visit a memorable event. We sincerely thank each and every one of them; for without our volunteers, there would be no Designer Showhouse! Wouldn’t you like to volunteer? Neither membership in The Guild nor experience is required. And it costs nothing other than a few hours of your time. If interested, please call The Guild (904) 358-1479, or email

DID YOU KNOW? More than 60 years ago the Concert Committee of the Jacksonville Symphony Association sold tickets to the first performance of the newly formed Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Shortly thereafter, the Concert Committee became the Women’s Committee. Sometime later, as the symphony’s activities expanded, the Committee was renamed the Women’s Guild. Well known as “The Guild” by 1971, members sought new ways to enhance community participation and found success with the state of Florida’s first designer Showhouse, the beginning of a procession of exciting and profitable fundraisers. As you tour the stately estate of “Southern Grandeur” remember that you are supporting the Jacksonville Symphony as well as The Guild’s musical education programs. Without your assistance, The Guild would not be able to support music in Jacksonville, whether it is music education in the elementary schools or beautiful music being performed throughout the First Coast area.

MATCHING FUNDS You may not know it but the company that you or your spouse works for or has retired from may have a program that matches funds you donate to the Guild. This probably does not hold true for smaller businesses but the larger ones, such as Johnson & Johnson, may have this policy. Ask them. All they can say is no and they may surprise you. This only counts for actual donations such as the Friends or perhaps the Showhouse. Buying Showhouse tickets or going to a lunch does not count. You will never know until you ask.

FORE!!! You don’t have to be Arnold Palmer or Babe Didrickson Zaharias to play! The Third Annual Jacksonville Symphony Golf Tournament will be held at Eagle Harbor at Fleming Island on Friday, March 18, 2011. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. You may bring any level of play to the game as it’s a scramble. $75 per player or $250 per foursome includes everything: carts, greens fees, range balls, lunch, and unlimited beverages including water, Gatorade, soda and beer. A portion of your fee is tax deductible. Prizes for the winning foursome include a premium table for eight at a Starry Nights Concert, and prizes are also given for hole-in-one, longest drive, and closest to the pin. Chip in $20 for a Super Card and get three mulligans, five raffle tickets, and one shot from the ladies tee. Ladies get an extra mulligan. All proceeds benefit the music education programs of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Each year more than 100,000 children benefit from the Symphony’s educational programs through your generous support of the Symphony. Please note on the Registration Form under Primary Contact: Company – please write-in THE GUILD. You will be representing us, and we will receive credit for participation. We hope you will also look for our Guild representative’s table as we will be selling Birdies for Charity, sponsored by the 2011 Players Championship, a new fund raiser for our Guild. Warm weather is right around the corner so toss the head covers, dust off those clubs, and come out and join us for a day of fun and enjoyment! For additional information, please contact Katie Scales at 904-354-9240 or e-mail You may mail your donation directly to her at the Symphony office: Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water Street, Suite 200, Jacksonville, Florida 32202.

WE’RE ELIGIBLE Yes we are! As a charitable organization serving the Jacksonville area, we have an opportunity to participate and raise unlimited revenue utilizing THE PLAYERS Championship’s Birdies for Charity Program! How does Birdies for Charity work? The program will reside on-line at and will supply us with all the tools we will need. And it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to participate. 1… Our Guild members solicit individuals or companies to make a donation (minimum $20) to our Guild via the Birdies for Charity program. 2… While donating, the individual or company is asked to make a guess at how many birdies will be made at the 2011 PLAYERS Championship. 3… After THE PLAYERS Championship is over, the individual who guesses the exact number of birdies made (or closest thereto) has a chance to win a fabulous grand prize – A trip for two to the 2011 Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia!

PGA TOUR Charities, Inc. will collect all on-line donations made on our behalf, and after the tournament’s close Sunday, May 15th, our Guild will receive a check for the donations designated to The Guild, plus any applicable bonus dollars. Does your Women’s/Men’s Golf Association have a tourney coming up? You could take an hour to sell Birdies to the participants prior to their match. All they need to do is complete a Donation Form asking them to guess the total number of birdies. Then take their donation and turn it in to our Birdies for Charities Chairman, Allene Groote. What about your weekly four-some? Anyone can take a guess!!! For more details, visit, and watch for further details and information from The Guild Office via e-mail and at our next General Board meeting on Monday, February 14th!

COFFEE CONCERTS This season the Coffee Concerts are scheduled on the following Friday mornings at the Florida Times Union Center: Feb. 11, 2011, Feb. 25, 2011 Apr. 1, 2011, Apr. 8, 2011 May 20, 2011

There will be two Instrument Zoos in March. Would love volunteers and need you! Thursday, March 10th 8:30AM to 10:30 Hickory Creek Elementary 235 Hickory Creek Trail St. Johns,FL 32259 Sunday, March 20th, 1:30PM to 3PM FAMILY CONCERT (Boy Scouts) Please call Terree Hays--646-1123 Email:

PREVIEW LUNCHEON Thursday, March 31 Featuring Mary Palmer Dargan, Dargan Landscape Architects of Atlanta, GA Where: Time:

Garden Club of Jacksonville $60 per person ($30 tax deductible) 10 a.m. Social & Book Signing 11 a.m. Lecture Noon - Luncheon catered by Pastiche’ 1 p.m. Tour Showhouse

The Guild is proud to introduce nationally recognized landscape designer and architect, Mary Palmer Dargan, ASLA, APLD, as luncheon keynote speaker. Mary and her husband Hugh Dargan have been practicing their trade for over thirty years. Mary has a sharp eye for detail and a humorous approach to getting things done. Based in Atlanta, GA, their clientele consists of fine residential properties (some in Jacksonville), historic homes, museums, botanical gardens, churches, private schools, universities, and historic sites nationwide and in England. The Dargans have received numerous trophies and awards, including both regional and national Awards of Merit from the American Society of Landscape ‘Architects. In 1992, they were named by Southern Accents as two of the South’s leading landscape architects. One of their projects is currently featured on “Ground Breakers” a weekly prime time HGTV series. In addition, their projects have been featured in major books and dozens of magazines and newspapers such as Garden Design, Southern Accents and The New York Times. As a special treat, Mary will offer a limited number of her latest book hot off the press, “Timeless Landscape Design: The Four-Part Master Plan” for sale at the luncheon. As this event is expected to sell out, and seating is limited, we recommend you reserve quickly. To reserve your place, call (904) 280-2373. Reservation Deadline: March 22


Friday, April 1st 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. - $100 Per Person ($50- tax deductible) At Showhouse Stroll the grounds of the Coxwell estate and enjoy the beautiful setting as we celebrate the grand opening of “Southern Grandeur”. Enjoy culinary delights provided by Alhambra/Matthew Medure while mingling with fellow patrons prior to touring the magnificent Designer Showhouse. Mix and mingle with the participating designers. Gather poolside with the stars of Seven Brides-Seven Brothers for a preview of Alhambra Theatre’s new musical. And for the avid shopper, conclude the evening by perusing the Showhouse Boutique and The Village Shops where you’re sure to find a few crown jewels you just can’t live without. Advance reservations required. To make a reservation, or for additional information, contact The Guild office at (904) 358-1479.

DESIGNER NIGHT Thursdays, April 7, 14 and 21 5 to 8 p.m. Wouldn’t you like to meet the designers who created the amazing interiors in the Showhouse? Well you’ll get the chance on Thursday nights, when they’ll be on hand. What a wonderful opportunity to discuss creative ideas, ask questions and find new inspiration for your home. Also, be sure to stroll along the private lake, and to shop the Showhouse Boutique and The Village Shops for retail treasures.

DESIGNER AFTER-SHOW SALE Monday, April 25 * 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. A tour of the Showhouse reveals one-of-a-kind gems that will blend beautifully with the décor of your home. Designers will offer many of the items utilized in their rooms for sale. Enjoy the flurry of excitement! All sales are final. Payment by cash or check, no charge accepted. Unless prior arrangements have been made with the designer, you are responsible for pickup and delivery on the day of the sale.

MUSIC FOR YOUR EYES Back by popular demand are beautifully hand-painted violins that will be exhibited at the Showhouse where you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to win one-of-a kind works of art. Money raised from this award winning project of The Guild’s Education Committee funds grants of up to $500 each to Northeast Florida teachers who employ music in class projects. In 2010, more than $5,000 was awarded. For such diverse ideas as buying a violin case, paying for field trip busses to the Nutcracker ballet, and the purchase of classroom instruments. Each of the ten violins was decorated by a First Coast area artist whose creativity was donated to this project. While most are hand-painted, others use paper fragments, rhinestones, sequins and tassels. One displays a scene from Venice, whereas another is a reminder of Mexico; and one is for the ultimate Jaguar fan! Each time the violins are exhibited, we’ve been interested in the comments heard. Viewers talk about the color, the medium, the subject, and of course, the artistry. Some prefer a particular instrument because “the color matches my couch”, while birdwatchers enjoy the hummingbird on another violin. Ticket buyers often debate their selection with friends, or seriously consider each creation prior to making their selection. Businesses also are invited to purchase tickets. A corporate winner could show its support for the arts by exhibiting a violin in its reception area. Participating artists are: John Bunker, Toni Charneco, Ellen Diamond, Gretchen Ebersol, George Guzzardo, Hillary Hoague, Carole Mehrtens, Susan Ober, Susan Shulman and Tayloe White.

YOU COULD WIN! This is your chance to win a priceless hand-painted violin by the late famed artist Christine Henderson Schmidt (1922-2009), and it costs you nothing! It’s our way of saying thank you for supporting the Showhouse. By agreeing to have your name added to our Showhouse mailing list, you will automatically be entered into our complimentary promotional drawing. The mailing list is not sold nor loaned, and only utilized to notify you of upcoming Showhouse events. A registration table will be located in the Showhouse Resource Center. This magnificent violin will be awarded the week of April 25th, immediately following the Showhouse closing.

Brief Biography of Artist Christine was considered a “Renaissance Woman” of her time. In 1972, when the state planned to construct a new Capitol building in Tallahassee, Christine marshaled a group of Jacksonville women from women’s clubs, garden circles, junior league and historic societies and convinced Govenor Reubin Askew and the Cabinet that the old dome could be saved. A month later, plans for the new 22-story tower structure were unveiled that contained the old dome portion nestled in the tower’s shadow. Jacksonville architect, John M. Barley II said Christine was “an indefatigable force” in assuring the original building be restored. Today it is the centerpiece of the Florida State Capitol complex. In 1976, when presented the EVE Award by The Florida Times-Union in the volunteer category, she was cited for having raised more than $300,000 over 13 years for the American Cancer Society, Jacksonville Symphony, Episcopal schools, WJCT TV-7, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Museum of Science and History and the Garden Club of Jacksonville. In addition, in l972 Christine was also an integral member of the organizing committee for the Designer Showhouse; the first of its kind in the state of Florida! As a talented flower arranger, Christine helped to organize the Late Bloomers, which eventually became the largest circle of the Jacksonville Garden Club. Her decorating and coordinating talents were such that she and the late Alice Ulmer, a fellow artist, formed Creative Concepts, planning and decorating special events. Even though Christine was unbelievably artistic, she did not pick up a paintbrush until the age of 50. As a testament to her unbelievable talent, Raymond and Minerva Mason engaged her to capture glimpses of Connemarra, Ireland to be displayed on the walls of their Ballynahinch Castle.

Guild Notes - February 2011 Showhouse Edition  

Guild Notes - February 2011 Showhouse Edition