The Ink Penn

Who’d like a taste of Spring in the dead of winter? Perhaps the better question is who wouldn’t? We’re all in luck because it’s time for the Dunwoody Garden Club’s 42nd annual card party, luncheon, fashion show, and silent auction. Put Tuesday, Feb. 19 on your calendar so you won’t miss this festive event at the Fellowship Hall at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for a light breakfast and coffee, luncheon salad with beverages, dessert and fashion show featuring collections from Von Maur at Perimeter Mall. Past shows have been provided by J. Jill and Chico’s, among others, and is Von Maur’s second year. It’s always a treat to see your Dunwoody friends and neighbors modeling the latest Spring fashions. This is your opportunity to learn about this year’s trends and hear tips on how to put together the perfect outfit.  

Another highlight of the party is the silent auction, featuring items donated by local merchants and friends and members of the Garden Club. This is the only fundraiser the Garden Club holds, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to fund the Club’s many projects to beautify Dunwoody and its environs.

This year’s Gold Sponsor is Insignia Senior Living, a family-owned company deeply rooted in the hospital and healthcare industries, whose primary focus is to provide seniors safe and joyful environments where seniors feel loved and valued. Insignia owns and operates nine senior communities throughout Georgia and Puerto Rico. Several are located in the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area. Additional sponsors are Von Maur/Platinum and Lauderhill Jewelry/Silver.

To whet your appetite for the silent auction, here are a few items that will be up for bid: a week at Daytona Seabreeze, gift certificates from Marlow’s Tavern, Café Intermezzo, and Seasons 52, dinner for four at Chuy’s, lunch with Mayor Denny Shortal at Fogo de Chao, books by local authors, a flower arrangement from Bloom’s, a hotel stay from Travelfaire, and jewelry from local shops and artisans.  

Take a close look around our community and you’ll see the Dunwoody Garden Club’s projects: the lovely entrance to Brook Run Park; four benches in the same park remembering the past and providing relaxation; the atrium planter at the Dunwoody Library; the landscaping at the entrance of our library and along the new stone wall and walkway; the new plantings in the Stage Door Players planter; as well as the arbor, benches and landscaping at the new North Woods Pavilion at Dunwoody Nature Center.

This year, the Club has once again added hundreds of additional daffodil bulbs to their plantings. Their most recent project has been beautification at the entrance to Dunwoody’s hidden gem, Windwood Hollow Park at 4865 Lakeside Drive. The Club also paid for the flagpole, flag, and plantings for the flag installation at Dunwoody’s new City Hall on Ashford Dunwoody Road.

It’s all too easy to take these efforts for granted as you drive by when you’re out and about, but imagine for a moment what our community would look like without the work of this talented and energetic group of volunteers. I find it amazing that the Garden Club is one of the oldest civic groups in our community, having completed their 51st year of service in 2018.

The ticket deadline is Feb. 10. Contact Bonnie Barton at 770 639-3510 to make your reservation and complete the order form on the Club’s website: I always enjoy the lunch and especially the fashion show, and I’m still wearing the necklace I bid on last year. Get your tickets now so you don’t miss out.

 PS. Please join me Feb. 1, 7-9 p.m., in Woodstock at the FoxTale Book Shoppe where I and nine other authors will talk about our books. Lord Banjo will be there too.

Kathy is a Sandy Springs resident. Find her books, “Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch” and “The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday,” at the Enchanted Forest, Amy’s Hallmark at the Forum and Mansell Crossing, and on Amazon. Contact her at, and follow her on Facebook,

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