Treat yourself to a fun-filled book about how twenty-five quirky in-laws survived a two-week vacation squashed into a century old six bedroom beach house in ninety degree weather without killing each other, how they entertained themselves and why they did it for fifteen years.
In 1974, the matriarch grandmother found herself inundated with royalty checks from the mineral rights to several Kentucky coal mines for the first time in thirty years. A large close-knit family and more money than a ninety-one year old needs became the impetus for a multi-generational get-together. Using history as the teacher, excursions to Pawleys in the fifties provided background and paved the way for the chosen venue.
“I hope I can empower others to find that one defining moment when they can take control of their destiny. If you think you are smart enough, or clever enough, you are.” — Clara Bitter
Clara Bitter was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the third daughter of an Eastern North Carolina father and Northern Italian mother, a curious combination that shaped early perceptions. After a few years of lackluster grade school, a move to Burlington, North Carolina at eleven helped her reinvent herself into a confident, outgoing young lady, which carried her through college and beyond. She has been a bank officer, entrepreneur (both in retail and children’s clothing design and manufacture), property manager, potter, seamstress, sketch artist, bookkeeper, miniature furniture builder, beach lover, non-profit board member, fundraiser and cookbook editor. She lives in Asheville with her husband Steve and continues to pursue new schemes and ventures.
“We had way too much stuff on the catamaran which prevented us from coming about. This was probably my fault but I was not about to sail without the beer,” George remembered.
And so out to sea over the crashing waves sailed the Hobie Cat, with four guys, life jackets, cigars, fishing rods, tackle boxes, and a cooler of beer, ready for a pleasant day on the ocean.
After an always rocky beginning over the breaking surf, George, Karl, Steve and young Willie settled onto the Hobie Cat to enjoy a fishing jaunt complete with enough beer to help them snag some big marlin or, more realistically, a Spanish mackerel.
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