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Fuller celebrates birthday in Sleepy Hollow home

Published 11:53am Friday, September 21, 2012

A lovely birthday party was held in honor of local designer Tish Fuller Monday evening at the Sleepy Hollow home of Bonnie Graves.

Sleepy Hollow is a close knit neighborhood affectionately called The Garden District by its inhabitants, perfectly suitable for the artists, designers and bohemians that reside there. They have formed a creative atmosphere in which conversation and ideas flourish.

Bonnie Graves, an insanely talented artist and also mother of local artist Lila Graves, has collected a lifetime of art, and I found it stimulating just to be in her home.

Assorted hors d’oeuvres and wine were contributed by party revelers, along with Gigi’s cupcakes.

I was schooled in the correct way to eat a Gigi’s cupcake: cut the cake base in half and then top the icing with it – forming a sandwich in the process.

Barry Boddie and Jeff Long serenaded Tish with their rendition of Happy Birthday on custom-made psalteries, ancient stringed instruments played by plucking the strings with the fingers or a plectrum.

It was an interesting instrument that had been crafted by McCalla artisans (it looked a bit like a rudimentary violin) and fairly easy to pick up on. I played a rough rendition of Amazing Grace.

Now I only hope that Prince Harry marries soon so that I might score an invite to the Sleepy Hollow Royal Wedding party.

SPOTTED: Rich Henry, Phil Spraggins, Karen Channell, Liz Beth Duncan Bermingham, Tiffani Henry, and Marc Glenn Ayerbe.

Howell works as an advertising representative for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., in addition to writing this column. Contact Howell at to keep her In the Loop of events.