Oh, to be in Georgia now that it is Spring!! The dogwoods and azaleas are blooming and all eyes are looking toward Augusta this week. Yep, it is Masters time and all of us are excited to say the least...
It, definitely, looks like Spring in my
Every year, I try to set a table worthy of the glory of the golf course at Augusta National, but I have never achieved anything close. My husband and I, fortunately, have been to the golf tournament many times, but we no longer have access to badges to attend - one of the few downsides of retirement (sniff!)! I am not terribly interested in golf, but I would not take anything for the times that I have witnessed the Masters course in full bloom.
Of course, I always must mention that my husband, also, was fortunate enough to play the course a few years, ago, with a friend from Augusta. In Georgia, that is almost as good, as finding the Holy Grail! It was a very happy day for him.
I started collecting Masters tableware on my visits to Augusta and my collection has grown quite a bit from the early days, when the only things that I brought home from the tournament were plastic cups! This year on my table, I am using salad plates that came in a set of four - two white with green geometric shapes and two green with white geometric shapes. They all include the Masters logo and have gold trim.
The first plate that I ever found was this one made by Shenango. It is thought to have been part of a tableware collection that was used in the dining room at Augusta National, probably in the 1940s. I found it on eBay and I have never seen another like it. It is slightly worn and looks like restaurant ware. In this photo, you can see a few other pieces in our collection of Masters memorabilia. One of my previous posts showed many more pieces. If you would like to see them, you can view that post here.
I wish that I had photos of the flowers and trees on the golf course, but I do not. We never attended the tournament on practice round days, when photos are allowed. However, I am trying to show the next best thing - azaleas from my yard. Can you imagine a hole on the course covered with azalea bushes all blooming at the same time with these gorgeous flowers?? It might just be the "Greatest Show on Earth". Since the land where the golf course was designed previously was a plant nursery, each hole is named for a different plant or tree. "Azalea" is one of the prettiest!
We always liked to collect these glasses. The Masters logo is on the front and the list of the previous tournament winners is printed on the back. They are the perfect size for juice, a small glass of milk, or a cocktail. We, also, have a couple of the wine glasses. I wish that I had bought more of those, but perhaps they were sold out on the day I arrived at the gift shop. We usually attended the Masters toward the end of the week and the gift shops were always madhouses with many of the newer items already gone. If you have ever been, you will understand what I mean!
Each year, there is a newly designed mug that everyone tries to buy. I think this green one was the newest model the last year our family attended. I have a few others from different years.
I know that Spring is beautiful everywhere, but I must write that Spring at the Masters is something to behold. I am wishing all of the golfers competing this week good luck and I am sure that the suspense will be terrible, until we see who will be awarded the newest "Green Jacket" on Sunday!!
P.S. Oh, a very special "shout out" for good luck is directed at golfer, Russell Henley, at the Masters. He is our "home town" favorite...
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday