Gwen Fowler



Tour great kitchens and help Miss Ruby’s Kids

Posted 10/29/2013 10:41:00 AM

Sign up for Miss Ruby’s Kids Kitchen Tour for the opportunity to visit eight amazing kitchens in the Waccamaw Neck area of Georgetown County.

This will be the second year of the kitchen tour as a fundraiser for Miss Ruby’s Kids, an early literacy program for families in Georgetown County. Staff members of Miss Ruby’s Kids visit children ages 2 and 3 and their families twice a week for two years.

One of the homes on the tour has four kitchens, one on each of four levels, said Teresa Peterson, a volunteer coordinator and mentor with Miss Ruby’s Kids. Another has an ice cream parlor in a screened-in porch, she said, and another is a historic home in the Waverly community of Pawleys Island.

“These are all people who entertain a lot so they really use their kitchens,” she said.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the event, if tickets are still available. The tour is self-guided and check-in begins at Waccamaw High School at 9:30 a.m. The tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Peterson recommends buying tickets in advance because some of the homes are in gated communities, and arrangements must be made for each person to get in.

For an extra $30 you can enjoy a lunch at Carefree Catering from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lunch includes a tour of Chef/Owner Jeff Tuttle’s kitchen.

Miss Ruby’s Kids is named for a true legend of Pawleys Island, Ruby Middleton Forsythe. She ran a one-room school -- Holy Cross Faith Memorial School but often simply called Miss Ruby’s School -- in Pawleys Island from 1937 until the early 1990s. She died in 1992.

Peterson said the parenting program is to honor “Miss Ruby’s” legacy and to practice her beliefs “that every child deserves the right to a good start in school” and that every child can succeed.