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A moonshine toast to the “Cracker Queen”

Lauretta Hannon, left, celebrates with Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn and a swarm of beehive ladies.

Lauretta Hannon, left, celebrates with Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn and a swarm of beehive ladies.

We attended a literary function on Saturday where everyone stood around sipping chardonnay and nibbling brie and saying erudite, writerly things.

Ha! Just kidding.

We actually ran down to Powder Springs where local author and National Public Radio commentator Lauretta Hannon, dubbed “the funniest woman in Georgia” by Southern Living, christened The Hive, her new literary loft. “Y’all get some moonshine!” the author of “Cracker Queen” said to the crowd of nearly 200 that showed up. (The signature cocktail she served is also known as Lightning Lemonade, which is quite legal).

Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn read a proclamation welcoming The Hive to the historic downtown strip of shops and restaurants, then assisted with the “ribbon cutting,” where she, Hannon and a bunch of ladies with tremendous hair all snipped yellow police crime tape.

“Only Lauretta would think of crime tape,” the mayor cracked.

The Hive will host reading and writing events starting with the Bookclub Bonanza on from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 13. See www.thecrackerqueen.com/the-hive.html for details.

Notables on Saturday included Willie G Watts, known as the Fried Pie Lady of Powder Springs, and her daughterAnnette Watts; a swarm of beehive wig-sporting ladies including Betty Carman, Sharon Johnson, Myra Crawford, Jackie Crawford, Harper Lee Crawford and Jenna Albright.

Oh, and Annselma Wood, Hannon’s frequent partner in crime whom she calls Aint Selma. (Not aunt. Aint. Rhymes with paint.)

“Aint Selma, tell ‘em all how many times you’ve been married and divorced,” Hannon hollered. “Nine!” replied Wood, who donned her tiara for the festivities. Then we all had some moonshine.

8 comments Add your comment

Myra Crawford

June 28th, 2011
9:29 am

Thank you, Cheryl!! Did we have a great time or what? Now to register for some of the workshops to be held at the Hive! Can’t wait!!!!

Myra Crawford

June 28th, 2011
9:31 am

That was *Jennifer*…don’t listen to the TV while you type. Sorry…Thank you, JENNIFER!!!

Jenna Albright

June 28th, 2011
10:57 am

The beehives were high and the Cracker Queen Energy was even higher!

carla roqs

June 28th, 2011
11:17 am

what genre does she write? comedy? or murder mysterties? if she does murder mysteries, does she base her books out of GA?

carla roqs

June 28th, 2011
11:18 am

June Parks

June 28th, 2011
2:58 pm

Tell Me!!! I was there, and there was nothing mysterious about the parteee! Couldn’t get too close, because of the press of the crowd in the hallway, but could not miss the ever-bright laugh of Miss Lau-rett-ee. Her smile could light up any dark place–even the devil’s heart, I am suspecting. I’m sure every girl-friend there was a “Queen!” cause every girl-friend there was a-giggling.
If you read her book, it is not a mystery–it is a comedy, altho all-revealing about “family!”
Love ya’ L. Your bud—-June

Aintselma Wood

June 28th, 2011
9:51 pm

I’m proud to say I was shoulder-to-shoulder with Ms. Jennifer Brett (thank you, ma’am) and we were wall-to-wall whup-ass women & a few kindly gents! See… get a little moonshine in me, and look what I said,… now, all of Atlanta & part of Ga knows my business… guess that’ll teach me to keep my mouth shout when I’m under the influence of the Cracker Queen!!! Oh, lawdy!!! Thanks, my Retta, for a fabulous time… as always!!!
XOXOXO, Your Aintie
Aintselma

Aintselma Wood

June 28th, 2011
11:08 pm

Oops… type-o… I need to “SHUT” my mouth!!! LOL!!!
:) Aintselma