This is my dear friend Gilda McDaniel. Today is her 25th anniversary here at Fearrington. That’s a long time, especially in the hospitality business. I shall now proceed to thoroughly embarrass her (she really doesn’t like it when we brag on her – sorry Gilda). She is a true mensch – someone that we can all count on as a friend; someone who is always there to help when you are in a pickle. She is the coworker who jumps in and helps you move 200 ceremony chairs just as the rainstorm starts. She is the friend who always remembers your birthday (and also your kids’ birthdays) and drops by your desk leaving the most perfect thoughtful little gift that you will treasure. She is a lover of all things orange. She has the most fantastic sense of style. In a nutshell, I want to be Gilda when I grow up.
Gilda started out as a gardener and then worked in McIntyre’s Books when it first opened. I think she might have just stayed there (Gilda is also a book lover of the highest order) had it not been for Mr. Fitch’s suggestion that she might enjoy managing what’s now The Fearrington Granary. Gilda thought that sounded like an interesting job, so off she went. Those of us who were lucky enough to work with her then will tell you that it was the most fun you can possibly have while serving 350 people Sunday brunch.
Gilda went on to become our Special Events Manager, planning weddings and guiding our brides and their families though all the details that make a wedding at Fearrington so special. These days Gilda manages all sorts of events at Fearrington including the Folk Art Show and all sorts of community events. And she also plans fantastic weddings. Happy anniversary Gilda! So glad I work with you.