Ruby Red Jewels Visit Rachel’s Garden

The Ruby Red Jewels gathered for a summer luncheon at Rachel’s Garden in Belleville.

Rachel’s Garden began as a floral and gift shop. Becoming too small, it was enlarged. The grandmother, who was the shop’s owner, kept her toddler granddaughter “Rachael” at the shop. As a toddler she cheerfully greeted the customers. As she became older, she helped her grandmother bake cakes, pies and cheesecakes. Again, the shop became too small and was relocated to its present location in 1999. It was named “Rachael’s Garden” after that special granddaughter. Now, it houses a luncheon restaurant, gift shop, and bakery shop. It has grown in capacity from 50 to 130 people seating.

The restaurant has beautifully flowered tables. The walls are adorned with floral wreaths and original paintings. It has special sayings painted on the door entrances as: “Friends and family gather here”.

The ladies enjoyed gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads. Many tried the peach soup speciality which was most delicious. We celebrated Jerry Heggemeier’s 80th birthday with a lovely delicate floral decorated white cake with pink baby rose bud icing which was baked by Rachael’s Garden.

At the business meeting, it was decided to visit Patti’s settlement at Paducah on September 29 for lunch and antique shopping. A Reminder was given about our monthly game day the first Thursday of each month at Little Nashville for lunch and games. Next month, the ladies will be heading to Aunt Maggie’s in Columbia. A stop to Eckert’s and to Freeburg for ice cream completed the day.

Those attending were: Jerry Heggemeier “birthday hostess”. Helen Bleisch, Phyllis Diedrich, Karen Lunte, Georgine Hawley-May, Laura Paszkiewicz, Betty Renken, Marge Rensing, Jeanetta Thompson and Sandy Turner.