A group of Crown Club women departed Pine Bluff on their deluxe motor coach for a girls get-away tour in May.


After riding a few hours, they stopped at the Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, Miss.


“This elegant, old-world design is set against luxuriant landscaping,” according to a news release. “With so many fantastic restaurants, it was hard to pick just one, but everyone chose their favorite.”


After lunch, they went shopping at this venue for shopping, dining and entertainment. They also toured the Eudora Welty home and gardens.


Welty was born in 1909 in Jackson, Miss. She grew up in a close-knit family and inherited her passion for reading and language from her mother.


Her first publication was a short story “Death of a Traveling Salesman,” in 1936. Welty produced seven books in 14 years, but a personal tragedy forced her to put her writing down for more than a decade, according to the release.


“In her later years, she wrote ‘The Optimist’s Daughter,’ which incorporates a good bit of biographical details. This novel won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1972,” according to the release.


“Her achievements included more than her fiction. She also was a great photographer and she published several books of her photography. In her last three decades, she worked at fiction, appeared on television interviews, served as the subject of a BBC documentary and was chosen as the first living writer to be published in the Library of America series. After a short illness, Eudora died on July 23, 2001, in her lifelong home in Jackson, where she is buried,” according to the release.


After their tour, the Crown Clubbers checked into their suites, visited each other and had meals and drinks. The next morning, after breakfast, the travelers departed for the Canton Flea Market Arts and Crafts Show.


“The famous Canton Flea Market attracts outstanding artists and craftsman from all over America and their work is displayed on the beautiful property of the old Courthouse square,” according to the release.


In need of more shopping therapy, the clubbers made one last stop at Paul Michael’s at Lake Village before returning home.


Participants on this tour were Linda Smith, Tenie Bullard, Judy Reese, Kandy Moore, Liz Rinchuso, Janice Acosta, Mary Jennings, Marilyn McKelvey, Mona Rhoden, Hilda Stafford, Suzanne Hulse, Leslie Beatty, Diane Harvey, Billie Isaacs, Kay Garrison, JoAnn Ruggeri, Ruby Green, Carol Hastings, Elaine Dial, Betty Bradshaw, Kay Turner and Johnita Waddle.


Cindy Cullins, Crown Club director, escorted this tour and reminded the women of the Myrtle Beach Holiday Show trip, including Charleston, coming up this November, since the deadline is fast approaching.