Hand plans spring visit to Thomasville
Renowned speaker, author and TV personality Edie Hand will return to Thomasville in 2014.
Scheduled to make her second appearance in less than a year at Southern Sisters Restaurant, Hand had announced that she would host a live cooking show at the restaurant Dec. 12 to share Elvis memories and recipes from Graceland.
Due to the winter weather, however, she had to reschedule and will instead return in the spring.
"We are now looking at the spring to tie in a fashion show, and I am going to come with a few stories, food, fashion and fun," Hand said.
She was last in town for a July visit, when she taped a series of episodes featuring southern-style cooking with Joy Thompson, owner of Southern Sisters.
“She was going to tell about some of her Elvis memories and Christmas recipes from Graceland,” Thompson said. “She's a fantastic lady and I was thrilled to be a part of her show. She's amazing and I just asked her to come out here.”
Hand said even though she will not make it out to the Triad until after the first of the year, she wants the people of Thomasville to enjoy the holiday messages of her book, "The Last Christmas Ride."
Inspired by the loss of her brothers, Hand penned the novelette in honor of her loved ones.
"At this time of the year, I want people to know the importance of family," she said. "I lost all three of my brothers near the holidays. Before my last brother had cancer, I was caregiver for my sister and my mom. When my brother was passing, he said you need to encourage people to be kind to one another. That's why I wrote the book — to take people on a journey. For those who don't have traditions, to encourage them to start ones."
Proceeds from the sale of Hand's book, which is on sale at Southern Sisters for $12.99, will benefit children at St. Jude Children's Hospital.
"We encourage folks to take time to give back to your community. It is a joy to me to see the smile on these kids faces," Hand said. "This was prompted as a way to give people the gift of faith and family. I think people are more giving if they know about the need. The book is about faith and family. It's a story of love, which is greater than any darkness in our lives."
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.