MORE Than Bargained For
October 24, 2017 10:55 AM
Bass delivers a message about giving, by Candice McKinley.
Every table was filled at Coastal Pines Technical College’s Jesup campus Tuesday for the MORE Series "A Southern Gentleman Entertains" featuring Stacy Bass.
Nearly 300 guests attended the fourth annual event, which took place in the C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Center. Mistress of Ceremonies, Pam Williams, gave opening remarks, followed by Krystal Keith Morris who sang the Star-Spangled Banner.
Williams then introduced Bass as a friend she had known for nearly 20 years and the first person she called when she learned that her daughter had gotten engaged. Bass, a native of Baxley, owns Straton Hall Events, a multi-million dollar, full service event company, in Brunswick.
During his presentation, Bass and his assistant, Lulu, demonstrated for the audience three ways in which the lay person can create a contemporary arrangement by using what’s available in the home. Bass said that the trend in entertainment has been to bring entertaining back into the household. He explained that this trend was in large part due to famous icons such as Martha Stewart and Paula Deen, who demonstrated on television how to entertain and decorate for company, instead of having everything store-bought.
His first arrangement made use of the traditional wedding punch bowl, something that many households have access to. Inside the bowl, Lulu added fresh eggplants and pomegranates to fill the bowl and topped the fruit with glass ornament balls and sprigs of cedar to create a fresh and fast table arrangement.
The second arrangement Lulu made while Bass spoke included a rotating watchmaker’s reel that could be filled with hor d'oeuvres and a large tray filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, including artichokes, and again topped with ornamental balls. Bass said this laid back style was for the trending “boho wedding,” adding that, “You have to keep design in mind when arranging. Grouping all the elements together so they make sense to the eye.” The finishing touches on the second arrangement included pheasant feathers, specifically framed around the arrangement.
The third and final arrangement was created in real time by Bass himself. He titled the piece “Helium” and made use of a golden bowl by arranging calla lilies in an organic, asymmetrical fashion. The piece was simple but elegant. While he was creating, Bass became emotional when talking about the inspiration for Helium and his journey to encourage people to live a positive life.
“I’m asking all of you to give more,” he said. “If you don’t have money, you may have time. If you don’t have time, you may be able to give money. And if you don’t have either, just give your smile to everyone you meet.”
Bass closed his presentation by asking his audience to “enjoy the journey…and give a little more.” The special arrangement of red roses was given to Lou Wolf, who won it when her raffle number was called. Additional door prizes were also given to members of the audience. Local merchants donated all prizes.
Proceeds from the MORE Event will provide scholarships for Coastal Pines Technical College students.