A long time ago in the Triangle, there was a women's ultimate Frisbee team named Grits. They weren't national champions and they never appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but they had a fabulous motto: "Live and play in hominy." And often they did.
Four women who played Frisbee together for years (Tammi Brooks, Liz Mahanna, Mary Scott Soo and Catherine Bliss) decided they needed to keep living in hominy. They wanted to give back to the Triangle community that had been very good to them for more than a decade. Adding a non-Grit, they sat around various kitchen tables for a month or so tossing out ideas and talking them over. They decided to set up a nonprofit organization and do good works. To become Philanthropical Ladies, of a sort. Just A Few Friends (a community spirit organization) was born.
With a benefit party Friday night and a sale all day Saturday (May 2-3), Just A Few Friends will host its first event: MOMart, an arts, crafts, and plant sale from which 100 percent of the net proceeds will go to benefit the Durham Rescue Mission's new campus for women and children.
Local artists and writers have donated paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery and signed first editions. Fowler's and Whole Foods have donated hors d'oeuvres platters. In addition, artistic friends have created jewelry, knitted clothing, painted frames, and made container gardens and decorative pots for the sale.
Giving is a circle, kind of like a Frisbee. Grits are atomistic, small, and boring, until, under a little heat, they are slowly stirred together. And then it's all delicious hominy.
MOMart will be at 1211 Alabama Ave., Durham. Info: 286-4975, www.justafewfriends.org