Hollywood Comes to Stokes County for Valentine’s Day

Who can resist the glamor of Hollywood? The designer dresses and fabulous jewelry of the red carpet, the gossip about who’s dating who (or married and divorced from who) in the lives of actors and the fancy cars and jet-setting lifestyles all seem so dream-like and somewhat unbelievable. But in my opinion, nothing can match the glamor of Hollywood in the 40s and 50s, with its voluptuous movie stars in elegant dresses and bright red lipstick, and the men who met the high bar put up by the women with their own effusive charm and dapper suits. Watching movies of that era takes you back to a bygone era, where style was more formal and proper etiquette was dutifully followed.

Now you can experience some of that Hollywood glamor right here in Stokes County. On February 14, the Stokes County Arts Council is partnering with the Ava Gardner Museum to host “An Evening with Ava” at Moore’s Springs Manor. Ava Gardner may have started out a little country girl from Smithfield, N.C., but on a trip to New York she was discovered by a talent scout and her life changed forever. She was hired as an actress with MGM, and went on to become quite prolific, starring in many high profile films including Show Boat and The Snows of Kilamanjaro.

But what might be even more appealing is the beautiful actress’s off-screen life. She was married to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra, and also had a long-lasting friendship with Howard Hughes. Her striking, brunette style epitomizes the glamor of the golden years of Hollywood.

The Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield is proud to preserve her legacy. And for the first time ever, they are allowing much of the exhibit to travel here to Stokes County to let more of the people in our state share in the life and career of Ava Gardner. The Ava Gardner Museum Showcase coming to Moore’s Springs will include many of her beautiful dresses and other personal and movie memorabilia. There will also be screenings of her video biography and short clips from her many movies.

To add to the glamorous Hollywood night, guests will be serenaded by Eddie Fedora and his Frank Sinatra tribute while enjoying hors d’oeuvres by Chef Adam Andrews. “An Evening with Ava” is a great way to treat your Valentine to something special. Put on your own Hollywood best, and come out for a great fundraiser for our own arts council and the Ava Gardner Museum. Tickets are $50 per person or $45 for Stokes Arts members, and doors open at 4:30.

Make it a real romantic excursion and spend the night after the event in one of our beautiful bed and breakfasts.

Newberry Manor, Westfield
Southwyck Farm, Lawsonville
The Inn at Singletree, Westfield
Chateau Fontaine, Walnut Cove
Whippoorwill Inn, Danbury
The Old Farmhouse Inn, Walnut Cove