New program aims to teach kids good old southern hospitality

By on May 29, 2019

The program was inspired by Nancy Rascoe’s Manners Camp.

Marie Cunningham and Beth Epps’ newly formed nonprofit Grits & Grace aspires to teach children two things: etiquette and cooking.

The formation of Grits & Grace was influenced by Nancy Rascoe — affectionately called Miss Nancy — who prior to retirement ran a summer camp for over 20 years in Perquimans County, named Miss Nancy’s Manners Camp.

Miss Nancy’s Manners Camp specialized in teaching children graciousness, along with how to set a table, write correspondence and other hallmarks of southern hospitality.

Grits & Grace intends to continue some of the traditions Rascoe began.

“Miss Nancy was a wonderful person, and taught many children etiquette and manners,” said Marie Cunningham. “We hope to follow in her footsteps.”

The workshops offered by Grits & Grace will incorporate cooking techniques with food and table etiquette. Menus will allow children to try foods from around the world.

Classes are set to officially begin Sept. 1, and be offered weekly Tuesday through Saturday for ages 3 to 13.

The organization will also have a program called Kids’ Night Out on Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. This option allows children to be dropped off so that their parents can have the evening free.

Events and programs are fee-based, but scholarships and free classes are available.

Cunningham hopes to offer classes at convenient locations in Manteo, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, and Duck.

“We are contacting churches and other organizations that have kitchens to either rent or use at no cost,” said Cunningham.

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