FFF Club (Food Fun and Friends)

Join your fellow 50+ participants for a terrific meal and fellowship.  Meals are Dutch treat.  Please RSVP to Bates McKinney by the listed dates to ensure space.

Southern Christmas Show
Charlotte, NC

Thursday November 12th at 9am OR Wednesday, November 18th at 9am

$15 (lunch not included)

The Southern Christmas Show is the South’s favorite holiday tradition! Come see a charming “Olde Christmas Towne”, extraordinary crafts, decorating ideas, tips and techniques, and more than 600 merchants display their crafts, businesses, and ideas all under one roof!

 Biltmore House
Asheville, NC

Monday, November 23rd at 8:30am


Experience the holidays wreathed with the wonder of Biltmore. The celebration presents Christmas on a grand scale with more than 40 trees decorated by their talented staff, accented with miles of ribbon, garlands, and lights. We will enjoy a self-guided tour of the house and winery, as well as, the beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding them. For lunch we will dine at Deerpark Restaurant, a mouth-watering Southern regional cuisine served buffet-style in a peaceful, natural setting.

Omni Grove Park Inn
Asheville, NC

Wednesday, December 2nd at 10:30am OR Wednesday, December 9th at 10:30am


Smells of Gingerbread are in the air! Contestants from across the country will

bring their culinary masterpieces to The Omni Grove Park Inn this holiday season. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations, strolling through the competition display is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit. The afternoon will also include a delectable seasonal buffet in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Dining Room.

Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove
Asheville, NC

Tuesday, December 15th at 8:30am


Celebrate the birth of our Savior by singing your favorite Christmas carols and hearing an inspiring devotional thought from God’s Word. Then enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon in the scenic dining room. After lunch, feel free to explore the story of Billy Graham’s life and ministry, visit the bookstore, tour the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, or just relax in the lobby by the fireplace.