EATS & DRINKS
The three of us slide into a large, dark booth — friends catching up after a brief hiatus, happy to be in one another’s company but famished and ready for a drink. I love having dinner with friends I haven’t seen in a while. There is so much to catch up on: harrowing stories, family drama and all the gossip that can only be shared with a very special group of people. We settle into our dinner at The Blackberry Brasserie in Rogers and order a round of initial cocktails.
The skylight in Don Eldred’s living room once shone on an altar table. Formerly, the Fayetteville building housed St. Joseph Catholic Church, and the curved brick wall in Eldred’s living room framed the altar where the large skylight was designed to shine light on the sacraments. Consecrated in 1968, by the early 2000s the parish had outgrown the building on Lafayette Street in the historic Washington Willow neighborhood.
Mandy Macke is a Northwest Arkansas leader in every respect. She moved to Fayetteville with her family when she was just a few months old and has lived there ever since. She works as the executive director and vice chairman of the board for the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, Inc. The purpose of the foundation is to support charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational endeavors.