Paula Deen Visits Woodstock's BJ's Wholesale | Events
It is not everyday that an American icon comes to Woodstock which made today very exciting for local Paula Deen fans. Paula-fever was in the air! Fans such as 11 year old Hunter Ongeri began arriving hours in advance to make sure they got to meet their idol. With her southern charm and no-nonsense approach, Paula has become a fan favorite for both kids and adults. Paula and her husband, Michael, arrived at Woodstock's BJ's about 4:30pm this beautiful Sunday afternoon in a custom tour bus that could not be missed. Paula's image adorns the huge bus along with a picture of her latest book, "Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible." Paula, not one to sit still, had a book signing earlier in the day in Greenville, SC.
Paula and Michael arrived to cheers and clapping and she greeted the crowd like only Paula could, "How you doin' y'all!" Woodstock Middle School student Hunter Ongeri wants to be a chef someday and was very excited to meet the most famous chef in America. As the time neared for her arrival, Hunter was scoping the aisles waiting for the Lady of the Hour to arrive. Hunter was second in line behind long-time Paula fan, Theresa who was the first to arrive at 12:30pm. Fans chatted with each other throughout the afternoon and discussed Paula, butter, recipes, and more. Hundreds of people-boys and girls, men and women, young and old were all at BJ's for the same reason, their love of all things Paula! It was clear how much Paula loves her fans and wants to visit with them as she talked with each person in line, whether her 'handler' liked it or not.
BJ's Wholesale of Woodstock could not have been a better host for this exclusive BJ's Members Only event. The staff kept things very organized and maintained order throughout the afternoon to accommodate both shoppers and Paula fans. BJ's staff cheerfully handed out bottles of water to the waiting fans who were permitted to wait inside almost two hours before the event.
Paula is the author of 14 cookbooks which have sold more than 8,000,000 copies, she began her bimonthly magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen, which has a circulation of more than 1,000,000 today. Paula Deen, adored by millions of fans, is seemingly everywhere in American media and culture. In addition to her own television shows, she appears regularly and has visited virtually every network morning show, every daytime or late night talk show, has appeared in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and thousands of websites. Paula’s vivacious energy combined with a dazzling smile and infectious laugh is like America’s best friend and next door neighbor. [Source: www.PaulaDeen.com]
We sure would love her to be our neighbor in Woodstock, GA! Come back, anytime!