Heloise ready to give hints, sip wine with Fort Myers fans
By STACEY HENSON -
Heloise of "Hints from Heloise" will mingle with fans April 14 in Fort Myers..
Heloise has no intention of ever stopping her helpful hints, even if it takes her to outer space.
"We're looking at being on Mars," she said of the U.S. plans to put a human there by 2035, years after she joked about doing stand-up comedy on the red planet instead of retiring. She envisions stepping off a shuttle and onto a colony coated in space dust.
"I wanna be the one with 5 gallons of vinegar and 10 boxes baking soda," she said of the ingredients in the miracle elixir that cuts through crud.
Heloise, aka Ponce Kiah Marchelle Heloise Cruse Evans, will greet fans and friends during a reception at Jennifer's Boutique in Fort Myers on April 14. She looks forward to the four-hour event, chatting over wine and cupcakes, rather than a rushed book-signing.
"I’ll get the time to meet with people and chat one on one," she said. "And then I can shop."
Heloise has written 14 books, and specializes in lifestyle hints, including consumer issues, pets, travel, food, home improvement, and health. Her syndicated newspaper column runs in more than 500 newspapers. She is a contributing editor and monthly columnist at Good Housekeeping magazine. She is a frequent guest on TV and radio.
“Heloise is America’s most recognized name for household advice,” said Jennifer Williams, owner of Jennifer’s. “Her books provide innovative tips on how to save time, save work, and save money. This will be a fun afternoon not to be missed.”
Heloise anticipates serving up hints as she sips her wine.
She urges people to leave their stained items at home and just bring photographs of them.
"Don’t bring me dirty underwear or T-shirts or ratty bras," she said. "They send me these things!"
The original Heloise, her mother, started her hints in 1959.
The current Heloise offers podcasts, keeping up to date with technology, in addition to her columns, radio spots, TV appearances and public speaking engagements. She consistently updates advice, including how to clean TV and computer screens. Old TVs used to have glass screens. Today, they require a soft touch.
"With each new technology or appliance or apparatus that comes along," Heloise said, "eventually the question is: How do we clean it? Is this the right way to use it ? And, when it dies, is it worth replacing or buying a new one?"
Instead of relying on the manufacturer, she and her staff shop at stores and buy what they are researching, from single-serve coffee makers to baking supplies.
"My dear sweet husband of 35 years now, he knows if he comes in and he sees five cake pans and cake mixes, I’m testing something," she said.
She's researching a story about the "on demand" dinner kit subscriptions that arrive in the mail with fresh supplies and instructions. She and her husband, David, cooked several of the meals together, and they had a laugh when they realized they each read the same instructions with different interpretations.
"Finally David said, 'When are you going to stop this service?'" she said.
It's a project that will take months, and she's involved several staff members.
"I do my research, I really, really do," Heloise said.
Heloise’s 2010 release “Handy Household Hints from Heloise” will be available for purchase and autographs.
If you go
What: Heloise from "Hints from Heloise" will chat and sign books for fans. She is a writer, author of 14 books, and speaker specializing in lifestyle hints, including consumer issues, pets, travel, food, home improvement, and health. Heloise’s book “Handy Household Hints from Heloise” will be available for purchase. Complimentarywine, champagne and cupcakes will be served.
When: 2 to 6 p.m. April 14
Where: Jennifer’s Boutique, 13451 McGregor Blvd. at Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers.
Information: 481-8582 or jennifersfortmyers.com
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