Entertaining with the Abrahams
An Oxford home is a great gathering space for family and friends.
Written by Leslie Criss | Photographed by Joe Worthem
When longtime Vicksburg residents Ginny and Bobby Abraham relocated to Oxford six years ago, they did not feel like newcomers. The couple had spent so much time in the university town, it already felt like home.
Bobby attended undergraduate school at the University of Mississippi before heading to University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. And though she was not a student on the Ole Miss campus, Ginny received a degree in dental hygiene from the University of Mississippi.
Her husband’s love of Ole Miss football may have helped determine Ginny’s allegiance a little, but she said even before they married she leaned toward Ole Miss.
“I do like football,” she said. “And if I had to choose a team, Ole Miss was probably it before we got married. And, of course, I love Ole Miss even more now that we live in Oxford.”
In 1979 or the early ’80s, Bobby took the lead in starting the Vicksburg tailgate spot in the Grove.
“He’s the founding father of the Vicksburg tailgate,” said his wife of 17 years. “He claims to be the first to actually put a tent in the Grove.”
All these years later, the Vicksburg group maintains its tailgating spot, though, thanks to COVID-19, tailgating in the Grove this fall will take a safety break. But the Abrahams, both fond of entertaining, will likely find creative ways to safely socialize before games.
Three years ago, the couple built a house with several things in mind — the present and the future for themselves and their son Luke, now a seventh-grader.
“We wanted our home to accommodate Luke, so there’s a basketball court and pool,” Ginny said. “And we wanted a house we could grow old in with a single level, no stairs.”
And because the Abrahams enjoy cooking and entertaining, their house was built with that in mind, as well.
“We have a very large kitchen island that seats eight,” Ginny said. “I had much rather entertain in a small, intimate setting.”