One is our public library. It started out as THE school for the area in the early 1900s. As things happen, needs change, new buildings were built and at one point, back in the 1980s, there was talk about tearing the building down. Here's what's so cool. The citizens of Jamestown, most of whom attended this school at some point in their lives, basically said "over my dead body." Funds were raised, the School Board transferred ownership to the the Town and renovations began.
|Source - The Jamestown Library Page on Facebook.|
|Susan, the Soap Lady is on the left and Renee is on the right|
See that other lady in the picture with Susan? She was one of my sixth grade teachers. I hadn't seen her in years and there she was at girls' night one night. I thought she looked so familiar, but back when she was my teacher, she was fresh out of college and unmarried, so the names didn't match up...at first. She was so cool and I know inspired some of my hippie tendencies. Now, I'm just fortunate to call her friend.
This is town is the type of place where, when you're in a store buying your favorite soap, one of the hairdressers from the "The Beauty Parlor" (yes, that is the name) next door walks in and tells Susan that her hair is being done "tomorrow at 1:00" because Susan has to look her best - she's being honored at a luncheon on Friday by the Sedgefield Garden Club. We aren't quite Mayberry, but we aren't far off either.
|The Counter at TurnTable|
At night TurnTable becomes this really cool, quirky music venue. John and Renee have acts come in from all over the country. On a wall in the back hallway, they all leave their mark - a note, signature - just a little something to let you know who was there. Wednesday is Open Mic Night. Usually, when I hear this term I get a little wary, but no need. I went this past Wednesday and was so incredibly impressed...Here's a little something for your listening pleasure.....
Aren't they great? They are Hayden Cooke and Lee Coltrane and are just a small example of the talent that was there that night. They were only able to do three songs, but I could have listened to them all night.
I hope you've enjoyed this brief glimpse into why I stay in this "spot on the road." One day, I do hope to have a farm in the North Carolina mountains, but this town will always have a place in my heart. I probably had the most idyllic childhood here, growing up surrounded by people who knew me....or my Sainted Mother. I was Nancy and Jim's girl, you know Tina's little sister. Some people still know me that way. I'm good with that.