This church is located at 544 S. Mendenhall in the College Hill neighborhood, almost at Spring Garden Street and a block away from UNCG and Greensboro College. At first, we didn't even realize this was a church. While snapping shots of the brick store and then the Pepsi sign next door, the man in the photo pointed out his church and asked me to photograph it. He talked about it and about the wonderful pastor T.J. Patterson, Jr. In the three months we've been out getting pictures for this blog, we've met many great people and have learned so much about Greensboro and North Carolina living in general. Have a great Sunday.
On another note, if you are looking for something to do on Tuesday, March 31st, head on over to Aycock Middle Schooll and support the visual and performing arts. They will have some great art items that, likely, will sell for very reasonable prices. They have paintings, wild aprons, some photographs, jewelry. Aycock Middle School has been educating children in Greensboro since the 1920's!
Schools are colorful and dynamic places when class is in session. Lights off, without teachers and students, schools can be hauntingly still. The lack of color, other than blue, makes this empty classroom look even colder. The rectangles within rectangles, within rectangles, evoke geometric rigidity.
This picture could have been taken anywhere; however, if you are from Greensboro, you can guess in which of the 22 Guilford County middle schools this view was captured. Leave us a comment and we'll give the answer after everyone's had a chance.
The Lenten season in the Orthodox Church is a time of purification of body and soul in preparation for the feast of the Ressurection of Christ. Lent is a time for Orthodox Christians to reflect on their living habits and on their spirituality and to remember the dead. These flowers were placed in the vestibule of the Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Church on Saturday, March 7th, The Saturday of Souls. The Saturday of Souls is set aside for prayers and hymns to commemorate people who died within the liturgical year. The icon above, known as The Akathist, depicts Theotokos, or the Mother of God, and Christ. Akathistos translated means "not sitting" and participants stand while the hymn is being prayed. In the top right corner of the photo, you can see a woman standing during the service.
The church is located at 800 Westridge Road on the corner of Westridge and Friendly Avenue.
This house, located on Mendenhall Avenue, near Walker Avenue, is typical of the architecture found in the College Hill neighborhood of Greensboro. College Hill is sandwiched in between Greensboro College and the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Greensboro's oldest neighborhood carries the historic district designation and has an interesting history indeed.
Don't you just love the wrap-around porch and the rocking chairs, evoking memories of the days when porches were filled with people who engaged in conversations with neighbors, friends, and even strangers. On the day of this photo shoot, we took many pictures; so, plan on learning more about other buildings in College Hill. Greensboro is known for its pretty neighborhoods and this one is no exception!
Gourd houses line southern fields in the hopes that purple martins will inhabit them. Native Americans carved gourds for martins long before Europeans arrived in North America. The purple martin is the largest swallow found in the USA. Farmers love them because their diet consists of insects exclusively. Swallows eat (and drink) while flying. These beautifully-maintained gourd houses were photographed on Pleasant Ridge Road. If you want to hear what a purple martin call sounds like, follow this link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. They describe the purple martin's sound as "a series of musical chirps interspersed with raspy twitters." Below, you see some fancy purple martin "condos," alternatives for people who don't want to mess with gourds!
As we've stated before, the city of Greensboro is home to many institutions of higher education (IHE). Between The University of North Carolina Greensboro, Guilford College, Bennett College, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and Greensboro College, we could take a daily photo from an IHE and not run out of subjects for years!
The Julius I. Foust Building, pictured above, is one of two original buildings on the University of North Carolina Greensboro campus. It was completed in 1892 and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. Dr. Foust was the second president of the school, then named The North Carolina State Normal and Industrial College.
If you know any of the history of the Foust Building or have any anecdotes to share from "the good old days," here is your chance to post a comment. Please share our URL with your UNCG friends, so they can tell the world about this landmark building on Spring Garden Street.
The Aycock neighborhood got its start when Summit Avenue was paved in 1895 as the neighborhood was conveniently located between Cone Mills and downtown Greensboro. Most of the homes in this district date back to the early 20th century. Residents pride themselves on the unique character of their houses and the neighborliness of the families. Residents hold block parties, deliver meals to neighbors in need, and socialize from their front porches as weather permits. David Wharton, an Aycock resident, blogs about this area. January 2009, with grant funds, the city of Greensboro and local volunteers planted over a hundred trees in the area around Summit Avenue, Yanceville Street, Bessemer Aveune and the streets in between. Sixty trees were planted on the property of Aycock Middle School.
With the new plantings, the Aycock Historic District should look even more charming and inviting as spring approaches. Please make an effort to stop by for a visit.