Here we see the Jamestown General Store. Although only open since 2003, this family business seems like it could have been around since the 1950's. They serve ice cream, hot dogs, sundry products, local artwork, and oldtiques. They are very open to trying new products and making available items that their customers request and love getting to know their customers. We hope you enjoy supporting these locally-owned businesses as much as we do.
Located just a few minutes down the road from Greensboro, the Jamestown General Store is definitely worth a visit. We like to go on Saturday when people are out selling fresh produce and in the summer when nearby City Lake Park is open. If you are a train fan, we heard and saw two in the hour we were in downtown Jamestown.
If you notice, we are publishing with one comment already. Bill B., and perhaps others, saw this post when it was mistakenly published for three hours, yesterday. Bill B., if we ever run in to you in public, we owe you a cup of coffee!
At the High Point Museum, just down the road from Greensboro, current exhibits feature the history of the local furniture industry-- complete with a very informative timeline. Off in one room is a chair park. Featured above are two of the chairs on display. Following, is information from the exhibit's plaque:
" Take a Seat! Chairs were the main product of High Point's early furniture factories. They continue to be a topic of lively conversation with today's designers, who have found many ways to reformat the most common piece of furniture in our homes. Take a seat, watch the videos, and read about these chairs on the label attached to each of them. Learn about their designers, compare their designs, and think about the chairs you encounter every day."
The chair on the right is from the Uwharrie Chair Company. Unfortunately, we didn't get the information about the yellow chair on the left. If you are local, we hope you get by the museum at 1859 Lexington Avenue, High Point, to enjoy all it has to offer. Don't forget, admission is free! If you need a new chair, you will already be in High Point and have plenty to choose from!
Tuesdays, many bloggers participate in theThat's My World meme and in this part of North Carolina, the furniture industry truly is OUR WORLD! The High Point Furniture Market has been a major event for us since the early 1900's. Today, twice a year, furniture retailers from all over the world come to the showrooms in High Point to purchase furniture, wholesale. The website from the furniture market AND the High Point Museum are great places to learn about this facet of our community.
We started the week with a silhouetted interior photo of Blandwood Mansion and are closing the work week with a view of the façade of this historic Italianate villa. Architect Alexander Jackson Davis designed the prototype for Governor Morehead in 1844 and it was completed two years later, a year after he left office. You may recall our June 4th post of the house on Isabel Street in Greensboro with a similar façade.
If you have not visited Blandwood, please put it on your "to do" list. If you are not local, please follow the above link and visit it virtually. For those of you who are history buffs, do you know how many governors came before Gov. Morehehead and his political affiliation? (He was the twenty-ninth governor and was a Whig). For those of you who are visiting through the Sky Watch Friday group, we hope you like the way the blue sky and white clouds frame Greensboro's oldest example of Italianate architecture!
Approaching August, the sun is starting to settle in a little earlier and the thermostat has been creeping down. This scene reminds us that summer will not last forever and we need to take advantage of the nice weather we are having and "GET:OUTDOORS."
Formerly Pro Canoe & Kayak, GET: OUTDOORS is a North Carolina grown business, beginning in Raleigh in the 1980's. At one time, many of their kayaks and canoes were made in North Carolina. Perhaps they still are. This company offers classes, demos, and night trips and maintains an events calendar and paddling blog to keep you informed on everything that it has to offer. The store has been located on Lee St. near Aycock since we can remember. Regardless of where you get your kayak or canoe, we encourage you to purchase one and try it out on one of our nearby lakes.
As photographers, we love the visual appeal of all the kayaks on dry land! The stripe on the top of the building blends perfectly with the cloudless sky!
One of the reasons my husband and I undertook Greensboro Daily Photo was to build community, not only in cyberspace but right here in our own back yard, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Well, The Tyler White Art Gallery tries to build community not only in the art world but also on State Street. This Friday July 24th from 6-9, Tyler White will host a great art event, the Summer Sizzling Party. Additionally, a dozen or so nearby businesses will hold extended hours and offer great summer savings.
Greensboro Daily Photo will be there cheering for the State Street Proprietors and perhaps indulging in a little art purchasing, jewelry and art glass admiring, coffee drinking, and restaurant hopping. As you can see from the photo above, State Street has the character of beach shopping or hanging out in a little New England town. Come on down and join us and let's help increase the foot traffic on one of the cutest shopping streets in town. If you are one of our blog visitors from elsewhere, please post a comment letting us know about your favorite shopping district in your town. We just may be in your neighborhood!
(Other business with extended hours and possible special discounts that night: Carolina Coffee & Tea; Earnhardt Optical; Eclectic By Nature, Hearthside Home Care, Lillo Bella Shoe Store; Mechelle's Resale Shop; Spoiled Hair Salon; The Pewter Place; Yamamori, Ltd.; The Salt Box; Aesthetic Images; Secret Tea Room; Cafe Pasta; Napoli).
This is part of the North Carolina Railroad system which was built in 1849 as a 223 mile stretch of track connecting Goldsboro to Charlotte, stopping in Greensboro along the way. As a city, Greensboro flourished with the construction of the railroad. Here we see the track near Davie Street, Elm St. and Martin Luther King Drive. In the distance you see the back side of the Southern Railway Station, restored as J. Douglas Gaylon Depot, our multi-modal transportation center. The city's nickname, Gate City, came about in recognition of our rail-hub position.
On his blog, Jim Schlosser talks about the colorful train engines and cars seen passing through Greensboro. Preservation Greensboro Incorporated writes about the Elm St.Train Station. Faithful reader Sue, whose father worked for the railroad in Greensboro, has been requesting photos of trains, tressels, and train stations. We finally got out to take a few; so, here's to you Sue, a part of your world that we're including in the My World meme!
While enjoying the Bur-Mil Park area this week, we took this photo. Bur-Mil Park is located below the flight path for several North Carolina airports so condensation trails are common. On Monday, close to sunset, we looked to the heavens and saw this unbelievable sky. It was as if the contrail was bursting into Fourth of July fireworks. Bur-Mil Park a great, free, city park where you can enjoy spending time outside not just photographing but also swimming, golfing, hiking, biking, having a picnic.
Contributing to the Sky Watch Friday this year has caused us to pause and look at the sky almost daily. We find ourselves saying things like, "Oh, those clouds will be a vibrant pink in about an hour." "Where can we go to have the best vantage point for photographing the sky?" If you are not already a skywatcher, start photographing the sky and see how much more you pay attention to the sun, clouds, and horizon line in your part of the world!
Here we see a picture of the Fourth of July Celebration at Friendly Park Pool, a big day for their Swim-for-Cancer fundraising. Kids were bouncing around on the inflatables, supporting a good cause. As we approached the pool, we noticed a lot of Friendly Frogs walking around with pink streaks in their hair. Carrie Drees of Orrell Design volunteered her time and supplies to pink-streak hair for a small donation to Swim-for-Cancer. This was only one of many local businesses donating time and materials for the cause. We will find out at the annual City Swim Meet, which of the area club teams raised the most money for Swim-for-Cancer.
City Meet, by the way, is held today through Saturday at Lindley Pool. We cannot say enough about the wonderful swim programs at our local community pools. Children have fun with their respective team's events; they learn to swim competitively; they learn to fundraise for good causes; and they get plenty of great exercise. Boy do they get plenty of exercise! Backstyle, breast stroke, butterfly, free, IM, relays......
This is our contribution to Theme Thursday: Celebration! Hope you enjoyed it!
In the Piedmont Region of North Carolina, many fruits and vegetables are ready to eat. In our yard, blueberries are ripening daily, lavender is growing (a little past peak), mint is wildly rampant, cucumbers are available by the dozens, tomatoes are starting to turn red, pole beans are growing in front of our eyes, and okra is putting up a good fight against the deer. Unfortunately, watermelon blossoms are being eaten by rabbits or deer as soon as the buds open! At the farmers' markets, peaches arrive daily from the Sandhills (Moore and Richmond County). Our part of the world is full of the wonderful flavors of summer. Nothing beats fresh produce.
A few years ago, we decided to convert our property to an edible landscape. It is amazing what can grow in a small amount of space, especially if you consider the use of poles to grow vines vertically. Once you are accustomed to fresh produce, you will not want to return to salty, processed, packaged foods. Mr. GDP works hard on getting plants in the ground; we all weed and harvest; Mrs. GDP spends afternoons finding nic nacs and dishes that will photograph well with the fruits of our labor. That's what is going on in our world. To learn about others, check out the My World themed postings.
Saint Pius X Catholic Church, located at 2210 North Elm St., is being rebuilt from the ground up and, as seen above, is a work in progress. The parrish electively chose to demolish the 1954 sanctuary to build something that will accommodate their 21st century needs. In the meantime, services are held in the gymnasium of their adjacent parochial school. Through the process, the bells, seen above, have remained firmly in place, but the mammoth "crux cuadra" has been relocated to the school side of the property.
St. Pius X Greensboro is blogging about the construction process. If you are interested, you can see how builders weathered the seemingly monsoon rains of spring and read the adventures of their rescuing five beautiful, feral kittens. While the ecclesiastic purple insulation is a stunning color, somehow, we don't think it is the chosen color for the outer façade!
If you are a Greensboro local, likely, you visited Santa of Chapman Street at Christmastime. He was on this earth from 1932-2003 bringing happiness to children far and wide. Today, on the Fourth of July, we see his legacy being celebrated by his sons, Roger and Jacky. Happy Fourth of July, Santa.
Across the window on the left is an "it's a girl" banner. Santa, may someone step up to the plate and bring your granddaughter the holiday happiness you brought to other children for so many years. Those of us in Greensboro, drive by 507 Chapman Street and honk for "Grandaddy Santa" as you are en route to Fun Fourth!
(Celebrating 6 months of Greensboro Daily Photo with this post)!!!!!!!!
The beauty of downtown Greensboro is that it is ever changing. Here we see the storefront window from the now-defunct S.H. Kress Store serving as a venue for art by students from one of our alternative public high schools, Weaver Academy for Performing/Visual Arts and Advanced Technology. Art students from Weaver designed the display from items secured from the Teachers' Supply Warehouse. To learn more about the project as well as how you can donate to the warehouse, visit this website. Watch a short video about the creative process with 30 rolls of clear packing tape. What a wonderful way to bring attention to a very worthwhile cause-- getting supplies to teachers. Also, what a way to give back to the community through art. Kudos to the advertising and public relations agency, Bouvier Kelly Inc. for making all of this possible. Just so much giving!