Friday, March 22, 2013

Small Town USA

Small Town Church, USA 
As in any small town USA, a community church, post office and several small structures may command the landscape! 
Recovering from a bad cold, Judy called and asked if we would attend a strawberry festival in a neighboring town. Cooped and confined for a week, I eagerly agreed. My trusty Canon in for a tune up, I had my little point and shoot as a backup. 
The town so tiny we weren't sure if we missed it or not. A small wooden library, adorned with chipped white paint and several tented vendors confirmed that we had indeed arrived. The church quite beautiful by comparison, stood proudly across the street. 
Strawberry shortcake being served under one tent only. YUM!
"We are sold out," explained a mature little lady, loaded down by character. It's only 11:30AM, I thought. Oh well let's make the best of it, as we all seem to do very well! Husbands along for the excursion, I am sure wishing they were on some golf course about now! 
Plants for sale along with a few crafts around the west side of the well weathered structure. The air perfumed by grilling hotdogs, manned by a few younger residents. Children running amuck and screaming were the melodious tunes of the day.
The library beckoned us in, much to our amazement we discovered a plethora of vintage artifacts. Although tattered, dusty and reeking of a moldy sent, that old items seem to own collectively. We were intrigued!
Town matriarchs guarded the door and creaking floors danced under our dusty feet. Appreciating the labor of love and pride it took to create this hidden treasure, we meandered about. What a discovery! 
Glass cabinets housed old wedding gowns, high topped buttoned shoes and vintage jewels. A rusted metal dentist chair, instruments along with a well used doctor's bag were on display for all to see and touch. Items to numerous to mention captured our attention for quite some time. Some even a little creepy, rendering us a few chuckles. 
The day finished up at a local vineyard for a wine tasting and of course a late lunch at the local diner. We were assured that they served the best broasted chicken in all the land and that they did! 
Well there you have it folks, a wonderful day enjoyed by four retirees discovering Old Florida, one town at a time. 

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Barbara said...

I loved the part about wish your husbands were on the golf course, I could relate so many times when I would be out with my husband someplace where I wanted to enjoy myself but knew he wouldn't.

As I was reading this I imagined you were in CA as I use to live there and it reminded me of small towns there.

Loved the church

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Sounds like a fun day. You never know what treasures you will find in a small town.

MarmePurl said...

Days like that are the very best.

hootnonny said...

Sounds and looks like a beautiful day, and art was made!

TexWisGirl said...

sounds like a sweet place. love that line: 'loaded down by character.' :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Sorry you were sick but glad you were able to get out for this. That must've been some delicious strawberry shortcake to sell out that quickly. I know that old musty smell you're talking about, that all old relics seem to have. Enjoyed the post! Have a great weekend. :)

Kathy said...

I too love visiting small towns. I've been to many here in East Texas in the two years since I came and have found some wonderful photo ops.

Deanna said...

Love reading your prose, Rosemary. You have a beautiful talent with words!!

Nancy Claeys said...

Enjoy that warm weather Rosemary -- that's a lovely church.

Dianne said...

I'm sure you were pleased you took that trip .... you write SO well Rosemary, I could almost imagine myself rummaging through Vintage Wares in that quaint little town.

The Artful Diva said...

I have a collection of small church pictures too - I'd love to buy one and convert it to studio space!

Sharon Wagner said...

What a fun day. I had a similar experience in Florida recently. Except they were sold out of key lime pie. For shame.

Debbie said...

i can "feel" everything you describe!! a wonderful entry!!

Hilary said...

What a lovely way to spend the day.

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