Archive for September, 2011

29
Sep
11

Unknown Floral

Photographed this last year and still don’t know what it is???


Asked Arthur to go with me into the wild again to try to find a view of the railroad bridge that I guess I’m going to have to be in a boat to get. Arthur didn’t have to save anybody this time (chuckle).

photo : Arthur Stephens

27
Sep
11

the DEUCE

Some how Vernon and I attended I believe the first 2nd Street Festival (year unknown).

“In its heyday — generally considered to be the 1940s and’50s — Second Street was part of the “chitlin circuit,” a string of venues up and down the East Coast and throughout the South that were safe and acceptable for black musicians, comedians and other entertainers to perform at during the age of racial segregation.
There were speakeasies, nip joints, dance halls, hotel lobbies, ballrooms and clubs with names like Black and Tan, Waltz Dream and Happy Land .
There were black theaters such as The Globe and Hippodrome and black hotels. There was even a dance hall atop A.D. Price Funeral Home.
Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald were among the nationally known artists to perform in Jackson Ward.”

2nd Street Festival
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2
Saturday: Noon to 7 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m

25
Sep
11

Not Blue


This is pretty much how I have been feeling lately. The Blue series was started to keep me from expressing in writing what I have been feeling, which my wife says would just be considered sour grapes. So in the continuing in the spirit of life presenting you with lemons, you make lemonade.


I’m somewhat limited to vista’s but never tire of this great building near by.

The sunset popped for about a minute, but didn’t really set up for it, auto just didn’t cut it for what I was really seeing.

24
Sep
11

SHOCK THEATER


Saw a great movie about Bill Bowman’s career in broadcasting and his character as the Bowman Body for Shock Theater in the 70’s. Not only was this film full of fun memory’s and some pretty good belly laughs it had a lot of unknown gems. Having Bill there was icing on the cake. My wife loves horror films more than I and sends Bill her regards. Everybody seems to love this man dearly and I hope more people get to see this film. I hope the Saturday matinee at the BYRD made his day. His parting words reflected his great love for broadcasting “Keep on watching TV!”

http://www.bowmanbody.com/

The Gourd Trio are horror fans.

My favorite women friends are big horror fans.

Bill on the big screen.

23
Sep
11

Professor Bless and the Dancing Madwoman

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20
Sep
11

BLUE #5

Al cut the passion fruit by mistake, not sure about anyway.

This late bloom is odd for this time of year………

18
Sep
11

Bellydance Brunch Cabaret

Khalima’s event poster

18
Sep
11

Family Reunion

Wonderful picture of my grandmother as a young girl that passed away before our births and was Aunt Rea’s sister. This may be my Aunt Mildred my dad’s sister we were told, which would have dated this early 1920’s. The photograph looks more 19th century to me, whatever the beauty’s in our family are endless no matter who they were. Here’s another useful link for the family : https://otway.wordpress.com/2008/10/03/o1/

https://otway.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/beaverdam-home-mechanicsville-va/

My first cousin closest my age and I believe the only Vegan in the family creates food like my favorite television chef Rick Bayless.

16
Sep
11

Balkanize!

A wonderful string band playing old world tradition folk music. Look forward to seeing again!

Althea and I found this wonderful Balkan Restaurant where the food is incredible and they do have Vegan dishes too. Pictured below is the Balkan Burger.

13
Sep
11

Mom at State Fair


Mom would have been 97 today. I have some beautiful pictures of her through the years. This one was taken the same day as the picture of her riding the bear photograph, which is a classic. Notice the cigars for a nickel sign which help me date the photo.

“Stanford Newman said that cigars actually did retail for around five cents in the 1930s during the Great Depression; they were back up to 10 cents apiece again following the Second World War where we started to see brand names like Philly’s, White Owls and Dutch Masters.”

http://www.tobacco.org/news/195256.html




1984 Computer portrait from State Fair

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