It was one of those weekends where everything went just right. We had two car club events scheduled for Friday night and Saturday morning, but the remnants of a tropical storm threatened to scuttle our plans. On Friday nights all summer long, our small town does free band concerts called Music on Main. People bring their interesting cars to park on the road, paying a $5 fee to be in the show which goes to charity. We always have a fun time, and go as often as we can. We had a discussion as to whether or not our new car would be welcome, but the Classic Car Club members in charge of the show said yes, they’d love to have us park on the street with the newer models. Our white two-seat convertible Fiat Spider is still a bit rare in this part of the country. The car next to us is a replica kit car.
We parked and walked just a block off Main street to a new restaurant called Olive or Twist on the corner of Barnwell and Church. If you are local, or you come up to visit, have a meal here. The food is really good, and they specialize in small appetizer plates, and specialty martinis. I like having a meal like that, shared with friends, ordering a bunch of appetizers and grazing off all the choices. The four of us at the table had shrimp cocktail, spinach artichoke dip with chips, smoked trout, baja fish tacos, fried oysters and a tuna-tini. This was the second time I have eaten here and the food was consistently good. In the evening, they have a light jazz group playing live music and we enjoyed that before the main concert on the center stage began downtown.
The band was Special Edition, playing lots of oldies from mostly the 1970s and 80s. This is a permanent stage set up to do concerts and events in the summer and fall. It is downtown next to the Visitors Center. I’ve done posts on this summer music series with car shows before, and you can see more on Summer Fun and Friday Night in a Small Town.
Further down, the rest of our British contingent were mostly parked together.
Lots of other old cars were there too, I won’t show you all the pictures I took, LOL, but they will be on our BCCWNC.org website in a couple of days. I need to collect the rest of the pictures the guys took.
The rain stayed west until after the concert was over and we were home. Whew, dodged the first downpour, now for Saturday’s event. We were a bit afraid that the rain would extend into the morning as it rained most of the night, but we got up to mostly clear skies. Meeting up with a bunch more club members in a parking lot in Fletcher, we were in for a wonderful drive. We set out on Mills Gap Road heading up to Hooper’s Creek.
Through lovely green areas with trees and lots of fresh grass, fragrant from the overnight rain. The clouds were building, but we hoped for the best.
Out in West Henderson county, we stopped for a brief photo-op of these huge cow statues. If you are local and want to see them, they are on Old Clear Creek Road. We were told that the Paul Bunyon statue is nearby, but we didn’t look for it.
We wound around the apple orchards, with the trees heavy with ripening fruit. We still have about 8 weeks to go to get fresh apples. With the abundant rain and sunshine, it should be a good harvest.
More of our beautiful roads, our route took almost an hour.
Our destination was Troyer’s Amish Farm. I posted about this wonderful place last year, showing a lot more of the farm and the country store. Click Here to see more. Members parked on the green, and had our lunch in their new pavilion behind the cars.
They have added to the gardens as well.
After lunch, we caravan drove over to a members home, like we do every year, to see Mary Alice’s gardens and have dessert. Her home was on the Garden Tour from Asheville this year, and they estimate that they had about 1000 people visit their garden over the course of the event. You can see why, her gardens are just wonderful, full of flowers and veggies! That is her greenhouse next to their home at the top of the hill.
I’ve shown her gardens before too, click on Mary Alice’s Garden to see more of her gorgeous flowers, along with the treehouse and some of the other features of their home.
She has a new ‘she-shed’ for potting and doing the artistic things she does. It is all reclaimed wood, and recycled windows. Built by husband, Terry, it is a true marvel, right next to the vegetable patch.
Inside is rustic, and the creek can be heard babbling just outside the shed. I love the old glass.
Inside her home on her table, she has a chrysalis house. She has found a number of monarch chrysalis on her plants, and brought them inside to protect them until the butterflies emerge. As usual, she had the perfect thing to keep them, a little metal house with glass panels to use as an incubator.
Thankfully, the rain held off until the club members had toured the gardens and eaten most of the three cakes offered for dessert. We sprinted for the car as the rain came on, thankful that we made it through both events before it let loose.
What did you do this weekend?