Kester Mill Road looks normal enough on the map. But the road is closed, and the feeling is utterly remote. Despite the fact that the blog was NOT trespassing and Kester Mill Road is an actual street, the blog felt uneasy and did not linger. Winston-Salem is home to the mid-east office of Vulcan Materials, but this pit appears to be inactive and the land (possibly including the pit is for sale)...
...it turns out that obelisk obsession is more common than one would think. Here's a link to a site dedicated to obelisks that provides photographic documentation that obelisks were once widely used as street signs in Winston-Salem. Jon, if you scroll down to Matthew's post (#25) on this site, you will see a surprise.
Fifty years ago today...at 4th and Liberty in Winston-Salem...a black man ate lunch at the Woolworth's lunch counter. The blog joined local politicos and educators, including Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, for a short commemoration at the Urban League. A nice touch: Hatch read the names of the participating Winston-Salem State Teachers' College students, while Chancellor Donald Reaves of Winston-Salem State University read the names of the Wake Forest College students who joined them in their protest.
It may be hard to remember those dark, dark days, but once there was neither a blog nor a downtown ballpark in Winston. The before photos were taken in January 2009, just before construction came to a halt until the city council stepped up to the plate and hit (in the blog's humble opinion) a stand-up double.
The bee lab and friends went to see the Winston-Salem Dash (Carolina League White Sox affiliate) lose to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Thursday night at the new downtown ballpark. More on the ballpark later, but it was great to see the bee research lab up on the big screen. And Ian proved that he'll do anything, absolutely anything, to get mentioned in the blog by volunteering to participate in the Lemon Drop contest.
Just further down Reynolda Road. DavBow Park dates from the 1950s and 1960s. Zillow thinks that the old house on Waldraven Road was built in 1909. Pfafftown is pronounced "paff-town," and is named after the 18th-century Moravian settler, Peter Pfaff. Jon, note the Lancaster, PA connection. Also note how many other local place names are those of local Moravians who married Pfaffs: Leinbach, Spainhour, Styer, Transou...
Path Tracker indicates that we walked more than 5 miles through Atwood Acres on Tuesday evening...but this sprawling neighborhood bounded by Hanes Mall Boulevard, Stratford Road, and the now defunct Hillcrest Golf Club is hard to pin down in a few words. Rental houses, ostrich farm, cul de sacs, private lakes...
When the blog went on line to pay its storm water fee to the City of Winston-Salem, it was astonished 1. to learn that May is Historic Preservation Month and 2. that the City of Winston-Salem was unveiling a new historical marker at the Odd Fellows Cemetery on Shorefair Drive this very afternoon! Way to go, Winston-Salem. The blog was otherwise occupied (by pre-commencement festivities on the Wake Forest campus - way to go, Erin), but here provides a link to the city's description of this important site (the ten-acre site is estimated to contain 10,000 graves of African-Americans, most from the early decades of the 20th century), a link to the article in the Winston-Salem Journal and some 2009 photographs from its own archives.
This could be the blog's motto. But the phrase actually comes from a New York Times' editorial published on April 4, 2010, welcoming the return of legal beekeeping to New York City! The blog is happy to report that Jon's bees are doing exceedingly well, but Sandy seems a little worried.
Jon and Susan are professors at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. Jon is in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He has lived in Winston-Salem for 25+ years. Susan is in Biology, and has lived in Winston-Salem for 5+ years. Jon's neighborhood is Sherwood Forest; Susan's neighborhood is Ashley Forest. Maurice, who lives in the District of Columbia, serves as occasional capital correspondent.
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