Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
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)...
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 10:17 AM
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
...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.
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 7:09 PM
Monday's walk in the neighborhood that borders the the now defunct Grandview Golf course revealed a delightful surprise: obelisks used as street signs. They linger in the landscape side-by-side with their modern counterparts.
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 6:42 PM
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.
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 6:20 PM
Sunday, May 23, 2010
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.
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 2:29 PM
Friday, May 21, 2010
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.
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 12:04 PM
(Apologies to Frank Sinatra and Joe Raposo.) But, as the existence of the little shrine indicates, Hillcrest Golf Club (right off Stratford Road) is not forgotten. In 2005, the site was optimistically prepared for residential, office, and retail development by Mega Builders LLC of Greensboro.
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 11:45 AM
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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...
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 7:52 PM
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...
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 6:27 AM
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
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.
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 3:16 PM
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
A short two mile walk on Tuesday evening took the blog into exciting new territory - roads so new that their existence is not yet recorded on GoogleMaps. (Note the tasteful way the blog worked in an oblique reference to the "mother of parliaments", in honor of their election.) Jon, note that Zillow.com has more up-to-date maps than Google!
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 7:08 PM
Monday, May 3, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
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.
Posted by S. E. Fahrbach at 2:44 PM