Downtown North Wilkesboro, North Carolina hosted the Wilkes Cruisers and their immaculately restored cars on the most beautiful day of the season. Sunny, warm, Carolina blue skies…a slice of heaven. So I took Gretel for her first car show!
For the record, I have been around people with a love of antique cars and their restoration–my nephew Johnathan Call for one–my entire life.
But make no mistake. I didn’t inherit the gene for identifying a Dodge from a Ford. My apologies right off the bat.
So if I mention a make or model, it is precisely because the owner told me what it was and I wrote it down. Such as this 1955 Ford Roadster. The owner said only 3 were made, so I guess this one is truly special.
Their owners are happy to talk about them. They have been a labor of love, a source of enjoyment.
And while Gretel and I were out and about, I took the opportunity to really look at my town and its gorgeous mountainous surroundings.
the Public Library where I had my reading for Acquisition, the Post Office where I work–up on the hill with the flag waving proudly, my favorite
coffee shop–Talia–the Liberty Theater still operating as it did when I was a child, Branciforte’s Italian Restaurant, Town Hall,
The sudden spark of heat is starting to wilt early spring flowers, but the flowering trees and shrubs are just getting started.
And Gretel is getting all of the attention. Such a beauty, this one. And letting everyone pet her from the youngest attendee, to the lovely skater girl.
I even ran into an old school friend, Mark Wood. He probably single-handedly saved my entire last gathering of a reunion from a flaming death as he put out the fire I accidentally started from dipping streamers into a candle flame. Oops. Officially his title is Reverend Mark Wood/Fireman Wood. Apparently I am going to end up needing his services one way or the other. *laughing*
Perhaps that close call helped him decide to purchase this gem–a 1968 Camaro. (He told me what it was!) Looking good!
While we milled about, music cranked up. The streets, barricaded from traffic, filled with people out and about enjoying the day. Tents were set up for food sellers.