Happy December! Yesterday, the last day of November, the afternoon sky was just lovely. This was the "golden hour" over the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library. It is located in Price Park and surrounded by mature trees and hilly nature trails. ...
Happy December! Yesterday, the last day of November, the afternoon sky was just lovely. This was the "golden hour" over the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library. It is located in Price Park and surrounded by mature trees and hilly nature trails. Last night, Greensboro City Manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba hosted one of his "Talk with Tai: City Manager Listening Sessions" at the Kathleen Clay Library from 6:00- 8:00 pm. Unfortunately, we weren't able to stay; those talks are such a wonderful opportunity stay abreast of issues and to provide input. Greensboro is lucky to have such an extensive library system and one that offers events that encourage community engagement. We hope you have an opportunity to use the local libraries. As for the "Talks with Tai" if you don't get a chance to attend one, you can watch one on YouTube. Access to information is only a click or a library visit away- or both!!
All is quiet in Safety Town now. Located off of Pisgah Church Road, beside Lewis Recreation Center, Safety Town is a community resource sponsored by: Greensboro Police Department, Nat Greene Kiwanis Club of Greensboro, Greens pro Parks and Recreation, Volvo, Greensboro Optimist Club. As stated on their website, Safety Town is a two-hour-a-day, two-week program for five and six year old children that teaches safety about strangers, traffic, pedestrians, fires, bicycles, bus, poisons, water, and guns. The program has existed for 39 years. So many generations of children in Greensboro have participated in the program over the years. Other efforts in other cities model their safety town design on the Greensboro complex.
There are also opportunities for teens to register as Ambassadors. It is such a great way for teens to develop leadership skills. Everything about Safety Town is a win-win. Happy Wednesday. Tomorrow is December- already!
This Friday is First Friday and the Festival of Lights. Are you ready? Downtown is ready for us. The above photo is the General Nathanael Greene Statue at Holliday Circle- 405 South Greene Street. General Greene was a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and the person for whom Greensboro is named. The 22' tall bronze statue is on an 10' granite base. Greensboro artist James Barnhill is the sculptor. It was dedicated on March 28, 2008. It was placed there as part of the Greensboro Bicentennial in that same year. * Sculptor James Barnhill's work is featured prominently throughout Greensboro. He is a retired faculty member at NCA&T State University. The round-about, Holliday Circle, is named for Keith A. Holliday who served our mayor from 1999 to 2007. So, this circle holds so much history for our city.
The photo was taken from the west, looking east, towards Hamburger Square. This historic area will be busy this Friday. Here is a list of holiday happenings in Downtown Greensboro. You won't want to miss these events. During COVID, Downtown Greensboro (#DGSO) a local non-profit did a fabulous job of finding things to engage the community. Some of these events- like Tinsel Town- remain. Friday is on target to be beautiful weather. It is only Tuesday and we can hardly wait!
Flyaway Farms is a 39 acre farm located on Pleasant Ridge Road, just down the road from Summerfield Farms. The farm has a 5 bedroom 4 1/2 bath home built on it that was constructed in 1978. The current occupants have owned it for ten years. Hopefully, they will maintain the property as a farm. There is every indication it will remain a farm. As you drive past, you will notice the two donkeys and a herd of sheep. If they wanted, they have the perfect set up to host a living nativity scene. They even have the word "farm" in their name.
As we check online, Guilford County currently ranks 28th out of the 100 North Carolina with respect to land for sale. According to Land.com, there are currently 3,000 acres of rural land for sale in Guilford County. At 657 square miles, Guilford County is the 24th largest county in North Carolina. When you look at how beautiful the land is in our region, it makes our hearts fill with joy. Let's just hope that we are able to maintain our green spaces.
Our Lady of Grace (OLG), located at the corner of West Market Street and Chapman Street, is such a dynamic place. Every day, something is going on there. From the Monday through Friday K-8 school to Saturday weddings, Sunday services, and multiple meetings throughout the week, you really feel a sense of community at OLG. There are 11 masses during the week (Monday-Saturday). On Sunday, there is a 7am Quiet Mass, 9am and 11 am English Masses, a 1pm Tridentine Latin Mass, and a 5pm Spanish Mass. Truly, if you are Catholic, they offer something for everyone.
The other day, when we happened to be driving by, we saw a bucket lift extending up to the top window of the westside tower. We're guessing they were washing windows. After all, advent starts four Sundays before Christmas and, this year (2022) Advent starts today. Can you believe it? We have four Sundays before Christmas! Unfortunately, the statue of Our Lady, the one on the front lawn, was vandalized in October. They are hoping to get it repainted, restored, and back in place in time for Advent- today! We love this photo, showing some of what goes on, behind the scenes, of church upkeep. The real photo was behind us. A priest is a black robe cloak was talking to parishioners. The moment looked too special to interrupt.