If you live around the Polk County, NC or Landrum, SC areas, you might know that I have been writing a monthly feature for Life in Our Foothills. I've been doing that for over four years. That's the magazine published by the Tryon Daily Bulletin. Because of that commitment, I've not been able to do much with this blog. I am weaning myself of the magazine job to enjoy more of retirement. That will include continuing to do small stories for this blog and post videos about local people, events, and places on my Youtube channel - The Country Life with ColumbusMark.
This link will take you to my top five videos, four of which are directly related to the foothills. Take a look and then please subscribe to my Youtube channel.
I post these so you don't have to go driving around looking for your weekly dose of inspiration...
Here's last week's latest wisdom from the folks at the Green Creek Fire & Rescue HQ.
Not to go into any details, but I found myself in a local laundromat the other evening. That might become an eventual episode in “The Country Life with ColumbusMark.” But the thing that caught my eye (other than most of the washers being out of order) were these very old-looking video games. Maybe my friend and expert on such matters, MikeMartin, knows if these are the real deal? But in the meantime…they at least looked like they were in working order. For sure they’ve seen their share of quarters.
We could all use a good cheer-me-up from the Green Creek Fire & Rescue Department. Here's this week's goodie.
You gotta love someone who puts up a sign like this. And yes, I heeded the caution and gave the puddle plenty of room. Found this sign up in Saluda on Saturday afternoon.
This Saturday morning and most Saturday mornings you can find The Peanut Man of Landrum cooking up and selling batches of hot boiled peanuts. If you haven't tried them, check them out. Most people become addicted. The Peanut Man usually sets up at the corner of the parking lot of the Shell Station convenience store in Landrum, SC right near the onramp to I-26. With one stop you can fuel your car and yourself before making your way home. The Peanut Man is usually there from at 8 AM until he sells out.
Tryon Theatre, the movie theater in downtown Tryon, has been closed for months. The owners frequently switch out the marquee wording with encouragement to hang in there...they will return. After all, this movie house has been showing films since 1935. A few years ago it was completely renovated. They do open up for an hour on Friday and Saturday nights to sell that good old tasty movie house popcorn you can get nowhere else.
The whole community is ready to enjoy their home movie house once more.
It's not that I visit the Green Creek Fire & Rescue Headquarters just to take photos of their sign; it's where I go to drop off my recycling most Wednesdays. But an added bonus is getting a chance to jump start my day with something to chew on other than a treat from Martha's Amish Bakery which is often a stop on my way home. They give me something else to chew on. I love both chances to brighten my day.
It's nice having our own "philosophy department" in the neighborhood. Green Creek Fire & Rescue is often posting thoughts to chew on. I appreciate it.
It's good to know some folks can keep their sense of humor. This sign was spotted on Landrum Road near Highway 9.
I love seeing creative signs around the Foothills. This one spotted this morning at the Green Creek Fire & Rescue Headquarters in Polk County.
I guess the good news is, you were driving and had a wreck...you would be in good hands.
No matter what's on the news, it's always a great day when you can spend time with your dog. I caught up with Charles Ogburn from Inman with Fizz and Peggy Umphlett from Columbus with Bolt at the Landrum Community Dog Park this morning. Go get some sunshine and make it a great day!
It’s a sad day in our community with the death of Tryon Fire Chief James “Tank” Waters. A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of meeting “Tank” when I was at the Tryon Fire Department to interview Geoffrey Tennant. I enjoyed a good chat with Geoffrey and learned a lot about his long career in Polk County. He was taken from us too early last summer and Tank took over the position of chief. This is a terrible loss for Polk County. We will miss these two amazing gentlemen and two long-serving public icons. Godspeed to both of you.
I love it when an institution can have a little fun. I spotted this sign today and chuckled all the way to where I could turn around and take the photo. Don't you love it when you find a church with a sense of humor? Hat's off to the Tryon Seventh-day Adventist Church for making this photographer laugh.
The Town of Columbus, North Carolina celebrated Veteran's Day with a parade and an impressive ceremony.
It was an absolutely gorgeous North Carolina morning as the town paid tribute to our veterans in a big way. The ceremony ended with the release of 101 white doves.
Thanks veterans for your service. We are forever grateful.
If you're not from these parts, just about all the small towns around here (Landrum, SC as well as Tryon, NC & Saluda, NC have Halloween Strolls. The towns and stores decorate and the kids come out by the hundreds. Last night (Halloween) was very rainy and while that might be perfect for trolls and goblins...it was best to keep the kids indoors. But in just an hour or so, the towns will be crawling with little ones.
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If you live in Polk County, North Carolina – this probably isn’t news to you. And while I “took” these two photos, I think you can see I “took them” right off the pages of today’s Tryon Daily Bulletin.
But we all like good animal stories and this one is worth repeating. All of these dogs (plus one cat) are running for Tryon’s first Dog Mayor. And this election is the only one where it’s legal to stuff the ballot box…with money!
The dog with the most money in his/her ballot box wins! Ummm, sounds like real politics.
Money raised goes to the Foothills Humane Society.
Dogs have been campaigning, holding rallies, sponsoring meet & greets, and this coming Friday will gather in downtown Tryon to finish up voting.
If at all possible, I’m going to try to get myself and my camera over there to get some real photos.
Rusty Bunshine, the lone feline running for position of dog mayor says, “My platform is for a better Tryon is Jobs and the Econony…who says a dog has to be the first dog mayor?”
The winner gets to help lead parades and serve as one of the town celebrities. Polls close at 6:45 PM.
Today in Columbus (NC) a special celebration was held on this Constitution Day. A new addition of things to see was officially unveiled in an impressive ceremony held at Veteran’s Park. A program to dedicate a set of “The Charters of Freedom” was held with plenty of pageantry. While the photos can only give you a visual idea, the sounds included the Polk County High School Band, a drummer, a bagpiper, canon fire, and speeches. The Polk County Honor Guard presented the colors and plenty of local and state dignitaries were on hand to accept this impressive collection. The program ended with the canon salute and the release of 13 white doves by L.J Meyers of Homeward Angel White Dove Releases.
The document replicas set in sturdy enclosures with two-inch glass covers include The Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. The documents are engraved into brass plates. Attendees could sign a book that will be one of the objects placed in the time capsule, which will be sealed at another upcoming event and not opened until Constitution Day on September 17, 2087. (Check back then to see photos of the capsule being opened.)
The Charters of Freedom program is part of Foundation Forward, Inc. based in Valdese. One of their goals is to have similar installations across the United States.
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Bear is based out of Tryon. Bear and his truck can be found around the region and he’s available for festivals, catering, and other private events. Today he was parked and doing a brisk business in the parking lot of Cameroon Cigar Lounge (& Craft Beer Emporium) in Landrum.
Bear says, “At Bullhded, what we do is simple. Take parts salt, peanuts, mix it with grit…and the result is a Southern staple cooked to perfection.”
You can learn more at bullhded.com, but the best way to learn more is to give those peanuts a try.
...retired in 2017 from a life of work, mostly in education. I decided it was time to stop commuting and stay at home a while. Foothills Faces is meant to bring you short snippets of life through photography, videography, and audio recordings of some of the wonderful people and places of the Carolina Foothills..