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Notes from Noland / May 14, 2009
Dear Viewpoint:

Noland Who - Noland What? Got you thinking didn’t I? It’s Historic Noland Village located in Providence, Northern Halifax County. If you was someone that hands weren’t idle making crafts and having wares, treasures or other collectables and needed a little real estate to place a booth on to sell your items, you guess it, right in the very heart of Noland Village. One more surprise, NO CHARGE. WOW! FREE!

In addition to that there were bluegrass and heritage music to entertain throughout the day and more food than you could shake a stick at and what beautiful a day God gave us. It’s like when I heard an elder county farmer say while biting off a wad of chewing tobacco when I was just a little whipper snapper at an old Mom & Pop country store here in Halifax Co. “Sonny, You couldn’t have ordered a better day like this from a S-a-s catalog!”

Strange how one remember an old saying from early childhood. I wonder what our next generation will remember because there aren’t many country stores remaining any more or children who don’t like to be in that environment. Yeh! Tobacco farming is all but gone here in one of the greatest God proclaimed nation in the world, USA.

Sorry I got to rambling in my mind of yesteryear but, it really made me feel good going back where things I haven’t thought about in a long while, glorious, sad and maybe not so good times, but God always helps you through them all.

There were people there came from far and wide and with all different kinds of band logos on caps and shirts. There is one I remember because one couple didn’t have any sitting capacity with them and the man was wearing a very bright red shirt and they were standing under the shade of a small tree near one of the old hand laid rock walls, using it as a table as they enjoyed song and Brunswick stew that was cooked on site. The cap and shirt read “Lawson Creek Grass Band” but the bands that were performing were Liberty Band and Loose Change.

We also met and had a intelligent conversation about bluegrass music at the booth of Kyle Martin and the Get Together Band and Dorothy, very charming people. Yes! We check out the classic vehicles which to my surprise the owners ask if we wanted to hear them run and run they did, just like a brand new sewing machine. You know which one, the old foot-paddle operated. Then off to the antique farm machinery and that reminded of something I heard from a distance, “Yes, they are pretty all painted up but, I remember they still worked you hard from sunup to sundown.” Could it be so? Yes, I heard that to from the great school of minds at the Old Country Store of yesteryear.

I hope reading this has carried some of you back to the time and place of your yesteryear when a person’s hand shake and word was honored and something you could take to the bank a cash.

We all had a wonderful day at the Historic Noland Village Country Fair Day and enjoyed it to the utmost with very little expense and I never left the borders of Historic Halifax Co.

To everyone who put this together, JOB WELL DONE!

God Bless,

James Glass, Halifax

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