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A SMALL FAMILY REUNION

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We got close enough to Warrenton, VA for a reunion with foster daughter Karen, her husband Glen, their daughter Kelly and her four-year old, Adam. The last family reunion Kelly was able to attend in Murphys was in 2004. My first time to meet her son. (Their daughter Sherry and granddaughter, Penny, couldn’t make it on this day.)

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For travelers with children, Winchester has a great spot for kids and adults. The Pedestrian mall in the historic district of Winchester has no cars, wonderful shops and restaurants, tree-shaded walkways and benches.  Adam, under Grandpa Glen’s ever watchful eye, has decided the flowers need watering and he needs a flower in the cup to water it.  He must have seen mom put flowers in a vase.

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Trying to grow big like Grandpa.

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What I thought was really cool about being out and about with a very active four year old and still get to visit, was the discovery center. We girls and Adam headed in one direction while Jim and Glen headed for the Civil War Museum, both on the same street, just blocks from each other.

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The building is kid proof, has a king snake and live fish, art projects, play dough by the bucket full, Indian bark houses, everything imaginable to capture a kid’s interest. Adam loved dressing like a medic, taking his patient in the wheel chair…

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Putting his patient on the ambulance gurney and checking her vital signs.

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Without any instructions at all, he knew to use the radio, make a siren sound and drive his patient to the hospital.

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We were having fun watching Adam and didn’t stop and get Jim to take a picture of all of us. Darn. When we entered the building, the clerk asked if we were sisters. We told him yes.

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Adam climbed this tall ladder to a bunk bed and then realized it is different coming down. It didn’t take him but a few doubtful seconds to figure out he had to turn on his tummy to retreat. A very smart kid.

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Adam climbs a wall.

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Adam was delighted when his mom did too.

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All of us had to see what we looked like in the silly mirror. It takes a kid to get you to play.

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We didn’t know he would need a swim suit, but his cut-offs worked fine to cool off on the Splash Pad. He loved it and didn’t want to leave.

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We rejoined the guys and Adam and I investigated the Do Your Own Pottery at the Polka Dot Pot, but it was not within the realm of a four-year old. The owners were great. They patiently explained to him how they make plates and dinnerware and how they melt a bottle into a dish.

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This is a shot of the walking area of the mall in one direction, it is equally long in the other direction. Just a lot of good stuff to see and do here. We found the Red Fox Creamery and stopped for good old-fashioned ice cream.

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Then we headed back for the car, just a block from the mall, a big covered parking garage that only charges fifty cents an hour to park your car in the shade. Such a deal. And, crossing the country in a Motor Home doesn’t always get you exactly where you want to go, especially in congested city areas in the East. I’m so glad it worked out for us to have a suitable meeting place, like the Moose Club, and one fun day together.

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Winchester, Virginia – Day 3

The motorhome is still parked at Moose Lodge #1283. We expect to leave here later this morning.

At 11:00 AM yesterday, Mary’s foster-daughter Karen and her family arrived for a visit. They live in Warrenton, Virgina…about 40 away. After chatting for a while in the motorhome we went inside the Moose Club for lunch…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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After lunch we decided to visit Old Town Winchester…old Loudoun Street has been made into a pedestrian walking mall…

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In the below photo, Glen and four almost-five Adam pose in front of a statue at the old court house…

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This courthouse is the third to be at this location and was built in 1840…

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During the Civil War the City of Winchester changed hands 72 times…13 times in one day! You can read this intriguing history by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester,_Virginia

While the ladies took Adam to the Children’s Discovery Museum, Glen and I went through the Civil War Museum inside the old court house where a very knowledgeable Carol, the Museum Director, told us a number of interesting stories about the old court house…

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The first floor was used by both sides as a hospital…

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The second floor was used by both sides as barracks and a prison…

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More than any other Civil War Museum I have visited…this one has an amazing number of different kind of cannon shells used during the war…some weighing in at 400 pounds…

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A curse on Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, as scribbled on a wall (actual there in museum) by a Union Soldier…

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While not he largest Civil War Museum I’ve ever been to, this one does an especially good job of presenting the terribleness and ferociousness of the Civil War…

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You can view the official website of the museum by clicking this link…
http://www.civilwarmuseum.org/

After the museum, Glen and I met up with Adam and the ladies and went to a local ice cream place to help deal with the heat and humidity.

Yesterday it was 88 degrees with equivalent humidity. Too danged hot and humid for my liking!!!

Enjoying interesting museums is another joy of the full-timing lifestyle!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of West Virginia. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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WHEN CAJUN WASN’T COOL.

“We were Cajuns when Cajun wasn’t cool,” said Mrs. Floyd Sonnier, above. “My husband was a fierce Cajun. “Floyd (now deceased) was known as the artist of the Cajuns. As a child, he picked up bits of charcoal from the fires and drew with them. Pen, ink, and charcoal brought to life the people and places he loved.

His grandparents above…his daughter as a child below. He published two books and has a website:

www.floydsonnier.com


Clarence Junior Martin is a famous accordion maker. He builds 150 a year, his nearest competitor and friend, Mark Savoy builds 26 and the next guy builds 7.   He was making accordions when accordion wasn’t cool, that is, anywhere but Cajun Country. His daughter Penny, explained how embarrassed people would be, and the flak and teasing they took because they played an “outdated” instrument! Shucks, now the small accordions Martin makes, (which sell for $2400 and up) are the centerpiece instrument of  Cajun and Zydecko Bands. Its called a melodeon and is most closely related to a harmonica. It arrived in Southern Louisiana with the German immigrants in the 1800’s. A former builder and cabinet maker, Martin started building accordions and never looked back.


Martin’s daughter, Penny is a school principle by day and plays guitar, triangle, and bass with the family.  Martin plays his favorite, steel guitar. “I can’t compete with my grandson, (on accordion) he’s better than me,” he proudly claims. Raised around his grandfather’s shop all his life,  Joel wasn’t interested in accordion until age 7.  He suddenly discovered its appeal when a kid his age was playing with one. Joel has two CD’s out and has written a couple songs.   ( Joel’s father, recently deceased, also played in the family band.)

Most of the great Cajun bands, (like Richard LeBouef above)  can be seen using  Martin accordions with his signature crawfish on the bellows. Don’t miss Martin Accordions if you visit Lafayette.


Another cool place was the only Borden’s retail ice cream shop in the United States. We stopped for a cool scoop because, Borden’s was always cool!

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Lafayette, Louisiana Day – 2 (Great Cajun Music Video enclosed)

Jim says:

And what a great day it was!

Mary and I spent another day wandering around Lafayette, Louisiana. For me, two of the places we visited made my day. The first was a visit to Martin Accordions where they have made making and repairing accordions for 28 years. We chatted with the owner Clarence “Junior” Martin who was alone in the shop. He spent about 30 minutes with us answering our questions about the history of his family and the accordion shop.

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He makes about 150 accordions a year and they sell for between $2,400 and $2,700 depending on your desired options. He is the top producer of the about 26 accordion manufacturers in Southern Louisiana.

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After-wards Mary and I found the only Bordon’s Ice Cream Shop remaining in the United States and enjoyed a nice ice cream treat.

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At 5:00 PM we returned to Martin Accordions for a 1.5 hour program by the Martin Family about the History of Cajun Music and the workings of their instruments. Clarence was there and played the steel and acoustic guitar. His daughter Penny played the bass guitar and triangle. His grandson Joel played several different accordions and the acoustic guitar and sang the songs in French. They are all very talented musicians and for 22 years old, Joel plays a mean accordion!

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As a special treat just for you, I made a video for your enjoyment and to give to a tiny little taste of the music we enjoyed here.

To see the other 26 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/LafayetteLA031010#

Here’s the Martin Accordion Website link…
http://martinaccordions.com/

If you are ever in the Lafayette, Louisiana area, don’t miss a visit to Martin Accordions! They’re located at 2143 West Willow Street Extension in Scott, Louisiana.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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