Elvis and a Classic Mustang

Yesterday found me hiding from the heat in the movie theater. My cousin Sherrie and I took in a matinee showing of “Elvis” and enjoyed two hours and 39 minutes of escapism from this crazy world we call home.

The movie was excellent and gets two thumbs up from me. Tom Hanks was great as Colonel Tom Parker and Austin Butler made an exceptional King of Rock and Roll. In all, it’s a fresh take on a heartbreaking story and would both watch it again and recommend it.

We found this classic Mustang parked next to us after the movie.

Notice the front plate. Always on my mind.

It was shiny and immaculate.

Spotting classic cars out in the wild is one of my favorite things and this one was the perfect end to my Elvis experience!

Overlook The Wrinkles

The owner of this 1960 Thunderbird has a sense of humor. Can you read the sign?

The car is sharp and I didn’t notice any wrinkles. It was one of many beautiful and sometimes unusual vehicles entered in the Feast of the Flowering Moon car show last month. I’ll show you more pictures from that Chillicothe, Ohio event soon.

Revisiting Wesley Chapel

One of my favorite stories I have told here involves Wesley Chapel, an abandoned church just 30 minutes up the road. I hope you’ll revisit that story here.

Meanwhile, I stopped by the other night just to check on the old place and to further mourn its deterioration. Here are some pictures.

Things have worsened a lot since my first visit.

The windows had all been been boarded up but someone has removed some barriers so you can see inside from a few angles.

The piano remains, likely because it was too heavy to carry and impossible to even give away.

Can’t you hear it? I’m imaging an elderly woman named Mabel who pounded those keys with vigor as the congregation sang “Shall we gather at the river.”

This next image will haunt my dreams.

I don’t know why it bothers me so much but I find the sight of that lone chair in an empty and forgotten church entryway incredibly troubling.

The steeple still reaches Heavenward but it looks worse for the wear.

Here’s a closer look at the cross on the other side of the steeple.

Part of me wishes I could stop going there and part of me doesn’t want to try. Meanwhile, go read that first story if you don’t mind. Here’s that link again.

Vintage en Vogue

There’s a great new vintage shop in downtown Logan, Ohio. Vintage en Vogue is a neat boutique packed with antiques, vintage items, art, decor and even some clothes and accessories.

Everything seems to be good quality and the prices are fair.

It’s also staged so beautifully that I wanted to linger a while. I’m saving for some upcoming adventures but wanted to support them so I bought a cute sunflower T-shirt with the promise to go back again soon.

The owner was delightful and so very welcoming that I imagine there will be a return trip in my near future. You should check them out too!

Find Vintage en Vogue at 45 West Main Street in Logan and be sure to follow them on Facebook too. While you’re in town, check out the other downtown shops as well as the Logan Antique Mall on Rt. 664.

Pinball Saturday Night

There’s an antique store in downtown Chillicothe that has a great soda fountain as well as a selection of pinball machines. You can go in for some ice cream and play a cheap game if pinball just like in the good old days.

It was closing time at Chillicothe Antique Emporium yesterday but there was a group of grown men deeply engrossed in their game. It was kind of fun to see adults revisiting their youth and embracing their competitive spirits.

I guess it’s true. You’re never too old to feel young again!

I have mentioned this store here a few tines including this Halloween story with a scary clown and this story that mentions their soda fountain.

The Country Bunny

My parents have always worked hard to make Easter special. For many years, they hid my Easter basket and sent me searching for it with a trail of clues that were written in rhyme.

When I was very small they started making Easter baskets for my grandparents too. While my grandparents are now gone, we still each get an Easter basket filled with candy. Not many families give Easter baskets to grown adults but it’s a fun tradition and who doesn’t like getting candy?

My most vivid Easter memory doesn’t come from candy though. It involves sitting on the porch swing one beautiful Easter morning and reading this book.

The Country Bunny And The Little Gold Shoes is a classic that has never been out of print since its first publication in 1939. Du Bose Heyward wrote this book based on a story his mother made up and told him when he was a child. He told it to his own children as well before putting pen to paper.

If you recognize Heyward’s name, he wrote the novel Porgy and worked with his wife to adapt it into a play that would later become the Gershwin classic opera Porgy and Bess.

Heyward’s Easter book was beautifully illustrated by Marjorie Flack, an experienced illustrator of children’s books.

I don’t recall exactly what it was about this book but I was taken with the story, the illustrations and even the pretty pink cover.

It tells the story of the Easter Bunny and how there are actually five Easter bunnies. These five bunnies “must be the five kindest, and swiftest, and wisest bunnies in the whole wide world, because between sunset on Easter Eve and dawn on Easter Morning they do more work than most rabbits do in a whole year.”

Cottontail is a small brown bunny who wants to be an Easter Bunny. She applies but is met with scorn and disrespect. “Big white rabbits who lived in fine houses” told her to “go back to the country and eat a carrot.”

She eventually married and had 21 little bunnies of her own but she never let go of her dream to be an Easter Bunny. Long story short, the little brown mama rabbit from the country went back, tried again and got the job.

Today, I like this story for a couple of reasons. As a person who grew up in rural Appalachian Ohio, I have encountered plenty of snooty people who probably would like to tell me to go back to the country and eat a carrot.

Some of the best aspects of life in America can be found in rural areas but our society tends to associate rural with inadequate.

The book is also hailed for its feminist themes. She not only joined the workforce as a mother to 21 babies, she became famous for her work. This was a progressive statement for 1939.

It’s a neat old book and I would encourage you to pick up a copy for the kiddos in your life. The romance of the Easter Bunny never goes out of style and the book seems as relevant today as it must have upon publication 83 years ago.

The copy I own is pretty ragged and there are even some pages missing. Perhaps I’ll pick up a new copy for myself before next Easter!

I hope you have a beautiful day wherever you are. May your day be filled with warmth, beauty and peace. Happy Easter!