Skywatch Friday #54

Skywatch over McGalliard Falls Park in Valdese, North Carolina.

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My World Tuesday #1

I can breathe in a small town
— John Mellencamp (Small Town)–

Welcome to my home in Hickory, North Carolina! Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Piedmont regions, Hickory is a sister city of Altenburg, Germany.

Union Square (downtown) reflected on the windows of the old train depot.

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Today's Flowers #11

The world is a rose, smell it and
pass it to your friends.

— Persian Proverb —

Dulce’s roses are so beautiful and inspiring that I decided to follow her lead and post one too. This was shot at Hilton Park last week.

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Musical Sunday

Music washes away from the soul
the dust of everyday life.

— Berthold Auerbach —

We wind up Oktoberfest with 3 of the bands performing on Sunday (there were 24 bands total). First up is 7 Miles – a(n excellent) Christian/Rock band. They have been around for 8 years and have 4 successful albums to their credit.

The Foothills Oompah Band, based in Spartanburg, SC, plays traditional German beer hall music. They perform at festivals, parties, restaurants and parades.

Heavenly Voices lead singer. (Sorry, I couldn’t find any information on this band.)

A Food Lover's Dream

There’s a party goin’ on right here, a
celebration to last throughout the years.

— Kool and the Gang (Celebration) —

Hickory’s 23rd Annual Oktoberfest began this morning and should be in full swing by now. In keeping with the last week, it was cloudy and drizzling rain when the vendors began setting up their booths. Ignoring the weather, my camera and I joined them – which is why I’m slow to comment on the Skywatch photos.

Food signs - Click to enlarge

Oktoberfest is a three day event and usually draws a crowd of around 100,000 people. Most of them come on the second day but there were a few brave souls getting an early start for the crafts and food.

Oh, the food! One side street has nothing but food vendors. You can find popcorn, hot dogs, corndogs, bratwurst, burgers, buffalo wings, barbequed pork, nachos, italian sausage, gyros, greek salads, ribbon fries, chili, bloomin’ onions, German potato pancakes, Cajun chicken, grilled shrimp, Philly steak…the list goes on.

Just looking at the sweets will send you into sugar shock and clog your arteries. Booth after booth of cotton candy, caramel apples, ice cream, cinnamon twists, fried donuts, cookies, fudge, candies and the absolute favorite of everyone – funnel cakes.

Pick your topping(s): plain (powdered sugar), cinnamon sugar, strawberries, walnuts, peanut butter, hot fudge, chocolate chips, caramel, whipped cream, maple syrup, etc. The food lines are long but you can grow old waiting in line for a funnel cake. Which is the real reason I went early…so I could ignore my no-cholesterol, no-fat diet and be first in line. 🙂

We’ll talk about the crafts tomorrow. I’ve made myself hungry again and that calls for a trip uptown for some BBE (bratwurst, beer and entertainment) – as soon as I remember where I left my Bavarian hat…