Make a circle in the sand, Make a halo with your hands

It was just another Tuesday on the outskirts of Sanford, Neolia Cole had started her day turning red North Carolina Clay, the same why she had spent a lot of Tuesdays over the past 75 years. It was mid August, she was getting a start on one of her best sellers for the fall season, the Jack-O-Lanterns when she got the call.

Her Husband had fell ill and was being rushed to the Hospital. She dropped what she was doing having no clue that it would be 10 months before again returned to the the only job she has ever known. On the way to the hospital she was T Boned at an intersection and broke over 7 bones in her body.  She would spend the next four months recovering just in time to lose her husband.

She just returned last week so I stopped by Saturday and grabbed everything in stock that she had turned. She will be making a little but it seems to be the end of an era unless Kenneth George returns. If your ever floating thru Sanford on a Saturday stop and and talk to a North Carolina Living Legend or visit the Exposition in Seagrove running until July 26th.

 

Coles Pottery is located in Sanford at 3410 Hawkins Ave

“Neolia, Keeper of the Cole Pottery Tradition: A Retrospective” & “Ring Jugs and Rundlets”

Through July 26, hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Ave., Seagrove.

 

Further Reading

Shaping Tradition

Coles Legacy Is Her Masterpiece

NC Folk

See #ColePottery for many more photos

 

She was kind enough to give me the last piece she was working on when she got the call

She was kind enough to give me the last piece she was working on when she got the call

Left : The last finished  Right : Left to dry and forever frozen unfinished

Left : The last finished
Right : Left to dry and forever frozen unfinished

From the morning of the crash

From the morning of the crash

 

 

Telling the story of when she got that phone call

Telling the story of when she got that phone call

Tools Of The Trade

Tools Of The Trade

End Of Day Pieces

End Of Day Pieces

A wood Kiln still exist outdoors but goes unused

A wood Kiln still exist outdoors but goes unused

Neolia Cole

Neolia Cole

Large works by her father,  AR Cole

Large works by her father, AR Cole

All turned by Neolia Cole herself

All turned by Neolia Cole herself

The 2 pieces with the story they hold could never be replaced

The 2 pieces with the story they hold could never be replaced

Finished Mugs

Finished Mugs

 

 

 

 

 

Catsburg Country Store - Durham NC

The Catsburg Country Store was built in the 1920s by Sheriff Eugene Belvin at the junction of Old Oxford Highway and Hamlin Road. The store became an early landmark due to its high front facade with the image of a black cat above the name ‘Catsburg.’ Belvin, a very popular sheriff, evidently earned the nickname ‘Cat’ for his ability to sneak up on bootleggers in northern Durham county. (So he was at least popular with non-bootleggers.) Belvin also provided the ballpark to the east of the store for area kids, and lived nearby.

The Catsburg store was still functioning in the late 1980s http://www.opendurham.org/buildings/catsburg-country-store

 

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Ears wide open for Wise Eyes

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Usually the most exciting thing that happens in Zebulon has something to do with Cajun Fried Chicken but last night we had a first, a first of what this music junkie hopes to be many. Our sleepy little town on the outskirts of Raleigh had its first national touring act stop by. Maryland’s own Wise Eyes rolled into town dragging a big white box filled with everything they own for the 2nd stop of their 14 city Road Warriors 2k13 Tour.

To kick off the night Wise Eyes drummer Jay D hopped on the kit and backed up EI regular and local Logan Morton with a splendid version of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit

The Wise Eyes Tribe

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As the quartet of vagabonds took the stage, their shoes went off as their gear went on, because everyone knows you can’t rock out with your socks out. Lead man Sean Moore began the set by professing “we are gonna start out low, take you high and bring you back”, they more than delivered on that promise. Overall their show was a roller coaster ride you could enjoy, all while never spilling a drop of your coffee. It wouldn’t be Z-Town if the assortment of Local Color didn’t wander in, Buttwider in hand and dance off beat, but we don’t mind, after all we are The Town Of Friendly People. WE’s played all original tracks except for a little CCR for Kevin (who unfortunately had left for more Bud) and a snippet of So Fresh, So Clean of which I would have loved to hear a full track. To finish the night they brought down the roof with an earsplitting anthem kicked off by Todd Snider’s BeerRun, if the the town had a noise ordinance they would have busted it wide open.

If you missed the show or just want some

more catch them at The Black Flower this Monday 

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Photo Credit Conner West


Wise Eyes is
Brett Setera – Lead Guitar
Evan Ruhl – Bass/Vocals
Jay D – Drums
Sean Moore – Vocals/Guitar

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Save the City Service Station Sign from being destroyed

As you may know the former location of City Service Station in Franklinton NC is being renovated into a great new restaurant called Johnny’s On Main.  The owner is doing his best to preserve the historic aspects of the structure but with all of the expenses he is incurring in the renovation process there is no room in the budget for one of the most prominent features of Downtown Franklinton, the Hand Painted Ghostsign that adorns the southern face of the former Garage. He has already contacted the local Coca-Cola Distributor in an effort to secure funding to no avail. Only $2500 is needed to properly restore the Sign. If you could spare a Dollar, a Hundred or a Dime please Donate below, just click the PayPal Donate button to sucerly Donate Online. Thanks for your time.

Mitt Romney stole my birth control

This is the funniest real politician ad I’ve ever seen, I was waiting for Will Ferrell to pop up and say “Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night”. I had to create a Text Tone for myself so I figured I might as well share. Here ya go if you need a chuckle every time someone ask “Wat U Up 2?”

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