… it’s yard day at the house today… thanks to Rich Fry and the guys from Fry Nursery!
Fry Nursery and Landscaping
356 King Street, Pisgah Forest
… at long last The Courtyard Cafe reopened today!… I have missed their amazing food! xo
The Courtyard Cafe
(at Inn on Main Street)
243 W. Main Street, Brevard
Mon-Thurs – Lunch 11am to 3pm
Fri – Lunch & Dinner 11am to 9pm
… fun Memorial Day weekend!… Matt and I had a picnic dinner at Looking Glass Falls… xo
... the view from our rock...
... meet Angela & Steven (60 seconds before this photo was taken, Steven proposed to Angela on the rock where we ate... she said "yes!")
… today’s 365 pic courtesy of Matt and his friends at the White Squirrel Festival…
… had a great time at Gallery Walk tonight with Martha Jo and Matt. As usual, started out at Red Wolf Gallery, then wandered around downtown (of course, stopping in Theophilus), had dinner at Quarry, and finished up back at Red Wolf Gallery… great time!
... love this painting!
Mark Peddy is President of Heart of Brevard, serves on various boards in town (Transylvania County Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club, etc.) and is owner of several Brevard businesses (Quotations, Co-Ed Cinema movie theatre, Brighter Day Coffee, and three UPS stores). This week he answered some fun questions ffrom us… and be sure to tune in to WSQL at 1pm today (Friday) when Mark joins me in the studio to chat on-air…
If you won the lottery, what would you splurge on?
I would give all my friends and family 10k.
What celebrity do people say you look like?
Mostly people used to say that I looked like Peter Jennings.
What would you say is your life’s motto?
Always prepare for the worst case scenario, then be happy when it doesn’t happen.
If you were to give special praise to someone right now, who would it be?
I would like to praise my co-worker and managing director Katrina. She has helped make our companies into what they are today.
Who had the most influence (or had the biggest impact) on you while growing up?
My grandmother on my dad’s side. She was one of the wisest people I have ever known and also one of the bravest. She taught me hard work and pragmatism. Life on the farm is tough, raising 8 boys is even tougher, but all of her kids became wonderful and successful people.
Ricky Worley in the studio at WSQL radio station… oh, and don’t forget to tune in today and every Friday 1-3pm for my show! Brevardian-of-the-Week Mark Peddy will be joining me in the studio.
The White Squirrel Festival is this weekend (May 28 & 29)… our first one since having moved here! xo
… outside Theophilus… one of my favorite stores in Brevard.. which reminds me, mark your calendar,,, Gallery Walk is this Friday night! (always love going in to Theophilus on Gallery Walk nights) Stores and restaurants will stay open late, with music/wine/food in many of the art galleries… I always start and end at Red Wolf Gallery (my favorite)!
… life-sized toy soldiers outside O.P. Taylor’s toy store on Main Street…
2 South Broad Street, Brevard
… Grandma’s acne soap available at Harris Hardware store…
Harris Ace Hardware
87 West Main Street, Brevard
… went to Brevard Community Church today… best sermon I’ve heard in a long, long time… xo
… the Tailgate Market returned today! We got farm fresh eggs, and a squirrel feeder…
… Matt and I went to see the new Pirates movie today… it was good! xo (interestingly, Matt noticed in his Lego catalog that the Pirates Legos sets don’t include the missionary character in the movie.. he wants to write a letter to Lego CEO to ask why… :-)
… Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris’ office door at Harris Hardware on Main Street… today Jimmy joined me on my radio show… fun!
(Brevard’s Mayor Jimmy Harris & Louie – aka, cute photo prop)
We posed some fun questions this week to our first ever “Brevardian of the Week” Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris:
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
The best gift I have ever received was a plaque from my son. He read enough books when he was in 3rd grade to be able to go to the “awards counter” full of candy, crayons, balloons and other select items. Instead of “awarding” himself with candy, he chose a plaque with a silhouette of a father and son holding hands as they walk. An accompanying poem on the plaque speaks to special moments between a father & his son. That plaque hangs on the wall in my office.
What’s been your most embarrassing moment with your children?
My wife has drilled into his head since he was a toddler that smoking is bad! One day, while walking in front of the courthouse, he pointed to a crowd of smokers on break awaiting trial and yelled “look Daddy, bad people”. Pretty embarrassing!What would you say is your life’s motto?
“There is no such thing as “luck.” The true definition of “luck“ is “when preparedness meets opportunity.” I’ve lived by this ever since my father told me this when I was a child. It has motivated me to rely on determination, perseverance and developed skill.
Tell me… where else (other than in Brevard) will you see this on a major street in town on an ordinary day? :-)
… chair of many colors and uh, other things… downtown on the way to getting Matt a haircut… :-)
What is a Squirrel Spotter Sanctuary? Note to self: find out…
… stopped by Poppies today to get Lucas and Louie’s favorite dog cookies!
Straus Park, 1 Market Street, Brevard
Uncle John called today asking if Matt wanted to go over and learn how to make his special bread/rolls… Matt’s answer was a loud and emphatic, “YES!!!”…
… final meeting today before Matt’s trip to Canada… on Day 10 they’re going to this place called Treego, where they’ll play on zip-lines and aeiral obstacle courses… which reminds me to find and visit the zip-line courses here!
… interesting mailbox near Red Barn Storage off Rosman Highway…
… after-school milkshakes at Rocky’s today! xo
Rocky’s Soda Shop
50 South Broad Street, Brevard
… want to get away from it all for a couple days right here in Brevard? Check out Deerwoode Lodge & Cabins…
Deerwoode Lodge & Cabins
95 Deerwoode Lane, Brevard
… my favorite guilty pleasure at Dugan’s Pub… shhhh, don’t tell anyone. xo
106 West French Broad Street, Brevard
…There’s an interesting story behind this yard “sculpture” (and several others just like it). At one time, my friend Bill Mayes had invented this medical board/device for helping to stretch your back (I’ve tried it… it’s great!)… and, anyway, because of all the red tape you have to go through in marketing a “medical” device, and sky-high insurance premiums he would have had to pay to cover himself in case someone would ever sue, Bill was never able to market and sell the boards. So, what did he do with all the left-over parts after having to abandon his great invention?? He made yard art… lots and lots of yard art! xo
… Mother’s Day brunch: tomato & herb frittatas, croissants, fruit salad with Greek yogurt… and mimosas! Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! xo
… beautiful day.. spent the day making a couple trips to Lowes (buying flowers, etc) and working in the yard… loved every minute of it! (… thanks for your help, Dad!) xo
… the Brevard bear in front of Tourist Trap… (is that a muzzle on his snout?)…
51 W Main St., Brevard
… Like a clean car?… the brand new White Squirrel Car Wash is now open on Asheville Highway (across from Sagebrush)…
White Squirrel Car Wash
438 Asheville Highway, Brevard
… white squirrel cookies for sale at Blue Ridge Bakery. xo
They also make white squirrel cakes… (I’m told it’s actually made from a rabbit cake pan, but adapted to look like a squirrel)… too funny! xo
Blue Ridge Bakery, 400 S. Broad St., Brevard
Tour the most spectacular waterfalls of DuPont State Forest by shuttle bus this weekend during the “Tour de Falls” (Saturday and Sunday May 7 & 8). Shuttle bus tours will run 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. No reservations are required, and a $10 per person donation is requested. Click here for all the details!
Collection of white squirrels at Brevard's Chamber of Commerce office
…stopped by Brevard Chamber of Commerce office after school today in search of white squirrel pins for Matt’s Canada trip (he’s representing Brevard and needs to take small tokens from hometown to give away as gifts). Thank you Jennifer & Libby for your help!… we never found squirrel pins, but may opt for keychains found at Tourist Trap.
- Huge selection of free brochures at Chamber of Commerce
Brevard Chamber of Commerce, 175 East Main St., Brevard NC
… found these gorgeous botanicals at the Habitat thrift store… $3 for all three…
Habitat Thrift Store
101 Old Hendersonville Hwy. (behind Wachovia Bank on Asheville Highway), Brevard
Hours: Monday-Friday9AM to 5PM / Saturday 9AM to 4PM
Matt returned home from a week-long trip!… Thank you, U.S. Airways, for taking good care of my little man on the plane flights to and from! xo