The North Carolina
Life in a Small Southern Town -
by Elizabeth LaRosa
On one of our many visits from
The people in
The day we arrived at our new home for the first time, there was a group of people gathered to welcome us. The moving van couldn't make the turn into our driveway. These people -- all strangers to us, helped carry our furniture up the driveway in the pouring rain and set things up in the house. For the next couple months our new friends brought us casseroles, cake, homemade bread, soups, and pies. As each person arrived they introduced themselves and gave us the most important gift of all-their friendship.
Life in this small southern town has been wonderful. You can be as involved or uninvolved as you want. The churches are very active and you can always find some activity going on there for everybody in town. There is also the Lyons Club, Civitans, Chi Sigma, Amity Club, Red Hat Club, Bridge Clubs and various card clubs, knitting club, Dinner Clubs, Wine Tasting Parties at Henry's Tonight, Reading Club, Museum Committee, Historical Society, art classes and art shows in our own artisans center, Bluegrass concerts at the Music Barn, the community choir and our own radio station. There is a great interest in antiques and restoration of old homes. The "Vintage" and the "Antique Mall" serve as a great venue for those interested in antiques. The
This year our "Special Events Committee" as part of the Mt. Gilead Step Program, is planning our first "Town Nativity Pageant" and coming together to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus. The pageant will consist of individual scenes depicting the Christmas story. Scriptures will be read and carols sung by a mass choir. There is a special feeling of togetherness as the town comes together -- some building sets, working on costumes, singing in the choir, portraying a Biblical character, reading scriptures, doing lights and sound, making refreshments or being in the all important audience. Truly we will all experience the feeling of Christmas, and the feeling of life in a small southern town. ________________________________________________